Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Trustees Present: Mary Choate, Chair, Will Antell, Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Daniel Coborn, Ivan Dusek, Robert Erickson, Bob Hoffman, Jim A. Luoma, Lew Moran, Michael Redlinger, Joann Splonskowski, Joseph Swanson, Michael Vekich
Trustees Absent: Dennis Dotson
Chair Choate commented that at the last Board meeting she had highlighted how several MnSCU institutions had moved swiftly to support their students and communities in the aftermath of September 11. For many communities, our campuses serve as gathering places where people come together to support one another, to process, to understand, to express frustration, and to find hope. Students at Rochester Community and Technical College collected $3,400 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Century College held a forum October 10 called American Tragedy, which drew 350 students. The event took the form of a huge class discussion, led by a moderator and a panel of college faculty. Students struggled with very difficult questions. Chair Choate thanked all of our institutions for being a source of strength and opportunity for their students and communities.
Several MnSCU colleges have also mobilized quickly to help deal with the economic repercussions of the tragedy. Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College are serving as lead institutions in a rapid response effort to respond to the massive layoffs by Northwest Airlines and Sun Country in the Twin Cities. All 11 schools in the Metro Alliance are participating in a coordinated outreach effort to help laid-off workers and are developing customized training programs as needed. The colleges worked with about 700 displaced workers at an emergency job fair October 3. Hibbing Community College and the Northeast Higher Education District are sponsoring an informational meeting October 23 at the Northwest Airlines reservation facility in Chisholm, where about 40 people have been laid off.
The difficulties of the past month were compounded for the campuses as they dealt with the strike by our valuable Minnesota Administrative and Professional Employees (MAPE) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 6 employees. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chair Choate commented that they are delighted to have everyone back at work. The strike created stress and anxiety for both the striking employees, and those left with the job of keeping colleges and universities running with uninterrupted service to students. Chair Choate thanked everyone for the very professional and positive return to work we saw this week. This says so much about our commitment to putting students first.
a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of September 20, 2001
As there were no corrections or additions to the minutes, Chair Choate announced that the minutes stand approved as written.
b. Ratification of the Executive Committee's Approval for the Chancellor to Attend Out-of-state Symposium Sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation and the Education Commission of the States
Trustee Boss moved that the Board of Trustees ratifies the action of the Executive Committee approving acceptance by Chancellor James H. McCormick of travel and associated expenses from the National Education Association Foundation in order to attend the symposium on "Creating K-12/Higher Education Partnerships" sponsored by the NEAF and the Education Commission of the States on October 19-20, 2001. Trustee Luoma seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
c. Approval for the Chancellor to Attend Out-of-state Symposium Sponsored by the U. S. Army War College
Trustee Hoffman moved that the Board of Trustees accepts acceptance by Chancellor James. H. McCormick of travel and associated expenses from the U. S. Army War College in order to attend its symposium on "Educating Strategic Leaders for the Challenges of the 21st Century" on November 16, 2001. Trustee Coborn seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
Chair Choate announced that the Board will review a first reading of an amendment to Board Policy 1.A.2, Part 4, Subpart C, during the report of the Personnel Policy Committee which would give the Board Chair the authority to approve the receipt of expenses.
d. Amended Board Policy 1A.2, Board of Trustees, Part 5. Standing Committees and Working Groups of the Board (Second Reading)
Trustee Erickson moved that the Board of Trustees approves the amendments to Board Policy 1A.2, Board of Trustees, Part 5, Standing Committees and Working Groups of the Board by changing the membership of the Executive Committee, and adding two new standing committees: advancement and technology. Trustee Luoma seconded the motion and the motion carried without dissent.
Chair Choate announced that the Board of Trustees now has an Advancement Committee and a Technology Committee. Chair Choate appointed Trustees Will Antell and Robert Erickson as at-large members to the Executive Committee, effective immediately.
e. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of October 3, 2001
Chair Choate reported on the Executive Committee meeting of October 3, 2001.
f. Presentation by President Jack Briggs
President Jack Briggs and Tom Davis, the Associate Dean of Instruction, provided an overview of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. For the past six years, the college has been at maximum capacity due to enrollment magnets and centers of excellence.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is also hooking into Internet Two, one of the major pipes of the Abilene Network a wireless network that will increase the college's capacity for distance education. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is also working with the University of Minnesota Duluth and Ken Niemi, Associate Vice Chancellor Information Systems and Chief Information Officer and his staff at MnSCU.
President Briggs reported that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is also looking at changing its mission so it can offer a four-year baccalaureate program. There are baccalaureate areas such as teacher education that would meet the college's mission as a land grant institution. Tribal colleges have been leaders in promoting bachelor degrees. Currently six of the 32 tribal colleges in the American Indian College Consortium have baccalaureate programs.
President Briggs outlined the $7.5 million capital building program and said that the college is working hard to take good care of its investments.
President Briggs reported that the college recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Associate Dean Davis commented that cutting-edge technology is difficult for people in minority communities to relate to, but that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is committed to building an infrastructure and a program for minority people around the United States that will showcase these technologies. The college's Riverwatch Project, with support from the United States Department of Agriculture, is one of the strongest projects on the campus. Model how this technology is used in poor communities so we can start creating businesses and allow businesses to come into these poor communities to change the dynamics of poverty.
President Briggs reported that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College received tribal money and federal funds in the amount of $2.9 million in FY '02, and the allocation from the State of Minnesota for FY '02 at $2.8 million. Tuition revenue generated about $1 million.
Chair Choate commended President Briggs and his staff for their great success in obtaining grant monies. President Briggs commented that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College seeks to be a model for technology development, providing advanced education enabling ground-breaking technologies to be competitive, enhancing economic development, providing cutting edge job opportunities, developing innovative baccalaureate degrees specific for students in tribal and rural communities, and planning and implementing research projects designed to fill the land grant mission.
a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee, Robert Erickson, Chair
FACILITIES: Lew Moran, Vice Chair
FINANCE: Daniel Coborn, Vice Chair
c. Audit Committee, Daniel Coborn, Chair
d. Personnel Policy Committee, Nancy Brataas, Chair
Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen