Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, July 21, 1999
World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Kathleen Caffey, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Jim A. Luoma, Michael Nesdahl, James Wafler, Michael Vekich
Trustees Absent: Archie D. Chelseth, James Wafler
a. Approval of June 16, 1999, Meeting Minutes
Trustee Robert Erickson moved approval of the June 16, 1999, meeting minutes. Trustee Fritsche seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Election of Secretary
Chair Vekich reported that the Board has hired an executive director/board secretary, Robert J. McFarlin, who will begin his duties on August 2, 1999. Trustee Wafler submitted his resignation as secretary, effective August 2, 1999.
Trustee Brataas nominated Robert J. McFarlin to serve as secretary, effective August 2, 1999. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
c. Election of Officers at Annual Meeting on September 22, 1999
Chair Vekich declared his candidacy for Chair. Trustee Robert Erickson declared his candidacy as vice-chair. Trustee Brataas declared her candidacy for treasurer. Chair Vekich announced that Robert J. McFarlin will run for secretary.
d. Draft Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar for 1999-2000
Chair Vekich reported that the 1999-2000 calendar will be approved at the September Board of Trustees meeting. Board retreats are scheduled to follow the Executive Committee meetings on October 6, November 3, and December 1.
e. Report of the Executive Committee, July 7, 1999
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on July 7.
Trustee Robert Erickson announced that Chair Vekich has asked that he, along with Trustees Dotson and Wafler, organize the Open Forum sessions. The first Open Forum will be held on September 21. Presidents Nelson (Lake Superior College), Frank (Inver Hills Community College), Thompson (Ridgewater College), Peeders (Fergus Falls Community College) and Nielsen (Metropolitan State University) volunteered to serve on a subgroup that will plan the agendas for the three Open Forums following the September meeting.
Chair Vekich urged Board members to register for the annual Association of Community College Trustees in Atlanta on October 13-16, 1999. Chair Vekich reported that he has declared his candidacy to serve on the ACCT Board.
Chair Vekich recognized Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Inver Hills Community College and Metropolitan State University for their collaboration in the Urban Teacher Education Program.
The percent increase on the resident tuition rates in Attachments Q2-5 also applies to other tuition rates charged by the institution not impacted by reciprocity agreements such as non-resident rates. The tuition increase is effective Fall Semester, 1999. The Board continues the policy of market-driven tuition for customized training, continuing education, distance learning and contract Postsecondary enrollment programs.
3. Pilot programs at Bemidji State University, Minnesota West Community and
Technical College, Red Wing/Winona Technical College, Riverland Community and Technical College, and St. Cloud State University to allow expanded tuition waiver authority as defined in Attachment R (July Board packet packet pp. 159-167), effective Fall Semester, 1999.
4. An increase in the technology fee maximum to $8.00 per semester credit
in FY2000 as shown on Attachment S (July Board packet page 168), effective Fall Semester, 1999.
The Chancellor is directed to provide an update after conclusion of the fall enrollment period and establishment of final allocations and detailed budgets. In addition, the Board requests that the FY2001 allocation, tuition and budget recommendations be presented at the November and December, 1999 scheduled Board meetings.
The Board also requests the development of an annual report on tuition waivers throughout the system and directs the Allocation Implementation Committee to examine the effects of waivers on the MnSCU allocation framework.
Trustee Luoma seconded the motion.
Trustee Nesdahl spoke in opposition to the motion, particularly the tuition increases of 12 and 19 percent.
The motion carried with Trustees Nesdahl and Caffey dissenting.
b. Personnel Policy Committee
Committee Chair Brataas reported that the committee met in closed session to discuss presidential evaluations.
c. Educational Policy Committee
d. Audit Committee
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin