hikes unlikely, Casteen warns
By Matt Kelly
T. Casteen III warned members of the Faculty
Senate last week that if no pay raise is included in a state
budget adjustment bill in December, University employees could
lose money to inflation.
January, Gov. Jim Gilmore and state legislators were unable to
agree upon a package of mid-course amendments to the two-year
state budget, which would likely have included a pay raise for
state employees. The last hope for a raise this year would be
if the General Assembly, which next meets again in January, passes
a so-called caboose bill of amendments to the expiring
said without such action, University employees base pay
will have essentially been frozen, leaving them one year behind
inflation when raises are calculated for the upcoming two-year
the meeting, held Oct. 23 in the Colonnade Clubs newly renovated
Garden Room, Casteen said the states financial outlook was
not yet as bad as the budget crisis of 1990-91. But he noted that
state revenue projections are lagging, and under law the budget
has to be balanced each month. He also noted that the next two-year
budget that the outgoing governor will propose in December will
contain about $500 million in one-time expenses that must be paid.
deans have been warned to be careful with discretionary spending
and to make some contingency plans, Casteen said, while acknowledging
that few budget details are yet available.
president also discussed his desire for deans to review curricula
in the coming year to determine if it is, for students, the logical
next step up from what they learned in high school rather
than a review of things they already learned and whether
students can then accelerate through the University at their optimal
pace. He said these findings would be very important to high schools.
fielded questions about the Board of Visitors recently approved
building plans, which call for the demolition of New Cabell Hall,
its replacement with a new building and the construction of another
new building in the B-1 parking lot on Jefferson Park Avenue.
He said the decision to replace, instead of repair, New Cabell
Hall was a practical one.
other business, the Faculty Senate:
Heard an Academic Affairs Committee report on dissertation-year
fellowships of $20,000 per year for 10 fellows, to be awarded
in the 2002-03 academic year.
Heard Faculty Senate chair Robert Grainger, praise the late state
Sen. Emily Couric as a friend of the University and remembered
how willing she had been to work with members of the faculty.