WASHBURN UNIVERSITY OF TOPEKA
BOARD OF REGENTS
October 8, 1997
I. Chairperson Parks convened the meeting of the Washburn Board of Regents in the
KTWU Studio at 7:09 p.m.
II. Present were: Mr. Craig, Mr. Dick, Mr. Engel, Mr. Ferrell, Mrs. Parks, Mrs. Porter and
Chairperson Parks welcomed Regent Roth back to active participation, following his
surgery, in the Board of Regents and extended also a welcome to the new member of the
Board, Mr. Harry Craig, who is the representative from the Kansas Board of Regents.
III. It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the September 10, 1997
meeting as mailed. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. President's Report
President Farley highlighted the events surrounding year's homecoming: the Wake Up
With Washburn on Thursday, October 9, along with a reception for Alumni Fellows
and the bonfire pep rally in the evening; the Alumni Fellows luncheon and sculpture
walk on Friday, October 10; the homecoming parade and game on Saturday; and,
Brunch with Bach on Sunday. Dr. Farley also commended several of the units of the
University for accomplishments, including:
1996-97 Lady Blues were recognized as the top academic team in Division II
KTWU received grant from PBS in the amount of $334,000 which will be used to
improve the transmitter signal, he commended especially Dr. Anderson, KTWU
General Manager, and Chief Engineer, Duane Lloyd.
The School of Nursing received a $50,000 grant to provide trans-Atlantic
educational experiences for nursing students who will be performing community
assessment in three countries. This grant is in conjunction with four other nursing
schools in the United States.
The School of Law WashLaw was identified as the top internet resource for legal
research by the Internet Guide for Legal Researchers along with the statement that
if there were to be allowed only one legal research page on the internet "this would
be the one to choose."
A survey of endowment fund performance shows that on a student FTE basis the
Washburn endowment is 21st in the country of all publics. He noted that the fund
total is almost the smallest in dollar size. He said the University's ranking is
remarkable and speaks to the generosity of donors and alums contributing to that
Dr. Farley mentioned he had made ten or eleven presentations this past month
including a presentation at the Topeka Rotary Club and student organizations and that
he has been visiting with some of the other chief executive officers of the public four-
year institutions in the state, mentioning recent visits to Chancellor Hemenway at the
University of Kansas and President Wefald at Kansas State University. He said he will
be visiting with Emporia State University President, Dr. Shallencamp, within the next
couple of weeks. He also cited the "Fridays with Farley" advanced by a member of
his executive staff which was well attended even though early in the morning. He
also indicated that a recent tailgate party function for faculty and staff also was well
attended with approximately 665 persons attending. He said that in November, the
publisher of the New York Times, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., will be the Oscar S.
Stauffer Executive in Residence.
Dr. Farley announced that Washburn will be participating October 28 in a national
satellite conference sponsored by the TIAA/CREF. It will be a panel to talk about
retirement and investment issues featuring Jane Bryant Quinn, James Tobin, and
Marty Liebowitz. He said that he also has been invited to participate as a panelist.
The program will be from New York. He said that last year's satellite conference was
watched by 25,000 persons; he expected this year's participation will be closer to
Mrs. Parks extended her congratulations to the success enjoyed by the Lady Blues, the
School of Nursing, the School of Law, KTWU for their recent accomplishments.
1. Washburn University: State Financing
President Farley said that on Tuesday, October 8, he sent a letter to members of
the Board of Regents concerning the issue of funding for Washburn University. He
noted that a legislative interim committee on community college governance and
funding has been meeting this past summer and that the two co-chairs,
Representatives Empson and Reinhardt, wanted input from Washburn University.
He noted that he's bringing the issue to the Board as he has been invited to testify
at the committee Thursday, October 10. He said that some of the committee
proposals have focused on governance, citing by way of example a proposal to
have the board of trustees of the community colleges reporting to the Kansas
Board of Regents. Another proposal advanced has been to increase state funding
to reduce ad valorem levies in the 19 taxing districts so that the mill levy would be
reduced in each of the districts to 15 mills. He said this is a proposal which
wouldn't affect us as our present operating mill levy is at about 15 mills.
Dr. Farley said as an outsider, in light of the bifurcated structure between the
Kansas Regents' institutions, the community colleges and Washburn, greater
coordination is needed to benefit students. He also said that higher education in
Kansas doesn't speak with one voice looking out for the state-wide interests.
Dr. Farley said that the state of Kansas presently appropriates approximately $7.7
million for Washburn University in state funding which equates to $1,620 per 1.0
FTE student; that at the community colleges state aid funding is approximately
$1,740 per 1.0 FTE student; and at the Kansas Regents' institutions,
approximately $5,500 per 1.0 FTE student. He said the latter figure might be a
little distorted because of expenditures for research at the University of Kansas and
Kansas State University. He indicated that 42% of the Washburn student body
comes from outside Shawnee County and presently from 80 of the state's 105
counties. He said that 27% of the Washburn budget is made up from ad valorem
tax levies and that the same is true generally at the 19 community colleges. He
noted that the citizens in the communities of Emporia State, Fort Hays and
Pittsburg State, don't have similar levies for institutions providing development
tools to those cities.
Dr. Farley said he will be proposing to the committee in his testimony on Thursday,
October 9, a concept based on equity funding if state funding for community
colleges is increased, so too, something should be added for Washburn. He said
the basic proposal is that additional state funding would be granted to Washburn to
bring Washburn to the comparative level of funding of others. He said at the least
it should be at the current level of the community colleges, noting that if the
proposal suggested to increase community college funding could bring that 1.0 FTE
state contribution to $3,000, but that Washburn would still be at the $1,600 level.
He said he believed that, if adopted, it could be a phased program over time. He
also suggested that instead of tieing the increase to community colleges to a
reduction in mill levies for those institutions that that option could be left with the
community colleges' respective board of trustees to use the funding in a manner to
benefit its students. In the ensuing discussion, there was expressed the view that
if the concept of equity funding is adopted that it should not stop at equity funding
only to the level enjoyed by the community colleges, but to the level enjoyed by
the state educational institutions. The concept was identified as being "a breath of
fresh air," "innovative," and a student-centered new way to look at the funding
issue. Faculty representative Dr. Wolf said that it is true that students come from
all across the state of Kansas to attend Washburn and that he believes that
speaking as a faculty representative, the faculty would strongly support Dr.
Farley's efforts in securing equity funding. It was the consensus expressed by
members of the Board that the equity funding concept is a good one and should be
VI. New Business
A. Action Items
1. Faculty-Staff Salary/Wage Proposal for FY 1998
It was moved and seconded to approve Dr. Farley's recommendation that
$200,000 be provided by University employees as recommended by a special
committee. It was moved and seconded to amend the proposal by increasing
the amount to be paid to eligible full professors and assistant professors to
$625 per person and no increase be given to associate professors and
Regent Dick said that given the timing and history involved, the committee's
recommendation is a good and legitimate proposal. He said he hoped, however,
that the University would go to a performance based proposal in the future. He
said that giving a straight across-the-board increase penalizes excellence and
rewards mediocrity. Regent Engel said, using information from the July 17
survey on faculty salaries provided to the Board, that the only way to make
progress in closing the gap in faculty salaries at Washburn compared with other
institutions is to use the funding available to the institution top close that gap.
President Farley said he supports rewarding people on the basis of merit but
noted that, in implementing a merit proposal, the evaluation of employees is
very difficult. He did say that he would be very supportive in the future of a
merit-based system and noted that the special committee created had been
asked to review broad-based options for distribution of the $200,000 including
merit. Dr. Eck, faculty representative to the Board, noted that the committee
was a broad-based committee comprised of ten faculty members, nine from the
University Council representing the respective academic units and divisions, and
that there were three administrators and three wage and hour employees. He
said with the amount of money available, the committee concluded that the per
capita distribution was the best way to go giving everyone a sense of
community. He said they didn't want to send the message that faculty are only
out for themselves. He did say that he believed that future proposals should be
Regent Dick said the proposal is a valuable bandaid but that in the future we
should look at market conditions, by expertise and position, and in conjunction
with staff look at the community market conditions. Dr. Eck said that we also
have to be concerned about staff and that within ranks of faculty it doesn't
mean that all professors and assistant professors are underpaid or that all
instructors and associate professors are overpaid. He said he feared there
would be a polarization among employees if the amendment were adopted.
Faculty representative, Dr. Wolf, said that the amount of increase to be
conveyed to professors and assistant professors under the amendment is a
small amount of money not worth the dissention and the psychological cost
associated with it. Dr. Wolf, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Eck all noted that they are full
The motion to amend failed with one aye, the remaining nays. The main motion
to approve the distribution of the $200,000 as recommended by the special
committee passed with Mr. Engel voting nay.
The proposal from the special committee as recommended by the
administration is that $200,000 for this fiscal year "be divided on a per
capita basis, based on a full-time equivalent appointment, among
employees who are continuing, benefit eligible employees as of July 1,
1997, and paid from the General Fund and that one-half of the per
capita increase be made to those employees in January, 1998 spreading
the remainder of the amount over the rest of the contract year."
Excluded from participation are employees not paid through the General
Fund and employees in the Law School and auxiliary units.
B. Consent Agenda
It was moved and seconded to approve the item comprising the Consent Agenda in
VI.B.1. through 3. Motion passed unanimously.
By its action, the Board of Regents approved:
1.Faculty Personnel: the appointment of Jessica Wakefield as Artist in
Residence/Concertmaster with an annual basic salary of $30,000; Anne-Liesse
Persehaye as Lecturer for the Fall 1997 semester at a salary of $10,930; the
appointment of Nancie Palmer as Acting Assistant Chair for the Fall 1997 and
Acting Chair in the Spring 1998 with an administrative stipend added of $2,000
for a total FY 1998 annual basic salary of $39,500.
2.Purchase of 21 Network Computer Terminals: the purchase of 21 NC217
computer terminals and keyboards from Tektronix in the amount of $27,515.00.
C. 1. Budget Status Report for the Two Months Ending August 31, 1997
President Farley reported that Mr. Mosiman and his staff had prepared this
report for the first two months of the fiscal year and summarized the
2. Strategic Financial Indicators Fiscal Years 1984-1997
Dr. Farley singled out some of the highlights of the report, noting that
approximately two thirds of the University's Operating Budget was expended
for academic purposes. He would, based on his experience, expect something
less than that as many institutions expend only about 50% for academic
purposes. He noted that state funding for the institution is only approximately
18% and related back to the information concerning the equity funding concept
expressed earlier in the meeting and noted that the endowment income to
Washburn University is approximately 2% of its educational general revenue.
He said only those institutions with very large endowment funds generate
endowment income to their respective institutions of 2%-4% so that from that
comparison, Washburn University is doing very well. Dr. Farley commended
Mr. Mosiman and his staff for the preparation of these major reports.
Regent Dick said both reports are excellent but that he would prefer that in the
future the report include information on the dollar per FTE basis. He also said
that financial information is important but would hope that as we begin to refine
and look forward to evaluation of trends, that we would find more information
and gear it toward education. Dr. Farley said he concurred, noting that, as
administrators, we tend to measure what we can easily measure which typically
is financial information.
Regent Roth noted that the Board will be having a retreat the afternoon of Friday,
November 14 and the morning of Saturday, November 15, which, according to the present
calendar, would be followed by a Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday, November 18.
He asked whether it would be possible for the Regents to take up its business meeting at
some point during the retreat either after the Friday or Saturday sessions. It was the
consensus of the Board that the business meeting be added at some time during the
Regents Parks commended Dr. Anderson and the staff of KTWU for its work and thanked
them for permitting the Board to use its facility for a meeting place.
It was moved and seconded to adjourn. The meeting of the Board of Regents adjourned at
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents