Minutes of April 16, 2001 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:03 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Carolyn Ban, Tammeka Beattie, Clifford
Brubaker, Frank Cassell, James Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell,
N. John Cooper, Arthur Levine, James Maher, Thomas Metzger, Richard Pratt,
Arthur Ramicone, Marilyn Ross, Debora Rougeux,Michael Unangst, Philip
Wion, and Thomas Wolf. Also present were: Jeffrey Liebmann, William
Madden, Michael Moran, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Mary Ann Barber, Nathan Hershey,
Barbara Mowery, Jaime Ann Rakow, Michael Stuckart, and Valerie Watzlaf.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the February 8, 2001 meeting were approved.
Presentation of the Revenue and Cost Attribution Study, FY 2000
Wion explained the changes in the report and that very few
modifications were made to the attribution methodology this year. He
added that next year's report should include revised cost drivers for
computing costs. He also clarified certain points, such as the student
seating allocation revenues, a transfer based on a certain full-time
equivalent level per unit, and the continued exclusion of executive
salaries from individual unit information.
Update on FY 2002 Planning and Budgeting Parameters
Ban explained that initial assumptions of a 4% tuition increase
and a 4% compensation increase leave a $7.5 million deficit in the FY 2002
budget. Based on the current assumptions of a Commonwealth appropriation
increase of only 3%, a combination of new operating expenses and debt
service associated with new buildings coming on line soon as well as
rising utility costs make it difficult to create a balanced budget
scenario. Ban explained that the Parameters Subcommittee will be
examining a range of scenarios as better budget estimates become
Maher added that new operating expenses and debt service will rise
again be a factor in next year's parameter setting. However, he added
that the University is remarkably close to the path set several years ago
to become one of the nation's premiere research universities. He pointed
out that many private universities, which have been spending heavily and
charging higher tuition in recent years, are now facing trends that will
favor institutions like the University of PIttsburgh.
The meeting adjourned at 3:01 p.m.