Chair Choate commented that the Board of Trustees demonstrate their commitment to MnSCU in a variety of ways, most notably by giving hours of their time to MnSCU activities. Some of these activities include attendance and participation in: scheduled Board and Committee meetings, diversity conferences, student association meetings, meetings with rating agencies, North Central Association accreditation meetings, national conferences, meetings with tribal leaders, individual campus graduations, inaugurations and other campus events, visiting campuses to assess facility concerns, and legislative hearings. The Trustees are not only interested but also committed in helping MnSCU obtain the greatest appropriation possible from the Legislature. Chair Choate commented that the Trustees need staff direction to help them make the best use of their time in areas that will best advance the interests of the system.
Board Standing Committee Reports
Chair Choate reported on good news from MnSCU campuses. MnSCU's Capital Budget Request book, Constructing Opportunity: Work in Progress, was printed by the students and staff in the graphics production program at South Central College in North Mankato. They also printed the cover for last year's budget request book. Students in the graphic design program at St. Paul Technical College drew the campus maps in the capital request book.
A new novel titled Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, is gaining national attention. The novel has been selected as the "best of the year 2001" by editors at Amazon.com, a Book of the Month Club main selection, and a Reader's Digest select edition.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College is being recommended to the North Central Association for 10-year accreditation. A five-member evaluating team informed the college of its recommendation after spending three days in December visiting the campuses. Trustee Dotson and Chancellor McCormick met with the evaluators during the visit. The automotive service technology program at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Riverland Community College's program also earned five-year re-certification from these organizations.
Governor Ventura has appointed President Jim Johnson of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical as the education representative to the Governor's Workforce Development Council. In another workforce-related development, Southeast Technical's Winona campus has been chosen as the site for the first ACT Center in Minnesota. The nationwide network of ACT Centers provide a wide variety of resources for employers and workers, including skills assessment testing, continuing education and state-of-the-art training, as well as testing for professional and trade certifications.
This week, Northland Community and Technical College opened its new Learning Center and science laboratories as part of the college's Phase 2 renovation and expansion plan. Also new this semester is the Anoka-Hennepin Technical College Information Technology Training Center, which is in the Gateway Business Plaza in Ramsey. The center has a wireless computer environment and seven state-of-the-art classrooms and conference rooms. The project is a partnership between the college and IBM.
The Fergus Falls Community College Center for Lifelong Learning has opened a new computer training facility. Businesses can obtain technology services and computer training classes at the new facility, which is located at West Tool & Design, or the 30 laptop computers can be transported to a workplace for on-site classes. Alexandria Technical College has been recognized as one of 43 rural two-year colleges worldwide that are effective at cultivating successful rural economies. The Rural Technologies Strategies Group recognized Alexandria Technical College for the scope, success and institutional commitment to the partnerships it has built between its customized training department and many industry partners. The Rural Technologies Strategies Group has a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study best practices at colleges in rural communities.
Hispanic Outlook magazine selected three of our universities for its annual list of public and private colleges and universities across the nation that offer outstanding opportunities to Hispanic students. The list of "Publisher's Picks" includes Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and St. Cloud State University.
And lastly, many of us were able to attend the 12th annual birthday tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. This inspirational event is sponsored by Minneapolis Community and Technical College and featured actor Danny Glover.
a. Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of December 19, 2001
As there were no corrections or additions to the minutes, Chair Choate announced that the minutes stand approved as written.
b. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of January 3, 2002
Chair Choate reported that the Executive Committee met on January 3, 2002.
a. Advancement Committee, Lew Moran, Chair
Committee Chair Luoma reported that members would be actively involved in meeting with Legislators accompanied by Office of the Chancellor staff.
- Legislative Report
a. Bonding Request
Committee Chair Moran reported that the Trustees will be actively involved in meeting with legislators in the coming weeks in support of MnSCU's bonding request and budget.
- Economic Impact Study
Committee Chair Moran reported that MnSCU is updating the study done by Paul Anton and Associates a few years ago on the economic impact of a college or university in a community.
- Naming Study Task Force Update
Committee Chair Moran reported that the committee heard a brief update on the Naming Study Task Force. This item will be continued in February.
- NorthStar Foundation Report
Committee Chair Moran reported that due to time constraints the NorthStar Foundation Report was postponed until February.
- FY 2001 Gifts and Grants Report
Committee Chair Moran reported that the Board of Trustees accepted the FY 2001 Gifts and Grants Report consistent with Board Policy 7.7, Part 4.
b. Technology Committee, Ivan Dusek and Joseph Swanson, CO-Chairs
- Minnesota Department of Administration/MnSCU Statewide Network
Committee CO-Chair Swanson reported that Commissioner David Fisher of the Department of Administration provided an overview of the MnSCU Statewide Network.
- Overview of MnSCU Information Technology Services Organization
Committee CO-Chair Swanson reported that Ken Niemi, Associate Vice Chancellor Information Systems and Chief Information Officer provided an overview of MnSCU's Information Technology Services Organization.
- Update on Leadership Council Technology
Committee Committee CO-Chair Swanson reported that the committee reviewed the mission and linkages statements of the Leadership Council Technology Committee.
c. Educational Policy Committee, Robert Hoffman, Chair
- Academic and Student Affairs Update
Committee Chair Hoffman reported that Linda Baer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, provided an update on academic and student affairs.
- Program Reinstatement: Central Lakes College
Committee Chair Hoffman reported that the committee received notice of program reinstatement at Central Lakes College.
- Joint Planning Efforts with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and University of Minnesota Report
Committee Chair Hoffman reported that the committee received a report on the joint planning efforts with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota. Senior Vice Chancellor Linda Baer, Maureen Reed, Chair, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota and Associate Provost Craig Swain presented the report.
- Metro Alliance Report
Committee Chair Hoffman reported that the committee received the Metro Alliance Report, which highlighted the cooperation and progress of MnSCU's metro area institutions.
- Two-Year Mission Review Report
Committee Chair Hoffman reported that the committee received a report on the Two-Year Mission Review.
- Transfer Report
Committee Chair Hoffman reported that the committee received a Transfer Report.
d. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee, Robert Erickson, Chair
FACILITIES: Lew Moran, Vice Chair
- Southwest State University Update (First Reading)
Committee Chair Erickson moved the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the Marshall Fire Department and Marshall Fire Chief, Marc Klaith, did respond immediately to a call from the campus of Southwest State University on January 2, 2002; and
WHEREAS, the fire departments of the surrounding communities of Cottonwood, Ghent, and Minnesota did respond to assist in fighting the fire in the food service building; and
WHEREAS, the Tracy Fire Department assisted the Marshall Fire Department in containing the smoldering fires during the demolition of the building; and
WHEREAS, there was loss of property, but not loss of life on the campus of Southwest State University;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary P. Choate, Chair of the MnSCU Board of Trustees, do hereby express, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, gratitude and appreciation to the fire departments of Marshall, Cottonwood, Ghent, Minnesota and Tracy.
Trustee Boss seconded and the resolution carried unanimously.
- FY 2003 Revenue Fund Fees and Spending Plan (First Reading)
Committee Chair Erickson reported that the committee reviewed the FY 2003 Revenue Fund Fees and Spending Plan. This will be an action item at the January Board meeting.
- Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Virginia Campus Remodeling Project Schematic Design (First Reading)
Committee Chair Erickson reported that the Finance/Facilities Policy Committee reviewed a remodeling project schematic design by Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Virginia Campus. This will be an action item at the February Board meeting.
- Pine Technical College Campus Master Plan
Committee Chair Erickson reported that the committee reviewed Pine Technical College's campus master plan.
- Space Utilization Report
Committee Chair Erickson reported that the committee reviewed the Space Utilization Report.
- Capital Budget Update (First Reading)
Committee Chair Erickson commented that due to time constraints the committee did not review the Capital Budget Update, and he called on Laura King, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer to present the report. Vice Chancellor King reported that a revised Capital Budget Update had been distributed earlier. The item was being presented as a first reading to update some of the program descriptions and project narratives, and to consider the acquisition of a large parcel of land in the neighborhood of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. This will be an action item at the February Board meeting.
FINANCE: Daniel Coborn, Vice Chair
- FY 2001 Audited Financial Statements
Committee Chair Erickson reported that due to time constraints this item was postponed until the February meeting.
- FY 2002-2003 Operating Budget Update
Committee Chair Erickson commented that due to time constraints the committee did not review the FY 2002-2003 Operating Budget Update, and he called on Vice Chancellor King to present the update. Vice Chancellor King commented that there were no changes to the Operating Budget but that there would be plenty of opportunity to review it in the coming months.
e. Personnel Policy Committee, Nancy Brataas, Chair
- Appointment of Interim President of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Committee Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approves the recommendation of Chancellor McCormick to appoint Thomas E. Davis as interim president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College effective January 17, 2002, and authorizes the Chancellor to negotiate an employment contract to that effect, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee Antell seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
- Approval of Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators
Committee Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approves the 2001-2003 Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators. Trustee Luoma seconded and the motion carried with one opposing vote.
- Revisions to Policy 4.5, Student Employees (Second Reading)
Committee Chair Brataas moved that the Board of Trustees approves the recommended revisions to Policy 4.5, Student Employees. Trustee Luoma seconded and the motion carried unanimously.