PRESIDENT'S BUDGET ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Minutes May 22, 2003

MEMBERS PRESENT

STAFF PRESENT

MEMBERS ABSENT

STAFF ABSENT

GUESTS PRESENT

AGENDA

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

Bernie Goldstein brought the meeting to order at 8:07am. The agenda was approved with no objections. Goldstein introduced new Member Jason Spencer. Spencer has replaced Jennifer Minnich as Associated Students President.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES: April 17, 2003

Rick Luttmann moved and Katharyn Crabbe seconded a motion to approve the minutes of April 17, 2003. The minutes were approved unanimously with abstentions from those not in attendance at the April 17, 2003 meeting.

IMPACT OF THE MAY REVISION

(Please see the May 22, 2003 Agenda Packet for this document)

Schlereth presented the latest budget news as proposed in the May revision of the Governors Budget. No new reductions to the CSU were proposed by the Governor and previously announced reductions are expected to remain. Both parties in the legislature, however, have signaled further reductions to the CSU are needed. The Assembly Democrats feel the CSU has been treated preferentially over the Community Colleges and Health and Welfare. They are proposing an additional $69.5 million dollar reduction to the CSU. The CSU would need to raise fees an additional 12.5 percent, reduce enrollment by 3.1 percent or reduce employment by 1,079 faculty and non-faculty positions to meet these cuts. The Assembly Republican plan proposes $200 million in additional reductions to the CSU. The plan also calls for significant reductions in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. The CSU would need to raise fees an additional 35.8 percent, reduce enrollment by 8.8 percent to meet or reduce employment by 3,106 faculty and non-faculty positions to meet these cuts. The Senate Republican plan proposes an additional $182 million dollar reduction. The CSU would need to raise fees an additional 32.6 percent, reduce enrollment by 8.1 percent or reduce employment by 2,826 faculty and non-faculty positions to meet these cuts. Schlereth feels the Democratic plan and the $69.5 million dollars in additional reductions are likely. This would translate to an additional reduction of $1.6 million dollars to Sonoma State University.

The Board of Trustees have not yet acted on a potential fee increase. If fees are not increased as anticipated, Sonoma State University will face an additional $3.2 million dollar reduction.
Schlereth indicated that the campus is still planning on approval of the Governors budget and the 2003-2004 fiscal year is being planned accordingly.

$917,000 had been allocated to Academic Affairs to largely mitigate the reduction in course sections for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. An error in the computation related to the conversion of part-time faculty to full-time faculty will increase the resources needed to largely mitigate course reductions to $1.3 million dollars. To off-set this reduction for 2003-2004, $650,000 from the campus reserve and $650,000 from Academic Affairs year-end money will be used on a one-time basis.

Schlereth noted that CalPERS has notified the campus that our contribution will increase from 7% to nearly 15% in the upcoming fiscal year.

CURRENT CAMPUS BUDGET PLAN

(Please see the May 22, 2003 Agenda Packet for this document)

The campus has developed the following plan to meet anticipated budget reductions for the 2003-2004 fiscal year:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

Projection

Reductions

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Projection

Reductions

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Projection

Reductions

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Projection

Reductions

Birch Moonwoman does not feel that the loss of faculty and impact to the curriculum is fully shown in the budget plan. Katie Pierce indicated that she would be happy to look into this. She indicated that three factors were driving the impact: the move from part-time to full-time faculty, budget reductions and growth without funding. Rick Luttmann feels the campus should be cautious in releasing student assistants as they do a good job at a great price. Rand Link indicated that the AS is backfilling many student positions in the Office of Campus Life and Women's Resource Center. Luttmann feels there has been inconsistencies in the manner by which part-time faculty are being informed. He notes that some part-time faculty are unsure of their future while others are fully informed. He would like to see this handled in a more consistent manner across the board.

Schlereth noted that sizable rolls in funds may occur this year. He indicated that this money would be used to cushion next years reductions.

Gloria Ogg indicated that due to the uncertainty in changing fees, Financial Aid and Customer Service will experience increased workload as they repackage awards and rebill students. Katharyn Crabbe noted that ESAS will be experiencing similar workload increases.

Victor Garlin proposed a motion to reaffirm a recommendation from the April meeting and recommend support of approximately $1,300,000 to mitigate loss of course sections as a result of the Governors May Revised Budget and the University to continue to work toward mitigating other issues as well. Steve Wilson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Garlin thanked Goldstein for his role on the Committee and the work he has done. Noel Byrne, on behalf of the faculty, reiterated Garlin's comments and said Goldstein will be missed.

Luttmann moved that the Committee keep an inventory list of those items that were reduced and use the list to prioritize allocation when funds return. Schlereth seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Byrne moved that the Administration do everything possible to mitigate losses in Student Affairs. John Kramer seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Steve Wilson (Guest) asked that a motion be made to retain lecturers. Garlin indicated that this idea is reflected in the first motion. Schlereth agreed.

Katharyn moved to have Goldstein thanked for his work on the Committee. The motion was approved by acclamation.

Goldstein adjourned the meeting at 9:45 a.m.

Minutes prepared by Neil Markley


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