Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 20, 1999
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Jim A. Luoma, Joann Splonskowski, James Wafler, Michael Vekich, Chair
Trustees Absent: Kathleen Caffey, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson
a. Welcome/Greetings/Presentations, St. Cloud State University
Suzanne Williams, interim president, St. Cloud State University thanked the Board for visiting the campus.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Anderson, Chair Vekich thanked President Williams and her staff and students for hosting the board meeting.
b. Approval of Meeting Minutes of September 22, 1999
Trustee Wafler moved approval of the September 22, 1999, meeting minutes. Trustee Calhoun seconded. The minutes were approved without dissent.
c. Report of the Executive Committee, September 1, 1999
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on September 1.
Chair Vekich announced that Archie D. Chelseth, an original member of the MnSCU Board of Trustees, as well as its predecessor boards, the Higher Education Board and the State University Board, has resigned from the Board of Trustees, effective October 18, 1999.
Chair Vekich reported that he along with Chancellor Anderson, Hennepin Technical College President Sharon Grossbach, and Jeralyn Jargo, MnSCU Target Industry Partnership Manager, presented a report on Partnerships with Business and Industry: A Model for Success at the Association of Community College Trustees October 13-16, 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia. Chair Vekich reported that the presentation was one of the conference highlights. Trustee Brataas also attended the conference.
b. Personnel Policy Committee
Committee Chair Brataas reported that the Personnel Policy Committee met without a quorum on Tuesday, October 19, but did have a full discussion of agenda items.
Committee Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approve the Personnel Policy Committee minutes of September 22, 1999. Trustee Boss seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
c. Educational Policy Committee
The 'good faith' discussions which will take place between MnSCU representatives and Yuwa-machi will focus on the possible continued provision of educational opportunities for Japanese students enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program through March 31, 2001. The Chancellor will report on these discussions at the December, 1999 Board meting. The Board will take Final Action on the recommendation to suspend the 25-year Agreement in December. At that time, the Chancellor will forward an updated recommendation that reflects the outcome of the discussions with Yuwa-machi. At the November meeting the Board will be provided with an MSU-A suspension work plan. This will be an information item only. The work plan will be prepared in accordance with the North Central Association (NCA)'s recommended guidelines for a campus or program closure.
The Board of Trustees also endorses on-going discussions with Akita Prefecture regarding a future educational partnership commencing in academic year 2003. The Chancellor is instructed to have discussions directly with Akita government officials on this topic. These discussions should observe the following principles:
The Chancellor will provide an update on these discussions at the December meeting. Trustee Fritsche seconded.
Trustee David Erickson offered a friendly amendment that the Board further directs the Chancellor, in collaboration with individual MnSCU institutions, to develop a strategic plan of global education, with the system goal to support the programs already existing in MnSCU institutions and to assist them in enhancing their own efforts at international education. Committee Vice Chair Luoma accepted the friendly amendment.
The motion with the friendly amendment carried with two dissents (Trustees Calhoun and Wafler).
d. Audit Committee
Committee Chair Boss reported that the Audit Committee met earlier today at St. Cloud Technical College. He commended President Barrett and her staff for hosting the meeting and providing a tour of the campus.
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Robert J. McFarlin