November 16, 2001
The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call in Open Meeting at 9:15 a.m., on Friday, November 16, 2001, WSU West Conference Room, Seattle.
Present: Regent President Robert Fukai, Regents Phyllis Campbell, Betsy Cowles, Darren P. Eastman, Steven Hill, Joe King, Bill Marler, and Rafael Stone. Also present were: President V. Lane Rawlins, Interim Provost Ronald Hopkins, Vice President for University Relations Sally P. Savage, Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer, Vice President for Student Affairs Charlene Jaeger, Interim Vice President for Information Technology Mary Doyle, Senior Assistant Attorney General Antoinette Ursich, Faculty Senate Chair Bill Cofer, GPSA Vice President Danielle Munson, ASWSU President Jesse Keene, and Alumni Association President Ed Little.
Also present were: Former Regent Dick Davis, Executive Director of Planning and Budgeting Karl Boehmke, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Douglas Baker, Assistant Vice President for Personnel and Administration Loretta Lamb, Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations Joe Barnes, Director of Facilities Development Gerald Schlatter, and Director of WSU West Marcia Garrett.
1. Opening Remarks. Regent Fukai welcomed the Regents to WSU West. He thanked WSU West for hosting this year’s meeting. He also introduced and welcomed Regent Hill who was recently appointed to the Board.
Regent Fukai presented Former Regent Davis with a certificate for his twelve years of service to WSU and thanked him for his outstanding contributions to Washington State University. He also presented a certificate to Interim Provost Ron Hopkins for his service and thanked him for his willingness to return to Washington State University in this important role.
President Rawlins thanked Former Regent Davis and Interim Provost Ron Hopkins as well. He also thanked Executive Director of WSU West Marcia Garrett for hosting the meeting and asked her to talk about the goals and functions of WSU West.
2. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of October 5, 2001. Carried.
3. Reports from University Groups. The reports from the University Groups are attached as Exhibit A.
Faculty Senate Chair Bill Cofer reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He also noted other items of interest. The first Faculty Senate meeting had routine action items. The Committees of Faculty Senate reviewed the Strategic Plan and have sent their input back to the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee. The Academic Program Review Committee have been proceeding and they are on schedule. Faculty Senate is currently working to have legislators visit campus, mainly to show them what they do. The first one is scheduled for November 26, with Representative Don Cox. Two certificates were approved, one in Interdisciplinary Environmental Bio-Geo Chemistry and the second certificate in Optoelectronics. Another item being discussed is the Master of Architecture, the proposal is to take a five-year Bachelor of Architecture and revise it into a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree plus a one and half year Master’s Degree. The Senate also has a
resolution to thank Ron Hopkins for service as Interim Provost and echo the appreciation that has already been said. The faculty has also discussed their concern on the budget cuts. They feel priority should all go to academics.
GPSA Vice President Danielle Munson reviewed her report as submitted to the Board. She indicated that GPSA is currently working on office organization issues. They have purchased new computers for the GPSA Study Center. They have had several dialogues with TA’s regarding the September 11 tragedies and the impact the world events have on students, higher education and communities. They are currently setting up satellite office in McCoy Hall for their constituents in the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
ASWSU President Jesse Keene reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He commented that with the help of Student Affairs, Student Programs and the Student Recreation Center they were able to begin their weekend programming proposal earlier than expected. The “Up All Night” evening event was held at the Student Center and was overwhelmingly successful. This correlated with National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. The event drew more than 1,100 people. He also touched on another program ASWSU is proud of called Freshmen Active in Campus Events and Services (F.A.C.E.S). This program has also had a very successful start. The program involves freshmen and incoming students, and offers discounts at local Pullman businesses and the CUB to students who join. Membership is rising at a rapid rate, proving once again, that the students at WSU are interested in extracurricular positive activities.
Regents Marler spoke about the benefit of the “Up all Night” program for prospective students. He expressed his appreciation to the students who have organized the program and support from the Administration.
Alumni Association President Ed Little reviewed his report as submitted to the Board. He said the working draft of the Alumni Association five-year strategic plan will be formally adopted by the Alumni Board this afternoon. Three main focus areas include: Expanding the focus of Cougar Welcomes to include recruiting activities, they would like to have alumni help in recruiting; Evaluate and update fees for annual and life memberships, current fees are one of the lowest in the PAC-10; and to increase scholarships by 50%.
4. Executive, Planning, and Budget Committee. Regent President Rob Fukai reported that the committee reviewed the status of the operating and capital budgets. The committee discussed their concern of the shortfall in the economy in the State of Washington and it’s impact on the Legislators review of the 2nd year of the biennium. There are several messages the Regents are focusing on and one is the importance of higher education and how it contributes to the economy and that it is necessary to have a steady investment in order to reap the benefits of our research universities. They discussed the importance of quality, and communicating that message in Olympia. The Committee also reviewed the Facilities Naming Policy and reviewed draft guidelines for Regents travel expenses.
5. University Relations Liaisons Committee. Regent Ken Alhadeff reported on the success of the Integrated Marketing Campaign. He also provided an update on the search for President of WSU Foundation.
6. Report from Vice President for University Relations. Vice President Sally Savage passed out the new publication Washington State Magazine. This magazine is the merger of the former Hilltopics and Universe. This new magazine has a circulation of 135,000 consisting of alumni, parents of students, trustees, and to others who have a connection with WSU. Vice President Savage also talked about a very successful Regents Scholars reception recently held at the home of Marcia Garrett.
7. Report from Interim Vice President for Information Technology. Interim Vice President Mary Doyle reported to the Board that the bandwidth problem she spoke of at the previous meeting has been solved. A bandwidth management tool has been put into place.
8. Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee. Regent Marler reported that the Academic and Faculty Affairs would like to invite faculty members to their committee meetings and to get an idea of what they are doing. They would also like to have committee meetings elsewhere on campus, to see faculty in their labs doing research and in the classroom. The committee received an update on Regents’ Professor proposal, the policy on reconfiguration of Units and an energy update.
9. Summer Session 2002 Tuition and Summer Session Services and Activities Fees. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents adopt a procedure by which summer session tuition and fees are based on the preceding academic year’s part-time rates. The Services and Activities Fee portion will be the same for all students and be equal to the rate for part-time resident undergraduate during the previous academic year. Carried.
10. Report from Interim Provost. Interim Provost Ron Hopkins thanked everyone for their kind words. He commented that he was the winner to serve as Interim Provost. He introduced Vice Provost Doug Baker and asked him to provide a presentation on the Center for Undergraduate Education.
11. Business Affairs Committee. Regent Rafael Stone reported that the energy plant redevelopment will be brought to the Board at a later time. Further discussion will take place before action can be taken. He also mentioned the hire of the Investment Officer Karen Kellerman, who will be begin her appointment November 19, 2001.
12. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority. Vice President for Business Affairs Greg Royer reported that based upon the authority delegated to the President or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, at the meeting of November 16, 2001, he had entered into the following contracts:
Whitebird, Inc., Wenatchee, WA, for the Hazardous Waste Facilities Project, Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in the amount of $863,633.88 to be paid from 1993-95, 1995-97, and the 1999-2001 WSU Building Accounts.
Motley-Motley, Inc., Pullman, WA for the Lower College Avenue to Spring Street Storm Sewer in the amount of $420,095.81 to be paid from 2001-03 Minor Capital Renewal, 2001-03 Major Capital funds and 2001-03 Departmental funds.
PBI Construction, Inc., Spokane, WA, for Bryan Hall – Remodel Room 205 and Suite 206, for a total cost of $174,876.10 to be paid from 2001-03 Minor Capital Improvement.
13. Delegation of Authority Correction. It was moved and seconded that the Board of Regents approve the revised Delegation of Authority Resolution. Carried.
14. Report from the Vice President for Business Affairs. Vice President Royer updated the Board on the recent reorganization between Business Affairs and Student Affairs. He said this new relationship will bring much more continuity between the two areas.
15. Student Affairs Committee. Regent Campbell first commended Vice President Royer and Vice President Jaeger for working together on the reorganization that will greatly benefit the University. She reported on admission numbers that are up 32% with an average GPA of 3.4%. She also reported on the success of the efforts changing the culture of alcohol use on campus. Lastly, the 2002-2003 housing and dining rates were reviewed.
16. Report from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Vice President for Student Affairs, Charlene Jaeger, also spoke briefly about the reorganization. She also mentioned the positive changes that are occurring in Greek life. Student leaders have committed themselves to create a positive image. There have been fewer assaults, and fewer noise violations. She also indicated that all sororities have banned alcohol, along with 12 fraternities. She is hopeful that this trend will spread to all the fraternities. She also noted that the Student Recreation Center has been awarded 3rd best facility in nation.
17. President’s Report. President Rawlins gave a brief report acknowledging the accomplishments of the past year: Increase in student admissions; Increase in GPA’s; Student leaders and administrators committed to bring a better programming image to our institution. These are examples of the steps the university community is taking to provide the very best undergraduate experience for students.
At 12:15 p.m., the Regents’ Meeting adjourned.
Approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting held at
Honors Hall Lounge, Pullman, Washington, January 25, 2002
President, Board of Regents
Secretary, Board of Regents