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Communication Studies - College Based Fees - Plan and Letter 2015-16

February 23, 2016

Dear Communication Studies Majors,

Student input plays an important role in determining how departments use the college based fees (CBF) distributed to their home departments. Each spring, a committee composed of students and faculty advisors determine funding priorities for the upcoming academic year. The purpose of this report is to bring you up to date on our college based fees spending during current academic year. 

2015-16 CBF Committee

The student perspective was represented by a committee of students invited to make recommendations regarding CBF expenditures. This year, the committee was composed of students Mckenna Miller (chair) and Tori Waner and I acted as their faculty advisor. Committee budget recommendations were guided by data generated through a web survey that all continuing communication studies majors were invited to complete, as well as historical expenditure data.

2015-16  CBF Budget Overview

For the past few years, economic conditions forced the Dean to require that departments devote their entire CBF allocation to direct instruction (funding sections of major courses). This meant that CBF money was not available for indirect instructional expenditures, such as funding career building programs, providing financial assistance for students who have papers accepted at scholarly conferences, funding the department June graduation ceremony, and augmenting the Communication Studies Club and Debate Team operating budgets. Thus, the primary task of the student committee was to recommend which sections of major courses were to be designated as “CBF sections.” The primary import to this designation is that departments are allowed to reserve up to two-thirds of the seats in CBF-designated sections for majors, as well as protect those specific sections from cuts forced by unexpected budget take-backs. Please see the attached page for a break-down on Communication Studies College Based Fee expenditures for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Sincerely, 

Bernard K. Duffy, Ph.D.
Chair, Communication Studies 

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Communication Studies Department
College Based Fees Expenditure Report
2015-16

TOTAL CBF BUDGET: $96,000
EXPENDITURE CATEGORY (ITEM)     

Fall 2015 CBF Classes

COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication   
COMS 213 Organizational Communication        
COMS 311 Communication Theory     
COMS 316 Intercultural Communication    
COMS 322 Persuasion
COMS 419 Media Effects
 

Winter 2016 CBF Classes

COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication
COMS 213 Organizational Communication 
COMS 311 Communication Theory
COMS 316 Intercultural Communication
COMS 322 Persuasion
COMS 419 Media Effects  
 

Spring 2016 CBF Classes

COMS 212 Interpersonal Communication
COMS 213 Organizational Communication 
COMS 311 Communication Theory
COMS 316 Intercultural Communication     
COMS 322 Persuasion
COMS 419 Media Effects
 

Major Courses Subtotal: $96,000

* Major Courses (CBF Designated Sections)

Student Committee Chair: Makenna Miller

Faculty Advisor: Bernard Duffy

Notes

  1. Student Committee selected CBF classes using anticipated course choice data from department-wide electronic student survey administered Winter 2015 and tentative course offerings plan from department.
  2. Original committee recommendation included Intercultural Communication as COMS 416. Recent catalog changes have relisted Intercultural Communication as COMS 316. That change is reflected in this letter to students.
  3. Although the committee was aware of the fact that no CBF funds would be available for indirect instruction projects during the 2015-16 academic year, the report approved expenditures for the following activities (in order): Career Building Activities, Department Ceremonies, Debate Team. Had funds become available, the department chair was authorized to determine allocation amounts.
  4. The committee authorized the department chair to modify both direct and indirect instruction recommendations to respond to contingencies or take advantage of unanticipated opportunities.

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