Board of Regents - Meeting Summary

March 1-3, 2006

The following provides a summary of actions of approval taken by the Board of Regents at its March 1-3, 2006 meeting in Dillon, Montana.  All amendments to agenda items are included and, unless otherwise noted, all votes are unanimous.  Formal minutes of the meeting will be prepared and published at a later date.  If you have questions on any of the items, please call Sherry Rosette at the Commissioner's Office in Helena (444-0311).


Regent  Barrett was excused from this meeting.

 

SYSTEM ISSUES
a. Finding a Permanent Location for the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Guaranteed Student Loan Program - ITEM 130-111-R0306

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON ITEM d.


Budget and Audit Oversight Committee meeting and AGENDA

Committee Members:  Mark Semmens, Chair, John Mercer, and Stephen Barrett


a.1

Approval of an independent audit of the Northern Rockies Center for Space Privatization to be sure there was value received for federal dollars expended.  The audit committee will include members of the legislative branch of government and members of the public.  This independent audit group will also review the dealings of Lloyd Chesnut, who was UM’s Vice President for Research from 1997 to 2003 - ITEM 130-112-R0306

ITEM a.1 WAS PULLED FROM THE AGENDA PENDING COMPLETE AUDIT BY THE FISCAL AUDIT DIVISION.

 

a.

Retirement Holdback Distribution FY06 & FY07   Memo   Table

LESS $10,000 FOR RETIREMENT STUDY, THE RETIREMENT HOLDBACK FUNDS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE STUDENTS AS A ONE TIME TUITION REDUCTION BASED ON CREDIT HOURS BEING TAKEN.

 

b. Wood-fired boiler-UM-W - ITEM 130-1605-R0306
c. Subzero Cold Chambers-MSU – ITEM 130-2004-R0306   Attachment
d. New Wellness Center-MSU-N – ITEM 130-2802-R0306   Attachment
e. Renovate BLM Building-MSU-N – ITEM 130-2803-R0306   Attachment
f. Loan for Renovation of Atrium-MSU-Bozeman – ITEM 130-2010-R0306
g. Loan for Construction of BioSafety Animal Containment-MSU-Bozeman – ITEM 130-2011-R0306
h. Naming the Education Center-UM - ITEM 130-1017-R0306

ITEMS b. THROUGH h. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE

 

i. Recommendation of Vendor-MFES - ITEM 130-106-R0306 - Marks   Current Handbook

ITEM i. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE WITH UNDERSTANDING VENDOR WILL PROVIDE ANNUAL REPORTS TO THE BOARD ON COSTS AND RETURNS BASED ON PEER BENCHMARKS, WITH THE FIRST REPORT DUE TO THE BOARD AT THE MAY, 2006 MEETING ALONG WITH THE SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE NEW CONTRACT.

 

j. Policy on Disposal of Computers-MUS - Discussion Item

NO ACTION NEEDED

 

k. Use of Timber Sales revenues-MUS - ITEM 130-107-R0306   Attachment

ITEM k. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE

 

l. Budget Initiative Proposals

BASED ON 5-1 VOTE WITH REGENT MERCER DISSENTING, campuses were authorized to submit campus initiatives that could be funded with a .5% per annum tuition increases, with the understanding that such initiatives would be included in the OCHE submissions to the executive budget office, and that such initiatives would be subsequently reviewed with student groups for their input.

A motion to recommend up to 20 additional WWAMI medical school slots was DENIED ON A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 3-3 WITH REGENTS HAMILTON, O'LOUGHLIN, AND SEMMENS DISSENTING.  Subsequently, the BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED submitting a Healthcare Workforce Training initiative in the amount of $4.0 million that includes development of a healthcare worker strategic plan, creation of data and program advisory groups, implementation of physician recruitment recommendations, expansion of up to ten WWAMI medical school slots, and development and expansion of allied health programs to address critical shortage areas.

    The BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED submission of the following other System initiatives:  Improve Transferability and Student Data: $1.9 million; Expand Indian Education for All: $500,000; Improve Affordability: $2.5 million (with the understanding that a buy-down of tuition at 2-year programs would be a part of the funding discussion for current level services); and Coordinate and Expand Distance Education: $600,000.

 

m. Biennial Budget Process Review

It was unanimously approved on 6-0 vote for OCHE to proceed to the executive level with the present law budget projections as presented


ACADEMIC/STUDENT AFFAIRS ITEMS
a.

Bachelor’s in Media Arts, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1002-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal

b.

Bachelor’s in Accounting, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1003-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal

c. Bachelor’s in Finance, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1004-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal
d. Bachelor’s in Information Systems, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1005-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal
e. Bachelor’s in International Business, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1006-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal
f. Bachelor’s in Management, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1007-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal
g. Bachelor’s in Marketing, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1008-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal
h. Master’s in Information Systems, UM-Missoula - ITEM 130-1010-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal   Budget
i. Associate in Natural Horsemanship, UM-Western - ITEM 130-1601-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal   Budget
j. Certificate in Agricultural Marketing, Dawson Community College - ITEM 130-201-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal   Budget
k. Associate in Web Development, Dawson Community College - ITEM 130-202-R0106   Request   Summary   Proposal   Budget

l.

Transfer goals - ITEM  130-101-R0306   Goals

ITEMS a. THROUGH l. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE

 

m.

Revisions to Policies 301.1 and 301.2 - ITEM 130-102-R0306   Attachment 1   Attachment 2

ITEM m. WAS REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA BY THE COMMITTEE

 

n.

Revisions to Policy 301.5.1 - ITEM 130-104-R0306   Attachment

ITEM n. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE

 

o.

Discussion of Policy 940.29, tuition for post-baccalaureate students

COMMITTEE AWAITS FISCAL IMPACT OF ITEM o. BEFORE BRINGING BEFORE THE BOARD

p.

ISBN numbers and textbooks - ITEM 130-105-R0306   Attachment

ITEM p. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE


Staff and Compensation Committee meeting and AGENDA

Committee Members:  Stephen Barrett, Chair, Heather O’Loughlin, and Mark Semmens


a.

Discussion of draft guidelines for “Board of Regents employment contracts” and “Montana University System employment contracts.” 

FURTHER STUDY AND REFINEMENT OF THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE DONE BEFORE THE ITEM IS RETURNED TO THE BOARD AT THE MAY, 2006 MEETING.


Workforce Development Committee meeting and AGENDA

 

Committee Members:  Mike Foster, Chair, Lynn Morrison-Hamilton, Lila Taylor, and John Mercer


a.

Review recommendations for expanding WWAMI, expanding physician residency programs), and improving physician location incentives.  Document to be mailed to the Committee next week

THIS ITEM WAS HANDLED WITH THE BUDGET INITIATIVES.

END OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS


CONSENT AGENDA

Staff Items:

a.

ITEM 130-1000-R0306 - Staff; The University of Montana-Missoula

b.

ITEM 130-1012-R0306 - Authorization to Confer the Titles of Dean Emeritus of the School of Fine Arts and Professor Emeritus of Drama/Dance Upon James D. Kriley; The University of Montana-Missoula

c.

ITEM 130-1013-R0306 - Authorization to Confer the Titles of Dean Emeritus of the School of Education and Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Counseling Upon Dr. Donald R. Robson; The University of Montana-Missoula

d.

ITEM 130-1014-R0306 - Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies Upon Thomas Roy; The University of Montana-Missoula

e.

ITEM 130-1015-R0306 - Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Conservation Upon Jack Ward Thomas; The University of Montana-Missoula

f.

ITEM 130-1016-R0306 - Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Journalism upon William L. Knowles; The University of Montana-Missoula

g.

ITEM 130-1500-R0306 - Staff; Montana Tech of The University of Montana

h.

ITEM 130-1500A-R0306 - Staff; Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

i.

ITEM 130-1600-R0306 - Staff; The University of Montana Western

j.

ITEM 130-2000-R0306 - Staff; MSU-Bozeman

k.

ITEM 130-2001-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology & Neuroscience-James McMillan; MSU-Bozeman

l.

ITEM 130-2002-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of Education-Ramona Marotz-Baden; MSU-Bozeman

m.

ITEM 130-2003-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of Soil Science-Gerald Nielsen; MSU-Bozeman

n.

ITEM 130-2009-R0306 - Regents Professorship upon Paul A. Grieco, MSU-Bozeman

o.

ITEM 130-2300-R0306 - Staff; Ag Experiment Station

p.

ITEM 130-2400-R0306 - Staff; Cooperative Extension Service

q.

ITEM 130-2700-R0306 - Staff; MSU-Billings

r.

ITEM 130-2701-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of English-Assistant Professor Randall Gloege; MSU-Billings

s.

ITEM 130-2702-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of Philosophy-Professor David Karnos; MSU-Billings

t.

ITEM 130-2703-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of Educational Theory & Practice-Professor George Madden; MSU-Billings

u.

ITEM 130-2704-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of English-Associate Professor Walter Utroske; MSU-Billings

v.

ITEM 130-2800-R0306 - Staff, MSU-Northern

w.

ITEM 130-2801-R0306 - Professor Emeritus of Biology-Dr. Reno Parker, MSU-Northern

ALL STAFF ITEMS WERE APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE.

Labor Agreements/Other

 

a.

Student Loan Advisory Council - ITEM 130-109-R0306

ITEM a. APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY ON 6-0 VOTE


With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m. 


 

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