Board of Regents

04-17-98minutes

Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Meeting of the
University of Alaska Board of Regents
April 17, 1998
Juneau, Alaska

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Regents Present:
Michael P. Kelly, President
R. Danforth Ogg, Vice President
Chancy Croft, Treasurer
Michael J. Burns
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa
Sharon D. Gagnon
Joseph R. Henri
Annette M. Nelson-Wright
Joe J. Thomas
Lew M. Williams, Jr.

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

Regents Absent:
Mary Jane Fate, Secretary

In Attendance:
E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage
Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast
Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
David Creamer, Vice President for Finance and Planning
James A. Parrish, General Counsel
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
Patty Kastelic, Executive Director for Human Resources
Ann Ringstad, Director, Government Relations
'Nanne Myers, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Daniel Johnson, Provost, University of Alaska Anchorage
John P. Keating, Provost, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Roberta Stell, Vice Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast
Jim Lynch, Associate Vice President for Finance
Marylou Burton, Director of Budget Development
Jim Johnsen, Director of Labor Relations
Robert Miller, Director of Public Affairs
J. Mark Neumayr, Associate General Counsel
Jeannie D. Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer
Dawn Hunziker, Board of Regents' Coordinator

I.   Call to Order

President Kelly called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.

II.   Adoption of Agenda

The agenda was adopted by unanimous consent as amended.

PASSED AS AMENDED (revisions indicated by *)

I. Call to Order

II. Adoption of Agenda

III. Approval of Minutes

IV. Public Comments

V. Employee Organization Reports

A. System Governance

B. Collective Bargaining Units

VI. Consent Agenda:

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1. Approval of Microcomputer Support Specialist Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

2. Approval of Regents' Policy 09.05 - Employment of Students

3. Approval of Regents' Policy Revisions Regarding WWAMI

B. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1. Approval of the UAF Road Infrastructure Improvements Project

*2. Authorize Sale of Revenue Bonds for University of Alaska Fairbanks Coal Water Project, SFOS Planning & Design, and the University's Library (GNOSIS) Computer System (removed from Consent Agenda)

C. Committee of the Whole

1. Approval of Fiscal Years 1999 and 2000 Budget Development and Planning Assumptions

D. Human Resources Committee

1. Approval of Temporary Re-Employment for Retirement Incentive Program Participants

VII. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee

B. Ad Hoc Committee on UA Schools of Education

C. Audit Committee

D. Committee of the Whole

*1. Request for Report on Travel Savings (added)

E. Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

*1. Authorize Sale of Revenue Bonds for University of Alaska Fairbanks Coal Water Project, SFOS Planning & Design, and the University's Library (GNOSIS) Computer System (moved from Consent Agenda)

*2. UAF Housing Deferred Maintenance Plan (added)

F. Human Resources Committee

G. Labor Relations Committee

H. Nominating Committee

I. Planning and Development Committee

J. Presidential Search Committee

VIII. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Dr. April E. Crosby

*VIII.A. Resolution of Commendation to the University of Alaska Anchorage 1998 Student Showcase Award Recipients

*VIII.B Resolution of Concern to the Alaska Legislature Regarding Funding for the University of Alaska

IX. Designation of Annual Meeting

X. Future Agenda Items

XI. Chancellors' Status Reports

XII. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report

XIII. Presidents' and Board of Regents' Comments

XIV. Adjourn

This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

III.   Approval of Minutes

Regent Gagnon moved, seconded by Regent Demeksa, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its special meeting of February 5-6, 1998 as presented. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its meeting of February 20, 1998 as presented. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its emergency meeting of March 5, 1998 as presented. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

IV.   Public Comments

Senator Gary Wilken presented President Komisar with a commendation from the Alaska State Legislature, in appreciation for his work in education on behalf of the state of Alaska.

Representative Tom Brice thanked the faculty, staff, students and constituents from Interior Alaska for their support of the University of Alaska budget.

Carol Lingner, Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Council, and Tony Nakazawa, Director, Alaska Cooperative Extension, stressed the importance of ACE to the state and asked the board to reinstate lost funds and positions.

Madeline Schatz, UAF Music Professor, expressed her concerns regarding losses of faculty and operating funds in Music which are jeopardizing the program.

Jake Poole, Executive Director, UAF Alumni Association, reported on efforts to support university funding by the alumni office and individual alumni members.

Patrick Casey, UAF student, reported on UAF student efforts to fight for more funding, and encouraged the administration and board members to participate in student activities.

Joseph Hardenbrook, UAF student, reported on the student rally held on the UAF campus to garner more support.

James Stagg, UAA student, reported on efforts at UAA to focus the students on lobbying the legislature rather than lashing out at internal constituencies; he also expressed his desire to see board members participate in campus activities.

Kevin Tritt, USUAA President, reported that this would be his last meeting as USUAA president and thanked the board for its support.

Rosie Gilbert, USUAS President, thanked the board for attending the UAS dinner; and expressed student concerns with the proposed liability waiver.

Jean Richardson, UAF student, reported that the major concerns of UAF students are potential losses of their programs.

Members of the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association expressed their appreciation for the work of the Board of Regents and reported on the importance of the University of Alaska Southeast. Members included Ruth Danner, Chris Phillips, Peter Bushre, Mary Rubadeau, David Wetzel, and Robert Storer.

V.   Employee Organization Reports

A.   System Governance: Faculty Alliance, Staff Alliance and Coalition of Student Leaders

A written report was also included in the full agenda.

John Craven, Faculty Alliance President, reported on faculty review of student policies, and the appreciation of the faculty for including them on the Presidential Search Evaluation Committee.

Marie Scholle, Staff Alliance President, reported on lobbying efforts of the staff to increase University of Alaska funding.

Rosie Gilbert, representing the Coalition of Student Leaders, reported on rallies held at each campus regarding legislative funding; thanked the board for incorporating student revisions to student policies; and asked for help to make the liability waiver more student-friendly.

B.   Collective Bargaining Units: ACCFT, CEA, United Academics

ACCFT: written comments were submitted to board members [on file in the Board of Regents' Office].

John French, Vice President of United Academics, expressed his appreciation to the board regarding the approval of the union contract.

VI.   Consent Agenda

A.   Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1.   Approval of Microcomputer Support Specialist Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree Program (Reference 7)

The Academic and Student Affairs amended the following motion to include the following in the last sentence: " . . . within existing budget allocations."

MOTION AS AMENDED

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the Microcomputer Support Specialist Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree Program proposed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks for delivery across the state in collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Southeast within existing budget allocations. This motion is effective April 16, 1998."

2.   Approval of Regents' Policy 09.05 - Employment of Students (Reference 8)

MOTION

"The Academic & Student Affairs and Human Resources Committees recommend that the Board of Regents approve Regents' Policy 09.05 - Employment of Students. This motion is effective April 16, 1998."

3.   Approval of Regents' Policy Revisions Regarding WWAMI

MOTION

"The Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve revisions to Regents' Policy 05.10.01.J.1 and Policy 10.05.04 to change the program title from the Washington-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WAMI) Medical Program to the Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) Medical Program. This motion is effective April 16, 1998."

Regent Gagnon moved, seconded by Regent Nelson-Wright, 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 April 17, 1998."

B.   Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1.   Approval of the UAF Road Infrastructure Improvements Project  (Reference 11)

MOTION

"As required by Regents' Policy 05.12.02 C., the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the University of Alaska Fairbanks Road Infrastructure Improvements Project as presented and authorize the university administration to proceed with this project within available funding. This motion is effective April 16, 1998."

2.   Authorize Sale of Revenue Bonds for University of Alaska Fairbanks Coal Water Project, SFOS Planning & Design, and the University's Library (GNOSIS) Computer System

[Moved to Item VII.E.1 - New Business]

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

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves recommendation #1 of the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee as stated above. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

C.   Committee of the Whole

1.   Approval of Fiscal Years 1999 and 2000 Budget Development and Planning Assumptions (Reference 15)

MOTION

"The Committee of the Whole recommends that the Board of Regents approve the Fiscal Year 1999 and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Development and Planning Assumptions as presented. This motion is effective April 16, 1998."

Regent Nelson-Wright moved, seconded by Regent Burns, 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 April 17, 1998."

D.   Human Resources Committee

1.   Approval of Temporary Re-Employment for Retirement Incentive Program Participants

MOTION

"The Human Resources Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the appointment of Gerald Neubert, Jan Henderson, Eileen Franson, Dean Chantry, Coert Olmstead and Carolyn Reddekopp to a temporary position or project contract, not to exceed 49 percent of their previous base salary. These appointments may not include retirement, health or leave benefits, except social security replacement if required by the IRS. This motion is effective April 16, 1998."

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations of the Human Resources Committee as stated above. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

VII.   New Business and Committee Reports

A.   Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Regent Gagnon submitted the following written report:

Conclusions of note:

o The University will change the timing of the annual student assessment report from spring to fall so that the Board of Regents may receive recent data.

o The Board of Regents will assist the accrediting process by a regular reaffirmation of the assessment process and by including assessment results in strategic planning.

o The Board of Regents has completed revisions or drafting of over half the student policies identified as necessary for the University.

B.   Ad Hoc Committee on UA Schools of Education

No report.

C.   Audit Committee

No report.

D.   Committee of the Whole

1.   Request for Report on Travel Savings

During the Committee of the Whole meeting of April 16, 1998, concern was expressed by members of the Board of Regents regarding the amount of funds expended on travel at the University of Alaska.

Regent Croft moved, seconded by Regent Demeksa, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents directs the vice president for finance and planning and the chancellors to report to the Board at its June 1998 meeting how a minimum of $1 million of savings can be realized from within MAU general fund travel budgets. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

2.   Committee Report

In addition to action items, the Committee of the Whole heard presentations from Jeff Davis, director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Alaska, regarding health care costs in Alaska; from Steve Ehrmann regarding technology delivery of education; and reports on Banner, and legislative issues.

During the Committee of the Whole meeting, the board was visited by U. S. Congressman Don Young who encouraged the board to continue its support of its extended sites.

E.   Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee

1.   Authorize Sale of Revenue Bonds for University of Alaska Fairbanks Coal Water Project, SFOS Planning & Design, and the University's Library (GNOSIS) Computer System  (Reference 12)

During the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee meeting of April 16, 1998, committee members discussed several revisions to the following motion, adding construction costs to the SFOS planning and design budget.

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

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents:

(1) approves the sale of revenue bonds in the amount of $1.6 million to fund the Library GNOSIS computer system and $4.5 million for the coal-water project costs, plus other revenue bond amounts necessary to cover costs of issue, discount expenses, and capitalized interest for the periods shown in Reference 12; the total amount of the bond sale not to exceed $7.0 million; and

(2) approves the sale of revenue bonds in the amount of $1.7 million to fund the SFOS Planning and Design and construction costs, plus other revenue bond amounts necessary to cover costs of issue, discount expenses, and capitalized interest; the total amount of the bond sale not to exceed $1.9 million; and

(3) approves the sale of refunding bonds in an unlimited amount to cover refunding bonds and costs of issue and discount expenses so long as actual savings exceed $350,000 or the present value of those savings exceeds 4.0 percent; and

(4) authorizes the vice president for finance and planning and the associate vice president for finance to make any declarations and execute any documents necessary to maintain the university's ability to sell tax exempt bonds for these projects at a later date; and

(5) authorizes and directs the vice president for finance and planning and the associate vice president for finance, in conjunction with retained bond counsel, to prepare appropriate resolutions for consideration by the Board of Regents at a time which the vice president for finance and planning or designee deems most appropriate for the sale of the bonds.

This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

2.   UAF Housing Deferred Maintenance Plan

During the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee meeting of April 16, 1998, the university administration requested a modification to the UAF Housing Deferred Maintenance Plan.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the modification of the UAF Housing Deferred Maintenance Plan as presented to the Finance, Facilities and Land Management Committee on April 16, 1998. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

F.   Human Resources Committee

Regent Thomas reported that in addition to the action item, the committee also heard a report on labor relations and a draft proposal for a Regents' Policy and University Regulation on head athletic coaching jobs.

G.   Labor Relations Committee

No report.

H.   Nominating Committee

Regent Williams reported that the Nominating Committee met earlier that day and asked that if any board members were interested in an officer position, he/she should notify him or another committee member.

I.   Planning and Development Committee

Regent Gagnon submitted the following written report:

I.   President Komisar reported that two steering committees have been established to redesign the UA administrative system and creation of administrative service centers:
Finance and Human Resources Steering Committee, chaired by David Creamer, Vice President for Finance and Planning

Information Technology Steering Committee, chaired by Steve Smith, Interim Director, Information and Network Services

II.   At the conclusion of Marshall Lind's report on the Extended Campuses, the committee directed that the report be forwarded to the community councils of the extended campuses and main campuses for review and comment. Following that comment, the statewide administration will present firm recommendations to the committee for consideration. Regent Ogg asked that the final report place more emphasis on collaboration and systems thinking. Regent Henri asked that consideration be given to increasing enrollment at the extended sites.

Regents requested that the origin of the $4 million reduction to the extended campuses be identified.

J.   Presidential Search Committee

Regent Demeksa reported that the Presidential Search Evaluation Committee and the Presidential Search Committee met on April 15 with Betty Hasler, consultant from Heidrick and Struggles, to discuss prospects for the position of University of Alaska President.

VIII.   Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Dr. April E. Crosby

WHEREAS, April E. Crosby received her bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1969, from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and in 1974 received her doctorate in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, April E. Crosby also received a master's degree in public administration in 1990 from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby received additional professional training in alternative dispute resolution, project design and evaluation, leadership development, grant proposal writing, supervision skills and integrating experiential learning into the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby began her professional higher education career in 1974 as an assistant professor at Colorado Women's College in Denver; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby held a variety of faculty positions in Alaska and Maine for several years before becoming co-director of the Project for Experiential Education at Colorado Women's College in Denver and then became program director for the University Without Walls program at Loretto Heights College in Denver; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby first came to Alaska in 1975, then returned in 1983 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she was a program planner and acting director of the Office of Conferences and Institutes before becoming director of general education at Tanana Valley Community College; and

WHEREAS, in 1990, Dr. Crosby became assistant ombudsman in Fairbanks for the State of Alaska, and was also principal owner of Crosby & Associates, an education and public policy consulting firm; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby became assistant to Dr. Jerome B. Komisar, president of the University of Alaska, and was asked to concentrate her activities in three specific areas: to help advance intercampus discussions about academic programs; to help develop a statewide colloquium on the role of the University of Alaska and the preparation of teachers; to help coordinate intercampus collaboration on education telecommunications and distance delivery of educational programs and services; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby quickly proved adept at helping to form and lead effective work groups that involved representation from throughout the system and collaboration on programs to improve the University of Alaska's teacher education programs and contribute to their implementation, to advance significantly the University's understanding and use of distance delivery technology, and to demonstrate time and time again that System Office leadership was vital to giving direction and impetus to systemwide initiatives; and

WHEREAS, many of Dr. Crosby's accomplishments on behalf of the University of Alaska are contained in an alphabet soup: REPP (Rural Educator Preparation Partnership program), PECC (Professional Education Coordinating Committee), and the UALC (University of Alaska Learning Cooperative), all programs that benefited from Dr. Crosby's direct involvement; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Crosby's greatest accomplishment may well be that she was able to get people from all over the University system to work together on programs of compelling mutual interest to the statewide University system and to all regions of the State of Alaska;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents expresses its deep gratitude to Dr. April E. Crosby for her service to the University and to the Board of Regents; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Dr. April E. Crosby, with a copy to be incorporated into the official minutes of the April 17, 1998 meeting of the Board of Regents.

Regent Gagnon moved, seconded by Regent Demeksa, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation for Dr. April E. Crosby. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

VIII.A.   Resolution of Commendation to the University of Alaska Anchorage 1998 Student Showcase Award Recipients

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Showcase Program was created 14 years ago as a program designed to provide opportunities for intellectual and social exchange in a professional conference setting between students, faculty and community members; and

WHEREAS, students submit papers and projects which are evaluated by UAA faculty members to determine whether they are worthy of presentation at the conference; and

WHEREAS, these papers and projects are also evaluated by community members; and

WHEREAS, during the UAA 1998 Student Showcase Academic Conference, held on March 28, 1998, 41 projects were selected by the judges as worthy of a UAA 1998 Award of Excellence;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents congratulates and commends the following students as the UAA 1998 Student Showcase Award Recipients:

Elizabeth Hersh - Nursing Management of the Client with a Bacterial Infection - Nursing

Elaine Mailer - Role Competencies of Expert Public Health Nurses in Alaska: A Qualitative Study - Nursing

Brenda Todd, Judy Dilling, Jan Kiester, Brenda Sisich, Lucinda Truesdell, Laura Zettler, Laurie Caulderhead, Amy Magstadt, Joy Evans - Parish Nursing: Healing Through Their Congregations - Nursing

Dana Lindemann, Eric Murphy - Human Choice Behavior: The Generality of the Matching Law - Psychology

Ser Jackson - History & Myth Today: Historiographic Metafiction in Two Contemporary Novels - English

Lois LaGarce - The Human Cost of Imperialism: Demographic Collapse in Hawaii - History

Katherine Barger - The Post Modern Perplex: Postmodernism in The Long Night of the White Chickens - English

Jacob Giossi - Camille Saint-Saens - Music

Katherine Wegner - Batti Batti O Bel Masetto - Music

Mark Ayers - Phase Dependence in a System of Coupled Oscillators - Physics

Arlitia Jones - Nimue - Creative Writing & Literary Arts

Christian Muntean - Street Kids of Anchorage: Case Studies - Sociology

Laura Robinson-Reidsma - Critical Analysis of Billings, Montana - Sociology

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be conveyed to each recipient and to Dr. Sharon Araji, founder of the Student Showcase and UAA Professor of Sociology, with a copy to be incorporated into the official minutes of the April 17, 1998 meeting of the Board of Regents.

Regent Burns moved, seconded by Regent Nelson-Wright, and passed unanimously that:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of commendation to the UAA 1998 Student Showcase Award Recipients as presented. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

*VIII.B   Resolution of Concern to the Alaska Legislature Regarding Funding for the University of Alaska

During the Committee of the Whole meeting of April 16, 1998, the board discussed whether it wished to pass a resolution of concern to the Alaska Legislature Regarding Funding for the University of Alaska. The board reached consensus to defer action on this item until a future time.

IX.   Designation of Annual Meeting

Bylaws of the Board of Regents specify that, "In addition to any regular or special meetings of the Board, there shall be an annual meeting of the Board held in June . . . ." The bylaws also state that, "At the close of the annual meeting, the officers of the Board of Regents shall be elected by a simple majority vote . . . ."

The Board of Regents was asked to designate the June 19, 1998 meeting as its annual meeting in order to hold elections for board officers.

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

PASSED

"The Board of Regents, in accordance with Regents' Policy 01.01 - Bylaws of the Board of Regents, designates its June 19, 1998 meeting as its annual meeting for the purpose of electing officers of the board. This motion is effective April 17, 1998."

X.   Future Agenda Items

Regent Croft requested that a report be given during the June 1998 Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting regarding the UAA Alaska Wilderness Study Program.

Regents requested that resolutions of appreciation be prepared for approval at the June 1998 meeting for Marylou Burton, Karen Cedzo, David Creamer, John P. Keating, and Michael Rice.

XI.   Chancellors' Status Reports

Joan K. Wadlow, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, reported that a $120,000 contribution has been made to FITC; that the recipients of the Usibelli Distinguished Awards are Professor Ted DeCorso - Service, Terry Boyer - Research, and Tom Clausen - Teaching; that the College of Rural Alaska has been awarded $1.8 million from the Office of Naval Research; and that advertisements promoting UAF are running in the local newspaper.

Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast, reported on position searches taking place for faculty and administration; that MAPCO had donated $10,000 for purchase of computers and outdoor equipment, matching student contributions; and regarding vocational education program initiatives aimed at coordinating with the local school districts.

E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage, reported that investments made in technology are making it possible for all faculty and classrooms to be internet-accessible by this fall; that the residence halls look to be fully occupied by this fall; that budget information is being integrated into the accreditation study; and that a position search is in progress for the director of the Kodiak College. Chancellor Gorsuch also thanked President Komisar and Vice President Creamer for the support given to him and his campus during the year; and thanked the students for their increasing involvement with UAA issues, especially Kevin Tritt, president of USUAA.

XII.   Report from Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Representatives

Regent Demeksa submitted the following written report:

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education at its regularly scheduled meeting of March 13, 1998, acted on the following items:
1.   Emergency regulations related to the calculation of institutional default rates were adopted. The regulations stipulate that, for the purposes of determining continuing institutional eligibility to participate in ASLP, borrowers will be tracked only for the first 12 months of their repayment cycle. Borrowers who default prior to the 13th month of repayment will be included in the institution borrower default rate. The regulations also state that institutions may not artificially reduce the borrowers default rate by making payments on the loans.

2.   Public notice of miscellaneous regulations relating to institutional authorization and student financial aid was also approved. The commission also authorized staff to include in the public notice its intent to adopt, amend, and repeal regulations dealing with the regulation of postsecondary education institutions to: a) make various housekeeping changes, including updating the materials adopted by reference; b) revise bonding requirements; and c) require institutions to maintain appropriate supplies, equipment and facilities.

3.   Institutional Authorization actions included: Authorization Renewal for: Charter College, Center for Employment Education; Elmendorf Aero Club; A Head of Time Design School; Compass North Nautical School (conditional). Initial Authorization for: Southcentral Foundation. Authorization Exemption Renewal for: National Outdoor Leadership School.

The next regular meeting of the commission is scheduled for June 12, 1998 in Anchorage.

XIII.   Presidents' and Board of Regents' Comments

Regent Ogg requested that future chancellors' reports include information on their extended sites.

Regent Gagnon thanked David Creamer and Marylou Burton for the fine work done on behalf of the University of Alaska.

XIV.   Adjourn

President Kelly adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

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