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Oregon State Board of Higher Education
System Strategic Planning Committee
Room 111, Ackerman Hall
Eastern Oregon University
June 8, 2001


Committee members present: Jim Lussier, Phyllis Wustenberg, Jim Willis

Absent: Herb Aschkenasy, Shawn Hempel, Leslie Lehmann

Chancellor's Office staff: Jim Arnold, Shirley Clark, Andy Duncan, Vicki Falsgraf, David McDonald, Ben Rawlins, Lynda Rose, Diane Vines, Yvette Webber-Davis, Holly Zanville

Others: Kat Brigham (Government-to-Government Education Cluster-Umatilla Tribe), Lou Farrow (Government-to-Government Education Cluster-Umatilla Tribe), Brenda Frank (Government-to-Government Education Cluster-Klamath Tribe), Jackie Grant (EOU), Neil Kunze (SOU), John Minahan (WOU), Paul Risser (OSU), Bruce Shepard (EOU), Mary Kay Tetreault (PSU), Dan Williams (UO)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 8:02 a.m. by Chair Willis.

Approval of Minutes

Ms. Wustenberg moved and Mr. Lussier seconded the approval of the April 20, 2001, Committee meeting minutes as submitted. The motion unanimously passed.

Noting that OUS Director of Legal Services Ben Rawlins was not in the room to present the temporary administrative rule, Chair Willis opted to adjust the agenda and move to consent items.

New Program/Certificates (consent items)

M.M., Intermedia Music Technology, UO

Vice Chancellor Clark explained that the proposed degree represented a unique program in Oregon, but not unrelated to other programs. It was built, she said, around a distinguished music program at UO. A Eugene-based multimedia company is expanding its operations into film production, thereby building evidence for the importance of this area. There has also been some legislative support for the program because of the economic development opportunities.

Mr. Lussier asked about the number of projected students that might participate in the program. Dr. Clark replied that an estimated eight students would initially enroll.

Noting the number of program approvals recently, Ms. Wustenberg asked if any programs are ever terminated. Dr. Clark explained the five-year review process, which summarizes for the Board programs approved five years prior. Recommendations for program closure, she added, are discussed in Academic Council, and periodically reported to the Board. Mr. Willis pointed out these decisions should be made at the institutional level, based on funding and environment.

Undergraduate Certificate, Botany, SOU

Dr. Clark observed that both certificate programs are related to employment outcome. The Botany certificate is unique in that it would combine both old and new sciences, said Dr. Clark, and will enable students to connect with a number of career opportunities.

Undergraduate Certificate, Native American Studies, SOU

The program, said Dr. Clark, expands beyond the minor at SOU. Some new courses were developed, and some existing courses were combined. The general goal of the certificate is to preserve and teach about cultural heritage.

Ms. Wustenberg asked for more specifics on certificates and how a certificate program might be compared to a minor field of study. Provost Kunze explained that a certificate program provides a student with greater depth of study. Provost Shepard added that it also provides a coherent set of coursework. Sharing a point made by students, Mr. Lussier said that employers are now asking for more specific course information, making certificates more attractive.

Mr. Lussier moved and Ms. Wustenberg seconded the motion to forward all programs to the Board for final approval. The motion was unanimously approved.

Government-to-Government Education Cluster

Dr. Yvette Webber-Davis, OUS director of diversity planning and special projects, described the Government-to-Government Education Cluster. First established by Governor Kitzhaber in an Executive Order as the Government-to-Government Initiative in 1996, it is the first of its kind in the country. Its charge was to involve tribal representatives in public agencies and solicit their input. As an arm of the initiative, the Education Cluster addresses K-20 education issues statewide, with an emphasis on lifelong learning. Dr. Webber-Davis explained that the Governor recently signed legislation (SB 770) that requires state agencies to develop policies and processes relating to the Initiative.

Education Cluster members joining Dr. Webber-Davis included Ms. Brenda Frank, from the Klamath Tribe, and Ms. Kat Brigham and Ms. Lou Farrow, both representing the Umatilla Tribe. Also present was Ms. Jackie Grant, director of the Native American program and Affirmative Action officer at EOU.

Saying that diversity has changed over time, Dr. Webber-Davis explained that while access used to be the only issue, and remains a primary consideration, the idea of enhancing one's experience when diversity occurs is becoming more prevalent. Using distance education as an example, Dr. Webber-Davis pointed out that simple things like phone lines and electronic technology are often not available to students in rural areas, and remain a major challenge.

Ms. Farrow, who has been involved with the cluster since its inception, reported that Oregon tribes have designated education as their priority. There is a need, she said, for a K-12 base curriculum that encourages a greater understanding of Oregon tribes by the state's citizenry. Beyond working with K-12 curriculum needs and high dropout rates, collaborative efforts are underway to work with OUS to "teach the teachers." Native language preservation and documentation, as well as workforce development in community colleges, are also priorities. Ms. Farrow noted that, due to recent legislation that was signed into law, Native American elders can now be certified as teachers.

The Government-to-Government group in 1999 asked the Oregon Coalition on Postsecondary Education to review the higher education chapter (Goal 11) in the Oregon American/Alaska Native Education State Plan (otherwise referred to as the "Blue Book"). Ms. Grant indicated the group was directly concerned with higher education recruitment, retention, and how to develop a cultural competency curriculum at the higher education level.

Ms. Brigham described several of the successes as a result of the Blue Book. Education Cluster members have presented it to local school districts and are developing partnerships with many as part of the Blue Book's implementation plan. She hopes that all school districts embrace the Blue Book.

Ms. Frank described how cluster members are working actively with language programs. Work is underway with UO language programs, including a Native Language Institute to help restore native languages. Several projects with Klamath Community College to develop programs have proven successful in actively preserving and maintaining native languages. Foreign language standards, Ms. Frank concluded, need to be better understood by teachers, as well as by those who teach the teachers, so students can become proficient in a native language to fulfill second language requirements.

Complimenting all presenters on their interest and time, Ms. Wustenberg observed, "It's taken a long time for us to recognize it's very difficult to educate anyone when they have to separate themselves from their culture. To bring your culture along for all of us to understand and educate ourselves is a great thing. It's important for all of us."

Mr. Willis asked what the Board of Higher Education might do to help promote the work of the Education Cluster. Ms. Grant suggested updating information in the "Blue Book" so that the outcomes are clearly stated. Saying that OUS campuses are already very involved, Ms. Grant said that efforts to help unify the effort and build general awareness are also welcome. Other panelists agreed.

Building on Ms. Grant's comments, Ms. Frank said she felt that current legislation relating to teacher licensure and multicultural competency is a positive step, but the reality of how long it's going to take for a shift to occur is problematic, estimating that visible differences will likely not be realized for 20 years. Perhaps the Board, she said, could help by being more aware of minority issues and programs as they are presented.

Mr. Lussier asked if presentations had been made to the Oregon School Boards Association, thinking that it would be helpful. Ms. Frank said she hoped such a meeting could be scheduled in the near future. Mr. Lussier suggested, too, that Education Cluster issues would be a viable topic for the Joint Boards Working Group to discuss.

Referring to the upcoming Blue Book updates, Dr. Webber-Davis indicated that Vice Chancellor Clark asked her to work closely with the Education Cluster on the project to make sure issues are adequately addressed in OUS. When the plan was created in the early 1990's, Vice Chancellor Clark explained that including higher education was almost an afterthought. She said that OUS intends to take a much more activist role in the re-development of the plan.

Concluding the discussion, Vice Chancellor Clark said that there is an expectation that the Board will develop policy in relation to SB 770.

OAR 580-010-0035, Residence Classification of Armed Services Personnel (temporary rule)

Mr. Rawlins explained that the amendments modified the existing rule by extending resident status to additional branches of service and the reserve components. The legislature approved the changes in statute, which go into effect on July 1, and therefore the need exists for a temporary rule to parallel the new statutory language. Steps will be taken to initiate the permanent rulemaking process in the near future, and will likely be presented to the Board for final approval in fall 2001.

Mr. Lussier questioned the anticipated impact of the additional people who receive resident status. Mr. Rawlins responded that, while the exact impact was uncertain, past data indicate little change.

Mr. Lussier moved and Ms. Wustenberg seconded the motion to refer the proposed amendments to the Board for final approval. By consensus, the motion passed unanimously.

The Committee meeting adjourned at 9:10 a.m.