Minutes of December 9, 2004 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:04 a.m. in room 817, Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: James Alexander, Livingston Alexander,
Stephen Carr, David DeJong, Christine Dollaghan, Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob,
James Maher, Linda Marts, Maureen McClure, Thomas Metzger, Stephen
Wisniewski, and Thomas Wolf. Also present were: Richard Henderson,
Jeffrey Liebmann, Robert Pack, Paul Supowitz, and Thurman Wingrove.
UPBC members not present were: Nicholas Bircher, Carolyn Carson,
Mary Ann Caton, N. Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, John Cooper, Rakshiet
Jain, Brian Kelly, Ronald Larsen, Arthur Levine, Carol Neuner, Arthur
Ramicone, and Michael Stuckart.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Provost
The minutes of the April 15 and April 29 meetings were approved.
The Provost oriented new members on the structure of the Committee and its
Discussion of the FY 2006 Commonwealth Appropriation Request
Wingrove summarized the University's appropriation request of
$186,669,000 for FY 2006, which represents a 10.6% increase over FY 2005.
He explained that the amount of the increase was driven in large part by a
desire to restore cuts in the University's appropriation in recent years.
The request assumes a 4% increase in tuition and a 4% increase in salary
budgets. He provided Committee members with a summary of the University
budget and the budget process.
Status of the Commonwealth Budget
Supowitz discussed the budget outlook in Harrisburg for FY 2006,
which is in a very early stage. He stated that the economy is continuing
to recover and that revenue projections are ahead of the previous year.
He added, however, that the loss of federal funding for Medicare and
Mental Health/Mental Retardation funding has created a $1 billion hole in
the Commonwealth budget. Supowitz noted that the Governor's priorities
for the FY 2006 budget are "human capital" issues, including education.
Carr raised the issue of faculty salary comparisons for regional
campus faculty. Maher replied that discussions are underway and that a
recommendation will be forthcoming to the UPBC. He explained some of the
difficulties inherent in creating valid comparison groups for the
regionals, given the University's overall stance toward salaries, the
necessarily varying stances by unit, and the problems in obtaining
appropriate data. Maher noted the success the University has achieved in
recent years relative to faculty salaries on the Pittsburgh Campus and
believes that an appropriate benchmark for the regional campus faculty is
achievable. He also noted that such a benchmark will necessarily be more
general and less focused than that in use for the Pittsburgh Campus.
The meeting adjourned at 11:42 a.m.