Wednesday, April 16, 2003
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Mary Choate, Chair, Will Antell, Andrew Boss, Cheryl Dickson, Ivan Dusek, Clarence Hightower, Robert Hoffman, Vincent Ijioma, Jim Luoma, Lew Moran, David Paskach, Michael Redlinger, Ann Curme Shaw and Shaun Williams
Absent: Daniel Coborn
Call to Order
Chair Mary Choate called the meeting to order at 1:07 p.m. and reported that a quorum was present. There were no changes to the agenda.
a. Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of March 19, 2003
There was a correction to the minutes on page 6, agenda item 2, Educational Policy Committee as follows:
Committee Chair Antell moved that the Board of Trustees approves the proposed amendment Policy 3.12 Academic Program Suspension and Reinstatement; deletion of Policy 3.13 Academic Program Closure; and amendment to Policy 4.14 Program Approval. Trustee Vincent Ijioma seconded, and the motion carried with one dissenting vote (Trustee Shaun Williams). Chair Choate announced the minutes stand approved as corrected.
Vice Chair Jim Luoma explained that the Ad Hoc Assessment Committee has met regarding Chancellor McCormick's evaluation. He thanked Chair Choate, Trustees Ivan Dusek and David Paskach, Vice Chancellor William Tschida and Internal Auditor John Asmussen for their work on the assessment committee.
The evaluation form will be available on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities website beginning May 1, for students, staff and others interested in conveying their input. A letter will be sent to the trustees, presidents, cabinet members, faculty association leaders and student association presidents.
Vice Chair Luoma stated that they are also asking the bargaining leaders and student associations' leaders to contact their constituents to respond to the on-line questionnaire. The results of the numeric and comment data will be compiled and tabulated by Internal Auditor Asmussen.
Vice Chair Luoma reported that the Board members will meet in closed session for review of the evaluation at the June Board of Trustees meeting.
c. Campus Good News
Chair Choate announced that Metropolitan State University recently honored Trustee Cheryl Dickson at the fifth annual Breakfast of Champions at Metropolitan State University on March 26. Trustee Dickson was one of four people recognized for their leadership, their involvement with Metropolitan State University and their volunteer work in the community.
Chair Choate announced that Ms. May Hang is the first Hmong woman in Minnesota to receive a family nurse practitioner master's degree. Ms. Hang will graduate from Metropolitan State University in May. Chair Choate added that Ms. Rozina Bhimani is believed to be the first Pakistani woman in Minnesota to earn the same credentials, and she is also graduating from Metropolitan State University in May.
Chair Choate announced that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has an exhibit at the Capitol through May 2. The exhibit highlights the contributions made by the campuses to the state's vitality and provides information for programs offered by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The exhibit also features a list of Minnesota companies that receive customized training from the campuses, and includes profiles of several successful alumni.
Chair Choate reported that she was a panelist on Coping Creatively with Budget Reductions at the Association of Governing Boards National Conference on Trusteeship in Seattle, Washington, April 5-8.
Chair Choate stated that there were two main themes of the conference: advocating for higher education as a public good rather than a private commodity, and coping creatively with budget reductions.
Trustee Michael Redlinger reported his attendance at the Student Academic Conference at Minnesota State University Moorhead on April 9. Trustee Redlinger commented that the conference was a great opportunity to see the students showcasing their work.
Trustee Ivan Dusek reported that he was on a panel at the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) Cultural Diversity Conference in Bloomington on March 20. Trustee Dusek commented that it was an excellent conference, followed by the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Dinner. He also attended the Native American Awareness Gathering at Ridgewater College in Willmar on April 4 and 5; the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Diversity Conference at Saint Cloud State University on April 4; visited Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on April 8; and attended the Saint Cloud State University Pow Wow on April 12.
Trustee Ann Curme Shaw announced she was also on the panel at the MSUSA Cultural Diversity Conference in Bloomington on March 20, and attended the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship that evening. She attended the Breakfast of Champions at Metropolitan State University on March 26, and commented that she was very moved by the accomplishments of Trustee Dickson. Trustee Shaw met with Chancellor McCormick and Mr. David Olson, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in Saint Paul on April 8. She also attended a gala event, sponsored by Normandale Community College Foundation at Normandale Community College in Bloomington on April 12.
Chancellor McCormick thanked the constituency leaders for their legislative support and testimony, commenting on the tremendous support and advocacy received over the past months.
a. Chancellor's Quarterly Report Chancellor McCormick referred to the third quarterly report on the Work Plan. Priority one, Increasing Access and Opportunity, describes what the campuses are accomplishing to achieve this goal. Priority two, Increase Support, lists progress on building a network of friends and alumni. In addition, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation, formerly Northstar Foundation, has a plan to assess and implement its fund raising efforts.
Chancellor McCormick urged everyone to make a concerted effort to visit with local members of their chambers and businesses to let them know that the system can provide for their businesses. He suggested that a team, such as a president, a trustee, and Dr. Michael Murphy, Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development, along with Chancellor McCormick meet with the businesses in the community to discuss support of higher education. Chancellor McCormick is hoping that the business hiring community will become advocates of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He added that he has met with 56 legislators this past quarter, and requested that the Board assess the need for him to meet with the legislators again next year. Chancellor McCormick stated that he feels it has been very valuable to build those relationships.
Chancellor McCormick, referring to priority three, Expand High Quality Learning Programs and Services, commented that it is central to the plan, and that measurable goals have been accomplished in the Minnesota transfer curriculum. Priority four, Strengthen Community Development and Economic Vitality, has made progress. Intensive planning and preparation have been established under the leadership of Senior Vice Chancellor Linda Baer culminating in a first formal meeting of the Minnesota P-16 Education Partnership in February. Chancellor McCormick commented that Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke, the new Commissioner of the Department of Children, Families and Learning, noted that the P-16 partnership with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota clearly identified the preparation of high quality teachers.
Chancellor McCormick stated that the Quarterly Report reflects what the campuses are accomplishing. In priority five, Fully Integrate the System, he commented that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is not yet where it needs to be, adding that the goal is to bring the various business practices together to become more effective as an integrated system. Chancellor McCormick added that priority six, Across-the Board Priority-Measurement, is on-going and will be part of the focus in next year's plan.
Chancellor McCormick stated that he plans to meet with each trustee individually for review of the draft FY 2004 Work Plan, and he hopes to present it for adoption at the June Board meeting. He added that the focus for next year's plan is wholly based on what the Board projects to be the most critical priorities of the Work Plan.
Joint Council of Student Associations
The following representatives of student associations addressed the Board of Trustees: Yorgun Marcel, Chair; Sam Edmunds, Chair-elect (effective July 1); Gordy Loewen, Vice Chair-elect (effective July 1), Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA); and Brent Glass, Executive Director, Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA).
There was no other business to come before the Board of Trustees.
Chair Choate adjourned the meeting by consensus at 2:25 p.m.
Recorded by Ingeborg K. Chapin