TO:         Elon College Budget Committee

FROM:   Academic Council

DATE:     December 10, 1999

RE:          Faculty Budget Priorities for 2000-2001
 

Listed below are the 2000-2001 Faculty Budget Request Priorities as determined by faculty survey results and Academic Council discussion. Please feel free to request additional information from Academic Council if these priorities are unclear.
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #1: FACULTY SALARIES
The 1999 Spring Report from Academic Council listed Elon faculty salaries in comparison to other private colleges and universities in North Carolina. While it might be more appropriate to compare Elon's salaries to a new peer group such as the Associated New American Colleges, that data is not available nor is there any clear standard to determine Elon's appropriate relative standing. Therefore, this recommendation relates to the North Carolina listing -- although it is recommended that the Budget Committee begin deliberations concerning where Elon should stand in a new peer listing such as the Associated New American Colleges.

At the Assistant level, Elon was third, ahead of High Point ($1,464). At the Associate level, Elon was fourth, slightly behind Davidson ($702) and ahead of High Point ($2,177). At the Professor level, Elon was fifth, almost $3,000 behind High Point and almost $15,000 behind Davidson.

Academic Council believes that the College should strive to maintain the third or fourth position in these rankings --and especially needs to match or surpass High Point in regard to salaries for Professors. In this list, Davidson would be the best point of future comparison for Elon. Appropriate salary increases should be offered to maintain or achieve this ranking. Therefore, Academic Council recommends a six percent (6%) increase for budget year 2000-2001.

It is also requested by Academic Council that the College immediately begin to escrow funds to allow a significant salary increase in the range of 10% for all faculty by at least the academic year of 2003-2004. This was a very successful past practice that culminated in significant faculty raises in the 1997-1998 budge yet.
 
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #2: MEDICAL AND HEALTH COVERAGE
It is requested by Academic Council that the percentage of the college's budget allocated to medical and health benefits be reevaluated and increased, if necessary, in order to ensure at least the maintenance of current levels of health related coverage at minimal additional cost to all eligible college employees. Academic Council also requests that dental coverage be considered as an additional benefit for the current plan. Finally, Academic Council requests that the college immediately investigate the most appropriate manner to provide, at a reasonable cost, continuing health insurance coverage for all retirees under the college health benefits plan.
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #3: FACULTY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT,
AND TRAVEL
Academic Council requests an additional $65,000 for the R & D budget. This would serve two purposes in the R & D budget:

    A.    $50,000 would be added to the budget for sabbaticals. Funding is currently
            available for eight (8) sabbaticals. This additional funding would allow funding
            of 12 sabbaticals; or, to put it another way, funding to offer sabbaticals to
            approximately six (6) percent of next year's full time faculty. Eventually, it is
            hoped that there will be sufficient funding so that all faculty eligible for sabbaticals
            will apply for and receive sabbaticals on a regular basis.

    B.    $15,000 would be added to the rest of the R & D budget to fund summer
            fellowships and other research and development requests. This area of the R & D
            budget has not grown significantly in recent years and needs additional attention,
            especially given the increasing size of the faculty. Regular increases in this area of
            R & D funding would allow and encourage more sophisticated faculty development
            plans.  Academic Council requests an increase of general faculty travel funds from
            $300 to $500 per full time faculty member over the next four years. It is suggested
            that the current travel fund of $300 be increased by $50 each year (approximately
            $10,000 per year) to reach the $500 level by the 2003-2004 budget year.

This increase reflects the increase in the general cost of travel to meetings and conferences. This increase especially would allow faculty who are not on the official programs of professional meetings to continue participation with less personal cost.
 

BUDGET REQUEST PRIORITY #4: LIBRARY ACQUISITIONS BUDGET
Academic Council requests an additional $137,333 for the library acquisitions budget. This request represents the second year of funding for a four year program to attain an acquisitions budget of $200/student. Elon would then be ahead of our current peers and competitors. The request merely affirms Academic Council's support of the Budget Committee's approval of last year's plan for increasing funding for library acquisitions.
 

SPECIAL NOTE:
The Academic Council's survey of faculty indicated that "class size" was a major concern of faculty. It actually ranked second in our priority order. However, it was not clear to Academic Council what the real issues were or how to address such a broad concern in our budget request. Therefore, Academic Council will form a special committee to investigate this issue further. The major charge will be for the committee to define clearly the issues faculty have regarding class size at Elon and make appropriate recommendations for Academic Council's consideration regarding policy and budget.