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December 20 2001

Institutional Priorities Committee
December 20, 2001

Minutes

Present: Louise Stark, Lynn King, Bob Benedetti, David Brock, Kerry Krueger-Devine, Phil Gilbertson, Julie Sina, Matt Olson, Jona Meer, Pat Spreer, (Marcus Perro)

Absent: Jerry Hewitt, Pat Cavanaugh

Meeting commenced at 12 PM, chaired by Phil Gilbertson

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of December 13, 2001.

  1. Discussion of Salary and Benefit package for Fiscal Year, 2003

Three alternative plans were discussed. The first would leave the University’s contribution to retirement as it is currently and provide a 4% pool for salary increments for both faculty and staff. The second would increase the University’s contribution to retirement by 1% and provide a 3% pool for salaries. The third would provide a half of a percent (or a full percent at mid year) increase in the contribution to retirement and a 3.5% pool for salaries. In all three options, funds would be provided for equity adjustments for faculty and staff. There has been interest among faculty to increase the contribution to retirement as soon as possible, but opinion among staff is not yet known. Therefore, the discussion was tabled until staff opinion could be ascertained.

  1. Course Fees

Phil Gilbertson reported that he was working on a proposal that could be an alternative to the two that have been presented by an ad hoc committee. He hopes to work with the College of the Pacific on a plan to limit course fees to certain classes only.

  1. Creation of a Grid for Ranking One Time Budget Requests

Time was spent creating a grid for the ranking of requests from all departments for one-time budget items. A review of the requests identified ten items and Louise Stark promised to conduct an e-mail survey of opinion from committee members regarding the ranking of these items.

  1. OISR Presentation

Larry Fredricks and Marisa Kelly presented a revised budget request from OISR. The revised request gave high priority to refreshing computers across the campus beginning next year.

The meeting was adjourned at 2 PM.