March 5, 1993
The Board of Regents of WSU met, pursuant to call, in Open Meeting at 9:08 a.m., on Friday, March 5, 1993, in the Lewis Alumni Centre, Pullman.
Present: Richard R. Albrecht, President; Phyllis J. Campbell, R. M. "Mac" Crow, Richard A. Davis, Scott B. Lukins, Louis H. Pepper, Kate B. Webster, and William R. Wiley; President Samuel H. Smith, Provost Thomas F. George, Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie A. Giffen, Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas, Executive Assistant for Administration and Counsel Sally P. Savage, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Robert V. Smith, Vice Provost for Student Affairs K. J. "Gus" Kravas, Senior Assistant Attorney General Paul Tanaka, Executive Director of Budget and Planning Greg Royer, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble, Assistant Vice President--Business Services Ernest J. Renfro, Assistant Vice President--Facilities Management James W. Owens, Faculty Senate Chair Ken Casavant, Staff Senate President Jay Becker, Alumni Association President Richard Lemargie, GPSA President and Vice President Ken Wang and Jim Breedlove, and ASWSU President and Vice President Stuart Morgan and Malia Martine.
1. Welcoming Remarks and Introductions. Regent Richard Albrecht and President Samuel Smith provided general welcoming remarks. President Smith introduced Dr. Michael Hanly, Assistant Professor of English, who was recently awarded a $30,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Fulbright Scholarship; Dr. William D. Lipe, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Research Director at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Colorado, which was recently awarded a President's Historic Preservation Award; and Dr. C.A. "Bud" Ryan, Fellow and Professor of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, who was recently honored with the Kenneth A. Spencer Award for outstanding achievement in agricultural chemistry presented by the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society. President Smith announced that Dr. Lipe would be providing a short presentation during the report of the Vice Provost for Research. President Smith also provided introductory remarks in regard to Dr. Timothy Hunt, Associate Professor of English at WSU Vancouver, who was also recently awarded a $30,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Hunt was not able to attend the meeting.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of January 22, 1993. Carried.
3. Granting of Degrees. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the recommendation of the faculty that the candidates whose names appear in Exhibit A be advanced to the degrees set above their names as members of the Class of December 19, 1992. Carried.
4. Higher Education Coordinating Board Report. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble reported on the cancellation of the last HEC Board meeting and announced that the HEC Board will meet next week.
5. Report by the Vice Provost for Research. Vice Provost for Research Robert V. Smith announced that Universe, a WSU research and scholarship magazine, was recently awarded a gold medal from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He commended the staff who work on Universe, as well as the faculty who contribute to this publication, for their outstanding efforts. Dr. Smith also introduced Dr. Bill Lipe who provided a short presentation regarding his work
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with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in Southwest Colorado, which has many close ties with WSU through its programs, research, and activities, as well as through its faculty and staff.
The members of the Board of Regents unanimously conveyed their sincere congratulations to all those involved in the production of Universe magazine and asked that their remarks be conveyed to those involved with the publication's production.
6. Provost's Report on the Budget and Reconfiguration. Provost Tom George and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble provided a report on the budget planning and reconfiguration processes. Dr. George opened with some general comments about the State's message with regard to streamlining and improving service delivery efficiency at the University. His presentation focused on the principles for 1993-95 budget planning process, the identification of the individuals responsible for budget and reconfiguration planning, the guidelines for 1993-95 budget reduction planning, the proposed budget allocation and reconfiguration process timetable, and the identification of some terms that are part of the budget planning and reconfiguration process. Dr. George mentioned that the processes of budget reduction and reconfiguration planning will be merged so that they are one complete process. He emphasized that individuals from all different segments of the University participated in the creation of the reconfiguration document. He said that participation has been shared, not only with members of the University community, but also with members of the State legislature, the Office of Financial Management, and with other institutions around the country. Dr. George also commended Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble for his hard work and participation in helping to develop this process.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble's presentation focused on the reconfiguration process, including details about the reconfiguration document, the reconfiguration committee, and reconfiguration proposals. He also provided comments about this process, specifically mentioning that over time, the document will change as conditions change, that this process will help ensure input from the broadest possible spectrum of the University, and that hopefully the most difficult decisions can be made more easily as a result of the use of the best possible process.
President Smith complimented Provost George and Vice Provost Gamble for their presentation and for all the efforts that have been made to ensure that the process is orderly and well thought out.
The Regents participated in a discussion regarding the budget and reconfiguration presentation, specifically discussing the process timetable; the positive aspects of the open nature of the process; the percentage of the cuts that might have to be made; the principles of budget planning in terms of quality, cost, centrality, and need; and the process for arriving at the budget targets.
There was also discussion of the current shortfall in the State budget and the need for the business community to aid in the preservation of K-12 and higher education funding. Regent Phyllis Campbell complimented Provost George, Vice Provost Gamble, and Faculty Senate Chair Ken Casavant, as well as the faculty, for taking the time to engage in the development of the process and said she believes this will benefit the University very well in the long run.
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Faculty Senate Chair Ken Casavant provided comments about what led up to the establishment of the reconfiguration process and the faculty's feelings about the openness and the positive interaction during its establishment. He said that the faculty voted over 90 percent in favor of the document, that they have all learned a lot in the past weeks, that they will continue to have input, and that this document can be used for future growth, as well as for present constraints.
President Lou Pepper asked if costs were to be reduced in central administration, and Provost George said that central administration has already reduced costs and will bear cost reductions in excess of those born by academic programs.
All Regents agreed that this process and self-assessment are important even during financially good times and that they can be used to help make the University even more effective and efficient than it already is.
Regent Albrecht commended all those involved in the establishment of the reconfiguration process.
It was moved and seconded that the Regents approve the document attached as Exhibit B, Washington State University Policy on Reconfiguration of Units. Carried.
Please see Exhibit C for a detailed copy of the presentation on the budget and reconfiguration.
7. Retitling of Existing Degrees in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. It was moved and seconded that, effective immediately, the WSU Board of Regents approve the retitling of existing degrees in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences as follows:
Bachelor of Science in Soils to Bachelor of Science in Soil Science
Master of Science in Soils to Master of Science in Soil Science
Doctor of Philosophy (Soils) to Doctor of Philosophy (Soil Science)
8. Washington State University Student Government Council Constitution. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Gus Kravas said that the proposed Washington State University Student Government Council Constitution provides a vehicle for students on all of Washington State University's campuses to become a part of a single student organization. He said that the preamble of the document elaborates on this belief. Dr. Kravas introduced ASWSU President Stuart Morgan who reinforced Dr. Kravas' comments with regard to the concept of a single student organization at Washington State University. Mr. Morgan introduced the following branch campus representatives: Mr. David Byron, ASWSU President at WSU Tri-Cities; Mr. Michael Martin and Ms. Lori Duke, ASWSU President and Vice President at WSU Vancouver; Mr. Peter Taylor, ASWSU President at WSU Spokane; and Mr. Jim Breedlove, GPSA President at WSU Pullman; and Ms. Malia Martine, ASWSU Vice President at WSU Pullman.
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It was moved and seconded that, effective immediately, the WSU Board of Regents approve the Washington State University Student Government Council Constitution attached in Exhibit D. Carried.
9. Wellness Presentation. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Gus Kravas introduced Dr. Randy Thompson, Program Administrator for the Wellness Resource Center. Dr. Thompson provided a presentation on Health and Wellness Services. He provided information on the concept of wellness and the mission and focus of the improvement of student health on the WSU campus. Please see Exhibit E for a summary of Dr. Thompson's wellness presentation.
Regent Kate Webster asked what kind of contact the Wellness Center has with students, and Dr. Thompson responded that there is wide contact with approximately 11,500 contacts in the past school year, and he provided some examples of various outreach programs. Regent Dick Davis asked how many individuals are in the Wellness organization, and Dr. Thompson responded that currently there are 50 to 55 students involved in the various programs but that he sees this as expanding, as he believes that this should be utilized as a peer program. Regent Phyllis Campbell asked if this program will expand to the branch campuses, and Dr. Thompson said he sees this as a major goal for next year.
10. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that on the authority delegated to the President of the University or his designee at the meeting of January 24, 1986, she had approved entering into the following contracts:
Patriot Fire Protection, Spokane, for the installation of a fire sprinkler system in the Cooper Publications Building and the General Storage Building, in the amount of $162,448, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds (State Building Construction Account).
Specialty Asbestos, Spokane, for the replacement of movable scrim ceiling and rigging at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, in the amount of $93,525, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds (State Building Construction Account).
Farwest Services, Wenatchee, for replacement of steam lines at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, in the amount of $58,712, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds (State Building Construction Account).
11. Housing and Dining System Rates for 1993-94. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen referred the Regents to pages 38 through 45 in their packets, which includes a memorandum of information to the Regents, a memorandum of information to the Executive Budget Committee, and the following attachments:
Rate setting budget for FY 1993-94, with comparisons to FY 1991-92 actual and FY 192-93 budget
Residence hall rate proposal
Single-student apartment rate proposal
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Family apartment rate proposal
Room and board rate comparison with other state universities in Washington
The FY 1993-94 rate increases compared with the FY 1992-93 increases are as follows:
FY 1993-94 FY 1992-93
Residence Halls 2.7% 5.7%
Rogers Halls 4.0% 6.1%
Apartments 3.5% to 3.9% 4.0% Average
Family Apartments 0.0% to 4.0% 3.13% to 5.0%
12. Completion of Contracts over $2,500. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve, for purposes of RCW Chapter 60.28 and 39.08, the satisfactory completion of the following contracts:
Motley & Motley, Pullman, for the Animal Waste Management Lagoons at the Knott Dairy Center, in the final amount of $193,097, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Improvement funds (WSU Building Account), Minor Capital Improvement funds (Veterinary Medicine), Indirect Cost Recovery funds (Agriculture and Home Economics) and Agriculture and Home Economics departmental funds.
3-H Mechanical, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for Mechanical Systems Improvements in the Todd Hall Addition, in the final amount of $29,161, including sales tax, to be paid form Minor Capital Improvement funds (WSU Building Account).
13. WSU Vancouver Campus Master Plan and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen introduced WSU Vancouver Campus Dean Hal Dengerink. Dr. Dengerink provided some comments about the need for higher education in Southwest Washington and anticipated future growth in this area. Dr. Dengerink reminded the Regents that a progress report regarding the Master Plan was given at the July 24, 1992, Regents' Meeting in Vancouver, primarily dealing with the various alternatives that had been considered and that this presentation would focus on a recommended plan for the Southwest Washington site. He introduced Mr. Paddy Tillett, Associate Partner of the architectural firm of Zimmer Gunsel Frasca, Portland. He also mentioned that Zimmer Gunsel Frasca has been working with the J.D. White Company in relation to the Environmental Impact Statement process and introduced Ms. Christina Simon who was present to answer any questions that might arise in that particular area.
Mr. Paddy Tillett showed slides of the proposed Vancouver Campus Master Plan and its relationship to the conditions at the Salmon Creek site in Clark County. The Master plan depicted development based on projections through the year 2025 when the headcount at WSU Vancouver is projected to reach 8,320. The slides of the campus buildings illustrated open spaces to be oriented to
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distant views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood and to nearby vistas of wooded terrain and natural areas, with the center of campus intersecting the two major view corridors. He said the Phase I buildings will establish this center and will set the framework for subsequent development of the site. Mr. Tillett's presentation further focused on essential elements of the Master Plan, including the retention of the views from adjoining neighborhoods and appropriate interface with the community at campus borders, design guidelines with regard to building development, and off-site road needs being addressed by an interagency transportation task force. Mr. Tillett said that an environmental assessment of the Master Plan was completed and that a final supplemental EIS was issued with provisions noted to mitigate any probable significant adverse environmental impacts.
Regent Mac Crow asked if the campus will be able to support 8,000 students as it is portrayed in the Master Plan which Mr. Tillett presented, and Mr. Tillett responded that it would be able to support this number and pointed out areas of the site available for expansion after the year 2025.
Regent Wiley asked how much funding WSU currently has for the total plan, what buildings are in design, etc. Dr. Dengerink responded that the Master Plan has been approved, funds have been released for pre-design on the initial buildings, and that the pre-design scheme for WSU Vancouver is a slightly scaled back alternative proposed by the HEC Board. He said that the budget recommendation of the HEC Board was for $33,309,000, which includes building and infrastructure costs.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the Campus Master Plan and the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for WSU Vancouver. Carried.
14. Report by the Vice President for University Affairs. Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas provided some details about the recent CASE Conference and reported on some recent honors received from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education that were in addition to the earlier mentioned award received by Universe magazine. She said that WSU won six awards all together, including awards to Hilltopics, WSU Week, the WSU Press, and the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Dr. Kravas expressed appreciation to Regent Bill Wiley for being the Lanning Lecturer, a memorial lectureship series sponsored by the College of Engineering and Architecture. Dr. Kravas reported on the acclaim received by the WSU Press in its publishing and printing of texts in the area of political analysis and political history, and she provided several examples of recent WSU publications. Dr. Kravas reported that year-to-date donations & grants total $14.7 million and donors total 47,432.
15. Reports by University Groups. Faculty Senate Chair Ken Casavant reported on his appearance in Yakima in regard to the Senate Democratic Caucus spending plan #1. He said that this experience reflected a strong support for the land-grant mission of WSU. Dr. Casavant provided details about the Faculty Senate's Legislative Affairs Subcommittee which includes two legislative representatives and discussed the details under which this committee operates. Dr. Casavant also provided some examples of the emphasis that the faculty has placed on instruction that WSU is able to point out to members of the legislature, such as the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, the General Education Program, and WSU's strong advising program. He said that the faculty want to demonstrate to the legislature that WSU is not backing away from its research programs but that instruction and research go hand in hand with public service.
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Staff Senate President Jay Becker provided remarks on the reconfiguration document and said that he is pleased that the Staff Senate has had the opportunity to work with the administration in a cooperative effort to solve this problem. He said he has appreciated working with Tom George and Geoff Gamble and their openness to staff input. Mr. Becker emphasized the need for clear communication to the deans, directors, and chairs to include the staff in the decision making that the staff will feel that they are part of the process rather than just being on the receiving end of cuts.
GPSA President Ken Wang provided some comments with regard to health insurance coverage for graduate assistants at Washington State University and his hopes for this to be included in the legislative budget for next year. Mr. Wang introduced ASWSU Vice President Jim Breedlove who presented a health benefits survey report. Mr. Breedlove's presentation highlighted a survey which he designed that, with administrative assistance, was distributed to 1171 graduate assistants on the WSU campus. He said that over 47 percent of the graduate students responded to the survey and that the results of the survey were very impressive, showing a clear priority for certain types of health coverage, such as protection in the event of catastrophic illness and low co-payments.
ASWSU President Stuart Morgan provided comments on the S&A Fee Committee process and thanked Gus Kravas, Greg Royer, and Ernie Renfro for their participation in the committee process and for providing help and insight. Mr. Morgan also reported on ASWSU elections to be held next week. He thanked members of the Board of Regents for approval of their Constitution and Gus Kravas, Fred Dobney, President Smith, and the Attorney General's office for their support in the establishment of the Constitution. Mr. Morgan reported that Dr. Randy Thompson, Malia Martine, and he are working on a project entitled ACORD (Alcohol Congress on Responsible Decisions) designed to combine students with University officials and community groups in a mock legislative day to discuss issues involving the University and alcohol. He said they are working on a grant from Whitman County to be able to conduct this type of session. He also mentioned Malia Martine's work on the establishment of a student-government room in the CUB.
Regent Albrecht provided some comments about the leadership of all the student groups and said that the Constitution approved earlier is a reflection of the students' participation in the effort to have a single institution with multiple campuses rather than several institutions. He said the Regents welcome and are encouraged by this participation.
Alumni Association President Richard Lemargie introduced Gretchen Merrill, a senior in Pharmacy, and Jon Jones, a senior in Finance and Accounting, who are involved in the Student Alumni Connection (SAC), a group that conducts events through the Alumni Association for WSU students, faculty, staff, and community to create an awareness of the Alumni Association and WSU. The two students expressed their enthusiasm for the experiences they have gained through their participation in this group and commended Ms. Nancy Rinaldi, Alumni Coordinator and advisor to student groups, for her dedication and service to this group.
16. Report of the University/Foundation Endowment Investment Committee. Regent Dick Davis reported that he attended, along with Regents Crow and Webster, a meeting of this committee on February 16. He said the Brinson Partners are doing an outstanding job in the management of this University's funds. He said that at the end of year the funds were at $44.8 million and that as of the
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end of the year, the fund was receiving a return of 9.2 percent. He said that since Brinson has been involved in the management of the fund, the return has been 9.9 percent.
17. Presentation on On-Campus Programs: General Education, World Civilization, and the Writing Program. Provost Tom George briefly provided a history of on-campus programs reform and introduced the following individuals to provide presentations on this topic: Vice Provost for Instruction Don Bushaw, Director of General Education Dick Law, and Director of Composition Susan Wyche-Smith. The presenters reviewed the recent progress in general education reform, the current general education agenda, recent actions and steps to be taken in the near future, general education program structure, multi-media instruction, and the WSU writing initiative.
The Regents adjourned for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Following lunch, the Regents visited the WSU Computing Center for a multi-media presentation and also visited the WSU Writing Laboratory.