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April 10, 2012

Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes of April 10, 2012
3:00pm - 5:00pm

DeRosa Center Room 211

Brodnick, Cavanaugh, Datcher, Duzgunes, Gale, Giraldez, Griego, Luu, Murta, Page, Pearson, Shipp, Wright

Ciccolella, Dial, Eibeck, Leland, Pallavicini

Guests: Phil Oppenheimer

Call to Order: 3:08pm

Minutes: Minutes for the March 27, 2012 meeting were approved.

Budget Task Force Report
Dean Oppenheimer reviewed the various steps taken by the Budget Task Force over the past 14 months. The task force was charged with making recommendations regarding an "alternative budget model for the University that incentivizes units for their contributions toward the academic and fiscal priorities of the University."  The task force studied the various budget models currently operating at Pacific, reviewed literature on various budget models and received input and recommendations from two external consultants.  After a "vetting with campus stakeholders, the task force will make recommendations to the Cabinet," most likely before December, 2012. 

Debrief on WASC EER visit
The WASC team raised no concerns over IPC or budget processes at Pacific.  The WASC team's exit statement contained one commendation, and no recommendations, regarding University finances. 

Cal Grant update
Vice President Lackey reported that the California Senate will hold a hearing to address the Governor's Cal Grant proposal on April 19. President Eibeck will be testifying on behalf of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU).

Revision of IPC Handbook description
Pearson distributed a DRAFT of the IPC Handbook description with slight revisions to better represent the current IPC activities. IPC endorsed the draft and recommended that the Cabinet approve the changes before they are presented to the Academic Council.

West Coast Conference
Pearson reviewed public financial information from both the Big West and West Coast Conferences.  The West Coast Conference reports (6/30/2009) investments of $2.6M (Big West Conference, $0) and savings and temporary cash of $4.8M (Big West, $1.7M). In tax year 2008 the WCC distributed $1.1M to member schools (Big West: $465K). Vice President Cavanaugh reported that the university, with the approval of the Board, formally accepted an invitation to re-join the West Coast Conference as its tenth member on March 28. The move to the WCC should have no impact on the FY13 budget and the "investment costs" should have minimal impact on the FY14 budget and beyond.

Adjourned: 4:42pm