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December 21 1999

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes
December 21, 1999
Taylor Conference Room, Stockton, CA

IPC Members Present: Benedetti, Brock, Cavanaugh, Chambers,

Fletcher, Fox, Gilbertson (Chair), KruegerDevine, Oppenheimer

Absent: Borlik, Gluskin, Myers, Stein

Guests: Lynn Kubeck

Announcements: None

Minutes: The December 14 meeting minutes were distributed and approved as amended.

Reports: None

Information technology: Lynn Kubeck presented additional information on comparable Universities and their IT staff, as well her goal for UoP’s IT staff. Lynn also presented a new budget request showing a reduction in staffing. A question was raised as to whether the proposed staffing would be stable if her goals were reached. She explained that for programming and networking, a core number is needed regardless of the number of users. However, service technicians may need to be increased if our numbers increase dramatically.

Discussion then began regarding the computer-leasing program. A more specific financial analysis was requested, including a plan for funding beyond the standardization.

Program Review: English and Film Studies

In discussing the reviews of both the Film Studies Program and the English Department, it was noted that there is not a budget impact in either of the recommendations. A question of defining "optimal enrollment" was raised regarding the English Department recommendations. Otherwise, the recommendations were approved as submitted. It should be noted that Benedetti recused himself from the recommendations as both programs are in his area.

Budget Deliberations: Cavanaugh presented the tuition recommendation for the 2000-2001 Academic year. After 3 years of a 3% increase in tuition, the 2000-20001 budget has been presented based on a 4% tuition increase for the Stockton campus. This is to address the faculty salary plan, technology improvements, the debt service, and the capital campaign. It should also be noted that the total tuition, room and board package, as presented, is a slightly smaller increase (3.8%) than last year’s package (4.1%) due to the room increases that were needed to address the technology upgrades. There will be no recommendations for student fee increases at this time. IPC supports the 4% tuition increase recommendation.

Discussion then ensued regarding the proposed budget. IPC would like and update on the fundraising activities for the Brubeck Institute. Also, a question was raised regarding the additional funds needed for the operating reserve. Cavanaugh explained that the added risk due to the enrollment increase and gift giving assessment is the reason for the increase.

Meeting adjourned as the lights went out in the Library at 5:00pm.