TO: Ken Williamson, Faculty Senate President Faculty Senate FROM: Paul Farber, Chair Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee RE: Annual Report The BFP Committee has shifted its activities in response to changing university needs. During the past several years much of our attention focused on reviewing Category I documents and assessing the financial impact of proposed programs. The number of new programs decreased this year, and we have at the same time been called upon to play a larger role in monitoring university budgets. Through liaison with various committees, members of the BFP have helped with the new Budget Allocation Model, the Athletics Advisory Committee, etc. Overall, we welcome this added responsibility and feel we have been able to provide faculty input to important groups dealing with budgets. Below is a brief summary of our activities. We have two recommendations for next year's committee: 1) that the committee review the size and structure of the BFP Committee; and 2) that the committee review the recent decision of the university to use state funds for athletics. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate may wish to appoint a special task force for that function, but if not, then BFP needs to review and assess the decision for its potential impact on academic programs. 1. Took part in the interview process for the new Chief Business Officer. 2. Approved the following Category I documents: Master of Software Engineering, Off-campus delivery of B.S. in General Agriculture, and Master of Business Information Systems. 3. The following members provided liaison: Karen Steele (Athletics Advisory Committee), Paul Farber (Budget Allocation Model, and Resource Review), Bruce Sorte (IS Review Task Force), Gordon Matzke (Curriculum Council).