Board of Regents
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
Held in LGI 113 & 114 University Center
UW-Fond du Lac
UW-Extension Fond du Lac County
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thursday, April 8, 2010
- President Pruitt presiding -
PRESENT: Regents Jeffrey Bartell, Mark Bradley, Judith Crain, Danae Davis, Stan Davis, Anthony Evers, Michael Falbo, Thomas Loftus, Kevin Opgenorth, Charles Pruitt, Brent Smith, Michael Spector, José Vásquez, David Walsh, Aaron Wingad, and Betty Womack
UNABLE TO ATTEND: Regents Eileen Connolly-Keesler and John Drew
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President Pruitt welcomed attendees to the meeting, hosted by UW Colleges and UW-Extension, acknowledging that many colleagues from those two institutions worked hard to prepare for this event. UW Colleges and UW-Extension are two unique institutions, President Pruitt said, with faculty and staff all around the state who fulfill the promise of the Wisconsin Idea and provide access to rich educational opportunities.
President Pruitt welcomed a special guest, U.S. Representative Tom Petri, noting that Rep. Petri is Wisconsin's only member on the House Education and Labor Committee and has spent the past 25 years fighting to overhaul the government-backed student loan program. With the recent passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, Rep. Petri is seeing that work come to fruition. These reforms are predicted to save billions of dollars, which can be used to increase the maximum Pell Grant and increase aid to our nation’s neediest college students. President Pruitt welcomed Rep. Petri as a friend of the University of Wisconsin System.
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REMARKS BY U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TOM PETRI
Congressman Petri expressed his pride in the UW-Fond du Lac campus and the relationship it has built with the Fond du Lac county community. He stated that through his role in Washington, D.C., he has gained a different perspective and greater appreciation for the role that the UW System plays in Wisconsin.
Citing the research on the UW-Madison campus and the unique relationship with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Petri emphasized the importance of the university in making Wisconsin nationally and internationally competitive and recognized how the partnership between the university and the state drives economic development.
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UW COLLEGES AND UW-EXTENSION: LEADING LOCALLY FOR STATEWIDE IMPACT
After thanking the Congressman for visiting with the Board, President Pruitt next welcomed two local representatives of the host institutions: Judy Goldsmith, Interim Campus Executive Officer and Dean of UW-Fond du Lac, and Nan Baumgartner, UW-Extension Department Head for Cooperative Extension in Fond du Lac County.
Welcoming Board members, Dean Goldsmith remarked that the Board of Regents has met at UW Colleges campuses a limited number of times, including when the UW-Fond du Lac campus was established in 1968, and more recently during a joint UW-Fond du Lac/UW-Fox Valley meeting. She introduced Nan Baumgartner of UW-Extension, and then introduced UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Wilson.
Chancellor Wilson began by recognizing Dean Goldsmith’s accomplishments in the National Organization for Women and as a long-time dean at UW-Fond du Lac. The Chancellor also introduced incoming Dean John Short. Chancellor Wilson told the Board that during their visit they would be hearing from faculty, staff, students and community members. He expressed hope that the Board would learn much about the local and statewide impact of UW-Extension and UW Colleges.
Chancellor Wilson asked the Board to remember the numbers 13, 75, 14,000, and 1.6 million. Chancellor Wilson said that a faculty speaker’s story should be multiplied 13 times. Local UW-Extension professors’ work is being replicated or shared among 72 counties and three tribal nations, for a total of 75 UW-Extension sites statewide, dedicated to making research work in communities. Nearly 14,000 UW Colleges students statewide benefit from access and quality. Local UW-Extension office served 1.6 million families, farmers, businesses, and others across the state in the last year alone. Chancellor Wilson said that UW Colleges and UW-Extension are leaders across the state in the renewal of communities.
The chancellor then introduced Eric Boos, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UW-Fond du Lac. Professor Boos said that he and his wife both graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School and were enamored of the Wisconsin Idea. He received a Fulbright Scholarship and served his appointment in Tanzania, writing a book on property ownership. He helped start a college in Tanzania 15 years ago. He said that he was privileged to see a country move from socialism to democracy. UW-Fond du Lac provided the flexibility Professor Boos needed to work on a variety of socioeconomic projects in Tanzania. He brings back what he learns to UW-Fond du Lac, drawing upon his experiences living in a different culture. Students respond to these experiences, which add credibility to his teaching. Professor Boos thanked Dean Goldsmith, as well as his colleagues, for their support in his efforts.
Next, Paul Dyk, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture/Agribusiness and a Fond du Lac County UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock Agent, told the Board that the changing dairy industry has also meant changes at UW-Extension. Owners of large dairy farms have different needs than in the past. For example, the number of farms in Fond du Lac County has declined in the last 100 years from 4,000 to 350, and the number of cows per farm has increased from seven to 130. About 16 herds, with more than 500 cows each, account for more than 40 percent of Fond du Lac County’s milk production. Changes such as these have caused UW-Extension to focus on larger-scale corporate farming strategies, the need for Spanish-speaking moderators to work with a changing dairy workforce; and workers’ safety and skill training needs.
Sarah Oehm, a student at UW-Fond du Lac, related her story of returning to college as an adult, after previously suspending her education at UW-Oshkosh due to a serious family illness. She will be transferring to UW-Milwaukee in fall 2010 after completing her associate degree at UW-Fond du Lac. Thanking her advisor, chemistry professor, and other staff at UW-Fond du Lac, Ms. Oehm expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to redeem her academic standing and to honor her late grandfather by conducting cancer research. Her research findings will be shared at Posters in the Rotunda in May 2010, along with 18 other posters from UW Colleges students.
Chancellor Wilson then introduced Vicki Garthwaite, a member of the Fond du Lac Area Landlords Association; she and her business partner own and operate rental units in the Fond du Lac area and are keenly aware of the needs of renters, who are looking for clean, safe housing. UW-Extension’s family living educators, part of Cooperative Extension, provide renters with access to housing information because a stable, affordable home environment is essential to the welfare of Wisconsin families. Ms. Garthwaite said that her rental units are mainly rented to lower-income renters. Discussing UW-Extension’s Rent Smart program, she said that every effort made to help low-income renters understand the world of renting, helps make them better neighbors and tenants.
Finally, Chancellor Wilson introduced Diana Hammer Tscheschlok, an Instructor in the Department of Community Resource Development and a Fond du Lac County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator. Ms. Tscheschlok described her work in sustainable energy technology. Wisconsin has long used more energy than it produces, she said. The cost of importing fuel to Wisconsin each year is $15 billion. Ninety-six percent of Wisconsin’s energy is imported, and 4 percent is renewable energy, which is mostly locally produced. Wisconsin is beginning to look for more stable, reliable sources of fuel. Ms. Tscheschlok has been hosting local energy technology tours to show local residents renewable energy technologies. Showing the Board a series of slides, she provided a “virtual tour” of local businesses, farms, and subdivisions involved in the program.
Chancellor Wilson said that he has been very fortunate to work with many “dreamers and builders” at UW Colleges and UW-Extension, very committed to the mission of access. He acknowledged campus deans, UW-Extension deans and directors, media staff, the Chancellor’s staff, and UW Colleges and UW-Extension faculty members in the audience. He said that these institutions embody the Wisconsin Idea.
President Reilly commented that the idea that the university has a strong obligation to bring objective knowledge and learning to bear on the lives of individuals who may never come to a university campus is unique in Wisconsin.
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GROWTH AGENDA STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND RENEWAL
President Pruitt complimented Chancellor Wilson and his colleagues on an extraordinary presentation and began a discussion of the next phase of the Growth Agenda for Wisconsin. President Pruitt remarked that in February the Board had discussed the future of this strategic effort to increase the number of college graduates, create more well-paying jobs, and strengthen local communities. He reminded Board members that President Reilly reviewed the process of developing the UW System’s 2011-13 biennial budget request at the February meeting.
At that meeting, President Reilly also reported that he had appointed a new Competitive University Workforce Commission, led by Regent Vice President Michael Spector and former Kimberly-Clark executive Kathi Siefert. The Commission is due to report back in June. Compensation is a foundational activity for the UW’s educational and research objectives, which are to help create new jobs and revitalize old ones through academic research and development, and to produce more graduates who will fill those well-paying jobs. The focus of the morning session is on the second goal, more college graduates for Wisconsin.
More College Graduates for Wisconsin
President Pruitt introduced President Reilly, who added his thanks to Chancellor Wilson, Dean Goldsmith, Professor Baumgartner, and their UW Colleges and UW-Extension colleagues for hosting the Fond du Lac meeting.
President Reilly observed that The Growth Agenda for Wisconsin has garnered a great deal of public support, in part because people embrace the results that the Agenda seeks to achieve for all Wisconsin people. Stressing “results,” President Reilly said that it is important to emphasize the measurable outputs and outcomes of higher education, starting with an examination of the state’s educational needs and opportunities -- the need for more college graduates in Wisconsin, and the opportunity to create a more educated citizenry that will “drive and thrive” in the innovation economy.
Referring to a slide showing the visual framework for the Growth Agenda, President Reilly reminded Board members that the UW is seeking to achieve the goal of a more educated citizenry in concert with efforts to create more and better jobs through research and development. Underlying these efforts is the need for renewed investment, as well as the freedom to allow UW campuses to make better use of the dollars they already have.
Value of a College Degree
Reviewing the timeline discussed at the last Regent meeting in February, President Reilly said that the focus of the April meeting is on More Graduates for Wisconsin, the plan to increase the number of people who earn their college degrees from the UW System. The United States is one of only two developed countries where younger people are not as well educated as their parents. In comparison with other states, fewer Wisconsin workers have baccalaureate degrees. In 2008, Wisconsin ranked 29th in the nation in the percentage of adults who hold a four-year degree. As a result, per capita income in the state continues to trail Minnesota and most other states.
President Reilly referred to a 2008 study be the urban policy group, CEOs for Cities, which made the case that more degree-holders lead not only to higher per capita income, but also to a faster rate of economic growth. The report indicated that higher education levels correlate with lower demand on social services, and lower poverty rates. The UW’s case statement, “New Strategies for Economic Recovery and Renewal,” in the meeting materials, provides additional information.
President Reilly said that he has heard from business leaders around the state that a college-educated workforce is critical to their companies’ success. He then introduced Jim Thomas, president and CEO of Society Insurance in Fond du Lac, to share his views about the state’s need for more college graduates. Mr. Thomas serves as president of the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Board.
Mr. Thomas addressed the Board, saying that he and other family members are graduates of UW-Madison and that the University of Wisconsin has been a defining influence on his life. He explained that Society Insurance is a property and casualty insurance company, headquartered in Fond du Lac, doing business across a four-state area, and employing approximately 260. Wisconsin is home to a number of property and casualty insurance companies in the state, employing directly about 17,000 people and linked to as many as 65,000 jobs in the state.
When he began in the insurance industry in 1971, Mr. Thomas said, armies of clerical workers were employed in the industry, processing mountains of letters, memos, forms and other documents to be processed. The pricing of insurance policies involved manual calculations on paper worksheets; much of the work involved endless rounds of repetitive tasks.
Mr. Thomas told the Board that times have changed in the insurance industry. As late as ten years ago, 60 percent of workers were hourly workers, and 40 percent salaried professionals. Today, 70 percent are salaried, 30 percent hourly; the proportion of salaried workers will continue to accelerate with the continued development of technology. The jobs available today are for people who can make decisions, do analysis, think critically, communicate effectively, develop relationships, and also work independently in an environment of empowerment. Further, employees must have poise and self confidence, be able to embrace change, and have the capacity to continue to learn and develop professionally.
To fill these jobs, the industry looks to graduates of four-year colleges and universities, Mr. Thomas continued. One of the biggest challenges in business is to develop leaders, people who can train, supervise and manage at ever-higher levels; problem-solve; and think strategically and with vision. Employees at the entry level must be those who have the ability to progress, and who have “learned how to learn.”
Now is an important time to bring college graduates into the business community, as baby-boomer-aged leaders and professionals begin retiring. Having individuals ready to step up to replace them is critical to the health of businesses. Mr. Thomas cited a report by McKinsey and Company, which indicated that the percentage of workers aged 55 and over in the property and casualty insurance industry increased by 74 percent during a recent ten-year period. Competition for qualified individuals will be fierce, as other industries have the same issue. Mr. Thomas said that McKinsey points to the critical role of colleges and universities in exposing students to opportunities in insurance and supplying outstanding graduates.
Wisconsin is home to some fine insurance companies, providing high-quality careers and incomes. Mr. Thomas emphasized the critical resource of well-prepared talent for the insurance industry, and other industries, as well. Universities play a key role in creating that talent pool.
Thanking Mr. Thomas for his remarks, President Reilly told Board members about a plan to add 80,000 new college degree-holders to the Wisconsin population between now and the year 2025. This would be a cumulative increase, resulting from steady, strategic growth in the number of people who come to college, stay in college, and leave with a UW diploma. Over time, the plan would have the number of UW undergraduate degrees issued each year increase by 30 percent. Last year, the UW System conferred 26,000 associate and baccalaureate degrees. By 2025, that number would rise to nearly 34,000.
President Reilly emphasized that achieving this goal will require hard work and persistence, especially since the number of traditional-aged high-school graduates is forecasted to decline in coming decades. It would be much easier to maintain the status quo – enrolling the same slice of high school graduates with the same retention rates and the same graduation rates. However, in that scenario, the number of UW graduates would likely decline over time, due to those shifting demographic trends.
The plan is not a short-term objective, President Reilly stressed, but a long-range goal to add not 80,000 new enrollments, but 80,000 graduates by 2025. The additional degrees would be added over the next 15 years, cumulatively, by a variety of means. Looking ahead to what 80,000 more graduates for Wisconsin will mean, President Reilly said that there will be 80,000 more college-educated citizens in our state who use their high-quality UW educations to obtain, or create, a high-quality job.
In addition to all the other college graduates who emerge from a UW campus, a Wisconsin technical college, or one of the private schools, these 80,000 graduates will bring home more personal income every year. More graduates earning more income means a broader tax base for local communities and the entire state, and the ability to fund clean air, clean water, and good schools. States with more college grads enjoy higher economic productivity, lower crime rates, healthier populations, and more engaged citizens.
President Reilly said that the university remains committed to high quality. People who earn UW degrees will have the ability to think beyond the particular discipline in which they are grounded. They need to be creative problem-solvers, clear communicators, and effective leaders.
Strategies for Increasing Degree Holders
President Reilly noted that colleges and universities will not succeed unless enough young people are adequately prepared for college. The Wisconsin Covenant and other pre-college programs must play a larger role. The Wisconsin Covenant sends a strong message to Wisconsin students that college is within their reach, both academically and financially, and they need to work hard to get there.
Paying for college can be a significant barrier to attendance. Last month, Governor Doyle announced new details about Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grants, ranging from $250 to $2,500, which will be added to all other need-based financial aid.
As part of the effort to reach out to high school students, President Reilly said he plans to send a personal letter to every Wisconsin Covenant scholar each year, encouraging them to choose college-preparatory classes, or reminding them about specific milestones such as taking their ACT tests or scheduling campus visits. Also, 26 UW campuses hold open houses for high school students, and Covenant scholars will be invited to these campus events.
President Reilly noted that about 92% of Wisconsin resident applicants are admitted to at least one of the UW campuses to which they have applied. If a Covenant scholar wishes to attend a UW System school and is not admitted to the school of his or her choice, plans are being developed to allow that information to be shared among UW campuses where space is available and where the student would be admissible. All Covenant scholars will be admissible to the 13 UW Colleges.
Once admitted, special orientation events for Covenant scholars, access to first-year “high impact experiences” (e.g., Freshman Seminars), or other similar experiences, will be available to increase their likelihood of retention and graduation.
President Reilly stated that the UW Covenant Scholars Package, and the many other UW pre-college programs, are essential to helping expand the pool of college-bound students, and helping to reach the goal of 80,000 more graduates by 2025. This ambitious goal was developed following a series of in-depth conversations with the leadership teams from each UW System institution, as well as consultation with faculty and staff leaders. Specific, detailed strategies are currently being developed; core elements for the UW are: (1) some new enrollment; (2) better retention and graduation rates; and (3) more innovative course delivery methods and credentialing protocols.
The Growth Agenda is complex, and its success will require: (1) reinvestment from the State of Wisconsin in higher education; (2) freedom to employ better business practices that make efficient use of existing resources; (3) diligence within the UW System in squeezing overhead costs in ways that preserve quality and accountability; (4) new ways of delivering courses and providing pathways to graduation; (5) increases in all sources of need-based financial aid, as well as new private sources; (6) close cooperation with the K-12 schools, technical colleges, and independent colleges; (7) ways of networking more effectively with families and students; and (8) the goodwill and commitment of UW faculty and staff.
Regent Crain asked a question about the percentage of eligible Wisconsin high school students who have signed the Wisconsin Covenant. Shannon Loredo, Director of the Office of the Wisconsin Covenant, responded that about 17,000 students per year have signed the Covenant. The Covenant is a growing program, in its initial years; the goal in the future is to have all students sign the Covenant. Regent Crain noted the importance of how the message is delivered to students across the state. President Reilly said that the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Package is a response to this issue.
Regent Bartell asked how the year 2025 was chosen as the target year for the 80,000-more-graduates goal. President Reilly suggested that this question would be addressed during Senior Vice President Rebecca Martin’s remarks, and he invited Ms. Martin to further describe the “More Graduates for Wisconsin” planning process.
“More Graduates” Planning Process
Senior Vice President Martin, supplementing her remarks with a slide presentation, first responded to Regent Bartell’s question by saying that the milestones in the planning process are 2015, 2020, and 2025. Some national projections have used 2020 and 2025. The 2025 horizon provides the most opportunity to make a difference.
The 80,000 projection is based on annual increases, starting modestly and increasing over the 15-year period. Added together, the increases accumulate to 80,000 additional degrees between now and 2025. Thus, in 2025, the goal is to award 7,700 more associate and bachelor’s degrees than in 2010.
Describing the planning process, Senior Vice President Martin said that discussions with campus leaders and others started with aspirational goals and evolved into discussions of what would be both aspirational and possible.
Highlighting the goal for additional associate and bachelor’s degrees by campus, Senior Vice President Martin addressed several specific campus goals. UW-Milwaukee’s goal, for instance, is 14,050; UW-Milwaukee has a large student body with opportunity for increased graduation and retention rates. They are not planning an increase in their freshman class, but rather, a focus on additional online degrees and transfers from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Milwaukee is the most under-educated region of the state, with opportunity for increasing students of color and adult students.
The UW Colleges’ goal of 11,700 is based on a plan to graduate most students with an associate degree. This does not occur at this time; students currently transfer to four-year institutions without an associate degree, even though there are many benefits to completing the associate degree. In addition, UW-Extension is an important player through its community programs and online programs, continuing education, e-learning, and reaching potential adult students.
Senior Vice President Martin noted that particular attention will be paid to populations of opportunity – adult students, students of color, first-generation students, and low-income students – which are currently underserved. She then asked Regent Evers to talk about efforts in the K-12 arena, a pipeline to the UW.
Regent Evers said that more than 89 percent of Wisconsin high school students graduate from high school, one of the highest rates in the country. However, as State Superintendent, his goal is to have all students be high school graduates. He then related some “sobering facts;” for example, African American students are six times more likely than white students to drop out; American Indian and Hispanic students are four times more likely than white students to drop out; and students with disabilities and those who are economically disadvantaged are twice as likely to drop out as their peers.
Regent Evers listed some of the ongoing and developing efforts to improve Wisconsin’s high school graduation rate, such as participation in the Common Core Standards initiative, a new generation of assessments in the state, and movement toward a new data system to provide better student-success information. A Graduation Summit and a similar event in the city of Milwaukee also have occurred. In addition, special efforts are being made to raise achievement levels in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Title I, charter school, pre-college, and other funding sources will be focused on raising graduation rates. A statewide early intervention system will help to better identify students at risk of not graduating and provide targeted interventions for them. Regent Evers said he is a significant supporter of early college high schools; students who are at risk of not graduating can succeed if barriers are broken down between secondary school and post-secondary school.
In sum, Regent Evers said that his administration’s goal of increasing high school graduation rates, particularly among students of color, is aligned directly with the UW System’s Growth Agenda, and he is excited about the opportunity to work with the System and all of postsecondary to make this happen.
Senior Vice President Martin thanked Regent Evers and went on to describe strategies for increasing the number of UW graduates. Throughout these efforts, the UW will continue to emphasize and invest in quality, providing more, better-prepared graduates for Wisconsin. She listed strategies in four categories:
results among the students who are admitted: Senior Vice President Martin said
that the UW System has tremendous potential to increase the success rates of
its students. If UW-Madison is taken out of the mix, the System graduates
about half of admitted students. This is not good enough, she said, and new
attention must be focused on retention and graduation rates. Even the most
selective institutions have committed to improve. Across the system,
institutions have committed to increasing retention and graduation rates as
part of the national Access to Success project. The System has committed to
cutting in half the achievement gap for students of color and low-income
students by 2015.
The goal is not only more graduates, but more better-prepared graduates; shared learning goals, LEAP initiatives, and academic program planning are all important in building quality. Other initiatives over the past five years have included investment and reallocation in inclusive excellence, first-year programs, equity scorecard, and the climate survey. Another recent focus has been on “high impact practices,” such as learning communities; study abroad; undergraduate research; and community-based learning, which are proven to improve student success.
- Enhance the
pipeline of students coming to UW institutions: Senior Vice President Martin
said that critical to success is the UW’s partnership with the K-12 arena.
Important tools are the Wisconsin Covenant; pre-college programs and Know How 2
Go; encouraging students to believe that college is possible by having all
Wisconsin high school students take the ACT; the Common Core Standards and American
Diploma project, which will yield better-prepared entering students, with a
reduced need for remedial courses; more college-credit opportunities in high
school; and the longitudinal data system.
enrollment: Enrollments will increase across the System, at varying rates on
different campuses; some campuses will grow, others will develop delivery
methods that reduce students’ time on campus, and others will focus on current
students’ success. Particular attention will be paid to reaching underserved
populations of students of color, low-income students, adults and veterans.
Some campuses will focus on attracting more transfer students and returning
Based on early projections, enrollment growth in all degree programs by 2025 will be nearly 196,000, compared with the current headcount enrollment of 179,000.
alternative pathways to the UW System: With an eye toward improving results,
some efforts will be renewed and others begun. Senior Vice President Martin
said that new associate degrees will be awarded through completion of the
degree prior to transfer from the UW Colleges, as well as through “milestone”
associate degrees, offered to students at some comprehensive universities.
UW-Oshkosh, for example, last month announced a program to re-engage students
who “stopped out” before earning their bachelor’s degrees, offering them an
associate degree as a viable credential in the workplace and a way to encourage
them to consider returning to college.
Other efforts include: (a) the four-year tuition discount, which reduces tuition and expenses for students who complete their degrees in four years; (b) the three-year baccalaureate, offered at UW-Stout and planned for several other campuses; (c) new and expanded online programs; (d) new programs targeting adult students, including prior learning assessment and a credit bank, to help students evaluate their previous educational experiences; and (e) new degree programs to meet the state’s emerging needs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management.
Senior Vice President Martin went on to describe some of the conditions that will need to be in place for the described level of change to occur, such as statewide agreement that more college-educated graduates are critical to Wisconsin’s future; more college-ready high school graduates, including those from underserved populations; and increased financial aid.
Also important are new investment of state resources and greater flexibility in using those resources; a competitive university workforce; up-to-date facilities, equipped with new technologies; and a climate to stimulate job growth and turn UW research into jobs. Senior Vice President Martin again emphasized that investing in quality is essential for more, better-prepared graduates.
Regent Danae Davis, expressing excitement about the goals Senior Vice President Martin had described, referred to the process for determining UW-Milwaukee’s and other individual institutions’ prospective increases in the number of undergraduates. She asked whether strategies were identified related to campuses’ goals and whether the Board would be involved in future conversations about the details of those strategies. Senior Vice President Martin responded affirmatively, saying that the development of the numerical goals has been an iterative process; UW System staff have been working closely with the campuses. Numbers are preliminary, and more planning needs to occur at the campus level. UW System will be working with the campuses, probably over many years, to refine the strategies, track success, learn from the campuses, and consider where to invest more resources.
Senior Vice President Martin turned to Chancellor Santiago for comments on UW-Milwaukee’s goals. Chancellor Santiago noted that UW-Milwaukee has been using its own resources to increase retention rates. Online learning is an important part of the university’s strategy, as are increasing transfer students and reaching out to new populations. He noted that the number of students UW-Milwaukee has graduated during the past ten years has gone up dramatically. Future gains are predicated on new investments of resources, capital dollars for facilities and operating dollars.
Regent Smith then echoed Regent Davis’s excitement about the new goals and discussed the leadership from the Board and the System that would be needed to help accomplish the goals. Regent Smith asked about what other states are doing in the area of increasing the number of graduates and what has been successful in other states. Senior Vice President Martin responded that UW System is part of a group of 15 systems across the country that is setting goals related to enrollment, graduation, or both; systems are at various stages of implementation of their goals and are learning from each other.
Regent Crain also expressed enthusiasm and suggested that it’s important to communicate what it means to earn a degree; there is more flexibility than there had been in the preparation needed for a degree, the length of time to a degree, and other areas. Regent Crain also commented that if the university is to be successful in its goals, support is needed for students at basic levels, including preschool.
Regent Vásquez next added his expression of excitement for the proposals and appreciation for Regent Evers’ commitment; he also was glad that UW-Milwaukee was not highlighting dependency on Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) in its strategy, because MPS needs significant help. Asking about populations of opportunity, and mentioning UW-Oshkosh’s efforts in particular, Regent Vásquez wondered whether students, and particularly students of color, who left the UW System without a degree could be targeted through this initiative, even if they are encouraged to earn associate degrees. These degrees could become launching pads to bachelor’s degrees. Senior Vice President Martin responded that it would be reasonable to target students who attended non-UW System institutions, as well, and commented that the Adult Student Initiative at UW-Extension has been actively doing so during the past several years.
Chancellor Wells added that when UW-Oshkosh started a graduation project in 2004, focusing on bachelor’s degrees, the university provided specialized services and support to people who had “stopped out,” had 90 credit hours or above, and were in good academic standing. This was not a diverse group, which suggests that students of color are leaving school before they earn 90 credits. Further analysis of students who had earned between 45 and 89 credits before leaving, who were in good academic standing, and who had not already earned a degree elsewhere suggests a pool of approximately 13,000 potential students systemwide in the past six years. Some of them may already have enough credits to earn an associate degree.
Regent Vásquez expressed his hope that UW Colleges and UW-Extension and the comprehensive institutions would work cooperatively to promote students’ return to college.
Regent Womack noted her concern for affordability and recalled one of the Board’s recent guest speakers, who said there is a population of college-ready, underserved no-shows who do not apply to college. She asked how this group can be tapped. Senior Vice President Martin observed that programs aimed at middle-school and high-school students, such as Know How 2 Go and mentoring programs, help students realize that college is possible. Regent Womack suggested also looking at assessments that occur in middle school or high school, such as the Explore, Plan, and ACT process, associated with the ACT.
Regent Bartell expressed support for the Growth Agenda objectives, but suggested that the 80,000-graduates goal would not be achieved without new resources for UW operations and financial aid. Prospective new students will need assistance to achieve and continue their enrollment. Regent Bartell posed a question about how the university will achieve the goal and what the cost would be.
President Reilly responded that administrators are just now beginning to make that assessment. The process is complicated somewhat by the different strategies involved; the cost for a traditional 17-to-18-year-old student is different from the cost for a student to complete the UW-Oshkosh Baccalaureate Completion Program or a student transferring with Technical College credits, for example. Costs will be identified in the course of preparing the 2011-13 biennial budget proposal, but the goals are long-term. Regarding financial aid, strong advocacy with the legislature, the governor, and the federal government will be important, as will working on a variety of other financial-aid opportunities, such as continuing to raise private funds, building on the Covenant, and ensuring work-study jobs are available.
Regent Bradley, commenting on the significant role of UW Colleges, asked why it is important for students to complete an associate degree. Senior Vice President Martin explained that students who have completed these degrees have completed all of their General Education requirements and have better success rates in terms of graduating. Chancellor Wilson, asked to add his comments, indicated that students who transfer to a four-year institution with an associate degree have a nearly 80-percent graduation rate. Senior Vice President Martin added that students with an associate degree fare better in the workplace than students with “some college.” Interim Chancellor Nook offered an example of the success of UW-Marathon and UW-Wood County students who transferred to UW-Stevens Point after they were not originally admissible to UW-Stevens Point.
Regent Falbo asked a question about funding and the planning process. President Reilly responded that some of the numbers will be available by August, as part of the 2011-13 biennial budget process.
Regent Walsh commented that the goals are important, but it is also important to maintain quality. It is good for the economy to graduate more students, but this is a difficult time, as jobs are not readily available. More data will be needed. Referring to Mr. Thomas’s earlier remarks, Regent Walsh noted that it was the nature of Mr. Thomas’s business that had changed, and employees with skills different from 20 years ago are now needed. A reasonable, rationale description about the relationship between our graduates and business needs will be necessary to obtain more state investment.
President Reilly thanked Chancellors, Provosts, and Chief Business Officers, as well as Senior Vice President Martin, Associate Vice President Wilhelm, and other UW System Administration staff members, for their hard work on developing the somewhat daunting new goals for 80,000 new degree holders.
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The meeting was adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
/s/ Jane S. Radue
Jane S. Radue, Secretary of the Board
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
Held in LGI 113 & 114 University Center
UW-Fond du Lac
UW-Extension Fond du Lac County
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Friday, April 9, 2010
Table of Contents
Approval of the Design Report of the New Student Union Project and Authority to Seek a Waiver of Wis. Stats. § 16.855 under Provisions of Wis. Stats. § 13.48 (19) to Accept a Single Prime Contractor Bid and Construct the Project, UW-Eau Claire. 12
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
Held in LGI 113 & 114 University Center
UW-Fond du Lac
UW-Extension Fond du Lac County
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Friday, April 9, 2010
- President Pruitt presiding -
PRESENT: Regents Jeffrey Bartell, Mark Bradley, Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Judith Crain, Stan Davis, John Drew, Anthony Evers, Michael Falbo, Kevin Opgenorth, Charles Pruitt, Brent Smith, Michael Spector, José Vásquez, David Walsh, Aaron Wingad, and Betty Womack
UNABLE TO ATTEND: Regents Danae Davis and Thomas Loftus
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The minutes of the January 8 and February 4 & 5, 2010 meetings stood approved as distributed.
A written report was provided.
Extending thanks once again to UW Colleges and UW-Extension for hosting the Board’s meetings, President Pruitt followed up on Thursday morning’s discussion of increasing the number of college graduates in Wisconsin and the vital importance of adequate preparation for college. The Wisconsin Covenant sends a clear message to Wisconsin students that college is within their reach, both academically and financially, and also that they need to do their part and work hard to get there. President Pruitt said that he believes it is important for the Board of Regents to show its strong enthusiasm for the Covenant, and he proposed that the Board act formally to demonstrate its support. The Covenant dovetails with the UW System’s Growth Agenda for Wisconsin, and its goal to increase the number of baccalaureate degree holders in the state. The Wisconsin Covenant will be instrumental in achieving the UW System’s objective of better serving students from traditionally underrepresented populations, which is necessary to meet the Growth Agenda goals.
The UW System and its individual institutions will support Covenant students in concrete ways. Wisconsin students need to know that college is within their financial and academic reach and, once admitted, that they will have the academic preparation, opportunities, and support services necessary to succeed.
President Pruitt noted that he had asked the staff to draft a resolution of support for the Covenant. After an amendment from Regent Crain to add to the proposed resolution a reference to degrees “of high quality,” Regent Wingad made a motion in support of Resolution 9742, Regent Smith seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously.
Resolution 9742: WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin System’s Growth Agenda for Wisconsin is a long-range vision to develop the state’s human potential, to create new jobs, and to strengthen local communities; and
WHEREAS, a central part of that plan is to encourage more people in our state to earn a college degree of high quality so that they will be able to make a family-sustaining wage in a highly competitive, global knowledge economy; and
WHEREAS, the changing demographics of Wisconsin require that a broader, deeper cut of the state’s students attend and graduate from college in order for the University to achieve this vision; and
WHEREAS, it is important that the University of Wisconsin System take steps to ensure that students come to a University of Wisconsin System school, or a Technical College, or a private college, ready to succeed; and
WHEREAS, these steps seek to raise families’ aspirations to attend college, enhance academic readiness of students, and assure help with the cost of attaining a college education for those who need it; and
WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Covenant is an important component of this effort to increase college attendance and graduation, sending a clear message to Wisconsin students and their families that college is within their reach, both academically and financially, and that they need to work hard on their studies to get there; and
WHEREAS, the System Covenant Scholar Package will provide tools, information, and resources to enhance the success of Wisconsin Covenant students while in high school and after enrolling at a UW institution;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System hereby endorses the UW System Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Package.
President Pruitt continued by saying that he would like to share some good news. First, Governor Doyle has reappointed Regent Mark Bradley to serve on the Board, until May 2017. Offering congratulations, President Pruitt mentioned that Regent Bradley also was recently voted president of the Ruder Ware law firm in Wausau, effective July 1, 2010.
In other Regent news, the Governor has appointed Ed Manydeeds, an Eau Claire attorney and graduate of UW-Superior and the UW-Madison Law School, to succeed Regent Eileen Connolly-Keesler, whose term ends on May 1, 2010
President Pruitt also announced that Regent Aaron Wingad has been named as one of 60 Truman Scholars for 2010. Truman Scholars are selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and the likelihood of “making a difference.” The 60 Truman Scholars, who were selected from a field of 576 candidates from 245 colleges and universities nationwide, will each receive a scholarship providing up to $30,000 for graduate study. President Pruitt offered congratulations to Regent Wingad.
President Reilly and UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin were named recently to the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE is the largest national college organization of its kind. Many of the issues that ACE is working on are reflected in the Board’s own discussions and priorities, including such issues as increasing the number of graduates to keep the United States competitive; maintaining a mission of a liberal education that equips students to thrive in a 21st-century, globally interconnected world; and managing in a climate of limited resources. It is a great honor to have two representatives from one higher education system serving simultaneously on this board of directors. In recent years, the Board has made it a priority for the UW System to have a voice on the national higher education scene, and these appointments are a way to have an impact.
President Pruitt also reported that President Reilly and Regent Vice President Mike Spector attended the National Conference on Trusteeship, presented by the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) in Orlando, Florida. Topics of discussion included the financial squeeze placed on students and families, the continuing viability of higher education’s business model, tensions among participants in shared governance, and the implications of presidents’ retirements for a board’s work. President Reilly was a panelist for a session entitled “Overcoming Inertia: Can higher education change?” Vice President Spector was on a panel addressing challenges facing system governance. President Pruitt concluded his remarks, observing that UW System has a seat at the table for high-level discussions of higher education in this country
President Pruitt then invited President Reilly to present his report.
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President Reilly extended a special welcome to those who were present to share a preview of LZ Lambeau, a special event to be held on May 21 to 23, 2010 in Green Bay, to welcome home Wisconsin’s Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans. Developed with veterans and veterans’ service organizations, LZ Lambeau aims to provide Vietnam veterans with the welcome home and “thank you” that many did not receive 40 years ago.
In addition to a weekend full of free events, one major attraction at LZ Lambeau occurs on the evening of Saturday, May 22, when there will be a special ceremony inside Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Among other speakers, music, and presentations, will be excerpts from the “Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories” documentary, produced by Wisconsin Public Television. The three-hour documentary involved interviews with more than 100 Wisconsin veterans from all branches of service, among them Regent Mike Falbo.
President Reilly noted that the Board also includes other veterans – Regents Walsh, Bartell, Loftus, and Opgenorth. He expressed the hope that all veterans can feel at home at UW System institutions. More than 4,000 veterans are enrolled in UW institutions, many of them taking advantage of the Wisconsin GI Bill. Offering veterans the chance to earn a college degree is a meaningful way to honor their personal sacrifice to this country.
President Reilly noted that Wisconsin Public Television is a service of the Educational Communications Board and UW-Extension and expressed pride in being associated with this endeavor. President Reilly then introduced Malcolm Brett, Director of Broadcasting and Media Innovations for UW-Extension.
Mr. Brett expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share this project with the Board. This production is an example of how Wisconsin Public Television can provide programming and a connection with the statewide community. Mr. Brett thanked Regents Falbo and Walsh for recognizing the possibilities inherent in Wisconsin Vietnam veterans’ stories; they committed time and resources as some of the first enlistees in the project. Telling these stories is a solemn responsibility, and the work will endure beyond the impact of the broadcast. Acknowledging longstanding partners, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Brett said that the roots of this project go back to 1917, when the University of Wisconsin started broadcasting with the first radio station in the nation.
The three-hour documentary will be offered to all public television stations across the country, as well as all commercial television stations in Wisconsin. Leading the effort, Mr. Brett said, is Wisconsin Public Television Director, James Steinbach.
Beginning his remarks, Mr. Steinbach expressed pride in the Vietnam veterans project and noted that the University of Wisconsin and many sponsors came together to support the project because of both the importance of understanding the past and hope for the future. It is at this intersection of heritage and hope that the veterans’ stories are shared, he said. Mr. Steinbach also noted that this project is unique in the country. It combines the three-hour documentary, a book, the extraordinary photographs of veterans, and a school curriculum.
LZ Lambeau is an opportunity to say “thank you” to Vietnam veterans, who did not hear those words 40 years ago, when they returned from the war in Vietnam. Mr. Steinbach then showed several minutes of the three-hour documentary, which covers the 20-year arc of the war.
Next, Mr. Steinbach introduced Don Jones, project manager for LZ Lambeau. Mr. Jones recalled his early exposure to the UW, including memories of University of the Air, broadcast on public radio during his childhood. He thanked the Board of Regents for their work. He said that 160,000 Wisconsin citizens, mostly draftees, served in Vietnam or during that period; 1,244, including 37 missing in action, did not come back. Families served as much as did the veterans.
Upon returning from Vietnam, it was clear that the veterans’ return was very different from that of World War II veterans. He related several difficult stories, exemplifying the hostile reaction to veterans when they returned. He said that the video and LZ Lambeau give veterans a chance to tell their stories and to meet other veterans. Mr. Jones urged Board members to extend an invitation to veterans and all citizens in the state to attend the LZ Lambeau event. He extended his thanks to each member of the Board of Regents who is a veteran.
President Reilly thanked the presenters and expressed hope that the event would be helpful for the healing process. Regent Crain, a Green Bay resident and the Board’s representative on the Educational Communications Board, expressed pride in the work that has been done. Regent Falbo echoed this sentiment.
President Reilly, first introducing new UW-Parkside Provost Terry Brown, shared news from around the UW System. He noted that on February 16, 2010 work officially started on the $34 million project to renovate and expand UW-Parkside’s Communication Arts Building. The project will renovate 91,000 square feet of existing space, and create 72,000 square feet of new space to better serve current and future art, theatre arts, and music students, as well as the community. The project is scheduled for completion by fall 2011.
Four UW institutions, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-Madison, have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Presented by the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National and Community Service, this honor roll recognizes institutions of higher education for their impact on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice and job creation. Additionally, UW-Eau Claire was named to the Honor Roll with Distinction, the fourth time the campus has received this honor.
President Reilly next recognized Chancellor David Wilson, chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges, for being named by President Obama to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The board advises the Obama administration on ways to strengthen these institutions’ educational capacities. Chancellor Wilson soon will be dealing with these issues more directly, as president of Morgan State University in Baltimore.
A recent Annual Undergraduate Employment Report showed that 97 percent of UW-Stout students who graduated in December 2008, May 2009, and August 2009 were employed. Of these, 74 percent had jobs that were in or were related to their fields of study. UW-Stout’s Career Services office points out that besides offering majors that are attractive to employers, UW-Stout students receive a variety of services that help them gain a foothold in the workplace, including the Cooperative Education Program, which places students with employers for work-related experience before graduation. President Reilly congratulated Chancellor Sorenson and his colleagues at UW-Stout.
In sports news, President Reilly reported that the UW-Stevens Point men’s basketball team defeated Williams College for the NCAA Division III National Championship, the Pointers’ third national title in the last seven years. In honor of the occasion, Governor Doyle declared March 31st “University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers Day”. President Reilly congratulated Coach Bob Semling and his team, Interim Chancellor Nook, and the Stevens Point community.
In addition, the UW-La Crosse gymnastics team recently won its third consecutive and fourteenth overall National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) championship, the Eagles’ ninth national title in the last ten years. Head coach Barb Gibson, who had led the team for 25 years and 14 national titles, was named the NCGA co-coach of the year. President Reilly congratulated Coach Gibson, Chancellor Gow and the UW-La Crosse campus.
The UW-Oshkosh Model United Nations team continued its winning streak at the 50th Annual Midwest Model United Nations Competition in St. Louis in February, winning more awards than any other university. More than 600 students from 53 universities participated in the competition. President Reilly congratulated Chancellor Wells and UW-Oshkosh.
The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education services and test preparation companies, recently recognized UW-Stevens Point as one of the 50 best undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and Canada for studying computer game design.
President Reilly provided a brief update on the Wisconsin Idea Forums, designed to focus the resources of the UW System on some of the state’s most vexing social, environmental, and economic challenges; three forums have been held. In spring 2009, UW-Eau Claire hosted a public policy forum on alcohol abuse; in fall 2009, UW-Madison hosted a forum on financial aid policy issues; and in March 2010 UW Colleges and UW-Extension hosted a forum at the UW-Fox Valley campus on building sustainable communities. These events have been well received, President Reilly said. The next forum will be hosted by UW-Milwaukee in fall 2010, focusing on water issues.
In closing, and before reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 98, President Reilly told the Board that UW-Green Bay recently announced a widely-reported font change for its e-mail, from Arial to Century Gothic, which uses about 30 percent less ink when printed and could lead to significant cost savings.
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President Pruitt called upon Regent Bartell to present the report of the Capital Planning and Budget Committee. Regent Bartell reported that the committee approved six resolutions, presented to the Board as consent agenda items.
Resolution 9743, brought by UW-Eau Claire, requests approval of the new student union project and authority to seek a waiver to allow single prime contractor bidding. This project will replace the existing Davies University Center and will construct a new three-story student union building that will include space for student organizations, dining and food service, and the University Bookstore. The building will include sustainable design elements, such as geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels to generate hot water, and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, with a goal of achieving a LEED Silver rating. The new location saves the historic Council Oak.
Resolution 9744, brought by UW-Green Bay, requests approval to construct the Rose Hall/Wood Hall Remodeling project at a cost of $6.7 million General Fund Supported Borrowing. This project will remodel space in Rose and Wood halls to create improved general access classrooms that are more accurately-sized to meet the needs of the campus. The remodeling also will allow three major academic departments from other buildings to relocate to these facilities and form a cohesive College of Professional and Graduate Studies.
Resolution 9745, brought by UW-Platteville, requests authority to purchase a small (0.19 acre) parcel of land with improvements to use for the development of an expanded parking area.
Resolution 9746 requests approval of a minor increase in the scope and budget of the UW-Stout Hovlid Hall Renovation and Addition project by $600,000 Program Revenue-Cash. The budget increase will provide funding to cover additional construction costs that resulted from unanticipated site conditions and a decision to do more extensive improvements than originally planned, including completion of a north campus fitness facility.
Resolution 9747 requests authority to construct five All Agency Maintenance and Repair projects that will occur on two campuses and total $13 million. A notable UW-Madison project will improve energy conservation in five campus buildings and provide substantial energy cost savings. The payback will be less than six years.
Resolution 9748 requests approval of the allocation of the 2009-11 Classroom Renovation/Instructional Technology Improvement funds and authority to construct projects totaling $5.3 million, a portion of which will be distributed to each UW System institution. The purpose of the Classroom Renovation/IT Improvements Program is to upgrade and equip classrooms throughout the UW System. During the past seven biennia, nearly $52 million has been authorized to implement projects in 530 classrooms. However, general assignment classroom deficiencies still exceed $35 million. The UW System, excluding UW Colleges, has nearly 1,600 general assignment classrooms, a vast majority of which have not been updated since construction. Regent Bartell explained that this fund is used periodically to upgrade classrooms.
Stating that these six resolutions were passed unanimously by the committee, Regent Bartell moved that the Board adopt as consent agenda items Resolutions 9743, 9744, 9745, 9746, 9747 and 9748. The motion was seconded by Regent Drew. Regent Stan Davis requested that Resolution 9743 be removed from the consent agenda so that he could recuse himself from voting; he stated that he did the same in committee. Regent Womack asked that Resolution 9746 be removed.
Resolutions 9744, 9745, 9747 and 9748 then were adopted on a unanimous voice vote:
Resolution 9744: That, upon the recommendation of the UW-Green Bay Chancellor and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Design Report of the Rose Hall/Wood Hall Remodeling project be approved and authority be granted to construct the project at a total cost of $6,734,000 General Fund Supported Borrowing.
Resolution 9745: That, upon the recommendation of the UW-Platteville Chancellor and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, authority be granted to purchase a 0.19 acre parcel of land with improvements located at 555 Irene Street, in the city of Platteville for $143,250 plus closing costs using Program Revenue-Cash.
Resolution 9747: That, upon the recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, authority be granted to construct various maintenance and repair projects at an estimated total cost of $13,158,900 ($489,800 General Fund Supported Borrowing; $11,479,000 Program Revenue Supported Borrowing; $947,500 Program Revenue-Cash; and $242,600 Building Trust Funds).
Resolution 9748: That, upon the recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the allocation of the Classroom Renovation/Instructional Technology Improvement project funds be approved and authority be granted to construct the related projects at an estimated total cost of $5,292,800 ($5,000,000 General Fund Supported Borrowing and $292,800 Institutional Funds).
Regent Womack inquired about a breakdown in the adjustment in the scope and budget of the Hovlid Hall project. Regent Bartell explained that the subsoil of the project was too wet, and the land needed to be filled. With minor additional funds, it was determined that a small fitness room could be added. The adjustment was a small percentage of the total cost of the project.
Resolution 9746: That, upon the recommendation of the UW-Stout Chancellor and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, authority be granted to increase the scope and budget of the Hovlid Hall Renovation and Addition project by $600,000 Program Revenue-Cash for a revised estimated total project cost of $13,600,000 ($8,570,000 Program Revenue Supported Borrowing, $1,880,000 Residual Program Revenue Supported Borrowing, and $3,150,000 Program Revenue Cash).
Approval of the Design Report of the New Student Union Project and Authority to Seek a Waiver of Wis. Stats. § 16.855 under Provisions of Wis. Stats. § 13.48 (19) to Accept a Single Prime Contractor Bid and Construct the Project, UW-Eau Claire
President Pruitt then called for a vote on Resolution 9743, which was approved on a voice vote, with Regent Stan Davis abstaining. The resolution is as follows:
Resolution 9743: That, upon the recommendation of the UW-Eau Claire Chancellor and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Design Report of the New Student Union project be approved and authority be granted to: (1) seek a waiver of Wis. Stats. § 16.855 under the provisions of Wis. Stats. § 13.48 to allow single prime bidding and (2) construct the New Student Union project at an estimated cost of $48,802,000 ($39,917,000 Program Revenue Supported Borrowing and $8,885,000 Program Revenue-Cash).
Continuing his report, Regent Bartell said that Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel spoke to the Capital Planning and Budget Committee about how the county benefits from the investments it makes in the local campus and extension offices. Mr. Buechel told the committee that the County Board’s vote to approve the construction of the UW-Fond du Lac facility for $14 million was unanimous at the time and would be unanimous were it to occur today.
In addition, Regent Bartell noted that Associate Vice President Miller reported that the Building Commission approved about $60 million for projects at its December and January meetings. Associate Vice President Miller also updated the committee on the status of several pieces of legislation: (1) the project delivery legislation, which was supported by the Board of Regents, was voted out of the Senate Committee on Government Operations; (2) the legislation to enumerate the Carlson Hall building renovation, using savings from other 2009 projects, was passed by the full Assembly and the Senate Committee on Government Operations and was ready for a final vote by the full Senate; and (3) the legislation enumerating the four projects recommended by the Board of Regents for UW-Milwaukee was approved by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and due to be voted on by the full Senate during the week of April 12. Regent Bartell said that April 22, 2010 would be the goal for final passage of all three bills, before the regular legislative session ends.
Finally, Regent Bartell said that six UW projects won the 2009 Governor’s Design and Construction Award, which is a tribute to the work of Associate Vice President Miller and his staff.
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President Pruitt called upon Regent Crain to present the report of the Education Committee. Regent Crain said that she would provide a short summary, in the interests of time, and the committee’s minutes will provide a full report of what was a productive meeting.
Regent Crain reported that the committee began its meeting with an important conversation about sexual assault prevention and sexual assault occurrence on UW campuses. This is a complex topic, and one that has had recent publicity. The committee heard from: Senior Vice President Rebecca Martin; Susan LaFlash, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator at the Department of Health Services; April Goodwin, Budget and Policy Analyst at UWSA; and Carmen Hotvedt, Violence Prevention Specialist, University Health Services, UW-Madison.
Regent Crain said that sexual assault is a problem deep within our society, and our campuses are not immune. Sexual assault is unreported in many situations. Some of the committee’s discussion revolved around these points: (1) a belief that reporting is difficult for victims, and that adequate structures are not in place to address victims’ needs or to deal with perpetrators; (2) the UW System and institutions are taking this issue very seriously and are engaged in prevention initiatives; (3) the System, in collaboration with other state agencies, is working to change the environments that are conducive to sexual assault on campuses; and (4) UW System is working to improve the consistency, reliability, and accessibility of the data on sexual assault, again in collaboration with other state agencies.
The committee engaged in a lengthy discussion of the initiatives at UW campuses and, in particular, the work on the UW-Madison campus, including the social contract that needs to be upheld by everyone on a college campus to help students to understand the responsibilities they have in preventing and addressing sexual assault.
There was discussion about the issue of alcohol, as it relates to sexual assault; about the extent to which sexual assault is about power and control and victims’ disempowerment; about the need for better accountability and prosecution of perpetrators in addition to better victim services; and about the extent to which violence affects victims’ future health and academic success. One of the most difficult components of the recent media coverage on sexual assaults in the UW System was that in addition to the trauma student victims from sexual assault, they also felt mistreated and let down by the disciplinary system.
Regent Crain re-emphasized that underreporting is a serious part of the issue, and that continued focus on the issue is necessary.
Regent Crain reported that the committee enjoyed a presentation from the host institutions. Christine Quinn, Provost at UW-Extension, and Greg Lampe, Provost for the UW Colleges, highlighted programs that work to expand access, foster innovation, and promote excellence, including the Adult Student Initiative, UW Colleges Online, and the new University of Wisconsin eCampus. The committee gained a sense of the passion and compassion with which these two institutions seek to provide low-cost, high quality educational opportunity to those in the state who have traditionally had less access to higher education. The committee also heard from two faculty members, one from UW-Extension and one from the UW Colleges, about what it is like to be educators at these two institutions.
Regent Crain noted that the Education Committee heard an extraordinary presentation from UW-Oshkosh student Alex Abendschein on the Core Concepts Project. This is a grant-funded project at UW-Oshkosh designed to produce electronic books, or e-textbooks, in house, at great savings to students. The Core Concepts component is the common content that is similar for textbooks in every discipline. This project adds to that common core professor-specific material as appendices to the e-textbooks.
The model allows for more professorial control over the course content and structure, which, as Alex emphasized, is very important to faculty. Some potential benefits to students are lower costs, increased student learning outcomes, and better integration of lower- and upper-division courses.
Regent Crain said that Senior Vice President Martin reminded the committee of the System’s and the Regents’ interest in exploring innovative ways to provide affordable textbooks to students. The guidelines adopted a year ago will be brought back to the committee in June as a policy for the Board’s consideration. This project is an innovative alternative and it may well be the next generation of textbooks.
UW-Eau Claire presented a revised mission statement for a first reading before the Committee. The statement will have a public hearing, and will come back to the Board for a second reading.
Regent Crain reported that the Education Committee was asked to approve: (1) the extension of UW-Milwaukee’s charter school contract with the YMCA Young Leaders Academy; and (2) a new charter school contract with the Urban Day School. Dr. Kattman was present, along with several administrators and board members from the two schools.
The Young Leaders Academy is one of UW-Milwaukee’s highest performing charter schools, and the request for a full five-year renewal was approved by the committee.
The Urban Day School has been a private, voucher school, looking to raise the academic achievement levels of its students; it sought out UW-Milwaukee as its charter authority. The school includes a head-start program and an in-house family advocacy program. The committee also approved this school. It will be a new school for UW-Milwaukee, but there will be a decrease of two schools within a couple of months, due to contracts ending.
Regent Crain moved that the Board adopt as consent agenda items Resolutions 9749, 9750, 9751 and 9752, which were approved by the committee. The motion was seconded by Regent Vásquez. Resolution 9751 was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Regent Falbo, who indicated he would abstain on the vote, because he was part of starting the school that was the subject of the resolution. Resolution 9752 was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Regent Drew.
Resolutions 9749 and 9750 then were adopted on a unanimous voice vote:
Resolution 9749: That, upon recommendation of the Interim Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Interim Chancellor be authorized to implement the B.F.A. in Interior Architecture.
Resolution 9750: That, upon recommendation of the Chancellors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the request to the Trustees of the William F. Vilas Trust Estate for $3,433,818 for fiscal year July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, subject to availability, as provided by the terms of the William F. Vilas Trust, for Support of Scholarships, Fellowships, Professorships, and Special Programs in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Music.
President Pruitt then called for a vote on Resolution 9751, which was adopted on a voice vote, with Regent Falbo abstaining. The resolution is as follows:
Resolution 9751: That, upon recommendation of the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the extension of the charter school contract with the YMCA Youth Leadership Academy, Inc., together with amendments to the contract, maintaining a charter school known as the Young Leaders Academy, effective July 1, 2010.
President Pruitt called upon Regent Drew, who spoke against the resolution to approve the Urban Day School contract. He said that by all accounts, Urban Day school is a good, long-standing high-quality school, but he did not understand how the university was furthering its mission to foster change and innovation by taking on a school that is already established as a good school. It is important to look more broadly at the university’s mission with respect to K-12 and charter schools. Recent research shows that even early proponents of charter schools are beginning to re-think the effectiveness of charter schools and the effect that they have of skimming students away from urban public schools, leaving special-needs and disadvantaged students in the public system. The university should examine its effectiveness in supplying high-quality “raw material” – teachers and administrators – to urban public schools, as well as its teacher preparation activities. Regent Drew posed several questions, including whether teacher graduates are staying in the state, whether these graduates are going to urban schools, and whether they are learning innovative techniques needed to advance public education?
Regent Vásquez, speaking in favor of the motion, explained that the school in question does have a record of success and has been a choice school, but now wishes to become a charter school. The school is moving from one funding stream to another; and seeks to take advantage of a funding vehicle that is already available. It would not be appropriate to decline to give the school that opportunity.
Regent Crain noted that this issue has arisen in the past. She said that the debate involves varying opinions on the role of charter schools on the educational scene. She also said that the issues being raised do not relate to the quality that UW-Milwaukee is providing.
Senior Vice President Rebecca Martin added that when the president of the school was asked at Thursday’s meeting why the school wanted to move into the UW-Milwaukee charter school group, the school did not mention funding, but rather cited a desire to move their academic program to a new, highly-accountable level.
Regent Spector added that better training for teachers and administrators in areas of great need is not mutually exclusive from the UW-Milwaukee charter school endeavor. Both can be done. Schools of education should be encouraged to train teachers well, and at the same time, public schools can aspire to meet high standards.
Resolution 9752: That, upon recommendation of the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the charter school contract with the Urban Day School, Inc., establishing a charter school known as the Urban Day School, effective July 1, 2010.
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President Pruitt called upon Business, Finance, and Audit Committee Chair Brent Smith to present that committee’s report.
Regent Smith reported that Chancellor Wilson opened the meeting with his presentation regarding local fundraising efforts by a variety of organizations associated with UW Colleges or UW-Extension. Following the Chancellor’s remarks, Christa Williams, Director of the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation, and Cindy Shoskey, a local 4H leader, spoke about the challenges and rewards of local fund raising efforts.
UW System Trust Funds Portfolio Analyst Tom Reinders presented information regarding non-routine shareholder proxy proposals. After a spirited discussion, the Committee approved Resolution 9753.
Trust Funds Director Doug Hoerr presented highlights from the annual benchmarking studies. He reported that annual returns for UW Trust Funds exceeded those of peers in the one-, three-, five-, and ten-year periods ending June 30, 2009.
The Committee was asked to formally accept four bequests with a total value of $1,062,000, all benefiting UW-Madison. The Committee unanimously approved Resolution 9753.
Director Julie Gordon presented a status report on major projects underway in the Office of Operations Review and Audit. The update included information on five current projects. Prior Learning Assessment, in particular, dovetails with the Growth Agenda and could be presented as early as June.
Senior Vice President Anderes presented information on the current status of the UW System Human Resource System project. Tom reported that while the majority of tasks are on schedule, there are a couple areas where work is slightly behind. Actual fiscal year expenditures to date are less than planned. The committee asked Senior Vice President Anderes to review the 2009 financial report of Huron Consulting and to report back at the next committee meeting.
Regent Smith continued, noting that the committee was asked to approve a new differential tuition policy. Based on feedback at the February meeting, a subcommittee consisting of Regent Connolly-Keesler, Chancellor Gow, Senior Vice President Anderes, General Counsel Brady, and Regent Smith met to discuss revisions based on comments Regents submitted to the subcommittee. Recognizing individual campus differences, mandatory provisions were not put in place for restrictions on the amount of the differential, a fixed percentage for financial aid, or a prescribed process for student input.
Some of the more substantial changes to the document include: (1) adding that students are to be “consulted,” rather than advised, regarding any differential tuition initiatives; (2) expanding requirements on Board receipt of student positions on initiatives from all known sources – i.e., student government and non-student government votes; (3) ensuring adequate time for student government review; and (4) requiring institutions to consult with the UW System and Board of Regents presidents prior to publicly announcing or seeking student support for a differential tuition initiative.
At Thursday’s Business, Finance, and Audit Committee meeting, there was discussion of more clearly specifying that students would be provided a mechanism for periodic review of expenditures. Also, there was a desire to allow interim modifications, if approved by the chancellor and students, to be brought to the Board of Regents for consideration.
The committee approved Resolution 9755, with the understanding that amendments would be developed. Regent Smith moved Resolution 9755 as originally presented, and Regent Falbo seconded the motion.
Regent Wingad then discussed amendments that had been drafted since the Thursday meeting. The following language would be added in the Regent Policy Document: “A mechanism for periodic review by students of expenditures from the differential tuition.” This mechanism would be included with an institution’s differential tuition proposal. The following language would be added in the proposed UW System guidelines: “Interim modifications can be made if agreed upon by students and the Chancellor. Significant modifications to the differential tuition process may be brought to the Board for consideration.”
Regent Vásquez commented that this latter language seems to put students and the chancellor on the same plane, even if they do not agree. He asked whether the students would be given veto power over the proposals’ leaving the campus and coming to the Board. Regent Bartell noted that this addition relates to the process itself. Regent Wingad said that based on consultation with students, students would like more clarity about how they fit in the process.
Regent Connolly-Keesler observed that the added language regarding process is in the section on modification of differential tuition purpose, which does not seem an appropriate place to put it.
Regent Stan Davis asked a question about the definition of “students,” and whether this refers to student government. Regent Wingad said that this is the case, and that the language could refer to elected student government.
Regent Vásquez renewed his concern, saying that if the chancellor and students do not agree, the differential tuition proposal does not move. The chancellor is held accountable for managing the institution, but another party can stop the chancellor’s action, he said.
Chancellor Gow noted that various options had been explored during the subcommittee process. He commented that the chancellor, under the guidelines, needs to come to the Regents and describe the student input; but if everything has to be a referendum, this usurps the chancellor’s authority to make a decision in the best interests of the campus. There are two phases: approval of the initial proposal, and then once it is approved, review of any changes.
Regent Falbo suggested an interim change could be made by the chancellor “in consultation with” elected student government, rather than agreed upon by the chancellor and the students. Regent Wingad responded that this wording would address students’ concerns.
Regent Bartell next noted the distinction between the policy and the guidelines, noting that the policy itself already includes language stating that “any substantial change in the purposes for which the funding is expended shall be approved by the Board of Regents.”
During extensive further discussion of detailed language changes, Regent Smith reiterated that the policy, not the guidelines, were to be acted upon at the meeting. Regent Spector, expressing reservations about the wisdom of attempting to draft language during the full Board meeting, suggested either doing no drafting during the meeting or else adopting the policy and turning back the guidelines for President Reilly to amend at a later time.
President Pruitt reviewed the Board’s options for action and then called the question. The Board voted to approve Resolution 9755:
Resolution 9755: That, upon the recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, Regent Policy Document 32-7, Student Involvement in Differential Tuition Initiatives, be repealed and recreated to read as set forth in Attachment 1.
Thereafter, the Board voted to approve the addition of II.C.5. to the differential tuition policy. The amended language, which had earlier been moved by Regent Wingad, states: “A mechanism for periodic review by students of expenditures from the differential tuition.” Regent Smith, noting that President Reilly had already received significant input on the guidelines, indicated that the guidelines would need not to come back to the Board.
Following the differential tuition policy discussion, Regent Smith moved adoption of Resolutions 9753 and 9754. The motion was seconded by Regent Falbo. Resolutions 9753 and 9754 were adopted on a unanimous voice vote:
Resolution 9753: That, upon recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the Board of Regents approves the 2010 non-routine shareholder proxy proposals for UW System Trust Funds, as presented in the attachment.
Resolution 9754: That, upon the recommendation of the Chancellors of the benefiting University of Wisconsin institutions and the President of the University of Wisconsin System, the bequests detailed on the attached list be accepted for the purposes designated by the donors, or where unrestricted by the donors, by the benefiting institution, and that the Trust Officer or Assistant Trust Officers be authorized to sign receipts and do all things necessary to effect the transfers for the benefit of the University of Wisconsin.
Let it be herewith further resolved, that the Chancellors of the benefiting University of Wisconsin institutions, the Deans and Chairs of the benefiting Colleges and Departments, and the President and Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the donors and their families for their generosity and their devotion to the values and ideals represented by the University of Wisconsin System. These gifts will be used to sustain and further the quality and scholarship of the University and its students.
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President Pruitt called upon Regent Spector to present the resolution of appreciation to UW Colleges and UW-Extension for hosting the April Board of Regents meeting. Regent Spector said that in light of the earlier, moving presentation on veterans, he would call upon Regent Opgenorth, his “back-up” for presenting the resolution – and a veteran – to do the presentation.
Regent Opgenorth, echoing the numbers Chancellor Wilson had emphasized in his presentation: 13 UW Colleges campuses, 75 county and tribal-nation UW-Extension sites, 14,000 UW Colleges students, and 1.6 million educational contacts through UW-Extension, said that these numbers demonstrate the great impact of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Regent Opgenorth said that the passion and commitment of the students, staff, and Chancellor Wilson were evident during the Board’s visit. He then presented the following resolution, which was adopted by acclimation:
Resolution of Appreciation to UW-Extension and UW Colleges
Resolution 9756: WHEREAS, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System is pleased to learn more about how the University of Wisconsin-Extension and University of Wisconsin Colleges lead locally in all 72 Wisconsin counties and on 13 freshman/sophomore campuses to generate degree holders and program outcomes that have statewide impact and embody the Wisconsin Idea; and
WHEREAS, UW Colleges and UW-Extension lead in the innovative use of technology to deliver educational opportunities to people of all ages throughout Wisconsin and beyond via UW Colleges Online, high-definition TV, interactive teleconferences, the innovative online bachelor’s degree in sustainable management, and the development of the new eCampus initiative; and
WHEREAS, UW-Extension and UW Colleges provide their dedicated faculty and staff members with award-winning Multicultural Awareness training that enhances their effectiveness in working with an increasingly diverse Wisconsin population; and
WHEREAS, UW Colleges and UW-Extension help grow strong state and local economies, keeping Wisconsin competitive in a global economy and creating a brighter future for our great state; and
WHEREAS, UW-Extension and UW Colleges serve as the welcoming gateways to the knowledge and resources of the world-renowned University of Wisconsin System, with UW Colleges providing an affordable foundation for a baccalaureate degree to almost 14,000 traditional and nontraditional students and UW-Extension having 1.6 million educational contacts with children, youth, adults, and seniors each year; and
WHEREAS, UW Colleges and UW-Extension develop outstanding youth and adult community and statewide leaders through 4-H Clubs, Leadership Wisconsin, campus student organizations, and the Leadership Academy;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System thanks Chancellor David Wilson and the UW-Extension and UW Colleges community for graciously hosting the Board’s April 2010 meeting and commend them for their commitment to maximizing access to educational opportunities for Wisconsin’s people, wherever they live and work.
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President Pruitt recognized Regent Opgenorth, who made an announcement related to United Council. He reported that the state student association has been holding Regent-mandated referenda to maintain or add dues-paying campus members. This year, the United Council of UW Students will add: UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Superior to a membership list that already includes: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point, and 11 of the 13 UW Colleges. Additionally, this spring, UW-Platteville and UW-Fox Valley will be taking a referendum; UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-River Falls are all laying the groundwork to rejoin next fall.
Regent Opgenorth continued, saying that this activity is leading up to a requested and anticipated Board of Regents vote in the fall that would finally allow students to organize and speak with one voice on a statewide level without the burden of biennial campus-level referenda, as all but one of the institutions’ student presidents have requested in writing to President Reilly.
President Pruitt then recognized Regent Drew, who noted that the UW-Extension School for Workers will be providing training in interest-based bargaining to UAW committees at Miller-Coors and their management counterparts.
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The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
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The following resolution was moved by Regent Spector, seconded, and adopted on a roll-call vote, with Regents Bartell, Connolly-Keesler, Crain, Danae Davis, Stan Davis, Drew, Evers, Falbo, Loftus, Opgenorth, Pruitt, Smith, Spector, Vásquez, and Wingad voting in the affirmative. There were no dissenting votes and no abstentions.
Resolution 9757: That the Board of Regents move into closed session to consider UW-Oshkosh honorary degree nominations, as permitted by s. 19.85(1)(f), Wis. Stats., to consider appointment of a UW-Platteville chancellor, as permitted by s. 19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., to discuss collective bargaining activities at UW institutions, as permitted by s. 19.85(1)(e), Wis. Stats., and to confer with legal counsel regarding pending or potential litigation, as permitted by s. 19.85(1)(g), Wis. Stats.
The following resolutions were adopted in closed session:
Authorization to Appoint: Chancellor University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Resolution 9758: That, upon recommendation of the Special Regent Committee and President of the University of Wisconsin System, Dennis J. Shields be appointed Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, effective July 1, 2010, at a salary of $200,000.
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The meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
/s/ Jane S. Radue
Jane S. Radue, Secretary of the Board