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The Board of Regents of Washington State University met pursuant to call, in Open Meeting at 9:20 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 1995, in the conference room on the 21st floor of the U.S. Bank Centre Building, Seattle Washington.
Present: Phyllis J. Campbell, President; Regents: R. M. “Mac” Crow, Richard A. Davis, John W. Ellis, Scott B. Lukins, Carmen Otero, Louis H. Pepper and William R. Wiley; President Samuel H. Smith, Provost Thomas F. George, Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie A. Giffen, Vice President for Extended University Affairs Thomas L. Purce, University Counsel Sally P. Savage, Senior Assistant Attorney General Richard L. Hutchinson, Alumni Association President Jim Miller, Faculty Senate Chair Greg Hooks, Staff Senate President Richard Rupp, GPSA Vice President David Vance, and ASWSU President Jessie Harris.
Also present were: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Geoffrey Gamble, Vice Provost for Student Affairs K. J. “Gus” Kravas, Vice Provost for Human Relations and Resources Ernestine Madison, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Robert Smith, Executive Director of Budget and Planning Gregory Royer, Director of Statewide Affairs Larry Ganders, Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas, Executive Assistant for Business Affairs Rob Hoon, and News and Information Director Barbara Petura.
Visitors: Dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Jim Zuiches; Dean of the College of Education, Bernard Oliver; and Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, Dennis Ray.
1. Welcome. Regent Phyllis Campbell welcomed everyone to the meeting and called the meeting to order.
2. President’s Report. President Smith also provided welcoming remarks and commented on the news conference he and University of Washington President Dick McCormick had just finished. They discussed the state’s higher education access crises and how the two universities are committed to solving it. President Smith introduced Associate Vice President for University Advancement Connie Kravas and asked her to report on the success of Campaign WSU, which has increasing access as one of its four main goals.
3. Campaign WSU Status Report. Associate Vice President Connie Kravas reported that the Campaign WSU Steering Committee met earlier in the week at which time it was decided to increase the goal to $250 million and extend the timeline for one year. The Campaign has already exceeded the original goal, reaching $207 million by last week.
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Dr. Kravas indicated that these decisions were accompanied by three caveats: 1) WSU must emphasize that every gift of every size makes a difference; 2) alumni participation must be emphasized, as WSU’s current rate ranks at the top of public universities; and 3) it will be important to talk about why WSU needs this kind of support in order to emphasize the important initiatives and outcomes, access, and Virtual WSU for which the Campaign is seeking support.
4. Development of Learning Centers. President Smith introduced Vice President Les Purce and Dean Jim Zuiches and asked them to brief the Regents on new collaborative efforts involving WSU Cooperative Extension and the Extended Degree Program. Vice President Purce and Dean Zuiches reported on some historic aspects of WSU and Cooperative Extension and noted that WSU has an 81 year history in the area of Cooperative Extension, which includes 3 years with the Extended Degree Program. WSU has partnerships with community colleges and other educational institutions, libraries, school districts, professional organizations, the corporate sector, Native American tribes, and small business development centers.
In addition to providing information on the various partnerships WSU holds around the state, Vice President Purce and Dean Zuiches discussed the concept and meaning of the WSU Learning Centers and the process for creating a working partnership with counties, including the creation of a joint task force and the goals and upcoming steps for the task force. Also discussed were products and programs resulting from the WSU and county collaborative efforts and some examples of early innovators in providing educational opportunities to communities.
Following the presentation by Vice President Purce and Dean Zuiches, there was a discussion concerning statewide education and WSU partnerships. The Regents had some questions on how the learning centers relate to the state’s community colleges and branch campuses and where private schools fit in with the educational partnerships. In addition, Regent Ellis mentioned that WSU should take care not to lose sight of the fact that learning does not just take place in just one location, i.e. that with new technology, learning will take place in many locations, such as in the home, at the learning centers, branch campuses, and university settings. The Regents expressed their appreciation for the informational report on the learning centers.
5. Minutes. It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the minutes of the meeting of September 22, 1995. Carried.
6. Reports from University Groups. Faculty Senate Chair Greg Hooks provided remarks concerning Virtual WSU and reported that the faculty are beginning to become more involved in this initiative and are exploring ways in which this can be utilized in teaching and research.
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Staff Senate President Richard Rupp overviewed the Staff Senate’s activities on the following committees: Awards and Recognition, Compensation and Classification, Budget and Policy, Elections, Committee on Committees, Employee Relations, Parking Committee, Planning Committee, Training Committee, and the Handbook Committee.
GPSA Vice President David Vance reported on the following: the Graduate Study Center with thanks provided to Vice Provosts Geoff Gamble and Bob Smith for their involvement; 2) the grievance procedures being established by the Graduate School, with help from Associate Dean of the Graduate School Karen DePauw and how that will be a benefit to graduate and professional students; and 3) the teaching and learning center that Vice Provost Geoff Gamble has been involved with for teaching assistant and faculty training that will take place through that center.
ASWSU President Jessie Harris highlighted ASWSU activities over the past two months. Mr. Harris plans to focus efforts on counter attacking the financial aid restrictions in Congress. He showed an excerpt from the Cable 8 show “Inside ASWSU” where he asked students what they think of the WSU administration. The students gave many positive comments about the administration and expressed the feeling that there exists at WSU an openness and approachability not experienced by many of their peers at other institutions.
Alumni Association President Jim Miller reported on Alumni Association preparation for the spring meeting in Vancouver. He noted they will be touring the branch campus and presenting a bronze cougar to WSU Vancouver. Mr. Miller overviewed the Alumni Association’s activities since the last Regents’ meeting. He also mentioned that Denny Jones, Second Vice President of the Alumni Association, would be the representative at the January meeting.
7. Provost’s Report. Provost Thomas George provided a supplemental budget report for both the Operating and Capital budgets for 1996. The supplemental items in the Operating Budget include: pesticide and wine grape research; increased access through technology and partnerships; salary equity for librarians, counselors, and professionals; cooperative library project to link the state’s four-year institutions; and federal offsets from reductions to funding WSU programs. Provost George distributed handouts to show the amounts requested. The total supplemental request for 1996 is $12,959,000.
Provost George reported on the following projects in the Supplemental Capital request: North Campus Electrical Substation; Classroom/Auditoria Instruction Building; WHETS (Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System) Technology Expansion, which includes all six, state four-year institutions in partnership with individual community colleges; and Safety/Code Compliance Projects.
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Provost George also summarized the WHETS technology expansion. The involved colleges propose expanding the capacity and the location served by the current Washington State University “WHETS” network to form an interactive higher education telecommunications backbone. This proposal will expand channel capacity on certain microwave and fiber optic links from 28 digital channels to 84 digital channels using a technology called “Synchronous Optical Network” or SONET. It will provide expanded interactive video or computer classes, telephone, video conferencing, and reliable data transmission between established campuses and under-served communities. The features of the proposed system include: interactive video classes; reliable data transmission; joint resources and coordination among all six of the state’s public higher education institutions; and an increase in the communities served. Please see Exhibit A for a summary of the 1996 Supplemental Budget Request.
8. Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board Update. Provost Thomas George reported on HEC Board master plan issues and also reported that the HEC Board had approved a joint post-baccalaureate PharmD program.
9. Presentation on College of Education Partnerships. Provost Thomas George introduced the Dean of the College of Education, Bernard Oliver, and the Director for the Center for Educational Partnerships, Dennis Ray, who provided a report on the College of Education’s Center for Educational Partnerships. The Center for Educational Partnerships coordinates a variety of partnership activities that link program activities, faculty, etc. in the College of Education with local school districts and other agencies, individuals and businesses with an interest in improving the quality of education in Washington schools. Examples of these partnerships include the Minority Recruitment and Retention Program, the Washington League of Schools, the Center for the Development of Educational Technology, and the National Youth Sports Program.
10. Academic Affairs Committee and Technology Task Force Reports. Members of these two committees reported on current activities in Academic Affairs. Both committees have been focusing on the strategic planning document and provided comments on aspects of the Strategic Plan, as it relates to each of these two areas.
11. Eliminate Ph.D. program and degree in Zoophysiology. Provost Thomas George provided a brief history of the Zoophysiology program and explained that this program was approved by the Board of Regents on February 3, 1962. The first Graduate Program Review was completed in January 1973 and was recommended for continuation. In April, 1986, a proposal to establish a Ph.D. program in Physiology was approved with the intention of replacing the Zoophysiology Ph.D. Degree. The Physiology proposal was submitted to the HEC Board but subsequently withdrawn primarily because of objections by the UW Medical School. The latest Graduate Program Review commenced in the fall
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of 1992. The reviewers concluded that given low enrollments, a lack of faculty commitment, and inadequate resources that the Program be eliminated.
Subsequent meetings with the Zoophysiology graduate faculty, the Zoology graduate faculty, the Chair of the Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology Department, and the Graduate Studies Committee and the Deans of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and the College of Sciences. The Reconfiguration Committee, presented with the latest findings on the Program, approved its elimination during the Spring of 1995.
It was moved and seconded that, effective immediately, the WSU Board of Regents approve the recommendation to eliminate the Ph.D. program and degree in Zoophysiology. Carried.
12. Eliminate the Master of Science Degree in Nutrition. Provost Thomas George reported that the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition established a master’s degree program in Human Nutrition in 1991. As a result of the review of the Graduate Program in Nutrition in the Spring of 1995, it was decided to move the Program in Nutrition into the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, thereby eliminating the need for a master’s degree to be offered through the interdisciplinary graduate Program in Nutrition. The Department is now requesting that the M.S. in Nutrition be eliminated to avoid confusion and duplication.
It was moved and seconded that, effective immediately, the WSU Board of Regents approve the recommendation to eliminate the Master of Science degree in Nutrition. Carried.
(The meeting recessed for a ten minute break at 10:35 a.m. The meeting reconvened at 10:47 a.m. Present: President Campbell; Regents: Crow, Davis, Ellis, Lukins, Otero, Pepper and Wiley; President Smith, Dr. George, Ms. Giffen, Dr. Purce, Ms. Savage, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Miller, Dr. Hooks, Mr. Rupp, Mr. Vance, and Mr. Harris.)
13. Trust Lands/Business Affairs Subcommittee Report. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that our consultants were meeting with staff of the Department of Natural Resources on this date and that we are confident that we were going to receive some of the data we had been requesting. Ms. Giffen further indicated that the Attorney General’s Office had established a process and time schedule to move forward with appointment of outside counsel.
14. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority (under $500,000). Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that on the authority delegated to the
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President of the University or his designee at the meeting of January 24, 1986, she has approved entering into the following contracts:
Poe Asphalt Paving, Inc., Pullman, for the compost facility expansion for a total project cost of $277,746, including sales tax and contingency, to be paid from the 1995-97 departmental funds and 1993-95 Minor Capital Renewal funds.
R.R.A.CO., Inc., Spokane, for the remodeling of Heald Hall rooms 111,113, and 115 as office/research space for a total project cost of $64,229, including sales tax and contingency, to be paid from the 1995-97 Minor Capital Renewal funds.
15. Contracts under Previous Delegation of Authority (over $500,000). 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 June 23, 1995, she has approved entering into the following contracts:
Contractors Northwest, Inc., Coeur d’Alene, ID, for the WSU-Tri Cities Consolidated Information Center for a total project cost of $18,619,000, including Alternates 1-3 and 5-11, sales tax, and contingency, to be paid from 1991-93 WSU Building account, 1993-95 State Building Construction Account, 1995-97 State Building Construction Account and 1995-97 WSU Building Account.
Lydig Construction, Inc., Spokane, for the Animal Sciences Laboratory for a total project cost of $7,182,300, including Alternates 2, 8, 9 and 11, sales tax, and contingency, to be paid from 1991-93 WSU Building account, 1993-95 WSU Building Account, 1995-97 State Building Construction Account and 1995-97 WSU Building Account.
16. Completion of Contracts over $2,500. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that on the authority delegated to her at the meeting of June 24, 1994, she had approved satisfactory completion of the following contracts:
Marjan Construction, Inc., for the Beasley Coliseum catwalk extension in the final amount of $284,306.
Hamre Construction, Inc., for the Murrow Hall East remodel of KWSU offices and studios in the final amount of $253,963.
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Precision Bilt, Inc., for tennis court renovation of courts 7-12 in the final amount of $247,726.
Associated Construction, Inc., for the Compton Union Building renovation of Butch’s Den in the final amount of $168,587.
NW Construction General Contracting, for fuel tank installation at Prosser, Rosa, Othello, Royal Slope, and Spillman in the final amount of $143,988.
3-H Mechanical for the chilled water connections for Daggy Hall in the final amount of $67,999.
Poe Asphalt Paving, Inc., for resurfacing and repair of asphalt concrete pavement at Nez Perce in the final amount of $64,588.
Hamre Construction, Inc., for the remodel of room 243 in Murrow Hall East in the final amount of $56,243.
Walkenhauer & Associates, Inc., for asbestos abatement at the ICNE Yakima site in the final amount of $7,320.
17. WSU Regents/Foundation Endowment Investment Policy Modification. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that the Endowment Investment Committee met on October 6, 1995, and recommended the following modifications to the investment policy: 1) that the endowment management and advancement fee be reduced 20 percent, proportionate to the 20 percent reduction to the endowment payout to the beneficiaries and 2) that the Endowment Investment Policy section titled “Performance Objectives and Distribution” be amended to remove specific percent language, to be replaced with “as determined by the committee.” The WSU Foundation Resolution 10-6-95-1 appears as Exhibit B.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the WSU Foundation Resolution 10-6-95-1, as recommended by the Endowment Investment Committee at their meeting of October 6, 1995, and reapprove the policy as amended. Carried.
18. Summer Session 1996 Tuition and Summer Session 1996 Services and Activities Fees. A discussion of this item was held with concern expressed by the Regents that WSU may be giving up an opportunity to collect funds if it does not charge non-resident tuition in the summer. Discussion also revolved around potential loss of student enrollment if the non-resident fee was charged. The Regents asked that the Provost’s Office work up an
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analysis of summer enrollments if non-resident tuition was increased to regular semester levels. The report is to be ready for the January 26, 1996, Regents’ meeting.
19. Approval of Purchase of Equipment over $500,00. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that the Departments of Physics and Chemistry requires the use of an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system. The instrument provides high sensitivity analysis of composition and chemical state of solid surfaces as determined under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. This information is necessary for research in advanced thin film growth and characterization studies, development of new types of electron emitters, and monitoring changes produced by tribological and laser treatment of surfaces. This research is funded by several grants from National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The total cost of the equipment will be approximately $505,100, including shipping, installation, on-site training, and sales tax.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents approve the purchase of an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy system for Materials Science research activities centered in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. Carried.
20. Permission to Advertise for Bids and Delegation of Authority to Award a Construction Contract Within Funds Available. Vice President for Business Affairs Sallie Giffen reported that at the meeting of October 14, 1995, the Board of Regents approved schematic design documents, granted permission to proceed with design development, and delegated authority to the President, or his designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs, to approve construction documents for the Bohler Gym Addition.
The architectural firm of Sasaki Associates, San Francisco, CA., in association with Stewart Associates, Seattle, WA., is completing the final drawings, specification and cost estimate for the project. The documents will be reviewed by the Project Planning Committee, and by the Departments of Facilities Development, Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, and Public Safety.
The Bohler Gym Addition is a 27,500 net and 45,800 gross square foot structure, sited along the north face of the existing 1928 building. The addition accommodates programmed space on three floors, each of which is aligned with an adjacent existing Bohler Gym floor. The proposed Physical Development Facility replaces the existing inefficient weight room and will be an effective and heavily used area with high visibility. The facility will also house a locker room for an addition WSU team sport, offices for the academic support staff, eligibility and compliance personnel, sports information, a lecture hall and meeting areas.
It was moved and seconded that the WSU Board of Regents grant permission to advertise for bids and delegate authority to the President, or his designee, the Vice
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President for Business Affairs, to award a construction contract for the Bohler Gym Addition project, if a budget can be established with the funds available. Carried.
21. Communications Task Force Report. Regent Davis said much positive progress has been made on the development of the Communications Plan. He also reported that the Committee is beginning a review of internal WSU publications to examine what WSU publishes and how this fits with the overall plan in the Communications area.
The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. The Regents had lunch in the boardroom.