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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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68th MSSA Senate
November 1, 2000 Minutes

Meeting called to order at 4:01 P.M. by Speaker Andy Welti

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy)

Senators Present
Christina Ische 9-2-0, Lori Fick 3-0-0. Joe Muggli 3-0-0. Rhys Gaffer 3-0-0. Samuel Eddy Ankrah 3-0-0, Michael Groenewold 11-0-0, Stacy Wiech 10-0-1, Karly Klein 11-0-0, Mikel Akers 11-0-0, Ian Radtke 11-0-0, Amy Bicek 8-2-1, Rachel D. Noah 2-0-0, LaRonne Prtichett 2-0-0, Derek Short 8-3-0
Senators Absent
Craig Shub 8-3-0, Tonya Hebeler 0-3-0, Md Mosharof Hossain 0-3-0, Roger White Owl 8-3-0, Zach Biesanz 8-3-0
Officers Present
President Chris Boyce Vice President Tim Huebsch

Approval of Minutes 10/25/00 Minutes approved


Dean Trauger, Vice President Finance & Administration
Tuition-want to provide quality, affordable education. Have been working on budget plan for a few weeks and everyday some numbers change, are getting fairly close to finding all cost issues and overall tuition adjustment. Brief overview on costs.
Appropriations-Minnesota State has given us ideas on what we will be given. We have received $500,000 the last two years as we have been under the tuition rate. We receive the maximum allowed. We have not put in any increase in tuition. We are now looking at a shortfall. There are several factors involved.
Additional funds are needed for faculty and staff fringe benefits, health insurance. This is a challenge for most higher ed institutions. In coalition bargaining units they were told increases would be 10-15%. We have put in 14%. We have put an additional $500,000 in equipment for educational equipment. Overall cost increase of over 6 million. $3.6 million shortfall. How do we move forward? Looking at $1475.00 for banded tuition. We don't want to cut faculty and staff to balance the budget. $1475 will put us about regional average, still under Minnesota State average. Funding higher education needs to be a joint thing with the Federal government. Increased dollars would be used for: competitive faculty salaries, increase in pay rates for support staff, inflationary increase in fringe benefit costs, specifically health insurance, utility cost increases, student pay rate increases-FY01-$.50-$1.25 per hour, FY 02:TBD-minimum of .35 per hour, graduate assistant compensation, 200,000 for instructional Management System software package-development of interactive web-based materials for teaching, instructional equipment $500,000. Minnesota State is looking at a new allocation process. We don't know how new model will impact us. On simulation so far the model is not favorable to state universities, it tends to move money from state institutions to two year institutions. We are doing a last pitch for a model that will be more favorable to state institutions. We are talking alot about unknowns in the 02 budget process. In the Spring we might have alot of different numbers but it won't clear up until August or Sept. Until bargaining units finish negotiations.
Senator Gaffer-What funding is the MN State Legislature currently funding in the legislative language?
Mr. Trauger-Currently 30%, as we will be one of the largest in the system, the money does not go out appropriate according to enrollment. Money comes off the top to help fund smaller institutions. If target is 60% for state support-students pay about 42% through tuition, some institutions only pay in the 20% range. We are about 58% appropriation, under new proposal probably increase.
Senator Rector-How will this affect graduate students?
Mr. Trauger-That would be about 8 or 9 %. We are 4% lower than other institutions. If we went up 9%-we would still be slightly below other institutions.
Senator Noah-I understand that we have a million dollar deficit-that is what tuition increase would be used for.
Mr. Trauger-We have balanced the budget by going to the reserve-if we do this our reserve will be less than 2 million. We need to be at 5-6 %. This would not build the reserve back up only hold it at what it is.
Senator Gaffer-What can we do to be supportive of the increase?
Mr. Trauger-The board of Trustees will respond more from students than administration. Willing to take what ever time we can to help brief on leg models and appropriations. We need to show them how this model negatively impacts our institutions. Now they are committed to having things the same across the systems, comparing costs with community and technical colleges. Because we hire PH.D.'s we are the highest in the system in salaries. Our costs are more-this model does not work. We would appreciate student involvement.
Senator Bicek-Some concern is that some departments are under-funded and can't hire etc. Will we still see this?
Mr. Trauger-Academic Affairs may shift from one department to another as retirements etc. come about. Enrollment demands & programs change from year to year. We are not looking at an increase in spending unless we get an enrollment increase. This year Academic Affairs guaranteed staffing for freshman coming in.
Senator Rector-Natural gas-how does that affect us?
Mr. Trauger-We use heating oil and natural gas. If heating oil does not increase at the same ratio we may use more heating oil. Either way we will see rate increases. Deadline for proposal is November 9.
Senator Radtke-Is increase in insurance national or state?
Mr. Trauger-We don't know how that is across the United States.
Senator Noah-$125.00 increase inside the band-what about under the band?
Mr. Trauger-We have to work on that, I will get it to the senate office by Friday.

Officer Reports

President Chris Boyce
Tuition & Fees-our university stands foremost for involvement from students. At other institutions it just goes forward. Tuition Forum-Wed. Nov. 8
Meet & Confer-good discussion on issues. Trying to open up Meet & Confer to others besides our organization.
Mass Transit Forum-Monday 3:00-talk it up-there are some radical changes. MSU Votes-we have a shuttle taking students to vote.
We will have ads in Reporter. We are sharing cost with the Presidents Office. We will have tables in the Union. Stacy has put together a great package that day, KDOG, Pizza etc. Please sign up for tables-tell your classmates-VOTE. Promote.
Student Complaint Policy-policy against faculty, staff, office. If you have concerns on this, let us know, we need to draft a response to the university. We want something easy yet something that can get a resolution. Some clocks have not been changed. A group will meet with Dean Trauger about clock policy.


Judicial Board: Rachel Noah, Samuel Rustan, Gayle Kirby

Vice President Tim Huebsch
Four Coordinator appointments: Yer Vue-International Coordinator, Diversity-Christopher Rogers, MSUSA Cultural Diversity-Beenish Malhi, MSUSA Campus Rep Mohamed Shaffi.
Technology Roundtable met, would like feedback on what students want to see.
Various programs like is that each is different and that students have to learn different. Would like feedback on which one you prefer.

Speaker Andy Welti
Recognized Student Organizations
Recognition Renewal
Multicultural Student Council, S.U.R.S.I (Students of the Urban & Regional Studies Institute), Sociology Society.
Vacancy elections next week.
Motion: Senator Gaffer/Senator Pritchert
Recommend that Vice President Huebsch and President Boyce appoint a student group to write a brief to the Minnesota State Board or Trustees about the tuition funding disparity between 2 year and 4 year institutions. Brief to be completed and sent to Minnesota State Board of Trustees by November 9, 2000.

This is already being done but this motion would give it backing.
Motion passes unanimously.

Coordinator Reports

Amy Bicek-Student/Academic Affairs Coordinator (see written report)
Mass Transit Hearing Nov 6, 3:00 PM in Ostrander
Tuition Forum Nov 8 1:00 in Ostrander.
Tenant Forum Dec 6 at 2:00 in Ostrander.
Will be meeting with Dr. Healy and Dr. Bouble.
Remember to vote Tuesday, Nov 7. Leg Affairs Coordinator Stacy Wiech has been working extremely hard. MSU will provide a car to transport students to local voting areas in Mankato.
Senator Short-Suggestion with majors-consider a long term schedule, so people can plan ahead.
Student Advocacy Coordinator Nequra Campbell-Tuition Forum-Wed. 2:00
Dean Trauger will be there or someone will be there to help inform students. We need to understand and educate students on the effect of the increase.
Xai Xiong-Technology Coordinator-Have been working on updating Web site, third floor of library being remodeled-looking at how this can be more attractive to students. Right now I am researching how alumni or groups can link to our MSU Web site.
Technology Roundtable-looking at how we can bring in new technology.
Senator Gaffer-Considering the floor is not strong enough to hold all the books-is that being addressed.
Vice President Huebsch-All the materials are not being moved so there is not a stability threat.
Senator Kroiss-With lap top-where did money come from?
Vice President Huebsch-This was part of the student allocation fee last year.

Senator Groenewold-Friday Eagles Club DFL dinner.
Senator Wiech-Leg Affairs-meet after meeting
Senator Bicek-Vote your Conscience-Professor Kunkel will discuss candidates. Mass Transit Hearing, SAC will meet to discuss Union Budget.
Senator Rector-vote Tuesday
Senator Short-Thursday night environmental student association meeting 400-6:00

Roll Call

Senators Present
Michael Groenewold, Lori Fick, Eric Kroiss, Nayoki Cormier, Jack Rector, Courtney Powell, Stacy Wiech, LaRonne Pritchett, Karly Klein, Mikel Akers, Amy Bicek, Samuel Eddy Ankrah, Derek Short, Joe Muggli, Ian Radtke, Christopher Rhys Gaffer
Senators Absent
Christina Ische, Zach Biesanz, Tonya Hebeler, Craig Shub, Md Mosharof Hossain, Rachel D. Noah, Matt Lairmore, Roger White Owl
Executive Staff Present
President Chris Boyce, Vice President Tim Huebsch

Adjournment 5:27 PM