LIVE BLOG: CMU Board of Trustees meeting
Due to a change in policy with CoverItLive, some may have not been able to access our live coverage of Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The entire live blog has been posted below.
Aaron McMann: Hello everyone and welcome to CM Life’s live coverage of this morning’s Board of Trustees meeting here at Central Michigan University.
Aaron McMann: Today, the board will, among other things, pass the university’s financial plan for the 2012-13 academic year, set the capital budget and vote on funding for CMED East. Stay tuned for more updates.
Aaron McMann: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Until then, here is our preview that appeared in Wednesday’s print edition: http://www.cm-life.com/2012/07/10/cmed-update-financial-plans-fundraising-to-be-discussed-at-thursdays-board-of-trustees-meeting/
Aaron McMann: And we’re underway!
Aaron McMann: Sam Kottamasu, board chair, now recognizing Nana Korsah and Marykaye Murphy, both of whom recently passed away.
Aaron McMann: No public comment on agenda items.
Aaron McMann: Ross giving his report now. “Efforts include keeping our institution affordable and accessible …”
Aaron McMann: Ross touting CMU having the lowest tuition increase among MI public universities for second year in a row.
Aaron McMann: Ross says CMU has increased scholarships and student aid
Aaron McMann: “Living this dream (of going to college) is why we are all here.”
Aaron McMann: Ross says university will begin to see increased enrollment efforts, both in state and out of state, for on-campus and the Global Campus. “We are all one CMU.”
Aaron McMann: Ross recognizing Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Phersson, new dean of the college of Education and Human Services
Aaron McMann: Ross recognizing SAPA for taking its ‘No Zebras’ program to military bases across the country.
Aaron McMann: Kottamasu says Ross was recently appointed to a national committee on secondary education. “A great honor for Dr. Ross.”
Aaron McMann: Academic and Student Affairs Committee report
Aaron McMann: Trustee Sara Opperman says university is eagerly awaiting VP Johnson’s enrollment report in fall
Aaron McMann: Board now discussing cosmetic revisions to the Student Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary procedures
Aaron McMann: SGA has had input in new document
Aaron McMann: Incoming freshman and new students would receive the document at orientation in fall
Aaron McMann: Item has been moved to the consent agenda.
Aaron McMann: Faculty tenure and sabbatical recommendations now being discussed.
Aaron McMann: They have been approved and moved to the consent agenda.
Aaron McMann: Provost Gary Shapiro now discussing modifications to the 2011-15 college bargaining agreement with the Union of Teaching Faculty. Sounds like there are 3 modifications, but it’s very hard to hear.
Aaron McMann: Board approves the modifications and moves it to the consent agenda. Didn’t sound like anything too major, but we’ll be sure to follow up.
Aaron McMann: Board now going over the Research and Sponsored Programs quarterly report
Aaron McMann: About $2.3 million awarded through March 31.
Aaron McMann: Susan Clark reappointed to the Clarke Historical Library Board of Governors for a 5-year term
Aaron McMann: 18 reappointments, 14 new appointments to CMU’s public school academy
Aaron McMann: Cindy Schumacher now discussing the process of adding new schools to its umbrella.
Aaron McMann: Moved to consent agenda.
Aaron McMann: Shapiro discussing CMU’s proposal to charge a 3 percent administrative oversight fee on basic state grants and other funding for its Center for Charter Schools
Aaron McMann: Schumacher says CMU could make $35,000 to $50,000 off this fee
Aaron McMann: Schumacher says this is more of a policy decision, based on state recommendation
Aaron McMann: Moved to consent agenda.
Aaron McMann: Moving on to the College of Medicine Committee …
Aaron McMann: CMED dean Ernest Yoder speaking
Aaron McMann: Yoder says CMU is in compliance with the LCME, addressing the body’s 5 preliminary concerns
Aaron McMann: Yoder says they are well into the application process, but cannot start processing until Aug. 1
Aaron McMann: 500+ applications received, Yoder says, “well exceeding my expectation.”
Aaron McMann: Yoder says interviews of students will begin in early to mid September, and begin offering acceptance by early to mid October, maybe November.
Aaron McMann: Program and space planning has completed for CMED’s Saginaw campus. Schematic design planning will begin tomorrow.
Aaron McMann: Yoder says they have offered new offers to several for positions
Aaron McMann: Yoder addressing associate dean Dr. Lori Alvord’s recent resignation
Aaron McMann: “She’s going home,” he says.
Aaron McMann: Yoder says he was notified 4 to 5 months ago, “so there were no surprises.”
Aaron McMann: Alvord has taken an associate dean at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine
Aaron McMann: “This has not affected our progress at all.”
Aaron McMann: Yoder remains positive about the direction and progress of CMED. “I’m sleeping fine at night.”
Aaron McMann: Early geographic data of applicants is predominantly Michigan, Yoder says.
Aaron McMann: Yoder says CMU is sharing data with WMU for its upcoming med school, just as Oakland U has with CMU.
Aaron McMann: Yoder now reviewing the application process
Aaron McMann: Finance and Facilities Committee next
Aaron McMann: Trustee Brian Fannon crediting “sacrifices” by faculty and staff in recent years for CMU’s 1.96 percent tuition increase. “We should be proud of that.”
Aaron McMann: David Burdette presenting the financial plan …
Aaron McMann: VP Steven Johnson, enrollment update: CMU anticipates about 3,500 first-time freshman students, down from the usual 3,700.
Aaron McMann: Johnson credits decrease to shrinking “high school market” and increased competition from SVSU, GVSU and Oakland U
Aaron McMann: Johnson says Michigan’s high school market decline is one of the largest in the midwest, and anticipates it for another 5-10 years, citing economic conditions.
Aaron McMann: If CMU maintains its status quo among market share — the university gets about 3.2 percent of high school students in Michigan — the university could lose about 300-500 students over next decade
Aaron McMann: Under the new financial plan, about 75 percent of all total revenue would come from student tuition and fees
Aaron McMann: We’ll have a full story later at cm-life.com with the breakdown of the finances.
Aaron McMann: Under the plan, net revenue for the university would be $345.4 million.
Aaron McMann: That would be an increase of about $11.8 million.
Aaron McMann: That $345.4 million mark is from the general fund. The non-general fund is $96.4 million, bring total expenditures to $441.8 million for the 2012-13 academic year.
Aaron McMann: Burdette going over these numbers now.
Aaron McMann: Trustee Opperman pointing out the revenue Global Campus will bring in next year from tuition and fees (tabbed to be nearly $50 million)
Aaron McMann: Opperman asking how plans changed given the decrease in state appropriations
Aaron McMann: Ross points out that CMU is using one-time only reserve funds for shortfall
Aaron McMann: Ross anticipates university to make necessary financial adjustments in next 3 years
Aaron McMann: Steve Lawrence is up with a facilities update
Aaron McMann: Board approved financial plan, by the way.
Aaron McMann: Lawrence is reviewing the projects on the deferred maintenance list
Aaron McMann: Facilities Management is requesting $5.7 million for all of the projects
Aaron McMann: Capital budget up next. There are no capital projects, but Burdette is proposing the $5.7 million requested for deferred maintenance projects.
Aaron McMann: “I can tell you that work is all over campus right now,” Burdette said.
Aaron McMann: Board approves capital budget
Aaron McMann: Board now discussing a request for $800,000, from university reserves, to fund the schematic design for CMED East Saginaw campus
Aaron McMann: “Design development phase,” actually. My apologies.
Aaron McMann: $555,000 was approved in April for schematic design.
Aaron McMann: Funding approved, bringing total investment so far for CMED East to $1.75 million.
Aaron McMann: Board approves motion to amend agenda to include vote on $1.6 million for campus master plan
Aaron McMann: The last master plan was done in 2001
Aaron McMann: Board approves funding for campus facilities master plan. There was a plan to vote on it, but an official proposal was not included in the agenda, thus the impromptu motion.
Aaron McMann: Contributions, endowments, awards and scholarships now up
Aaron McMann: Kathy Wilbur now introducing 18 naming opportunities, all of which are within the College of Medicine.
Aaron McMann: Naming opportunities range from $25,000 to $1 million+, Wilbur says
Aaron McMann: Wilbur says university is at 56 percent of $25 million goal for CMED
Aaron McMann: Trustee John Hurd touting CMU’s Global Campus presence
Aaron McMann: Audit committee now up.
Aaron McMann: Policy and Bylaws Committee now up.
Aaron McMann: VP David Burdette discussing the 2012-13 campus map, which now include the ongoing Graduate Student Housing project.
Aaron McMann: The board is now reviewing the proposed meeting schedule through 2014. Dates include: Feb. 12-13, April 9-10, July 9-10, Sept. 17-18 and Dec. 3-4.
Aaron McMann: Consent agenda approved
Aaron McMann: President Ross reviewing the 2011-12 goals
Aaron McMann: Ross says he has received a preliminary report of those goals, will have a final report at September meeting.
Aaron McMann: Strategic planning has not been completed yet, “but we’re well on our way,” Ross said.
Aaron McMann: Ultimate goal is to have plan completed and tie to budget cycle for 2014 fiscal year
Aaron McMann: Online course registration is up from 18,000 to 22,000, Ross said.
Aaron McMann: Ross says research proposals, funding have increased. He’s running through several strong points of the university.
Aaron McMann: Chair Sam Kottamasu running through 2012-13 goals
Aaron McMann: Goals include strategic planning, improving unity and aligning resources
Aaron McMann: Improve master plan, communications
Aaron McMann: Trustee Opperman points out adding shared governance into goals for next year
Aaron McMann: No public comments. Meeting adjourned. Thanks for joining us!
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