Board of Regents

12-3-94minutes

Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Board of Regents' Meeting
December 1-3, 1994
Campus Center South Cafeteria
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska

The meeting was called to order by President Gagnon at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 1994. President Gagnon welcomed Alaska Legislators Con Bunde and Terry Martin and the members of the Board of Trustees of the Magadan International Pedagogical University which included Yuri Rogovski, Deputy Minister of Education; Mijkhail Onischenko, Co-Chair, Committee on Higher Education; Yevgeni Kokorev, President, Magadan International Pedagogical University; Nina Scherbak, Magadan Area Assistant to the Governor; Ludmila Biryukova, Director, Magadan International Pedagogical University and Roman Tchaikovski, Head of the Foreign Language Department of the Magadan International Pedagogical University.

Regents Present :

Sharon D. Gagnon, President

Virginia W. Breeze, Vice President

Mary Jane Fate, Secretary

R. Danforth Ogg, Treasurer

Eric Forrer

Mark H. Helmericks

Joseph R. Henri

Michael P. Kelly

Scott A. Otterbacher

Susan A. Stitham

Lew M. Williams, Jr.

Jerome B. Komisar, Executive Officer and President of the University of Alaska

In Attendance :

Edward Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage

Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast

Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

William R. Kauffman, Vice President and General Counsel

Brian Rogers, Vice President for Finance

'Nanne Myers, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Gerald V. Neubert, Assistant Vice President and University Architect

April Crosby, Assistant to the President

Patty Kastelic, Executive Director for Human Resources

Bob Miller, Director of Public Affairs

Alison Elgee, Statewide Budget Director

Mary M. Kauffman, Regents Affairs Officer

Dawn Greene, Regents Affairs Staff

II. Adoption of Agenda

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Helmericks, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as presented and amended.

I. Call to Order

II. Adoption

III. Approval of Minutes

IV. President's Report on Program Assessment

V. Executive Session: Noon

VI. Public Comment on Program Assessment and Possible Regent Discussion

VII. Recess

[Friday, December 2, 1994; 9:30 a.m.]

VIII. Public Comment (Other than Program Assessment)

A. General Public

B. University Councils

C. System Governance

D. Faculty and Staff

E. Certified Bargaining Representatives

ACCFT

CEA

F. Students

G. Alumni

IX. Executive Session: Noon

X. Discussion and Action on Program Assessment

XI. Consent Agenda

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Adoption of Policy 10.01.04: Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

A. Adoption of Policy 05.15: Auxiliary Services, Recharge Centers and Self-Funded Activities

B. Adoption of Policy 05.04: Debt and Credit

C. Adoption of Policy 05.05: Investments

D. Adoption of Policy 05.07: Special Funds

E. Adoption of 23 AAC 05: University Procurement Regulations

F. Approval of the December 1994 Annual Report and FY95 Land Management Plan

G. Approval of the 1995 Advance College Tuition Rate

H. University of Alaska Butrovich Building Panel Replacement - Approval of Schematic Design and Authority to Bid and Award

I. Adoption of Policy 05.12: Facilities

This motion was brought forward from the October 21, 1994, Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee meeting

J. Approval of Prize Awards for the Campus Entrance DesignCompetition for Students

This motion was brought forward from the October 21, 1994, Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee meeting

K. UAA Aviation Technology Building Addition - Approval of Schematic Design and Authority to Bid and Award a Contract

This motion was brought forward from the October 21, 1994, Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee meeting

Committee of the Whole

Adoption of Policy 04.10.11: Employee Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing

**Discussion of Effective Date of Staff Salary Schedule and Impacton Affected Individuals (This item was added by Regent Henri)

[Saturday, December 3, 1994; 8:00 a.m.]

XII. New Business

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee

B. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

C. Human Resources Committee

D. Committee of the Whole

E. Audit Committee

F. Nominating Committee

XIII. Approval of Honorary Degrees

XIV. President's and Chancellors' Status Reports

XV. Administrative Status Reports

XVI. President's and Regents' Comments

XVII. Joint Meeting of the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees of Magadan International Pedagogical University: Noon

XVIII. Adjourn

This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

III. Approval of Minutes

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Kelly. and passed unanimously, as amended, that:

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its September 30, 1994 meeting as presented and amended. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its November 17, 1994 emergency meeting as presented. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

IV.President's Report on Program Assessment

President Komisar provided a detailed review of the Program Assessment process. He began by noting that Program Assessment began with actions of the Board in June 1994. Since that time, he observed that there had been hundreds of people involved through different process stages at the different campuses with it all culminating in a number of recommendations from the chancellors to him. He in turn is prepared to present to the Board his recommendations.

President Komisar then reviewed the reasons for the program assessment process. One objective was to permit the allocation of some resources for investment in communications and technology. Additionally, it is necessary to bring the University's programs in balance with available resources so as to enable the University to meet its responsibilities to the people of Alaska through instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level. He next cited the need to maintain the capacity of the University to perform basic research, and assure the ongoing capability of competing for restricted funds and maintaining world class research that could largely depends on federal grants and programs. He also emphasized the need to make certain that the University has the programs of applied research that can support the industry of Alaska.

The President then turned to the significant outcomes and conclusions of the process:

1. The process helped identify the steps that would bring the University's programs into balance with its resources, and thereby assure that the Board meets its fiscal responsibility.

2. Program Assessment provided the opportunity for a greater focus and refinement of programs and services that will be needed to continue to meet the needs of the state. This objective has been accomplished by the reduction or elimination of low efficiency programs, through realignment and enhancement of vocational and technical education programs, enhancement of the community college mission and services that the University would be delivering, through the enhancement of information systems, consolidation and reorganization of instruction, research and service programs, and through increased collaboration with community and public agencies in Alaskan industry. Another consequence, noted the President, will be increases in administrative productivity. Steps will be taken to reduce the cost of administration through reorganization of administration, consolidation of colleges and schools, and restructuring of student services and University relations. Additionally, savings will be derived from investment in computing and information technology. Finally, the third area of major gains will be in the area of instructional productivity brought about by changes in faculty workload and class size. This gain will be enhanced through investment in distance education and greater opportunity to share programs between campuses and the strengthening of core undergraduate education.

V. Executive Session: Noon

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters relating to litigation, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University. The session shall include members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Vice President and General Counsel Kauffman, and such other University staff members as the President may designate and shall last approximately 3 hours. Thus, the open session of the Board shall resume in this room at approximately 3:30 p.m. A.S.T. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

Executive Session Summary

The Board of Regents went into executive session at 12:30 p.m. The Board returned to public session at 3:20 p.m. when President Gagnon called the meeting to order. The Board discussed matters relating to litigation, this topic being a subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University. The session included members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Vice President and General Counsel Kauffman and other University staff members designated by the President and lasted approximately 3 hours.

Following the executive session, Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Stitham and passed by unanimous consent that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the settlement of Gulf Coast timber litigation (City of Yakutat et al., vs. DNR, consolidated case No. 1JU-88-271 Civil,) through the exchange of timber cutting rights on the Cape Suckling tract for timber cutting rights on state land east of the Duktoth River. The Administration is authorized to execute the Memorandum of Agreement settling this litigation and an Agreement Concerning Local Employment, Training, and Contracting Associated with Harvest of University Timber Tracts. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

VI. Public Comment on Program Assessment and Possible Regent Discussion

Members of the general public were given an opportunity to make comments on the program assessment process. Names of individuals are on file in the Office of Regents Affairs.

VII.Recess

At approximately 6:20 p.m., President Gagnon recessed the meeting of the Board of Regents until 9:30 a.m., December 2, 1994.

Friday, December 2, 1994; 9:30 a.m.

VIII. Comments

Members of the following groups were afforded an opportunity for comment. Names of those who commented are on file in the Office of Regents Affairs.

A. General Public

B. University Councils

C. System Governance Council

D. Faculty and Staff

E. Certified Bargaining Representatives

- ACCFT

- CEA

F. Students

G. Alumni

IX. Executive Session: Noon

Regent Forrer moved, seconded by Regent Breeze, and passed unanimously that:

MOTION

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters relating to litigation and collective bargaining, these topics being subjects the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University; and honorary degrees, this topic being a subject which might tend to damage the character or reputation of a person or persons. The session shall include members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Vice President and General Counsel Kauffman, and such other University staff members as the President may designate and shall last approximately 1 hour. Thus, the open session of the Board shall resume in this room at approximately 1:30 p.m. A.S.T. This motion is effective December 2, 1994."

Executive Session Summary

The Board of Regents went into executive session at 12:25 p.m. The Board returned to public session at 1:45 p.m. at which time Regent Breeze announced that the Board of Regents just concluded an executive session discussing matters relating to litigation and collective bargaining, these being topics the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University; and honorary decree recipients, this topic being a subject which might tend to damage the character or reputation of a person or persons. The session included members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Vice President and General Counsel Kauffman and other University staff members designated by the President.

X. Discussion and Action on Program Assessment

The program assessment recommendations submitted by President Komisar, which were bound separately and included in the Board of Regents agenda packets, was the next focus of the meeting. Each unit of the University was discussed in detail as each element of the recommendations was discussed. After significant discussion, President Gagnon stated that all of the Regents were in agreement that program assessment is going to proceed on an ongoing basis and that the topic should be part of each agenda. The regular agenda item would be used to report on the progress of program assessment, i.e. the reallocations and enhancements achieved date and the structure that is being developed with the Chancellors.

Regent Stitham moved, seconded by Regent Fate:

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the President's recommendations developed through the program assessment process of Policy 10.02.07 to delete the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Home Economics in the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Career and Vocational Education; delete the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Health Sciences in the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and delete the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Agriculture at the University of Alaska Anchorage Mat-Su Campus with the understanding that the University accommodate students currently admitted to such programs to be deleted by either continuing the program for a reasonable period of time calculated to permit such students to complete the program or accommodate the students in some other manner; and approves the major revision to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Master of Arts Degree Program in Professional Writing with such approval including the renaming of the program to the Master of Arts in Professional Communication. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Regent Henri requested division of the question, separating the approval of the revision to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Master of Arts Degree Program in Professional Writing from the main motion.

The motion passed as follows with Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Otterbacher, Stitham and Williams voting in favor, and Regent Henri voting opposed.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the President's recommendations developed through the program assessment process of Policy 10.02.07 to delete the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Home Economics in the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Career and Vocational Education; delete the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Health Sciences in the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and delete the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Agriculture at the University of Alaska Anchorage Mat-Su Campus with the understanding that the University accommodate students currently admitted to such programs to be deleted by either continuing the program for a reasonable period of time calculated to permit such students to complete the program or accommodate the students in some other manner. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

The following motion was then passed unanimously:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the major revision to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Master of Arts Degree Program in Professional Writing with such approval including the renaming of the program to the Master of Arts in Professional Communication. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

The following motion was moved by Regent Fate and seconded by Regent Stitham.

MOTION

"The Board of Regents concurs in the President's decision developed through the program assessment process of Policy 10.02.07 to reorganize certain units of the University of Alaska Fairbanks to establish the College of Natural Resource Development and Management; establish the College of Rural Alaska, Cooperative Extension and Vocational Education; and establish the College of Natural Sciences and Engineering. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Regent Ogg moved the amended motion, seconded by Regent Henri, and failed, with Regents Ogg, Otterbacher, Stitham, and Forrer voting in favor, and Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Helmericks, Henri, Kelly, and Williams voting opposed.

FAILED

"The Board of Regents requests that the College of Natural Resources Development and Management reexamine its title and consider adding the word "environment" to its title and/or mission statement, so that its title reflects the mission statement. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

The main motion passed, with Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Otterbacher, Stitham and Williams voting in favor, and Regent Henri voting opposed.

After a short recess, President Komisar stated that during the course of the previous discussion, there were several suggestions for changes to pages 2-6 of the Program Assessment Recommendations. President Komisar suggested that the easiest way to proceed would be to continue with the third motion, which relates to pages 2-5 (Sources of Funds for Allocation and Reallocation and Enhancements). President Komisar presented the amended motion which was a result of the previous deliberations of the Board.

The first amendment discussed was a change in terminology of an item under the category "Program assessment recommended fee and revenue increases to replace GF support." "Elimination of state room scholarship program" was proposed to be changed to "Elimination of deficit in state room scholarship program".

The seconded amendment came under the category "Increase in instructional/research/fundraising activities." The President recommended that $100,000 be added to be reallocated to the community college mission of UAF. This modification would result in increased activity of $1.1 million instead of $1.2 million after reinvestment of productivity and fundraising. The total amount for enhancement at UAF would decrease by $100,000 for a total of $1.827 million.

The third amendment proposed was in the area of "Administrative/Student Services Cost Reductions". The $40,900 under Labor Relations would not be cut and instead would be used to implement the collective bargaining agreements. This would result in a decrease in total enhancements for Statewide to $65,800.

The fourth amendment was contained in the category "Academic and instructional program cuts for UAA." The Kenai petroleum technology program was removed from the list reducing the amount available for enhancement by $44,300 for a total of $1,346,700.

The final amendment was in the categories of "Administrative Restructuring" and "Academic & Instructional program cuts." Regent Fate objected to the cuts and requested that under College of Rural Alaska administration, the central office restructuring reduction of $62,500 under CRA administration and CRA College-wide reduction of $62,500 under College of Rural Alaska be revisited by the administration prior to action.

After President Komisar presented the amended summary of program assessment recommendations, The Board proceeded to the third and final assessment motion made by Regent Helmericks and seconded by Regent Ogg.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents concurs in the President's decisions for University program adjustments and resource reallocation developed through the program assessment process of Policy 10.02.07 as summarized in the document entitled 'Program Assessment Summary' (Attachment #1, pages 2-5) entitled "Sources of Funds for Allocation and Reallocation," dated November 23, 1994, and recognizes that the modification of existing programs as a result of the implementation of the President's plan will result in the loss of personnel which may include tenured faculty. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Regent Henri moved to delete the reallocation of $500,000 in the School of Agriculture and Land Resource Management. Regent Williams seconded the motion. Regent Kelly offered a substitute amendment which would reallocate $300,000 instead of $500,000 which was accepted by Regent Henri. The motion failed, with Regents Kelly and Henri voting in favor, and Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Otterbacher, Stitham and Williams voting opposed.

Regent Otterbacher indicated his support of the program assessment process with the exception of the increase in student tuition and fees and elimination of the consolidated cap. He said that a discussion of tuition rates and fees was scheduled to occur during the February 1995 Board of Regents meeting and approving these changes in December eliminates the students' opportunity to speak on the increases.

Regent Stitham referred to the statement on page 36-a that "It is recommended that the BOR ask the CRA to conduct a study of these proposed actions and report back to the BOR." The Board of Regents indicated that it does wish this study to take place as part of the reconsideration of the $125,000 decrease in the College of Rural Alaska.

Regent Henri moved to delete the $200,000 reduction in the School of Mineral Engineering curriculum design on page 4 of Attachment 1. The motion was seconded by Regent Ogg. The motion failed, with Regents Otterbacher and Henri voting in favor, and Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Stitham and Williams voting opposed.

Regent Henri stated that the reduction of $200,000 will cost the University one of the divisions of the school. He said that the School of Mineral Engineering is the only school in the entire University of Alaska to receive a high rating from the Gorman Report. He observed that the State of Alaska certainly needs petroleum engineers and the petroleum laboratory. It also needs mining engineers. The State of Alaska is coming into its own in mining. He stated that the School of Mineral Engineering is supposed to be a school of practicality, applied processes and this fits eminently into the mission of the University.

Regent Henri then moved to restore the $90,000 reduction in the music course restructuring and/or revenue increase on page 4 of the UAS recommendations. The motion was seconded by Regent Helmericks. The motion failed, with Regent Henri voting in favor, and Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Otteracher, Stitham and Williams voting opposed.

After further discussion, the main motion passed, with Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Stitham and Williams voting in favor, and Regents Otterbacher and Henri voting opposed.

Regent Helmericks moved, seconded by Regent Otterbacher and passed with Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Otterbacher, Stitham and Williams voting in favor, and Regent Henri voting opposed.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents requests that the spreadsheets entitled "Sources of Funds for Allocation and Reallocation" on pages 2, 3,4 and 5 of the Program Assessment Recommendations document be attached to future agendas for the next 3 years highlighting changes as they occur for discussion. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Kelly and passed, with Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, Otterbacher and Williams voting in favor, and Regents Stitham and Henri voting opposed.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents requests that the University of Alaska implement the recommendations of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Task Force and adopt a strategic goal-setting document accompanied by a capital plan and academic plan by September 1995. The Board requests that the document be reviewed annually with any revisions to be accompanied by a progress report. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

President Komisar requested an executive session be held prior to lunch at which time Regent Breeze moved the following without objection.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters relating to labor relations, this topic being the subject the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the University. The session shall include members of the Board of Regents, President Komisar, Vice President and General Counsel Kauffman, and such other University staff members as the President may designate and shall last approximately one hour. Thus, the open session of the Board shall resume in this room at approximately 12:10 p.m. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

The Board of Regents returned to public session at 1:00 p.m.

President Gagnon welcomed the members of the Board of Trustees of Magadan International Pedagogical University, as well as former University of Alaska Board of Regents President Bob Williams. She then invited Yuri Rogovski, Deputy Minister of Education, to address the Board of Regents and share his thoughts.

Deputy Minister Rogovski first complimented the fine arrangements for his delegation's visit, spoke of the wonderful opportunities they have had at the University and in Anchorage and particularly commended President Gagnon for her efficiency in presiding. He commended the Board for its through, deliberative process permitting frank discussions of all perspectives. He then turned to a discussion about the Magadan region, and the University, its programs and issues concerning accreditation and students. He recognized Yevgeni Kokorev, President of the Magadan International Pedagogical University, to discuss the Magadan region and the operation of the University. Also included in his presentation was a review of the development of cooperative agreements between the region and the University of Alaska. Ludmila Biryukova, Director, Magadan International Pedagogical University then greeted the Board of Regents and spoke on the issue of accreditation. She noted that in May 1994 the Magadan University passed the government accreditation. The accreditation committee consisted of several professors, including several from Hokkaido University and the University of Alaska. The University is working together with Hokkaido University and the University of Alaska to pursue cooperative planning of education programs. She stated that Magadan University is one of the first in Russia to move toward a new process of preparation of education. After expressing appreciation to Professor Gretchen Bersch for her for consultation and help with the Board of Trustees, she noted that Vice President Penyevski had met with UAA Chancellor Lee Gorsuch and recognized him for his work on the Memorandum of Agreement.
At this time Chancellor Gorsuch presented background leading to the development of the Memorandum of Agreement. He noted that in the University's conversations with the Magadan International Pedagogical University, there was an expressed desire to implement an international accreditation that would facilitate in the short term cooperation among the University of Alaska, the IPA and University of Hokkaido. In researching this question, it became obvious that the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges has no criteria existing that pertains to international education. After further investigation, no counterpart accrediting body in the United States has either, for many reasons developed criteria, largely simply reflecting the wide diversity of approaches to higher education internationally. When the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges was approached about the possibility of accrediting the Magadan International Pedagogical University, it said that it lacked jurisdiction or authority to do so and respectfully declined the invitation to become officially involved. It was asked to participate in an advisory capacity to which it agreed. It was decided that Magadan International Pedagogical University would do a self-study using the Northwest Association criteria on accreditation. The executive director was invited to the June meeting to review the process the Magadan International Pedagogical University just concluded, including a site visit. The Chancellor continued that even if it met all the criteria of Northwest, it still has no internationally sanctioned accreditation. The second step that seemed to be very promising was to use the mechanism that Alaska has helped forge in partnership with other countries in the northern regions: the Northern Forum. He noted a series of working committees under the auspices of the Northern Forum, one of which deals with education. The Magadan delegation had recommended higher education as one of its areas of interest of increased cooperation among northern hemispheric regions. The Northern Forum was asked if it would offer some leadership in exploring the possibilities of creating an international accrediting body at least among the northern hemispheric regions. The University received a positive response to the idea of facilitating exchanges among institutions of higher learning in the northern regions as a part of its basic charter. As a result of those conversations and the University's desire to continue to have facilitated exchanges of students and perhaps cooperative programs. the Memorandum of Understanding was developed.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

We, the undersigned, as representatives of our respective Boards of Trustees: The International Pedagogical University of Magadan; the University of Alaska; and the University of Hokkaido, hereby agree to the following provisions of this Memorandum of Understanding:

Provision Number 1:

It is in the interest of all parties who wish to pursue and promulgate educational exchanges and cooperative agreements among universities and colleges from neighboring nations of the north pacific rim to pursue the establishment of equivalent standards of learning and to establish a process and mechanism by which achievement of those standards can be recognized, accredited, and accepted by the participating nations and institutions of higher learning.

Provision Number 2:

To advance the purposes of Provision Number 1, the parties signatory hereto agree to appoint a working group to pursue the creations, under the auspices of The Northern Forum, of an independent, international organization authorized to establish, in cooperation with colleges and universities interested in participating in this initiative, such standards, processes, and mechanisms necessary to achieve these purposes. Representation from the existing national accrediting authorities will be invited to advise the working group.

Provision Number 3:

In the interest of initiating a preliminary set of standards of equivalent learning, all parties to this understanding agree to (a) conduct a internal self-study comparing their respective standards of higher learning with those of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges of the United States, (b) exchange such self-study documents by June of 1995, and (c) invite representatives of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and The Northern Forum to the June 1995 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the International Pedagogical University of Magadan.

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President, Board of Regents Date

University of Alaska

____________________ ____________________

President, Board of Trustees Date

International Pedagogical

University of Magadan

________________________ ____________________

President, Board of Trustees Date

University of Hokkaido

________________________ ____________________

President Date

The Northern Forum


It should be mentioned that the Northern Forum is included as a signatory, since it would be a party to executing it and participated in drafting of the Agreement.

Regent Fate complimented all the entities involved in the Memorandum of Agreement. She expressed concern, however, over the cost. She said she knew it would take volunteer efforts from the Board, as well as the Administration of the University of Alaska and Statewide and in the MAU's.

President Komisar commented that this is an adventurous and good idea and something to be applauded. He observed that it fits very well in the spirit of Alaska. Although Magadan is older, he stated his hope that they are young enough to carry forth with these new kinds of ideas.

Regent Williams stated that the Memorandum of Agreement is an excellent idea and expressed enthusiasm. He said he hoped to see the day when we could get credit transfers from Ketchikan to Magadan.

Regent Stitham moved, seconded by Regent Breeze and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Magadan, the University of Alaska and the University of Hokkaido as presented during the joint meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees of Magadan International Pedagogical University. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Nina Scherbak, Magadan Area Assistant to the Governor, then spoke about the exchanges that are occurring between the Magadan International Pedagogical University and the University of Alaska and commented on the Board of Trustees' proposal to send students to the University of Alaska. As proposed, beginning with the new academic year the University of Alaska would receive a group of students (about 8-10 individuals) to study here for two or three years. As a result, they could then receive a degree from the University of Alaska and the Magadan International Pedagogical University. The proposal also included an estimated cost of about $10,000/student/year. The Regents were urged to support the funding of a portion of these costs.

President Gagnon then said that the BOR operates under two structures: the committee structure and the full board structure. She said that she would refer this item to the academic and student affairs committee for discussion and analysis and then the committee will make a recommendation to the full board. The discussion can begin at the February meeting of the Board of Regents.

Vice President Rogers briefed the Board on the work that the University of Alaska has done to assist Magadan International Pedagogical University on their facilities. The said that the University has a group of buildings in which they currently operate and has in addition identified another site as their new campus. He also advised that after the fall of the Soviet Union it received from the Russian Federation two buildings that were under construction. One a 14-story office building which was originally to be the headquarters of the communist party and will now ultimately be offices and classrooms for the University. The second, a 300-room hotel is envisioned to be a dormitory and/or hotel complex for the University. The University of Alaska has been assisting with the master planning for the campus over the long run and University personnel have participated in the review of the design competition and helped choose the winning design to be built over the next several decades for a full fledged University.

The Board of Trustees then thanked the Board of Regents for its courtesy and participation.

Brian Rogers was presented with the following Resolution:

Honorable Mr. Brian Rogers:

The Administration of Magadan region and the International Pedagogical University express to you our gratitude for help in establishing the first International University in Russia. With the very first days of collaboration you brought much energy toward creating contacts that would bring positive results. You did a lot to achieve exchanges between students and teachers for joint development of research, and supplying the University with the most modern equipment. We are sure that in your future endeavors you will bring further benefit to the welfare of our two peoples.

Signed,

Victor Michail, Governor of Magadan Region

Yevgeni Kokorev, President, Magadan International Pedagogical University

President Gagnon spoke of this historic meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees of Magadan International Pedagogical University. She stated she did not believe there was an historic precedence for this and said the Board felt a sense of history and extreme pleasure in this endeavor. After all the work that has been done by the people of Magadan, President Komisar, Brian Rogers and Vic Fischer and Bob Williams to bring this about, the Board of Regents feels very fortunate to be part of the occasion. In commemoration, the Board of Regents then presented with Board of Trustees with jade pen holders.

The Board of Trustees then thanked President Gagnon and the members of the Board for the attention given them and for the wonderful presents.

XI. Consent Agenda

Academic and Student Affairs Committee

Regent Stitham reported that the committee made no changes to the revised policy on honorary degrees and meritorious service awards presented during the committee meeting. She indicated that the Chancellors will begin their process in the spring and the Regents will be notified by the Chancellors as to the time and place of the meetings. Honorary degree nominees will be brought to the Board in the fall. She did note that the proposed University Regulation concerning honorary degrees was sent back to the Committee for further revision.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee made the following recommendations:

Adoption of Policy 10.01.04: Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards

MOTION Reference 1

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the revisions to Policy 10.01.04: Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards, as presented in Reference 1. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

Regent Stitham moved, seconded by Regent Henri and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee as stated above. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee made the following recommendations:

A. Adoption of Policy 05.15: Auxiliary Services, Recharge Centers,
and Self-Funded Activities
Reference 2

This item was removed from the consent agenda by Regent Fate for consideration at the February meeting of the Board of Regents.

B. Adoption of Policy 05.04: Debt and Credit

MOTION Reference 3

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt new Regents' Policy 05.04: Debt and Credit as contained in Reference 3 and amended by the committee. The administration is authorized to renumber affected policies accordingly. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

C. Adoption of Policy 05.05: Investments

The administration reviewed the proposed new Regents' Policy 05.05: Investments, with the members of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee at the October 21 meeting. Vice President for Finance Brian Rogers reviewed changes made to the policy in response to comments by the committee and feedback from campus officials.

MOTION Reference 4

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt new Regents' Policy 05.05: Investments, as contained in Reference 4 and amended by the committee. The administration is authorized to renumber affected policies accordingly. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

D. Adoption of Policy 05.07: Special Funds Reference 5

The administration reviewed the proposed new Regents' Policy 05.07: Special Funds, with the members of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee at the October 21 meeting. Vice President for Finance Brian Rogers reviewed changes made to the policy in response to comments by the committee and feedback from campus officials.

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt new Regents' Policy 05.07: Special Funds, as contained in Reference 5 and amended by the committee. The administration is authorized to renumber affected policies accordingly. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

E. Adoption of 23 AAC 05: University Procurement Regulations
Reference 6

The administration reviewed the proposed University procurement regulations with the members of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee at the October 21, 1994 meeting. University Procurement Regulations 23 AAC 05 has been revised to comply with present statutory requirements and university procurement policies.

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt 23 AAC 05: Procurement Regulations, as set forth in Reference 6. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

F. Approval of the December 1994 Annual Report and FY95 Land
Management Plan (Bound Separately)

The Statewide Office of Land Management presented to the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee its annual report summarizing the previous year's activities and outlining its future work plans. The administration reviewed the plan and discussed major projects to be undertaken this year.

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the December 1994 Annual Report and FY95 Land Management Plan of the University of Alaska and directs the administration to carry out the plan. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

G. Approval of the 1995 Advance College Tuition Rate

Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller, Jim Lynch, made a brief presentation on the status of the Advance College Tuition program and the ACT Administrative Committee's recommendation on setting the 1995 purchase price for ACT credits.

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the 1995 Advance College Tuition Plan, as set forth in the agenda for the December 1994 meeting of the Board of Regents. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

H. University of Alaska Butrovich Building Panel Replacement -
Approval of Schematic Design and Authority to Bid and Award
Reference 7

MOTION Reference 7

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the schematic design for the University of Alaska Butrovich Building Panel Replacement Project as presented and authorize the University administration to bid and award a construction contract within available funding. This motion is effective December 1, 1994."

The following motions were brought forward from the October 21, 1994, Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee meeting:

I. Adoption of Policy 05.12: Facilities Reference 3

This item was removed from the consent agenda by Regent Ogg and considered under new business.

J. Approval of Prize Awards for the Campus Entrance Design Competition for Students

This item was removed from the consent agenda by Regent Williams and considered under new business.

K. UAA Aviation Technology Building Addition - Approval of Schematic Design and Authority to Bid and Award a Contract (This item was brought forward from the October 21, 1994, FFLM Committee meeting.)

MOTION Reference 10

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the schematic design for the University of Alaska Anchorage Aviation Technology Building Addition project as presented and authorize the University administration to bid and award a construction contract within available funding. This motion is effective October 21, 1994."

Regent Henri moved, second by Regent Stitham, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective December 2, 1994."

Committee of the Whole

The Committee of the Whole made the following recommendations:

MOTION Reference 8

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents adopt proposed Policy 04.10.11: Employee Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing, as presented in Reference 8 in the Board of Regents agenda. This motion is effective December 2, 1994."

Regent Fate moved, seconded by Regent Helmericks and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Committee of the Whole as stated above. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

XII. New Business

Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

Regent Henri reported on the memorandum being drafted to Kodiak Mayor Jerome Selby indicating the University's intent to move forward in selecting an architect for the Near Island Research Facility. The draft was distributed to Board members for their review and approval.

A revised position paper on Deferred Maintenance was also distributed. This memorandum was necessary to provide coordination between the University architect and the vice president for government relations prior to approaching the Legislature. The position paper was revised as follows:

1. The allocation of bond proceeds between residential and non-residential projects and between campuses will be revised to coincide with the 1994 legislative initiative.

2. The detailed lists of projects will be deleted from the position paper, but will be available upon request.

3. The position paper will be reviewed and revised by the vice president for university relations and director of statewide budget to ensure maximum benefit from the position paper during the legislative session.

4. The total cost of the bond issue will be revised to reflect higher interest rates and associated costs.

The revised Position Paper will be circulated to members of the Board of Regents prior to general circulation.

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Stitham, and passed unanimously that:


PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the memorandum to Kodiak Mayor Jerome Selby and the revisions to the Position Paper on Deferred Maintenance as listed above. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Regent Kelly moved, seconded by Regent Henri and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the December 1994 Annual Report and FY95 Land Management Plan of the University of Alaska and directs the administration to carry out the plan and instructs the appropriate administrators to seek additional federal land. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

A. Adoption of Policy 05.15: Auxiliary Services, Recharge Centers,
and Self-Funded Activities
Reference 2

This item was removed from the consent agenda by request of Regent Fate and referred back to the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee for further review at its February 1995 meeting.

B. Adoption of Policy 05.12: Facilities Reference 3

At the September 16, 1994, meeting of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee, the administration reviewed the proposed draft Regents Policy 05.12: Facilities. The committee asked for changes in approval levels and made changes to the sections on facilities planning, review and approval of capital improvement projects, use of facilities, and art in public places. The administration reviewed the changes with the committee.

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents adopt the proposed Regents Policy 05.12 (Facilities) as presented in Reference 3 and amended and authorize the president to renumber affected policies as appropriate. This motion is effective October 21, 1994."

Regent Ogg moved, seconded by Regent Helmericks, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

C. Approval of Prize Awards for the Campus Entrance Design Competition for Students

Regent Williams expressed a concern regarding whether the Board should allow students to enter designs for a campus other than their own. After a short discussion, the Board agreed that students from within the system could submit designs for any of the campuses.

MOTION

"The Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents authorize the awarding of a first, second and third place prize at each MAU in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively for the winners of the campus entrance design competition for students. This motion effective October 21, 1994."

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendation of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

D. Implementation of Salary Schedule

Regent Henri requested that the implementation of the new salary schedule be delayed pending further consideration by the Human Resources Committee.

Regent Henri moved, seconded by Regent Otterbacher, and failed, with Regents Williams, Otterbacher and Henri voting in favor, and Regents Gagnon, Breeze, Fate, Ogg, Forrer, Helmericks, Kelly, and Stitham voting opposed.

FAILED

"The Board of Regents requests that the implementation of the new salary schedule by postponed until further discussion by the Human Resources Committee to ensure a fair and equitable implementation. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Committee of the Whole

Recognition of Alaska Civil Rights Day

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Forrer, and passed by unanimous consent that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents declares that the third Monday of January be observed by the University of Alaska as University of Alaska Civil Rights Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alaska Natives and Alaska Native organizations and other Alaskans who have led civil rights initiatives in the 49th State. Beginning with the 1995-96 academic year, the academic calendars of the University are to be adjusted so that such observance is a holiday for students of the University, but on the condition that the holiday observance not result in a decrease in the total days of instruction for the semester or term in which the holiday falls. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

Adoption of Policy 04.10.11: Employee Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents adopt proposed Policy 04.10.11: Employee Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing, as presented in Reference 8 and amended by the Committee. This motion is effective December 2, 1994."

Regent Fate moved, seconded by Regent Helmericks, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents adopts proposed Policy 04.10.11: Employee Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing, as presented in Reference 8 in the Board of Regents agenda, as amended by the Committee. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

XIII. Approval of Honorary Degrees

Recommendations submitted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks for recipients of honorary degrees were bound separately and included in Regents' agenda packets for their review prior to the December 1-3, 1994 Board meeting.

Regent Breeze moved, seconded by Regent Fate, and passed unanimously that:

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the list of nominees for honorary doctoral degrees, as proposed, for commencement exercises in the spring of 1995, and authorizes Chancellor Joan Wadlow to invite the approved nominees and announce their acceptance. This motion is effective December 3, 1994."

XIV. President's and Chancellors' Status Reports

University of Alaska Fairbanks

In Chancellor Wadlow's absence, Provost Jack Keating reported briefly on several UAF activities and honors. He noted that the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in Fairbanks was awarded "Best Chapter in the Nation" at a recent meeting. He also advised that Geophysical Institute Deputy Director Gunter Weller and Institute of Arctic Biology Director Bob White have been awarded the distinguished honor of being named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

University of Alaska Anchorage

Chancellor Gorsuch spoke of the recent discovery by UAA student Kevin May of remains of a hadrosaur dinosaur and the success of the Great Alaska Shootout, which will now be officially be called the "Carrs' Shootout" after designation of Carrs as the title sponsor. He then briefly described UAA's involvement in training for the developmentally disabled. The Chancellor then advised of the move of the World Trade Center from campus to the Alaska Railroad Terminal site in an effort to obtain more private sector support for the Center's efforts. Finally, he shared with the Board information concerning the on-site visit by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business for accreditation of UAA's School of Business.

University of Alaska Southeast

Chancellor Lind reported on the 5-year interim review by Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. He then turned to a report on the upcoming visit of the Board of Trustees of the Magadan International Pedagogical University to the UAS campus. He then expressed his happiness with the recent commendation of the UAS Sitka Maintenance Worker Training Program by the National Park Service. He concluded his report by acknowledging the appointment of UAS Political Science Professor Clive Thomas as president of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association for the 1994-1995 year.

University President

President Komisar began by attributing the success of the program assessment process to the enormous amount of work on all the campuses throughout the system. The President commended Vice Presidents Redman and Rogers for their efforts at the outset and during the course of the process. He also commended the Systemwide Academic Council (SAC) and Assistant Vice President 'Nanne Myers for their cooperative efforts. Mention was also made by the President of the groups of deans that have come together for the first time in the history of the University to talk about not only how to handle assessment, but to discuss how to begin to plan the future. One such group was the directors of the extended campuses, who met for two days. One result of this meeting was the development of a list of major impediments to creativity and a discussion of how the University can be more responsive to industry and the community in the kinds of courses it offers. The President noted that all of the impediments were those that were created by the University, i.e. policies and procedures and structures and methods, that hamper the ability of the University to be responsive. The SAC will be trying to resolve these impediments so that the directors of the extended campuses can do their jobs.

President Komisar thanked Vice President Rogers for all his enormous contributions to the University and said his departure is both a professional and personal loss, but stated that he expects that he will continue contributing to the University for at least another 120 years (a reference to the "timber deal.")

XV. Administrative Status Reports

Vice President Rogers reviewed the changes that have come about since he was appointed Vice President for Finance. He proceeded to highlight four significant changes:

Increase in land management revenues by 1600%

Increase endowment income to the University by 1400%

Increase in University of Alaska Foundation investment income by 17,000%

Reduction of 99% - In 1987 the University lapsed $928,000 to the state compared with $2,000 in 1993

Vice President Rogers recalled his various roles in the University, i.e. student, faculty, staff, administrator, vendor, advisor, consultant, tenant, representative, advocate and critic. The two roles he stated that he has not had are Regent, which he would like to have, and plaintiff, which he does not want to be.

He concluded by expressing his appreciation for the accolades given him in the last few days, but gave credit to the efforts of his staff.

XVI. President's and Regents' Comments

Regent Williams encouraged the campus directors to develop solutions to some of the housing problems so that the University can then present the housing problems to the legislators. He thanked Regents Stitham and Helmericks for their fine service to the Board of Regents and expressed his pleasure in serving with them. Regent Williams concluded by also thanking the faculty and staff for their excellent work during the program assessment process.

Regent Otterbacher commended Chancellor Gorsuch and Athletic Director Tim Dillon for their efforts in making the Great Alaska Shootout such a success. He observed that it has been a pleasure working with Regents Stitham and Helmericks and Vice President Rogers and wished everyone Happy Holidays.

Regent Ogg commended the faculty, staff and administration for their hard work and a job very well done on program assessment. He thanked Brian for his work in the short time he has known Brian and also thanked him for his sense of humor. Regent Ogg thanked Regent Stitham and said he appreciated her wisdom and quick words. Regent Ogg thanked Regent Helmericks and said he really enjoyed his wry wit and demonstrations about how to be graceful when your emotions fall and wished him a "fun future" with his two children.

Regent Breeze thanked Chancellor and Mrs. Gorsuch for the lovely dinner in their home on Thursday evening. She thanked all those involved in the program assessment process. Regent Breeze concluded by stating it has been wonderful having Brian, Mark and Susan here and left them with these words: "All so different and each so splendid"

Regent Fate expressed her appreciation to administration, faculty, staff and students, Vice President Kauffman, Assistant Vice President 'Nanne Myers, the Office of Regents Affairs staff for all of their hard work, and Finance Committee Chairperson Joe Henri for being thoroughly prepared for the FFLM meetings. Regent Fate requested that the press release on program assessment contain quotes from President Komisar, President Gagnon and the chancellors relative to the actions taken in connection with program assessment.

Regent Henri suggested to Dr. Komisar that the University should find someone that has very good insight to the community college needs and possibilities and have that person tour Alaska to develop enrollment for the University. He thanked Chancellor Lee and Ann Gorsuch for a splendid evening on Thursday. Regent Henri then thanked Regent Breeze for having the self-starter spontaneity to develop the script for Brian's departure. He thanked Mark and Susan for their considerable contributions and said they weren't parting from the country, but are just parting from "this sometimes miserable Board." He then shared a comment of the deputy dean of the University of Washington Medical Center, who had been a business doctor and a physician in a corporation before he took on his position as dean of the medical school. He was asked the difference between business and academe'? He replied: "In business it's dog-eat-dog, and in academe', it's just the reverse!"

Regent Gagnon noted that the program assessment process has been an outstanding exercise in every respect: in preparation, in delivery and internal debate. She especially cited the discussion and debate in this Board: sometimes motions fail and sometimes they pass, but in the process new perspectives are gained and new approaches are considered that would not have if the body didn't have disagreement. She expressed her perspective that the Board had healthy disagreement on a number of issues but those disagreements will benefit the programs of the University. She said that after the Board acted on the three main motions, she was surprised by the lack of elation around the room. President Gagnon said that she attributes that to the fact that the President, chancellors, vice chancellors, and administrative staff understand that the work has now just begun. "The work is now cut out for us and the Board continues to be partners in that work and continues to support and help in this great task before us."

President Gagnon then turned to the departing Regents and Vice President and said she expects the Board would find many ways to involve Regent Helmericks in University activities and that we would see Brian again in many capacities. She said it has been wonderful working with Mark, Brian and Susan.

Regent Forrer stated that the Board should consider shifting support toward UAS. He then noted that Brian is departing as a truly well-educated student into Alaska into whatever endeavor he may choose. The University has had tremendous success in being able to put such outstanding individuals into the state to do other things which will undoubtedly rebound to the University's credit in the future. He concluded by thanking Chancellor and Ann Gorsuch for the lovely dinner.

Regent Helmericks volunteered to speak first, noting that one thing he has learned is that following Susan is hopeless. He said he was trying to think of what would constitute a successful tenure on the Board and was thinking of a metaphor of life perhaps. He said that he was told one time that if you've lived a successful life, the world is a better place for you having been there. As he leaves the Board of this University, he feels that it is a better place, but he won't speculate whether he had a great deal to do with that. He observed that when he first sat on the Board, we would have a continual stream of people coming forth presenting us with problems and them looking to the Board to solve them. He has watched the process over the years to where now instead of presenting problems and looking for the Board to solve them, the people bring solutions. He said it is a remarkable and refreshing change. During restructuring, Dr. O'Dowd came up with the idea, which was endorsed by the Regents and force fed on the University. When the University went through program assessment, the Board came up with the idea but it was disseminated broadly and the solutions came from the roots up to us. It is a very dramatic difference. He noted that it has been a lot of fun and it has been a lot of work. Regent Helmericks commended Regent Gagnon for being a remarkable president. He said, "Your sense of organization and ability to keep track of where we are during a three-day meeting is remarkable." He told the Board that it has been a pleasure serving with them and that he would miss everyone, and in four years when the children are in kindergarten, he may reappear in some form.

Regent Stitham then commented that she knows from her past service on a number of other boards that it would not take very long before there would be absolutely no trace whatsoever of her having been here. As Percy Schelley said, "My name is writ in water" and to some extent she believes that happens in some organizations. Regent Stitham said that she wants everyone to know that she won't be disappointed or surprised when "you destroy everything Mark and I have worked for."

She then made a couple of suggestions for further things to be pondered. She stated that once the Board had dealt with this wonderful process that it go back with some time to focus on a number of things, one of which is the quality of teaching. The University needs to continue its efforts to highlight the quality of teaching and the importance of teaching in this institution. Quality control issues must be addressed after assessment, she observed.

Regent Stitham then urged the Board to continue to think differently. On the "unity issue" she said that she is very heartened because the Board is hearing many people say, "We are one institution." That is an enormous change in attitude in a short period of time. The learning cooperative needs nurturing. She stated her concern about the community college mission and the need to preserve and protect it, as well as the need to accommodate part-time students, not just giving priority to degree-seeking students. Vocational education in connection with high schools was another area highlighted as deserving attention. Finally, Regent Stitham said that the Board is kind of a family, but it has been a pleasure working with all of the camp followers. She concluded that the University has an administrative team that is notches above where it was 8 years ago: a wonderful tribute to people who do the hiring and who dedicate their lives to the University. Finally, she expressed her thanks to Mary and Dawn for putting up with "my idiosynchracies" as a Board member. "It is true., as Richard Nixon said, "You will see us all again."

XVII.Adjourn

President Gagnon adjourned the meeting at 4:35 p.m.

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