Minutes of September 29, 1997 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:07 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Toni Carbo, Jerome Cochran, Richard
Colwell, Thomas Detre, Ingrid Glasco, Van Beck Hall, Brian Hart, Gordon
MacLeod, James Maher, Josephine Olson, Arthur Ramicone, Alec Stewart,
Michael Stuckart, Bruce Williams, and Philip Wion. Also present were:
Margaret Duronio, Lisa Janezic, Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Jeffrey
Masnick, Dennis McManus, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Mary Ann Barber, Justin DalMolin,
Deborah Friedman, Richard Pratt, Margaret Rechter, Ellen Beam Rudy, Peter
Shane, and Susan Whitney.
Approval of the Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the September 11, 1997 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher provided members with a summary of the distribution of funding for
new activities in FY 1998, which included $700,000 in support of academic
initiatives, $700,000 in support of campus enhancements and student life
initiatives, and $1.35 million for support of institutional advancement,
human resources, and Title IX athletics activities. Maher also reported
on fall 1997 admissions, indicating that freshman enrollment is more than
400 students over target and that, including transfers and student
retentions, actual enrollment exceeds budgeted enrollment by a slightly
greater number as of September 21.
Discussion on the FY 1999 Commonwealth Operating Budget Submission
Ramicone summarized the contents of the University's FY 1999
operating budget submission to the Commonwealth. The submission includes
a request for a long-term funding commitment of an additional 3.5% per
year in base funding for the next five years. In addition, the submission
includes a request for an additional 5% per year over the next five years
for competitiveness initiatives related to instructional technology,
infrastructure modernization, laboratory modernization, and student
competitiveness programs. The size of these requests are consistent with
those being submitted by the other state-related institutions, Penn State,
Temple, and Lincoln Universities. The budget submission assumes as basic
parameters a 3.5% tuition increase and a 3.5% overall compensation budget
increase for FY 1999.
Wion discussed the recommendation of the Senate Budget Policies
Committee for compensation increases. He pointed out that recent Consumer
Price Index figures indicate that inflation could be as low as 1.6% for
1997. He indicated that such a trend may make more funds available for
merit, market, and equity components. Maher stated that the Chancellor is
concerned about keeping salaries as competitive as possible.
Discussion of the FY 1999 Commonwealth Capital Budget Submission
Pack explained that the contents of the University's FY 1999
capital budget submission were similar to the previous year's request and
were consistent with the priorities established in the University
Facilities Plan, which was adopted by the Board of Trustees earlier this
year. Detre moved that the UPBC recommend to the Chancellor that the
request be submitted as prepared to the Commonwealth. Colwell seconded.
The motion was approved unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 2:42 p.m.