FACULTY SENATE EXECUTIVE BOARD
November 16, 1994
Faculty Lounge 7:30 P.M.
William Barnett, Carolyn Bashaw, John Consler, Anthony Eppolito, VincentHevern S.J., Mark Karper, David Moore, Kathleen Nash, Nancy Ring, Ted Shepard,David Smith, Anthony Vetrano
Bernard Arogyaswamy, Harjit Arora, Susan Behuniak, Mary L. Collins, CliffDonn, Robert Kelly
Barron Boyd, Bruce Shefrin, Mike Miller, Student Senate Representatives(Mary Jo Keyes, Comptroller; Andrea Cairo, Academic Affairs Officer; SeanRoberts, Vice-President; Amy Loebler, President)
MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETING: Had been distributed to the Executive Board. Nochanges were proposed.
PRELIMINARY NOTICE: Senate President Moore reminded the Executive Boardthat the December meeting would be a holiday party for the Full Senate. Thenext business meeting would take place in the Second Semester with notice whenwe return in January.
Academic Vice President Report: William Barnett
1. New York State Department of Education. LMC responded to a set ofquestions from the NYS DOE regarding the education master's program onSeptember 6 and received still more questions on November 8. The College willrespond shortly to these. However, it is clearly not possible for the Collegeto consider beginning the education master's for the Spring, 1995semester.
2. Middle States Association. Dr. Arturo Iriarte from the MiddleStates Association (MSA) division on Higher Education recently met with thePresident, his vice-presidential cabinet, and others at Le Moyne. The Collegewas told that changes instituted regarding finances and governance matters,previously considered pressing matters by the MSA, have been favorablyevaluated. These two issues are no longer regarded by the MSA as items ofconcern. Matters regarding the introduction of graduate programs at LMC andoutcomes assessment do remain issues to be addressed for the reaccreditationvisit in the near future.
3. Summer Teaching Stipend. The College has agreed to the latestcounterproposal for a sliding scale stipend for summer faculty. Stipends willrange from $2,500 for classes of 5 to 11 students up to $4,000 for classes of25 students or more.
Faculty Senate Committee Reports
Elections: Ted Shepard
All 15 items on the Rank and Tenure Task Force ballot passed in the facultyreferendum.The AVP notes that these will be submitted by him to the Presidentfor presentation to the Board of Trustees after they have been vetted by thecollege's attorney.
Research & Development: Harjit Arora
Curriculum: Carolyn Bashaw
Continues to work in timely fashion over a range of matters including 3 newcourses and 1 departmental evaluation.
Rank & Tenure: Bernard Arogyaswamy
Has reported to the Senate President that the committee has been meeting ona continuing basis regarding promotion and tenure applications.
Faculty Rights & Welfare: Tony Eppolito
A finalized resolution of a confidential matter before the committee hasbeen accepted by both parties.
Finance: Cliff Donn
Report is attached
Lack of Quorum
As the Faculty Senate Executive Board turned to the discussion of thebusiness agenda, it was pointed out that there was no quorum of memberspresent. Hence, no official business could be conducted or voted upon. Becauseof the presence and availability of our guests, the Officers of the StudentSenate, those members who were present did discuss New Business item (a) belowin informal but supportive fashion. However, this item and the remainder of theagenda must be carried over to the next business meeting of the Executive Boardfor official discussion and action.
No old business.
(a) Should student members of faculty senate committees be votingmembers?
(b) Resolved: That the first sentence of III. g of the
Faculty Handbook be changed to read: The
maximum teaching obligations for full-time
faculty shall not exceed nine lecture hours
weekly each semester.
(c) Approval of changes to constitution including new standingcommittee.
(d) Changes in teaching evaluations as adopted by department chairs.
(e) Addition to TIAA/CREF 1/2% college contributions.
(f) Realigment of divisions for greater equity of committeeassigments.
(g) Change of policy in distributing travel funds through the Dean ofStudies.
(h) Delivery of student directory information in a more timelymanner.
Vincent W. Hevern, SJ
From: NEWKID::DONN 15-NOV-1994 21:19:26.37
Subj: finance committe report
REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO THE FACULTY SENATE EXECUTIVE BOARD
November 16, 1994
The College Budget Committee (on which the members of the FacultySenate Finance Committee serve as faculty senate representatives) has metseveral times since my last report, dated October 18, 1994. I have thefollowing items to report with regard to deliberations on the 1995-96 budget.
1. It now appears that we shall budget on the assumption of some 1761 students,approximately what we have in 1994-95. We shall deal with the possibility ofan enrollment shortfall principally by reducing the transfer to the plant fundin that case (i.e. by reducing the money available for routine maintenance andreplacement) and perhaps even by running a deficit. It has been indicated tous that the president is willing to allow the college to run a deficit for asingle year under those conditions. In essence, this procedure is motivated bythe fact that there is no way to balance the 1995-96 budget with 1711 studentswithout making significant cuts in staff, something we certainly don't want todo if 1711 is below the number of students we really expect to have.
The good part about this decision is that, if we do not end up with theenrollments we expect, we should not have to go through an exercise such as wedid this year making draconian cuts in budgets. However, the there is a downside.
If we do fall short in terms of enrollments, the only way to bring the budgetinto balance for 1996-97 will be, given the large role of salaries on theexpenditure side of the budget, to cut positions. Those cuts will be beyondthe seven positions which were already frozen this year and beyond anyadditional cuts which may be made merely to achieve a balanced budget with 1761students. See number 5 below on that issue.
2. We have tried several approaches to balancing the budget with the followingparameters:
a) 1761 students
b) Tuition increase of 5.5%
c) Faculty salary scale adjustment ($100,000)
d) Equivalent salary scale adjustments for other groups of employees
e) No further cuts in staffing
Interestingly, various different ways of doing that all seemed to leave uswith a projected deficit of close to $500,000 dollars. Each of these scenariosinvolved some significant cuts in financial aid (cuts in the sense that theclass of 1999 will be offered less Le Moyne aid than the class of 1998, not inthe sense that we shall spend less on financial aid. We shall spend more sincethe class of 1995 will return far less financial aid to us than we shall needfor the class of 1999). It is my belief that combining several aspects ofthese different approaches could reduce the deficit to something in the$300,000-400,000 range but such combinations will not balance the budget unlessother changes are made.
3. One way to bridge this budget gap, discussed on the budget committee PURELYFOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES, would involve:
a) Increasing tuition by 6.5%
b) Freezing operating budgets (yes at the levels they were cut to forthis year)
c) Eliminating the salary scale upgrades for all groups
4. Some of the saving we make in financial aid will come from a differentapproach to financial aid packaging which will add Le Moyne aid as the laststep, not the first. This will force students and their families to rely moreheavily on loans. This reflects the fact that Le Moyne students currently usea significantly lower fraction of the loan money available to them than dostudents at many other institutions.
5. Another way to help balance these budgets would be to cut personnel for1995-96, not by firing anyone but again by failing to fill positions which openup. That option is getting VERY SERIOUS consideration and could involve notfilling several faculty positions as well as administrative positions.
My own calculations have led me to believe, at least at this point, that if wewere to cut 3-4 faculty positions, 3-4 administrative positions, and perhaps acouple of staff positions as well, and then we combine these cuts with aspectsof several of the approaches mentioned in number 3 above, we could balance thebudget with 1761 students and we could do so without increasing tuition above6%, without eliminating the salary upgrades and without freezing the alreadywoefully inadequate departmental operating budgets. Clearly if we are to makesuch personnel reductions, we are all going to have to work a bit harder.
6. The next meeting of the budget committee will be the week afterThanksgiving. A number of important decisions will probably be made at thatmeeting in terms of which parameters to adopt for the budget. Those decisionscould include the level at which financial aid will be funded, the rate oftuition increase, whether to fund the salary upgrades, and whether to try tocut positions.
7. I would encourage faculty to seek out the members of our committee (JohnConsler, Mark Karper, Beth Mitchell, and me) to express your views on thesematters. Administrators and staff are also welcome to talk with us but boththe administrative and staff forums now have their own representatives on thebudget committee. Or feel free to share your views with others as well overLMC_CHAT.
8. Once again, I would urge all of you, as you contemplate these issues, tofocus on alternatives. The question is not whether we shall have to do somedifficult and unpleasant things. Rather, the question is which difficult andunpleasant choices will be the least difficult and unpleasant and which willleave the college in the soundest position at the end.
Chair - Finance Committee
Clifford B. Donn PHONE 445-4367
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