AGENDA FOR THE
REGULAR MEETING OF THE
OREGON STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

February 21, 1997

ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

CHANCELLOR'S REPORT
Measurement Indicators
PSU Presidential Search
IFS Report

ACTION ITEMS

Academic Affairs

Admission Policy for 1998-99 Academic Year
Each year, the Board approves admission requirements for the academic year that begins during the following calendar year (thus, in 1997 the Board approves the policy for 1998-99). A revised schedule for transition to a proficiency-based admission system is one feature of the recommended admission policy.

Update on PASS
Dr. Dave Conley and Superintendent Jack Bierwirth will provide an update on the PASS project.

Authorization to Award Honorary Doctorates, UO & OSU
UO and OSU seek Board authorization to grant honorary doctorates. UO proposes to recognize Senator Mark O. Hatfield for his tireless service for the improvement of health, education, and social service programs. OSU proposes to recognize Daniel Callahan for his groundbreaking work regarding ethics and science, Paul Crutzen for his visionary scientific accomplishments, and Barrie Gilbert as a leading engineer in the area of integrated circuits.

Master of Music in Performance or Conducting, PSU
PSU requests authorization to award the M.M., which would emphasize student development at a professional level. Currently, students interested in graduate work pursue either the MAT or MST.

Finance & Administration

Resolution for the Sale of Article XI-G & Article XI-F(a) Bonds
Staff recommends the Board authorize the State Treasurer to issue $32,200,000 of bonds this spring under authority of Article XI-F(1) and $12,000,000 under authority of Article XI-G of the Oregon Constitution for construction projects for higher education.

CONSENT ITEM

Appointment to Forest Research Laboratory Advisory Committee
Annually, the Board makes appointments to this committee.

REPORT ITEMS

Academic Affairs

Return on Investments: Employment Five & Ten Years Later
This study examined the longer-term outcomes for recipients of master's, professional, and doctoral degrees from the three public universities in Oregon (UO, OSU, PSU). Specifically, the study probed the employability of these graduates, their satisfaction with the education they received, and the student experiences that they believed were critical to their success in the workforce.

Finance & Administration

Independent Auditor's Report
Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Independent Public Accountants, have concluded that the financial statements for FY96 present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of OSSHE, and they have issued an unqualified opinion.

Semi-Annual Audit Report
This report summarizes internal audit activity (July through December 1996). It also includes a status report on the 1996-97 audit plan.

Second Quarter Report on Investments
This report of the Pooled Endowment Fund for October 1 through December 31, 1996, was prepared and will be presented by R.V. Kuhns and Associates.

1996-97 Enrollment Report
Actual headcount enrollment at OSSHE institutions has increased for the second consecutive year. The number of students transferring from Oregon community colleges to OSSHE schools has also been rebounding after an approximate 30 percent drop after Measure 5.

Optional Retirement Program
Additional modifications to the Optional Retirement Plan, approved by the Board a year ago, have result from contracts negotiated with four fund sponsors and input from the Internal Revenue Service.

Corporate & Public Affairs

Legislative Update

COMMITTEES

DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

ITEMS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

ADJOURNMENT