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

April 16, 1999

ROLL CALL

EXECUTIVE SESSION

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

WOU visit
Nominating Committee for 1999-00

CHANCELLOR'S REPORT

Performance Report
IFS Report
PEBB Update

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

ACTION ITEM REQUIRING RATIFICATION BY THE BOARD (APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT ITS JANUARY 15, 1999, MEETING)

Finance and Administration
Authorization of Hearings Officer
At its January 15, 1999, meeting, the Executive Committee named Vice Chancellor Clark as Hearings Officer for a grievance filed by a former UO employee. Minutes from the meeting were approved on February 18, 1999. However, the minutes are amended slightly to more clearly reflect Dr. Clark's role in the hearings process. On April 15, 1999, the Executive Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed amendments.

ACTION ITEMS

System Strategic Planning Committee
Modification to the Joint Boards Statute, ORS 348.890
This item will be mailed separately to Board members, following a review by System Strategic Planning Committee members.

Amendments to Board Bylaws
This item will be mailed separately to Board members, following a review by System Strategic Planning Committee members.

Standing Committee Responsibilities
This item will be mailed separately to Board members, following a review by System Strategic Planning Committee members.

Academic Affairs
Authorization to Award an Honorary Doctorate, EOU

EOU requests authorization to award an honorary doctorate to the Honorable Gordon H. Smith at its June 1999 commencement. This is the first such award to be proposed by Eastern.

Finance and Administration
Exchange of Forest Lands, OSU
OSU requests exchange of Board property of 4.255 acres for 3.655 acres of land of higher total appraised value, in order to create an access road into OSU forest lands.

CONSENT ITEMS

Academic Affairs
M.A./M.S., Conflict Resolution, PSU
PSU proposes to offer a program leading to the master's degree in conflict resolution. Students would add depth to their studies by incorporating a focus area (e.g., family, organization, human services/education) into the program.

M.A./M.S., Writing, PSU
PSU proposes to offer a graduate program in writing with three strands: nonfiction writing, professional/technical writing, and creative writing. In addition to anchoring each strand with two tenured/tenure-track faculty, PSU will utilize established writers as adjunct faculty in the program.

B.A./B.S., Environmental Science, UO
UO's baccalaureate program in environmental studies has had vigorous enrollment--approximately 500 students currently. The proposed environ mental science program will be complementary, providing deeper scientific understanding about environmental issues.

Certificate, Global Management, UO
UO's business college proposes to offer this undergraduate certificate to UO students admitted to the business program. Requirements include core international business courses, area studies, foreign language study at the college level; in addition, students will be encouraged to participate in an approved overseas experience.

Certificate, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, UO
UO proposes to offer this undergraduate certificate, which is designed primarily to meet the needs of students majoring in linguistics, foreign languages, international studies, and English. Although this certificate is not tailored to meet public school teacher licensure requirements specifically, it could be used to augment other teacher training.

REPORT ITEMS

Academic Affairs
Performance Report
Staff have developed an abbreviated performance report (based on the performance measures and indicators developed during the Board's recent System strategic planning process) for the legislators and citizens of Oregon that would communicate how OUS is "doing business differently." This is the first OUS baseline performance report.

Student Racial/Ethnic Diversity: Trends in Enrollment, Graduation, and Retention
This report indicates that the representation of students of color in OUS increased from 11.5 percent of the enrollment in fall 1993 to 12.4 percent in fall 1998. Students of color received 8.4 percent and 11 percent of all degrees awarded during 1992-93 and 1997-98 respectively. Six-year retention rates for cohorts of first-time OUS freshmen suggest considerable variability among the several racial/ethnic groups, leading to a recommendation that a staff work group be convened to undertake analyses to better understand this situation and consider additional retention strategies.

Faculty Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Faculty Diversity Initiative Update
This report provides an overview of the progress made toward enhanced diversity within faculties at OUS institutions during the period since 1995-96, and also provides an update pertaining to the OUS Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI) program that was approved by the Board in February 1995 and implemented in 1995-96. The FDI program has been a successful asset in the enhancement of representation relating to faculty of color within the OUS.

Impact of the Oregon University System on Oregon's Economy
This study examines the impact of OUS's seven institutions on Oregon's economy from three perspectives: (1) the short-term boost from the direct spending of OUS institutions, their students, and vendors; (2) the projected economic impact of an incremental increase in the state's investment; and (3) the earnings benefits of higher educational attainment levels for the individual and the state of Oregon.

Corporate and Public Affairs
Strategic Communications Plan Update
This report updates the Board on the development of a strategic communications plan. The plan's objectives are to assure that OUS is communicating clearly and consistently to its key audiences the messages that accurately describe the university system.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION

ITEMS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

ADJOURNMENT