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Adopted Meeting Minutes
May 6, 2003
Special Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Absent: Canady, Heywood

Trustee Heywood arrived at 5:05 p.m.

Trustee Canady joined the meeting telephonically at 5:13 p.m.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

There were no comments from the public.

Amendment to Bylaw 1.3 - Committees

Chairperson Jeffries presented the amendment to Bylaw 1.3, Committees for the Board's approval. He stated that it was presented to the Board for their review on April 21. The Board's Policy Committee has reviewed this amendment and with the Board's approval it would become part of the bylaws.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Holden and supported by Trustee Mason to approve the amendment to Bylaw 1.3, Committees.

Trustee Pelleran stated that she was going to support the amendment. She felt that it is a good addition to the bylaws; however, she expressed concern about the bylaws. Trustee Pelleran stated that the Board has struggled with different aspects of different bylaws and she would like the committee to revisit them. She suggested for the Board to have additional training on the bylaws.

Trustee Rasmusson stated that the amendment is becoming a custom in corporate America to have an audit committee. The Auditor General holds the College as setting the standard in the state. He said that this is required as an oversight role and it is required for corporations now.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Trustee Canady was unable to respond due to technical difficulties.

Motion carried.

2002-2003 Budget Reconciliation

President Cunningham presented the 2002-2003 budget reconciliation to the Board of Trustees. She asked Chief Information Officer, Mr. Glenn Cerny , to walk the Board through the budget reconciliation. She said that the administration will entertain questions or comments. This is intended for informational purposes with the hope that the Board will adopt the budget reconciliation at the next Board meeting.

Trustee Pelleran stated that the community colleges budget passed the House. She asked if there was anything different from the budget the Governor recommended the previous week.

President Cunningham responded that the House passed the budget that the Governor recommended.

Mr. Cerny presented the 2002-2003 budget reconciliation to the Board (it is on file with the official board materials.)

Trustee Pelleran asked how another 2% reduction would affect the College.

Mr. Cerny responded that if there was another 2% reduction that would be equivalent to $600,000 or $700,000. He said that in the 2003-04 proposed budget the College has attempted to plan for all of the nuances that the State is dealing with. Mr. Cerny stated that the state budget may not be completed by June.

Trustee Pelleran asked if anyone has heard discussion regarding the tuition tax credit.

President Cunningham responded that she has had communication from the Michigan Community College Association and from the College's lobbyists, Muchmore and Harrington. She said that everything is at risk right now.

Chairperson Jeffries asked what the proposed tuition increase would be.

President Cunningham responded that the College would be proposing a $3 dollar increase. She said that with the proposed tuition increase Lansing Community College would still be approximately 4th from the bottom compared to the other community colleges in the state.

Chairperson Jeffries asked how the College's proposed increase compares to what other community colleges are planning to do regarding increasing tuition.

President Cunningham responded that the other community College's proposed increases are higher. She said that if there is an additional reduction in State aid and if it is more than 4% or 5%, the administration may be recommending an additional tuition increase.

Trustee Holden asked if there was an additional reduction in state aid from the current fiscal year, how the College would find the funds.

President Cunningham responded that the administration would look at the equipment and plant improvement funds. If there is another reduction in State aid, they would be recommending a higher tuition increase.

Mr. Cerny stated that his office did a survey of the 28 community colleges in Michigan regarding tuition increases. They found that the average in-district increase is 7.28% and out-of-district the average increase is 9.01%. He said that there is a trend to charge out-of-district students higher percentages.

President Cunningham stated that the Board would receive data that reflects the tuition increases for all of the community colleges in Michigan . She asked the Board to keep in mind that there is not an apples-to-apples comparison in all cases because many have technology fees for every single technology course. They may have additional course fees above and beyond what the College's are.

Trustee Pelleran asked Mr. Tony Juliano if the BCI has experienced a reduction in businesses requesting their services.

Mr. Juliano responded that since the economy is tight employers cannot release people to go to training; therefore, they look for courses over the internet with less classroom time. He said that there's been an overall reduction in amount of training businesses will buy at one time. The BCI sales staff are really working hard to show a 40-hour program and get a company to purchase a 4 to 8 hour piece of it.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Rasmusson and supported by Trustee Pelleran to approve the 2002-2003 budget reconciliation.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Trustee Canady was unable to respond due to technical difficulties.

Motion carried.

Annual Results Inventory Report - Student Learning Outcomes & Stakeholder Satisfaction

President Cunningham stated that this is the third report in the series of the Annual Results Inventory reports. She said that the report is submitted for discussion and/or approval. President Cunningham reminded the Board that these reports have been institutionalized and have been extremely helpful for the College in terms of benchmarking their success. She asked Dr. Bill Brown to present the report.

Dr. Brown presented the Student Learning Outcomes and Stakeholder Satisfaction Annual Results Inventory reports. (The reports are on file with the official Board materials.)

Several Board members requested a copy of the results of the understanding governance survey.

President Cunningham stated that everyone would receive a copy. She said that the information that the Board is receiving is not information that staff only shares with the Board. Part of what Dr. VanKempen and the Deans do is figure out how to institutionalize the information. President Cunningham stated that work will continue on areas that are not as strong as they ought to be. She thanked Dr. Brown for his work and the marvelous job he did.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Holden and supported by Trustee Pelleran to approve the Student Learning Outcomes and Stakeholder Satisfaction Annual Results Inventory reports.

Ayes: Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Trustee Canady was unable to respond due to technical difficulties.

Motion Carried.

Community Linkages Update

Chairperson Jeffries said that we've been trying very diligently to get some meetings to gather with Sparrow, Ingham, and Board of Water and Light to discuss new initiatives that the college has. He said that it has been difficult getting dates from everybody and the other Boards. Chairperson Jeffries stated that Ms. Norma Mendez has been working and making many phone calls to schedule the community linkages.

Closed Session

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Heywood and supported by Trustee Pelleran for the Board to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Trustee Canady was unable to respond due to technical difficulties.

Motion carried.

Trustee Pelleran departed at 6:00 p.m.

The Board entered into closed session at 6:00 p.m.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Heywood and supported by Trustee Holden for the Board to return to open session.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: Pelleran

Trustee Canady was unable to respond due to technical difficulties.

Motion carried.

The Board returned to open session at 6:13 p.m.

Public Comment

There were no comments from the public.

Chairperson Jeffries announced that Trustee Heywood is a guest speaker at the first national conference on abuse and addiction being held in Orlando , Florida .

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:14 p.m.

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