SGA Representative, Alex French
SGA Representative, David Wattie
Faculty Senate Business Affairs Committee, Mary Beth Rosenfeld
Director of Business Affairs, David Kirwan
Faculty Member - School of Arts & Sciences, Walt Conley, Chair
Faculty Member - Crane School of Music, James Petercsak
Faculty Member - School of Ed & Prof. Studies, Donna Mosier
Representative - Student Affairs Division, William Morris
Representative - College Advancement, Sherry Paradis
Representative - Business Affairs Division, William Fisher
Representative - Academic Affairs Division, Ramona Ralston
Budget Control Officer - Charlene Foley
The charge the Core Group drafted states:
“The charge of the committee is to facilitate transparency by examining the distribution of campus resources, communicating that information to the campus community, and to serve as a communication link between students, faculty, and staff to senior management regarding the distribution of resources.”
The Core Group had the benefit of putting these words in the context of their work and the communications, both written and verbal, from faculty and staff during the Visioning Re-Focused process. The Visioning Re-Focused process was a two year planning effort that was driven by the continued decreases in State funding and changes in the State funding formula.
The charge has three components:
1. “…examining the distribution of campus resources”
This is the learning component for the committee. During this phase of our work, the members of Business Affairs have been helping us understand the distribution of resources. This includes all campus resources, or “all funds” budgeting. Thus, this includes Foundation, IFR, SUTRA, OAP, etc.
2. “…..communicating that information to the campus community”
This is the teaching component for the committee. This includes providing information to the campus community on the distribution of resources as funds are distributed to individual programs, departments, and offices. We have agreed that the best way to make this information available to the campus community would be through a “campus-only” web site. We have also agreed to display this information in a format that copies the organizational chart of the college.
3. “….and to serve as a communication link between students, faculty, and staff to senior management regarding the distribution of resources.”
This final statement was written to instruct the committee to develop a mechanism that would collect comments, suggestions, and concerns regarding the distribution of campus resources and make this information available to the President and his Cabinet Members. We have not discussed how this may be conducted as it is a least a year away. Other committees have solicited web-based feedback from the campus community and/or held open meetings. We will likely request to meet with the President’s Cabinet again.
The Resource Transparency Committee is a two year ad hoc committee and our primary responsibility is to help educate the campus community regarding the distribution of campus resources. The mechanisms we create should be self supporting. That is, the information will be updated during each budget cycle. We do not, as a committee, determine or suggest changes to this distribution of resources (except as a function of item #3 above.) Also, we are not to function as the primary mechanism of communication about the development of Financial Plan of the College.