February 21, 2002 Board Meeting Summary

World Trade Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota

THIS SUMMARY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING


Appointment of President of Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Richard Davenport as president of Minnesota State University, Mankato effective July 1, 2002, subject to the completion of an employment contract, which the Board authorized the Chancellor to negotiate in consultation with the Chair of the Board and the Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators.

Logos, Names, Mascots and Nicknames

The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), a higher education system of thirty-four colleges and universities, strives to attain the highest standards of education excellence. MnSCU core values include:

 

  • Integrity - Earning respect and honor by adhering to MnSCU's values.
  • Civility - Modeling mutual trust and ethical behavior in all interactions.
  • Citizenship - Educating for civic involvement and social responsibility.
  • Diversity - Establishing educational policies that are open and value all individuals.

 

Based on these values, the Board adopts the following resolution:

 

Whereas, MnSCU seeks to provide a learning environment that acknowledges and values diversity of all kinds, including, but not limited to, race, religion and ethnicity; and

Whereas, eliminating discrimination and ensuring the civil rights of all members of our communities must be a continuing effort by our colleges and universities; and

Whereas, we believe that civility, good citizenship and diversity support and promote high quality intercollegiate competition by students, student-athletes, coaches, institutional advisors, spectators and fans; and

Whereas, logos, names, mascots and nicknames referring to minority cultures may be based on negative images or other stereotypes that do not reflect an authentic identification with those cultures;

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities:

 

  1. Will not have any discriminatory logos in its institutions.
  2. Strongly opposes the use of derisive logos, names, mascots and nicknames by opposing athletic teams or teams involved in other forms of intercollegiate competition.
  3. Joins those who desire to stop the use of discriminatory logos, names, mascots and nicknames by athletic teams and in other areas of intercollegiate competition.
  4. Directs that this resolution be forwarded to MnSCU College and University Presidents for distribution.
Program Approval: Certificate, Law Enforcement Skills; Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

The Board of Trustees approved the request by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to offer a new certificate in Law Enforcement Skills for Fond du Lac students enrolled in other Fond du Lac law enforcement courses and for students from reservations and American Indian tribes across North America. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College may not market the traditional skills (PPOE) program to other municipalities and agencies other than tribal or reservation sites. Any requests for such service, to be offered for credit, customized training or continuing education, will be referred to Hibbing Community College. Program implementation is March 1, 2002.

Program Approval: Certificate, Chemical Laboratory Assistant; North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park

The Board of Trustees approved the request by North Hennepin Community College to offer a certificate in Chemical Laboratory Assistant. Program implementation is September 1, 2002.

Program Approval: Certificates, Basic Massage Therapy and Clinical Massage Therapy; Ridgewater College, Willmar Campus

The Board of Trustees approved the request by Ridgewater College to offer two new certificates in Basic Massage Therapy and Clinical Massage Therapy at the Willmar Campus. Program implementation is June 1, 2002.

Program Approval: BS, Geosciences and BS, Earth Science Teaching; Minnesota State University Moorhead

The Board of Trustees approved the request by Minnesota State University Moorhead to offer the Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and the Bachelor of Science in Earth Science Teaching. Program implementation is August 1, 2002.

Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Virginia Campus Remodeling Project Schematic Design

The Board of Trustees approved the schematic design for the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Lab Renovation.

Capital Budget Update

The Board of Trustees authorized the Chancellor to modify the capital budget request to include (a) sufficient state funding to supplement insurance and Revenue Fund proceeds towards construction of a replacement food service facility at Southwest State University at the highest priority; and to request design/build authority as a method of project delivery; and (b) additional funding for land acquisition up to $19.5 million in recognition of the opportunity to purchase real property in downtown Minneapolis for future growth of Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Metropolitan State University.

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