Nov 21, 2013
College Council (met Nov 12)
Endorsed the AAAG rating of faculty positions and recommended the prioritized list of seven faculty members to the S/P.
Approved $33-43K be spent from the general fund on a Strata Information Group, a consulting firm to do two things:
Provide MPC an outside, objective perspective in its efforts to map its processes and discover inefficiencies, and
Provide recommendations to MPC on which ERP (Enterprise Resource Program) to buy and which modules to include in its purchase. The ERP will be a $5-6M investment by the college which will hopefully be partially paid for by a Title V grant.
Heard an update from Walt Tribley on closing the deficit. This summary is from notes taken the Nov 12 College Council meeting, with small edits by Walt. Walt thanked the College Council for providing its recommendations in a thoughtful manner and before the deadline. There was a closed session with the board on November 6, in which potential areas for reduction in force were discussed in context with the broad directions the college plans to take to reduce the budget deficit. These broad directions included the following:
Hire David Armanasco to create a marketing plan for the institution. Marketing is a unique skillset and hiring a professional in marketing and public relations will be key to produce an effective marketing plan.
Use one-time funds to pay off $1.1M remaining on a SunTrust loan in order to save ~$275K
Part of the so-called “Student Success funds” can appropriately be used to offset some costs that relate directly to the goals of this funding. The will save ~$240K/year
Reduce adjunct budget as needed. (no numbers offered here)
Changing the structure of the Child Development Center to a “lab school model.” (no numbers offered here.)
Creation of a Booster Club for Athletics to help defray some of the inherent costs. Recognized that Athletics, like the CDC, is a student support program. (no numbers offered here)
Energy conservation efforts will save ~$50,000
No board elections next academic year so the college will save $50,000 by reducing the amount in the current budget by 50%. There will be a budget in the following year.
Reductions in Force
RIFs will be more vertical in nature rather than horizontal, meaning that the approach will NOT be to ask each area to reduce by 10% or some appropriate amount. In other words, there will be some area(s) where the institution will operate much differently than in the past.
Timing: affected people will be talked to near the end of the semester and the institution will be informed shortly after. The decisions will go to the board in January.
Intent was to inform personnel of RIFs far in advance in order to assist with the changes that these personnel will need to make. For classified personnel, the timing on notification could change if regulations exist that prohibit notifying classified employees in excess of 60 days in advance. This timing topic was brought up by Classified Union leadership.
Retirement incentives will go to the board in November. How induced retirements will affect RIFs is currently an unknown.
AAAG (met Nov 20)
Board of Trustees