Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
Budget Committee Meeting
February 18, 2004
The meeting began at 3:30 p.m. Members Becky Elam (co-chair), Ron Bowman (co-chair),
Bea Ganim, Dennis Hogan, Don Robinson, Paul Hert, Gail Jensen, Karen Watts,
Kristi DiMemmo, Karen Richter, Matt Zepeda and visitor Phill Morrione were present.
Catalina Cruz and Robin Steinback were absent.
- On motion by Dennis Hogan and seconded by Gail Jensen, the minutes for January
21, 2004 were approved.
- Transfer of Non-Instructional Costs to Instructional Accounts - Phill Morrione
The concern is that expenses are being moved to departments, but funding for
those expenses has not (computer purchases, supplies and upgrades, for example).
Becky Elam shared with members the basis of decentralized budgets and the
initial establishment of baseline budgets for office and computer supplies
for charge-backs to all sectors of the College. In an effort to contain cost,
baseline budgets were provided to each Vice President and the President. Amounts
were based on actual expenditure patterns.
Committee members were asked to consider development of a guideline or formula
that provides adequate funding to sectors when expenses are decentralized.
- Funding for full-time faculty hires. In the current year, ten new faculty
positions were added. Five of the positions were funded by converting associate
faculty appropriation to full-time faculty appropriation. This was in an effort
to improve the full/time, part/time faculty ratio. Last year, MSJC had the
lowest percentage of 75/25 in the state. With the conversion from part-time
to full-time, improvement was made on the ratio.
The committee was asked to consider development of a guideline or formula
for funding additional Full-time faculty that incorporates FTES growth and
retains associate faculty. The committee discussed growth and the hiring of
full-time faculty members. During the past several years the District enrollments
have grown but the budgets have decreased.
There was discussion about the pros and cons of limiting growth from the District
level and cutting programs to more closely match state funding. High-cost
programs, licenses, permits, etc. comprise a large percentage of expenses
and can sometimes require funds from other departments. The most significant
disadvantage is that if the District limits too much, then it could lose growth
revenue. This year enrollments are down.
- Shared Governance/Budget Committee Charge - item to be removed until survey
is performed and results are available.
- ASB Report - ASB President, Matt Zepeda reports:
- ASB is handing out flyers supporting Propositions 57 and 58.
- ASB revenues have dropped significantly due to online registration and
increased student fees and costs. Students feel ASB is optional and are
choosing not to buy. ASB campaigns during registration rush and bookstore
clerks are telling students of discounts with ASB. ASB is hoping to offer
membership parking permit discounts.
- ASB is working with on-line registration programmers to include ASB
member benefits and on-line sign-up.
- All college ASB units are experiencing similar revenue decreases.
Next Meeting will be March 17, 2004 at 3:30 PM.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m.
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