02/13/1992

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
February 13-14, 1992








02-13-1992

Pages 110-115



                         BOARD OF REGENTS

         UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF NEVADA

                         February 13, 1992



The Board of Regents met on the above date in the Computing

Center Video rooms at the University of Nevada, Reno and the

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for an special video meeting.



Members present:



      Las Vegas:  Mrs. Carolyn M. Sparks, Chairman

                  Dr. Lonnie Hammargren

                  Mrs. June F. Whitley



      Reno:       Dr. Jill Derby

                  Dr. James Eardley

                  Mrs. Dorothy S. Gallagher

                  Mr. Daniel Klaich



Members absent:   Mrs. Shelley Berkley

                  Mr. Joseph M. Foley



Others present:   Chancellor Mark H Dawson, Reno

                  President Anthony Calabro, WNCC, Reno

                  President Joseph Crowley, UNR, Reno

                  President John Gwaltney, TMCC, Reno

                  President Paul Meacham, CCSN, Las Vegas

                  President Robert Maxson, UNLV, Las Vegas

                  President Ronald Remington, NNCC, Reno

                  President James Taranik, DRI, Reno

                  Mr. Donald Klasic, General Counsel, Reno

                  Mr. Ron Sparks, Vice Chancellor, Reno

                  Mrs. Karen Steinberg, Acting Vice Chancellor,

                      Reno

                  Ms. Mary Lou Moser, Secretary, Reno



Also present were Faculty Senate Chairmen Bill Baines (TMCC),

Richard Egami (DRI), Larry Goodnight (WNCC), Candace Kant (CCSN),

Elizabeth Raymond (UNR), Lori Temple (UNLV), and ASUN President

Derek Beenfeldt.



Chairman Sparks called the meeting to order at 1:40 P.M. stating

the purpose of the meeting was to provide members of the Board

with information on the proposed plans for reductions to the

UCCSN 1991-93 budget as requested by the Governor due to a

revenue shortfall in State government.  The meeting opened with-

out a quorum, with Regents Sparks, Gallagher, Derby and Eardley

present.



Chancellor Dawson referred to two handouts, distributed at the

meeting, and filed in the Regents' Office:  UCCSN Summary Sched-

ules 1991-93 Biennium, and UCCSN 8% Budget Reduction Plans,

1991-93 Biennium.



Chancellor Dawson announced that a workshop on tuition and fees

will be held during the February 27-28, 1992 Board meeting in

Las Vegas, where the UCCSN current policies will be reviewed.  A

consultant will also be present to review national tuition and

fee trends and policies from other states.



Chancellor Dawson stated that the Campus plans under discussion

with the exception of UNLV, implemented the current Board policy

on fees which call for the following fee increases in addition

to the increases already in the 1991-93 budgets as approved by

the State Legislature:



     Universities:        Undergraduate     $  3.50 per credit

                          Graduate             1.00 per credit

                          Non-Resident        75.00 per semester

                          Good Neighbor      400.00 per semester



     Community Colleges:                    $  1.00 per credit



     UNLV:                Undergraduate     $  5.00 per credit

                          Graduate             5.00 per credit



Chancellor Dawson stated he is recommending that merit pay to

faculty not be granted until January 1, 1993, thus saving half

the merit pool dollars.  He stated that if merit pay is not

granted, the UCCSN employees would be the only State employees

who would not receive a raise above the cost of living amounts.

Chairman Sparks questioned whether the merit funds would be

available to UCCSN next biennium if the decision was made to not

give merit this next year.  Chancellor Dawson replied that it

would be up to the Legislature; however, it might be easier for

them to not approve those funds once given up.  He reminded the

group that it has been a long, hard fight to get the merit funds

and cautioned about giving them up all together at this time.



Mr. Klaich entered the meeting.  A quorum was present.



Vice Chancellor Ron Sparks began a review of the System Summary

Schedule, and referred to the footnote on page 1 which relates

that UNLV has been forced to reduce its 1991-93 budget by $1.7

million because of a loss of revenues caused by less enrollment

than was projected.



1991-93 Operating Budget Reductions are as follows:



     Operating Budget Reductions                    $14,824,701*

     Defer Merits to January 1993                     1,474,180

     Vacancy Savings                                  4,337,931

         Sub Total Operating Budget                 $20,636,812

     Increased Fees from Increased Enrollments

         at CCSN                                        812,921

     Tuition and Fee Increases                        2,982,538

     Minor Repairs and Improvements                   8,772,000

     "One-Shot" Appropriations                          474,375

         UCCSN Total                                $33,678,646*



     *The UNLV shortfall explained above



Vice Chancellor Sparks then reviewed the specific General Fund

Special Appropriations to be reduced:



     Minor Repairs and Improvements

         UNSCS                                      $   500,000

         UNLV                                         2,000,000

         UNR                                          4,800,000

         CCSN                                           475,000

         TMCC                                           475,000

         WNCC                                           217,000

         NNCC                                           250,000

         DRI                                             55,000

     Sub Total                                      $ 8,772,000

     Management Information System                      274,375

     System Administration - Staff Assistance           100,000

     UNLV-Law School Study                              100,000

         Total                                      $ 9,246,375



A review of proposed individual Campus budget reductions was

held.



Mr. Klaich asked whether any enrollment caps had been included

in the budgets.  Vice Chancellor Sparks stated they had not.

However, in 1992-93 UNLV was to receive 53 new faculty posi-

tions, which will now not be filled.



At TMCC, 75% of the new dollars authorized for 1992-93 will be

lost.  WNCC will lose virtually all of the new 1992-93 dollars

authorized, which was planned to take care of the growth of the

College.  Delay of merit to January 1, 1993 is recommended for

DRI, System Administration, Press and Computing System.



If fee increases which have been included in these plans are not

approved, an additional cut of $2,982,538 will be necessary.



Mrs. Whitley and Dr. Hammargren entered the meeting.



During a discussion on fee increases, Vice Chancellor Sparks re-

lated that the Western states' average of fees, which is one of

the measurements used in the current Board policy, increased

this year because nearly all states have had to raise fees to

meet budget problems in those states.  It was explained that the

System would be facing possible fee increases with or without

budget reductions because of this rise in the average of Western

states.



Vice Chancellor Sparks briefly explained the current Board policy

on fees, stating that when it was developed many different ways

of setting fees were reviewed.  He explained that the national

average for fees is much higher than those at UCCSN.  He added

that the UCCSN policy is a very conservative one.



Dr. Eardley stated he did not feel the Community Colleges should

reduce faculties.  President Maxson stated that without an in-

crease in fees, they would lose up to 110 positions, which would

include 50-60 vacant positions this year and the 53 new positions

allocated for next year.  The increase would allow them to re-

cover about 50% of these positions which would then assure stu-

dents of classes for the coming year.  He added that most of the

State funds go into faculty and their support, which does not

leave the Campuses much flexibility in making budget cuts.  He

assured the Regents that all catagories have been reviewed and

have been "hit" by the cuts.



President Crowley stated the objective of the cuts made on his

Campus was an attempt to reduce as far as possible the burden on

the students, to provide as many courses as possible, and to as-

sure that students will be able to graduate on time.  He also

explained that the market for hiring superior quality faculty

is at a peak now, inasmuch as some 32 states are in budget re-

ductions, and that UNR is trying to retain 2/3 of the positions

in this year's budget.  President Crowley stated he felt the

merit pool should be protected and added that it has had a

tremendous impact on the System and is a valuable hiring tool.

In the area of repairs and renovations, the President related

that UNR is attempting to preserve funds for the priorities of

classrooms and laboratories.



Mrs. Gallagher related that her concern with budget cuts was

what was being sacrificed in quality, and questioned whether

UCCSN would be educating more students with less dollars.  Pres-

ident Crowley stated that his administration had discussed en-

rollment caps, but dropped that avenue because they felt it was

dangerous for a long-term effect, although, it may come to that.

The decision has been that there probably will be increased en-

rollment and more students would be serviced with less funds

available;  classrooms will have more students, there will be

more LOAs teaching classes (which is not the best way to go),

priority areas will be closely watched and funds will be held

for these priorities.  There is a possibility of running out of

classroom space, which would then limit enrollment.



President Maxson stated that discussions have been held with

most of the administrative units on the Campus:  Faculty Senate,

Student Government, Graduate Council, a second meeting with stu-

dents.  The Faculty Senate voted to forgo merit increases alto-

gether, the students agreed with a fee increase and only argued

over what the fee would be, and the Graduate Council suggested

an increase of $10 per credit.  UNLV will be losing $1.7 million

in the authorized budget because of the lost revenue from less

than projected enrollments, and the projected fee increase of

$5, which is $1.50 more than at other institutions, would offset

that loss.  Approximately 600 course sections would be gained

from the fee increase.



President Maxson stated he felt the Campuses should be allowed

autonomy in the manner of handling the budget cuts, that not

all institutions should have to make those cuts in the same

areas.



President Meacham stated they had developed a 32 step plan last

Fall when cuts were first encountered and urged that CCSN be

allowed to continue.  They have been on a "slow hiring mode"

since August.  He stated that reductions could be handled with-

out the loss of merit pay for faculty.  He related that sacri-

fices by faculty are being made on a short-term basis only and

that people are putting in extra time voluntarily.  A Campus

decision has been made to raise the part-time salaries.  He

mentioned that with the cutbacks already in place, CCSN is

operating at a 27:1 ratio.  Mrs. Gallagher questioned whether

this wasn't a dangerous practice, with the President replying

that it was an emergency response to an emergency situation.

He, too, encouraged the Regents to allow Campus autonomy in

handling the situation.



President Gwaltney stated TMCC is utilizing faculty vacancies,

although some of the particular positions being vacated would

have been filled under different circumstances.  Fee increases

will also give TMCC an opportunity to expand class offerings.

He related that TMCC is enjoying the largest Spring enrollment

in its history and they are preparing for an increase of 3% in

growth.  They will use part-time instructors to fill a number of

positions, although it would make quality control more difficult.

The President agreed with the deferment of merit until January 1,

1993, and cautioned against losing the merit pool altogether

inasmuch as the Community College salary scale includes merit

pay.



President Calabro stated WNCC will be able to make the cutbacks

with a minimum of impact upon the students.  They will plan to

reduce all of the new support formula funds.  The President

stated that they must replace one Nursing instructor and one

Computer Techology person.  He agreed with delaying the merit

until January 1, 1993, but added that the faculty had suggested

it be delayed all year.



President Remington stated NNCC has had a 50% increase in enroll-

ment and had received funding for this increase.  Some 20 posi-

tions have been hired, although some positions have been held in

reserve.  He cautioned that repairs and improvements, although

being cut now, just cannot be held off forever.  Part-time in-

structors will also be used at NNCC to handle the projected

growth.  President Remington expressed his hope that the Com-

munity Colleges would handle merit similarly and agreed with the

half-year plan.



President Taranik stated they were not eliminating all Library

funds at DRI, inasmuch as they have a new Library in their new

Southern Nevada Science Center which must be established.  Also,

DRI has fought since 1987 for these funds; therefore, could not

give them all back.



In answer to a question concerning how these reduced funds would

be obtained in the future, Chancellor Dawson stated that it will

be "very tough", and cited the $132 million State revenue short-

fall.



Mrs. Gallagher cautioned that this is the beginning of a dire

financial situation which may last awhile and again expressed

concern over CCSN's 27:1 statement.  Mr. Klaich agreed and stat-

ed he hoped the Presidents were also looking at this long-term,

which could lead to some fundamental changes in the method used

for budgeting.



Chairman Sparks stated she would personally prefer Campus

autonomy in handling the cutbacks.



Chancellor Dawson again stated his recommendations:  1)  delay

merit to January 1, 1993; and, 2)  Board attend a workshop dis-

cussion on fees and tuition before making a decision.  Mrs.

Whitley expressed her displeasure with raising fees, citing ac-

cess problems which would be caused.  Dr. Jim Richardson, UNR,

urged the Board to retain some kind of merit pool, and reminded

the Board that UCCSN has been asked for cuts twice that of K-12.



UNLV Faculty Senate Chairman Lori Temple outlined the discussions

held on the Campus, the decisions reached as reported above, and

added that some of the Colleges don't agree with the decisions.

Dr. Candace Kant, CCSN Faculty Senate Chairman, urged the allow-

ance of Campus autonomy and emphasized that their plans were

developed by the faculty and Administration and all had been

making sacrifices since last August.  Faculty Senate Chairmen

Bill Baines, TMCC, Elizabeth Raymond, UNR, and Larry Goodnight,

WNCC, each expressed support of Campus autonomy and expressed

thanks for the amount of Campus involvement in developing the

plans.



The Chairman expressed appreciation for the beneficial workshop

and asked that if there were questions, the Regents should call

the President prior to the February meeting.



The meeting adjourned at 4:20 P.M.



                             Mary Lou Moser

                             Secretary of the Board

                                                       02-13-1992