February 15, 2013
QUESTIONS FOR UCONN BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOMINEE
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 and coordinates branch and institutional services and programs. It oversees the financing and construction of UConn 2000, sets tuition and fees, promotes fund raising, and establishes gift policies for its foundation.
1. SB 840 authorizes more than $1.5 billion in new bonding under UConn 2000. What will these new projects enable UConn to accomplish? How will the state pay for this investment, given its fiscal situation?
2. How will UConn pay for the increased operating expenses associated with new capital projects and increasing enrollments?
3. Demographic projections indicate that Connecticut will have a decreasing number of high school graduates in the near future. How will this affect UConn's plan to increase enrollment?
4. 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?
5. UConn has proposed diverting water from the Farmington River watershed to meet campus needs. What are your thoughts on this proposal? Are there alternative strategies the university could use?
6. In the long run, what steps can UConn take to minimize tuition increases?
7. What are your thoughts on UConn's plan to move its programs in West Hartford to downtown Hartford?
8. What are your thoughts on university administrators' compensation amounts? How should UConn go about developing effective executive compensation guidelines?
9. What steps could UConn take to encourage more of its students to remain in Connecticut after graduating?
10. What do you think are the biggest challenges that UConn will face in the next five years?