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MINUTES

BOARD OF REGENTS

January 25, 2001

The Board of Regents met in regular session at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2001, in the Board of Regents' Auditorium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chair Richard D'Aquin called the meeting to order. Coordinator of Board Services, Ms. Helen Johnson, called the roll and a quorum was established.

Present for the meeting were:

Richard D'Aquin, Chair
Scott Brame
Reggie Dupré
Frances Henry
Melvin Rambin
Ron Roberts, Vice Chair
Virgil Robinson, Jr.
Norbert Simmons
Clifford Smith
Pat Strong
Roland Toups, Secretary
Sherman Ruth, Student Member

Absent:

Herschel Abbott
Michael Dees
John Georges

Chairman D'Aquin recognized Dr. David Cheramie, Executive Director, CODOFIL, who introduced the French Delegation visiting Louisiana for the signing of exchange accords between French and Louisiana universities.

MINUTES APPROVED

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF JANUARY 4, 2001

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Strong, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of January 4, 2001, as circulated.

LUMCON COMMITTEE REPORT

LUMCON COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On behalf of Regent Strong, Chair of the LUMCON Committee, Mr. Gerard Killebrew, Associate Commissioner for Academic Affairs, presented motions from the LUMCON Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001.

STAFF REPORT RELATIVE TO THE REVIEW OF LUMCON

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the LUMCON Committee to direct the staff to convene a meeting of appropriate parties to address recommendations contained in the report of the external review committee that recently assessed the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Participants in this meeting shall include the Board of Regents Executive Committee, the Board of Regents LUMCON Committee, Regents' staff, the LUMCON Executive Board, the LUMCON Executive Director, and other private/public agency representatives, as the staff deems appropriate. Further, to assist in this effort, the staff shall engage the services of the Chairman of the external review committee (or another member if he is unavailable) to oversee and direct this meeting. The staff is further directed to report back to the LUMCON Committee and the full Board of Regents the status and progress of the above.

ADOPTION OF THE LUMCON COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the LUMCON Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001, as presented. (Copy on file in the office of the Board of Regents.)

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On behalf of Regent Henry, Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Mr. Gerard Killebrew presented motions from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001.

PROPOSED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

A.  Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Master of Occupational Therapy

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the proposed Master of Occupational Therapy program (CIP Code 51.2306) at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, beginning in Spring, 2001. Further, the Committee unanimously recommends termination of the existing B.S. program in Occupational Therapy (CIP Code 51.2306) at the LSUHSC, effective June 1, 2001.

In accordance with Academic Affairs Policy 2.13 - Professional Program Accreditation, the LSUHSC shall maintain appropriate professional accreditation from the American Council of Occupational Therapy Education for the new Master of Occupational Therapy program.

B.  McNeese State University - B.S. in Engineering Technology

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the request from McNeese State University to:

A. Establish the B.S. in Engineering Technology program (CIP Code 15.9999) with concentrations
     in Electronics, Instrumentation, and Process Plant; and

B. Terminate the B.S. program in Electrical/Electronics Technology (CIP Code 15.0303),
     effective immediately.

In accordance with Academic Affairs Policy 2.13 - Professional Program Accreditation, the University shall obtain accreditation from the Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology for the B.S. program in Engineering Technology by December 15, 2003.

PROPOSED ACADEMIC/RESEARCH CENTER - LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURAL CENTER - CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant conditional approval for the proposed Center for Leadership Development at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center for a period of three years from this date. Beginning December 1, 2001, and on that date for two years thereafter, the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center shall submit a report to the Commissioner of Higher Education describing initiatives of the Center for Leadership Development and including a complete operational budget. Depending on the contents of the aforementioned reports, the Board of Regents shall consider a further request from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center for an extension of approval for the Center for Leadership Development upon termination of the period of initial approval.

PROPOSED LETTERS OF INTENT -GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

A. M.S. in Nursing - Nurse Educator Option

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the proposed Letter of Intent from Grambling State University for a projected Nurse Educator option in the Master of Science in Nursing program, with the stipulation that the full program proposal shall provide a complete five-year budget, including all costs and sources of anticipated revenues needed to absorb any additional costs.

B. Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the proposed Letter of Intent from Grambling State University to establish a projected new curricular route to Family Nurse Practitioner Certification.

PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE AND CURRICULAR REVISIONS

A. Southeastern Louisiana University - Request to Approve a Non-Thesis Option for
     the M.S. Program in Biology

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Strong, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the request from Southeastern Louisiana University to establish a Non-Thesis Option in the existing M.S. program in Biology (CIP Code 26.0101 ), effective immediately.

B. University of Louisiana at Monroe - Request to Consolidate Departments Within the
     College of Education

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the request from the University of Louisiana at Monroe to combine the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling within the College of Education and Human Development into a single new Department of Instructional Leadership and Counseling. This change shall become effective immediately.

C. Louisiana State University - Request to Change the Name of the School of Vocational Education
     to the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Strong, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the request from Louisiana State University and A&M College to change the name of the School of Vocational Education to the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development.

D. Delgado Community College - Request to Redesignate the A.S. program in Computer
     Information Technology to A.A.S.

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the request from Delgado Community College to change the degree designation for the A.S. program in Computer Information Technology to the A.A.S. in Computer Information Technology. This change shall become effective immediately.


CONSIDERATION OF REQUESTS TO OFFER EXISTING DEGREE PROGRAMS THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY

A. Southeastern Louisiana University - B.A. in Communications (Organizational Communications
Concentration)

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Strong, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to authorize Southeastern Louisiana University to seek approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the B.A. in Communications (Organizational Communications Concentration) program through distance learning technologies.

B. Nicholls State University - A.S. in Culinary Arts

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to authorize Nicholls State University to seek approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the A.S. in Culinary Arts program through distance learning technologies.

PROPOSED SEAT-TIME POLICY FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the proposed new Seat-Time Policy for Academic Credit. This new policy shall become effective immediately. (See Appendix B of the Committee Report.)

PROPOSED TEACHER PREPARATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee to grant approval for the proposed Teacher Preparation Accountability System. See Appendix C of the Committee Report.)

ADOPTION OF THE ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On motion of Regent Henry, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the Academic and Student Affairs Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001, as presented. (Copy on file in the office of the Board of Regents.)

SPONSORED PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

SPONSORED PROGRAMS COMMITTEE REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On behalf of Regent Roberts, Chair of the Sponsored Programs Committee, Dr. Kerry Davidson, Deputy Commissioner for Sponsored Programs, presented motions from the Sponsored Programs Committee Report of January 24, 2001.

FY 2001-02 MILLENNIUM TRUST HEALTH EXCELLENCE FUND PLAN AND BUDGET

On motion of Regent Roberts, seconded by Regent Dupré, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Sponsored Programs Committee to approve the FY 2001-02 Millennium Trust Health Excellence Fund Plan and Budget as drafted. (See Appendix B of the Committee Report.)

INVERSE RATIO IN THE ENDOWED CHAIRS PROGRAM FOR CAMPUSES WITH FEWER THAN THREE ENDOWED CHAIRS

On motion of Regent Roberts, seconded by Regent Dupré, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Sponsored Programs Committee to approve the "Special Provisions for Campuses with Fewer than Three Eminent Scholars Chairs" as outlined in Appendix C of the Committee Report.

CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FROM THE LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENDOWED CHAIRS PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING CONSIDERATION IN FY 2000-01

On motion of Regent Roberts, seconded by Regent Henry, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Sponsored Programs Committee to extend, for all campuses, the deadline for submission of Endowed Chairs proposals in FY 2000-01 until January 26, 2001. Since out-of-state consultants are scheduled to review proposals in late February or March, the Committee also recommends that no additional proposals from any institution be accepted for funding consideration beyond that date.

ADOPTION OF THE SPONSORED PROGRAMS COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On motion of Regent Roberts, seconded by Regent Dupré the Board voted unanimously to adopt the Sponsored Programs Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001, as presented. (Copy on file in the office of the Board of Regents.)

FACILITIES AND PROPERTY COMMITTEE

FACILITIES AND PROPERTY COMMITTEE REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On behalf of Regent Robinson, Chair of the Facilities and Property Committee, Mr. Marvin Roubique, Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Facilities and Property, presented motions from the Facilities and Property Committee Report of January 24, 2001.

AMENDMENT TO THE FY 2001-2002 CAPITAL OUTLAY BUDGET RECOMMENDATION

On motion of Regent Robinson, seconded by Regent Strong, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Facilities and Property Committee to amend its FY 2001-2002 Capital Outlay Recommendation to increase the scope of the Engineering Building Renovation and Expansion at LSU and A&M, to construct 72,435 GSF of new space and renovate 72,100 GSF of existing space with a project budget of $21,874,744 with the stipulation that no more than $11,700,000 come from State funding. Further, LSU would provide a prorated Maintenance Reserve Account for the self-generated portion of the project and direct the design team to provide alternates, dependent upon the amount of funds generated, to preclude the need to redesign if the project scope must be reduced.

LEASES

On motion of Regent Robinson, seconded by Regent Henry, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Facilities and Property Committee to approve the lease of 6,228 GSF of space at a cost of $72,431 per year for a five-year term for use by River Parishes Community College, incorporating lease provisions consistent with the terms of the existing facilities lease.

ADOPTION OF THE FACILITIES AND PROPERTY COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On motion of Regent Robinson, seconded by Regent Henry, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the Facilities and Property Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001, as presented. (Copy on file in the office of the Board of Regents.)

FINANCE COMMITTEE

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On behalf of Regent Toups, Chair of the Finance Committee, Mr. Marvin Roubique presented motions from the Finance Committee Report of January 24, 2001.

PROPOSED FIRST DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUNDS FY 2000-2001

On motion of Regent Toups, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee to approve the first distribution of the Community College Funds for FY 2000-01 as presented in Appendix B of the Committee Report.

ADOPTION OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On motion of Regent Toups, seconded by Regent Strong, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the Finance Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001, as presented. (Copy on file in the office of the Board of Regents.)

PLANNING, RESEARCH AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE

PLANNING, RESEARCH AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On behalf of Regent Strong, Vice-Chair of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee, Dr. Jimmy Clarke, Deputy Commissioner for Planning, Research and Performance presented motions from the Planning, Research and Performance Committee Report of January 24, 2001.

2000 REPORT TO THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE FROM THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND THE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION: SECONDARY TO POSTSECONDARY ARTICULATION

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to adopt the 2000 Report to the Louisiana Legislature from the Board of Regents and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education: Secondary to Postsecondary Articulation and forward the report to appropriate members of the Louisiana Legislature on behalf of the Board of Regents.

PROPRIETARY SCHOOL AREA

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to approve an initial operating license for Education America - Remington College, Lafayette Campus, located in Lafayette, Louisiana.

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Robinson, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to approve an initial operating license for Franklin College Truck Driving School, located in Slidell, Louisiana.

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to renew the licenses of the following proprietary schools:

Advantage Learning Center
BAR/BRI of Louisiana
Blue Cliff School of Therapeutic Massage
Career Technical College
Coastal College, Bossier City
Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana
Education America-Remington College, Baton Rouge Campus
EMG Nursing Assistant Training Academy
ITI Technical College
Kaplan, Inc., Baton Rouge
Kaplan, Inc., New Orleans
LaFourche Merchant Marine Training Services, Inc.
Martin International, Inc.
Northshore Career College
Southland School of Taxidermy
TransportSafe Training Center, Inc.

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to approve renewal of the operating license for Gretna Career College with the stipulation that the college submit a semi-annual financial statement compilation, beginning June 30, 2001.

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to rescind the change-of-ownership approval for Baton Rouge School of Computers and that the original license (#996) be retained by the school.

PLANNING, RESEARCH AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT OF JANUARY 24, 2001

On motion of Regent Strong, seconded by Regent Henry, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the Planning, Research and Performance Committee Meeting Report of January 24, 2001, as presented. (Copy on file in the office of the Board of Regents.)

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER

Commissioner E. Joseph Savoie thanked Regent Toups for his role in assembling and chairing a meeting of business leaders. Information was shared on reform efforts, master planning, and progress made in higher education. He then thanked campus heads and provosts for their participation in the Blue Ribbon Commission's meeting focused on developing the systemic PK-16+ Councils.

The Commissioner reported that he had begun meeting with system heads and with individual campus heads to discuss the impact of the proposed master plan. He stressed that we must all be sensitive to the state's interest in serving Louisiana citizens.

Commissioner Savoie reported that Paul Lingenfelter, Executive Director of SHEEO, had met with staff on his recent visit to Baton Rouge. He continued by informing the Board that he plans to share several Regents' reform efforts (Blue Ribbon Commission, Master Plan) with Louisiana's Congressional delegation at a luncheon being held on February 1 hosted by Senator Landrieu for student government leaders.

OTHER BUSINESS

Chair D'Aquin announced the following Committee appointments: Regent Smith appointed to Academic and Student Affairs, Facilities and Property, Finance, and LUMCON. Regent Strong will serve as the second Regents' representative on the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission. Regent D'Aquin will serve on the Proprietary Schools Commission.

On motion of Regent Roberts, seconded by Regent Toups, the Board voted unanimously to approve the appointments.

Chair D'Aquin then recognized Dr. Mary Ella Sanders, who recently resigned from the Board to become interim chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Commissioner Savoie presented her with a plaque commemorating her outstanding leadership as Board Chair over the past two years. Chair D'Aquin then presented her with a picture of the Board. Dr. Sanders thanked the members of the Board and then addressed the Board on the positive accomplishments of the LSU Health Sciences Center.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board, Chair D'Aquin declared the meeting adjourned at 10:11 a.m.