- SOE professors named co-directors of association
- BFA student works featured in one-week show at UAB Visual Arts Gallery
- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
The new UAB
This summer was full of university-changing news, as President Watts continues to improve UAB. Here is a recap of the new UAB.
In June, the UA systems board of Trustees approved a raise of tuition across all campuses in the system, with UAB having the most substantial increase of 6 percent. The increase averages to be $252 per semester with 15 hours of classes. The increase will be used by the university to offset cuts from the state of Alabama and to pay for the construction projects on campus.
President Watts said that since fiscal year 2008, the university has had a decline of state funding of more than 99.7 million dollars while raising 57.1 million dollars with tuition increases. The 42.6 million dollar deficit not made up via revenue from tuition had to be filled by “creat[ing] efficiencies and prioritiz[ing] initiatives.” However, the University is not slowing down the growth of services and is implementing “funding for a modest merit-based salary increase for faculty and staff, as there has been no such funding available for the last two years.”
There has been some uproar from the students and prospective students about the annual increases in tuition nationally, not just in the University of Alabama system.
“There is no specific plan for tuition increases in the future and that [universities] cannot project the average rate of tuition increases over the next five or ten years,” said Dr. Altenkirch, president of UAH.
New Slogan, Campaign
Over the course of the next few years Blazer Express will be fully implemented, a 48.5 million dollar, 150,000 square foot student center, a student wellness center, new dorms, and new programs. It is no wonder then, that president Watts has announced a new campaign to raise funds for UAB. The program with the slogan “Give something. Change everything” will start this October running for five years until 2018. The previous campaign ran from 1999-2003 with a goal of 350 million and achieving 388 million. The upcoming campaign for UAB is set to be the largest ever yet no dollar target was actually given.
New Honors College
Dr. Watts announced over email an extension to the Honors College and explained that the final plan will be structured to broadly represent UAB’s academic diversity.
“It would be wise of us to organize an honors college that is an arching umbrella and have programs underneath that…Never has there been any discussion of eliminating any of our honors programs,” confirmed President Watts after a widespread miscommunication that existing Honors College programs were to be dissolved or eliminated.
The plan initiative arose because of the rising number of students turned away from one or more honors programs offered at UAB. Every year, 100-200 students who qualify for one of four Honors College signature programs are turned down due to space limitations
In the past, an average of 200 students are admitted into UAB’s Honors College. With the addition of the general track in the Honors College, around 80 additional students were admitted this year. One of the goals of the Strategic planning committees is to develop options where honors experiences are available to a larger number of students.
Additional Information provided by Kaylyn Alexander, Staff Writer and Carlene Robinson, News Editor.