27 April 2004
Present: JPClark, Crangle, Driscoll, Fahey, Hage, Landry, Mathis, Maynard, Moore, Sparks, Staples, Tinnell, Thurston.
The minutes from the previous meeting were not available. Therefore, they will be reviewed at the next meeting.
Tunnel Vision – The article concerning demographics in New England was discussed. It was noted that in New England, New Hampshire was adding people while many of our sister states were net losers of population. New Hampshire was also the only New England state to have a net increase of bachelor degree holders.
Discussion of Cabinet budget priorities that were endorsed by the University Planning Committee:
Budget figures reflect a 3% increase in state appropriation.
Salaries indicate an increase of 4.5%.
Town agreement includes an additional $146,000. Next year we should review just how this should be funded as it is nearing $400,000.
Scholarship increases signal a desire to provide achievement-based aid to both in-state and out-of-state students.
Two items represent increases to Campus Police for professional membership dues and additional dependent benefits.
OS positions are to be added in Financial Aid Office, Bursar, Grants, and HR in order to handle greater demands.
Additional funds are needed in Career Services to handle logistics for international programs.
The 1.5% tuition increase was seen as probable.
Utilities were projected at a 9% increase.
A motion was made and seconded that the CBC endorse these recommendations. While the motion was carried on a voice vote, Roger Tinnell voiced his concerns that the budget priorities do not invest more in the faculty. He is also concerned that the CBC seems to be rubber-stamping priorities that were already being acted upon.
Discussion on the possible CLL merger focused on the impact on current and future budgets. This merger is still under consideration by the Board of Trustees.
Richard Sparks passed out a document outlining energy concerns and possible solutions. We will discuss these at our next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15am
Submitted by Daniel P. Moore