PRELIMINARY University of Arkansas Academic Infrastructure Investment Plan

The University of Arkansas recognizes the current uncertain economic climate.

However, it is imperative that the university not lose ground, as the flagship institution of the state of Arkansas, during this period. In fact, it is critical to plan for the future. In light of no tuition increase and no faculty/staff raises during FY2009-2010 it is possible to lose ground without a plan for future investment. As such, this plan identifies a 5-year investment in “Academic Infrastructure”—classrooms, labs, faculty and staff.

Progress as of April 2013 noted below in red.


Beginning FY 2009-2010

  1. Classroom renovations (15 year completion plan)
    (25 classrooms in 10 buildings)
  2. Laboratory renovations (15 year completion plan)
  3. Library serial needs
    (Provided $100k in permanent and $400k in one time funds)

FY 2010-2011

  1. Add new tenure-track faculty lines to departments with critical needs
    (Added 17 new TT lines for following year)
  2. Faculty and staff merit raises
    (2%)
  3. Fully fund pay plan for classified employees
    (Funded)
  4. Classroom renovations (15 year completion plan)
    (19 classrooms in 8 buildings)
  5. Laboratory renovations (15 year completion plan)
  6. Library serial needs
    (Provided another $100k in permanent and continued $400k in one time funds)

FY 2011-2012

  1. Promotional increase improvement for faculty being promoted
    (Increased full professor promotional adjustment to $6500, then $7000)
  2. Add new tenure-track faculty lines to departments with critical needs
    (Added 15.5 new TT lines for following year)
  3. Equity adjustments for faculty facing salary compression
    (Provided Full professors with $500 equity adjustment in FY 11,12 and 13)
  4. Faculty and staff merit raises
    (2.5%)
  5. Classroom renovations (15 year completion plan)
    (33 classrooms in 6 buildings)
  6. Laboratory renovations (15 year completion plan)
  7. Library serial needs
    (Provided another $100k in permanent and continued $400k in one time funds)

FY 2012-2013

  1. Review what additional tenure-track positions are needed- and add
    (Added 14 new TT lines for following year)
  2. Increase number of (professional) academic advisors on campus
    (Added 4 academic advisors in FULB and 1 academic advisor in COEHP)
  3. Implement academic advisor professional track
  4. Increase Graduate Assistant numbers and/or pay ranges
    (Assessing numbers to add and salary increases for next fiscal year)
  5. Faculty and staff merit raises
    (3%)
  6. Classroom renovations (15 year completion plan)
    (8 classrooms in 3 buildings)
  7. Laboratory renovations (15 year completion plan)
  8. Library serial needs
    (Provided another $100k in permanent and continued $400k in one time funds)

FY 2013-2014 (Begins July 1, 2013)

  1. Faculty and staff merit raises
  2. Classroom renovations (15 year completion plan)
  3. Laboratory renovations (15 year completion plan)
  4. Library serial needs