December 18, 1996 Board Meeting Summary

World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

THIS SUMMARY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING
Proposed Amendment to MnSCU Policy 2.2 - State Residency Requirements for On-Campus Students
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Amendment to MnSCU Policy 2.2 - State Residency Requirements for On-Campus Students which addresses the following three areas:
  1. reference to the academic year 1995-1996 is eliminated,
  2. carry-forward policies from the three previous systems are eliminated, and
  3. the exemptions to state residency requirements are reduced from the 23 contained in the carry-forward policies to a total of 7 exemptions.

The amended policy will be implemented effective August 15, 1997.

Proposed Policy 3.17 - Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates
With a minor correction (incorrect Technical College carry-forward policy number), the Board of Trustees unanimously approved proposed MnSCU Policy 3.17 - Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates which will encourage a shift from credits to learning gains and skill-based assessment for students to earn degrees, diplomas and certificates. Policy 3.17 repeals: Community College Carry-Forward Policy III.02.09; Technical College Carry Forward Policy 2.1.4.0 and Standards for Awards Policy; and State University Carry-Forward Policy 4.1. The date of implementation is August 15, 1998.

New Program Approval: Master of Science in Engineering Mankato State University
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new program for Mankato State University: Master of Science in Engineering. The program will provide practice-centered graduate education for persons interested in advanced electrical and/or mechanical engineering. The date of implementation is December 18, 1996.

Reports to the Legislature
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved an amended motion accepting nine summary legislative reports (listed below) and directs that they be included in the biennial budget submission document. The nine reports are:

  • Semester Conversion;
  • Career Information and Placement Data;
  • Work Skills Upgrade Program;
  • Administrator Interaction with Students;
  • Instructional Technology Grants;
  • Akita;
  • Facilities Use;
  • Joint Project for Distance Learning; and Accountability.

The amendment related to the Board's request for staff to prepare an evaluation of the Akita Campus, due in six months, focuses on:

  1. current overhead and instructional operating costs covered by Minnesota and identify ways to reduce expenses;
  2. the accreditation process for recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho); and
  3. potential impact of Minnesota's investment on trade or other economic relationship with Japan.

Allocation Model
The Board of Trustees amended and unanimously approved the allocation model recommended by the chancellor. The Board further directs that the chancellor will return to the Board in September 1997 with a FY1999-2003 plan developed with the following principles:

  1. the plan will distribute state appropriation only, tuition revenues will remain with the institutions;
  2. the plan will calculate institutional costs on the basis of dollars per weighted student credit hour calculated with state appropriation only:
  3. the plan will include provisions to move all institutions offering more than 50,000 weighted student credit hours within +/- 5 percent of the state wide average;
  4. the plan will include provisions to move all institutions with less than 50,000 weighted student credit hours within +/- 10 percent of the state wide average;
  5. bench marking information will be collected which allows comparable institutions to be compared on the basis of cost;
  6. bench marking information will allow examination and annual adjustment of the weighting factors used in the model based on actual experience; and finally
  7. the plan will provide for an increase in the performance based and reallocation pools from 3 percent to 6 percent in FY 1999. It is the Board's intention to review the allocation model annually.

MnSCU 1998-1999 Summary Budget
With one abstention (Morrie Anderson), the Board of Trustees approved the MnSCU 1998-1999 Summary Budget. The date of implementation is July 1, 1997. The Summary Budget describes the MnSCU educational program and needed funding for the 1998-1999 biennium. It will serve as a comprehensive summary document describing MnSCU's values, vision, and mission, as well as its strategic goals and will be used by the board, system office staff, and presidents in working with the executive branch, the legislature and MnSCU communities throughout the state.

Gift of Property to Minneapolis Community and Technical College
The Board of Trustees unanimously accepted the gift of real property, known as the Wells Family College Center, located at 1403 Harmon Place in Minneapolis, from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation, Inc.

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