25 March 2003
Present: Fahey, Huckins, Landry, Campbell, Moore, Barry, Hage, Mathis, Bernier, Levy, Kent, Wixson, Crangle, Sparks, Cantor. Excused: Ramsay. Absent: Quigley.
The minutes of the March 11 meeting were approved as written.
The committee reviewed a letter to the CBC from President Wharton regarding budget adjustment categories. The gist of the letter could be summed up in one sentence from the fourth paragraph; “I would ask that you support the following critical changes that must take place so that we can continue our efforts to provide a quality education to our students and have a balanced budget.”
VP Hage outlined the status of admissions in response to the revenue enhancement category in Dr. Wharton’s letter. Both yield and attrition rates are higher for out-of-state students than for in-state. We now have enough of a pool to make our admissions goal, but we must be mindful not to lower standards in order to accept more out-of-state students.
Discussion ensued on the establishment of part-time faculty department budgets beginning in spring 04, along with reducing the number of courses and increasing class size. Support of these measures by the CBC would give VP Barry and the other PAs the needed support of an elected committee. When it was suggested that the start date be fall 03 instead of spring 04, VP Barry defended the later date as being the earliest that academic departmental strategies can be changed. Some difficulty lies in the revolving administration of the academic departments.
Kent commented that the letter seemed to be aimed mostly at the academic departments. VP Barry pointed out several paragraphs that referred to administrative efforts, and stood strong in her assertion that one of our major problems has been and continues to be the mismanagement of some academic programs.
Recommendations were made for changes in the language, order and presentation of the document. The presentation of these issues is important. Goals should be considered as campus wide, not primarily either academic or administrative. Crangle and Barry will redraft the letter before the next meeting. The letter will also be taken to the next University Planning Committee meeting. Kent asked Crangle to create a couple of charts to further illustrate the changes thus far.
Crangle distributed discussion points and outlined the goals of the committee for the remainder of this academic year.
A community, campus-wide budget meeting is planned for 3:35pm on Wednesday, April 30 in the Heritage Commons. The CBC will probably plan to meet at 8am in HUB 119 on April 29 to discuss the agenda for that event.
The next CBC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 at 8am in HUB 119.