Wells Fargo Place
Saint Paul, Minnesota
THIS SUMMARY IS NOT THE OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING
The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of Chancellor McCormick to appoint Janet Mahoney as interim president of Alexandria Technical College effective December 18, 2003, and authorizes the Chancellor to negotiate an employment contract to that effect, under the terms and conditions of the Personnel Plan for MnSCU Administrators.
The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System supports revising the state financial aid program to provide access to affordable, high quality public higher education for all Minnesotans and to reduce the financial burden for lower-income and part-time students. The formula currently used to calculate state grant eligibility places an extra burden on independent students and part-time students.
The Board of Trustees believes that state financial aid grants should be directed to students with least financial means. The system supports changes to the current Minnesota state grant program that would provide better targeting of scarce funds toward the lowest income students.
The Board of Trustees believes that maintaining affordable tuition is the best approach to improving access to higher education for low income students.
The Board of Trustees believes the system’s primary legislative objective is to preserve the base level of legislative appropriations, to secure additional enhancements based on the Board-approved budget request, and to promote changes to the state grant formula to increase access to higher education to lower income, independent and part time students.
The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of Chancellor McCormick to appoint Dr. Anthony Kuznik as distinguished senior fellow for academic affairs effective January 5, 2004 through February 27, 2004.
The Board of Trustees approved the Personnel Plan for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Administrators for fiscal years 2004-2005, with the exception of the proposed salary ranges, and authorizes the Chancellor and his designee to take appropriate measures to secure legislative approval to implement the Plan. Upon approval by the Board chair and Chair of the Human Resources Policy Committee, the salary range changes presented to the Board may be proposed to the legislature or one of its committees before or during the 2004 legislative session.
The Board of Trustees approved the amendments to Policy 4.8, Emeritus Status.
The Board of Trustees approved the amendments to Policy 2.6, Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Board of Trustees approved the amendment to Policy 3.10 Academic Program Improvement; Deletion of Policy 3.11 Academic Program Accountability; and Deletion of Community College Policy III.02.06 Academic Standards; Section Titled Review and Evaluation of Academic Programs.
The Board of Trustees approved the amendment to Policy 8.3, College or University-Related Foundations.
The Board of Trustees authorized the Executive Director of Internal Auditing and the Vice Chancellor – Chief Financial Officer to take the following steps to implement the fiscal year 2004 external audit plan:
The Board of Trustees referred the Fiscal Year 2003 financial statement audit reports for the Minnesota State Colleges and University System and Revenue Fund, Bemidji State University, Century College, Hennepin Technical College, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Northwest Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, and Winona State University to the Finance/Facilities Policy Committee for its information and review.