Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws of IUPUI Faculty Concerning the Charge of the IUPUI Budgetary Affairs Committee (“BAC”)

November 16, 2006

 

Revised by BAC 11-20-2006

Reviewed by Constitution & Bylaws Committee 1-2007

 

 

Background

Section B of Bylaw Article III, of the Constitution of the IUPUI faculty provides for 16 standing committees of the Faculty which include the Budgetary Affairs Committee (BAC). The proposed amendment is intended to clarify the charges for the IUPUI BAC and also to better align them with those of its counterpart Budgetary Affairs Committee on the Bloomington Campus. 

 

Current Charge per Article III-B.3

[Budgetary Affairs.] This committee shall review the general academic priorities of IUPUI and the reflection of such needs in the creation of budgets, inform the Council on budgeting procedures and points of potential faculty input, and alert the Council to matters of budgetary importance external to IUPUI.

 

Proposed Amendment to Article III-B.3

[Budgetary Affairs.] This committee shall act as a representative of the Council in offering to the IUPUI Chancellor and the Campus Administration its continuing advice and the Faculty perspectives on all aspects of the IUPUI budgetary policy and the allocation of the IUPUI financial resources, especially those proposed allocations and re-allocations of financial resources that have bearing on the economic well-being of the faculty and the academic programs.  Among others, the committee's responsibilities shall include:

A.     Assessing the fiscal health of all academic and administrative support units, through its participation in the Campus Planning and Budgetary Hearings, and by other means including direct communication with faculty budgetary committees at the school or unit level.

B.     Considering and reviewing the general academic priorities of IUPUI and the reflection of such needs in capital outlays and in the creation of budgets.

C.     Considering the relative allocations of the Campus financial resources with respect to new programs and the implications to existing programs.

D.    Alerting the Council to all matters of budgetary importance internal or external to IUPUI.

E.     Facilitating coordination and communication among school level budgetary affairs or equivalent committees.


 

References

IUPUI Budgetary Affairs Committee

 

Reference:

http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/committees/committees.html

Budgetary Affairs. This committee shall review the general academic priorities of IUPUI and the reflection of such needs in the creation of budgets, inform the Council on budgeting procedures and points of potential faculty input, and alert the Council to matters of budgetary importance external to IUPUI.

Reference:

http://www.jaguars.iupui.edu/handbook/2002/financialdifficulties.html

The nature of the campus Budgetary Affairs Committee places it in a unique position to detect impending financial difficulties. It can bring to bear the experiences and insights of a broad base of faculty representatives knowledgeable in budgetary matters for review or development of plans to address financial problems at the campus, school or unit level. While the annual budget hearings in which the campus Budgetary Affairs Committee participates is the best mechanism for monitoring overall developments, budget committees at the school or unit level should be encouraged to communicate to the campus Budgetary Affairs Committee any information and concerns pertinent to the early stages of financial problems whenever they arise.

Reference:

http://www.indiana.edu/~bfc/

 

The Bloomington Faculty Council Bylaws:

 

    1. The Budgetary Affairs Committee shall act as a representative of the Council in offering to the Chancellor and to the chief budgetary officer for Bloomington its continuing advice and criticism on all aspect of the Bloomington Campus budgetary policy and the allocation of the Bloomington Campus financial resources, especially those proposed allocations and re-allocations of financial resources that have bearing on the economic well-being of the faculty and academic staff. Among others, the committee's responsibilities shall include:
      1. Considering the relative allocations of the University's resources with respect to new programs and significant changes in existing programs.
      2. Considering the setting of priorities with regard to capital outlays.
      3. Considering the setting of general faculty salary policies.