25 November 2003
Present: Moore, Tinnell, Staples, Landry, Rousseau, JPClark, Thurston, Mathis, Hage, Driscoll, Maynard, Sparks, Barry. Excused: Crangle, Fahey, Bernier. Absent: Davis, Mulloy, Bobusia.
Dan Moore reviewed Bill Crangle’s budget update letter to the cabinet. Ann clarified that the “arranged account notes” given some students this fall were due to complications in the Banner conversion. Nick explained that the enrollment/budget situation changes almost hourly because of web registration. Students hop on the web constantly to register for classes, and are no longer under pressure to do so within a specific time frame.
A side discussion was begun by Richard responding to the steam repairs going on outside the window. He wondered why we don’t respond to these things before they become an emergency. The answer is, always, lack of funds, and goes back to the major issue of deferred maintenance. John Clark added that we chose the cheap route in the past by direct burying our steam pipes, which is now coming back to haunt us. Dick explained that our soil corrodes them from the outside in, and manganese from the condensate within them eats them from the inside out.
Res Life numbers look good, and dining is at an all-time high. The HUB is also running head of last year. The students are demanding more recreational space. Changes to rectify that are coming soon in the form of expanded fitness and aerobic facilities. COMNET is enjoying the first revenue increase in years. We are offering incentives for the dorm communication package by building it into the room rate and offering free phone minutes.
Dan tabled agenda item #2, the discussion of strategic indicators, until the next meeting.
Ginny reported on news from the System office. The Trustees are focused on establishing efficiently standards for 2004. Several of the indicators they will focus on include time to graduation, overall GPA, class size, and comparing programs in relation to mission. The CBC and UPC needs to be aware of these issues in their planning. The chancellor must report to the governor that we are running efficiently and can graduate well-prepared students. Good data will put the USNH in a better position to deal with the state on getting funding. Questions have been asked about what we have done about the recommendations for change already made to the president in the last couple of years. The Trustees are stressing “access, affordability, and quality”. We must learn to better balance the enrollment in our bread and butter programs to maintain the highest quality.
Nick reviewed the enrollment data, introducing the material (in your packet) that he developed for the BOT meeting of November 12. We are offering enrollment to fewer applicants. Of those, we are being accepted by in-state students at a higher rate than in the past, and by out-of-state students at a lower rate than usual. Nick and Dick a quick enrollment statistics update. Retention is not as high as it should be for the kind of school we are.
Richard reports it is difficult for faculty in one department to know what faculty in other departments are doing. Coordination between departments is needed. An all-faculty meeting or forum of some appropriate format could get that information out. Nick asked why the Council of Chairs can’t be involved in some kind of reporting mechanism. Dan replied that those meetings tend to be too formal in nature to allow such a discussion.
Roger brought up assessment. The Faculty Welfare Committee has asked what happened to the recommendations made by this group to the president over the last couple of years. The CBC needs to talk about assessment when the whole group is available to discuss it. He also asked how new graduate programs, like the new master of arts in teaching, will impact the teaching resources for the undergraduate programs.
The next CBC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 in HUB 119.