Board of Regents

04-18-97summary

Board of Regents

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

April 18, 1997

Juneau, Alaska

1. Designation of Annual Meeting

PASSED

"The Board of Regents, in accordance with Regents' Policy 01.01 - Bylaws of the Board of Regents, designates its June 19-20, 1997 meeting as its annual meeting for the purpose of electing officers of the Board. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

2.

Approval of Industrial Security Resolution

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the adoption of the security clearance resolution providing for designation of a managerial group as described in the 'Industrial Security Manual for Safeguarding Classified Information' for the purpose of handling all duties and responsibilities relating to classified information. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

3. Approval of Revisions to Cross-References in Policy 04.04 - Faculty Appointment, Review, Promotion, Tenure, and Sabbatical Leave

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the revisions to cross-references, as appropriate, in Policy 04.04 - Faculty Appointment, Review, Promotion, Tenure, and Sabbatical Leave. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

4. Approval of Environmental Technology Associate of Applied Science and Certificate at the University of Alaska Southeast

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the Environmental Technology Associate of Applied Science and Certificate at University of Alaska Southeast. No general funds in excess of those already designated will be expended for this program. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

5. Approval of Applied Business Certificate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the Applied Business Certificate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. No general funds in excess of those already designated will be expended for this program. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

6. Approval of Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science and Certificates in Medical/Dental Reception and in Phlebotomy and Laboratory Assisting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science and Certificates in Medical/Dental Reception and in Phlebotomy and Laboratory Assisting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. No general funds in excess of those already designated will be expended for these programs. Approval of these programs is effective on the date that the president of the university certifies that credits for these programs are transferable. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

7. Approval of Bachelor of Arts in Languages at the University of Alaska Anchorage

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the Bachelor of Arts in Languages at the University of Alaska Anchorage. No general funds in excess of those already designated will be expended for this program. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

8. Approval of Conveyance of the Delta Rural Education Center to the Delta Greely School District

PASSED

"The Board of Regents authorizes the administration to execute all documents necessary to convey the Delta Rural Education Center to the Delta Greely School District in exchange for fair market value of the underlying trust land and an agreement that allows the university to use Delta Greely School District facilities for university classes for the next 25 years. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

9. Approval of the UAA Spending Plan for Proceeds From the Sale of the Adult Learning Center Facility, Anchorage

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the UAA Spending Plan for the Proceeds From the Sale of Adult Learning Center Facility in Anchorage as presented. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

10. Resolution on the Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel and Coal/Diesel Project

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus has been designated as the preferred site in North America for a Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel and Coal/Diesel Project which would determine the full scale commercialization costs of these technologies; and

WHEREAS, this project will increase the diversity of Alaska's economic base and enhance its economic prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the project would provide for expanded energy use on the campus beyond current capability and well into the next century; and

WHEREAS, the project would supply coal slurry fuels for protracted testing in both oil-designed boilers and stationary diesel engines; and

WHEREAS, the diesel unit will provide the University of Alaska Fairbanks Power Plant with black start capability - a capability which will allow significant cost savings to UAF; and

WHEREAS, the Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel and Coal/Diesel facilities will provide an excellent asset for training graduate engineers and performing practical research to promote the use of Alaska's abundant coal resources; and

WHEREAS, successful commercial demonstration could lead to the creation of many jobs in the coal mining, processing and transportation sectors as well as a revenue stream which would repay the State's initial investment and return cash in the form of license fees, royalties and taxes to Alaska; and

WHEREAS, this new technology will give the United States and the world a source of reliable, reasonably priced and cleaner power, steam and heat; and

WHEREAS, at its June 1996 meeting in Sitka, the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation Board declined participation in this project; and

WHEREAS, the highly favorable leverage of approximately nine federal and private sector dollars to each dollar of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation (state) support is highly advantageous to the State of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, without the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation participation the benefits stated above will not be realized;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska endorses and supports this project and respectfully petitions the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation and the Alaska Legislature to restore the $3.9 million grant to the project which was declined by the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation Board at its Sitka meeting in June 1996.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution regarding the Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel and Coal/Diesel Project as stated. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

11. Resolution of Appreciation Regarding Transfer of The Land-Grant Trust Endowment Fund

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska has been seeking transfer of the responsibility for management and investment of its land grant endowment trust fund for many years; and

WHEREAS, Senator Gary Wilken and Representative Gene Therriault introduced legislation in their respective houses of the Alaska Legislature this year to enable the transfer to occur; and

WHEREAS, Governor Tony Knowles and the Alaska Department of Revenue were supportive of the University's proposal to manage the endowment; and

WHEREAS, Senator President Mike Miller, Speaker of the House Gail Phillips, and Finance Committee Chairs Senator Drue Pearce and Representative Mark Hanley were supportive of this legislation and assured quick passage through their respective houses; and

WHEREAS, the bills were overwhelmingly passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives; and

WHEREAS, the transfer of the endowment funds enables the University to manage and invest the endowment funds;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska expresses its deep gratitude to Senator Wilken, Representative Therriault, the co-signers of the legislation, the legislative leadership and the Governor.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation regarding the transfer of the Land-Grant Trust Endowment Fund to the University of Alaska. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

12. Resolution Supporting General Obligation Bonds to Protect the University of Alaska's Assets

WHEREAS, The Board of Regents of the University of Alaska has made facilities maintenance funding, and elimination of the deferred maintenance backlog a high priority; and

WHEREAS, the University has continued to responsibly reallocate its declining resources for the purpose of fully funding annual maintenance and repair and replacement costs to avoid adding to the state's deferred maintenance liability; and

WHEREAS, the University received only $6.1 million for deferred maintenance from the 1996 legislative process; and

WHEREAS, at the FY96 appropriation level, the deferred maintenance backlog will not be eliminated; and

WHEREAS, ongoing deferred maintenance backlogs result in obvious problems of health and safety and higher overall cost of repairs and also in increased costs due to the loss of program flexibility, energy efficiency, poor space utilization in deteriorating facilities, and ultimately, demolition;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents respectfully requests the Alaska Legislature and the Governor to put before the voters a general obligation bond issue to eliminate the deferred maintenance backlogs in University of Alaska facilities located throughout Alaska.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution regarding a deferred maintenance general obligation bond issue. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

13. Adoption of Annual Budget Process and Budget Request Units

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents modifies the budget review process as follows:

    1. At the first regular meeting after the end of the regular legislative session, the administration will report to the Board of Regents on the budget appropriated by the legislature and approved by the governor for the next fiscal year and will allocation and spending plans for the next year's budget.

    2. At the second regular meeting after the end of the regular legislative session, the administration will recommend allocation and spending plans that incorporate the Board of Regents' directions expressed at the previous meeting for the current year budget. Budget information will be at a level sufficient to allow the Board of Regents to understand the impacts of budget decisions on the operations of the university.

    3. At the second regular meeting after the end of the regular legislative session, the administration will also present incremental operating and capital budget requests for the next fiscal year. This will be a systemwide request, incorporating all MAUs into a single uniform document.

    4. At the third regular meeting after the end of the regular legislative session, the administration will present a second incremental budget request that incorporates the Board of Regents' directions expressed at the previous meeting. The request, as approved by the Board of Regents at this meeting, will represent the Board of Regents' budget proposal to the governor and the legislature for the next fiscal year.

This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

14. Approval of a Technology Fee

PASSED AS AMENDED

The Board of Regents approves a technology fee as follows:

    1. Approves a $5 per credit hour technology fee not to exceed $60 per semester for the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau campuses, to be effective fall 1997; and

    2. Authorizes the president to approve a technology fee up to the authorized amount at any of the extended sites if requested by a campus director upon consultation with the campus council following student comment; and

    3. Each chancellor, director or president will ensure that student representatives participate in the decision-making process related to the use of the revenue at each campus;

    4. The fee remains at the campus at which it was collected;

    5. The fee will not affect the standing technology allocation in the FY97 budget as verified by the vice president for finance and planning, with the exception of the Natural Resources Fund; and

    6. The vice president for finance and planning or his designees will immediately identify and keep segregated, campus by campus, the technology funds already in the budget.

This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

15. Adoption of Budget Performance Measures

PASSED

"The Board of Regents direct the vice president for finance and planning to work with the MAUs on standards for adopting performance measures for budget request units (BRUs) with the intention that such standards be incorporated into the fiscal year 1999 budget process. Such indicators shall include measures of both the productivity/efficiency and the outcomes for each BRU. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

16. Adoption of Fiscal Year 1999 Planning Assumptions

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the Fiscal Year 1999 Planning Assumptions as stated in Reference 16. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

17.

Naming of the New UAS Student Residence Hall

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the naming of the new UAS Residence Hall the Mildred H. Banfield Hall. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

18. Acceptance of Bargaining Unit Contract between the Alaska Community College Federation of Teachers (ACCFT) and the University of Alaska

PASSED

"The Board of Regents accepts the bargaining unit contract between the Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers, Local 2404, AFL-CIO and the University of Alaska as presented. This motion is effective April 18, 1997."

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