18 February 2003
Present: Wixson, Wharton, Kent, Fahey, Landry, Sparks, Hage, Mathis, Moore, Cantor, Crangle, Barry, Campbell. Excused: Bernier, Ramsay. Absent: Huckins, Freyhofer, Quigley, Levy. Guest: Cofran.
Dr. Wharton began by talking about the Governor’s budget proposal, which is 11% short of the budget submitted. That really means 5% less than what we now have, which would amount to $550,000. The USNH will take its request to the legislature. The challenge is to first advocate to the legislature for the budget. Secondly, plans must be made to deal with a budget shortfall. It is doubtful that the USNH can get the full 6% increase it requested, but these efforts could get the System more than what the Governor proposed. In the meantime, the CBC must work on a contingency budget planning process. It is important to keep four core values in mind:
1. Program quality
2. Recruitment and retention of quality faculty and staff
3. Maintaining student opportunities
4. Maintaining and increasing partnership/outreach activities
There is interest in the legislature not to see large tuition increases. There is some understanding of the linkage between tuition and state appropriation, and of keeping the current compact going. Tuition is a large variable in our process. Our trustees are also interested in not raising tuition significantly. However, if tuition is not raised by any amount after a budget cut, the perception will be that the requested increase was not needed in the first place.
According to VP Hage, PSU’s out-of-state “cost of education” is pushing $20,000 per year. Reaching that number will be, psychologically speaking, “huge”.
Bill discussed his FY04 budget prep spreadsheets. The proposed bottom line of $471,000 was to be used to fund some of last year’s initiatives. “Then,” said VP Crangle, “we got a new governor.”
The CBC’s assignment for this week is to come up with a series of numbers in column two of the spreadsheet that will get us to a balanced budget. Please send VP Crangle your thoughts on how to stay within the budget without raising tuition. For next Tuesday’s meeting Bill will draft several models from your ideas. The Cabinet will likewise be working on priorities.
The preliminary headcount for R+28 shows our numbers for FY02-03 as higher than budgeted. Admissions is approximately 200 applications above last year at this time; a 14% increase. Admits are lagging behind due to the new Banner system and staff turnover. We are denying a higher percentage, which will result in better quality. Financial Aid’s go-live is going well. Applications to the Criminal Justice program have increased by four times. The Academic Standards Committee voted to accept the transfer of all courses from any accredited institution regardless of whether PSU offers those courses. That issue now goes to the Executive Council.
The FBRC recently sent new curriculum parameters supporting “15 credit hours of free electives” in all undergrad bachelors’ programs to the Faculty Welfare, Curriculum, and the University Planning Committees, and the Council of Chairs.
The next CBC meeting is next Tuesday, February 25 at 8am in HUB 119.