Board of Regents

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Board of Regents

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Meeting of the Full Board

University of Alaska Board of Regents

September 12-13, 2002

Anchorage, Alaska

OFFICIAL MINUTES

Regents Present:
Chancy Croft, Chair
Elsa Froehlich Demeksa, Vice Chair
Frances H. Rose, Secretary
Brian D. Rogers, Treasurer
Michael J. Burns
Mary K. Hughes
Kevin O. Meyers
Joseph E. Usibelli, Jr.

Mark R. Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer and President, University of Alaska

Regents Absent:
Byron I. Mallott
Joe J. Thomas

Others Present:
E. Lee Gorsuch, Chancellor, UAA
Marshall L. Lind, Chancellor, UAF
John Pugh, Chancellor, UAS
Joseph M. Beedle, Vice President for Finance
Wendy Redman, Vice President for University Relations
James A. Parrish, General Counsel
James R. Johnsen, Chief of Staff
Janet Jacobs, Executive Director, Statewide Human Resources
Ann Ringstad, Director, Government Relations
Karen Perdue, Associate Vice President for Health Programs
Michael Sfraga, Associate Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management
Pat Pitney, Director, Budget and Institutional Research
Jim Chapman, Provost, UAA
Paul Reichardt, Provost, UAF
Roberta Stell, Provost, UAS
Carol Griffin, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAS
Cindy Matson, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAA
J. Mark Neumayr, Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, UAF
Paul Kraft, Dean of Students, UAS
Jeannie D. Phillips, Board of Regents' Officer
Barbara A. Bennett, Board of Regents' Staff

I. Call to Order

Chair Croft called the meeting to order on Thursday, September 12, at 8:17 a.m. and welcomed newly appointed member Regent Hughes.

II. Adoption of Agenda

Regent Rogers moved the adoption of the agenda as presented; the motion passed.

PASSED AS AMENDED (amendments noted by *)

"The Board of Regents adopts the agenda as presented.

I. Call to Order
II. Adoption of Agenda
III. Approval of Minutes
IV. President's Report
V. Presentations

A. Nursing Industry Partnerships
B. Effectiveness of Advertising Campaigns

VI. Legislative Update
VII. Public Testimony (to include visit by Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer)
VIII. Consent Agenda

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1. Approval of Academic Degree Programs
a. Associate of Applied Science in Theatre at Prince William Sound Community College
b. Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems Technology at University of Alaska Anchorage
*2. Approval of Extension for the Bachelor of Education Degree Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (removed from Consent Agenda to New Business Item IX.A.1)
3. Approval of Academic Degree Recipients
B. Facilities and Land Management Committee
1. Approval of the Land Management Strategic Plan
C. Planning and Development Committee
1. Approval of Bylaw Revisions
D. Approval of Revisions to Industrial Security Resolution

IX. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
*1. Approval of Extension for the Bachelor of Education Degree Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (moved from Consent Agenda)
B. Facilities and Land Management Committee
C. Finance and Audit Committee
D. Human Resources Committee
E. Planning and Development Committee
F. Trivia Quiz Winner

X. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report
XI. UA Foundation Report
XII. Future Agenda Items
XIII. Board of Regents' Comments
XIV. Executive Session
XV. Approval of Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards
XVa. Presidential Compensation (added)
XVI. Adjourn

This motion is effective September 12, 2002."

III. Approval of Minutes

The minutes were approved as presented.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the minutes of its regular meeting of June 11-13, 2002 as presented. This motion is effective September 12, 2002."

IV. President's Report

President Hamilton introduced Tom Case, acting dean of the UAA College of Business and Public Policy; gave his "September 11, 2001: A Year Later" speech; reported that enrollment numbers have increased for the Fall 2002 semester; that the "Education First - Prop C" campaign is going well; that all external reports have been done and will be reported at this meeting; and presented Cable Starlings with the 2001 Outstanding Distance Educator award.

V. Presentations

A. Nursing Industry Partnerships - Reference 17

Karen Perdue, associate vice president for Health Programs, gave a status report on the Joint University/Industry Task Force recommendations to double the number of nursing graduates by 2006. The following individuals were present to voice their support for this partnership:

Lorraine Derr, ASHNHA
Paul Sherry, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Gene Peltola, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Gene O'Hara, Providence Health System
Mike Powers, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

B. Effectiveness of Advertising Campaigns - Reference 18

Bob Miller, director of Public Affairs, gave a report on University of Alaska advertising campaigns.

VI. Legislative Update

Wendy Redman, vice president for University Relations, gave an update on legislative issues.

VII. Public Testimony

Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer met with the Board of Regents and discussed her vision of higher education and plans to support the University of Alaska should she be elected as the next governor.

Cheryl Wright, president of UAA Classified Employees, voiced health care cost concerns and requested a one-year sliding scale so that those who earn more, pay more; and offered alternate plans to the administration.

Richard Sewell, UAA Alumni Association, reported on Alumni activities including the funding and installation of a pendulum at the new library, advocacy for University's budget, and Prop C support.

Ky Holland, assistant professor in Career and Tech Education at UAA, said that he is pleased to see the focus on accountability; and reported on the meetings with Commonwealth North regarding their University of Alaska study.

Ann Spohnholz, Alaska Process Industry Consortium, spoke in support of workforce and economic development programs at the University.

Jamie Kenworthy, Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, spoke in support of economic workforce development and encouraged the administration to include that external groups are involved in the Phase II of the University Center.

Constance Livsey, local attorney, expressed her concern regarding the elimination of the Alaska Outdoor Experiential Studies Program at UAA.

Barbara Harville, ACCFT member at UAA and chief negotiator for the contract team, reported that negotiations started this week on the ACCFT contract; that ACCFT presented its proposal to administration and expect to receive the management team's proposal next week.

Theresa Obermeyer, requested that board members support her husband's admission to the Alaska Bar.

John Mun, UAA APT Council President, thanked the administration for bringing Adrienne Rich to campus; and expressed his concerns regarding rising health care costs.

Darrell Miller, National Park Service, voiced his concerns regarding the termination of the Alaska Wilderness Experiential Program.

Thomas Walker, UAF student, reported that a child care assessment has not been conducted at UA since 1991 and asked that the administration consider conducting such an assessment.


The Board of Regents recessed the full board meeting until Friday, September 13, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

The Board of Regents resumed the full board meeting on Friday, September 13, 2002 at 1:30 p.m.

VIII. Consent Agenda

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the recommendations as amended below. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1. Approval of Academic Degree Programs - Reference 14

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the following academic degree programs:

1. Associate of Applied Science in Theatre at Prince William Sound Community College
2. Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems Technology at University of Alaska Anchorage

This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

2. Approval of Extension of the Bachelor of Education Degree Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Removed from Consent Agenda to IX.A.1 - New Business.

3. Approval of Academic Degree Recipients

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the list of degree recipients for the summer and fall of 2001 and the spring of 2002. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

B. Facilities and Land Management Committee
1. Approval of the Land Management Strategic Plan - Reference 1

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the University of Alaska Land Management Strategic Plan as presented and directs the administration to continue its efforts to convert the university's investment property assets to investable income to support the university's educational mission and carry out the plan to the extent practicable in accordance with Board of Regents' Policy. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

C. Planning and Development Committee
1. Approval of Bylaw Revisions - Reference 7

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the revisions to Board of Regents' Bylaws as presented. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

D. Approval of Revisions to Industrial Security Resolution - Reference 19

The President and selected members of the university administration are routinely designated by the Board of Regents to handle any duties and responsibilities relating to classified information in connection with contracts with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. These individuals are given an extensive security screening and are the only members of the administration, including the Board of Regents, to have access to classified information. The university has received similar security clearances since the mid-1950s. Execution of the resolution allows regents and other members of the administration to be exempted from security clearance procedures.

The resolution is identical to resolutions previously passed except for a change in names of members of the Board of Regents.

The President recommends that:

MOTION

"The Board of Regents approves the Industrial Security Resolution, as revised to reflect the change in membership of the Board of Regents, and authorizes the Chair and Secretary of the Board of Regents to sign the resolution. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

IX. New Business and Committee Reports

A. Academic and Student Affairs Committee
1. Approval of Extension of the Bachelor of Education Degree Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (from Consent Agenda)

Members of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommended amendments to the original motion. Regent Rogers moved the following amended motion, which was approved:

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents approves the extension for the Bachelor of Education degree program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks until December 31, 2006. The UAF Provost, upon the recommendation of the UAF School of Education, may exercise discretion in determining who may participate in this extension. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

2. Committee Report

In addition to action items, the committee also heard reports on the tech-prep program at UAA; the proposed tuition increase, FY04 operating budget; teacher education update; accreditation update; Rasmuson Endowed Chair in Economics update; classified research report; baccalaureate requirement proposal regarding American/Alaska History; and a report on the UAA Outdoor Studies program.

Future agenda items include: external report on Student Services, update on Title IX status, and the status of UA Statewide Council for Vocational and Technical Education.

B. Facilities and Land Management Committee

In addition to action items, the committee also heard reports on the IT external review, status report on capital projects, update on the University Center, and a preliminary review of the FY04-09 capital budget request.

C. Finance and Audit Committee

In addition to action items, the committee also heard reports on the operating budget request, information regarding proposed student tuition increase, report on FY02 ASTF funding shortfall, preliminary review of FY04 capital budget; and update on Sale of 2002 Series K general revenue bonds.

D. Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee heard reports on health care, the human resources external review, and the classification system.

E. Planning and Development Committee

In addition to the bylaw approval, the committee also discussed the status of the Strategic Plan 2009 and held an executive session regarding personnel matters lasting approximately 30 minutes.

F. Trivia Quiz Winner

Chair Croft announced that the winner of the University of Alaska Trivia Quiz #2 is Regent Brian D. Rogers.

X. Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Report

Regents Demeksa and Rose reported that ACPE had met last week and stated that there has been a drop in the loans awarded, partly because of the FAFSA requirements. They do believe that loans will pick back up as Alaskans become more familiar with the program. There is a big push to get the AlaskAdvantage program up and running and concerns over not enough loans going into the program which would mean losing the subsidy that allows the program to continue. A survey will be done with high school counselors on student loan habits. Regent Demeksa also reported that the financial aid officers at UA have been very helpful in guiding our students through this process.

XI. UA Foundation Report

Regent Croft reported that the UA Foundation is assisting with the campaign to approve the general obligation bond package and a Speakers Bureau.

XII. Future Agenda Topics

None.

XIII. Board of Regents' Comments

None.

XIV. Executive Session

PASSED AS AMENDED

"The Board of Regents goes into executive session at 4:30p A.D.T in accordance with the provisions of AS 44.62.310 to discuss matters the immediate knowledge of which would have an adverse effect on the finances of the university related to:
--Insurance
--Labor Relations including collective bargaining discussion concerning ongoing and upcoming negotiations
and matters that may affect the reputation or character of a person or persons including Honorary Degree recipients. The session will include members of the Board of Regents, President Hamilton, General Counsel Parrish, and such other university staff members as the president may designate and will last approximately 25 minutes. Thus, the open session of the Board of Regents will resume in this room at approximately 5:00 p.m. A.D.T. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

The Board of Regents concluded an executive session at 4:58 p.m. A.D.T. in accordance with AS 44.62.310 discussing matters 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 Hamilton, General Counsel Parrish, and other university staff members designated by the president and lasted approximately 30 minutes.

XV. Approval of Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards

Recommendations submitted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast for recipients of honorary degrees were sent under separate cover for Board of Regents' review prior to the September 12-13, 2002 board meeting.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the list of nominees for honorary doctoral degrees as proposed for commencement exercises in the spring of 2003 and beyond, and authorizes Chancellors Lind and Pugh to invite the approved nominees and announce their acceptance. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

XVA. Presidential Compensation (added)

Regent Rogers moved the following motion, which passed:

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves a one-time bonus payment to President Mark R. Hamilton in the amount of $25,000, in recognition of his superior performance. This motion is effective September 13, 2002."

XVI. Adjourn

Chair Croft adjourned the meeting at 5:01 p.m.

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