14 February 2006
Present: Staples, Fahey, Landry, Shen, Boggess, Thurston, Mathis, Levy, Cocchiarella, Stone, Crangle, Sparks, Petz, Huckins, Moore.
FBRC report -Alice:
Gene Fahey met with the FBRC to talk about admissions issues. We are targeting a 50/50 mix of resident and non-resident admissions, and we are at 43% non-resident now. This is a very important initiative, one that the cabinet is very strongly encouraging. While non-resident applications are high, not all of them enroll. The admissions office hires students to call non-resident admits to encourage them to attend. We discussed whether peers or faculty would have more influence in this situation. The admissions office also sends weekly admit lists to departments. Using these lists, departments currently send letters to non-resident admits, participate in open houses, and some faculty even travel to high schools to recruit them.
Bill announced that discussions will soon begin on a more formula-driven state appropriation.
Julie Bernier’s discussion on the evening division is postponed until a later meeting.
January was a good energy month. This is largely owing to the warm weather, although kilowatt hours of electricity were also down. We go out to bid on oil every spring; this year we are starting much earlier – now. We have a better handle this year on what we need. We also have a better handle on our electricity costs due to our use of the Co-op this past year. Cogen will be shut down again once the weather warms (April) and we will return to Co-op power until next winter’s heating season. The Co-op renegotiates their contract with PSNH every December so there will likely be a jump in electrical costs at that time. Nick asked how Langdon Woods enters into this. LW will get its electricity from the Co-op. A water jacket on our main cogen engine will be a source of heat for the new housing complex. On extremely cold days extra steam heat will be added to that. Half of our steam line replacement project will be done by next winter so we will save an estimated $40-60,000 from that work.
Using current rates we are over $107,000 under budget. We left some room for further cost increases in oil. If oil prices rise 150% we will be $800K under budget. We would go into the year with tuition contingency reserve of $600K. Auxiliaries can help out with these shortfalls. Bill will put emergency measures for continued oil increases on the agenda for the group that discusses emergency policy (they should meet soon anyway to discuss pandemic flu). Heather will give an update on our oil issues at the next CBC meeting.
Every year we build our auxiliary and student fee budgets. In early March Bill goes to the student government to discuss the increases involved in each fee. A group of students then presents those fees to the board in April (with Bill), which generally approves them. Bill shared a form that shows student fees from 2004 to the currently proposed numbers for all three USNH institutions. Bill spent some time reviewing the details of this sheet.
Frank then reviewed the housing and dining fees, rates and increases for 07. The additional beds of Langdon Woods, once Mary Lyon is back online in the fall of 2007, will actually result in only about 200 “new” beds since existing triples will be broken up and students living in local hotels will be moved on campus. Our meal plans continue to be a very good deal since the cost per meal of the full plan, if every meal is used, is under $5. Several meal plan changes are in the works, including adding the ability to tack on extra meals if a food plan runs out. There will also be two new food sites in 2007; one in Langdon Woods and one in the new Learning Commons in the library.
Some discussion centered on course or lab fees. There is concern for students who are surprised by “hidden” fees in courses that are required for their major (not counting those such as performance fees for a music major). Ann stated that they are working on language in the course catalog to increase awareness of which courses carry extra fees.
The next CBC meeting is Tuesday, February 28 at 8am in HUB 119.