Minutes of November 14, 2002 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:00 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Tammeka Banks, James Cassing, Jerome
Cochran, Richard Colwell, N. John Cooper, David DeJong, Christine
Dollaghan, Attilio Favorini, James Maher, Maureen McClure, Barbara Mowery,
Mary Ann Peterson, Arthur Ramicone, Christopher Riegel, Philip Wion, and
Thomas Wolf. Also present were: Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Charles
McLaughlin, Robert Pack, and Paul Supowitz.
UPBC members not present were: Frank Cassell, Jacqueline
Dunbar-Jacob, Christopher Happ, Gerald Holder, Arthur Levine, Michael
Stuckart, Evelyn Talbott, Kevin Washo, and Stephen Wisniewski.
Report of the Chair
Provost Maher reported that Philip Wion will chair the Attribution
Subcommittee again in 2002-03. Wion added that the methodology is well
settled, but that efforts this year will focus on updating the attribution
of computing costs. Maher then discussed how $500,000 of the Provost's
share of the FY 2003 academic initiatives funds were used to address
faculty salaries in areas where serious competitive disadvantages exist,
including primarily certain FAS departments, Engineering, Business, Law,
the regional campuses, and the University Library System. Four staff
classifications below local market averages received funds prorated over
affected units to cover a significant fraction of the gap. Wion added
that the distribution of salary funds in the Health Sciences was discussed
at a recent Senate Budget Policies Committee meeting. Cochran explained
that two units in the administrative area of the University were
identified as being in particular need of market funds.
Discussion of FY 2004 Commonwealth Operating Budget Request
Ramicone reported on the University's annual operating budget
request, submitted to the Commonwealth in late September. An overall
increase in appropriations of 5.0% was requested, based on the assumption
that such an increase would allow the University to hold tuition increases
to 5.0% and increase the compensation pool by 4.0%. He added that Penn
State has requested a 4.0% increase in appropriations, based on a tuition
increase of 6.0% and an already-implemented $500 fee assessed to new
freshmen over the next two years.
Wion asked about the status of the University's 10-year facilities
plan and suggested that a report could be a future agenda item. Maher
suggested that an agenda item for the next meeting could be a report on
his approach to long-range planning issues, summarizing the goals the
University is trying to accomplish.
The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.