Minutes of November 17, 2005 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:04 a.m. in room 817, Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Livingston Alexander, Diana Browning,
Stephen Carr, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, Irene Frieze, Carol
Hodgkiss, Susan Kinsey, Patricia Kroboth, Ronald Larsen, James Maher,
Angela Peskie, Arthur Ramicone, Susan Sereika, and Stephen Wisniewski.
Also present were: Richard Henderson, Jeffrey Liebmann, Charles
McLaughlin, Robert Pack, and Kathy Tosh.
UPBC members not present were: James Alexander, Shirley Cassing,
David DeJong, Christine Dollaghan, Rakshiet Jain, Brian Kelly, Arthur
Levine, Maureen McClure, Michael Stuckart, and Thomas Wolf.
Report of the Chair
Maher provided new members with a history of the Committee and a
summary of recent issues. In addition, Maher briefly explained the
structure of the University's Planning and Budgeting System and its levels
of committees. Members discussed the increasing pace of change in higher
education and its impacts on decision making. Maher recommended that a
separate briefing be arranged for new members on University strategic
planning. He differentiated between those academic issues which were
properly addressed through academic governance processes and those that
the UPBC appropriately dealt with. It is important that the distinction
be maintained to ensure that academic purview remained in traditional
processes. Carr agreed with the appropriateness of such a division.
Discussion of the FY 2007 Commonwealth Budget Submission
Tosh summarized the University's FY 2007 Commonwealth budget
submission, compared with actual appropriations budgets received in the
past two years. The University requested a 10% increase in the
Commonwealth appropriation for FY 2007, predicated on limiting tuition and
salary increases to 4%. She added that Penn State University also
requested a 10% increase in appropriations with a slightly higher tuition
McLaughlin discussed current legislation being discussed that
could impact higher education in Pennsylvania. The House and Senate are
studying a taxpayer bill of rights similar to a program recently repealed
by the state of Colorado. He added that the Academic Freedom Initiative
is losing support among legislators. Pack also discussed a study
examining the tiers of financial aid provided through the Pennsylvania
Higher Education Assistance Agency and the realistic costs of tuition for
The meeting adjourned at 11:17 a.m.