12 October 2004
Present: Sparks, Crangle, Huckins, Staples, Fahey, Landry, Mackey, McCool, Hines, Driscoll, Thurston, Barry, Hage, Moore, Mathis. Guest: Cocchiarella.
The minutes from the September 28 meeting were approved as written. The committee welcomed new member David Mackey from Criminal Justice.
FBRC Report: Alice Staples is the new committee chair. 2004-05 members are Alice, Daniel Moore, David Mackey, Richard Sparks, Gary McCool, and Ann Thurston. They will meet on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 8am.
Richard Sparks was elected as CBC chair.
Bill Crangle discussed enrollment and retention history. The cabinet will meet to talk about capacity and next fall’s first year class – what our target is and the percentage of yield that we can rely on. One problem with admitting more first-years is the first-year seminar course. There are too few faculty available to teach more sections. Other questions included how big we can allow the first year class to grow, keeping retention in mind, and still have a margin to fund initiatives (otherwise known as living within our enrollment). Bill pointed out that the graduate enrollment spreadsheet figures are shown as FFTE (full-time financial equivalent), not the actual number of students sitting in seats. This is somewhat misleading since it shows the numbers as lower than they actually are.
Bill also began to speak about the town safety payment increase. The president asked the CBC to develop ways to help fund the annual payment, which at present is approximately $340,000. Discussion of this topic will be continued at the next meeting.
Also on the next agenda will be a review of comparator institutions.
The next CBC meeting will be Tuesday, October 26 from 8-9:20 in the Lamson Library Tower. Please note the change in location.