June 2001 Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, June 20, 2001

World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

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

Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas

 


 

  1. Call to Order
    Chair Vekich called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m. and reported that a quorum was present. There were no changes to the agenda.

  2. Chair's Report

    a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of May 31, 2001
    Trustee Erickson moved approval of the meeting minutes of May 31, 2001. Trustee Swanson seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.

    b. Amendment to Board Policy 1A.2, Board Expenses, Per Diem and Reimbursement (Second Reading)
    Trustee Antell moved that the Board of Trustees adopt the amendment to Board Policy 1A.2, Part 2, Board Expenses, Per Diem and Reimbursement. Trustee Boss seconded and the motion carried without dissent.


    c. Proposed FY 2002 Meeting Calendar (First Reading)
    Chair Vekich reported that the proposed FY 2002 meeting calendar was presented as a first reading. The calendar will be approved at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees on July 18, 2001.

    Chair Vekich noted that details are being worked out for an October Board meeting at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

    d. Other
    Chair Vekich introduced Janice Fitzgerald who will be joining MnSCU as Chancellor-designate Dr. McCormick's chief of staff.

    The public hearing on the FY 2002 Institutional Allocations and FY 2002-2003 Tuition and Fees scheduled for Friday, June 22 is canceled because there has been no legislative resolution on the budget. Chair Vekich announced that the Board might need to meet in a special meeting during the week of July 9, depending on whether or not there is a state shutdown.

    Chair Vekich announced that Governor Ventura has appointed Michael Redlinger to the Board of Trustees effective June 22. Mr. Redlinger, president of Minnesota State University Student Association, will replace Brent Calhoun whose term expires this month.

    Chair Vekich commented that he attended a dinner in honor of Trustee Andy Boss at the University of Minnesota on June 4. Trustee Boss was the recipient of an outstanding service award, which is the highest award given by the University of Minnesota in a non-degree area. Chair Vekich commended Trustee Boss for his outstanding career in public service and for his family's long association with the University of Minnesota.

    Chair Vekich highlighted some special achievements on our campuses. Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty member Barbara Schewe was named Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges for her effective teaching and outstanding contributions to the mathematics profession.

    The summer institute at South Central College is helping more than 100 high school business teachers gain high-level certification in Microsoft business software. And this week the college's Ag Literacy Institute is showing K-12 teachers effective ways to integrate agriculture into their curriculum.

    Bemidji State University's 23rd annual Summer Science and Math Program has enrolled nearly 100 youngsters from kindergarten through 8th grade. The students are having fun and learning by making things like fraction burgers and geometric constructions. Anoka-Hennepin Technical College enrolled 300-some middle school students for a Career Camp where they will try out various technical career skills and learn more about the value of college education.

    St. Cloud State University is expanding its Teachers of Color Project, which helps students of color pay for college in return for a two-year commitment to teach in an area school district. Now the university has 11 school districts in central Minnesota that are cooperating in this program. Thirty students are enrolled in the program, and the goal is to have 30 new teachers of color graduating each year. Also, St. Cloud State University is responding to the state's nursing shortage with its new board-approved bachelor's degree in nursing, as well as the state's first accelerated baccalaureate nursing program. In the accelerated program, students who already have degrees in other areas will be able to finish in just 15 months. Both programs still are subject to approval from the State Board of Nursing.

    North Hennepin Community College's nursing graduates had the highest success rate of any public college or university on the state board exams - 95 percent of the graduates in the Class of 2000 passed on their first try.

    Hennepin Technical College had several top winners in the 2001 Minnesota Skills USA-VICA competition. They go on to the national competition in Kansas City later this month. The organization, which was formerly called Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, holds contests in a variety of skills, from advertising design to cabinetmaking. Congratulations to the first-place winners: students Alison Hartzell, Christopher Hensel, Rachel Frank, Brent Newville, Terry Larson, Israel Hunt, Duayne Weir, and Kyle Nielsen

    Bemidji State University's Student Health Service has met national standards for quality care by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and has been awarded a certificate of accreditation. Northwest Technical College's Bemidji campus has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. That's the highest level of achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence. Riverland Community College students spent the past academic year constructing and wiring a 2,000-square-foot home in Austin valued at $198,900. The home was sold in May.

    And a pilot program at Lake Superior College called "Women in Machine Tools" was featured on the cover of the Duluth News Tribune on Monday, June 18. The new program is funded by the city of Duluth in an effort to employ more women in nontraditional jobs. They are being trained to work with computerized machines that cut and drill metal parts for everything from airplanes to bicycles.

    Finally, we want to congratulate in advance the award winners at the first annual MnSCU System Office State Service Awards recognition breakfast that will be held on June 22 at the Radisson Inn/City Center Hotel in St. Paul.

  3. Trustee Reports
    a. Report of the Futures Sub-Committee,
    Will Antell, Chair
    Trustee Antell reported that the Futures Sub-committee met this morning and discussed the annual meeting of the World Future Society that will be held in Minneapolis on July 29-31. Trustees Antell, Luoma, Choate, Dusek, Hoffman and Moran and several presidents will attend the conference. The committee also agreed to meet in the morning on August 7, to coincide with the Council of Presidents meeting scheduled that same afternoon to debrief and compare notes from the World Future Society Conference.

    Trustee Antell reported that the committee would host a dinner meet on September 19 that will feature an internationally renowned speaker on futures issues. Dinner invitations would be extended to presidents and campus staff.

    b. Other
    Chair Vekich reported on the Association of Community College Trustees regional meeting that was held in Chicago on June 14-16. Chair Vekich, Trustees Boss and Splonskowski, and Executive Director Reynen attended the meeting. There was a general session with representatives from Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society. Trustee Splonskowski reported that she attended a seminar on the value of public colleges in their communities, and another session related to ethics and state boards. Trustee Boss commented that attendance at the conference did confirm to him that MnSCU is an incredible experiment in higher education.

    Trustee Splonskowski announced that she attended a retirement party for Rainy River Community College President Allen Rasmussen in International Falls on June 16, 2001.

    Chair Vekich commended several presidents that are either retiring or leaving MnSCU. Dr. Richard Rush, former president of Minnesota State University, Mankato has accepted the presidency of California State University at Chanel Islands. President Sally Ihne, Central Lakes College, is retiring in August. Dr. Dennis Nielsen has retired after serving as interim president of both Metropolitan State University and Southwest State University. President James Bensen, president of Bemidji State University, is retiring in August. President Allen Rasmussen, Rainy River Community College, is also retiring in August.

    Trustee Brent Calhoun was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his service on the Board of Trustees from September 1999 through June 2001. Trustee Calhoun served as the state university student trustee.

    Chancellor Morris Anderson was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Governor Ventura for his service and commitment as Chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities from July 1997 to July 2001. At the end of the month, Chancellor Anderson will take charge of Governor Ventura's administration's reorganization of workforce development. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and board staff, Chair Vekich presented Chancellor Anderson with a $3,000 contribution to the Morrie Anderson Award, a NorthStar Foundation scholarship for students in technical programs.

    Chancellor Anderson thanked the Board of Trustees for their contribution to the scholarship. He commented that he has appreciated the opportunity to serve as MnSCU's chancellor over the past four years. He thanked the students for their support and dedication. He thanked the presidents, faculty, and staff for their dedication and professionalism. He especially thanked Judy Swanholm (executive aide), Laura King (chief financial officer), Linda Baer (senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs) and Dolores Fridge (associate vice chancellor for equal opportunity and diversity).

  4. Chancellor's Report: Morris J. Anderson.
    Chancellor Anderson reported that the planned phase-out and closing of MSU-Akita on March 31, 2003, is on schedule. The spending levels have been kept under budgetary targets, due in part to stronger than anticipated student participation and generosity of Mayor Ito and the community. The proposed new four-year international university in Akita with links to MnSCU institutions has been delayed by one-year. The new targeted opening date is April 2004. President Bradshaw, Metropolitan State University, has expressed an interest in establishing a partnership with the new prefectural university in Akita.

  5. Joint Council of Student Associations
    The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Michael Redlinger, state chair, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), and Robin Melin, state chair, Minnesota State College Student Association and treasurer-elect Kristie Drevecky, who presented the annual MSCSA's President of the Year Award to Dr. Robert Musgrove, President, Pine Technical College.

    Ms. Melin announced that an award would be presented to President Sally Ihne, Central Lakes College.

    President Allen Rasmussen was presented with an honorary lifetime membership award in appreciation of his dedication and leadership shown to members of MSCSA. Chancellor Morrie Anderson was presented with an honorary lifetime membership award in appreciation of his dedication and leadership shown to the students.

  6. MnSCU Bargaining Units
    The following representatives of MnSCU bargaining units addressed the Board of Trustees: Jeanne Cornish, president, Minnesota State University and Administrators Faculty Association (MSUASF), and Jim Pehler, president, Inter Faculty Organization. , Karen Foreman, president, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) MnSCU Policy Committee, and Chas Martin, AFSCME Council 6 also addressed the Board. Mr. Martin presented Chancellor Morrie Anderson with a plaque in appreciation of his service and dedication to the AFSCME front-line. .

  7. Consent Agenda
    a. Winona State University Science Building Schematic Design (Second Reading)
    b. Minnesota State University Moorhead Science Building Schematic Design (Second Reading)
    c. Program Approval: Diploma, Gas Utility Distribution Technician; Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park
    d. Program Approval: BA, Philosophy; Southwest State University
    e. Program Approval: BA, Theater; Metropolitan State University
    f. Program Approval: BS/GIS Plant Science; Minnesota State University, Mankato
    g. Program Approval: MA, Psychology; Metropolitan State University
    h. Program Approval: Certificate, Travel Counselor; Anoka Hennepin Technical College
    i. Program Closures: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Northwest Technical College, and Vermilion Community College

    Trustee Coborn moved approval of the Consent Agenda. Trustee Boss 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. FY 2002-2007 Capital Budget Recommendations (Second Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Moran moved that the Board of Trustees approve the FY 2002-2007 Capital Budget as presented, and authorized the Chancellor to forward the program to the Governor for consideration in the FY 2002 state capital budget. Trustee Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    2. North Hennepin Community College Land Transfer (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed a first reading of the North Hennepin Community College land transfer. This will be an action item at the July Board meeting.
    3. Winona State University Land Acquisition (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed a first reading of the Winona State University land acquisition. This will be an action item at the July Board meeting.
    4. Hibbing Community College Student Housing Proposal (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported the committee reviewed a first reading of the Hibbing Community College Student Housing proposal. This will be an action item at the July Board meeting.
    5. Revenue Fund Reinvestment Program Recommendations
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed recommendations for the Revenue Fund Reinvestment Program.
    6. Revenue Fund Sale and Master Resolution
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed the master resolution for the Revenue Fund Sale.
    7. Facilities Management Report
      Committee Vice Chair Moran reported that the committee reviewed the Facilities Management Report.

      FINANCE:

    8. Approval of Contract Exceeding One Million
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn moved that the Board of Trustees approves the fee structure and terms contained in the current contract with Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota. Trustee Erickson seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
    9. MSUSA FY 2002 Fee Proposal
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the Minnesota State University Student Association presented their FY 2002 fee proposal as a first reading. This will be an action item at the July Board meeting.
    10. 2001 Session Wrap-up
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the 2002 session wrap-up was postponed due to the stalemate at the Legislature.
    11. FY 2002-2003 Preliminary Budget Outlook
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the committee reviewed the preliminary FY 2002-2003 budget but that the final budget would depend on the outcome of the legislative session.
    12. FY 2002 Systemwide and System Office Allocations (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the review of the FY 2002 Systemwide and System Office Allocation was postponed due to the stalemate at the legislature.
    13. FY 2002 Institutional Allocations and FY 2002-2003 Tuition and Fees (First Reading)
      Committee Vice Chair Coborn reported that the FY 2002 Institutional Allocations and FY 2002-2003 Tuition and Fees was postponed due to the stalemate at the Legislature.

    b. Educational Policy Committee
    1. Program Suspensions: Dakota County Technical College, Northwest Technical College and Winona State University
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee received notice of program suspensions from Dakota County Technical College, Northwest Technical College and Winona State University.
    2. Academic Program Policy Study: Review of Campus Policies and Practices
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee reviewed campus policies and practices relative to the Academic Program Policy Study. Pine Technical College, Winona State University, Rochester Community and Technical College and Normandale Community College presented their policies and practices.
    3. Update, Law Enforcement Skills Clinical Component; Hibbing Community College and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
      Committee Chair Luoma reported that the committee heard an update on the skills component of Law Enforcement at Cloquet.

    c. Audit Committee, Mary Choate, Chair

    1. FY 2002 Audit Plan
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the committee reviewed the FY 2002 Audit Plan. This will be an action item at the July Board meeting.
    2. Quarterly Audit Follow-up Report
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the committee received the Quarterly Audit follow-up report.
    3. Internal Auditing Special Six-Months Follow-up Reports on Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Alexandria Technical College Committee
      Chair Choate reported that the committee heard six-month follow-up reports on audits of Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Alexandria Technical College.
    4. Leadership Transition Audits
      Committee Chair Choate reported that the committee reviewed the process for leadership transition audits. Reports will be provided to the Chancellor when there is a change in campus presidents and to the Board when there is a change in Chancellors.

      Committee Chair Choate commented that Dr. Glen Berryman, who has served as the committee's advisor since its inception, has announced that this would be his last meeting. On behalf of the committee and the entire Board of Trustees, Committee Chair Choate thanked Dr. Berryman for his outstanding service.

  9. Requests by Individuals to Address the Board
    There were no requests to address the Board.

  10. Other Business
    Linda Kohl, associate vice chancellor for public affairs, announced that MnSCU's 2000 Annual Reports were available and would be distributed.

  11. Adjournment
    Chair Vekich adjourned the meeting by consensus at 1:30 p.m.

Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen