A&S Planning and Budget Commmittee Minutes Sept 24 1998

Art's & Sciences Planning and Budget CommitteeMinutes of 9/24/98 Meeting

    Members attending:
  • George Barnes
  • Julia Dietrich (ex officio)
  • Stephen Edgell
  • Robert Kimball
  • Nathan Schwartz (Chair)
  • Wiley Williams

    Visitors attending:
  • Randy Moore

The minutes of September 10, 1998 were approved with one addition.

The Committee continued the discussion from our last meeting of technology needs within the College. Dean Moore informed us that his people estimate that the minimum needed for updating wiring and connecting all of the College to ethernet is $100,000, with the actual amount needed likely to be closer to $150,000.

Within the College there are at least 150, probably closer to 200, computers that will not be functional past the year 2000. There are another 100 to 120 that may have this problem. Further, the College is committed to building three new computer labs each with 25 computers, thus creating a need for 75 more computers.

The Committee requested a report from Dave Baugh on the status of PC labs within the College versus those provided to the general population by I.T.

The projection is that the $750,000 + that is set aside this year for technology and a like sum next year will cover the networking, upgrading faculty and staff workstations and equipping the PC labs of the College. After that it will take about $250,000 each year to keep the College upgraded. It is estimated that $100,000 CAR might be recovered from filling currently open lines at the assistant professor level. The remaining $150,000 will have to be recovered from future open lines by filling them at the assistant professor level or other sources. There was discussion of the possibility that is may be necessary to not fill some vacant lines in order to generate the required level of funding for technology. Some members of the Committee expressed strong support for this approach, while others expressed reservations. Some needs for increased funding other than technology were discussed (i.e., addressing the salary compression at the senior faculty levels, travel, research, etc.).

Our next meeting will be October 8 at 2:30, in a place to be announced. An agenda was circulated, and the chair called for additional items anyone would like to have on it.

The hour allocated for the meeting having more than expired, the Committee adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Edgell

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