Information about establishing non-pooled (i.e., revenue) 131 programs, including how to complete the 131-Program Model Budget Spreadsheet.
Post-baccalaureate programs (i.e., capstone certificates, as well as graduate-level degrees/majors or named options) that meet certain criteria may be allowed to have paid tuition returned to the program. For programs that meet these criteria and are willing to operate under the associated rules, paid tuition for the program will be made directly available to the program through a Fund 131 account to cover expenses and allow for program reinvestment.
Revenue/131 programs differ from the standard tuition model for programs (i.e., pooled tuition) supported through traditional 101 funding. In the pooled/101 model, all paid tuition is pooled centrally and allocated to the school/colleges and administrative units to support the academic and instructional infrastructure. The rules associated with revenue/131 tuition programs are designed to protect the tuition pool and support program success.
The UW-Madison Requirements and Processes for Academic Programs with Non-Pooled/131 Tuition document outlines the planning considerations and criteria for non-pooled tuition programs, in addition to requirements for regular academic program approvals. The document contains the following sections:
If a program would like to request the revenue/131 tuition model, they make the request via the Lumen Programs proposal system. This is the university's system that manages new program proposals and proposals to revise/change existing programs. The 131-Program Model Budget Spreadsheet (updated 9 June 2020) must be completed and attached to the Lumen Program proposal in the provided upload field within the form's Resources, Budget, and Finance section. For a set of videos that provide instructions on how to complete the spreadsheet, go here.
It is important to note that if you are proposing a program with the tuition structure of market-based or online-distance (see Tuition Structures for Degree/Majors and Certificate Programs for more information), you must complete and upload the corresponding Market-Based Tuition Program Request Form or Online/Distance Tuition Program Request Form. Both forms are Word documents that can be completed and uploaded to the provided document upload field within the Lumen Programs form, in the Resources, Budget, and Finance section.
Revenue/131 program proposals must be approved by the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) and/or the UW System Board of Regents in/by February for a Fall term program start or by November for a Summer term program start. For more information on UAPC meetings, including the proposal submission timeline, refer to the UAPC webpage.
Another potentially useful resource is the Professional Degrees and Certificates Community of Practice website. This site includes resources for program development, implementation, and maintenance. For access to the site, please follow this link to auto-enroll.