Minutes of March 24, 1997 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:06 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, Toni Carbo, James
Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, Justin DalMolin, James
DeAngelis, Brian Hart, James Maher, Josephine Olson, Richard Pratt, Arthur
Ramicone, Peter Shane, Michael Stuckart, Brian Ulery, and Philip Wion.
Also present were: Carol Carter, Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Jeffrey
Masnick, Robert Pack, and Kathy Tosh.
UPBC members not present were: Thomas Detre, Ingrid Glasco, Keith
McDuffie, Margaret Rechter, Jeffrey Romoff, Ellen Beam Rudy, Alec Stewart,
Susan Whitney, and Bruce Williams.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the February 24, 1997 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher reported that the Provost's Area Planning and Budgeting Committee is
reviewing documents submitted by the schools, centers, and regional
campuses that report to the Provost. He indicated that minutes of the
Provost's Area PBC will be distributed to each responsibility center and
that the Committee will re-examine its composition in the coming months.
Maher stated that preparation of the comprehensive report of the
Information Technology Steering Committee is progressing, including an
inclusive examination of costs and revenue sources.
Discussion of Long-Range Planning and Budgeting Parameters
Cassing distributed data projecting implications on future
University budgets of specific parameter scenarios with the intent of
assessing the relative impact of various parameters. The Committee
reviewed potential long-term effects of current decisions. Maher
discussed the additional implications of institutional policies that
similarly affect long-term budgets. He suggested that the University must
improve its resource base, make necessary campus and technology
improvements, and increase the proportion of resources invested in
non-recurring expenditures. A program for such policy changes, over a
10-year period, would make substantial positive changes to the way
resources are distributed within the University.
Members discussed the relative sensitivity of the variables in the
budget. In discussing the price sensitivity of tuition rates, the
Committee noted that the University must make itself more attractive in
terms of student life to improve the quality of the student body.
Increasing tuition without concurrent substantial investments in quality
could hurt efforts at repositioning the University relative to its peers.
Wion observed that faculty and staff also "invest" in the University. In
discussing the sensitivity of compensation expenditures, he emphasized the
importance of a stable and consistent salary policy. Hart emphasized the
differences between faculty and staff compensation issues.
The meeting adjourned at 3:37 p.m.