Board of Regents

10-06-00summary

Board of Regents

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

Meeting of the

University of Alaska Board of Regents

October 5-6, 2000

Anchorage, Alaska

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS


1. Approval of Deletions of the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Minor in Physical Education Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

PASSED

"The Board of Regents deletes the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and Minor in Physical Education Degree Programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, effective Fall Semester 2000. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

2. Project Budget Approval and Authority to Bid and Award a Contract - UAS William Egan Library Classroom Wing Addition

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves an increase in the total project cost budget for the Egan Library Classroom Wing Addition at the University of Alaska Southeast from $7,600,000 to $8,000,000, and authorizes the administration to proceed with the award of Phase I of the project at a construction cost not to exceed $3,800,000. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

3. Approval of UAF's Facility Investment Plan Proposal Including the Reallocation of FY99 Capital Funding, Allocation of FY01 Capital Renewal Funding, and Approval of Related Capital Projects

a. Proposal for Reallocation of FY99 Funding

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the reallocation of the FY99 capital appropriation as presented. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

b. Proposal for Allocation of FY01 Capital Funding

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the allocation of $18,700,000 for the FY01 Capital Appropriation and the UAF Capital Facility Investment Plan as presented. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

c. Approval of UAF Capital Improvement Projects

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the capital projects and the total project budgets as presented, and authorizes the administration to proceed with the development of schematic designs to be subsequently approved by the Finance, Facilities, and Land Management Committee and administration in accordance with Regents' Policy. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

4. Approval of University of Alaska Mission Statement

The University of Alaska inspires learning, and advances and disseminates knowledge through teaching, research, and public service, emphasizing the North and its diverse peoples.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the University of Alaska Mission Statement and revises Regents' Policy 10.01.01 accordingly. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

5. Approval of University of Alaska Value Statements

The University of Alaska values:

U nity in promoting communication and collaboration.
A ccountability to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the diverse peoples of Alaska.

L eadership for Alaska's people and institutions.
E xcellence in our programs and services.
A ccessibility for all Alaskans.
D edication to serving community needs.
S tewardship of our resources.

POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 2000 REGULAR BOARD MEETING

"The Board of Regents approves the University of Alaska Value Statements. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

6. Approval of Honorary Degree and Meritorious Service Award Recipients

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the list of nominees for honorary doctoral degrees and meritorious service awards, as proposed, for commencement exercises in the spring of 2001 and beyond, and authorizes Chancellors Gorsuch, Lind, and Pugh to invite the approved nominees and announce their acceptance. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

7. Approval of Academic Degree Recipients

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the list of degree recipients for the summer and fall of 1999 and the spring of 2000. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

8. Letter of Thanks to the UA Foundation

PASSED

"The Board of Regents authorizes a letter to be sent to the UA Foundation Board of Trustees, thanking them for their outstanding service and excellent stewardship of foundation resources. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

9. Resolution of Opposition to Statewide Property Tax Cap Initiative

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska believes that public education K-12 through post-secondary is a prime responsibility of state and local governments, and should continue to be a top funding priority; and

WHEREAS, the proposed initiative entitled "An Act Providing Property Tax and Assessment Relief" would limit local mill rates everywhere in the state to 10 mills, including future bond debt; and

WHEREAS, the same proposed initiative would also limit increases in assessed value of individual properties to the Consumer Price Index, generally no more than 2 percent per year, and

WHEREAS, local property taxes provide the primary local revenue source not only for school construction, maintenance and operation, but also for police and fire protection, local road maintenance and a wide variety of social services, and

WHEREAS, local property tax mill rates have historically been a decision left to local communities, and

WHEREAS, enactment of the proposed statewide property tax cap would eliminate one-third of Alaska's current property tax revenues, and

WHEREAS, a decline of that magnitude in tax revenue would require the elimination of a multitude of public services in every region of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, local government budget reductions will affect the ability of the University of Alaska to respond to community needs for postsecondary education by reducing local government funding for community campus programs and services;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska urges individuals, organizations and communities throughout the state to disseminate widely the potential impacts of this statewide tax cap initiative on their citizens and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Regents urges that Alaska citizens oppose the proposed Ballot #4 regarding a statewide property tax cap since it would significantly reduce the ability of the state and municipal government to contribute to the funding of public education and other public services; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Regents directs the University of Alaska administration to communicate to the university community and friends on the effects of the proposed statewide property tax cap on the University of Alaska and the communities it serves; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be incorporated into the official minutes of the October 5-6, 2000 meeting of the Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution regarding opposition to the statewide property tax cap initiative. This motion is effective October 6, 2000."

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