(Approved: BFC 4/5/83)
1. Each academic unit which is subject to a Planning for Excellence review should undertake to make its academic assistant stipends comparable to or better than its peer units at other universities. Specifically, its typical AI stipend (after taking into consideration variations in the typical work load, fees, and fee remissions) should be at least as comparable to the typical AI stipend at peer units as its faculty compensation is comparable to faculty compensation at peer units. The unit, using Planning for Excellence information and other information available to the unit, should prepare a plan for achieving this goal. In formulating its plan, the unit should first consider means within its own resources for meeting the goal. The unit's plan and its progress on the plan should be reviewed at its annual budget conference. (Note: "Typical" was used rather than "average" in order to be consistent with the Planning for Excellence questionnaire.)
- A. A minimum stipend for associate instructors should be determined jointly by the Bloomington Administration and the Budgetary Affairs Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council and should be reviewed and/or adjusted annually.
- B. Exceptions to the minimum stipend for associate instructors jointly determined by the Bloomington Faculty Council Budgetary Affairs Committee and the Bloomington Campus Administration will be permissible only under compelling circumstances and by five years hence only in rare cases. Such exceptions must be justified in writing by the administrative officer(s) responsible for setting the stipend and must be approved by the Provost. Reasons for the approved exceptions shall be available in writing to affected associate instructors upon request to the Office of the Provost.
3. The Bloomington Faculty Council recommends that the Provost, consider establishing a matching fund for academic assistant budgets as described in the following guidelines:
- A. For each of the next five years, the campus' base budget should include a matching fund of at least $l00,000 committed to solving academic assistant funding problems. This fund should be administered by the Provost with the advice of the Bloomington Faculty Council Budgetary Affairs Committee.
- B. The schools and college which reallocate funds internally to their academic assistant base budgets may request additional base funds for their academic assistant budgets from the matching fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis via a base budget transfer. The administrators of the fund should take into account in their allocation decisions the needs, quality, plans, and special circumstances of the units.
- C. A school or college some of whose stipends are below either the campus minimum or the typical stipend of their peers must use its reallocated funds and matching funds to increase stipends rather than to increase the number of appointees.
- D. If within four years of obtaining matching funds a school or college either reallocates its academic assistant base budget or transfers funds during a budget year from its academic assistant account for a purpose other than academic assistant support--except when the reallocation or transfer is to meet a required reversion to the campus-- then it must return an equal reallocation or transfer (up to the total amount of matching funds it has received) to the campus for use to support academic assistants in other units.