Minutes of September 28, 1998 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:00 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Carolyn Ban, Mary Ann Barber, Frank
Cassell, James Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, James Maher,
Carol Neuner, Josephine Olson, Richard Pratt, Arthur Ramicone, Alec
Stewart, Michael Stuckart, Alyson Wallach, Susan Whitney, Bruce Williams,
and Philip Wion. Also present were: Margaret Duronio, Jeffrey Liebmann,
Jeffrey Masnick, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Joel Cornfeld, Thomas Detre, Ingrid
Glasco, Van Beck Hall, Nathan Hershey, Margaret Rechter, and Ellen Beam
Approval of the Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the June 15, 1998 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher reported that, as has happened often in recent years, the Board of
Trustees approved a FY 1999 budget that was very similar to that
recommended by the UPBC. He added that the Chancellor also adopted the
recommended faculty salary distribution methodology forwarded by the UPBC,
which was consistent with the existing University Salary Policy. Maher
reported that the UPBC review of the University Salary Policy will occur
in the coming months.
FY 2000 Commonwealth Operating Budget Request
Ramicone distributed the Chancellor's Statement from the FY 2000
Commonwealth Budget Transmittal and summarized the central theme as being
the role research universities play in the economy. He indicated that the
University's research strengths match well with the priorities discussed
in the Governor's Tech 21 report. He reviewed the contents of the
Chancellor's Statement, which summarizes the University's accomplishments
in undergraduate education, research initiatives, public service, and cost
reductions, as well as factors influencing the budget that are outside the
University's control, such as health insurance costs, Year 2000
compliance, Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements, and Title IX
gender equity costs. He added that the Statement emphasizes the
importance of increasing the funding for salaries if the University is to
Ramicone indicated that the University requested a 4% increase in
the base appropriation, plus additional one-time funds of $2.5 million for
laboratory improvements and $1.5 million for curriculum and program
enhancements. The projected budget based on the request includes a 4%
salary increase and as much as a 4.5% increase in tuition rates. Members
discussed the possibility of creating a long-term budget projection model.
Maher indicated that the University has made great strides in recent
years, moving from a period of near crisis to an era where many student
life and academic program initiatives have been successfully funded. He
added that many colleges and universities are in desperate fiscal
conditions and that the University's planning efforts in the past four
years have allowed units to identify achievable goals and to pursue them.
Maher stated that the University is doing a very good job competing with
its peers within its existing resources.
Maher asked members to submit ideas for additional UPBC agenda
items for the year.
The meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.