Commission - Campus Demolition
completed the demolition of the steam plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Hall but
requested a substantial change order which was denied by the University. Taylor
Corporation petitioned the State Building Commission to review the claim
dispute. The State Building Commission held the final hearing on February 28,
2008 for the disputed change order denied by the University and rendered their
final decision on March 27, 2008. The State Building Commission directed the
University to pay $1,456 out of $120,617 requested by the contractor.
project is on schedule for completion in late fall by our architect Jenkins,
Monroe and Jenkins and contractor Eidison and Associates. The interior of the building is being
prepared for painting. Ceiling
grids along with light fixtures and ventilation diffusers are being installed
through out the structure.
Hole boring and grouting for the geo-thermal system is completed. The deck at the rear of the building has
Hale Building Company
has completed the construction phase of this project. The delicate work of fine
tuning the telescope’s operation with the contractor, staff from the
Information Technology and faculty in the Department of Physical and Earth
Sciences has begun to make the entire system remotely operational. This project
will greatly enhance the University’s astronomical programs which can be
shared with public schools.
The Gladys M. Carlisle
Fine Arts Facility
The Bonding Company,
Great American Insurance Company, took over the project. Currently, the roof warranty has
not been received; therefore, Substantial Completion cannot be obtained from
the State Building Commission.
Several other close out documents are pending action by the bonding
company. The building was
operational for the fall 2007 academic semester and continues to be a great new
asset for our Department of Art.
Cole Library Chiller and Boiler Replacement
Bids were received on
April 8 to replace the aged and deteriorating mechanical equipment for the
cooling and heating systems at the Library. The apparent low bidder is Mid-South
Control Systems, Inc., with a bid price of $478,000. Replacement of the cooling system
is time-sensitive. Anticipated
completion is early July
Since our last Board of
Trustees meeting in January the economic slow down has continued to reduced the
funds brought to the State of Alabama
through state income tax and sales tax. In response Governor Riley enacted the Rainy
Day Fund to prevent any proration for this year. All of Alabama’s education institutions would
be facing proration today if it were not for this saving account. For next year
the Governor has proposed a budget reduction of approximately 14% for Alabama's Four
Year Colleges and Universities.
At the same time he is proposing a lesser cut for Alabama's Two Year College System of approximately 10% and a
significantly smaller reduction for the State
Department of Education--approximately 6%.
recommendation for each of Alabama’s
Colleges and University’s varied from a low of
10.23% for Troy
University and a high of 17.25% for the University of
The Governor’s recommendation for
University was 13.36% a
reduction of $6,591,697.
This reduction would
significantly impact Jacksonville
operations and management budget just as costs for health insurance, energy and
retirement benefits are increasing. Increases in retirement costs for 2008-09
are projected by the Retirement Systems of Alabama to be $437,234 and for
health insurance $197,280 is the projected increase for PEEHIP.
What Jacksonville State University needs is its
minimum base for operations and maintenance and the increased costs for
retirement and health insurance. This total is $45,884,645. It would still mean a reduction of
$3,421,455 or approximately 7%.
A single cut across the
board is a more equitable way to share the budget short fall for next year. Each
of the major groups within the Education Trust Fund: the Universities, the Two Year
Colleges and the State
Department of Education should be asked to share equally in budget reductions.
University has not increased
tuition in two years. Some professional schools within the
University of Alabama
System have already indicated that they will
increase tuition for next year by 12 to 15%. JSU’s University Budget
Committee has proposed a tuition increase for undergraduates of $21.00 per
credit hour which will raise the cost per hour from $169 to $190, a 12.4%
increase. This increase will cost less than $85.00 per month for a student enrolled
for 16 semester hours fall and spring semester. The average JSU student takes
12 semester hours per term, the increased cost for two semesters for these
full-time students while enrolled would be less than $65 per month.
Other proposed cost
increases are: $25 per hour for graduate course work, an 11% increase, a $50
per credit hour charge for undergraduate and graduate distance learning
courses, an increase in application fee to the university to $30, and an
increase in residential housing of approximately 15%.
This represents a
significant increase in the cost of education for
University students an
increase that is not recommended lightly. Facing budget reductions and
increased cost we must ask for these tuition and fee increases to maintain the
quality of the educational experience at JSU. The University will also be
reviewing ways to reduce costs by reducing travel expenditures and reviewing
positions and program expenditures. The University will work hard to continue
the JSU experience as a good value in higher education.
Rebecca Turner, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs has prepared
her report in your binder under “Tab 6” which you may read at your
leisure. Among the many accomplishments noted is the reaffirmation of
accreditation for the College of Commerce and Business Administration by the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and a
recommendation by the visiting team from the Accrediting Council on Education
in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) that our Department of
Communication receive full accreditation, thus making it one of only three
accredited communication programs in Alabama.
I have asked Dr. Turner and Dr. Simmons
to share with you the various program accreditations which JSU has achieved because
our University has more accredited programs than any other regional University
Joe Serviss, Vice President for Institutional Advancement has some good news to
share with you about Jacksonville
125th Anniversary that was celebrated February 22nd and
will continue to be celebrated throughout 2008. He also has a new employee to
Director Jim Fuller will present his Athletic Report and a special recognition of
our Baseball and Softball Coaches.
A. Meehan, Ed.D.