December 1996 Special Board Meeting

Special Board of Trustees Meeting
December 4, 1996

World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Trustees Present: Morrie Anderson, Nancy Brataas, Kathleen Caffey, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Randall Knudson, Stephen L. Maxwell, Gary Mohrenweiser, William Smoley, Denise Stephens, William Ulland, Michael Vekich

Trustees Absent: Archie D. Chelseth

 


  1. Call to Order/Announcement
    Chair Ulland called the special meeting of the Board of Trustees to order at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 1996, in the Minnesota World Trade Center, International Hall, Saint Paul.

  2. Strategic Plan
    Chancellor Eaton explained that MnSCU's Strategic Plan, Putting Students First: MnSCU's Plan for Minnesota, is a new statement of values and vision for MnSCU. The Strategic Plan has six goals to be achieved over the next three years:

    • academic accountability, a commitment to student achievement and the citizens of Minnesota;
    • skill-based transfer and the need to sustain and enhance portability and mobility
    • strengthened career education for Minnesota's future economic development;
    • electronic education;
    • program and service alignment to meet the needs and quality of life of the 46 communities served by MnSCU; and
    • a strengthened relationship between MnSCU and K-12 education.

    A motion was made by Trustee Maxwell, and seconded by Trustee Mohrenweiser to approve the MnSCU Strategic Plan as submitted.

    Trustee Robert Erickson moved adding "Systemwide accountability" as a value to the Statement of Values in the Strategic Plan. The motion was seconded by Trustee Vekich and carried unanimously.

    Trustee Robert Erickson distributed a substitute motion.

    There was discussion about the substitute motion. Following discussion, Trustee Maxwell withdrew the motion he made earlier from the floor to accept the Strategic Plan as submitted. Trustee Mohrenweiser agreed to withdraw the second.

    Trustee Robert Erickson moved approval of the substitute motion. Trustee Vekich seconded the motion.

    Trustee Smoley amended the motion for a detailed implementation plan to be presented to the Board for review and approval in June 1997, rather than May. The amendment was seconded by Trustee Vekich and carried unanimously.

    The substitute motion was then voted on and carried unanimously, as follows: The Board of Trustees approves the MnSCU Strategic Plan in principle. The administration will develop a detailed implementation plan including benchmark dates and measurement criteria by which progress towards goals will be evaluated. This plan will be presented to the Board for its review and approval, in June, 1997.


  3. 1998-1999 Biennial Budget
    Chancellor Eaton explained that the 1998-1999 Biennial Budget request is for approximately $2.4 billion over two years. The request to the state for appropriation for recurring base budget is $909 million, of which $128 million is a new money request to fund MnSCU's Strategic Plan. The new money will provide: improved access within the system through building support for additional aid to students; ongoing improvements within the system; performance funding, including overall strengthening of our operation; and information systems development. The budget also seeks to sustain student enrollment.

    A motion was made by Trustee Maxwell and seconded by Trustee Mohrenweiser to accept the recommended motion.

    Dave Abel, Inter Faculty Organization, and T. J. Wenker, Minnesota Community College Student Association, distributed several handouts, including a joint "Student/Faculty Request for State Support for MnSCU, 1998-99 Biennium." Mr. Abel and Mr. Wenker summarized the joint proposal as student-centered and future-oriented.

    With the exception of Trustee Anderson, who abstained from voting due to his role in the governor's budget development, the Board of Trustees approved the recommended motion, as follows: The Board of Trustees recommends that the FY1998-1999 Biennial Budget Request, including the initiatives outlined above, be approved and forwarded to the governor and legislature. The board further directs that the chancellor initiate discussions concerning the appropriate targeting of state grant dollars now under the jurisdiction of the Higher Education Services Office. The goal of these discussions is to improve access and affordability of MnSCU institutions to the citizens of Minnesota.

  4. Tuition Strategy
    Chancellor Eaton summarized the proposed tuition strategy for FY1998 & 1999. The recommendation allows for annual tuition increases ranging from 0-5% and for the revenues to be retained by each college and university. Each institution will relate the tuition increase to MnSCU's financial and strategic plan goals and receive the approval of the chancellor. Approved tuition increases will be added to the institution's base. A presidential commission will be appointed by the chancellor to develop a long-term tuition strategy and will report annually to the Board on tuition levels at each institution. A moratorium on all fee increases will be recommended until completion of a Systemwide study.

    A motion was made by Trustee Maxwell and seconded by Trustee David Erickson to approve the FY 1998-1999 Tuition Strategy as presented.

    Trustee Robert Erickson distributed a substitute motion. There was a lengthy discussion.

    Brent Glass, Minnesota State University Student Association, and Dawn Hilliard, Minnesota Technical College Student Association, spoke in opposition to any tuition increases.

    Chair Ulland suggested that the Board may want to vote on each of the six tuition strategy recommendations separately. During discussion, support was expressed for the substitute motion. Trustee Maxwell withdrew his earlier motion. Trustee David Erickson agreed to withdraw the second.

    Trustee Robert Erickson moved adoption of his substitute motion. It was seconded by Trustee Vekich.

    Trustee Stephens moved and Trustee Mohrenweiser seconded to table action on the tuition strategy at this time. The motion failed on a roll call vote with four in favor (Mohrenweiser, Stephens, Caffey and Anderson) and ten opposed (Vekich, Smoley, Maxwell, Knudson, Fritsche, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Dotson, Brataas and Ulland).

    Trustee Stephens moved and Trustee Caffey seconded to adopt a tuition increase from 0-3%. The motion failed on a roll call vote with three in favor (Stephens, Knudson and Caffey) and eleven opposed (Vekich, Mohrenweiser, Smoley, Maxwell, Fritsche, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Dotson, Brataas, Anderson and Ulland).

    Trustee Knudson offered an amendment to Trustee Robert Erickson's motion to add the language, "if any," after "increases," in the first sentence. Trustee Robert Erickson accepted the friendly amendment.

    The following amended motion passed on a roll call vote with twelve in favor (Vekich, Smoley, Maxwell, Knudson, Fritsche, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Dotson, Caffey, Brataas, Anderson and Ulland) and two opposed (Mohrenweiser and Stephens):

    The Board of Trustees approves a planning range for FY 98 tuition increases, if any, from 0 to 5%. The tuition revenues will be retained by the campuses and added to the base budgets. The administration will develop long term tuition strategies for each institution and will make FY 99 and succeeding year recommendations to the Board of Trustees for each institution consistent with the institution's long term tuition strategy. Summary information on each institution's tuition student consultative process will accompany the tuition recommendation. The administration will make FY 98 recommendations to the Board of Trustees for their review and approval in May 1997, after legislative adjournment.

  5. Information Requested by Board of Trustees
    • Trustee Brataas asked staff to prepare a profile of MnSCU students based on full year equivalent to compare to the student profile based on headcount shown on page 11 of the Strategic Plan.
    • Trustee Brataas requested that a chart showing system headcount and FYE for last year be added to the Strategic Plan appendix.
    • Trustee Brataas requested staff to list the cost per credit hour price for each institution before the consolidation.
  6. Adjournment
    Trustee Vekich moved adjournment of the meeting at 1:15 p.m. Trustee Maxwell seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

William Ulland, Chair Board of Trustees
Recorded by Inge Chapin

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