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Executive Committee Minutes -- April 28, 2004 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville

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The Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 12 Noon, in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall, with members present and absent as follows:


Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chair
Mr. J. Chester Porter, Vice Chair
Mr. Nathaniel Green, Treasurer
Ms. Joyce Hagen, Secretary


Mr. Owsley B. Frazier, at large
Mr. Michael Sticklen, Constituency Representative

Other Trustees Present:

Ms. Virginia C. Brown
Ms. Linda Wallbaum Cauble
Mr.Kevin Cogan
Mr. Grant Helman
Ms. Jessica Loving

From the University:

Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Executive Vice President and Provost
Dr. Joel A. Kaplan, Executive Vice President Chancellor for HSC
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Mr. Larry L. Owsley, Vice President for Business Affairs
Mr. Joseph S. Beyel, Vice President for University Advancement
Dr. Denise D. Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Ronald L. Moore, Vice President for Information & Technology
Mr. Michael J. Curtin, Vice President for Finance
Dr. David Howarth, Associate University Provost
Ms. Susan Ingram, Director of Budget and Financial Planning
Ms. Rae Goldsmith, Associate V. P. for University Relations
Mr. John Drees, Director of Public Information
Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison, President's Office

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m.

  • Executive Session

Pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f), Mr. Porter made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to go into executive session at 12:05 p.m. to discuss a personnel matter. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Bridgeman reconvened the open session at 12:15 p.m. Chair Bridgeman reported the Committee discussed two honorary degree nominations. Ms. Hagen made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Executive Committee approve the following candidates for honorary degree to be conferred by the University of Louisville on May 8, 2004, or as soon thereafter as possible.

Betty Jones, Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa)

Ed Hamilton, Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa )

The motion passed unanimously.

  • Action Item: Approval of 2004-05 Tuition & Fees

Tuition Schedule

President Ramsey reported that the series of state budget reductions has placed the University in the difficult position of having to raise tuition. The University community has carried out an open and thoughtful process fundamental to the recommendation for any tuition increase consideration. President Ramsey asked Provost Willihnganz to further explain. Provost Willihnganz provided information during a Powerpoint presentation (copy attached).

The Tuition-setting Process consisted of

  • Consultation/Input
  • Review of University goals
  • Review of challenges, issues and efficiencies
  • Tuition analysis

About Tuition

  • Currently covers approximately 38% of college costs
  • Balance is covered through state funds
  • State funds for higher education are decreasing
  • UofL has “bundled” tuition and fees into one “sticker price”
  • UofL has the lowest percentage increase last year of Kentucky public universities


  • President’s Advisory Committee on Planning and Budget
  • Faculty Senate Committees
  • Staff Senate Committees
  • Deans
  • Vice Presidents
  • Student Government leaders (SGA)
  • Public hearing (April 23, 2:45 p.m. Floyd Theater, SAC)

University Goals

  • Maintain progress of Challenge for Excellence
  • Invest in student experience]
  • Add new faculty/research dollars
  • Classroom and laboratory technology
  • Support services
  • Retain quality faculty and staff
  • Academic programs
  • Diversity initiatives
  • Minimize tuition increases to the extent possible
  • Provide increases in scholarships and need-based financial aid


  • Rising costs to provide services and materials
  • Four consecutive years of State budget cuts
  • Already reallocated over $21 million to strategic priorities

Past Efficiencies

  • Reinvested $21 million in high priorities such as scholarships, libraries, technology and research
  • Eliminated under-controlled programs
  • Reallocated positions and academic space

2004-05 Efficiencies

  • Reduce budgets of state-mandated programs
  • Reduce budgets of selected public service programs
  • Reduce support to Intercollegiate Athletics from the General Fund

Kentucky Public Universities AY 2004-05 Proposed Tuition Rates* (pending)

Northern Kentucky University 19.4%

Eastern Kentucky University*** 19.0%

University of Kentucky** 16.1%

Western Kentucky University 15.3%

Morehead State University 14.0%

University of Louisville 13.3%

Murray State University 12.7%

KCTCS 12.5%

Kentucky State University 8.0%

*Tuition increase percentages are resident, undergraduate tuition only.

**Rates are differentiated based on upper division and lower division; figure listed is an average
of the two.

***Rates are reported in a range; figure listed is an average of the range.

2004-05 Tuition Comparison – UofL and UK


Undergraduate Tuition Extra Fees Total Tuition Dollar Over/ % Over/Under

& Fees Under UK UK

Resident $ 2520 $2582 - $ 2582 $ (62) -2%

Nonresident 6876 5972 - 5972 904 13%

Engineering Courses

Resident $ 2520 $2582 $225 $2807 $ (287) -11%

Nonresident 6876 5972 225 6197 679 10%


Resident $ 2520 $2582 $125 $2707 $ (187) - 7%

Nonresident 6876 5972 125 6097 779 11%


Resident 2736 2826 - 2826 (90) -3%

Nonresident 7542 6546 - 6546 996 13%

MBA Program

Resident 3150 3270 300 3570 (420) -13%

Nonresident 7,542 7842 300 8142 525 6%

Law (Day Program)

Resident 4600 5134 - 5134 (534) -12%

Nonresident 10380 9974 - 9934 446 4%

Law (Evening Program)

Resident 4600 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Nonresident 10380 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


Resident 17435 16354 686 17040 395 2%

Nonresident 39810 34846 686 35532 4269 11%


Resident 18153 15568 4126 19694 (1541) -8%

Nonresident 38786 36422 4126 40548 (1762) -5%

2004-05 Tuition and Fees – Benchmark Institutions

Institution Undergraduate Graduate

Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident

University of Illinois at Chicago 3,630 7,786 4,035 8,562

University of Missouri-Columbia 3,331 4,409 N/A N/A

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 2,793 7,117 3,325 6,125

(per quarter) Virginia Commonwealth University 2,564 8,701 N/A N/A

University of Louisville 2,520 6,876 2,736 7,542

University of Nevada-Reno 1,612 5,949 1,677 6,014

University of California-Irvine Anticipated increases are 10% for undergraduate students; 40% for graduate students

University of California-San Diego In addition to these increases, students will see another 20% increase

Affordability –Benchmark Institutions

State Per Capita Personal Income and 2002-03 Tuition Rates

Affordability – Service Area

Top Service Area by County and Per Capita Personal Income (PCPI)


Affordability Service Area (Weighted Average Analysis)

Total Public Funds Analysis – Tuition and Fees to Total Public Funds

2004-05 Proposed UofL Tuition Rate Schedule


Where the Increases Go

  • Financial Aid
  • Escalator
  • Need-based
  • Merit scholarships
  • New faculty/research scholar positions
  • Student experience
  • Advising
  • Academic support services
  • First-year experience
  • “Vision – Focus – Action”
  • Diversity
  • Technology and library support

Provost Willihnganz acknowledged meeting with various student groups, interviewing for articles in the Cardinal, sending individual emails to students and holding the open forum (April 23), as many efforts to contact students for feedback about the tuition proposal. The website had received four comments, to date. President Ramsey also reported there will be a series of workshops and committee meetings to discuss the annual operating budget. He stated the budget cuts will reduce subsidy to Athletics, cut administrative costs, and avoid cutting academic programs or classroom support. The University must maintain its commitment to quality and excellence in undergraduate an academic programs. Ms. Hagen congratulated the administration on a very compelling case that viewed all aspects of the budget scenarios and reviewed statistics with the students in an open manner. In response to Ms. Cauble’s inquiry concerning the higher increase for Law School tuition, Provost Willihnganz noted other competing law school tuition rates were much higher than UofL’s. This increase puts UofL’s Law School tuition in line with those schools. Mr. Green acknowledged the well-balanced qualitative approach to education. Mr. Porter made a motion, which Ms. Hagen seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approve the Schedule of Tuition Rates, effective July 1, 2004, as shown below.

The motion passed unanimously.

Distance Education Tuition Schedule

Provost Willihnganz reported that in February 2001 the Board of Trustees approved a differential tuition rate for all students enrolled in online Distance Education courses. As a result of the Board's action, both resident and nonresident students are currently assessed at a rate of 125% of resident tuition. Dr. Willihnganz acknowledged the differential tuition rate allows the University to recover costs of technology, faculty support, and library services associated with distance education courses. In order to ensure that the distance education enterprise continues to be self-supporting, the academic units pass on all direct costs associated with the program. The University will receive additional tuition revenue for FY 2005 that will permit the development of new online programs. As the University's activities in distance education grow, the tuition charged for these programs will be re-evaluated. Ms. Brown commented that although the proposal will increase the fee from 125% to 130%, it is essentially an 18% increase for distance education students over the current tuition. She noted the Justice Administration program has encountered a significant increase in students participating in distance education courses. In response to Mr. Green’s inquiry, Provost Willihnganz replied that many nontraditional students prefer distance education courses for the convenience of delivery. Mr. Porter made a motion, which Mr. Green seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees establish the tuition rate for students enrolled in Distance Education courses to be 130% of resident rates per credit hour, effective July 1, 2004.

The motion passed unanimously.

V. Adjournment

Mr. Green made a motion, which Ms. Hagen seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 12:55 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.



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