July 2001 Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, July 18, 2001

World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

Trustees Present: Will Antell, Nancy Brataas, Andrew Boss, Mary Choate, Daniel Coborn, Dennis Dotson, Ivan Dusek, Robert Erickson, Bob Hoffman, Jim A. Luoma, Lew Moran, Michael Redlinger, Joann Splonskowski, Joseph Swanson, Michael Vekich, Chair

Trustees Absent: None

 


 

  1. Call to Order
    Chair Michael Vekich called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. and reported that a quorum was present. Chair Vekich announced that the Finance/Facilities Policy Committee recommended approval of agenda item number four, Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College, Bemidji Technology Laboratory Building Schematic Design. The item was added to the consent agenda.

  2. Chair's Report

    a. Introduction of Chancellor McCormick
    Chair Vekich introduced Dr. James McCormick as the new Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Chancellor McCormick began his duties on July 2, 2001. On his first day, Chancellor McCormick and others traveled to Southwest State University to present incoming President David Danahar to the university community.

    b. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of June 20, 2001
    Trustee Erickson moved approval of the meeting minutes of June 20, 2001. Trustee Swanson seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.


    c. Election of Officers
    Chair Vekich explained the election process. In addition to the slate of candidates, nominations can be made from the floor. Nominations do not require a second. The three offices up for election are chair, vice chair and treasurer.

    Election of Chair: Chair Vekich announced that the candidates for chair are Trustees Andy Boss and Mary Choate. Chair Vekich called for any other nominations. There were none. Chair Vekich declared that the nominations were closed.

    Trustee Boss requested that his name be withdrawn as a candidate, and he moved to elect Mary Choate as chair, effective August 1. The motion was seconded by Trustee Luoma and carried unanimously.

    Election of Vice Chair: Chair Vekich announced that the candidates for vice chair are Trustees Jim Luoma and Lew Moran. Chair Vekich called for any other nominations. There were none. Chair Vekich declared that the nominations were closed.

    Trustee Erickson moved for a paper ballot. Trustee Dusek seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    Penny Harris Reynen, Executive Director/Board Secretary distributed the ballots. The ballots were collected and counted and the results were conveyed to Chair Vekich.

    Chair Vekich announced that on a ballot vote of ten to five, the Board of Trustees elected Trustee Luoma as vice chair, effective August 1. Trustee Luoma received ten ballots (Trustees Antell, Boss, Coborn, Dotson, Erickson, Hoffman, Redlinger, Splonskowski, Swanson, and Luoma), and Trustee Moran received five ballots (Trustees Brataas, Choate, Dusek, Vekich and Moran).

    Election of Treasurer: Chair Vekich announced that the candidates for treasurer are Trustees Joann Splonskowski and Joseph Swanson. Chair Vekich called for any other nominations. There were none. Chair Vekich declared that the nominations were closed.

    Trustee Erickson moved for a paper ballot. Trustee Redlinger seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    Executive Director Reynen distributed the ballots. The ballots were collected and counted and the results were conveyed to Chair Vekich.

    Chair Vekich announced that on a ballot vote of eight to seven, the Board of Trustees elected Trustee Swanson as treasurer, effective August 1. Trustee Swanson received eight ballots (Trustees Brataas, Choate, Dusek, Erickson, Hoffman, Moran, Vekich, and Swanson), and Trustee Splonskowski received seven ballots (Trustees Antell, Boss, Coborn, Dotson, Luoma, Redlinger, and Splonskowski).

    d. Recommendation for Reporting Responsibilities - Board Staff
    Chair Vekich explained that the Executive Committee voted to recommend to the Board that the position of Executive Director/Board Secretary report to the Chancellor. This realignment is consistent with the principle of a unified staff under the leadership of one chief executive responsible for addressing all of the Board's needs.

    e. Approval of FY 2002 Meeting Calendar
    Chair Vekich reviewed the FY 2002 Board meeting calendar. During the months of September, November and February, the meeting dates fall on Wednesday and Thursday instead of Tuesday and Wednesday. He also announced that the October Board meeting will be at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus. The proposed meeting dates follow:

    July 17-18, 2001 Board Meeting
    August, 2001, No Meetings
    September 5, 2001, Executive Committee Meeting
    September 19-20, 2001 Board Meeting
    October 3, 2001, Executive Committee Meeting
    October 16-17, 2001, Board Meeting
    November 7, 2001, Executive Committee Meeting
    November 14-15, 2001, Board Meeting
    December 5, 2001, Executive Committee Meeting
    December 18-19, 2001, Board Meeting
    January 3, 2002, Executive Committee Meeting
    January 15-16, 2002, Board Meeting
    February 6, 2002, Executive Committee Meeting
    February 20-21, 2002, Board Meeting
    March 6, 2002, Executive Committee Meeting
    March 19-20, 2002, Board Meeting
    April 3, 2002, Executive Committee Meeting
    April 16-17, 2002, Board Meeting
    May 1, 2002, Executive Committee Meeting
    May 21-22, 2002, Board Meetings
    June 5, 2002, Executive Committee Meeting
    June 18-19, 2002, Board Meeting
    Trustee Moran moved that the Board of Trustees adopt the Fiscal Year 2002 Meeting Calendar as presented. Trustee Redlinger seconded and the motion carried without dissent.

    f. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of July 3, 2001
    Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on July 3, 2001.

    g. Other
    Chair Vekich announced that dignitaries from the Akita Prefecture Assembly, where MSU, Akita is located, will be here on August 6 through August 10. Several events are planned during their visit.

    Chair Vekich reported on an educational event called the American Solar Challenge. It is a 2,300-mile solar car race from Chicago along Route 66 to Los Angeles. A team from Minnesota State University, Mankato and Winona State University and the Northern Lights Seven Solar Car has entered a car in the race. The car will be on display in the MnSCU booth at the Minnesota State Fair.

    Students in the aviation program at Central Lakes College are using a new simulator to gain Level 3 flight training, which is needed for instrument-rule certification. The simulator, which is housed at Brainerd-Crow Wing Regional Airport, has Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.

    Central Lakes College had a record 79 participants from 22 communities for its third-annual Career Exploration Camp in late June. The camp is aimed at showing teens about training and job opportunities in 10 fields, from horticulture and landscaping to welding and technical theater.

    Lake Superior College has announced articulation agreements with the College of St. Scholastica that expand student transfer opportunities between the two Duluth colleges in six program areas: accounting, computer information systems, marketing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant and pre-education. Southwest State University announced a transfer agreement with Minnesota West Community and Technical College for early childhood education. Ridgewater College's new marketing web site has won a prestigious National Golden Web Award for 2001. Anoka-Ramsey Community College President Patrick Johns has been named chair-elect of the Health Care Board for Mercy and Unity Hospitals in Coon Rapids and Fridley. At St. Cloud State University, Cargill has donated a greenhouse and two climate-controlled environmental growth chambers in Elk River to support the university's biology and plant sciences programs. Winona State University was a partner with Merchant's National Bank in presenting the first WSU Economic Summit held this past May.

    The Greg Coleman Celebrity Bash and Golf Tournament is on July 23 and 24 and proceeds will benefit Metropolitan State University's Urban Teacher Program.

  3. Trustee Reports
    a. Report of the Sub-Committee on Trustees, Andy Boss, Chair
    Trustee Boss reported that the sub-committee met earlier today to discuss the need for a board self-assessment, or another development/improvement event. A subgroup will research options and report back to the Executive Committee in September.

    b. Report of the Futures Sub-Committee

    Trustee Antell reported that the Futures Sub-committee is scheduled to have a luncheon meeting with the Council of Presidents on September 4. The purpose of the meeting would be to review the World Futures Society Conference that will be held in Minneapolis on July 28-31.

  4. Chancellor's Report: James McCormick.
    Chancellor James McCormick commented that he feels very privileged to serve the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and for the opportunity to present the first of his quarterly reports. He thanked every member of the Board for their vote of confidence and their warm heartfelt welcome. He congratulated the new chair, vice chair and treasurer and thanked the former officers for their leadership and support over the past year.

    a. Chancellor's Quarterly Report to the Board of Trustees
    Chancellor McCormick summarized the first quarterly report to the Board of Trustees. The first part of the report contains the introduction and background to the Chancellor's Work Plan. The second part outlines the 12-page detailed work plan, including goals and expectations, while the third part of the report is a timeline that tracks the work plan's due dates and progress. The last page of the report is an executive summary of the Chancellor's Work Plan.

    Chancellor McCormick thanked everyone for taking the time to converse with him over the last six months, during one-hour long telephone conversations that were scheduled with each Board member, president, each member of the search committee, and others. He acknowledged the staff and former Chancellor Anderson for ensuring a smooth transition. He also acknowledged the work of the presidential leaders, especially Presidents Tom Horak, Kathy Nelson and Wilson Bradshaw. He welcomed the newest Trustee, Michael Redlinger.

    Chancellor McCormick reported that he was pleased to deliver the Chancellor's Work Plan for 2001-2002 as it takes into account the conversations he has had with MnSCU's numerous constituents, and that it reflects a lot of collaboration about the work that needs to be done. The Work Plan takes into consideration all of the good work of people done in the past, and builds on the successes of his predecessors such as former chancellors Judith Eaton and Morrie Anderson.

    Part two of the Work Plan is the heart and center of the work plan and it includes the products and timelines. The future directed goal of listening to the voices of Minnesota is dear to Chancellor McCormick, and the Work Plan advocates for the students of MnSCU, and to the needs of the state of Minnesota. The tuition discussions and newspaper stories across the state have made it clear that MnSCU needs to improve its effectiveness.

    The Work Plan also defines MnSCU's role in the future of the state of Minnesota. MnSCU is the solution to many of the challenges the state will encounter as it seeks to maintain its economic vitality, as well as quality of life. A revitalized MnSCU will serve the state more effectively as a dynamic, integrated network of publicly owned colleges and universities focused on learning. MnSCU will be accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, accountable to its many constituencies, and actively engaged in continuous improvement of its programs, services, faculty and staff.

    Chancellor McCormick continued that if the Board approves the Work Plan, it becomes "our" plan, and it will provide a blueprint for how he and the staff will work - all striving to enhance the quality, productivity and efficiency of both the Office of the Chancellor and the campus operations.

    Chancellor McCormick commented that part one of the plan relates to advocating for MnSCU and its students; really, in a broader sense, the advocacy is for the citizens of Minnesota. MnSCU needs to be a strong advocate for funding and resources based on the needs of the state. Chancellor McCormick highlighted some of the goals in the Work Plan:
    Goal A-1 states that the Chancellor will serve as MnSCU's chief ambassador joined by the Board and the presidents and others, by visiting all areas of the state to promote the system and its institutions. Plans are underway for the Chancellor to meet with every legislator in their home area. Plans also are being made to visit each campus, and meet with community members and focus groups to listen and learn of their concerns.
    Goal A-2 states that the Office of the Chancellor will work with the colleges and universities to develop strategies to identify and remove real and perceived barriers to participation to make our institutions accessible and "people-friendly."
    Goal A-3 states that the Office of the Chancellor will work with the system's constituencies to improve statewide, regional and local partnerships to better serve the economic development needs of the communities and regions it serves.
    Goal A-4 calls for MnSCU to pursue sufficient financial and capital resources through the state budget process to provide excellent, affordable higher education opportunities to Minnesotans.
    Goal A-5 is for MnSCU to pursue comprehensive authority through the state budget process to recruit, retain and further develop excellent faculty, staff and administrators to serve Minnesota's higher education and advanced training needs.
    Chancellor McCormick remarked that part two of the plan defines MnSCU's future. Goal one is to provide excellent, affordable higher education opportunities to students from Minnesota and nearby states. By April 2002, MnSCU will have developed a financial plan for the Board's approval that will become the foundation of MnSCU's next appropriations request. This request will be based on a common vision, dream, and belief of how MnSCU can make a difference to the citizens of Minnesota and then lead to a discussion on how it can be financed. Fundraising, partnerships and other incentives may be part of the funding as well.
    Goal F1-1 is for the Office of the Chancellor to work with the colleges and universities to develop and implement new majors, programs and certificates to better serve students.
    Goal F1-2 is for the Office of the Chancellor to work with the colleges and universities to make it easier for students to transfer from one institution to another as referenced in the Higher Education Omnibus Bill of 2001.
    Goal F1-3 is for the Office of the Chancellor to work with colleges and universities to reach out to those traditionally under-represented in the ranks of higher education students and personnel.
    Goal two is to listen to the people of Minnesota and to craft a strategic plan to achieve their vision for higher education. Linda Baer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will lead the strategic planning effort. Chancellor McCormick explained that he is proposing the creation of a citizens advisory commission because the Work Plan needs to be Minnesota's plan, and it has to include the first voices of Minnesota, the American Indians of this state, as well as others.
    Goal F2-1 calls for the Chancellor to name a Citizens Advisory Commission to assess the current realities and assist in identifying the future direction of the MnSCU system as it seeks to serve the people of Minnesota.
    Goal F2-2 calls for the Chancellor and his senior staff to conduct public forums, meant to inform the strategic plan, in at least six locations around the state between August 2001 and February 2002.
    Goal F2-3 is for the Chancellor to schedule visits with all 201 legislators and key business and corporate leaders to understand their concerns about higher education and MnSCU.
    Goal F2-4 is for the Chancellor to visit every MnSCU institution by March 2002 and, at each, to engage with students, faculty, and staff in a dialogue about their vision for higher education in Minnesota.
    Part three of the Work Plan calls for improving MnSCU's current efficiency and effectiveness. One improvement goal is to ensure that MnSCU institutions and the Office of the Chancellor will be accountable for achieving statewide higher education objectives, maintaining fiscal integrity and improving student access.

    Goal 1-1 states that the Chancellor will work with the colleges and universities to develop measurable accountability standards in graduation rates, success of first-generation college students, successful transfer rates, customized training, and other measures of student success.
    Goal 1-2 states that the Office of the Chancellor will establish a procedure to ensure the reliability and validity of data for research, planning and evaluation.
    Goal 1-3 is to maintain fiscal accountability as measured by balanced capital and operating budgets and audited financial statements.
    Goal 1-4 is to preserve taxpayer investments and provide safe, accessible, energy efficient and environmentally compliant facilities for students through careful stewardship of campus physical assets.
    Goal 1-5 is to assess institutional and Office of the Chancellor roles and make adjustments as necessary to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
    Goal 1-6 is to establish a culture that foster continuous improvement.
    Goal 1-7 is to review Office of the Chancellor and campus professional development opportunities and develop a plan to improve current activities by January 2002.
    Another improvement goal is to support the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in playing a major role in strengthening the partnerships that build the economic vitality of their regions and the state.
    Goal 2-1 states that MnSCU institutions will enhance and/or expand their partnerships with statewide and regional businesses and industries (e.g., building on the lessons learned from the Targeted Industry Partnerships) that contribute to MnSCU's strategic role in the workforce and regional economic development spheres.
    Goal 2-2 states that MnSCU will collaborate with the University of Minnesota and other institutions of higher learning in the state to provide new higher education opportunities to all citizens.
    Goal 2-3 calls for MnSCU to collaborate with the state Department of Children, Families and Learning (DCFL) and pre-kindergarten to high school educational systems to expand opportunities for advanced learning in MnSCU institutions and improve the alignment of teacher preparation programs with education system needs.
    Improvement goal three is to enhance MnSCU's public image and to build support for the system and its institutions among students and prospective students, alumni and key policy makers.
    Goal 3-1 is to enhance the public image of MnSCU among prospective students, key opinion leaders and community leaders, public officials and citizens by implementing an effective marketing and communications plan
    Goal 3-2 is to improve MnSCU's presence and effectiveness in Washington, D.C. by developing an effective federal relations plan.
    Goal 3-3 is to enhance the capacity of MnSCU institutions to build strong alumni organizations by June 2002.
    Goal 3-4 is to enhance MnSCU's capacity to secure higher levels of non-state revenue by June 2002.
    Improvement goal four is to make the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities a leader in using technology to serve students in new markets.
    Goal 4-1 is to refine and implement strategies to move effectively and successfully into the e-Learning market by July 2002.
    Goal 4-2 is to improve the information technology capacity of MnSCU to better serve its internal and external customers.
    Goal 4-3 is to use technology to reach new market segments with e-learning Services.
    Chancellor McCormick concluded his first formal report by thanking everyone for taking the time to listen to the outline of the Plan.

    Trustee Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees approves the goals and objectives contained in the Chancellor's Work Plan in accordance with provision #5 of the Chancellor's Employment Agreement and hereby incorporates them into the agreement. Trustee Dusek seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.

  5. Joint Council of Student Associations
    The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Brent Glass, executive director, Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA), Missy McLauren, student, Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Kristie Dervecky, treasurer, MSCSA, Janet Anderson, president, Bemidji State University Student Senate Association, and Frank Viggiano, executive director, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA).

  6. MnSCU Bargaining Units
    The following representatives of MnSCU bargaining units addressed the Board of Trustees: Larry Oveson, CO-president, Minnesota State College Faculty; Jeanne Cornish, president, Minnesota State University and Administrators Faculty Association (MSUASF); and Jim Pehler, president, Inter Faculty Organization.

  7. Consent Agenda
    a. Winona State University Land Acquisition (Second Reading)
    b. Hibbing Community College Student Housing Proposal (Second Reading)
    c. North Hennepin Community College Land Transfer
    d. Metropolitan State University Property Acquisition
    e. MSUSA FY 2002 Fee Proposal
    f. Program Closures: Alexandria Technical College, Central Lakes College, Century College, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College, South Central College, Vermilion Community College
    g. FY 2002 Audit Plan h. Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College, Bemidji Building Schematic Design (First Reading)

    Trustee Erickson moved approval of the Consent Agenda. Trustee Coborn seconded and the Consent Agenda was approved without dissent.

  8. Board Standing Committee Reports

    a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee, Robert Erickson, Chair
    FACILITIES: Lew Moran, Vice Chair

    1. Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College, Bemidji Building Schematic Design (First Reading)
      This item was added to the consent agenda, where it was approved.
    2. Revenue Fund Sale and Master Resolution (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed a first reading of the Revenue Fund Sale and Master Resolution. This will be an action item at the September Board meeting.
    3. Revenue Fund Reinvestment Program Recommendations
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed a first reading of the Revenue Fund Reinvestment Program Recommendations. This will be an action item at the September Board meeting.
    4. Minnesota State University Moorhead Student Housing Plan
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported the committee reviewed the Minnesota State University Moorhead student housing plan.
    5. Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical Campus Master Plan
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that due to time constraints the committee postponed Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical's Campus Master Plan.

      FINANCE: Daniel Coborn, Vice Chair

    6. FY 2002 Systemwide and System Office Allocations (Second Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approves the Total Allocation for FY 2002 as contained on attachment A of the Board meeting materials. Trustee Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    7. FY 2002 Institutional Allocations and FY 2002-2003 Tuition and Fees (Second Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn explained that the committee approved a revision to part three of the recommended motion for the FY 2002 Institutional Allocations and FY 2002-2003 Tuition and Fees.

      Trustee Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approve the following motion:

      1. The Chancellor is requested to return to the October 2001 meeting of the Board of Trustees with a recommendation concerning presentation of a FY 2003 supplemental budget request to the Governor and the 2002 session of the Minnesota Legislature.
      2. The Chancellor is requested to review the Board policy and Chancellor's procedure concerning student consultation and advise the Board of any suggested improvement opportunities.
      3. The Chancellor is requested to consult with the presidents regarding the request of the statewide student associations to increase work-study wage and general student employment rates in concert with tuition increases.
      4. The college and university FY 2002 allocations are shown in column "a" of Attachment C, as contained on page 177 of the July Board packet.
      5. The proposed tuition structure recommendations for FY 2002 as detailed on Attachment F1-F4, as contained on pages 183-188 of the July Board packet. The percentage impact of resident tuition rates represents the maximum amount that can be applied to other tuition rates charged by the institution not impacted by reciprocity agreements such as non-resident and off-campus rates. The tuition increase is effective Summer Session or Fall Semester, 2001 at the discretion of the president. The Chancellor is authorized to approve tuition structures for new courses or programs proposed after this date and is requested to provide the Board with a summary of any approvals at the time FY 2003 tuition recommendations are presented to the Board. The Board continues the policy of market-driven tuition for closed enrollment courses, customized training, continuing education, distance learning and contract post-secondary enrollment options programs.


      Trustee Erickson seconded the motion. The motion carried with 12 assenting votes (Trustees Boss, Brataas, Choate, Coborn, Dotson, Dusek, Erickson, Hoffman, Luoma, Moran, Redlinger and Swanson) and two dissenting votes (Trustees Antell and Splonskowski).

    b. Educational Policy Committee,
    Jim Luoma, Chair
    1. Academic and Student Affairs Update
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that Linda Baer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, provided an update on academic and student affairs.
    2. Program Suspensions: Alexandria Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Northwest Technical College, and Ridgewater College
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee received notice of program suspensions at Alexandria Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Northwest Technical College, and Ridgewater College.
    3. Program Reinstatement: Alexandria Technical College
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee received notice of a program reinstatement at Alexandria Technical College.
    4. Academic Program Policy Study: Review of Other States and Current Trends in Program Review
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee continued its review of Academic Program Policy Study.
    5. State Demographics: Minnesota 2000 Census, Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee heard a report on the Minnesota 2000 Census from Tom Gillaspy, the state Demographer.
    6. Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Update (Reviewed with Audit Committee).
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the Educational Policy Committee was joined by the Audit Committee to receive the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options report prepared by the Office of Internal Auditing.

    c. Audit Committee, Mary Choate, Chair

    1. Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Update
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the Audit Committee met with the Educational Policy Committee to receive report on the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.
    2. Audit Follow-up Report for Third Quarter Ending June 30, 2001
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the committee received the Audit Follow-up Report for the Third Quarter ending June 30, 2001.
    3. Chancellor Transition Review
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the Chancellor Transition Review was postponed and would be presented at a future meeting of the committee.
    4. Office of the Legislative Auditor Financial Audits of North Hennepin Community College, St. Cloud State University, Hibbing Community College, Riverland Community College, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, and Rochester Community and Technical College
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the committee reviewed the Office of the Legislative Auditor Financial Audits of North Hennepin Community College, St. Cloud State University, Hibbing Community College, Riverland Community College, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, and Rochester Community and Technical College.

    d. Personnel Policy Committee, Nancy Brataas, Chair

    1. Repeal of Carry Forward State University Policy 7.16, Consulting Faculty Policy (First Reading)
      Committee Chair Brataas reported that the committee reviewed a first reading of a repeal of the Carry Forward State University Policy 7.16, Consulting Faculty. This will be an action item at the September Board meeting.
    2. Repeal of Carry Forward Community College Policy VI.04.03, Administration of External Tests (First Reading)
      Committee Chair Brataas reported that the committee reviewed a first reading of a repeal of the Carry Forward Community College Policy VI.04.03, Administration of External Tests. This will be an action item at the September Board meeting.
    3. Status of Affirmative Action on the Campuses
      Committee Chair Brataas reported that the committee heard a report from Dolores Fridge, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, on the status of affirmative action on MnSCU campuses.

  9. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    Trustee Brataas read an excerpt from a recent Politics in Minnesota newsletter, praising the MnSCU Board of Trustees for their selection of hiring James McCormick. The article spoke favorably of Chair Vekich's leadership during the chancellor search and transition. Trustee Brataas thanked Michael Vekich for his leadership, judgment, management experience and skills that he has brought to this board with dignity and great distinction over the past four years.

    Trustee Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees thank Michael Vekich for his four years of service as chair of the Board. Trustee Coborn seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

  10. Other Business
    Trustee Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees convene in closed session at 3:10 p.m. pursuant to Minnesota Statute �13D.05, Subd. 3. (b) to hear an update on litigation. Trustee Brataas seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    Trustee Boss moved that the Board of Trustees adjourn the closed session and reconvene in open session at 3:40 p.m. Trustee Redlinger seconded and the motion passed without dissent.

    Chair Vekich reported that the Board heard an update on litigation during the closed session.

  11. Adjournment
    Chair Vekich adjourned the meeting by consensus at 3:40 p.m.

Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen