10 February 2004
Present: Crangle, Moore, Thurston, Fahey, Landry, Tinnell, Driscoll, Cocchiarella, JPClark, Sparks. Absent: Hage, Mathis, Bernier, Barry, Rousseau, Mulloy, Bobusia, Staples, Davis, Maynard.
Roger wanted his concern about assessment added to the minutes of the January 29th meeting. He feels that assessment should be on every agenda. The 1/29 minutes were then approved as amended.
Bill Crangle began a discussion and review of the Financial Aid budget and student fees.
Financial Aid will be $100K short in need based scholarships due to the mix shifting more towards in-state. There was a short discussion of NEHBE, which is a cooperative agreement among schools in New England to attract students by offering them discounted tuition for programs that are not offered in their home state. Bill promised to bring more information on this to the next meeting.
The Financial Aid report being submitted to the Trustees next month shows the discount in our revenue that we offer to attract students. Bill pointed out that Keene spends less but receives more revenue from out-of-state students due to the regions from which the schools attract most of their students; Western CT for Keene vs Eastern MA for PSU.
All mandatory student fees must be approved by the BOT every year (includes housing and dining). Student approval is required first. Work on the auxiliary budgets is begun in October to determine the rates for next year.
PSU is working on a plan to reduce deferred maintenance in the residence halls. For example, Pemi Hall will get new windows and upgrades to bathrooms and sprinklers this summer, plus new fire alarm systems. All the halls combined have $800,000 to over $1 million worth of deferred maintenance, except for Mary Lyon, on which the tab is much higher. Since these funds come from auxiliary budgets, they are not affected by state appropriations in any way. Our capacity has to be as close to 100% as possible in order to continue addressing deferred maintenance issues. Deferred maintenance is on the agenda for a later CBC meeting.
Roger expressed concern over the lack of discussion on the quality of instruction, which is our main product. He requests a discussion at a later meeting. Richard suggested the only way to really assess how “something is going” is to ask the students. We need an update on that issue from Julie Bernier. Bill added that other committees are looking at the issue. The CBC’s charge is to fund the recommendations of the UPC.
The next meeting, on February 24, will complete the discussion of fees, then move into the other agenda items listed in the 2004 work plan.