Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-02-081
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College Asks For $4. 9 Million Increase In Budget by David C. Wright Contributing Writer Weber State's operating budget for 1985-86, which includes a request for an 18.2 percent increase, is currently before a combined senate and house subcommittee of the state legislature. The budget request of $40.9 million, up $4.9 million from the school's current amount, has been presented to the legislature's subcommittee on higher education. All subcommittes hearing budget requests will come together to form the central or "hatchet" committee. That committee will then formulate a total budget. "Usuallly there is a final cut at that time," said Dee Vest, WSC budget director. "That final determination will then go before the full house and senate for their approval," he said. Vest said cuts are expected as all the needs of higher education can't be met. Weber's budget request is decided on after the deans of each school submit their requests to President Brady's staff. Brady and his vice presidents then review those requests, and some cuts are made at that level. A presentation is then made to the Board of Regents who must review budget requests from all the state-supported institu tions. At the same time, the budgets are reviewed by the governor's office. A legislative analyst also reviews each budget. Cuts are made at each of these levels. "What the legislative committee now Funding Enrollment Growth D co O Q) O c D O) O c D O L Q 30 Funding WSC Enrollment o ' lol V-"""" 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 has before it," said Vest, "are the Board of Regent's recommendation, Governor Bangerter's recommendation, and the recommendation of the legislative analyst. The committee is reviewing these, and will make its own recommendation."According to Vest, Bangerter has recommended a $2.6 million or 9.2 percent increase over this year's budget. Vest said the legislative analyst has recommended a $1 million increase, "but he did not address salary increases . . . leaving salary increases open for the legislature to decide." Even though he did not give a specific recommendation for salary increases, he did give the legislature the background information wherein they could justify a salary increase according to the funds that were available," said Vest. Bangerter has recommended a five precent increase in contract salaries, and a two percent increase' in hourly wages. Vest said it is difficult to predict the success of the requests because of the demands flooding has placed on the see "Increase on page 3. Friday, February 8, 1985 Weber State College Vol. 45 No. 30 For the third part of the series on liberal arts students, see page 2. Faculty Morale Hits HighsLows by Loretta Park Staff Reporter Although there are some problems, the morale of WSC's faculty is remarkably good compared to other campuses across the nation, said Dr. Robert Smith, vice president of academic affairs. "Last spring the accreditation team commented on the high morale at WSC," he said. Some WSC professors feel certain problems can demoralize faculty members and cause students to receive a lower quality of education. These problems include the lack of funds for travel, salaries and physical resources. "I wouldn't say there is a serious morale problem. I think we have a good morale in terms of leadership in the administration," said Dr. Jean An-dra, an associate French professor at WSC. Andra has been teaching at Weber since 1962. She said, "They (the administration are fairly supportive and concerned." According to Andra, any morale problems would stem from the difficulty in obtaining funds from the state. But funding is a problem in most of the western states, she said. Andra turned down the opportunity to speak at a conference in Texas because she is already attending another one and department funds won't allow her to attend both. "We have to spread the money around," Andra said, "I can't justify attending two meetings when I have col leagues who need the same sort of professional outlet and have as much right to attend one meeting as I do." Funds earmarked for professors to attend conferences is limited. According to Smith, this is due to the Utah Legislature. He said the legislature increases the travel fund every year, but it is not adequate because travel costs increase at a higher rate than the fund does. "Conferences are important because they are stimulating and they recharge the battery," said Dr. Glen J. Wiese, WSC English professor. "They are part of the professional growth professors need and the recognition that WSC needs as a first-rate college," he said. According to Dr. Sidney Ash, a geologist professor at Weber, there are adequate funds in his department for faculty who want to attend conferences and present their papers. Low salaries is another reason for low faculty morale. "I don't think all faculty members are happy with their salaries," said Wiese, "I think merit pay is a joke." Andra said there is no comparison between the salaries of a professor with a Ph.D. and that of a medical doctor. She said professors spend a lot of time and effort researching and teaching. "I think faculty morale is kind of low because of the salary situation," Ash said. He said the faculty recognizes that the administration is trying to obtain higher salaries for instructors, but the legislature makes the final decision.see "Hits" on page 3. Taking lime out from their troop's tour of the Lind Lecture Hall last night, two inpnH photoMflllhrw Bjuwn cub scouts stop before the raised map of Utah to speculate on where they are.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1985-02-08, Vol. 45, No. 30|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|