As the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve, we remain committed to sharing information and updates to help you stay healthy and safe while we work towards a continuity of student learning and university operations.
Virtual Town Hall: This week we hosted another virtual town hall that provided an overview of the university’s general fund and operating budget. We also shared the fiscal year 2021 budget planning principles that continue to guide university leadership. There remain many uncertainties regarding next year’s budget. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the entire economy and we are planning for a significant budget shortfall next fiscal year. You can review a recording of the town hall here. At the request of some in the town hall, faculty and staff may offer anonymous cost-savings ideas directly with the chancellor.
What is the Teaching Plan for Fall? The Office of the Provost is leading the planning efforts related to our fall semester teaching plan. A recommendation to the Chancellor is expected early next week. Our plan will then be shared with the COVID-19 Leadership Team in Ann Arbor as well as President Schlissel. The U-M Regents are expected to review our plan at their June meeting. We anticipate sharing the plan and other related details after the Regents’ meeting.
LinkedIn Learning is Now Available to Students: Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at U-M Ann Arbor, arranged this benefit for students on all three campuses. LinkedIn Learning provides students access to Adobe courses for the e-signing of documents, technical training and many other learning opportunities. LinkedIn Learning is also integrated into Canvas to allow for modules to be assigned by faculty to students. Thank you Dean of Students Amy Finley for advocating and leading this effort on our campus.
With all best wishes for your continued good health and a relaxing weekend,