Location:
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


May 19, 2011

 

2011-R-0227

QUESTIONS FOR UCONN BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOMINEES

By: Terrance Adams, Legislative Analyst II

UCONN BOARD OF TRUSTEES (CGS 10A-103 AND -104)

● The board consists of 21 members.

● The governor appoints 12 members who serve staggered, six-year terms. Students elect two members, one undergraduate and one graduate, who serve staggered, two-year terms. Alumni elect two members to staggered, four-year terms.

● The governor; agriculture, economic and community development, and education commissioners; and the chairman of the UConn Health Center Board of Trustees are ex-officio members.

● One chamber confirms.

● The board makes rules for governing the university and develops a mission statement for it, including the role and scope of each branch campus. It establishes schools, colleges, divisions, and departments within the university. It oversees the financing and construction of UConn 2000. The board coordinates branch and institutional services and programs and makes recommendations on closing or merging campuses. It sets tuition and fees. It promotes fund raising and establishes gift policies for its foundation.

QUESTIONS

1. The biennial budget establishes a board of regents to govern the Connecticut State University System, the community-technical colleges, and Charter Oak State College. Why does UConn need to retain its own board of trustees?

2. The governor recently proposed a new expansion plan for the UConn Health Center. How does this plan compare with the plan passed by the legislature last year?

3. Some public universities have sought to increase their out-of-state and international student enrollments as a means of raising additional revenue. Do you feel that this strategy would be appropriate for UConn?

4. What do you believe the purpose of higher education to be?

5. Compared to peer institutions, how would you assess UConn's performance in winning external research grants? What can it do to strengthen its ability to win these grants?

6. In the long run, what steps can UConn take to minimize tuition increases?

7. Last November, UConn agreed to pay McKinsey & Co. nearly $4 million to identify savings and revenue enhancements for the university. What types of efficiencies have been or are expected to be identified?

8. What steps can the Board of Trustees take to more closely monitor the compensation of university administrators?

9. The governor has proposed increasing the authority of the Office of Policy and Management and Department of Administrative Services with respect to UConn's personnel. What are your thoughts on this proposal?

10. What steps could UConn take to encourage more of its students to remain in Connecticut after graduating?

11. Media reports indicate that UConn lost nearly $2 million from its trip to the Fiesta Bowl. How did the university benefit from appearing in the game? Do you think the benefits outweighed the monetary costs?

12. What do you think are the biggest challenges that UConn will face in the next five years?

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