October 1998 Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 21, 1998

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, Minnesota

Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Archie D. Chelseth, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Joseph Jung, Michael Nesdahl, Michael Vekich,

Trustees Absent:Kathleen Caffey, Dennis Dotson, James Wafler, Charles W. Williams

 


 

  1. Call to Order
    Chair Vekich called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. and announced that a quorum was present. He welcomed the audience members and thanked President Bensen and Bemidji State University for graciously hosting the two-day board meeting. There were no changes to the agenda.
  2. Chair's Report
  3. a. Approval of September 18, 1998, Meeting Minutes
    Trustee R. Erickson moved approval of the September 18, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee Boss seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
  4. b. Approval of Committee Meeting Minutes
    • June 16, 1998, Fiscal Policy Committee
      Trustee Jung moved approval of the June 16, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee Brataas seconded. Trustee R. Erickson abstained because he was not present on June 16. The minutes were approved without dissent.
    • July 21, 1998, Fiscal Policy Committee
      Trustee Jung moved approval of the July 21, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee Coborn seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
    • September 17, 1998, Board Operations Committee
      Trustee Choate moved approval of the September 17, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee Fritsche seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
    • September 18, 1998, Facilities Policy Committee
      Trustee R. Erickson moved approval of the September 18, 1998, meeting minutes. Trustee D. Erickson seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.

    c. Other
    Chair Vekich announced that he and Trustee Fritsche attended a global education conference sponsored by MnSCU on October 8-9, 1998, titled, Revisioning Global Education for the Millennium."

    Chair Vekich announced that he and Chancellor Anderson attended a diversity conference, October 18-19, 1998, jointly sponsored by MnSCU and the University of Minnesota titled, "Keeping our Faculties, Addressing the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color in Higher Education."

  5. Trustee Report
    There were no Trustee reports.
  6. Chancellor's Report: Morris J. Anderson.
    Chancellor Anderson reported that positive discussions and negotiations are underway relative to the MSU Akita campus and its association with the Prefecture. There will be an update on the matter in the near future.
  7. Joint Council of Student Associations
    The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Benjamin White, student senate president, Bemidji State University, Brent Glass, co- executive director, Minnesota State University Student Association and Frank Viggiano, CO-executive director, Minnesota State University Student Association.
  8. MCCFA, IFO, and UTCE: Joint Opportunity to Address the Board
    Bruce Hemstad, president, United Technical College Educators, Dave Abel, president, Inter-Faculty Organization, and Alex Yard, president of faculty at Winona State and vice- president of the Inter-Faculty Organization addressed the Board of Trustees.
  9. Board Standing Committee Reports

    a. Personnel Policy Committee
    1. Presidential Appointment Policy
      Committee Chair Brataas reported that the Committee reviewed a presidential appointment policy. The policy merges existing policies 1A.3 and 1A.4 into a new policy 4.2. It is a first reading, and is scheduled for action at the November Board meeting.
    2. Re-employment of Early Retirees
      Committee Chair Brataas announced that the Committee reviewed the re- employment of early retirees. It is a first reading, and is scheduled for action at the November Board meeting.
    3. Fish and Burum Lawsuit
      Committee Chair Brataas announced that there was a closed session during the Committee meeting to discuss the status of the Fish and Burum lawsuits.

    b. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee

    1. Property Acquisition and Land Transfer
      Committee Chair R. Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees approve the acquisition of real property at Century College, Mesabi Range college, Moorhead State University, and Northland Community and Technical College. This approval is contingent upon execution of legal documents consistent with MnSCU policies. Trustee Chelseth seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    2. Hibbing College Schematic Design
      Committee Chair R. Erickson explained that the Committee reviewed the Hibbing College Schematic Design. It is a first reading and is scheduled for action at the November Board meeting.
    3. FY2000-2005 Capital Budget
      Committee Chair R. Erickson reported that the Committee reviewed the FY2000-2005 Capital Budget. Two hearings have been scheduled to hear testimony on the budget: South Central College in Mankato on November 12 and Anoka Ramsey Community College on December 9.
    4. Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report
      Committee Chair R. Erickson reported that the Committee reviewed the capital improvement projects quarterly status report.
    5. Campus Master Plan - Winona State University
      Committee Chair R. Erickson reported that the Committee reviewed a presentation on Winona State University's campus master plan.
    6. Fiscal Year 1999 Committee Work Plan
      Committee Chair R. Erickson reported that the Committee reviewed the Fiscal Year 1999 Committee Work Plan. It is a first reading and is scheduled for action at the November Board meeting.

    c. Joint Finance/Facilities Policy and Educational Policy Committee

    1. FY2000 and Beyond Allocation Model
      Finance/Facilities Policy Committee Chair R. Erickson thanked Trustees Chelseth and Fritsche for their efforts in chairing five public hearings on the Allocation Model. Input from the hearings has been invaluable. The model is scheduled for action at the November Board meeting.


    d. Educational Policy Committee

    1. Class Act: Teacher Education Collaborative
      Bemidji State University, Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids School District, Department of Children, Families and Learning, the University of Minnesota, and the Blandin Foundation
      Committee Chair Fritsche reported that the Committee heard an informational report, moderated by Itasca Community College President Joe Sertich on the Class Act: Teacher Education Collaborative.
    2. Bemidji State University Highlights
      Committee Chair Fritsche reported that the Committee heard reports on Bemidji State University's Online Writing Laboratory and Assessment Program.

      Committee Chair Fritsche thanked President Bensen and all the participants in each of the above referenced programs.
    3. Program Approval: AS, Wilderness Management, Laurentian Community and Technical College District, Vermilion Community College, Ely Campus
    4. Program Approval: Certificate, Seasonal Park Law Enforcement, Ranger, Laurentian Community and Technical College District, Vermilion Community College, Ely Campus
    5. Program Approval: BS, Athletic Training, Moorhead State University
      Committee Chair Fritsche moved that the Board of Trustees approve the program approvals as listed above and shown on pages 150-163 of the meeting materials. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    6. Program Closures: Anoka Hennepin Technical College, Central Lakes College, Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Hibbing Community College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Pine Technical College, Red Wing/Winona Technical College, Ridgewater College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Riverland Community College, South Central College
      Committee Chair Fritsche moved that the Board of Trustees approve the program closures as listed above and shown on pages 164-170 of the meeting materials. Trustee Choate seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    7. Program Suspensions
      Committee Chair Fritsche reported that the Committee heard a report on program suspensions. The Board is not required to take action on program suspensions. There was a correction to the programs listed at Minnesota West Community and Technical College (the AAS Emergency Medical Services should be AAS Intensive Care Paramedic) and a deletion to the programs at St. Cloud Technical College (Diploma, Lens Processing Technician).
    8. (8) Program Reinstatements
      Committee Chair Fritsche reported that the Committee reviewed a list of program reinstatements at Northland Community and Technical College, Pine Technical College, and Rochester Community and Technical College.
    9. (9) Metro Plan Update
      Committee Chair Fritsche announced three dates for public hearings on the Metro Plan: Thursday, December 3, Normandale Community College from 4:00 to 7:00 PM; Thursday, December 10, North Hennepin Community College from 9:00 AM to noon; and Friday, December 18, at Century College from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.


    e. Audit Committee

    1. Year 2000 Computing Report
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the Committee heard a report on the Year 2000 Computing Problem. This will be a monthly report.
    2. Audit Follow-up Activity Report
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the Committee reviewed a follow-up activity report on legislative audit findings.

      Trustee David Erickson reported that during discussion Internal Auditing brought up the subject of a security administrator for MnSCU. A job description was created and is waiting to be classified by the Department of Employee Relations. The delay is critical because of security concerns and for the record, Trustee Erickson urged the Department of Employee Relations to classify the security administrator position (in a manner so it is competitive with the outside market place) for MnSCU as soon as possible. He urged MnSCU staff to work with DOER as well.
  10. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    Bemidji State University President James Bensen commented that he was pleased to host the Board meeting at Bemidji State University. He thanked his assistant, Ms. Sharon Rebers, for all her work in making the meeting a success.
  11. Other Business
    Chair Vekich thanked President Bensen and his staff for hosting the Board meetings. He continued that Bemidji State University has many innovative and exciting programs.
  12. Adjournment
    Trustee Boss moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee R. Erickson seconded and the meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Michael Vekich, Chair

Recorded by Inge Chapin

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