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An inquiry regarding child care at Vanderbilt, and specifically: Do graduate and professional students eligible for child care get some priority over staff/faculty? With the plan to expand services, will students be considered for some priority?

May. 20, 2019—Thank you for your advocacy of the critical need for child care to support the Vanderbilt community and our shared mission of research, teaching and service. Nashville is facing unprecedented growth – at the same time, the number of child care options have decreased due to the prohibitive expense of licensing and operation.  As this...

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Can you explain VU’s endowment returns?

May. 2, 2019—Since endowments typically don’t look at 11-year periods, I’ll start with 10 years.  Over the last 10 years, Vanderbilt’s endowment has returned 4.9% per year.  That ties for 301st out of the 391 endowments reporting 10-year numbers reported by NACUBO.  Among the 93 endowments with over $1 billion in assets under management, it ranks 84th.  Although...

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How is the university responding to concerns raised by a recent Science article about an ongoing tenure review?

Mar. 6, 2019—Dear Colleagues, We are working across a variety of channels to communicate directly with those who have raised concerns about the issues referenced. We are responding to those who have raised questions, both within our community, at other universities, and beyond, and have held departmental meetings and open round table discussions, participated in conversations with...

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Why do we need Multi-Factor Authentication (also knowns as “MFA”)?

Feb. 27, 2019—Higher education institutions are common targets for opportunistic and nation-state attackers because of the wide variety of personal and research data available. The most common attack vector is compromised accounts as a result of phishing campaigns. These compromised accounts can grant threat actors access to all of the data to which the account is entitled. Vanderbilt...

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How does Vanderbilt regulate e-scooters on campus?

Feb. 26, 2019—Vanderbilt University embraces innovation in mobility and the new “shared urban mobility devices” (i.e. dockless electric scooters and bikes) operating in Nashville. The university is committed to providing the campus community with multiple mobility options, as well as ensuring that campus remains accessible and safe for all members. When Metro Nashville was first developing its...

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What is the phone number for the VU appointment hotline? Dedicated Phone Line Gives University Health Plan Members Preferred Access to Tier 1 Providers

Feb. 13, 2019—Vanderbilt University faculty and staff (and eligible dependents) enrolled in the VU Select PPO or Choice CDHP plans now have exclusive access to the VU Appointment Hotline, which gives them preferred access to next-available appointments with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and other Tier 1 Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN) providers. Faculty and staff (and eligible dependents) looking...

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When Should I Reach Out to Vanderbilt Export Compliance? Export Compliance Program Provides Faculty with Expertise

Feb. 1, 2019—Please reach out to Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) for assistance if you…  Hire or host foreign nationals  Travel abroad for business purposes  Ship items internationally  Conduct research with dual use possibilities (e.g., research with applications for biological weapons) While an export can be a physical item, it is often more than shipping a box overseas....

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Why Does Vanderbilt Hold Classes on Labor Day? Examining the University’s Academic Calendar

Feb. 1, 2019—All Vanderbilt undergraduate programs and many graduate and professional programs follow the official academic calendar, which is reviewed and maintained by a standing university committee in consulation with the schools and colleges. Post-baccalaureate programs in Divinity, Engineering, the Graduate School, and Peabody follow the standard university academic calendar. The remaining schools (Law, Medicine, Nursing, and...

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Can I Use the Dependent Tuition Benefit for an Institution Outside the U.S.?

Feb. 1, 2019—The Question:  A faculty member recently raised a question about whether the University’s dependent tuition benefit could be utilized at an institution outside the U.S. The Challenge:   The benefit plan document for the University’s dependent tuition program specifies that dependents must attend “accredited” institutions.   The federal Department of Education provides an authoritative listing of all...

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Why Do We Invest So Much Money in Opportunity Vanderbilt?

Jan. 31, 2019—Opportunity Vanderbilt Continues to Excel as it Enters Second Decade College access and ability to pay have been and continue to be a major concern for students and parents across the country. In helping to address these concerns, Opportunity Vanderbilt was developed as a  strategic priority for the university because it helps to ensure that...

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