SACUA wants update of
It is time to revisit a 1994 study on
the U-M budget and learn more about the
Universitys funding sources and
expenditures, according to the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Affairs
Universities sometimes spend their
resources in ways different than they
publicly state they are, Charles
B. Smith, professor of pharmacology and
chair of the Budget Study Committee (BSC),
told the nine-member SACUA at its Sept.
9 meeting, the first of the academic year.
The BSC advises SACUA and the Senate
Assembly about fiscal issues of importance
to members of the University community,
as identified through an analysis of the
University budget. The BSC, which will
hold its first meeting of the academic
year later this month, was formed in 1992
through an initiative of the local chapter
of the American Association of University
Professors to encourage faculty members
to gain an understanding of the budgets
of their institutions.
SACUA is particularly interested in
an update of a Feb. 1994 report issued
by the BSC, The Cost of Higher Education.
In that report, the BSC concluded that
the University is at the high end
with respect to expenses per student and
with respect to rapidity of expenditure
growth. One significant cause of increasing
costs is expanding administrative staff.
The study concluded that the financing
of higher education would continue to
be difficult and the administrative structure
of the University should be studied with
a goal of controlling growth in staffing
at all administrative levels. One major
difficulty in studying the University
budget is obtaining reliable, consistently
defined data, the report found.
SACUA members also want to learn more
about U-Ms new prescription drug
program and the Universitys plan
for the future of benefits for U-M employees.
It will be very beneficial to
the committee to have a better understanding
of the budget, said Prof. Stan Berent,
a SACUA member, chief psychologist in
the Department of Psychiatry and director
of the Neuropsychology Division. What
is the Universitys plan, and where
do the resources come from and where do