Minutes of September 11, 1997 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:06 a.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, Toni Carbo, James
Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, Deborah Friedman, Ingrid Glasco,
Gordon MacLeod, James Maher, Richard Pratt, Ellen Beam Rudy, Peter Shane,
Alec Stewart, Michael Stuckart, and Philip Wion. Also present were: Ann
Dykstra, Lisa Janezic, Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Jeffrey Masnick,
and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Justin DalMolin, Thomas Detre, Van
Beck Hall, Brian Hart, Josephine Olson, Arthur Ramicone, Margaret Rechter,
Susan Whitney, and Bruce Williams.
Approval of the Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the June 23, 1997 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher summarized University planning and budgeting activities in recent
-- the approval of the University Facilities Plan 1998-2007 by the
Board of Trustees;
-- efforts of the Information Technology Steering Committee (ITSC) to
compile comprehensive recommendations on technology, which should be
completed during the fall;
-- activities of the Enrollment Management Committee and other
efforts related to the improvement of student life; and
-- ongoing improvements in the planning and budgeting processes of
Presentation on the Commonwealth Budgeting Process
Dykstra summarized the process by which the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania sets budgets for state-funded entities, such as the
University. FY 1999 budget submissions are due to the Department of
Education by September 19. During October and November, these submissions
will be reviewed and a recommendation made to the Governor. The
Governor's Office will review the recommendations and announce a proposed
budget on the first Tuesday in February. University officials then meet
with the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in March. Finally,
the General Assembly will finalize the budget for final approval in June.
Dykstra indicated that the various leaders of higher education
have continued cooperation begun last year and are developing a joint
document promoting a long-term state funding commitment. The proposal
will promote an increase in base funding as well as broad commitment to
initiatives related to instructional technology, infrastructure
modernization, laboratory modernization, and student competitiveness.
Dykstra pointed out that many states are increasing their investments in
higher education as economies improve, and that Pennsylvania's higher
education has real needs. She cited the importance of addressing the
Governor's priorities, such as cost savings, accountability, affirmative
action, and involvement of undergraduates in research.
Cochran reported on positive efforts by the Department of
Athletics to control expenditures and enhance revenue streams. He cited
the new video replay score board, which will recoup its costs in just the
first year from advertising revenues and corporate sponsorships.
Acquisition of the score board was self-financed and required no loan from
Plant Funds. The video replay score board will provide a steady stream of
income for a number of years.
The meeting adjourned at 11:24 a.m.