Minutes of October 9, 2000 Meeting



	The meeting convened at 2:04 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
Learning.

	UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, Tammeka Beattie,
Clifford Brubaker, Frank Cassell, James Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard
Colwell, N. John Cooper, James Maher, Thomas Metzger, Arthur Ramicone,
Marilyn Ross, Debora Rougeux, Michael Stuckart, Philip Wion, and Thomas
Wolf.  Also present were: G. Reynolds Clark, Ann Dykstra, Jeffrey
Liebmann, and William Madden.
	UPBC members not present were: Carolyn Ban, Nathan Hershey, Arthur
Levine, Barbara Mowery, Richard Pratt, Jaime Ann Rakow, Joan Snyder,
Valerie Watzlaf, and Bruce Williams.

Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair

	The minutes of the April 3 and May 19 meetings were approved.
Maher detailed the rationale supporting the FY 2001 salary increase
decisions.  He emphasized the importance of the role played by the UPBC
and how the final decision did not vary substantially from the Committee's
recommendation.  Members discussed the apparent ambiguity in the
University salary policy regarding the priority of maintaining real salary
versus applying funds to merit, market, and equity increases.  The need to
clarify or expand upon the recommendations of the Committee was discussed,
so as to enhance the dialogue with the Chancellor on this issue.  There
was agreement that different approaches to applying salary increase funds
have their unique merits and problems and that the Committee appreciates
the Chancellor's efforts and wishes to maintain its collegial relationship
with the Chancellor.

Discussion of the FY 2002 Commonwealth Budget Submission

	Dykstra provided members with an overview of the Commonwealth
budget process used to determine the University's appropriation.  She
reported that the FY 2002 request included an overall increase of 5.25%
over the FY 2001 appropriation.  In addition to the base appropriation,
the request also included three special initiatives: the second year of
the information technology plan ($3.5 million); the third year of the
laboratory investment plan ($3 million); and the new biotechnology
investment fund ($4 million).  While the proposal is higher than that
proposed by other institutions, it assumes a lower tuition rate than that
proposed by Penn State, for instance.

Matters Arising

	Maher reported that the University may soon reach agreement with
an Internet service provider capable of meeting its sophisticated needs.
He expressed concern over the state of the network, and reported that
efforts are proceeding to increase bandwidth and reduce equipment
failures.

	The meeting adjourned at 3:57 p.m.