March 4, 1994
The Board of Regents of WSU met, pursuant to call, in Open Meeting at 9:15 a.m., on Friday, March 4, 1994, in the Lewis Alumni Centre, Pullman.
Present: William R. Wiley, President; Regents Richard R. Albrecht, Phyllis J. Campbell, R. M. “Mac” Crow, Richard A. Davis, John W. Ellis, Scott B. Lukins, Carmen Otero, and Louis H. Pepper; President Samuel H. Smith, Provost Thomas F. George, Vice President for business Affairs Sallie A. Giffen, University 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, Assistant Attorney General Diane McDaniel, Executive Director of Budget and Planning Gregroy P. Royer, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoffrey Gamble, Assistant Vice President–Business Services Ernest Renfro, Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas, Faculty Senate Executive Secretary Dick Crain, Staff Senate President Tori Byington, Alumni Association President Marlene Fallquist, GPSA President Oliver Bangera, and ASWSU President Heather Metcalf.
1. Opening Remarks and Introductions. Regent Bill Wiley welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the newest member to the Board, Justice Carmen Otero of Seattle. He said everyone was pleased to have her on the Board. Regent Wiley also welcomed back Regent Dick Albrecht who had been reappointed to the Board by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.
President Smith welcomed Assistant Attorney General Diane McDaniel to the Regents’ table and mentioned that Senior Assistant Attorney General Paul Tanaka took a position in the midwest. President Smith announced that Regent Bill Wiley had been selected as Black Engineer of the Year which is a prestigious award sponsored by U.S. Black Engineer magazine. He commented that Regent Wiley continues to bring recognition to WSU and the State of Washington.
President Smith introduced Dr. Timothy Kohler, Professor of Anthropology at WSU, who has been appointed as an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. President Smith commented on what a high honor it is to be appointed as a member of this faculty and congratulated Professor Kohler.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of January 21, 1994. 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 and B be advanced to the degrees set above their names as members of the Classes of October 29, 1993, and December 18, 1993. Carried.
4. Business Affairs. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen announced the hiring of Mr. Rick Dickson from the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa as the new Athletic Director. Mr. Dickson will begin in his new position on April 15.
5. Update on the Communications Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) Project. Vice President Giffen introduced Mr. Joe Douglas, Director of Computer Services at Information Technology, who defined the CIR Project and presented information on the various parts of the project that have been completed and those that will be completed in the future. Mr. Douglas provided an update on the current status of the Project and detailed the following portions of the Project: the design phase components; the public works construction projects; the acquisitions; the installation/construction of non-public works; and the joint research
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projects. Mr. Douglas described the impact the CIR Project will have on the University in the areas of voice, video, and data communications and explained how WSU is in the forefront with regard to implementation of such a project and how it will provide the infrastructure necessary to facilitate communication of all kinds at almost any level throughout the WSU campus system.
Regent Otero asked if the student will be charged for the services that they are provided, and Mr. Douglas responded they will be charged but that it will be an economical charge. Regent Lukins asked if the telephone switch system will be compatible with the Pullman area, and Mr. Douglas said it would interface with the local carriers. Regent Campbell asked if the branch campuses were to be a part of the Project, and Mr. Douglas said they will be and that their phone connection will no longer be a long distance call. He mentioned that a problem with the interactive video to the branch campuses is something that still needs to be solved but that the WHETS system will still be in place and that they will be working on this portion of the project to solve this problem.
6. Contract under Previous Delegation of Authority. Vice President 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 approve entering into contract with Lydig Construction, Inc., Spokane, Washington, for the Todd Hall Renewal Project in the amount of $11,770,562, including sales tax, to be paid from the 1991-93 WSU Building Account, the 1991-93 State Building Construction Account, the 1993-95 State Building Construction Account, and the 1993-95 WSU Building Account.
7. 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:
Palouse Country Electric, Moscow, Idaho, for Phase I of the Inter-Building Pathways in support of the Communication Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) Project in the final amount of $2,109,735, including sales tax, to be paid from the WSU 1991-93 Capital Budget for the CIR Project.
Hamre Construction, Inc., Spokane, for the remodeling of rooms 55S, 56, 57, and 58 in Gannon-Goldsworthy Hall in the final amount of $73,100, including sales tax, to be paid from Minor Capital Improvement funds, Housing and Dining Service funds, and Student and Activity Fees.
3-H Mechanical, Inc., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for Well No. 2 at the Knott Dairy Center in the final amount of $24,666, including sales tax and one change order, to be paid from Minor Capital Renewal funds.
8. Engineering Teaching/Research Laboratory. Vice President Sallie Giffen introduced Mr. Mark Ludtka and Mr. Gerry Gerron from the Callison Partnership architectural firm who provided a slide presentation of the Engineering Teaching/Research Laboratory project. A copy of the schematic design brochure was presented to the Regents at an earlier date for their review. The design was also reviewed and recommended for approval by the Building Committee and by the Departments of Facilities Development and the Physical Plant.
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The three-story project is located west of Dana Hall and will provide approximately 93,600 gross square feet and 58,400 new square feet of new space. This laboratory will replace three engineering teaching and research shop buildings built in 1930, 1947, and 1948 which were recommended for demolition and which do not meet the requirements of the College of Engineering and Architecture. The facility will provide engineering laboratories; a bioprocessing lab for chemical engineering; heat transfer, solid transport, combustion, detonation, particle processing, thermal systems and wind tunnel teaching and research labs for mechanical engineering, and other specialized labs. In addition, the project was expanded to include the Laboratory for Advanced industrial Processes (LAIP), which is partially funded by federal funds. The LAIP will house important research activities that have developed under extensive government, private, and Washington Technology Center programs. Receipt of bids for construction is anticipated for October 1995 with completion anticipated by December 1997.
It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the schematic design; give permission to proceed with design development; delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to approve design development and to proceed with Construction Documents for the Engineering Teaching/Research Laboratory. Carried.
9. Communications Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) Project — Construction of Selected Communications Closets. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to accept and approve design drawings and documents, advertise for bids, and award a contract for the construction and renovation of communications closets, if a budget can be established within the funds available. Carried.
10. Communications Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) Project — Installation Activities Associated with Implementation of the Project Design. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President, or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to enter into an Installation Operational Contract with Johnson Controls Network Integration Services (JCNIS) under the Strategic Partnership agreement for installation services as required to implement the completed design for the Communications Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) Project. Carried.
11. Annexation of the remaining contiguous sections of WSU property by the City of Pullman. Vice President Sallie Giffen explained that Washington State University is interested in annexing its remaining main campus property to the city in order to ensure consistency of treatment in relation to planning, zoning and building inspection issues. Currently, some WSU projects must be reviewed pursuant to WSU’s agreement with the city, and others must be reviewed by Whitman County. If the project is within the city limits, by existing agreement, WSU provides its own code compliance review and building inspections. If the project is outside the city limits, Whitman county provides the land use regulation, code compliance review, and building inspection functions. For projects sited partially in both the city and the county, jurisdictional issues have complicated the planning and construction process. Ms. Giffen said this issue has been discussed by the Pullman City Council and that it is anticipating the application. She said there do not appear to be any adverse implications for WSU, and the proposal was also supported by letter and testimony from Whitman County officials.
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Regent John Ellis asked whether other jurisdictional agreements would be affected by this action, such as those for police and fire services, and Ms. Giffen said this will not affect those agreements.
It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents delegate authority to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to seek annexation by the City of Pullman of the remaining contiguous sections of WSU property which are currently not in the city. Carried.
12. WSU Regents/Foundation Endowment Investment Policy Modification. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen said the Regents/Foundation Endowment Investment Committee met on February 15. At that meeting, the Committee recommended the following modifications to the investment policies:
that the term of the Committee chair be extended from one year to two years; and
that the Vice president for business Affairs or his/her designee have signature authority for committee approved actions.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Regents/ Foundation Endowment Investment Policy Modification as recommended by the Endowment Investment Committee at its meeting of February 17, 1994, and reapprove the policy as amended. Carried.
Please see Exhibit C for a copy of the WSU Regents/Foundation Endowment Investment Committee Investment Policies.
Vice President Giffen also mentioned that the Endowment Investment Committee will be evaluating the current investment evaluation services and will look toward issuing a request for proposal. She commented that the present services have been in place for many years so that now was the appropriate time for reevaluation.
13. Report by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Gus Kravas provided information with regard to the following: recruitment of the Class of 1994, including information about Cougar Mondays, a visitation to campus by college sophomores and juniors; the faculty phonathon; Health Services at WSU, including information about volunteer programs; information on the Registrar’s Office and the possible implementation of the touchtone registration system; Career Services and the on-campus interviewing and other programs designed to assist students in making employment connections; Financial Aid; and some general information about the Office of Student Affairs and the functions of this office, including some of the programs supported by Student Affairs, such as Black History month, the Multi-Cultural Career Fair, and many others.
14. University Affairs and the WSU Foundation Gift Report for January 1994. Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas provided information about the awards won by WSU at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VIII Recognition Program. WSU Won seven awards — one gold, two silver, and four bronze. She also reviewed the gift report for January 1994.
15. Higher Education Coordinating Board. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoff Gamble reported that the HEC Board had not met since the last Regents’ meeting. He announced the following new members of the HEC Board: Mike McCormack, former U.S.
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Representative, who is currently a lecturer at Central Washington University and who is affiliated with the Science and Technology Center at CWU; and Frank “Buster” Brouillet, the former Superintendent for Public Instruction in Washington, who was a member of the State House of representatives prior to the Superintendent’s position.
16. Report by the Vice Provost for Research. Vice Provost for Research Bob Smith provided information with regard to the Washington Manufacturing Extension Center (WMEC), which is an industry-driven private-public partnership to diversify and improve the competitive position of small and medium-sized manufacturing firms. He said the WMEC assists in the adoption of practices and innovations in technology utilization,, marketing, organizational and quality systems, and product development among its customers. He said the WMEC targets aerospace, electronics, and related defense industry firms and that it was founded by the State Department of Community Development, the Applied Technology Training Center, WSU, the American Electronics Association, and other industry leaders. He said WMEC received a two-year grant of $1,550,00 in federal Technology Reinvestment Project funds and that 10 percent of WMEC’s budget will be devoted to a statewide extension service planning process, to be managed by WSU with a statewide advisory group.
17. Update on the Statewide Pharmacy Education Plan. Provost Tom George provided an update on the Statewide Pharmacy Education Plan. He provided the following points:
¨ On January 20, 1994, the HEC Board approved Resolution 94-1 which endorses the Pharmacy Education Plan prepared and submitted jointly by the University of Washington and Washington State University.
¨ The main elements of the plan include:
Elimination of the B.Pharm. at WSU and B.S. Pharmacy at UW and replacing them with the entry-level Pharm.D. degree effective Fall 1995.
Development of a joint proposal by the University of Washington and Washington State University for a non-traditional Pharm.D. program for practicing pharmacists statewide. The program will be initiated by Fall 1995 and terminated by Spring 2006.
Replacement of current post baccalaureate Pharm.D. degree programs at UW and WSU-Spokane with the non-traditional program.
Initiation of the entry-level programs at the enrollment level of 72 students per class in each of the two universities. These levels should be adjusted to meet the changes in occupational demand for pharmacists.
Charging students enrolled in the Pharm.D. program graduate-level tuition.
¨ Funding for the proposed program will come from three sources: reallocated funds currently supporting B.Pharm. program, revenues from increased tuition, and new state appropriation to be requested in the 1995-97 biennium budget.
The Regents asked several questions with regard to the Pharm.D. program. Provost George provided clarification on several issues, including questions regarding the history of the implementation of this program, the resources needed to implement and maintain a
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Pharm.D. program, how and when a student might commit to participate in the Pharm.D. program, clarification on tuition issues, clarification on certification to practice pharmacy in the State of Washington, revenue resources for the program, how the curriculum is changing in the area of pharmacy, and the effect the Pharm.D. degree will have on the ability of individuals to participate in pharmacy as a career.
Major points in the discussion centered around why the Pharm.D. program is necessary. It was emphasized that the Pharm.D. program is being implemented due to a response of a nation-wide movement which, in turn, is responding to the need to upgrade the profession of pharmacy, that is to provide better skills to pharmacists to better impact patient care and to lower costs of drug therapy. In terms of accreditation, WSU must have a Pharm.D. program by the year 2000 to be accredited. In order to practice pharmacy in the State of Washington, one must graduate from an accredited program.
Other discussion points centered around the need to eliminate the B.Pharm. degree program, issues concerning tuition, and the revenue resources for the program. The Pharm.D. program will be more expensive to run that the B.Pharm. degree, so WSU must eliminate the B.Pharm. and devote all its resources to the entry-level Pharm.D. program. In addition, the tuition will be on a similar level to that of the DVM students, along with a request for approximately $300,000 of state money.
Attention was also directed to issues surrounding the students’ commitment to the program and how and when they might certify or qualify for the program. Students make a commitment up front to going into Pharmacy, although they may conceivably move into the program after working toward a different discipline. It was pointed out there is some flexibility to this issue. In terms of tuition, students will pay the higher tuition when they formally enter the program — in the junior year of study. In order to formally enter the program, students must meet specified requirements.
18. Update on the Budget. Provost Tom George provided a brief update on the status of the Operating and Capital Budgets. He provided a comparison of Senate and House Budgets which is included in Exhibit D. Major points of the budget comparison is the proposed general reduction planned for 1995-97. The Senate proposes a reduction of 2.4 percent, and the House proposes a reduction of 1.25 percent.
With regard to the Capital Budget the Senate is proposing new funding of $5.155 million for the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the House is proposing $7.100 million for the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Provost George added that thanks to the efforts of GPSA, WSU had health funds for TA benefits of $1,000 per TA. This translates into $1.4 million for the biennium and this is in both the Senate and the House budgets.
19. College of Education Reorganization. Provost Tom George provided the following background information concerning the reorganization of the College of Education. The Department of Teaching and Learning includes what was previously the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the three program areas of special education, health education, and the learning and development area of educational psychology. This combines the areas central to the teacher preparation program in order to respond more directly to changing demographics in public schools. The Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology integrates two pervious departments with a major focus on graduate education. The Sport Management minor program was added to this unit to strengthen it
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programmatically by extending the traditional sport management emphasis to include leadership functions. The Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies will have three major emphases: first, a combination of exercise studies, movement studies, and a more medically-oriented research program in those areas, hence, Kinesiology; second, a nationally accredited program in Leisure Studies; and third, the provision of physical education activities courses as a service to the University community.
As a result of the ongoing deliberations by the College of Education Reconfiguration Committee, a two-day faculty work session and faculty balloting in May 1993, several recommendations were made to the University’s Reconfiguration Committee. The purpose was to make structural and personnel changes that would enable the College to address more effectively and more efficiently several issues central to its mission. In addition to the recommendation to reduce the number of departments from four to three, the following actions were also proposed as part of the College’s reconfiguration:
Elimination of the teaching option in Physical Education.
Elimination of the Coaching minor.
Retention of the minor in Sport Management and the tenured faculty members associated with the minor will be retained on appointment.
Current appointments of Health Education faculty will not be reduced.
The College of Education’s reconfiguration plan was approved by the Faculty Senate on January 27, 1994, and by President Smith on February 18, 1994. In a response dated January 31, 1994, the Staff Senate moved to neither accept nor approve the recommendations of the University’s reconfiguration Committee. The reasons were associated with the issues related to the elimination of staff positions and with the allegation that the Committee was hesitant to follow the procedures defined in the Policy on Reconfiguration of Units with respect to the elimination of low-priority programs. Copies of the Senate’s responses, including a memorandum written to Provost George to President Smith accepting the recommendations from the Senates, are attached as Exhibit E.
Staff Senate President Tori Byington provided some comments regarding the Staff Senate’s consideration of the reorganization of the College of Education. The Staff Senate felt it difficult to follow the document submitted by the College and said it was hard to decipher, including some missing parts. They were concerned with the number of staff demotions, the use of vacant positions to absorb the budgetary shortfall, and what they felt was a hesitancy to cut tenured faculty positions. They felt this had very little to do with strategic planning and included a weakening rather than a strengthening of the University. However, the Staff Senate felt that overall, this should not stop the progress forward with the College of Education.
Regent Dick Albrecht emphasized the importance of the process of reconfiguration regardless of whether or not WSU ends up with budget cuts and what might happen with legislative appropriations. He emphasized there will be some serious constraints on the University and demands for programs in some disciplines and not in others, so there needs to be a continuing effort and a need to transfer resources. He urged the reconstitution of the Reconfiguration Committee.
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It was moved and seconded that, effective August 16, 1994, the Board of Regents approve the discontinuation of four departments in the College of Education and the initiation of three new departments as follows:
Educational and Counseling Psychology
Educational Administration and Supervision
Elementary and Secondary Education
Physical Education, Sport and Leisure Studies
Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology
Kinesiology and Leisure Studies
Teaching and Learning
20. Enrollment Management Plan for Washington State University. Provost George led a discussion regarding the draft enrollment management plan for WSU. See Exhibit F for a copy of the discussion paper prepared for the Regents. Provost George provided a definition of enrollment management, discussed the general University principles underlying WSU’s enrollment management plan, and outlined the goals for each campus through the year 2010.
Discussion of the issues presented in the draft document followed. At the conclusion of the discussion, it was determined that consideration of these issues would be continued at a subsequent meeting.
21. Election of Officers. It was moved and seconded that Richard A. Davis be elected to serve as President of the WSU Board of Regents for the year beginning March 4, 1994; that Phyllis J. Campbell be elected to serve as Vice President of the WSU Board of Regents for the year beginning March 4, 1994, with the understanding that she shall act as President pro tempore in the absence of the President, with the power to preside at the meetings and to sign all instruments required to be executed by the WSU Board of Regents; and that Sallie A. Giffen be appointed to serve as Treasurer of the WSU Board of Regents for the year beginning March 4, 1994. Carried.
22. Presentation to Regent. Regent Dick Davis presented a certificate of appreciation to Regent Bill Wiley in acknowledgment of the Board’s appreciation for his leadership as President of the Board for the year 1993-94.
23. Naming of Physical Sciences Building. It was moved and seconded that the Physical Sciences Building be named the “Kate B. Webster Physical Sciences Building” in honor of former WSU Regent Kate B. Webster. Carried.
24. Reports from University Groups. Faculty Senate Executive Secretary Dick Crain provided comments regarding collective bargaining; shared governance; some programming issues, such as the academic content of credit hours; and policies on review of proposals of cooperative programs with institutions in foreign countries, including the academic and administrative requirements which will be specified with these programs.
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Staff Senate President Tori Byington provided comments regarding the Staff Senate Constitution to be put forth before the Regents at the May meeting of the Board; better communication with the Staff Senate constituents; the new bargaining unit in the library; the employee performance evaluation brochure put out by the Staff Senate, which concerns employee rights and responsibilities; the Staff Senate survey; and the increased demands on staffs’ time and their wish to participate more fully in shared governance.
GPSA President Oliver Bangera provided comments about the numbers of international students on campus; the upcoming GPSA elections; graduate students’ impressions about GPSA; his departmental visitations; improved communications with graduate students; his visitation to WSU Tri-Cities; the Mentor Awards; the changing image of GPSA; and a new journal to be launched from WSU.
ASWSU President Heather Metcalf welcomed Regent Otero to the Meeting and thanked her for attending the reception at the Multicultural Student Center. Ms. Metcalf introduced Donna Belmares King, Chair of the Council of Multicultural Students. Ms. King provided information about various activities on the WSU campus, including the Multicultural Career Fair; Semana de la Raza; and Black History Month. Ms. Metcalf also commented on the current status of the S&A Fee allocation process; academic advising; an incentive award for peer advising and faculty advising; a round-table discussion that occurred in Olympia last Wednesday; the upcoming ASWSU election; and the debate on Cable 8 with the ASWSU candidates.
Alumni Association President Marlene Fallquist commented on the leadership meeting that occurred February 12; an admissions taskforce to be implemented; community issues and concerns; the upcoming Alumni Association Centennial to be held in 1997-98; the evolvement of the Alumni Association; the structure of the Alumni Association; and changes which have occurred within the Alumni Association. Ms. Fallquist also welcomed Regent Otero and congratulated Regent Davis on his election as President of the Board and complimented Regent Wiley for his leadership over the past year.
The Regents adjourned at 12:24 p.m. and joined student representatives and members of the WSU administration for lunch at the Rotunda Dining Center. After lunch the Regents toured the new WSU Child Care Center.