The Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meets monthly with the Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer and the CUNY Budget Director to discuss the myriad fiscal matters that affect students and faculty alike. CUNY’s annual budget–its allocations and implications for the two-year and four-years institutions–is frequently discussed. From these discussions priorities to be included in CUNY’s annual Budget Request process  are suggested.  Faculty participation in the budget request formation on the campuses is advocated and followed.

The CUNY Budget & Finance webpage has many resources of interest to faculty.

Chair
John Verzani (CSI).

2017 - 2018

Charges

  • Continue developing a working rapport with Senior Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance
  • Analyze the budgets presented at June Board of Trustees (BoT)
  • Educate faculty and students on budget matters
  • Promote the greater transparency of college budgets
  • Tax levy and non-tax levy matters
  • Greater consistency across campuses, viz., shared governance

Final Report 2016-2017

Budget Advisory Committee of the University Faculty Senate

Chair: John Verzani CSI

Members: Ned Benton (John Jay), Kay Conway (BMCC), John Devereux (Queens, sabbatical), Louise Hainline (Brooklyn), David Jaruzalmi (CCNY), Karen Kaplowitz (John Jay), Terrence Martell (Baruch), Theresa Rooney (York, mostly unavailable), Emily Tai (QCC), Michael Toner (Queens).

Overview:

The Budget Advisory Committee has three meetings per semester with central CUNY adminstration. These meetings are informal consultations with a range of topics. Though the CUNY budget of FY 2017 was the topic of discussion for most of the Budget Advisory Committee meetings during the academic year, some major issues dominated the conversation:

  • the contract settlements with both the PSC and DC37 and the financial impacts on CUNY
  • The approximately 1.5% cut to Senior Colleges in the FY 17 budget due to the shortfalls in the State Budget for CUNY
  • the inclusion of the request to the city for faculty workload reassignment as part of the settlement with the PSC
  • The inclusion of the request for a rational tuition plan within CUNY’s budget request to the state
  • The impact on campuses due to settlements with the trade unions
  • The TAP gap and the Excelsior scholarships
  • The plans by CUNY for significant savings through an Administrative Excellence Initiative.
  • The proposed federated model to both save monies and improve services
  • Changes to CUNY institutions, in particular: the ASRC and the Medical School
  • Some adminstrative changes arising from a new board: the hiring of a Risk Management Officer, a newly enhanced Audit Committee.
  • What mechanisms CUNY Central has when a campus has financial difficulties

Meetings:

9/23/16: Consultative meting with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Catherine Abata

10/28/16: Consultative meeting with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Catherine Abata

11/18/16: Budget Workshop

12/9/16: Consultative meeting with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Catherine Abata

02/24/17: Consultative meeting with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Catherine Abata

03/31/17: Consultative meeting with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Catherine Abata

4/28/17: UFS Shared Governance Event with Budget and Governance workshop

05/12/17: Consultative meeting with Senior Vice Chancellor and CFO Matthew Sapienza and University Executive Budget Director Catherine Abata