Judicial Building, Room 230
St. Paul, Minnesota




Board of Trustees Annual Election of Officers
The new MnSCU Board of Trustees officers are as follows:

  • William Ulland, Chair
  • Christine Fritsche, Vice Chair
  • Stephen L. Maxwell, Treasurer; and
  • Denise Stephens, Secretary.

The new terms begin October 1, 1996.

MnSCU Strategic Planning: Tentative Vision Statement and Strategic Themes
The board approved the tentative vision statement and strategic themes (academic accountability, skills that transfer, career education, program alignment, electronic education) as part of the MnSCU strategic planning process.

MnSCU Vice Chancellor for Budget
The board approved Chancellor Eaton's recommendation to appoint Laura King to the position of vice chancellor for budget.

Click here to see the news release announcing Laura King's appointment.

Proposed Amendment to Policy 1A.4 - System Administration Appointment of Administrators
The board approved the proposed amendments to Policy 1A.4. The policy as amended provides consistency among MnSCU institutions for recruiting candidates for permanent chancellor and presidential positions. Presidents currently serving in interim positions are not affected by this policy amendment.

Proposed Policy 4.4 - Weather/Emergencies
The proposed policy 4.4 was established to define parameters within which college and university presidents may exercise their authority to make emergency campus closures and authorize time off for employees. As part of the Mandate Reduction Bill, the legislature granted the authority to MnSCU presidents pursuant to guidelines established by the System Office. The policy will be brought back to the board in October for a second reading.

Proposed Policy 1A.9 - Use or Possession of Alcoholic Beverages at MnSCU Institutions and Repeal of State University Carry-Forward Policies 8.3 and 8.4
The board approved MnSCU policy 1A.9 which grants authority to institution presidents to approve the use of alcohol on campus following the procedures developed by the System Office staff. The former State University carry-forward policies 8.3 and 8.4 were repealed as a result of the new MnSCU policy. The new policy becomes effective January 1, 1997.

Proposed Amendment to Policy 3.9 - Licensure of Technical College Faculty
The board approved the proposed amendment to MnSCU policy 3.9 which repealed Technical College Licensure Rules 3515.4400 Appeal Procedure, and 3700.0145 Substitute License. This amendment eliminates references to the Minnesota Licensure procedures for appeals and substitute licensure.

Naming of Consolidating Worthington Community College and Southwestern Technical College
The new name for the consolidating Worthington Community College and Southwestern Technical College was established by the board as "Minnesota West Community and Technical College." The effective date is January 1, 1997.

Reciprocity Agreement Between Minnesota and Iowa - Inclusion of Canby and Granite Falls with Southwestern Technical College
The Minnesota-Iowa Reciprocity Agreement, revised to include the Canby and Granite Falls Technical College Campuses, was approved by the board, effective for the 1996-97 academic year.

New Program Approvals
The following new programs were approved by the board:

Repeal of Carry-Forward Policies
The board approved the repeal of the following carry-forward policies:

  • Imprest Cash Fund (CC V.01.01)
  • Credit Cards (CC V.01.05)
  • Guidelines for Paid Media Advertising (SU 9.1)
  • Payment for Publications (SU 9.2)

Biennial Commitment to MnSCU Institutions
The board affirmed its commitment to all MnSCU campuses through the next biennium ending June 30, 1999, and directed the chancellor to develop a strategy to sustain all MnSCU campuses. The chancellor will bring a report to the board describing implementation of this strategy by June 30, 1997. The existing configuration of colleges and universities will be reviewed and analyzed comprehensively as we prepare for the following biennium.