Minutes of April 21, 1997 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:03 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, Toni Carbo, Jerome
Cochran, Richard Colwell, James DeAngelis, Deborah Friedman, James Maher,
Keith McDuffie, Josephine Olson, Richard Pratt, Arthur Ramicone, Ellen
Beam Rudy, Peter Shane, Alec Stewart, Susan Whitney, and Philip Wion.
Also present were: Ann Dykstra, Jeffrey Liebmann, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: James Cassing, Justin DalMolin,
Thomas Detre, Ingrid Glasco, Brian Hart, Margaret Rechter, Jeffrey Romoff,
Michael Stuckart, and Bruce Williams.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the March 24, 1997 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher reported that the University Facilities Plan would be presented to
the Property and Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees for action
soon along with requests for authorization to begin specific high priority
Presentation of Attribution Methodology and Cost Study
Wion distributed the FY 1996 Attribution Methodology and Cost
Study and explained changes to the report structure and design. He
explained the process by which the document attributes both revenues
(direct, assignable, and general) and expenditures (direct, traceable,
assignable, and general) to unit. Wion discussed the categories of funds
included (Unrestricted, Auxiliary, and Donated Funds/Research) and
excluded from the report, such as the UPMC-Division, Insurance Funds, and
entities not part of the University, such as the UPMC-System, medical
practice plans, and the University Trust. He also explained that the
current document changes the manner in which the Commonwealth
appropriation is attributed to academic units from previous reports.
Instead of being attributed on the basis of an arbitrary formula, funds
from the Educational and General appropriation are now treated as a
subvention. That is, the funds now simply balance total direct and
indirect revenues and expenses. Wion urged members to carefully read the
observations, cautions, and recommendations contained in the document,
citing that it is a useful tool when used with awareness of its
Update of the Status of the Commonwealth Budget
Dykstra reported that the Commonwealth budget process for FY 1998
is moving more rapidly than in many recent years. The House has already
acted on the preferred and non-preferred components of the budget, adding
approximately $150 million to the Governor's proposed budget. The Senate
has removed most of these funds. Members discussed the tuition cap
proposed by the House. Dykstra explained that the proposed cap differs
from previous Tuition Challenge Grant programs in that the entire
appropriation is threatened if an institution fails to comply. Dykstra
also reported on a recent meeting of presidents of Pennsylvania
institutions of higher education with leading state officials.
The meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.