Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, July 16, 1997
World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Nancy Brataas, Kathleen Caffey, Archie D. Chelseth, Dennis Dotson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Stephen L. Maxwell, Gary Mohrenweiser, Denise Stephens, William Ulland, Michael Vekich, James Wafler
Trustees Absent: David Erickson, Michael Nesdahl
a. Approval of June 18, 1997, Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Trustee Maxwell moved approval of the June 18, 1997, meeting minutes. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded.
Trustee Stephens noted two corrections to the minutes. The first relates to the motion regarding the amendment to Chapter 1, Policy 1A.1, appointing board members as ex-officio members of committees, on page four. The motion should state that Trustee Stephens voted nay. Also, Mr. Gunnar Wikstrom's name was misspelled on page nine, paragraph three.
The minutes were approved as corrected.
b. Proposed 1997-1998 Meeting Calendar
Chair Ulland reported that Chancellor Anderson will recommend a 1997-1998 meeting calendar at the September 17, 1997, board meeting.
Chair Ulland welcomed James Wafler, who was appointed to the board by Governor Carlson. Trustee Wafler will serve as an at-large member of the board, and filled the vacancy from Morris J. Anderson's resignation on April 21, 1997.
Chair Ulland reported that Michael Nesdahl, also appointed to the board by Governor Carlson, was unable to attend today's meeting because of a military commitment. Trustee Nesdahl, a student from Southwest State University, replaces Randall Knudson, whose term expired on July 1, 1997. Chair Ulland noted that Trustee Nesdahl sent each trustee a memorandum related to MnSCU's tuition policy.
Chair Ulland said the election of officers will occur at the September meeting. The board has a self-nominating process and also accepts nominations from the floor at the time of the meeting. The self-nominating process is thirty days in advance of the meeting. Since there is no August board meeting, Chair Ulland asked if any trustees wished to declare their candidacy as officers of the board, and noted that self-nominated candidates do not need to declare their candidacy in writing.
The following trustees declared their candidacy:
- Trustee Fritsche as vice-chair for a second term.
- Trustee Vekich as chair.
- Trustee Stephens as secretary for a second term.
- Trustee Maxwell as treasurer for a second term.
Chair Ulland reported that the Executive Committee meeting, scheduled for August 1, 1997, is canceled.
a. Educational Policy Committee
b. Joint Fiscal and Educational Policy Committees
- Program Approval: Pharmacy Technician--Rochester Community and Technical College
Committee Chair Vekich moved approval of the request by Rochester Community and Technical College to offer a diploma in Pharmacy Technician. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
- Program Approval: Master of Science in Social Responsibility--St. Cloud State University
Committee Chair Vekich moved approval of the request by St. Cloud State University to offer a Master of Science in Social Responsibility. Trustee Mohrenweiser seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
- Program Approval: Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Applied Mathematics--Metropolitan State University
Committee Chair Vekich moved approval of the request by Metropolitan State University to offer a Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Applied Mathematics. Trustee Wafler seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
- Committee Work Plan
Committee Chair Vekich reported the committee reviewed the work plan and mission statement.
- Information: Strategic Plan Update
An update on the Strategic Plan will be presented at the September board meeting.
- Information: Metropolitan Plan Update
Committee Chair Vekich reported that Dr. Hazel Reinhardt provided the committee with an update on the Metropolitan Plan. Letters were sent to prospective members of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel. The Technical Committee has been appointed and has begun meeting.
- Information: Academic/Student Affairs Policy Revision Process and Progress
Committee Chair Vekich reported that the committee heard an update on the academic/student affairs policy revision process and progress.
- Information: Program Approval Manual
Committee Chair Vekich reported that because of time constraints the committee was unable to review the Program Approval Manual. It will be heard at the September meeting.
- FY98 College and Universities Operating Budgets and Tuition Recommendations
Fiscal Policy Committee Chair Chelseth reported that a joint meeting of the Fiscal Policy and Educational Policy Committees was convened to review the chancellor's recommendations for college and universities operating budgets and tuition recommendations for fiscal year 1998. Students and a coalition of students and faculty presented their concerns about tuition during the joint meeting. Trustee Chelseth reported that the chancellor's recommended motion was amended and carried by the committees.
Trustee Stephens commented that while the amended motion clarified the board's action, she will not support the motion because she is opposed to rolling one-time increases into the base. Trustee Stephens requested a roll call vote.
On behalf of both committees, Chair Chelseth moved the amended motion and Trustee Mohrenweiser seconded it, as follows:
The board of trustees directs the development of a new MnSCU reserve policy consistent with the above information. In addition, the board of trustees approves the individual tuition rates as shown on attachment F (page 46, column 2 labeled, "Proposed FY 98 Per Credit Resident UG"). This action applies to other tuition rates charged by the institution not impacted by reciprocity agreements, such as graduate and non-resident. Further, the board of trustees approves the 1998 initial allocation of state funds for MnSCU colleges and universities totaling $501,682,000 and shown on attachment G, column a. The chancellor will provide a FY1998 budget update after allocations are finalized this fall.The motion carried on a roll call vote of nine in favor (Trustees Wafler, Vekich, Mohrenweiser, Maxwell, Fritsche, Robert Erickson, Dotson, Chelseth and Ulland ) and three opposed (Trustees Stephens, Caffey and Brataas).
Replying to a question about the implementation date, Vice Chancellor King reported that the July 1, 1997 implementation date is in order to reach back to the start of the fiscal year for purposes of operating budget and system office budget. The date of implementation for the tuition portion of the motion is for fall term, 1997, and in some instances, the second summer term, 1997.
Responding to a request for an update on the library projects, Vice Chancellor King reported that Winona State University's library project is on schedule with ground breaking to occur in the fall of 1997. St. Cloud State University's library project will begin in the spring of 1998.
William Ulland, Chair - Board of Trustees
Recorded by Inge Chapin