April 1996 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 17, 1996


The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees meeting was called to order by Chair Gary Mohrenweiser at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 1996, in Room 1-306 at Dakota County Technical College, 1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, MN.

Trustees Present: Morris Anderson, Robert Cahlander, Archie D. Chelseth, David Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Scott Kile, Randall Knudson, Stephen L. Maxwell, Gary Mohrenweiser, Fannie Primm, William Smoley, Denise Stephens, Nellie Stone Johnson, and William Ulland.

Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas

Announcements: Chair Mohrenweiser announced Governor Carlson's appointment of Morris J. Anderson to the Board of Trustees effective April 16, 1996. Trustee Anderson will replace Trustee John Mulder who resigned on March 22, 1996.

 


  1. Call to Order
    The April Board of Trustees meeting was called to order by Chair Gary Mohrenweiser at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 1996.

  2. Approval of March 21, 1996, Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
    Motion by Trustee Ulland, seconded by Trustee Erickson, for approval of the March 21, 1996, meeting minutes as submitted. The motion passed unanimously.

  3. Chair's Report: Gary Mohrenweiser
    - Chair Mohrenweiser reported the Board of Trustees Executive Committee met as scheduled April 3, 1996. He noted the committee was preparing a draft of the chancellor's evaluation process to present to the board at its June meeting.
    - Due to the resignation of Trustee Mulder, nominations will be accepted for his position as treasurer to the Board of Trustees. The election will be conducted at the May board meeting.
    - Motion by Trustee Chelseth, seconded by Trustee Ulland, to adopt the resolution for thanks and gratitude to John C. Mulder for his efforts to ensure that Minnesota's community colleges, state universities, and technical colleges meet the needs of individual students and the state. The motion passed unanimously.
    - Trustee David Erickson's appointment as chair of the Facilities Policy Committee was announced.

  4. Trustee's Report:
    Report on the Annual Conference of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) in chicago

    Trustee Fritsche deferred her report on the AGB conference in Chicago March 30 - April 2, 1996 until the May board meeting.

  5. Chancellor's Report: Judith Eaton
    a. Austin Community College, Minnesota Riverland Technical College - Austin, South Central College - Albert Lea
    Motion by Trustee Erickson, seconded by Trustee Fritsche, to establish the name: "Riverland Community College, a Technical and Community College" for the consolidating community and technical colleges in Albert Lea and Austin. The motion passed unanimously.
    b. Minnesota Riverland Technical College - Faribault and South Central College - North Mankato/Mankato
    Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Ulland, to establish the name "South Central College" for the consolidating technical colleges in Faribault and North Mankato/Mankato. The motion passed unanimously.
    c. 1996 Legislative Session
    Deputy to the Chancellor for Governmental Relations John Kaul and Deputy to the Chancellor for Legislative Analysis John Ostrem reviewed the outcomes of the 1996 Legislative Session. The 1996 Legislative Agenda, Legislative Reports - 1996, and the Supplemental Appropriations Bill were distributed and summarized.
    d. Chancellor's Initial Agenda
    Chancellor Eaton reported the progress to date of the "Chancellor's Initial Agenda" and "Strategy for Change". These items were developed by the chancellor to provide some early direction for the system pending the development of a comprehensive strategic plan. Chancellor Eaton noted that the goals and objectives were on schedule.
    e. Resolution of Gratitude and Appreciation To Eric C. Radtke
    Motion by Trustee Chelseth, seconded by Trustee Ulland, to adopt the "Resolution of Gratitude and Appreciation to Eric C. Radtke" for his meritorious service to the state of Minnesota and its post-secondary students. The motion passed unanimously.

  6. Chancellor's Consent Agenda
    a. Evidence of Ownership of Land for House Construction Program - Minnesota Riverland Technical College - Austin
    Motion by Trustee Ulland, seconded by Trustee Fritsche, to approve the recommended motion: In accordance with the provisions of Minnesota Laws 1995, Chapter 212, Article 4, Section 56, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has determined that the property described as Lot 14, Block 4, Nob-Hill Second Addition to the City of Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, is related to a technical college. The motion passed unanimously.

  7. Board Standing Committee Reports
    a. Personnel Policy Committee

    Trustee Cahlander reported the Personnel Policy Committee met in closed session Tuesday, April 16, 1996, to discuss labor negotiations pursuant to Minnesota Statute ???471.705, subd. 1a (1994)(Minnesota Open Meeting Law).

    b. Joint Meeting: Educational Policy and Fiscal Policy Committees
    1. Tuition Rates for 1996-97
      Chair Mohrenweiser announced individual requests to address the board on this item: Fran Anderson, Lake Superior College, and Paul Hetland and Gary Whitney, MSUSA.

      Trustee Fritsche reported that Chancellor Eaton had reviewed the background information regarding the tuition proposal at the joint committee meeting Tuesday, April 16, 1996. The committee also heard comments from students. Revisions to the proposal were recommended. The revised motion was distributed.

      Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Ulland, for approval of an increase in the 1996-97 tuition rate of four percent for all colleges and universities. College and university presidents may adopt an additional one to five percent increase as a one-time, non-base investment in the quality of educational services. Prior to its adoption, presidents who choose to adopt this additional increase shall consult the campus student association leadership about the level of an increase above four percent and the specific purpose for the increase. Presidents adopting an increase above four percent will report to the chancellor on the use and impact of the additional revenues using specific performance measures. This action applies to undergraduate and graduate resident tuition rates. In the case of nonresident tuition, increases shall bring the rate to at least double the resident rate.

      There was extensive discussion regarding repercussions of an additional percentage over and above the base rate of four percent.

      Trustee Chelseth made a motion to amend the recommendation: The Board of Trustees approves an increase in the 1996-97 tuition rate of four percent for all colleges and universities. College and university presidents may adopt an additional one to five percent increase as a one-time, non-base investment in the quality of educational services. Prior to its adoption, presidents who choose to adopt this additional increase shall consult the campus student association leadership about the level of an increase above four percent and the specific purpose for the increase. Presidents adopting an increase above four percent will report to the chancellor and the board on the use and impact of the additional revenues using specific performance measures. This action applies to undergraduate and graduate resident tuition rates. In the case of nonresident tuition, increases shall bring the rate to at least double the resident rate. Trustee Maxwell seconded the motion. The amendment to the motion passed: Trustee Cahlander voted nay.

      The board heard comments by students, student association representatives, college presidents, and board members. Trustee Anderson said he would recommend two motions: one to consider the four percent base tuition increase and a second motion to consider the remaining one to five percent, one-time increase above and beyond the base rate.

      Trustee Maxwell made a motion to separate the recommended motion into two parts. Trustee Fritsche seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

      Motion by Trustee Maxwell, seconded by Trustee Anderson, for approval of an increase in the 1996-97 tuition rate of four percent for all colleges and universities. The motion passed unanimously.


      Christine Nelson, student senate president at Winona State University, addressed the issue of the one-time tuition increase. She indicated the students she represents are strongly in favor of the one-time increase. President Krueger reviewed the negative financial implications Winona State University would bear without the additional increase. Critical programs and positions would be eliminated. He stated that the one-time increase had received strong support from the parents of the students as well as the student body. Performance measurements are in place and are available. President Sloan, North Hennepin Community College, addressed the board to express her support of the additional one to five percent tuition increase.

      Motion by Trustee Maxwell, seconded by Trustee Erickson, for approval of college and university presidents to adopt an additional one to five percent increase as a one-time, non-base investment in the quality of educational services. Prior to its adoption, presidents who choose to adopt this additional increase shall consult the campus student association leadership about the level of an increase above four percent and the specific purpose for the increase. Presidents adopting an increase above four percent will report to the chancellor and the board on the use and impact of the additional revenues using specific performance measures. This action applies to undergraduate and graduate resident tuition rates. In the case of nonresident tuition, increases shall bring the rate to at least double the resident rate. A roll call vote tied. Trustees Chelseth, Erickson, Maxwell, Mohrenweiser, Smoley, Stephens, and Ulland voted yea; Trustees Anderson, Cahlaner, Fritsche, Kile, Knudson, Primm, and Johnson voted nay.

      Trustee Ulland made a motion to amend the original motion: The Board of Trustees allows college and university presidents to adopt an additional tuition increase of up to two percent above the base rate as a one-time investment in the quality of educational services. Prior to its adoption, presidents who choose to adopt the additional increase shall consult the campus student association leadership about the level above four percent and a specific purpose of the increase. Presidents adopting an increase above four percent will report to the chancellor and the board on the use and impact of the additional revenues using specific performance measures. This action applies to undergraduate and graduate resident student rates. In the case of non-resident tuition, increases shall bring the rate to at least double the residential rate. The motion was seconded by Trustee Chelseth. A roll call vote was taken. The motion passed. Trustees Chelseth, Erickson, Fritsche, Mohrenweiser, Johnson, Maxwell, Smoley, Stephens and Ulland voted yea. Trustees Anderson, Cahlander, Kile, Knudsen and Primm voted nay.

    2. Minnesota Community College Student Association (MCCSA) Fee
      The MCCSA will be proposing a 2 cent per credit (from 15 to 17 cents) increase for board approval at the May meeting.

    3. Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) Fee
      The MSUSA will be proposing a 2 cent per credit (from 15 to 17 cents) increase for board approval at the May meeting.

    c. Educational Policy Committee
    1. The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1990
      Trustee Fritsche reported that the Educational Policy Committee had received a summary and presentation regarding the Carl D. Perkins Act. This act provides federal assistance to secondary, post-secondary, and adult vocational education programs for a five-year period. She summarized the report for the board.

    2. Proposed Action On Governance Plan For Southwestern Minnesota Colleges Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Stephens, to endorse the recommendations contained in the March 1996 report entitled "Public Higher Education in Southwest Minnesota" and approve the three recommendations on governance: (1) centralize the payroll, purchasing, accounting and management information services at Southwest State University for the three institutions effective July 1, 1996; (2) consolidate the administration of Southwestern Technical College and Worthington Community College effective January 1, 1997; and (3) develop recommendations on the possibility of merging the consolidated two-year institution with Southwest State University for submission by the chancellor to the board by no later than January 1998. The motion passed unanimously.

    3. Specialist Degree in Educational Administration - Moorhead State University
      Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Maxwell, for approval of the request by Moorhead State University to award the Specialist Degree in Educational Administration, and to continue offering the program in collaboration with the Tri-College University institutions. The motion passed unanimously.

    4. Bachelor of Science Degree in Management with an Emphasis in Human Resource Management - Mankato State University
      Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Ulland, for approval of the request by Mankato State University to offer a new bachelor of science degree program in management with an emphasis in human resource management in lieu of the two concentrations within the Business Administration B.S. program. The motion passed unanimously.

    5. Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with Emphases in Corporate Finance, Institutional Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, and Financial Planning - Mankato State University. Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Primm, for approval of the request by Mankato State University to offer a new bachelor of science degree program in finance with emphases in corporate finance, institutional finance, insurance, real estate, and financial planning in lieu of the current finance concentration within the business administration B.S. program. The motion passed unanimously.

    6. Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing - Mankato State University
      Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Erickson, for approval of the request by Mankato State University to offer a new bachelor of science degree program in marketing in lieu of the current concentration within the business administration B.S. program. The motion passed unanimously.

    7. Proposed Amendment to Policy 1a.5 - Naming Consolidated Two-Year Colleges
      Trustee Fritsche noted that consolidated campuses will present their proposed names to the Educational Policy Committee prior to action of the Board of Trustees. Trustee Ulland requested that any stationery or letterhead make reference to being part of MnSCU.

      Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Ulland, for approval of the amendments to Board Policy 1A.5, Naming Consolidated Two-Year Colleges. The policy will read: The chancellor, after consultation with the consolidating colleges, shall recommend a name for the new institution. The proposed name must include the proper name followed by the words "Community and Technical College". The proper name shall include a word or words reflecting the location or history of the college, but shall not reflect any individual's name.

      The college president shall forward the name to the chancellor only after extensive consultation has occurred within the campus and with the surrounding communities. The board shall establish a new name after receiving a recommendation from the chancellor.


    8. Strategic Comprehensive Program Enhancement (SCOPE) Program Accountability Measures
      Trustee Fritsche reported that the Educational Policy Committee had received an informational presentation and update on the SCOPE plan. The time frame had been extended as staff were waiting for responses from MnSCU campuses.

    d. Board Operations Committee
    1. Proposed Schedule of Board Meetings
      The Board Operations Committee reviewed the proposed meeting schedule. The schedule will be recommended for adoption at a future meeting.

    2. Proposed Amendments to Policy 1a.1 - Governing Board Operating Procedures (Per Diem and Expense Reimbursement)
      Trustee Maxwell reported the Board Operations Committee had reviewed the proposed changes to policy 1A.1 - Governing Board Operating Procedures (Per Diem and Expense Reimbursement). The policy will be revised and presented by the May board meeting.

    3. Proposed Amendments to Policy 1a.1 - Governing Board Operating Procedures (General Revisions)
      Trustee Maxwell reported the Board Operations Committee reviewed the proposed changes to policy 1A.1 - governing Board Operating Procedures (General Revisions). The policy will be revised to include the per diem and expense changes as well as the general revisions and presented at the next board meeting.

  8. Joint Council of Presidents
    President Ralph Knapp addressed the board and clarified prior reference to technical college faculty layoffs. He indicated the numbers were not accurate and many of the instructors have been put on reduced time.

  9. Joint Council of Student Associations
    Paul Hetland and Gary Whitney, MSUSA, and Chris Lynch, MCCSA, gave brief updates on the activities within their organizations.

  10. MCCFA, IFO and UTCE: Joint Opportunity to Address the Board
    No report was given.

  11. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    No requests were received.

  12. Other Business
    No other business was brought before the board.

  13. Adjournment
    Motion by Trustee Fritsche, seconded by Trustee Maxwell, to adjourn the April 1996 board meeting at 4:07 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

Gary Mohrenweiser, Chair Board of Trustees
Cindy Hauser, Recording Secretary