April 11, 2003

University of Alaska Board of Regents to Meet in Kenai

April 11, 2002  NR 07-03

University of Alaska regents will hear about teacher shortages in Alaska’s K-12 schools and other developments affecting education at all levels in Alaska when they meet Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18 in Kenai.

Thursday’s session will begin with the full board going into executive session from 8-9 a.m. at the Merrit Inn. Public testimony is scheduled from 9-10 a.m. and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. the board will receive President Mark Hamilton’s report and the briefing on the status of education programs. Committees of the board will meet Thursday afternoon. Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a reception at the Challenger Center.

On Friday, the board will meet on the Kenai Peninsula College campus to hear public testimony from 8 to 9 a. m. Committees will meet from 9 to 11 a. m. when the full board meeting is scheduled to resume. At 11:30 a. m. the board will hold a luncheon with the advisory councils from Kenai Peninsula College and the Kachemak Bay Branch, and KPC student leaders. After lunch there will be a tour of KPC.
From 1 to 4:30 p. m. the board will hold a mini-retreat to discuss the ways in which the board operates.

Agenda items for the meeting are listed here by committee of origin:
Planning & Development Committee

  • • Report and discussion on the university’s Strategic Plan 2009.
  • • Receive an update on the university’s development and fundraising efforts.
  • • Consider approval of UAA’s revised mission statement.

Academic & Student Affairs Committee

  • • Consider approval of two degree programs at UAF: Certificate in Educator: Paraprofessional (EDPA) and Associate of Applied Sciences in Educator Paraprofessional (EDPA).
  • • Consider approval of the new policy on Student Financial Aid.
  • • Receive a status report on UAF day care.
  • • Receive reports on Student Services, on Emergency Guidelines for UA international programs, and on Ph.D. programs.
  • • Discuss a proposal to institutionalize the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program as the Center for Engineering & Science Academic Communities.
  • • Receive a report on UAA’s joint efforts with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Facilities & Land Management Committee

  • • Consider approval of a policy change to include a Chief Information Technology Officer for the university.
  • • Consider approval of a Biological and Computational Sciences (BICS) facility parking lot.
  • • First reading of the revised Capital Planning and Facilities policy.
  • • Receive a status report on space inventory, condition and utilization reporting.
  • • Receive a status report on Providence Hospital/APU Land Acquisition/Trade.

Finance & Audit Committee

  • • Consider approval of the FY05-FY10 Capital Plan Development Guidelines.
  • • Consider approval of the Consolidated Fund Investment Policy and an update on the financial condition of the Consolidated Fund and the UA Foundation.
  • • Receive a status report on the FY05 operating budget request guidelines.
  • • Discuss finance issues as they relate to Strategic Plan 2009.
  • • Receive a report on the executive search for an Internal Audit Director.
  • • Receive a report on the April 3, 2003, meeting regarding selection of external auditors for the university.

Human Resources Committee

  • • Review of faculty and staff compensation and benefits initiatives.
  • • Review of Labor and Employee Relations issues and initiatives.
  • • Consider approval of revised student salary schedule.
  • • Consider approval of temporary re-employment for a Retirement Incentive Program participant.

All meetings of the Board of Regents and its committees, except for executive sessions, are open to the public.

Messages can be left on Thursday at the Merrit Inn: 907-283-6131, fax: 907-283-6090; and on Friday at the Kenai Peninsula College: 907-262-0317, fax: 907-262-0316. Messages should indicate that they are for participants in the Board of Regents’ meeting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bob Miller, 907-474-6311.