UNH Faculty Senate

Summary Minutes from 12 October 1998



I.  Roll - The following Faculty Senate members were absent:  Appel, 
Bornstein, Carr and Walsh.  Excused were Henke, McMahon, Rentschler, 
Tucker and Williams.

II.  Discussion with the President - President Leitzel said that the
university has tracked the results of previous cuts over the last
eight years and found that forty-seven tenure-track faculty have been
added during that time, the student to faculty ratio has gone down
slightly from 16.3 to 16.8, the ratio of student credit hours to
teaching faculty has stayed about the same, and so has class size.
Research funding has risen by 65% in 1990 to 1998.  Graduate credit
hours have gone up 30% in that time, and so there has been a shift in
the mix of instruction and an increase in the workload of research and
graduate teachers, since graduate courses require more individual
attention than beginning courses do.

The tailgating plan was proposed by the homecoming committee and
approved by the vice president for student affairs and the university
president.  In an effort to curb the amount of drinking, the main
change in the written policy was in lot A.  The rainy day made
tailgating less attractive this year.  The written policy for the use
of Boulder and the Upper Fields was the same as last year, but
enforcement may have differed.  Some faculty expressed concern about
the current policy in which the rules are different for donors than
for others.

Another concern was the publicity resulting from a non-student's
carrying of a gun in an nearby, off-campus location.  The gun was
confiscated by the Durham police who were quoted in the media with
comments regarding escalating violence.  However, Chief Beaudoin of
the campus police says that this is the quietest year he can remember.
The campus police have joined the Durham police in off-campus patrols.
The president said that the university will hold a firm line on
underage and binge drinking but will review the contrast between lot A
and upper lot tailgating policy for Homecoming next year.

III.  Communications from the Chair - The senate chair encouraged the
faculty to make use of the new faculty lounge in Dimond Library.  The
Agenda Committee met with the provost and the chairs of the senate's
Finance and Administration Committee and the Academic Affairs
Committee, to form the new Academic Oversight Committee.  Dean Coward
will also be a member of that committee.  In addition, the Agenda
Committee met with the Academic Affairs Committee to work on an
academic impact statement regarding the budget shortfall
recommendations.  The academic impact statement was sent to the
president on October 9.  At this time the budget shortfall
recommendations are still confidential.  A senator asked that those
budget recommendations be made available to the Faculty Senate before
the decisions are firm.

IV. Minutes - The minutes of the September 28 Faculty Senate meeting were 
unanimously approved.

V.  Responsibility-Centered Management - The vice president of finance 
and administration said that the current budget system is rigid and 
highly centralized.  The administrative service redesign and the switch 
to the business service centers have facilitated regionalization of 
financial function and provide a good basis for responsibility-centered 
management.  The change to responsibility-centered management would 
require approval by the Board of Trustees.  The VPFA discussed the goals, 
principles, vision and proposed timetable of responsibility-centered 
management.  A major change would be that the units of fund 1000 
including the academic colleges would have to manage the full costs of 
operation within the revenues generated by each unit.  The cost of space 
would be included in the expenses.  In the beginning, there would be a 
"hold harmless" allocation so that each unit would start with the same 
budget it had in the past.

If the president decides next month to continue with the plan, fiscal 
year 2000 would have the new budget system running simultaneously with 
the current system, and the next year might include full implementation 
of the plan.  The payment to USNH would come from the general 
administration budget.  A senator said that the university system office 
also should be required to justify its costs and produce its revenue.  
The VPFA said that our payment to the system is out of our control.  
There is a web site for reviewing information on responsibility-centered 
management.

The basis for allocation of tuition revenues and financial aid
expenses would be credit hours.  85% would go to the unit of the
course in which the student is enrolled, and 15% would go to the
student's major department.  80% of the indirect cost recovery would
go to the unit of the principle investigator receiving the grant; and
19% would go to the office of research and public service, while one
percent would go to the library.  60% of state appropriations would go
to the academic units, based on faculty salaries; 3% to the library;
15% to the University Fund, for the "hold harmless" plan and the
university support fund; and 22% to specific PAUs.  The university
support fund would, at the discretion of the president, provide monies
for certain programs which need this assistance.  Budgets for central
service units such as the Writing Center, would be paid for by a tax
on all units.  Responsibility-centered management deals with units
such as the colleges and schools rather than the departments.  Revenue
such as course fees would go to the unit which incurs the expenses
that generate the revenue.  A review committee would insure no
devaluation of credits per course hour.  Need-based financial aid
could not be changed by the units, but perhaps merit-based aid might
vary among the units.

Space costs such as utilities, housekeeping and grounds would be
charged according to the square footage occupied by each unit, without
taking into account the quality of the buildings.  Although energy
expenses vary greatly, many buildings are not separately metered.
There may be increased use of differential tuition in the future.
Some units use research grants to contribute to indirect costs, but
other units cannot.  Costs for general inventory classrooms which are
scheduled by the Registrar's Office would be paid for through the
general administration budget, but classrooms which are in the sole
control of a unit would be paid for by that unit.  One unit could
charge another for the use of its room.  Internal charging will be
monitored by a rate commission which would decide on rates for
services such as facilities, the library, Computer and Information
Services, and general administration.  The general administration
costs would be paid for by a tax to each unit on total payroll
expenses.  The costs of the Registrar's Office, admissions and
financial aid would be paid for by the academic units per total
student full-time equivalent plus a probable portion from athletics,
housing and dining.  UNH-Manchester has its own Admissions Office and
some other services and thus would be charged a reduced rate.  The
instrumentation center, animal care and research computing would be on
a fee per service basis.

A senator suggested that the costs of managing the new RCM budgeting
would use up any savings which might be generated by the program, but
the VPFA said that Indiana University did not report any significant
increase in expenses associated with RCM.  She said that a commission
would decide what changes would be cost effective.  Discussion ensued
on the probable volatility of state revenues and tuition.  Concern was
expressed on possible political consequences for some departments if
RCM is instituted.  The VPFA asked for advice from the faculty on that
point.  She added that there would need to be a clearly articulated
mission priority statement.  The president has asked the Faculty
Senate chair for such a statement.  A faculty member expressed concern
that some units might cut quality by decreasing labs, inflating
grades, and changing contact hours per credit hour.  The university
needs to maximize space use by holding classes in less popular time
slots; but with RCM, departments would feel the need to hold classes
in the best time slots in order to maximize enrollments.

The hold-harmless plan to adjust units' budgets toward their current
budgets would not be adjusted for inflation as the years go by, and
thus the hold-harmless modification would gradually fade in
importance.  The net revenues from the UNH bookstore would be used to
support the library, and the library would also have expense recovery
assessments from the academic units.  The VPFA asked that any
questions or concerns be sent to her on email, and she confirmed that
she will send on email to the senators the answers to the pending
questions from the last senate meeting.  Today's meeting was
adjourned.


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