Faculty Senate Meeting
December 17, 1996
Present: J. Brunski, C. Canier, A. Desrochers, W.R.
Franklin, M. Hanna, G. Judd, R. Messler, J. Newell, B. Racicot, E. Rogers, M. Tomozawa, A. Wallace
Guests: C. Steinbruchel
Announcements and Approval of Minutes
November 5, November 19 Minutes approved unanimously. Report of December 1996 Board of Trustees’
Meeting will be given at the January 28, 1997 Faculty Senate Meeting.
Committee Reports and Discussion
Trustee Academic Affairs Committee – by Al Wallace
A. Wallace summarized presentations made by Jack Wilson
(i.e., regarding the 4x4 format) and Dick Lahey (i.e., regarding School of
Engineering goals and activities) at the December 1996 meeting Lahey intends to balance out faculty loading
and hopes that a reduced freshmen enrollment will bring RPI into balance with
competitors. Lahey reported concern
about doctoral programs and he expressed a desire to change the current
reporting system to US News and World
Report to more accurately reflect the School of Engineering. Lahey expressed a willingness to maintain
Engineering’s existing number of undergraduates to enable the School to have
more dollars, via the new budgeting plan.
Trustees’ Finance Committee – by Ed Rogers
Haviland has recommended a 5% increase in tuition pricing (prestige
pricing) for the upcoming year. It
was moved that the Board of Trustees consider separating undergraduate and
graduate tuitions. The resolution
Quarter forecast of FY97 operations suggests a $4.625 million
deficit. President Pipes suggests
that we can’t eliminate this deficit through more savings and instead
promotes development of new revenue streams. He will report on this issue in more
detail later in January ’97.
was spent to finance the most recent voluntary separation program.
Board of Trustees recommends a $2.5M expenditure on an additional 30,000
sq. ft. at the Tech
Park that will be
financed by new debt. It was noted
that all multi-tenant space is occupied.
Thought to be a good investment.
of donated real estate (e.g., in Texas)
is being considered.
was not time to discuss committee reports on the new budgeting strategy.
committee to review status of capital projects costing more than $400k.
Student Life – by Bernadette Racicot
Senate is recreating the Confidential
Guide to Classes and Professors at Rensselaer. They have designed a survey and
distributed it to students taking elective courses in H&SS. At the time of the meeting, the Student
Senate did not have any results to report.
Duffy provided an overview of the Class of 2000.
million net tuition revenue (NTR) was achieved.
per student increased from $10,374 (1995) to $10,967 (1996).
students have increased and now comprise 7% of class.
combined score is down 5 points.
of students in top 10% of class is down 6%.
Medalists remain at 14% of class.
percentage of international students has maintained at 5% of class.
represent 25% of the Class of 2000.
Haviland provided an overview of the financial aid situation
freshmen Class (class of 2000) has 898 students compared to 947 in 1995.
tuition rate has increased from $17,995 to $19,075.
freshman discount rate is 42.5% compared to 42.8% in 1995.
has increased from $455/student in 1995 to $672 in 1996.
of the freshman class is receiving financial aid; 20% are receiving
merit-based aid; 71% are receiving need-based aid.
of female students and 93% of minority students receive financial aid.
total cost of attendance is estimated at $27,334; the average family
contribution is estimated at $12,659.
average, 89% of need is being met through financial aid compared to 92%
of need being met in 1995.
Goals of Institute –
by A. Desrochers and A. Wallace
A. Desrochers and A. Wallace presented the attached overheads
which outline the “1978 Rensselaer
2000 Objectives” and the mission statement from a more recent document
entitled Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Year 2004 Direction. The goal of
the presentation was to elicit participation from Rensselaer Faculty interested
in helping to shape the future course of the institute.
In an exit interview with G. Judd, Alan Meltzer suggested
that academic dishonesty is increasing.
It was suggested that cheating be a topic addressed at a future Faculty