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Berkman discusses capital costs
in report to Faculty Senate

October 13, 2011

By Howard Primer

With capital needs expected to cost $250 million over the next decade, Cleveland State President Ronald M. Berkman told the Faculty Senate on Wednesday that CSU will focus on keeping walls and roofs from collapsing when it comes to maintenance.

Berkman said CSU will be spending $4 million to fix the Main Classroom roof.

“Every university has been dipping into its operating budget,” he said, citing a 12 to 14 percent cut in State Share of Instruction funding and nothing encouraging about another capital bill.

In his report to the Senate, he also mentioned a chancellor’s proposal to eliminate the Board of Regents and have one regulatory board for the state that oversees kindergarten through college. He gave an example of how this occurred in Florida, and added the new board in that state “was not a champion for higher education.”

Berkman previously worked at Florida International University,

He also reiterated comments he made in his state of the university address about graduate enrollment being down at CSU and around the country.

In other business:

-- Provost Geoffrey S. Mearns and CSU-American Association of University Professors President Jeff Karem gave a report for the Task Force on the Application of Promotion Standards and Processes. The group is charged with giving a set of recommendations to the president on how promotions are presented.

“It’s not about changing standards. It’s to ensure consistent application across the university,” Karem said.

It will have 10 members – five faculty and five from administration, and the seven colleges and nursing school will be represented.

-- The Senate approved curriculum changes to the doctorate program in Urban Education, to the 4+1 program in Civil Engineering and for an articulation agreement between CSU and Stark State College in North Canton.