L&S 131 Program Budget Model

This document is an explanation of the accounting policies and procedures for 131 Programs in L&S.

Background of 131 Programs

L&S departments operate several types of revenue-generating instructional programs.  These include post-baccalaureate capstones, professional masters programs, and Visiting International Student Programs (VISPs).  They are colloquially called “131 programs” given that revenues are received and expenses are incurred on fund 131.  These programs directly receive the tuition paid by students, return a share of the gross tuition revenue to the College and campus, and are responsible for all instructional and administrative costs.  The remaining program surplus accrues to the home department.  

Program Creation

New capstone or professional masters programs require approval from central campus and UW System.  Details can be found in the campus policy library.  L&S departments interested in creating a new program should first discuss feasibility with their divisional associate dean who can then facilitate follow-up meetings with L&S Administration to discuss curricular and budgetary details.  Tentative approval from the College is necessary before starting the campus-level approval process.

L&S departments work with the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) to create VISP cohort programs.  Details can be found in the campus policy library.  As with other 131 programs, L&S departments interested in creating a VISP should first discuss plans with their divisional associate dean who can then facilitate further discussion within L&S and with DCS.

Budget Model


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