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Budgets & Finance
- The architect's perspective: Budgeting and financing for STEM facilities
From the architect's perspective, Richard Green offers advice on planning a STEM facility. He emphasizes the importance of communication among the institution members, architect, and construction manager or contractor. By understanding hard, soft and long-term operating costs, facility planners can be active and knowledgeable participants in the planning and construction process.
Sustaining Commitment to Facilities Planning
The Keck/PKAL Consultation Program
- One southern campus had been engaged in a ‘fits and starts’ approach to thinking about new spaces, and needed help in thinking about ways to maintain the current momentum.
- Budgeting: STEM facilities in an integrated planning context
Arthur J. Lidsky
Many institutions segregate their planning into three spheres: budgetary, academic, and campus and facility planning. Arthur Lidsky explains that it is necessary to integrate these three plans and communicate ideas and vision with all those involved with the project. Including two exhibits outlining revenues and expenses of the institution and the costs of a project, this essay guides STEM facility planners towards a collaborative and comprehensive new facility plan. # The architect's perspective: Budgeting and financing for STEM facilities
- Reflecting on faculty requests for funds
Roger E. Thibault
This commentary on Facione's essay provides some further insights into understanding the process for requesting funds and highlights the key administrative players who can provide the budgetary support for your ideas.
- Strengthening undergraduate STEM programs
Stephen R. Lewis Jr.
The undergraduate educational experience is the critical link in achieving our national objectives. The reason is simple. Undergraduate institutions produce those who go on to teach in America's K-12 schools. They are the source of future Ph.D.'s; they produce the political leaders, the local school board members, the Federal, state, and local officials who will make policy decisions relating to scientific and technological issues that have an impact on how we all live, work, and interact.
- Sustaining the National Science Digital Library
Paul Arthur Berkman
Paul Berkman, Chair of the NSDL Sustainability Standing Committee, provides an essay describing funding issues under consideration for providing an NSDL that lasts.
- The role of the science dean
James M. Gentile
The story from Hope College, about the impact of strong leadership at the divisional level from the science dean, is presented in an essay by James Gentile, currently dean of science at Hope. How such leadership helps to frame and form a sense of community that breaks down disciplinary boundaries, encourages the joint pursuit of a research-rich learning environment, and forsters the scholarly career of each member of the faculty in the context of serving broader institutional goals.
- Worksheet to determine the cost of investments to sustain quality faculty
- PKAL developed a worksheet for faculty and administrators to assess the actual cost of faculty development activities.
- Negotiating budgets and faculty lines in difficult times
C. Gary Reiness
Green College faces challenges with obtaining resources for its science departments. Based on an external review of the college, administrators and faculty must decide on how to handle the "bad review" of the environmental science program.
- Investing in the future: Securing, allocating, and reallocating resources
Beth A. Cunningham, Arnold Ostebee
How persistence; persuasive telling of your story; and knowing to whom, when, and how to tell your story are all key to securing needed resources.
- Loon University
Daniel F. Sullivan
Loon University's standing for science and math education has recently decreased. The faculty from the science and math division, therefore, decide to campaign amongst the administration for funding to achieve the goal of creating an interdisciplinary, technology-rich, science for all learning environment.