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OREGON STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
ROOMS 327/8/9
PORTLAND, OREGON

April 21, 2000

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting of the State Board of Higher Education was called to order at 10:25 a.m. by President Imeson.

ROLL CALL

On roll call, the following answered present:

Dr. Herb Aschkenasy
Mr. Shawn Hempel
Mr. David Koch
Ms. Leslie Lehmann
Mr. Jim Lussier
Dr. Geri Richmond
Mr. Don VanLuvanee
Mr. Bill Williams
Mr. Jim Willis
Ms. Phyllis Wustenberg
Mr. Tom Imeson

MINUTES APPROVED

The Board dispensed with the reading of the February 18, 2000, Board meeting minutes. Mr. Lussier moved and Mr. Koch seconded the motion to approve the minutes as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

President Imeson asked if there were any corrections to the February 18, 2000, Committee of the Whole minutes. As none were noted, Dr. Aschkenasy moved and Mr. Koch seconded the motion to approve the minutes as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

Referring to the February 18 Executive Committee minutes, President Imeson asked if any Executive Committee members had any corrections. As none were noted, Mr. Willis moved and Mr. VanLuvanee seconded the motion to approve the minutes as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, VanLuvanee, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Continued Biennial Budget Work

President Imeson reported that members of the System Strategic Planning Committee met with the Budget and Finance Committee earlier to further refine strategic initiatives for 2001-2003. He hoped for an "exceptional" plan that would be presented to the Board for final approval at its July meeting.

President Reno Resigns

Announcing SOU President Reno's recent acceptance of the position of chancellor of the New Hampshire system, President Imeson underscored his contributions while at Southern. "Obviously, this is an incredible opportunity for President Reno, but I think we're all going to be sad to see him leave," observed President Imeson.

President Imeson explained that the Chancellor would be visiting the Southern campus in early May and would bring a recommendation for an interim president to a Board Committee charged with determining the strengths and weaknesses of the nominee. The Committee, said President Imeson, would be comprised of himself, Mr. VanLuvanee, and Mr. Williams. Following a Board vote, he expected a formal announcement at a public meeting in late May.

Nominating Committee

President Imeson asked Dr. Aschkenasy, Mr. Willis, and Ms. Wustenberg to act as the Nominating Committee charged with selecting and then recommending Executive Committee as well as other standing Committee assignments for 2000-01. The Committee will submit its recommendations to the Board at the June meeting.

PSU Visitation

Ms. Lehmann, who acted as chair of the visitation the day before, extended her appreciation to President Bernstine and his staff for organizing a memorable visit. In sharing their vision for PSU heading into the 21st century, most of the afternoon was spent with staff touring the new Urban Center and experiencing some of the state-of-the-art classrooms in the facility. Several students joined Board members for lunch and shared their experiences at PSU and why they felt attending the institution was the right choice for them. The day ended, she shared, with an open forum where a group of PSU faculty, staff, and students shared some of their priorities and concerns. Ms. Lehmann concluded her report by thanking President Bernstine for hosting dinner at his home, which was "absolutely wonderful," she said.

Association of Governing Boards

Several staff, along with Ms. Lehmann, attended the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) meeting in New Orleans March 18-21. While they all participated in numerous workshops and lectures, Mr. Imeson said that of particular interest were the sessions on CEO evaluation.

On a related note, President Imeson announced that he was asked by AGB to submit a series of six articles for publication in its national magazine, Trusteeship. He pointed out that it will be a good opportunity to highlight the Board's work at a national level.

Executive Session

President Imeson announced that a brief executive session would convene immediately following the regular meeting, so that the Board could receive an update from its labor negotiator.

CHANCELLOR'S REPORT

Kudos

Chancellor Cox congratulated Mr. Koch and OUS Director of Legal Services Ben Rawlins for recently passing the Oregon Bar Exam. (Although Mr. Rawlins had full credentials in North Carolina, the state he came from, it was necessary for him to obtain an Oregon license.)

President Reno

Echoing earlier comments by President Imeson regarding Dr. Reno's decision to accept the position of chancellor of the New Hampshire system, the Chancellor said that Dr. Reno has done a fantastic job at Southern, and that he would be missed, not only in the Ashland community, but statewide.

Educational Services in Central Oregon

The Chancellor asked Vice Chancellor Clark to present an update prepared by staff pertaining to the process for gathering information about educational services, both current and future, in the Central Oregon region. (Paper copies of slides, entitled, "Progress Report to the State Board of Higher Education--Strategy for Expanding Higher Education Opportunities in Central Oregon Over a 15-Year Period", is on file in the Board's office.) Chancellor Cox noted that several members of the Central Oregon Regional Advisory Board (CORAB) were in the audience, including Ms. Sally Collins, Ms. Barbara Schenck, and Ms. Patty Moss, as well as Central Oregon Community College President Bob Barber.

Dr. Clark reviewed the process used to develop and analyze information from which recommendations will be created by the Chancellor and subsequently presented to the Board for final consideration as part of the biennial budget request in July. She did say, however, that a definitive plan would be put before the Board in June.

The work underway by a six-person steering committee and OUS staff, she continued, was the result of the Board's desire for in-depth analyses and data on the issues and requirements in the context of both the Central Oregon region and the state. Two consultants hired by the Chancellor's Office, Dr. James Mingle and Dr. Frank Besnette, have already held discussions with stakeholder in the area, and their advice and recommendations will be incorporated into the proposed plan.

Guiding principles for the work to date, said Dr. Clark, were that it be 1) objective and comprehensive; driven by data; 2) responsive to students' needs; 3) responsive to community aspirations; 4) realistic in its assumptions and projections; and 5) innovative, willing to do things differently, both in a balanced and flexible manner.

Based on data collected to date, Dr. Clark referred to the models being moved forward using that information. Migrating from the existing University Center, those models include a branch campus, a capstone institution, and a four-year institution that would have a community college division. Noting that the models must be congruent with the new OUS funding model in terms of feasibility and the legislative support that could be amassed for it, Dr. Clark indicated that staff will be costing each model with respect to several indicators, including revenues and expenditures and an estimated minimum enrollment necessary to support each model.

Vice Chancellor Anslow reminded Board members they recently approved a building lease arrangement with COCC. Dr. Clark added that there was a $1 million federal appropriation awarded last session, but the application process to actually secure that funds was not yet complete. However, she was optimistic about the release of the funds, which would help defray the cost of the lease.

Ms. Wustenberg and Mr. Lussier, both members of CORAB, offered their assessment of activity to date. Indicating that perhaps the progress being made isn't always apparent to those in Central Oregon, Ms. Wustenberg stated that the Board is very serious about arriving at a solution that it feels is best for the state.

Reiterating Ms. Wustenberg's remarks, Mr. Lussier noted a personal concern over possible misperceptions about his role on CORAB. As a citizen of Central Oregon, he said that he felt his knowledge of the area would outweigh questions or concerns of bias resulting from his involvement in CORAB. "I want to assure my colleagues on the Board that my interest and my perspective is really one of a state system of the future and certainly of a global interest in building a system for which we can all be proud," Mr. Lussier stated. Continuing, he said, "I think I would be equally compromised in my responsibilities to the State Board to recognize a need and not advocate for its solution....it isn't just a Central Oregon issue."

Ms. Collins thanked the Board for its commitment, adding a special note of gratitude to Chancellor Cox for his continued support of CORAB's work. "Collectively, we want to do the right thing for the state and for Central Oregon," she concluded.

IFS Report

Following is a summary of IFS President Gary Tiedeman's remarks:

"The IFS met April 7-8 on the campus of the University of Oregon. UO Provost John Moseley spoke to us about the new RAM model, specifically as applied at the University of Oregon. He pointed out that the BAS model had few incentives for a campus to do anything other than stay at the bottom of its "corridor," whereas the RAM model now provides incentives for growth, all other factors being equal. Provost Moseley also informed us of the UO's five-year plan to reach 95 percent of comparators' level of faculty salaries, a plan which IFS hopes other campuses might seek to emulate.

"Chancellor Cox urged us to pay careful and serious attention to ballot measures which will soon be before us. We then discussed approaches to the next higher education budget, including, at the Chancellor's initiative, the matter of faculty salaries.

"Dr. Geri Richmond emphasized the warmth with which she has been received as a Board member and how receptive all have been. IFS members indicated the fine job she appeared to be doing in pioneering the role of faculty member on the Board. There was collective discussion of what that role should and should not be, including general agreement that it is not meant to 'represent' faculty but, instead, to offer the unique perspective of a concerned professional who happens to work every day on a public college campus.

"Dr. Yvette Webber-Davis, OUS diversity officer, walked us through the Faculty Diversity Initiative Program and its sub-programs, approved by this Board in 1995. We discussed several of these initiatives in terms of potential IFS involvement in attempting to increase the diversity of students and staff in OUS institutions, since IFS has established this topic as one of its priority concerns.

"Senator Lee Beyer pointed out that the next legislative session could be good for higher education or could be the worst we have ever had, largely depending upon the success of well-known ballot initiative measures--and others not so well-known. Mr. Grattan Kerans, OUS director of Government Relations, discussed the upcoming budget, the upcoming legislature, and Oregon's not-so-proud 44th-place ranking in per capita spending on public higher education."

Dr. Tiedeman concluded his remarks by reflecting on the challenge the Board has in guiding the operation and management of OUS institutions without endangering fundamental elements of what makes them worthy institutions to begin with.

LEGISLATIVE CONCEPT #11: PERMIT CAMPUSES TO EMPLOY ARMED POLICE OFFICERS

Staff Recommendation to the Board

Staff recommended that the Board accept PSU's report responding to questions posed by the Board at its February 2000 meeting and their research on Portland-area and OUS campuses. Further, staff recommended that the Board choose from either Option A or Option B as its final decision on the matter.

BOARD OPTIONS:

A. Amend Board policy by approving the proposed legislative concept, which would grant the Board the authority to permit campuses to employ a number of armed university police officers.

B. Maintain Board policy regarding armed university police officers and reject the proposed legislative concept.

Board Discussion and Action

Reminding Board members of the lengthy discussion on the proposed legislative concept at the February Board meeting, President Imeson asked President Bernstine to summarize the additional materials he provided in order to assist the Board in its final deliberation on the issue. President Bernstine pointed out that the authority being requested is for the Board to establish policies and procedures in determining campus safety needs, rather than the legislature, which is how the statute is currently written. He reiterated that Oregon is the only state that does not allow the Board of Higher Education, the Chancellor, or institution presidents to designate university employees as police officers on campus. "This is really a proactive measure," he said.

Mr. Williams voiced his discomfort in shouldering the responsibility for arming campus officers as opposed to having the issue raised in a larger context within the legislative process. Expressing his own feelings as perhaps being a "knee-jerk" reaction to recent school violence nationwide, Mr. Koch felt that the legislative "buffer" might be a more reasonable approach.

Mr. Willis, uncertain of his stance on the subject, divided the issue into two questions:

1) Where does one fall emotionally or personally on the issue of armed officers on campuses?

2) Who decides what regulates that?

Offering a different perspective, Ms. Lehmann said she felt the charge of the Board was education and not law enforcement. However, she continued, if there was a blatant problem on a campus that wasn't being addressed, the Board would and should get involved, in an effort to protect students.

President Frohnmayer pointed out that there is a trend to upgrade the professionalism of campus public safety officers. "We shouldn't overlook the fact we may not be attracting people to our public safety officer positions because we may be denying them the career opportunities that come from being fully equipped as a qualified police officer," he said.

Mr. Koch moved to maintain Board policy and not move forward with the legislative concept. Ms. Lehmann seconded his motion.

Continuing the discussion, Mr. VanLuvanee urged continued review of the issue, including seeking advice from experts that could offer input and counsel. Mr. Lussier agreed, suggesting that the Board acknowledge that security is a longer-term issue that warranted further deliberation. Echoing his colleagues' remarks, Mr. Williams said the debate deserves a much larger social context than the Board of Higher Education.

Returning to the motion on the table, Mr. Imeson asked that a roll call vote be taken. The following voted in favor of reaffirming current Board policy: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Richmond, Williams, and Imeson. Those voting no: Directors Lussier, VanLuvanee, Willis, and Wustenberg.

Mr. Koch indicated that he felt the vote did not preclude the Board from further delving into the issue and responding to some of Mr. Williams' concerns. President Imeson agreed, saying that the means and standards by which decisions are based need to be determined either prior to or in tandem with the proposal.

President Frohnmayer explained that it was likely a similar proposal will be presented to the legislature in the 2001 session by law enforcement associations, and that the Board will be asked to take a stance on the issue. Given the complexity of the subject, he suggested the Board examine the issue of arming campus safety officers, so it is prepared to make a statement when and if the situation arises.

"I think we should look at the public safety issue," said Mr. Imeson, adding that it might be initiated within the Board's System Strategic Planning Committee. President Creighton suggested that a review of the requirements for training campus public safety officers be part of that discussion.

Mr. Koch urged the formation of a task force that would be comprised of Board members, institution presidents, faculty, and students. Mr. Imeson concluded the discussion by saying that he would speak with Mr. VanLuvanee and Mr. Willis about next steps, which would be presented to the Board at a later date.

WORK SESSION: PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT JOINT BOARDS WORKING GROUP

President Imeson reordered the agenda and moved to the work session portion of the meeting. Turning to Vice Chancellor Vines to present the Economic Development Joint Boards Working Group's (EDJBWG) recommendations, she acknowledged several people in the audience who played a role in the group's efforts, and asked that they feel free to contribute in the conversations.

Beginning with recommendations by the Intellectual Property and Profit Sharing Models Task Force (a group comprised of both public and private sector individuals appointed by and reporting to EDJBWG) that require some legislation, Dr. Vines, accompanied by Mr. James Coonan, OUS director of Business Alliances, detailed the following suggested next steps (copies of the presentation are on file in the Board's office):

If the Board approves the recommendations, the next step would be for EDJBWG to submit a final report to the Governor for his consideration.

Mr. Coonan described a possible Higher Education Venture Day that would be funded with EPSCoT monies, and modeled after the Oregon Entrepreneur's Forum Venture Day. This would be in response to one of the grant's requirements to initiate a collaborative effort with emerging industry clusters. While the plan is not fully developed, Mr. Coonan expressed enthusiasm over its potential, which may evolve into an annual or semi-annual event.

The next area of discussion was related to university-connected incubators, said Dr. Vines. EDJBWG brought in a national expert, Mr. Fred Phillips, from the Oregon Graduate Institute to summarize national and international best practices as advisory for Oregon institutions. Noting her involvement in the review process of these best practices, the first best practice point, explained Dr. Vines, is that it is generally not a good idea for campuses to build their own in-house bricks and mortar incubators except under very special circumstances. However, Mr. Phillips recommended that campuses should be involved in investor-owned incubators that benefit both the campus and the economy. He also cautioned that when dealing with incubators, there should be a procedural firewall between the tenant companies and the campus to protect against Freedom of Information Act requests.

Dr. Richmond inquired about protection mechanisms in place for graduate students. Responding that they were not included in the best practices review because it was a separate issue from what was being proposed, Dr. Vines said it would be according to the existing policies of campuses. She further explained that there are Internal Management Directives that seemed to address Dr. Richmond's questions.

Continuing to express her concerns over protection of students' rights not being articulated in the proposal, Dr. Richmond said that she would feel much more comfortable if there was some mention of how the campuses relate to incubator projects. Mr. Phillips assured that the incubators are unrelated to issues concerning intellectual property, because those issues are handled at the campus level. But, pointed out Dr. Vines, incubator projects should support the explicit policies of the institution's teaching and community service roles.

Turning back to the recommendations before the Board, Mr. Coonan reviewed the Knowledge Exchange program, noting that the OUS Office of Business Alliances has fielded approximately 40 inquires since its inception in fall 1999. Knowledge Exchange, he continued, served a wide variety of companies, from small start-ups to very large establishments, along with 35 Oregon colleges and universities (including community colleges and independent institutions). In addition, it is currently operating a small pilot program with funds awarded by the Governor's Office as part of the Strategic Reserves Fund. Mr. Coonan said that he hoped to seek further funding to continue the pilot program indefinitely.

Another item reviewed by Mr. Coonan was the statewide Internship Matching Program, a collaborative effort between OUS, the Software Association of Oregon, and the Business Education Compact. Students and companies identify their needs and qualifications and then an embedded software program performs a match. Based on interest from faculty for a similar service, Mr. Coonan said that his office intends to pursue the creation of a fellowship matching program.

Following up on a point made by Dr. Vines relating to emerging industry clusters, Dr. Richmond urged that those working to identify them pay special attention to faculty on campuses who are involved with research. Typically, she said, they focus externally, on national funding prospects, and it would be important to bring them into the loop about the possibilities within the state.

Dr. Vines then turned to the recommendation relating to a successor organization to EDJBWG. She introduced Mr. Dwight Sangrey, who, along with Mr. VanLuvanee and Ms. Jill Kirk (a Board of Education and EDJBWG member), investigated best practices in other states.

Mr. Sangrey said the new group, which would be named the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development, came out of deliberation on several issues, including whether or not there should be a successor organization; a means in which to link a variety of proposals; and how to discourage proliferation of smaller groups that would not allow for a combination of resources of the state toward economic development. The mission of the group, he explained, would be to promote the availability of sufficient capital for investment, and to promote the continued development of a technologically skilled workforce.

After describing the responsibility of the proposed group and its composition, Mr. Sangrey concluded the presentation by noting the EDJBWG's recommendation was that the new successor group be enacted by statute and that the members be appointed by the Governor.

Dr. Richmond complimented the group's efforts, offering her general support for the direction of the work completed to date. However, she maintained her position that greater focus be placed on students within the report. She suggested that the term "student education" explicitly replace terms such as "student labor" within the recommendations. Dr. Richmond also advised that industry be enlisted to help attract some of the best and brightest undergraduates who are focusing on the sciences, engineering, and technology.

Referencing Pennsylvania's Ben Franklin model, which was used in developing the EDJBWG recommendations, Mr. Sangrey said the model honored the principles and traditions of the university and the unique role of the faculty and the student. "When those issues are honored and respected, and I think that they are by and large, then we don't have the problems that we read about. Those things are anecdotal and they come about more on the periphery than the centroid of what's been done. Having had the opportunity and privilege to sit in and listen to the work of the Joint Boards Working Group, I know it is very sensitive to these issues and whatever words you see or don't see, at least from my eyes, that group is extremely sensitive to those issues and honors those principles," observed Mr. Sangrey.

Mr. Williams asked that the portion of the recommendation relating to expansion of internship matching programs be "beefed up" by saying something like, "expand business-supportive scholarships, internship matching programs, and student excellence throughout the state." Dr. Vines responded that could easily be modified. Dr. Richmond suggested adding graduate fellowships as distinct from internships and scholarships.

Referring back to the Ben Franklin model, Mr. VanLuvanee, who was directly involved with the Pennsylvania program, noted a requirement that any state funding was 100 percent matched with private industry funds. "The focus was on economic success," he pointed out. Continuing, he said, "I think the product was small companies that became big companies, but, more importantly, a tremendous amount of shared learning on how this whole machine we call the economy works. It was not just for the people who received the investment, but also for some of the people who got together and helped the companies. There was an automatic, experienced board of directors for these ventures. One of the things we're going to struggle with is having to have it explicitly clear in every bullet. Part of the entrepreneurial process is lack of clarity."

President Risser, while saying that it was good work that should be done, indicated that he was somewhat unclear about the source of monies for technology transfer funds. Dr. Vines explained that, in addition to industry contributions, EDJBWG hoped that initial funding would come from a seed grant from the earnings of the Oregon Research and Technology Development Account, although that Board had not yet approved the action. Another proposed ongoing source is the declared earnings from the Oregon Growth Account and the Oregon Research and Technology Development Account; these declared earnings must be returned to the Education Endowment Fund for public education. This proposal would ask that these funds be dedicated to higher education technology transfer activities.

Summarizing the conversation, Mr. Willis complimented all involved for the work generated to date, which he deemed outstanding. "I believe that as some of the primary concepts are moved forward, there will be more and more opportunity to continue to develop, ultimately balancing the relationship between the economic interests of the state and student interests."

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

The Board Committee on Budget and Finance recommended Board approval of the request for the development of specifications and an implementation plan for a Systemwide mandatory basic coverage plan. The Committee further recommended that the Board approve continued exploration by the Task Force of the possibility of development of a Systemwide or multi-university major medical plan.

Note: This request was approved by the Budget and Finance Committee at its meeting on February 18, 2000.

Board Discussion and Action

Chancellor Cox opened by saying a great deal of work had gone into developing the proposal, including numerous meetings with students on all of the campuses.

Ms. Wustenberg moved and Mr. Lussier seconded the motion to approve the proposal as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

ACQUISITION OF CARLSON-LOCHERT PROPERTY, OSU

Staff Recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee

Staff recommended that the Committee approve, and refer to the Board, the purchase of the property at 721 SW 16th in Corvallis, Oregon, by May 1, 2000, for an amount not to exceed $230,000, plus closing costs, assuming all other contingencies are met and that the final purchase and sale details are agreed upon by all parties, subject to final approval by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Imeson reported that the Committee unanimously voted to refer the proposal to the Board for final consideration.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Williams moved and Mr. Willis seconded the motion to approve OSU's Residence Hall Project as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

(Mr. VanLuvanee was out of the room at the time the vote was taken.)

NEW STUDENT RESIDENCE HALL, OSU

Staff Recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee

Staff recommended that the Committee approve, and refer to the Board, Oregon State University's New Residence Hall Project. This would include authorization to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration to seek authorization from the State Emergency Board for a new project expenditure limitation of $9.5 million for use of Article XI-F(1) bonds to finance the project.

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Imeson reported that the Committee unanimously voted to refer the proposal to the Board for final consideration.

Board Discussion and Action

Ms. Wustenberg moved and Dr. Aschkenasy seconded the motion to approve OSU's Residence Hall Project as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

(Mr. VanLuvanee was out of the room at the time the vote was taken.)

INCIDENTAL FEE GUIDELINES, UO

Staff Recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee

Staff recommended that the Committee approve, and refer to the Board, the revised Incidental Fee Guidelines for the UO.

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Imeson reported that the Committee unanimously voted to refer the proposal to the Board for final consideration.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Lussier moved and Mr. Williams seconded the motion to approve the revised Incidental Fee Guidelines for the UO as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

(Mr. VanLuvanee was out of the room at the time the vote was taken.)

NATIONAL ZEBRAFISH STOCK CENTER, UO

Staff Recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee

Staff recommended that the Committee approve, and refer to the Board, the issuance and filing of appropriate "Notice of Federal Interest" as required under the terms and conditions of the federal grant supporting the National Zebrafish Stock Center.

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Imeson reported that the Committee unanimously voted to refer the submission to the Board for final consideration.

Board Discussion and Action

Dr. Aschkenasy moved and Dr. Richmond seconded the motion to approve issuance and filing of appropriate "Notice of Federal Interest" as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

(Mr. VanLuvanee was out of the room at the time the vote was taken.)

OREGON INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY (OIMB) LAND EXCHANGE, UO

Staff Recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee

Staff recommended that the Committee approve, and refer to the Board, an exchange of land between the UO OIMB and the International Port of Coos Bay, wherein the Board would receive approximately .574 acres of land with an estimated value of $63,500 in exchange for 24.45 acres with an estimated value of $25,000.

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Imeson reported that the Committee unanimously voted to refer the land exchange to the Board for final consideration.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Mr. Williams seconded the motion to approve the land exchange proposal between UO OIMB and the International Port of Coos Bay as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

(Mr. VanLuvanee was out of the room at the time the vote was taken.)

NAMING OF NEW LIBRARY, WOU

Staff Recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee

Staff recommended that the Committee approve, and refer to the Board, the new library at Western Oregon University be named the Wayne and Lynn Hamersly Library, in honor of Wayne in Lynn Hamersly, strong supporters of the University.

Budget and Finance Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Imeson reported that the Committee unanimously voted to refer the naming of the new library at Western Oregon University to the Board for final consideration.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Mr. Williams seconded the motion to approve the naming of the new library at Western as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

(Mr. VanLuvanee was out of the room at the time the vote was taken.)

GUIDELINES FOR EXTERNAL REVIEW OF NEW GRADUATE-LEVEL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for final consideration, the revised guidelines for external review of new graduate-level academic programs (a copy of the guidelines are on file in the Board's office).

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee voted unanimously to recommend the revised guidelines to the Board for final approval.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Wustenberg seconded the motion to approve the revised guidelines for external review of graduate-level academic programs as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

AUTHORIZATION TO AWARD HONORARY DOCTORATE, PSU

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to Portland State University to award an honorary doctorate to Mayor Vera Katz at the June 2000 commencement ceremony.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

B.A./B.S., BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, EOU

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to Eastern Oregon University to establish a program leading to the B.A./B.S., in Business Administration. The program would be effective fall term 2000, and the OUS Office of Academic Affairs would conduct a follow-up review in the 2005-06 academic year.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the program request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

CERTIFICATE, MEDICAL INFORMATICS, OHSU

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to Oregon Health Sciences University to establish a program leading to the postbaccalaureate certificate in Medical Informatics. The program would be effective fall term 2000, and the OUS Office of Academic Affairs would conduct a follow-up review in the 2005-06 academic year.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the program request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES, OHSU

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to Oregon Health Sciences University to establish a program leading to the master's in Physician Assistant Studies. The program would be effective summer term 2000, and the OUS Office of Academic Affairs would conduct a follow-up review in the 2005-06 academic year.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the program request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

PH.D., COMPUTER SCIENCE, PSU

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to Portland State University to establish a program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science. The program would be effective fall term 2000, and the OUS Office of Academic Affairs would conduct a follow-up review in the 2005-06 academic year.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the program request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

M.S., FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, PSU

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to Portland State University to establish a program leading to the M.S. degree in Financial Analysis. The program would be effective fall term 2000, and the OUS Office of Academic Affairs would conduct a follow-up review in the 2005-06 academic year.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the program request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

M.F.A., DANCE, UO

Staff Recommendation to the System Strategic Planning Committee

Staff recommended the Committee refer to the Board, for its final approval, authorization to the University of Oregon to establish a program leading to the M.F.A. degree in Dance. The program would be effective fall term 2000, and the OUS Office of Academic Affairs would conduct a follow-up review in the 2005-06 academic year.

System Strategic Planning Committee Recommendation to the Board

Chair Willis reported that the Committee unanimously approved forwarding the program request to the Board for final approval on its consent agenda.

Board Discussion and Action

Mr. Willis moved and Ms. Lehmann seconded the motion to approve the request as submitted. The following voted in favor: Directors Aschkenasy, Hempel, Koch, Lehmann, Lussier, Richmond, VanLuvanee, Williams, Willis, Wustenberg, and Imeson. Those voting no: none.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Investment

Chair Wustenberg reported that the endowment fund totaled $72 million as of December 31, 1999, a significant jump from September 30, 1999, when it totaled $65 million. She indicated that the Committee, at the advice of investment manager R.V. Kuhns and Associates, Inc. had begun an examination of the current spending policy. As part of that effort, she said staff are studying the effect of lowering the Board-approved rate of five percent of the five-year market value.

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION

Mr. Mark Hines, speaking on behalf of Students for Unity at PSU, advocated that arming public safety officers not occur. He added that, according to a recent poll at PSU, nearly 77 percent of students voted against such an action.

ITEMS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Richmond, referring specifically to the issue of the legislative concept discussed earlier that would permit campuses to employ armed police officers, said that she was proud to be involved with a Board that considers issues so carefully before making a decision.

Updating the Board on her involvement with the Oregon Tuition Savings Board, Ms. Lehmann announced that Salomon Smith Barney was recently selected to market the program statewide.

While congratulating President Reno on his decision to accept a position in New Hampshire, Mr. Lussier said he was saddened to see him leave. Echoing those comments, Mr. Williams said he would be a difficult person to replace.

Mr. Koch thanked President Bernstine and his staff for the visitation the day before. He said he learned a great deal about the direction of PSU, adding that he felt it was "a wonderful direction to be heading."

DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO THE BOARD'S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Board Secretary Vines read the statement pertaining to delegation of authority to the Board's Executive Committee:

"Pursuant to Article II, Section 5 of the Bylaws of the Board of Higher Education, the Board delegates to the Executive Committee authority to take final action as here designated or deemed by the Committee to be necessary, subsequent to the adjournment of this meeting and prior to the Board's next meeting, which is scheduled for June 16, 2000. The Executive Committee shall act for the Board in minor matters, and any matter where a timely response is required prior to the next Board meeting."

Although no specific items were brought forth, Board members agreed to the delegation of authority as stated.

ADJOURNMENT

The Board meeting adjourned into executive session at 1:10 p.m.. Prior to this, Dr. Vines read the following statement:

"The Board of Higher Education will now meet in executive session. This session, from which the public will be excluded, is held pursuant to ORS 192.660(1)(a), for the purpose of discussing personnel matters. Pursuant to ORS 192.660(3), representatives of the news media will be allowed to attend, but the Board requires that the discussions and any reports received in the executive session be undisclosed. Pursuant to ORS 192.660(4), no final action will be taken or final decision made at the executive session."

Diane Vines
Secretary of the Board

Tom Imeson
President of the Board