Long-term goals for any new CoEnv academic program are to:

  • Fill an academic need in the College and at the University of Washington
  • Address an emerging societal and/or scientific issue
  • Create additional revenue flow into the College (or at minimum be revenue neutral) to allow it to broaden and deepen academic offerings.

Examples of new academic programs include but are not limited to:

  • Within-unit programs – these are wholly owned by an existing academic unit.
  • New degrees that are interdisciplinary – these are principally operated by multiple units within the College, and also have their own faculty Director and administrative staff.
  • New degrees that are stand-alone – these are operated by appointed faculty and administrative staff, and report directly to the Dean of the College.
  • New course series owned, in whole or in part, by the College and ascribable to a specific academic program or goal.

Proposed tax structure for new academic programs:

  • For all newly established programs the College will waive all taxes in the first two years. Additional years of tax forgiveness may be negotiated, depending on the size, stability, and financial structure of the program.
  • For programs generating under $100K in annual ABB tuition revenue, the College will tax 15% of the annual income.
  • For programs generating over $100K in annual ABB tuition revenue, the College will tax the first $100K at 15% and any revenue over $100K at 20%.
  • For programs over $150K an additional 5% tax (for a maximum tax of 25%) may be applied exclusively for use in teaching facility upgrades needed by the program, with the understanding that these upgrades are likely to cost more than an annual 5% assessment could fully reimburse.

College support for new academic programs:

  • The College will actively seek to work with faculty, and chairs and directors, to explore the creation of new academic programs that adhere to the long-term goals stated above.
  • Because all new programs will require initial funding, the College will work with units, and faculty groups, to determine a specific and detailed budget and enrollment projection, so all parties can understand and agree on the funding required to develop and sustain the program.
  • The College will use resources generated in total across all units to help fund new academic programs, at a rate that does no harm to existing unit budgets.

Framework of the agreement for new academic programs:

  • An MOU will be developed for each new program, which outlines the specifics of the agreement for that program.
  • A program assessment will be completed no later than the fifth year of the program to review progress of the program.
  • An assessment will be completed no later than the tenth year of the program to determine whether the program is sufficiently established and has adequate base funding to be considered an established program (and receive funding through the College’s annual funding cycle for those programs) or continue to remain under the guidelines and taxing structure for new academic programs.