May 1999 Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 19, 1999

World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Kathleen Caffey, Mary Choate, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Michael Nesdahl, Michael Vekich

Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas, Archie D. Chelseth, Daniel G. Coborn, James Wafler


  1. Call to Order
    Chair Vekich called the meeting to order at 1:20 PM, and announced that a quorum was present. There were no changes to the agenda.
  2. Chair's Report

    a. Approval of April 21, 1999, Meeting Minutes
    Trustee Dotson moved approval of the April 21, 1999, meeting minutes. Trustee Nesdahl seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.

    b. Report of the Executive Committee, May 5, 1999
    Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on May 5, at Minnesota State University, Mankato. After the meeting, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for the Taylor Center.

    c. Other
    Chair Vekich announced that the Finance/Facilities Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on the FY 2000-2005 Capital Budget Recommendations at Anoka Hennepin Technical College on May 27, from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Another hearing will be scheduled at a yet to be determined location in greater Minnesota. The Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:00 AM.

    Chair Vekich announced that he recently visited Winona State University to participate in their annual employee recognition ceremony. Dr. Darrell Krueger, president, Winona State University, was presented with a 10-year service award. There was also a tour of the new library.

    A video of a WCCO Television news story featuring Hennepin Technical College and its programs was shown. The news story, aired on April 20, portrayed the value of technical education and skilled blue-collar workers.

    Chair Vekich announced that he awarded the 10,000 degree at Southwest State University's commencement on May 8. Also, three students were the first to earn a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in a partnership program started in 1997 between Southwest State University and Central Lakes College. Southwest State University's Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society was recognized with four national awards at the recent National Broadcasting Society Convention in New York City.

    Chair Vekich summarized a proposal for an Open Forum that was presented to the Executive Committee on May 5. The Open Forum will be held on an informal basis over the noon hour on the first day of committee meetings. Discussion topics may not include items already on the agenda or a grievance issue. Trustees Wafler, Dotson, and Robert Erickson will serve on a work group to lay the foundation for the first Open Forum in either June or July. The public is encouraged to forward suggestions for discussion topics to the Board staff.

  3. Trustee Reportee
    Trustee David Erickson commented that he attended a fund raiser at North Hennepin Community College. About 400 people attended the event which raised over $200,000.

    Trustee Robert Erickson commented that he attended the commencement ceremony at Moorhead State University. During the visit, he toured some of the HEAPR projects.
  4. Chancellor's Report: Morris J. Anderson.
    Chancellor Anderson reported that President David Schroeder has retired from Dakota Technical College after serving there in a leadership position, since the college's inception 29 years ago.

    MnSCU's Public Affairs division has won a 1999 Partnership Minnesota Cooperative Public Service Award. One of three winners in the economic development category, MnSCU won the award for some industry partnerships.

    Chancellor Anderson commented that the disappointing conclusion of the 1999 legislative session was discussed in Committee meetings. He commended the presidents, students, and staff for their uniform representation and support of MnSCU during the session.

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Linda Kohl introduced a public service announcement starring Governor Jesse Ventura, that was unveiled earlier today at a press conference. The video was directed by Tyrel Ventura, the Governor's 19 year old son, and filmed at the World Trade Center in the third floor auditorium. The video has been distributed to all the television stations in Minnesota that run public service announcements.
  5. Joint Council of Student Associations
    The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Tony Rust, state chair, Minnesota State University Student Association, Frank Viggiano, executive director, MSUSA, and Brent Glass, executive director, Minnesota State College Student Association. Effective July 1, the new MSUSA state chair is Ryan Kulikowski, Winona State University , and the vice chair is Adam Zoebel, Southwest State University.
  6. MCCFA, IFO, and UTCE: Joint Opportunity to Address the Board
    Dave Abel, president, Inter-Faculty Organization, addressed the Board of Trustees.
  7. Board Standing Committee Reports

    a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee
    1. Minnesota State University, Mankato - Student Athletics Facilities Remodeling Project
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson moved approval of the Schematic Design for Phase I of the Student Athletic Facilities Renovation project as presented. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    2. FY 2000-2005 Capital Budget Recommendations
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the Committee reviewed MnSCU's FY 2000-2005 Capital Budget recommendations. Two public hearings will be held prior to the June Board meeting, when the item is slated for action.
    3. Deferred Maintenance, ADA, and OSHA Survey Results
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the committee reviewed the results of the Deferred Maintenance, ADA, and OSHA Survey.
    4. Space Utilization Survey - Preliminary Results
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the committee reviewed the preliminary results of a Space Utilization Survey.
    5. Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the committee reviewed the Capital Improvement Projects Quarterly Status Report.
    6. Revenue Fund FY 2000 Proposed Student Union Fees and Finance Plans
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees approves the FY 2000 Student Union Base Facility Fee of $130.00 per on-campus FYE and the individual university finance plans. Trustee Boss seconded and the motion carried with Trustee Nesdahl voting nay.
    7. FY 2000 Revenue Fund Spending Plan
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees approves the Revenue Fund FY 2000 Spending Plan Balance as presented. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the motion carried with Trustee Nesdahl voting nay.
    8. South Central College Gift
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees approves the gift of $70,000 from the South Central College Foundation to South Central College. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    9. Legislative Session Wrap-up Report
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the committee heard a summary report of the conclusion of the 1999 legislative session.
    10. FY 2000-2001 Tuition and Fee Rate Discussion
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the committee reviewed the FY 2000-2001 Tuition and Fee Rates. This item will be continued at the June meeting.
    11. State Universities Food Service Contracts Report
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that the committee reviewed a report on State University Food Service Contracts.
    12. FY 1997 National Peer Analysis
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that due to time constraints, this item was postponed until the June meeting.
    13. FY 1998 Instructional Cost Study
      Committee Chair Robert Erickson reported that due to time constraints, this item was postponed until the June meeting.

    b. Personnel Policy Committee
    Committee Vice Chair Dotson reported that the committee added the appointment of a president to South Central College to its agenda.

    1. Appointment of President of South Central College
      Committee Vice Chair Dotson moved that the Board of Trustees suspend the rules of Board Policy 1A.1, part 6, subpart b to allow the Board to take action on the appointment of a president. Trustee Fritsche seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

      Committee Vice Chair Dotson moved that the Board of Trustees approves the appointment of Keith Stover as president of South Central College effective the end of this summer, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee David Erickson seconded.


      Mr. Stover has been serving as president of Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas, since 1988. Previously, he served as assistant director at Flint Hills Technical College; director of Huron Vocational School in Huron, South Dakota; director of Vocational Education Data System, the south Dakota Division of Vocational Education; and teacher and coach in the Brookings Public School system, Brookings, South Dakota. Mr. Stover has an M.S. in Educational Administration and an B.S. in Education.

      Chancellor Anderson thanked St. Paul Technical College President Donovan Schwichtenberg, for chairing the search committee.

      The motion carried without dissent.
    2. Assigned Fields Policy
      Committee Vice Chair Dotson reported that the committee reviewed the Assigned Fields Policy. This will be an action item at the June Board meeting.

    c. Educational Policy Committee
    Committee Vice Chair Fritsche noted that the committee added a nineteenth item, an end of legislative session report, to its meeting agenda

    1. Red Wing/Winona Technical College Request for a Name Change
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche moved that the Board of Trustees establishes the name "Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical," as the name to replace Red Wing/Winona Technical College.
    2. Mission Review: Northland Community and Technical College
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche moved that the Board of Trustees approves the mission statement of Northland Community and Technical College. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    3. Program Approval: BA, East Asian Studies, Moorhead State University
      See agenda item 10.
    4. Program Approval: AAS, Information Technology, Anoka-Hennepin Technical College
      See agenda item 10.
    5. Program Approval: AAS, Health Information Technology, Rochester Community and Technical College
      See agenda item 10.
    6. Program Approval: AAS, Chiropractic Technician; and Diploma, Chiropractic Technician, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Pipestone
      See agenda item 10.
    7. Program Approval: Diploma, Pharmacy Technician, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington
      See committee agenda item 10.
    8. Program Approval: AS, Biomedical Technologist; Certificate, Biomedical Technician; and Certificate, Clinical Research Professional, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids
      See committee agenda item 10.
    9. Program Approval: Diploma, Medical Assistant, Lake Superior College
      See committee agenda item 10.
    10. Program Approval: Advanced Technical Certificate, Multimedia Technologist, St. Paul Technical College
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche moved approval of programs 3-10, referenced above. Trustee Robert Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    11. Residential Academy
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche moved approval of the Chancellor's recommendation that MnSCU serve as the sponsor of the charter school connected to the residential academy being developed by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and in order for Catholic Charities to receive the state appropriation of $5.6 million, MnSCU will act as the recipient's fiscal agent. Trustee Dotson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    12. Program Suspensions: Laurentian Community and Technical College District and Riverland Community College
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee reviewed program suspensions at Laurentian Community and Technical College and Riverland Community College.
    13. Proposed Amendment to MnSCU Policy 3.17 Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee reviewed an amendment to MnSCU Policy 3.17 Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. This will be an action item at the June meeting.
    14. Proposed Policy 3.24 System and Institutional Missions
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee reviewed a proposed Policy 3.24 System and Institutional Missions. This will be an action item at the June meeting.
    15. Proposed Policy 3.25 Degree Granting Authority
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee reviewed a proposed Policy 3.25 Degree Granting Authority. This will be an action item at the June meeting.
    16. Report of the Joint Labor/Management UTCE Task Force on General Education
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee reviewed a report of the Joint Labor/Management UTCE Task Force on General Education.
    17. Strategic Planning at Metropolitan State University
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee received a report on strategic planning presented by Metropolitan State University President Dennis Nielsen.
    18. Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Planning
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee received an update on Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Planning. A final plan will be presented to the Higher Education committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives on September 30, 1999.
    19. End of Legislative Session Report
      Committee Vice Chair Fritsche reported that the committee heard a report on the end of the 1999 legislative session.

    d. Audit Committee
    Committee Chair Boss noted the addition of a fourth agenda item - Student Information Systems Update.

    1. Proposed FY 2000 Audit Plan
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the committee reviewed the proposed FY 2000 Audit Plan. This will be an action item at the June meeting.
    2. Internal Auditing Report: Reliability of MnSCU Accounting Data
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the committee reviewed a report on the Reliability of MnSCU Accounting Data.
    3. Year 2000 Update
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the committee received an update on the Year 2000.
    4. Student Information Systems Update.
      Committee Chair Boss reported that the committee received a report on Student Information Systems.
  8. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    There were no requests to address the Board of Trustees.
  9. Other Business
    Trustee Robert Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees recognize and thank President Schroeder for twenty-nine years of service to Dakota County Technical College. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    Trustee Nesdahl commented that due to a military obligation he will not be at the June Board meeting. This may be his last meeting of the Board of Trustees unless Governor Ventura reappoints him because his term concludes on June 30, 1999. Trustee Nesdahl thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve on the Board.
  10. Adjournment
    Chair Vekich adjourned the meeting by consensus at 3:08 PM.
 

Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Inge Chapin

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