PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES November 15, 2000 PRESENT: Jim Manning, Jim Mitchell, Clyde Carroll, Guest Bob Lashaway ABSENT: Chuck Lindemenn, Vicki Orazem, Carol Schmidt Chair's report - Jim Manning. - At the November 8 meeting, University Governance Council approved a memo requesting the Provost and Deans' Council start planning for a possible shortfall in budget resources Spring Semester 2001. - A resolution was also approved at the November 8 meeting that the MSU pay date for each month be moved to the first day of the month following the pay period. - A UGC working group on budget will work with SPBC and the Vice President for Administration and Finance. A representative from SPBC and one from the VPAF Office have been asked to be part of the group to make it easier to communicate. Update from the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee - Bob Lashaway. - Bob Lashaway was appointed to the SPBC by President Roark as the second professional representative on the committee. - Ralph Brigham is chairing a working group which is looking at strategic plans from other universities and which will then work on a process for developing a strategic plan for MSU. - Sara Jayne Steen chairs an enrollment management working group. - Bruce McCleod chair a group which is looking at college and departmental strategic plans to see if there are commonalities among the plans. The report from this group is to be given at SPBC on November 20. - There was agreement among Council members that SPBC should set general guidelines for dealing with the budget and help develop longer-term strategies for dealing with shortfalls. Other topics SPBC should discuss include developing criteria for adding new programs and centers and determining if the current policies used to distribute IDC's are appropriate or if some other formula should be developed. - Information about the budget is available, and there was warning four years ago that salary increases would become a budget problem for the university. - In response to a request from President Roark, during Spring Semester the Long Range Planning Committee prepared a list of priorities for MSU. All of the priorities, except the first one, require additional money. - All university employees need to realize that MSU has a budgetary problem and can't continue to expect more funding. Reallocation of resources is an issue. - During discussion, Professional Council members asked how the university gets from the Long Range Plan to budgeting. - SPBC should try to bring what the university wants to do together with the resources available.