Commission - Campus Demolition
Taylor Corporation has
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. A hearing date is scheduled
for February 28, 2008, 9:00 a.m., in Montgomery
to address and resolve this issue.
The Building site has
changed significantly and the building is in “the dry”. The contractor, Eidson and Associates, is
making good progress with dry weather, delivery of materials and sound project
management practices. Interior sheet
rock and stone work on the exterior are being installed. Hole boring for the geo-thermal system is
Currently, the project
is slightly ahead of schedule.
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,
Greater American Insurance Company, has taken over the project from CSS
Duncan. They are making a major effort
to resolve and correct the outstanding issues with this facility. The roof warranty appears to be the big item
to be resolved to obtain a Substantial Completion Certificate for this project.
I believe all of you are
aware that the slowing economy has reduced the funds brought to the State of Alabama through state
income tax and sales tax. In anticipation of the reduced growth of the
Education Trust Fund, the Council of College and University Presidents and the
Alabama Commission of Higher education, have developed a Unified Budget
Recommendation that consists of the following:
colleges and universities receive last year’s appropriation as a base.
health insurance and retirement rate increases be fully funded.
$30 million be split on the basis of the ACHE Standard Index.
University’s portion of the
Unified Budget Request is $50,277,217. This represents a budget increase of $1,247,086
with $437,234 for retirement increases, $197, 280 for health insurance
increases and $612, 572 as an increase in the ACHE indices. The total
represents an increase of approximately 2.54% for JSU. A copy of the budget
request is in your Board manual under Tab 6.
University’s Spring Semester 2008 enrollment is 8,617 students. This exceeds
last spring by 228 students. In addition to the individual headcount increase,
credit hour production (the number of courses taken by students) was up 2,850
credit hours over last spring. This represents approximately 950 additional 3
hour course registrations this spring.
Tab 6 in your binder is the Credit Hours Report comparing the Spring 2008 and
Spring 2007. This report provides a detailed breakdown of the credit
information for spring semester and the headcount by college. Colleges of
Business, Education and Nursing indicated increases in enrollment. Only the College of
Arts and Sciences had a slight decrease
of 47 students from last spring.
Housing has reported the Spring occupancy rate under Tab 6 of 97% for all
available beds 1,609. Residence halls have an average occupancy of 97%,
University apartments 96% and University houses at 100%.
want to commend the Trustees for recognizing the need for additional university
student housing. The current debt structure for the university’s residence
halls will be reduced significantly within the next academic year. I appreciate
the support which our Trustees have given to adding approximately 400 beds to
campus housing in a suite-style arrangement. Our plans for 10,000 students will
have to include additional housing to accommodate the suite-style which is the
preference of today’s student.
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. Dr.
Turner will mention some of the significant academic affairs announcements and
introduce Dr. Tim King who will make a presentation about the University’s
enrollment management plans and a report from a review by the American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Joe Serviss, Vice President for Institutional Advancement has provided a copy
the University’s Annual Report for 2006-2007 for your review and will provide a
brief update of our capital campaign. Following that he will introduce Mr. Tim
Garner JSU’s Marketing Consultant. You will recall at our Board meeting in
October 2006 Mr. Tim Garner shared with us his ideas and strategies for
developing an integrated marketing plan for the University. He comes today to
share the progress he has made as well as his recommendations and strategies
for communicating the good news about
Director Jim Fuller will present his Athletic Report and a special recognition
of our Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Steve Bailey.
Office of Institutional
Research and Assessment
Alicia Simmons, Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
has presented each of you with a copy of the Fact Book for 2007-2008. This is
an invaluable tool for our faculty and staff as it presents the statistical
facts about our university