I. Call to Order
Vice-Chair Nancy Paul called the meeting of the Board of Regents to order at 4:11 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
II. Roll Call
Present were: Mr. Blair, Mr. Engel, Mr. Ferguson, Mrs. Lee, Mr. McClinton, Mrs. Parks, Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Warren.
III. Approval of Minutes of November 18-19, 2004 meeting as mailed.
It was moved and seconded to approve the Minutes of the November 18-19, 2004 as mailed. Regent Ferguson requested a correction be made in the Minutes on page 4 concerning the vote on the substitute motion to name the chapel the Peace Chapel by reflecting his yes vote along with Regent Lee. It was moved and seconded, as a substitute motion, to approve the Minutes as corrected. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Officer Reports
A. Chair's Report
There was no Chair's report.
B. Committee Report(s)
1. Budget and Finance Committee
a. FY 2006 Salary Budget Guidelines
The Chair of the Committee, Regent Warren, reported the Budget/Finance Committee met twice since the last meeting of the Board of Regents. She said there was information in the packet for this meeting related to discussions which occurred in those meetings. She said most recently the Committee took up the matter of the 2006 salary budget guidelines. She said the Committee, after reviewing all the information, is recommending a 4% salary pool for fiscal year 2006 to be distributed in accordance with a proposed performance pay plan. It was moved and seconded to approve a 4% salary pool for fiscal year 2006 and the performance pay proposal. Motion passed unanimously.
2. Audit Committee
Regent Paul, as Chair of the Audit Committee, reported the Audit Committee has received the audit report from Berberich Trahan. She said the Committee met with Brad Koehn of the firm and the Committee feels very comfortable with the audit report. She asked that members of the Board of Regents take the opportunity to review the audit report and if there are questions to submit them to the Treasurer who will circulate the questions and the answers to all members of the Board and the audit report would be on the agenda at the March meeting.
She said there were some additional comments from the auditors concerning the past fiscal year. One is that the General Fund revenues for KTWU are reported in the pooled cash account at the University and the auditor recommends the funds be placed in a separate self-balancing account within the General Fund. She said this was discussed in the committee which believes the current practice is not violative of any standard and there need not be a change.
The auditors also made a recommendation concerning the cash collections by the Athletics Department. The Audit Committee believes the matter should be reviewed and recommends the Treasurer and the Athletics Director investigate the cash collection process by the Athletics Department and report back to the Board of Regents.
She said the auditors also reported the Washburn Law School Foundation Board of Directors had not met in the past year and there were no minutes of meetings. She said the Audit Committee believes the Board of Directors of the Law School Foundation should be provided the information from the auditors and a request be made to resolve this issue.
Regent Engel said he has not had the opportunity to review the report of the auditors or to talk with them and in the exercise of his fiduciary responsibility he would like to have the opportunity to question them directly so he can have the information without it being filtered through anyone at the University.
Regent Paul said it wouldn't hurt if the Treasurer and the Athletics Director began to look at the cash collection issue and to make a report, and she saw no reason to delay taking action with respect to the Washburn Law School Foundation. There was no action taken concerning the comments of the auditors. A representative of Berberich Trahan will be asked to attend the March Board of Regents meeting.
a. Request for Proposal - Annual Audit Services for Washburn University
Regent Paul reported the Committee also looked at proposals received from the University's RFP for Audit Services and following the Committee's review it is their recommendation the auditing services contact for fiscal year 2005 be awarded to Baird, Kurtz & Dobson (BKD) with the potential of renewing the contract for an additional four years through fiscal year 2009. Regent Paul reported BKD has performed auditing services at other higher education institutions across the country and has had experience here at Washburn as it did a review of the University's internal controls.
In response to a query concerning what the deciding factor was in making the recommendation that BKD be awarded the contract, Regent Warren indicated the same accounting firm has performed the audit of the University for many, many years and there is a feeling that there is a need to have new people and new eyes to look at the University's accounting structure. She said BKD has had experience with universities on the national level.
Regents Parks and Warren both indicated there are no problems with Berberich Trahan, only that there is a need to have new people doing the audit.
It was moved and seconded to award the auditing services contract to BKD for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 with potential for renewing it for an additional four years expiring with the fiscal year 2009. Motion passed.
C. President's Report
President Farley first indicated the members of the Board of Regents have received periodical e-mail updating them on the activities occurring on the University's campus. He noted on February 5 the University will host it's annual Boy Scout's Merit Badge conference at which they expect 450 scouts and leaders. He indicated there still is the opportunity to volunteer to lead one of the merit badge sessions.
Dr. Farley noted the Mayor, in making his State-of-the-City address, was complimentary about Washburn and its students in their work in neighborhood redevelopment in central Topeka. He reported the students will again this spring be engaged in clean-up and redevelopment, noting specifically efforts to be undertaken in the Tennessee Town area and in the Chesney Park neighborhood. President Farley commended Mayor McClinton on the establishment of a student advisory committee which gives our student leaders the opportunity to interact at the highest level of city government.
President Farley said the enrollment for the Spring 2005 semester concluded this week. He said the lines which we have had every other year have been eliminated in large part because of the SCT Banner information system. He said presently the University has approximately 6,500 students enrolled for the spring semester for approximately 73,000 student credit hours. He said the number may drop to around the 70,000 student credit hour number.
He noted the University has scheduled scholarship receptions for recipients and their families in Wichita, Garden City and Topeka. He said this is an opportunity to honor students for their accomplishments.
He noted the Legislative Session has just begun. He reported a legislative reception was held on Wednesday, January 12, which he said went fine. He thanked everyone for their participation in the event.
Dr. Farley said he and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wasserstein, will begin to host faculty dinners starting on February 1. He said this will be an opportunity for there to be discussion of important topics with members of the University community. He said Regents will be invited to participate.
He said the University will have on-campus presentation by two finalists responding to the University's RFP for telephone service. He said the University's administration will begin the review of the proposals following the presentation and expect to bring a recommendation to the Board of Regents at its March meeting.
D. Treasurer's Report
It was moved and seconded to accept the Treasurer's report. Motion passed unanimously.
Approved by action of the Board:
1. Depository Security Transactions
2. Public fund Investments - December 2004
3. Liquidated Claims Approval - November, 2004
4. Liquidated Claims Approval - December, 2004
V. New Business
B. Action Items:
2. Learning Quest - Kansas 529 Education Savings Plan
Vice Chair Paul indicated the Board would consider, out of order, agenda item V.B.2. Learning Quest - Kansas 529 Education Savings Plan, so state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins would not have to sit through the lengthy agenda in front of that item.
President Farley reported the state of Kansas implemented the education savings program provided for by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. Known as Learning Quest, the state's program was first implemented under the direction of Regent Blanche Parks. He said this program is very popular in and outside of the state of Kansas and we now have the opportunity to use Section 529 plans to help Washburn University and the state of Kansas. He said the proposal offers the opportunity to non-resident students to attend and use their Section 529 plan established here in the state of Kansas. The proposal is to waive non-resident tuition for the first six months of attendance at Washburn and to offer students who present an ACT score of 25 and a GPA of 3.5 or greater a $1,000 scholarship and the use of their 529 plan in Kansas. President Farley recognized and introduced state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins.
Ms. Jenkins first recognized Regent Blanche Parks who was the initial director who kicked off the 529 program in the state of Kansas. She said the success of the program is due in large part to Regent Parks' hard work and said "our hats are off to her." She said she'd like to thank the Board of Regents and President Farley for the opportunity to make the pitch. She said she is very excited that Washburn is the first higher education institution in the state of Kansas to take a serious look at the Learning Quest program. She said the University and the state of Kansas will benefit from the exposure of the program and she hopes other institutions will follow Washburn's leadership here tonight. She reported there are approximately 37,000 non-resident account owners in Learning Quest.
President Farley reported there will be a lot of overlap between present scholarship award recipients and those participating in the Learning Quest program, though there will not be that much redirection of scholarship funds to Learning Quest students and while the proposal appears open ended, if the University determines funds are no longer available to support the scholarship, we will be able to make that change as this is not a contractual agreement. He said we could re-evaluate the project in the future. It was moved and seconded to approve a cooperative agreement with the office of the State Treasurer to promote Washburn University incentives to Kansas 529 Learning Quest program beneficiaries. Motion passed unanimously.
A. Consent Agenda:
It was moved and seconded to approve the Consent Agenda and Personnel Matters V. A. 2. * Item V. A. 1. Report of Purchases $25,001-$50,000 was passed over and placed following item V. B. 4.
Regent Parks inquired whether the administration could provide a list of the academic sabbatical proposals so members of the Board could review it. President Farley indicated the administration will provide a summary of these items. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by action of the Board of Regents:
2. Personnel Matters
a. Administrative Personnel - Market/Equity Adjustment
salary adjustment to Research Assistant position in the Department of Institutional Research to $42,000 per year;
b. Report of Faculty and Administrative Salary Adjustments
salary adjustment to correct a clerical error for Mark Kaufman to $51,439 annually;
c. Personnel Actions - Administrative Staff
appointment of Rosanna A. Carvalho as Coordinator, Construction Projects in Facilities Services at an annual salary of $40,000 effective immediately;
d. Faculty Leave of Absence
unpaid leave of absence granted from the Theatre Department for 2005-06 academic year for John Hunter
e. Voluntary Phased Retirement: Dr. Marie-Luce Parker
voluntary phased retirement for Dr. Marie-Luce Parker for academic years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 effective August 1, 2005, appointment to be full time each spring term and half time each fall term;
f. Permission to Grant Tenure
tenure granted to Dr. Robert Weigand in the School of Business;
g. Academic Sabbaticals
academic sabbaticals as follows: Asst. Prof. Patti Bender, HPEES, Spring 2006; Assoc. Prof. Kevin Charlwood, Mathematics, Spring 2006; Assoc. Prof. Gloria Dye, Education, Fall, 2005; Assoc. Prof. Amy Fleury, English, Spring 2006; Assoc. Prof. Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas, Modern Languages, Spring 2006; Prof. Ronald Griffin, School of Law, Spring 2006; Assoc. Prof. Rob Hull, School of Business, Fall 2005; Asst. Prof. Pamelyn MacDonald, Psychology, Spring 2006; and, Prof. Nancy Maxwell, School of Law, Spring 20006.
B. Action Items:
1. Expenditures greater than $50,000
a. Athletic Weight Room and Locker Room Renovations
President Farley reported there is a need to expand our facilities and to provide new equipment. He said our present facilities are not adequate for the size of our athletics program. He reported that in order to make the improvement there is a need to raise funds and he would like the authority to ask Washburn Endowment Association to do a feasibility study of the project over the next couple of months. He also indicated the administration would like to begin the selection process to hire the architect for such a project parallel with the feasibility process so that if the project is feasible, the institution can proceed. He said if there is no fundraising support for the project there would be no need to hire the architect. He said the estimated project cost is in the $1.5-$2 million range. It was moved and seconded to authorize the architectural selection process to begin and to request the Washburn Endowment Association to undertake a fundraising feasibility study for the athletic weight room and locker room renovation project. Motion passed unanimously.
b. Architect Contract for Stoffer Hall, Building Renovation Project
President Farley reported the administration has recently completed the architect selection process for the proposed Stoffer Hall renovation project. He said the administration is recommending the appointment of Gould Evans and Associates. He said based upon a $10 million construction amount the total average fee is 8.24%. He said the base fee is 5.84% with an additional 2.4% for the complexity. He said the architectural fees for the Stoffer Hall project compare favorably with the Mulvane project which had average fees if 8.4% and the Student Wellness and Recreation Center and Moore Bowl projects which had approximately 7.5% average fee.
In response to a question from Regent Parks about how the institution will pay for the project, President Farley said the $10 million figure is our estimate at this time without the benefit of architect's advice. He said the project fund source will be University reserves which have accumulated over a number of years. He said the institution would retain adequate reserves for contingencies and/or cash flow. He said he's also asked the Washburn Endowment Association to conduct a feasibility study as there will be a fundraising component to the project.
It was moved and seconded to approve the award of a contract to Gould Evans and for the proposed architectural fees with the firm for the Stoffer Hall renovation project. Motion passed unanimously.
In response to a query from Regent Parks about visiting the weight room and Stoffer Hall, Dr. Farley said a tour of these facilities would be arranged for the March meeting.
c. Purchase of Touchnet Student Accounts Solutions
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, Wanda Hill, reported that the contract approved for SCT Banner three years ago included some associated software, one of which was Touchnet. She said the Touchnet software is used by students to make payment on their student accounts. She said the Touchnet service was implemented last fall with the student module in SCT Banner and is fully operational. She reported the administration would like to expand the Touchnet services to students and parents to view accounts receivable and installment payments. Ms. Hill said the institution has had for years an installment payment program which is presently in paper form only. She said the Touchnet software would allow there to be a web-based on-line solution so students could view how much they have remaining to pay on their installment plan and to make the payment. Vice President Hill said billing under the current plan is very tedious and if this is added we'd be able to do billing out of this module and it also would allow students to give parents access. She said it also would give the University the ability to bill third parties who are making payments for persons to attend the University.
Ms. Hill said the proposal is to implement a $30 processing fee for students which would be used to purchase the software program which compares favorably with an average of $40 for outside services to provide the same service and to increase the present late fee for payments from $10 to $25.
Regent Engel said he would like to stay away from funding the purchase of the software in this way from late fees. He said we don't need to be subject to the fair debt collection act and banking laws. He said he is in favor of buying the software, but would favor financing it another way.
Regent Warren said she believes we encourage abuse if there is not some level of fees imposed for participation and also late fees. She said she believes it is a student responsibility issue.
It was moved and seconded to approve the purchase of the Touchnet Student Accounts Solution at a cost of $104,378 and the implementation of a $30 installment plan fee and a $25 late fee to become effective Fall 2005. Motion passed with Regent Engel voting no.
d. Bookstore Renovation
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, Wanda Hill, reported the bookstore was last renovated in 1984 and that we currently have an energetic manager for the facility who would like to make improvements in the facility by replacing broken and updated fixtures.
Regent Parks inquired whether there has been any thought given to a second location for a University bookstore as she believes there is a need for other places for students and alumni to purchase University soft goods.
Regent Lee also expressed a need for enhanced visibility for the bookstore and wondered whether it could be placed on a different level.
President Farley reported there is no other desirable space available for re-placement of the University bookstore and that he thinks we have adequate space for the facility but with continued growth in the University we could grow out of the existing space.
Vice President Hill introduced the bookstore manager, Kay Farley, who reported the bookstore staff has been traveling quite a bit, noting the bookstore had an operation at the Mineral Water Bowl recently held in Excelsior Springs, Missouri and they're working with some smaller businesses in the city, noting the Overland Station and Kansas Sampler. She also reported the University has recently begun a licensing and marketing program and as this plan is implemented, the bookstore will be able to go out and sell Washburn across the state.
It was moved and seconded to award a contract to Kansas Building Systems, Inc, in the amount of $228,258 for the renovation of the Washburn University Bookstore. Motion passed unanimously.
e. Window Replacement Kuehne and West Hall - Project #C050252
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, Wanda Hill, reported Kuehne Hall was completed in 1979 and West Hall in 1983. She said the windows are original to the structures and some are in a state of disrepair. She said the administration believes some of these windows should be replaced. It was moved and seconded to approve the award of a contract to Kendall Construction for window replacement in Kuehne and West Halls in the amount of $70,880. Motion passed unanimously.
f. Computerized Maintenance Management Software Program (CMMS) for Facilities Services Department
It was moved and seconded to approve the award of a contract to TMA Systems, LLC for computerized maintenance management software program and digital maintenance assistance and the related purchase of hardware to be purchased and installed by ITS at a total project cost of $108,278.16. Motion passed unanimously.
4. Honorary Degree Candidates
It was moved and seconded to approve the awarding of four honorary degrees at the May commencement ceremony. Motion passed unanimously.
Regent Warren believed there to be a potential conflict of interest for her participation in the award of banking services contract as well as potential for conflict in the award of contract between $25,001-$50,000. She said to avoid the potential for conflict, she would excuse herself. Regent Warren departed the meeting at 5:40 p.m.
3. Request for Proposal - Banking Services for Washburn University
President Farley recognized Jim Maag who participated in the committee process leading to the recommendation of the banking services contract. Mr. Maag reported Chairperson Roth had called and asked that Jere Noe and he serve as a committee to make a recommendation for the award of a banking services contract. Mr. Maag said he and Mr. Noe met with Vice President Hill in September 2004 to develop the RFP which was issued to the 20 banks eligible for serving as a public institution depository under state law. He said the RFP was sent out in October and the proposals received from seven institutions on December 2. He said only six of the seven respondents were technically eligible to bid for the project. He said the committee then reviewed the proposal and consulted with Vice President Hill and others on some of the technical details about banking services provided the institution. He said the committee also looked at the cost and interest income under each of the proposals. He said following its analysis, the committee's unanimous decision was that the contract should be awarded to Commerce Bank and Trust. He said the contract should be a one year only contract which could be extended out for five years.
In response to a query from Regent Blair whether there were good responses to the RFP, Mr. Maag indicated each of the institutions eligible had expertise in providing the services but in some instances the size of the institution was limiting. He said in the area of cost and interest income there was a wide variance. He said in two instances there was a positive result and in five there would be a cost to the institution.
In response to a query from Regent Parks about location of the banks responding, Mr. Maag reported all had either their main office or branch offices in the city of Topeka. Mr. Maag added President Farley was not involved in the selection process in any manner and that he and Mr. Noe had been asked by the chairman of the Board, Jim Roth, to conduct the process. He said the committee relied purely on the criteria stated in the request for proposals.
In response to a query from Regent Lee if the institution will be paying more for banking services or get any new services, Vice President Hill reported the institution would be paying less for the same level of services and there will be some additional services provided, including the addition of direct deposit to students and positive pay.
It was moved and seconded to award the banking services contract effective May 1, 2005 to Commerce Bank and Trust of Topeka. Motion passed unanimously.
A. 1. Report of Purchases between $25,001 and $50,000
Award of contract to: Bob Florence Contractor Inc. in the amount of $38,500 to remodel the Shawnee Room in the Memorial Union; Young's Inc. in the amount of $31,368 for cooling tower replacement at Petro Allied Health Center; Ed Bozarth Chevrolet for $25,152 to purchase of a 2005 1-ton pickup in Facilities Services; Kendall Construction in the amounts of $25,500 for handicap ramp modifications in the Financial Aid Office and $25,308 for grout work for shower units in the Living/Learning Center; Professional Video Supply for $41,083 to purchase camera/recorder & accessories for KTWU; Davin Electric in the amount of $44,869 for UPS upgrade for KTWU Master Control; Dell Marketing LP in the amount of $26,488 for desktop computers in the School of Applied Studies; Honeywell Inc. in the amount of $48,548 for replacement/upgrade of HVAC controls in the Law School Clinic; Engineered Air in the amount of $47,900 for air conditioning unit in the School of Law; and, EBSCO Subscription Services in the amount of $215,623.07 for renewal of Mabee Library periodical subscription services.
C. Information Items:
1. Report on Washburn University Progress Toward Institutional Goals for 2004 Performance Agreement
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wasserstein, highlighted the progress made by the University in its institutional goals and the items shown in the agenda item.
2. New Faculty Hired For Fall 2005, School of Business
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wasserstein, reported the University had great success in the recruitment of faculty to the School of Business and thanked the Board for giving the administration the flexibility to make competitive offers to the persons selected.
Dean of the School of Business, Dr. David Sollars, reported that the 15 candidates interviewed all met with classes and made presentations. He said the school was very happy with the new faculty hired and expressed his thanks for the Board giving the school the flexibility in the hiring process.
D. Executive Session
It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing legal matters with counsel and to reconvene in Open Session at or before 6:15 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union. Motion passed unanimously. The Board recessed to Executive Session at 5:55 p.m. At 6:13 p.m. the Board reconvened in Open Session. Vice Chair Paul reported the Board had been in Executive Session for the purpose of discussing legal matters with counsel and that no action had been taken.
It was moved and seconded to amend the University's student organization recognition policy concerning compliance with the University's EEO policy to read as follows:
"Organizations must comply with the University's EEO policy and applicable Federal, state and local laws in all their activities, subject to the two following exceptions: (1) social fraternities and sororities exempt under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 may discriminate on the basis of gender; and (2) organizations formed to foster or affirm the sincerely held religious beliefs of their members may adopt a non-discrimination statement that is consistent with those beliefs. Organizations qualifying for one of these limited exceptions must comply with the University's EEO policy in all other respects."
Motion passed unanimously.
At 6:14 p.m. Vice Chair declared the meeting adjourned until 8:30 a.m. Saturday, January 15, reconvening in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
E. Committee of The Whole
Vice Chair Paul called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m. in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union.
Present were: Mr. Blair, Mr. Ferguson, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Warren.
President Farley said the topics being addressed this year in Committee of the Whole meetings are those identified in the AGB self-study which the Regents conducted last year. He said the Saturday morning sessions give us time to take a look at these issues more in depth. He said this morning the item is academic governance and educational policies specifically: what do we require of students seeking a degree, how do we measure what they know and how do we compare with other institutions.
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wasserstein, reported the degree requirements of Washburn University are typical of institutions of our size and scope. He said there are two basic components beyond the study and the major for the degree program. First there are some University specific requirements of all students. Those are English Composition, Mathematics, and the wellness course.
Vice president Wasserstein introduced Dr. Gordon McQuere, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean McQuere said there are also general education requirements that are distributed in three areas: natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Dean McQuere circulated a packet of materials describing generally the general education program and specifically the degree requirements for two specific bachelor's programs, one in Psychology, the other in Chemistry. Dean McQuere said the purpose of the general education program is to develop thinking skills of students and to learn information about the way humans know things. He directed the attention of the Regents to the goals articulated for general education program set forth in the materials circulated. He noted that any course to be considered for general education must satisfy at least three of the nine general education skills identified.
Dean McQuere said the University, in measuring how well it is preparing students, conducts employer and alumni surveys designed to determine whether students who graduate have acquired the information they need to know in their employment. Dr. McQuere indicated one of the things learned through the implementation of the surveys was that one of the things students identified as something they missed in their academic career was study in art and music or theatre. He said that survey result led to a change in the degree requirements to add a course from art, music or theatre as part of the general education requirements.
In terms of determining whether courses in majors are appropriate, Dean McQuere said we are guided by national standards, by requirements from accrediting agencies and from input from our community in the form of community advisory boards. In terms of different majors, Dean McQuere said that some, like Chemistry, are vertically arranged. That is, each course in the major builds upon a previous course completed by a student, while others are horizontally oriented such as History where students may enroll in a variety of courses such as U. S. or World History which do not necessarily build upon each other.
Next was Dr. David Sollars, Dean of the School of Business, who said we strive for improvement in all we do. Dean Sollars circulated a packet of materials highlighting the curriculum of the School of Business. He said as time goes on courses change, the content of courses changes as education is evolving all the time. We strive for improvement in all we do with respect to courses. We listen to the marketplace, our alumni and employers, and we use focus groups and surveys. He said we also examine the best practices of other schools.
Dean Sollars said in terms of curriculum, the school listens to the marketplace, surveys alumni and employees, and uses focus groups. He also said the school examines best practices at other schools and the AACSB acreditation standards. He points out the degree requirements for the BBA degree, noting the AACSB requires 50% of the course work to be general education courses. The other courses are 36 student credit hours in core business courses and 24 in the major area of study. The three major areas are accounting, marketing and management.
Dr. Sollars reported there are specified outcomes for each course and at the junior level all students are tested for retention of information in the earlier courses, e.g. economics and MIS. He said the school has a strong curriculum and is developing a process to evaluate it. A faculty committee is to make a report to the Dean on how courses may be improved.
Dr. Cindy Hornberger, Dean of the School of Nursing, circulated a packet of materials outlining the BSN curriculum. Dean Hornberger said the BSN degree requires 124 credit hours: 59 upper division, 44 general education, 6 supporting and 8-11 of University required courses. She said our curriculum includes clinical practice hours and our curriculum compares favorably with others in the state. It also includes a capstone course on which students are paired with practicing nurses in the last four weeks of school.
Dr. Hornberger reported the nursing school's last accreditation was renewed for the maximum ten year period and was reaccredited by the state Board of Nursing in 2001. She said the school also uses surveys of alumni and employers. Dean Hornberger said the school is the second largest in the state of Kansas, second to the University of Kansas. She said we are limited in enrollment on the basis of clinical sites available to place students.
Dr. Willie Dunlap, Dean of the School of Applied Studies, also circulated a packet of materials. His materials highlighted the BSW program. Dean Dunlap reported the Social Work Department faculty includes three faculty who serve as site visitors for accreditation of social work programs.
The Dean of the School of Law, Dennis Honabach, circulated a packet of materials describing the law school program.
Dr. Wasserstein circulated a handout summarizing the differences in the current bylaws for the University Council and a proposal for a Faculty Senate recently adopted. He said because the composition of the Faculty Senate is different from University Council it will function differently. He said there are two factors which excite faculty: one is that more people will be involved in the process; and, it is a place for faculty to gather to talk.
Dr. Wasserstein said the Faculty Senate proposal is the culmination of two years of work. Dr. Wasserstein said the next step in the process was to take the proposal to the General Faculty.
There being no further business, Vice Chair Paul adjourned the meeting at 11:13 a.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents