Minutes of May 8, 1997 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:06 a.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Toni Carbo, Jerome Cochran, Richard
Colwell, James DeAngelis, Brian Hart, James Maher, Keith McDuffie, Richard
Pratt, Arthur Ramicone, Peter Shane, and Alec Stewart. Also present were:
Ann Dykstra, Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Jeffrey Masnick, Carol
Neuner, Robert Pack, and Kathy Tosh.
UPBC members not present were: Mary Ann Barber, James Cassing,
Justin DalMolin, Thomas Detre, Deborah Friedman, Ingrid Glasco, Josephine
Olson, Margaret Rechter, Jeffrey Romoff, Ellen Beam Rudy, Michael
Stuckart, Susan Whitney, Bruce Williams, and Philip Wion.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the April 10 and April 21, 1997 UPBC meetings were
approved. Maher discussed common themes arising from recent meetings of
school Boards of Visitors. He discussed recent proposals in the Faculty
of Arts and Sciences to provide teaching positions to recent
post-doctorates. Maher stated that while the concept is fiscally sound,
there are those who are misinterpreting the proposal. He emphasized that
the FAS proposal was developed in partial response to his request that FAS
address the importance of improving the treatment of part-time and
non-tenure stream full-time faculty. He also stated that departments are
being encouraged to consider alternative proposals that respond to the
fiscal constraints facing the University while also facilitating
achievement of the goals of improving teaching and planning for and making
better use of human resources.
The University Facilities Plan: 1998-2007was distributed to
members. Pack indicated that the document has been approved by the
Property and Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Discussion of FY 1998 Planning and Budgeting Parameters
Dykstra summarized recent actions on the Commonwealth budget
relative to the University. She stated that the University's FY 1998
general base appropriation is 2% higher than in FY 1997. In addition, the
University will receive a 1% increase in one-time funding for special
projects. Funding was also approved for the Rural Education Outreach
project at Bradford ($165,000), an Elder Law Clinic ($200,000), and two
equipment grant programs (approximately $500,000). Funding for PHEAA will
increase 7% and the Link to Learn Project will remain at $7 million for FY
Pratt presented the most recent draft planning and budgeting
parameters for FY 1998, as prepared by the Parameters Subcommittee, which
include the following assumptions:
tuition rate increase of 4.5%;
reduction in the compensation base of 1.5%;
increase in the remaining compensation base of 2.5%;
increase in financial aid of 4.5%; and
no increase in other costs.
Pratt explained that if any of the one-time funding from the Commonwealth
appropriation could be used to alleviate FY 1998 items, then the
recommended reduction in the compensation base could be lowered from 1.5%
The meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.