11 March 2003
Present: Kent, Huckins, Fahey, Landry, Bernier, Moore, Sparks, Mathis, Crangle, Hage, Levy, Campbell. Excused: Ramsay. Absent: Barry, Quigley, Cantor.
The minutes of February 25 and March 4 were approved as written.
The agenda began with Bill Crangle’s list of discussion items, although the topic of average class size was deferred until VP Barry can participate. Pat Campbell’s listing of part-time faculty by department was examined. This report also reflects which departments appear to be taking class size advice and which are not. VP Barry needs support in pushing the agenda of appropriate class size. The confusion in counting courses was mentioned. Courses are set up so many different ways that a uniform method of counting is impossible. Nick Mathis offered that we are teaching more courses to fewer students than we were a few years ago. The Faculty Budget and Resource Committee (FBRC) will look into this further.
UNH has announced they will outsource all custodial and maintenance services. The changeover will take place over time and through attrition. Bill said these plans sometimes save money but do it by taking benefits away from lower-paid employees in those jobs. David Kent pointed out the inequality of our still-high use of non-benefited adjunct faculty. A recommendation made last year was to make better use of full-time faculty and less of adjuncts.
The issue of centralized copying services was raised as a possible way to save money. Richard Sparks asked if we could get information from Keene on how they manage their copying (they have an in-house copying service and otherwise have only 14 copiers on campus opposed to 80 at PSU). Bill Crangle will request that info. The CBC will also look at travel and meal expenses at the next meeting.
Bill Crangle met with the student government on March 9. The Student Senate unanimously supported the budget and all proposed student fee increases.
When asked if the budget and savings recommendations of the CBC would hold any weight with the Trustees, Bill Crangle answered yes.
Discussion followed on salary issues of incoming faculty and our ability to attract quality people. Nick reiterated that we should perhaps shift more money to the big, popular programs, taking it from smaller, under-attended programs that graduate few students. We have not yet decided what we want to be; we are trying to do too much. Hard decisions are needed on what we want to support and where we can trim. Bill will forward that issue to the FBRC.
The next CBC meeting is Tuesday, March 25 at 8am in HUB 119.