SFAC's final report might
be ready today
By Ed De La Garza
Daily Cougar Staff
With deliberations concerning how much
money student organizations and University departments receive concluded
and a draft
report ready for review, a final report
from the Student Fees Advisory Committee could come as early as today.
The report would then
be presented to UH President Arthur K.
Smith and Vice President for Student Affairs Elwyn C. Lee for final approval.
The committee, made up of nine voting members
and one ex-officio member (Assistant Vice President for Student Development
Dean of Students William Munson), began
meeting in late Fall 2001. Seven students — five selected by the Student
Association and two appointed by Smith
— and two faculty representatives (also appointed by Smith) were charged
student service fees for the 2002-03 fiscal
Because the UH System Board of Regents
voted not to increase fees from a set $142 per student enrolled in more
than six hours, in a
Dec. 13 memorandum student service fee-funded
units, departments and organizations were instructed not to expect an increase
funds or request funds in excess of what
was approved by the previous SFAC.
But some departments, including Athletics
and the Student Government Association, did request more than was approved
previous fiscal year.
"Some units interpret those instructions
a little bit differently. Some people are a little restrained in what they
ask for," Munson said.
"Others believe their need is so great
that they ask for more."
While units may not receive an increase
in base allocations, they may receive more funds than were approved last
year by submitting
a request for a current one-time allocation
(to be expended the current fiscal year), a fiscal year '02-'03 one-time
allocation (to be spent
next fiscal year) and a base augmentation
(a base allocation, plus a request for additional funds to be spent as
itemized in a written
request), Munson said.
Athletics originally requested $3,724,352,
but it based that request on inaccurate information. In a corrected request,
SFAC began deliberations, the department
asked for $3,091,678. That amount was still more than the $3,016,252 it
During Lee's address to the committee Friday,
Ed Tulin, a senior biology major and a student member appointed by the
asked the vice president how a reduction
in Athletics' base allocated funds would be perceived. The department currently
percent of student fees.
A decision on SGA's request for $25,000
in immediate funds had not been made yet. The next administration would
be left with about
$400 until Sept. 1 if the funds are not
SGA requested $157,797 for the next fiscal
year, a nearly 33 percent increase from the $105,933 it asked for last
year. The previous
SFAC approved only $95,000 for SGA and
placed it on a one-time funding basis until it made improvements. That
increased to $100,656 by Smith when he
gave his approval to the 2001 SFAC report.
As noted by Lee during his address to SFAC
on Friday, the president rarely disagrees with any recommendations the