9 March 2004
Present: Staples, Hage, Landry, Cocchiarella, JPClark, Crangle, Moore, Tinnell, Sparks, Thurston, Driscoll, Maynard, Mathis. Absent: Davis, Fahey, Bernier.
The minutes were approved as written, with one abstention.
Roger reported on the FRBC’s last meeting. Minutes will now be taken and posted on the web. They discussed retention, and gathering department chairs to talk about departmental plans and budgets. Retention has a huge impact on the budget – perhaps Financial Aid can help with more academic scholarships to help keep students here. Dick Hage said Admissions is looking at the problem of first- and second-year student attrition, especially of out-of-state students. Roger asked how larger class sizes might affect retention. Dick replied that many of the exit interviews reveal financial reasons as the most common for leaving. Undecided students are the largest group to leave (nationally). National research also does not indicate larger class size has having much effect on the decisions of students who leave a school.
Ellen Shippee and Gail Stone were present for a discussion of deferred maintenance issues. Ellen offered an explanation of deferred maintenance (DM) in general, and the building audit conducted in 2001 for all major buildings except Boyd and Prospect, which were slated for renovation. Handouts illustrated that approximately $2.9 million must be put into DM annually until 2024 to address the problem, and the reinvestment projections for all buildings. She also shared a list of the components that auditors examine for the PE Center and Mary Lyon Hall, a facilities capital planning summary report, and an R&R (repair and replacement) budget for FY03-05.
Dan asked if Ellen can prioritize the biggest DM needs on campus, which she will do.
John P. Clark wants to see the CBC endorse Physical Plant’s efforts to address this problem.
Roger asked how DM and R&R affect the academic teaching budget. Dan noted that many of the DM priorities are academic buildings. In past years, R&R has been cut in favor of keeping the academic department budgets level, which contributed to the current situation.
Nick noted that a major concern for parents is the life safety of the residence halls. Questions come up at every orientation. Ellen said this summer will see the last of the life safety projects, thus completing life safety work on all PSU’s residence halls.
Bill reiterated that PSU is trying hard to generate revenue to help fund the academic departments. Such initiatives include expanding graduate studies and continuing education, and offering use of our facilities to outside groups during summer months.
The March 23rd CBC meeting has been CANCELLED.
The next CBC meeting is Tuesday, April 13 in the Student Senate Room (HUB 119).