I. Call to Order
Chairperson Blair called the meeting to order in the Forum Room of the Bradbury Thompson Center at 8:05 a.m.
II. Roll Call
Present were: Mr. Blair, Mr. Craig, Mr. Dick, Mr. Goossen and Mrs. Parks.
III. Approval of Minutes of September 15, 2000 meeting as circulated
It was moved and seconded to approve the Minutes of the September 15, 2000 meeting as mailed. Motion passed unaninmously.
IV. Officer Reports
A. Chair's Report
Chairperson Blair first extended his thanks for everyone participating in the retreat session last month and commended the administration for the wonderful reports everyone presented. He said all were so well prepared. He extended his congratulations to the Dean of the School of Business, JuliAnn Mazachek, and the Business School faculty for getting on track for accreditation by the AACSB.
He then reported briefly on the recent trip to China. He said the schools and universities visited were quite impressive as were their programs. He said they appear to be excellent schools and programs and that should result in the increase of free enterprise. He said what they are doing in the country is beyond belief with tremendous growth in building projects. He did say there was a slight mishap with Dr. Bill Langdon, who experienced an epileptic seizure and a collapsed lung in Korea. He said it's important for the Board of Regents to get a better understanding of international programs and that this visit helped accomplish that.
Regent Engel arrived at 8:13 a.m.
Regent Parks interjected that recently the president of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung , was presented the Nobel Peace Prize and also is an honorary doctorate holder from the University.
B. President's Report
Dr. Farley noted that this has been homecoming week and that one of the events during the week was featured on the front page of the Topeka Capital-Journal, the taco eating contest. He said today's football contest is with Southwest Baptist which should be an exciting game; and that tonight is the University Ball where two persons will be honored with respect to their leadership, Robert J. Dole, whose commitments prevented him from attending but he has put together a video tape for presentation, and the CEO and chairman of Security Benefit Group, Howard Fricke. He said in a couple weeks another Washburn grad, Dick Davidson, who is the chair and CEO of Union Pacific, will be on campus as the Oscar S. Stauffer Executive in Residence.
Dr. Farley reported that a campus fraternity, Kappa Sigma, was honored by its national for excellence in its operations in 1999-2000 including three awards for scholarship. He reported also that another fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, recently participated in a national conference on intervention procedures regarding alcohol and drugs. He said Sigma Phi Epsilon is taking a proactive stance in addressing the issue.
He reported that a current Washburn student and romance novelist, Monica Jackson, recently had a movie adapted from her novel 'Never Too Late For Love' accepted by the Black entertainment network. The production should be broadcast in May.
Finally, Dr. Farley reported that members of the Board should have received a facsimile in their offices recently with which was included a copy of the letter from the AACSB granting candidacy status to the University's School of Business and a detailed reported on enrollment data for the fall 2000 semester. He said this is the first time since 1991 where there has been an upturn in enrollment. He said there has been, over the years, a trend downward in part-time enrollment as it will continue to soften in part in response to the economy.
C. Treasurer's Report
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer, Wanda Hill, reported that the Living Learning Center is still on target as reported. She said they are concentrated on finishing the exterior of the residence hall portion of the project and shell of the food court. She said the project is proceeding on schedule.
It was moved and seconded to approve: 1. Depository Security Transactions, 2. Liquidated Claims - September 2000, and 3. Public Fund Investments as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
VI. A. 1. Change Orders - Living Learning Center Project
It was moved and seconded to approve change orders set forth in the agenda item as follows:
General Contract - McPherson Contractors, Inc.
Delete windows, provide stud infill. Add hoist beams and guide rail beams in elevator shafts. Net increase: $2,459.00
Change fire extinguisher cabinets to stainless steel finish. Increase motor horsepower to increase speed in elevators of building one. Net increase: $2,814.00
Change west and east poured concrete walls of building two to 8" reinforced CMU walls. Change from colored mortar mix to white sand cement. Net decrease: ($3,590.00)
Add upper doors, frames to closets in single unit suites. Door hardware: accept base bid and alternates 1 and 3, add pincode pad at 114 doors, and hardware installation. Net decrease: ($16,874.00)
Net contract change: Decrease: ($15,191.00)
No change in contract time - Completion date June 20, 2001.
Electrical Contract - Torgeson Electric
Add two door hold opens and a smoke detector. Net increase: $935.66
Net contract change: Add $935.66
No change in contract time - Completion date June 5, 2001.
Chairperson Blair recognized Regent Dick as chair of the budget/finance committee. Regent Dick said that while the committee itself did not meet since the last Board of Regents meeting, it has completed preparation of a survey circulated to members of the Board to help the budget/finance committee understand what each member would like to receive in order to help understand the workings of the University's budget and the budget/finance committee. He said the results will be summarized by the Secretary to the Board and presented at a subsequent meeting and that the results would be immediately incorporated in the working of the committee. He also circulated the updated budget/finance committee work plan to the regents.
V. EXECUTIVE SESSION
It was moved and seconded to recess to Executive Session for the discussion of a personnel matter and to reconvene in open session in the Forum Room of the Bradbury Thompson Center at 9:05 a.m. Motion passed unanimously. The Board recessed to Executive Session at 8:50 a.m.
At 9:05 a.m. the Board reconvened in open session in the Forum Room of the Bradbury Thompson Center.
VI. New Business
A. Action items
2. Proposal for Certificate in Non-Profit Management
It was moved and seconded to approve the Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management. Motion passed unanimously.
3. Constitutional Changes - Board of Student Publications
It was moved and seconded to approve the change in the Constitution for the Board of Student Publications as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Consent Agenda
It was moved and seconded to approve the consent agenda. Motion passed unanimously. As approved by the Board of Regents:
1. Expenditures over $25,000
a. Washburn - Lane Parkway Project
approval of payment of matching funds to support the Washburn-Lane Parkway project in the amount of $100,000 payable from the Regent's Contingency to the City of Topeka when the City of Topeka approves a project that conforms with WAshburn University's "Commitment to Match Funds;"
b. FY 2001 Member SVC Assessment
payment of annual assessment for membership in PBS by KTSU in the amount of $88,190;
c. Music Computer Lab - Garvey
award of contracts to Bob Florence Co. for $34,929, Samco Inc. for $29,690 and ACE Electric for $13,379 for the renovation of Garvey 235 into a Music Computer Lab and Listening Library;
d. Purchase and installation of infiNET Solutions, Inc. software
purchase and installation of selected modules from infiNET Solutions, Inc. in the amount of $194,290 and the inclusion of $20,582 for maintenance in the FY01-02 Information Technology Services budget;
e. Contract w/Robert Huber Assoc. for Debit Card Consulting
award of a contract with Robert Huber Associates for $22,800 plus estimated expenses of $13,200 for assisting the University with its campus card implementation;
f. Purchase of Communications Cabling for LLC
award of a contract with Professional Networks & Cabling, Inc. to install the building-to-building cabling in the amount of $72,265 and the inside wiring in the amount of $74,815 for the Living Learning Center;
a. Personnel Action - Administrative Staff (Boose)
increase in salary for Mr. David Boose, Chief Engineer in Information Technology Services, to $38,676;
b. Personnel Action - Administrative Staff (Fox, Edwards & Gilchrist)
promotion of Caroline Fox to Academic Advisor at an annual rate of $28,908; appointment of Jason Edwards as Career Services Specialist at an annual rate of $27,588; appointment of Andrea Gilchrist as Admissions Counselor at an annual rate of $23,508; and,
c. Personnel Action - Administrative Staff (Ragar)
appointment of Marion L. Ragar, as Purchasing Manager at an annual salary of $42,000.
C. Information Items
1. Academic Affairs Discussion -- Dr. Wasserstein
Chairperson Blair recognized the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ron Wasserstein.
Dr. Wasserstein first indicated that the purpose of his presentation was just to discuss some of those things which, because of time constraints, could not have been discussed at the Regents' Retreat in September.
The first of the topics was the recent letter from the AACSB granting Washburn candidacy status in the accreditation process. He said it used to be in the past that sometimes accreditation was a strategem by which faculty salaries were enhanced. He said in the modern day the accreditation programs focus on improving what universities do in the context of the program to benefit students. He said accreditation by the AACSB is an absolute priority.
He noted that the School of Nursing has been involved in reassessment of its program. He said they have been rapidly making some changes and recently completed a new curriculum for their program. He reported the faculty is "extremely energized."
He reviewed briefly the program review process, noting that the process continues and now has become institutionalized over the years. He said this is an excellent vehicle for change as department scenarios are engaged first in self-study which is later exposed to the program review committee as a whole and the area challenged in the process. He said all of the information concerning the program review process since its inception is available to members of the Board. He said there is a shelf that is full of reports but that his area has also prepared one or two page executive summaries of all of the reviews over the years which are available readily. He said the program reviews approximately 15-20 units a year.
He said that in his role as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs he, this year, has had the opportunity to interact with new faculty as they arrive. He said they are really excellent people, a very diverse group, full of energy and enthusiasm for their work.
He said the School of Applied Studies has developed its program in strong fashion, noting that the Allied Health programs are truly selective as they are a limited number of spaces available for students, noting that it may be even more selective than even the admission to the School of Law.
He reported that the Criminal Justice Program, for the first time ever, has over 3,000 student credit hours enrolled for the fall 2000 semester.
He said the College of Arts and Sciences is comprised of a strong department and strong faculty. He said that while there is some turnover in faculty due to retirements, he said we are getting a good spread of ages in the faculty ranks which is useful for mentoring younger faculty. He said the College has a solid core of courses and departments.
He said we are now continually seeing how technology may be of benefit noting with particularity the on-line and distance learning programs. He said we're not trailing any of our peer institutions and faculty are "developing new web courses by the dozen." As an example of technology on the campus, Dr. Wasserstein noted that the Mulvane is hosting a faculty art show which includes an exhibit of photography done entirely without cameras and in the theatre gallery there is an exhibit by students of electronic art which is amazing. He said technology frees the artist.
He also noted that in the consent agenda approved by the Board moments before that there is a music listening lab for the College. He said Dr. Kirt Saville has grown the department in a detailed and organized way, doubling the number of music majors.
Also in the area of technology, he noted that KTWU will soon be required to enter the digital age. He said there has been a quasi-conflict between the University and KTWU to the extent that the University has wanted to utilize the facility for more educational programs which conflicts with the need to satisfy donors who have been making possible all these years the operation of the station. He said now that we are entering the digital age, KTWU will be able to broadcast up to four channels at one time, obviously one of those would still remain Channel 11 for public television. He said there are costs associated with the change, noting one of them which will be discussed in the future will be the replacement of the existing tower. He said he isn't proposing anything with respect to a new tower at the time, but noted that it is something that will have to come in the future.
The meeting adjourned at 9:55 a.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents