Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education

Regular Meeting

MINUTES

January 20-21, 2000

Montana Higher Education Complex

2500 Broadway

Helena, MT 59620-3101

These minutes were approved by the Board of Regents at the March 23-24, 2000 meeting in Havre.

ADMINISTRATIVE/BUDGET COMMITTEE

ACADEMIC/STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

THURSDAY, January 20, 2000

The Executive Session convened at 7:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8:05 a.m.

The work session convened at 8:10 a.m. and recessed at 11:05 a.m. for individual Committee Meetings.

The Committees Convened at 11:15 a.m. for separate meetings and recessed at 12:00 for lunch.

The Full Board Convened at 1:40 p.m. - Roll Call indicated a Quorum Present

Regents Present: Pat Davison (Chairman), Ed Jasmin (Vice-Chairman), Jeremy Fritz, Lynn Morrison-Hamilton, Richard Roehm, Margie Thompson, Deborah Wetsit and Richard Crofts (Commissioner).

Regents Absent: None

     Regent Jasmin MOVED for APPROVAL of the Minutes of the November 18-19, 1999 Regular Meeting as circulated.

The Minutes were APPROVED unanimously.

      Regent Thompson MOVED for APPROVAL of the Minutes of the December 28, 1999 Conference Call Meeting as circulated.

  The Minutes were APPROVED unanimously.

Chairman Davison indicated that since the sudden death of President Michael Malone on December 21, there has been testimony from around the world concerning him and that many activities have been planned in his honor. In his memory, Chairman Davison requested that a moment of silence be observed.

Introduction Of New Staff

Commissioner Crofts introduced the new System Information and Research Officer, Bob Vogel.

CONSENT AGENDA

Staff Items:

a. ITEM 106-101-R0100 - Approval of Tentative Agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

b. ITEM 106-102-R0100 - Approval of Tentative Agreement with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

c. ITEM 106-103-R0100 - Approval of Tentative Agreement with the Print, Publishing and Media Sector of the Communications Workers of America and the Graphic Communications International Union

d. ITEM 106-104-R0100-Approval of Tentative Agreement with the Montana State University-Northern Federation of Teachers REMOVED FROM AGENDA

e. ITEM 106-105-R0100 - Appointment of Jim Stipcich and Jessica Kobos to the Student Loan Advisory Council; Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program

f. ITEM 106-106-R0100 - Staff; Office of Commissioner of Higher Education

g. ITEM 106-1000-R0100 - Staff; The University of Montana-Missoula

h. ITEM 106-1004-R0100 - Resolution Concerning the Retirement of Karen A. Hatcher, Professor and Dean of Library Services, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library; The University of Montana-Missoula

I. ITEM 106-1500-R0100 - Staff; Montana Tech of The University of Montana

j. ITEM 106-1500A-R0100 - Staff; Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

k. ITEM 106-1600-R0100 - Staff; Western Montana College of The University of Montana

l. ITEM 106-2000-R0100 - Staff; Montana State University-Bozeman AS AMENDED

m. ITEM 106-2700-R0100 - Staff; Montana State University-Billings

n. ITEM 106-2800-R0100 - Staff; Montana State University-Northern

o. ITEM 106-2801-R0100 - Post Retirement Contract for Conrad O. Nystrom; Montana State University-Northern

p. ITEM 106-2802-R0100 - Post Retirement Contract for Rodney L. Reitan; Montana State University-Northern

q. ITEM 106-2850-R0100 - Staff; Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology

      Regent Fritz MOVED to APPROVE all Items on the Consent Agenda with the exception of Item d. which was removed from the Agenda, and with the noted change to Item l.

Motion APPROVED unanimously.

STUDENT REPORTS

Jessica Kobos: President of MAS

Associate Commissioner, Rod Sundsted presented the Allocation Model to MAS students Wednesday evening, before the Regents’ meeting. The students feel they have a better understanding of the funding principles due to this presentation, and thanked Commissioner Crofts for arranging it.

At the same meeting, they discussed the Student Regent Selection process and set a deadline of February 22 to receive applications in the MAS office. They will then vote on the applicants at their March meeting and forward recommendations to Governor Racicot at the end of March.

MAS students also attended the Discussion on Tenure Wednesday afternoon.

Ms. Kobos also reported that all of the MAS officers had a chance to work with President Michael Malone and held him in the highest regard. They therefore voted unanimously to donate $1000 from the MAS funds to the scholarship fund set up in his honor.

Jessica Kobos: President of ASUM-Missoula

Ms. Kobos reported that proficiency exams in math and English had been implemented on the Missoula campus. (Students must now take these exams at the end of their sophomore year before they can take any upper level courses in these subjects.) The students do have a seat on the Proficiency Committee.

The Center for Leadership Conference which teaches students strategies on dealing with members of their groups will bring Debbie Wooten from Washington to speak to the students. She is a highly motivational speaker and they are looking forward to hearing her.

Chairman Davison expressed his appreciation to MAS for their donation to the Michael Malone Scholarship Fund.

Shad Huston: President of ASMSU-Billings

The student government has just completed a mass mailing of voter registration cards to the student body, emphasizing the importance of each of their votes.

The students had a special ceremony on campus in celebration of Martin Luther King day.

The ASMSU is facing a very difficult budgetary shortfall associated with the student newspaper.

Shelby Moody: President AS-FVCC

Ms. Moody reported that a Capital Campaign was held on campus which was so successful that the theater program is no longer charging an entrance fee to their programs, and all income now goes into scholarships. They now have five scholarships.

She also reported that the cross country teams did very well this year, with the men coming in seventh in the nationals and the women tenth.

Jared Harris – President, ASMSU-Bozeman

February 4th will be Student Legislative Day on the Bozeman campus. They will be sending letters to legislators inviting them to visit campus for a tour. The students want to show them the areas they hope to receive help with in the future, such as laboratories, etc. They would like to see the legislators sit in on a class or two to experience the quality of classes at the Bozeman campus. They have also invited Chairman Davison to address the legislators at that time.

Additionally, the students are planning a tribute to President Michael Malone. The Student Senate intended to pass a resolution honoring Michael Malone at their meeting that evening.

The weight room has encountered some difficulties due to budgeting problems. The students are working with the administration to get sufficient funding.

The Multi-cultural Resource Center on campus reaches the end of its agreed upon two year funding at the end of this year. It was agreed that ASMSU would sponsor it in the future to keep it active. An office will be provided in the Strand Union Building. The Multi-cultural Resource Center has benefited all of campus.

Chris Helgeson – President, MSU-Great Falls College of Technology

He discussed the proposed funding source for datawarehousing and thanked Commissioner Crofts, Regent Roehm and Executive Assistant Rolf Groseth for having lunch with the students in Great Falls.

Grant Williams - President AS-Montana Tech, Butte

Mr. Williams indicated the student government organized and participated in a food drive for the hungry, as well as getting the names of students unable to purchase a Christmas tree. The students cut trees for them and helped to decorate them.

The students have discussed the issue of Course Fees all semester. Their conclusion is that course fees are probably the most equitable way to handle those costs.

It was reported that the accrediting agency wanted the campus to show improvement in the humanities. The Administration decided that if they reduced the number of classes and restructured them, perhaps giving a test after a couple of years, that it might prove to make a difference. However, the student government disagreed with cutting courses. Mr. Williams indicated that a required course in Native American Studies has been added, but there is no one to teach it.

He reported that there is only one field available for all the different sports on campus. They will therefore be completing the recreation fields that were started in the early 1980s and left unfinished for budget reasons. There remains the question of how much it will cost to complete the project, and to maintain it. There is the suggestion to initiate a fee of about $7 per semester to cover the costs.

A survey was run on campus among graduating students, inquiring as to where they are going to work. Seven student senators are graduating and all are going out of state. The students feel that with salaries so low in Montana, that the investment made by the State in their education is a poor investment if they lose the students to other states.

Nels Tooker – President, Western Montana College

Mr. Tooker reported that their radio station was approved in a record making 9 months. They believe they will be on the air in approximately two months.

Additionally, they are creating a book exchange this year to help alleviate "buy-back shock" for students.

Brian Kelley: President – MSU-Northern

Mr. Kelley graduates in May, and thanked the Board of Regents for the opportunity to work with them, and for being open to student input.

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

ADMINISTRATIVE/BUDGET COMMITTEE

SUBMISSION AGENDA

a. ITEM 106-1001-R0100 - Planning for Construction of School of Journalism Building; The University of Montana-Missoula

The current Journalism building was erected in the 1930s and is inadequate today. UM has already raised $45,000 of the $60,000 they need to complete the planning for the new facility.

b. ITEM 106-1002-R0100 - Temporary Research Facilities, Science Complex; The University of Montana-Missoula

These temporary facilities will be funded out of indirect reimbursements from grants. Wen they are through using the temporary facilities, they will be moved to the Yellow Bay Research Station.

c. ITEM 106-1003-R0100 - Construct Traffic Roundabout, Madison and Arthur Streets; The University of Montana-Missoula

These are the first roundabouts in the state of Montana. They will be built and maintained by the State. The only cost to UM will be the value of the land to be deeded to the state for right of way. There will be no cash outlay.

NOTE: Only 15% of the building on the UM campus in the past seven years has been funded with state dollars.

      Regent Jasmin MOVED for APPROVAL to MOVE Items a., b., and c. to the ACTION AGENDA for the March, 2000 meeting

Motion APPROVED unanimously.

ACTION AGENDA

a. ITEM105-1004-R1199 - Increase Purchase Price Within Property Acquisition Zone; The University of Montana-Missoula

b. ITEM 105-1901-R1199 - Create Property Acquisition Zone; Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana

c. ITEM 106-300-R0100 - Placement Testing Fee; Flathead Valley Community College

d. ITEM 106-301-R0100 - Application Fee for Degree Seeking Students; Flathead Valley Community College

Items c. and d. have already been approved by the Board of Trustees of FVCC in a three step process.

e. ITEM 106-2701-R0100 - Authorization to Relocate a Softball Field; Montana State University-Billings

f. ITEM 106-2702-R0100 - Authorization to Relocate the Childcare Center; Montana State University-Billings

Center is being relocated due to demolition of old facility. The program will be run by an outside agency.

g. ITEM 106-2851-R0100 - A Revision To An Authorized Easement for Fiber Optic and Copper Cables for Electronic Delivery of Instruction Programming; Montana State University College of Technology-Great Falls

      Regent Jasmin MOVED for APPROVAL of Items a. – g.

Motion APPROVED unanimously.

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ACADEMIC/STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

University of Montana-Missoula

Request from the Schools of Business Administration and Law at the University of Montana-Missoula to offer a joint program in law and business administration leading to the completion of two separate degrees, the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in a shorter time than would normally be required if the degrees were taken consecutively.

Request from the Women's Studies Program to

  • correct the title of the minor from Women and Gender Studies to Women's and Gender Studies,
  • remove the upper-division writing requirement from the minor, and
  • add Anthropology 265N and Sociology 220S to those listed to satisfy the lower division course requirements of the minor.

Requests from the University of Montana-Missoula College of Technology for changes to maintain currency of program and option titles for the Associate of Applied Science degrees as follows:

Microcomputing Technology (CIP #11.0301) to Computer Technology and under this major to retitle two options:

Software Support Option to Information Systems Management Option

Network Support Option to Network Management Option

Legal Secretarial Technology (CIP #52.0403) to Legal Support Services

Request from University of Montana-Missoula College of Technology to discontinue the Certificate in Truck Driving. A completed Termination Checklist is on file.

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Request from Montana Tech to offer the Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in cooperation with Pt. Barata Nusatama Prima (BNP) of Jakarta, Indonesia in Jakarta.

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II. NOTICES OF INTENT

a. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to Establish a Center for Environmental Health Sciences; The University of Montana-Missoula

b. NOTICE OF INTENT- Approval of Proposal to Convert the Certificate of Combination Welding to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Metals Fabrication Technology; College of Technology, Montana Tech of The University of Montana See Submission Agenda Item 106-1501-R0100

c. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to Reorganize and Rename the Present Options in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Change the Name of the Department to Mathematical Sciences; Montana Tech of The University of Montana

d. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval to Change the Name of the Department of and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering to Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Montana Tech of The University of Montana

e. NOTICE OF INTENT- Approval of Proposal to Convert the Certificate in Practical Nursing to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing; Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana See Submission Agenda Item 106-1901-R0100

f. NOTICE OF INTENT - Authorization to Allow Montana State University and the University of Montana to Enter into a Montana University System (MUS) Affiliation Agreement with the University of North Dakota, HealthOne Hospital (Denver) and Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane) to Provide the Professional Clinical Laboratory Training

g. NOTICE OF INTENT - Authorization to Offer A Non-teaching Undergraduate Minor in Japan Studies; Montana State University-Bozeman

h. NOTICE OF INTENT - Authorization to Offer a Master of Fine Arts in Science and Natural History Filmmaking; Montana State University-Bozeman

i. NOTICE OF INTENT - Authorization to Offer a Bachelor of Arts in Music; Montana State University-Bozeman

j. NOTICE OF INTENT - Authorization to Restructure the Biology Department in the College of Letters and Sciences; Montana State University-Bozeman

k. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to Offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology; Montana State University-Billings, College of Technology

l. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to Offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Systems Technology; Montana State University-Billings, College of Technology

m. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to Implement the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automobile Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology; Montana State University-Billings, College of Technology

n. NOTICE OF INTENT - Authorization to Offer a Minor of Business Geographics; Montana State University-Billings

o. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to implement a Two-Year, Farm/Ranch Business Management Certificate Program; Dawson Community College, Glendive, MT

p. NOTICE OF INTENT - Approval of Proposal to Implement a Correctional Officer Certificate Program, Dawson Community College, Glendive, MT

      Regent Thompson MOVED for APPROVAL to MOVE Items a., c., d. and f. - p. to the SUBMISSION AGENDA for the March, 2000 meeting.

Motion APPROVED Unanimously

III. SUBMISSION AGENDA

a. Montana University System Academic Program Review: The University of Montana

      Regent Thompson MOVED for APPROVAL to MOVE Item a. to the ACTION AGENDA immediately, with immediate APPROVAL as ACTION ITEM

Motion APPROVED Unanimously

b. ITEM 105-2004-R1199 - Authorization to Establish the Center for Life in Extreme Environments (CLExEN): Thermal Biology Institute; Montana State University-Bozeman

c. ITEM 105-2704-R1199 - Authorization to Establish the Montana Commercial Space Policy Institute; Montana State University-Billings

Item c. was deferred from consideration until Friday so that more information could be obtained for an informed vote.

d. ITEM 105-102-R1199 - Policy 220- Higher Education Centers

Item d. was taken out of Committee and put before the Full Board

e. NOTICE OF INTENT ITEM 106-1501-R0100 - Approval of Proposal to Convert the Certificate of Combination Welding to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Metals Fabrication Technology; College of Technology, Montana Tech of The University of Montana

f. NOTICE OF INTENT ITEM 106-1901-R0100 - Approval of Proposal to Convert the Certificate in Practical Nursing to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing; Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana

      Regent Thompson MOVED for APPROVAL to MOVE Items b., e. and f. to the ACTION AGENDA for the March, 2000 meeting.

Motion APPROVED Unanimously

IV. ACTION AGENDA

a. ITEM 104-1504-R0999 - Authorization to Establish the Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment; Montana Tech of The University of Montana

b. ITEM 104-2802-R0999 - Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC); Montana State University-Northern

      Regent Thompson MOVED for APPROVAL of Items a. and b.

Motion APPROVED Unanimously

V. OTHER

a. Report on Credit by Examination in the Montana University System, FY 1999

Deputy Commissioner for Academic/Student Affairs Joyce Scott, explained the report. One of the objectives of restructuring was to increase the opportunities for non-traditional learning such as use of the Credit by Examination.

b. Montana State GEAR UP Project:

  • Report on Scholarship Activities for GEAR UP

Director of Montana Guaranteed Student Loans, Arlene Hannawalt reported that they have $240,000 available in scholarships and have already awarded $150,000. They have 80 applications and are looking forward to the awards for next year.

  • List of Gear Up Partner Schools for FY 2000

Dr. Scott indicated that the GearUp Program has partnered with a wide variety of high schools, and is also working with at-risk students in grades 6 through 8.

c. Montana University System Awards/Degrees Conferred 1998-1999

Dr. Scott explained the report on awards/degrees and indicated that the two year degrees are increasing at the community colleges, and decreasing at the 4 year campuses. The degrees awarded at the Law School of The University of Montana-Missoula, were inadvertently omitted from the report. The report will be updated and available at the meeting in March.

d. Associate Degrees Awarded - MUS and Community Colleges

Associate Degrees Awarded have increased in the last year.

From SUBMISSION Agenda of Academic/Student Affairs Committee

d. ITEM 105-102-R1199 - Policy 220- Higher Education Centers

Item d. was taken out of Committee and put before the Full Board

Commissioner Crofts has met twice with Presidents Quinn and Gilliard to reach a resolution on this matter. At the request of the presidents, Commissioner Crofts would not elaborate on the details of their discussions, and will have one more meeting with the Presidents before the March meeting in an attempt to finalize a solution. There was comment from Cindy Blanton of Helena and Dawn Trebovich of the Montana National Guard, both non-traditional students. There was further discussion among the Regents.

      Regent Thompson MOVED for APPROVAL to MOVE Item d. to the Action Agenda for the March, 2000 meeting in anticipation of the meeting between Commissioner Crofts and the two Presidents.

Motion APPROVED by a 6 - 1 vote, with Regent Jasmin dissenting.

OLD BUSINESS

a. Report on Perkins Grant - Bill Rupe or Bob Carr

Bob Carr reported on the State plan for Perkins dollars. The task force has had a number of meetings and accepted a great deal of public input. He indicated that the Tech Prep Initiative will bring more students from high schools into higher education. They have allowed Perkins dollars for middle school participants also. Mr. Carr indicated that there are three components to the Task Force: The Office of Public Instruction (OPI), Community Based Organizations (CBO) and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

Arlene Parisot indicated that the task force has had a huge responsibility under very difficult circumstances. They are now ready to compile their document, print and disseminate it to the public. There will be a public hearing on March 3, and those comments will be integrated into the State Plan. The report will be sent to the Regents with the Agenda for the March meeting, and to the Department of Education by April 1.

The Board recessed at 3:35 p.m. to meet with faculty representatives.

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FRIDAY, January 21, 2000

The full Board reconvened at 8:15 a.m.

OLD BUSINESS CONTINUED

Task Force on Fees - SUBMISSION ITEM

Laurie Neils gave a comprehensive report on what the Task Force has accomplished and its recommendations. There was an extended discussion among the Regents, and individuals from the campuses on which fees could or should be eliminated, and which should not. There was discussion of super tuition for high cost programs which offer a large reward to the student at completion. There are worries about pricing the university system out of the market on one hand, and the concept of truth in advertising on the other, when students are presented with very high fees on top of tuition. The Task Force is hoping for a moratorium on new or increased fees during the next year. It was agreed by all parties that the reason for the dramatic increase in fees on each of the campuses was the shortage of State Support.

Chairman Davison charged the Task Force to 1) come back to the March meeting with an expanded discussion on the variety of fees; and 2) to explore a tuition philosophy or policy statement that the Regents could adopt.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No Public Comment

OLD BUSINESS CONTINUED

c. Continued Discussion of Fiscal Year 2001 Operating Budgets

After discussion at the January meeting, various areas of the budgets were identified that appeared to have been cut back excessively. Several of these items were mentioned by Commissioner Crofts, such as libraries and staff development among others. However, it was noted that State dollars are not the only dollars spent on the items mentioned, but they are the only dollars included in the report. Commissioner Crofts requested a meeting with the Presidents and Chancellors in order to prepare a recommendation on how to improve these various issues.

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NEW BUSINESS

Appointment Of Interim President

Chairman Davison acknowledged the tremendous challenge faced by the Montana University System with the sudden loss of President Michael Malone, and thanked David Dooley and the others for the good work they have done to keep things together and operating smoothly.

The Regents charged Commissioner Crofts with the task of getting input and pulling together a strong list of candidates to elicit the best person for this position. He was very fair and did a lot of listening. He spent a day on the Bozeman campus, listening to all parties, including the surrounding community. The Regents had two executive sessions on this matter, and have been very fair and energetic in pursuit of this responsibility.

Commissioner Crofts thanked the Executive Group at MSU-Bozeman, the Chancellors and Dean Weaver who helped so much during this process. After extensive listening and discussion, from a long list of strong candidates, one came clearly to the forefront, whom he recommended to the Board of Regents. That is Terry Roark who served as the President of the University of Wyoming for 10 years, and is currently a Professor of Astronomy and Physics there. Dr. Roark has a wonderful reputation and is well regarded nationally. He has the experience, skills and knowledge to do the job.

      Regent Jasmin MOVED for APPROVAL of Commissioner Crofts' recommendation.

Motion APPROVED unanimously.

Dr. Roark will be on campus within the next ten days and will be involved with campus leaders before that time.

c. ITEM 105-2704-R1199 - Authorization to Establish the Montana Commercial Space Policy Institute; Montana State University-Billings

Item c. was deferred from consideration Thursday until today so that more information could be obtained for an informed vote.

      Regent Thompson MOVED for final APPROVAL of Item c.

Motion APPROVED unanimously.

COMMISSIONER'S REPORT

Associate Commissioner Rod Sundsted gave an update on the DataWarehouse project, particularly on the UM-Missoula campus. Since the Banner system was implemented in three stages, it is difficult to use from one part of the system to another. It will be necessary to standardize the codes between the three areas, or create a crosswalk between the systems. When completed, the system will have great potential. All of the data will be accessible by each campus as well as the Office of the Commissioner.

Laurie Neils handed out a report from the Taxation Committee.

CAMPUS REPORTS

President Dennison reported on their ongoing marketing effort. They have prepared a full color document called The Discovery Continues which is the President's report for 1999, as well as another item called The Core.

He spoke of the software of Steve Running that was launched on the satellite by NASA. It will be able to study global warming and many other aspects of the earth. Campus was also able to find C. M. Russell's painting of the Lewis and Clark expedition in Tulsa. They have borrowed it for one year to put on display as one of the representations of the ongoing exploration being done by UM.

Provost Dooley expressed the appreciation of all the MSU-Bozeman campus for the support they have received from their colleagues across the system, the Board of Regents and the Commissioner's office since December 21. They appreciate being consulted on the Interim President, and the time the Commissioner spent on campus with them. They all miss President Malone a great deal, but are optimistic about the future. They look forward to working with Dr. Roark to move forward in the direction that President Malone had clearly set for them.

Chancellor Sexton echoed Provost Dooley's comments and thanked the Commissioner for his time and energy in involving the campuses.

Chancellor Rao indicated that they are well represented by the comments of Provost Dooley and Chancellor Sexton. They are looking forward with optimism also, and he wished to report a good thing on the Havre campus. They have received the largest gift ever at MSU-Northern, and are expecting even more. They are seeing a snowball effect in their fundraising efforts.

Chancellor Hulbert reported that when he first met with the Board of Regents last July, their campus was undergoing a transition of the governance structure, and they now have Faculty Senate set up with by-laws and election of officers. They will be meeting in the next week or ten days. The full transition will take another year or two. The new Faculty Senate replaces the College Council, and staff and student representatives will be included. Decision making will be through the Senate.

Montana Youth Challenge Group completed its first class and over 40 young men and women 16-19 will receive their GED. Twenty of these students also took three credits at Western Montana College of UM , and five have started as freshmen there, with others at other campuses across the state. They were an extraordinary group of youngsters. Chancellor Hulbert indicated that the Dillon community embraced those young people and they volunteered in the community during the past semester. Most of these students never saw a dentist or doctor, were from broken homes and dropped out of school. The program was quite successful for them. Their graduation will be on January 28, and Commissioner Crofts will be in attendance. There will be a change in the program, with the boot camp portion taking place at Fort Harrison rather than on campus.

Jane Karas reported that the C.M. Russell top award was presented to one of their students at FVCC.

Discussion on Accreditation by Dr. Sandra Elman, Executive Director of Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Dr. Elman gave an overview of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, indicating they cover an area of approximately 4000 miles. Some new thrusts driving the accreditation process are: 1) institutional outcome assessment (effectiveness); 2) general education; and 3) scholarship. She emphasized that accreditation is by peer review.

With no further business to come before the Board the meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m. and was followed by the GearUp kickoff ceremony.

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