California State University, Sacramento
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Foothill Suite, University Union
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology
Husband of Laverne Simmons-Barnett
Director, Finance and Administration
Associated Students, Inc.
DISCUSSION: UNIVERSITY BUDGET AND IMPACTS ON ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (3:15)
On October 26, 2006, the Faculty Senate approved the following motion:
FS 06-135/Flr. BUDGET DISCUSSION
The Faculty Senate directs the Senate's Executive Committee to set a date for a formal discussion on the scope, effects and impact of the budget situation on academic programs.
The information provided at the October 18, 2006 Town Hall Budget Briefing can be found at the following link:
The following questions were forwarded to Joseph Sheley, Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, November 1, 2006 by Chair Fitzgerald:
- The structural deficit referenced seems to have grown over three years. But isn't the university budget required to balance annually? If it is required to balance, how could the university have a $6 million-plus deficit? And, how, if that deficit exists, can the university be allowed to take three years to scale back its operations (as the President has announced) in order to put expenditures and revenues in balance?
- The Faculty Senate August 30 was audience to a budget presentation of nearly an hour by several members of the administration without a single mention of a suspected deficit. On September 11, in a one-hour meeting, the President's Budget Advisory Group was presented with the $6 million-plus deficit and asked to recommend whether to scale back expenses in one year, two years, or three years. Why wasn't the deficit - and its reduction plan - revealed at the Faculty Senate meeting?
- The 2006/07 allocations for divisions (slide 15 of the October Town Hall meeting) indicate that several divisions received increases in their budgets this year. The single largest is University Advancement - which received an additional allocation of slightly more than $1.3 million. The note indicates that the funding was requested - and granted - "in order to meet goals set by the Chancellor." What are those goals (both philosophical and in budget dollars)?
- The $1,642,727 permanent reduction in the Academic Affairs Budget is the first of three years of similar permanent budget reductions. Are the second and third year budget reductions firm, or is there a possibility that, pending rosier finances, colleges and departments might be spared some - or all - of the budget cuts proposed?
|FS 06-140/Flr.||APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 2, 2006|
Schedule of Faculty Senate meetings:
- November 16, 2006 - Senate meets (Redwood Room)
- November 30, 2006 - Senate meets
- December 7, 2006 - tentative
- December 14, 2006 - tentative
- December 21, 2006 - tentative