University System of
Maryland Board of Regents
April 13, 2007
Minutes of the Public Session
Kendall called the meeting of the University System of Maryland Board of
Regents to order at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2007 at the Chesapeake
Biological Laboratory on the campus of University of Maryland Center for
Environmental Science. Those in attendance were: Chairman Kendall, Regents Finan, Florestano, Gill, Gossett, Heidemann,
Hoffman, Johnson, Kelly, Mandel, McMillen, Mitchell, Nevins, Pettit, Pevenstein
and Slater. Chancellor Kirwan, Vice Chancellors Goldstein, Vivona and Raley;
Assistant Attorneys General Goedert and Short; USM Presidents Aldridge, Boesch,
Caret, Hrabowski, Hunter-Cevera, Mote, Ramsay, and other institutional representatives;
Ms. Ryan; Ms. Doyle, USM Staff; members of the press and others.
B. Dr. Boesch
welcomed the Regents and others to the campus and discussed achievements at
UMCES and highlighted some of the key research at the center.
of the Whole
Kendall and Chancellor Kirwan conferred the following Regents' Faculty Awards:
Bonnie Thornton Dill, UMCP
Dr. James Howard, UMUC
Dr. David Inouye, UMCP
Dr. David O'Brochta, UMBI
Collaboration in Public Service:
Dr. Mark Marten, UMBC
Dr. Renee Shea, BSU
Dr. Sudhir Singh, FSU
Dr. Yonathan Zohar, UMBI
Dr. Ernest Bond, SU
Dr. Christine Nielsen, UB
Dr. Edward Redish, UMCP
Dr. Don Spickler, SU
Research, Scholarship, Creative
Dr. Sandra Herbert, UMBC
Dr. Arie Kruglanski, UMCP
Dr. Robert Schwarcz, UMB
2. The minutes were unanimously approved. (Moved by Regent Finan,
seconded by Regent Heidemann; unanimously approved).
3. Appointment of Nominating Committee. Chairman Kendall announced the formation of a BOR Nominating
Committee to recommend the officers of the BOR for the period of July 1, 2007
to June 30, 2008. The Nominating
Committee includes Regents Mitchell, Florestano and Mandel. Chairman Kendall announced that any regent
interested in serving as an officer of the BOR for the coming year should
submit their name to a member of the committee.
4. A proposed modification of USM II - 1.05 Policy on the
Employment of Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty (FTNTT) in the
University System of Maryland, Section C.7. (Benefits) was presented to the BOR
for consideration. The revised policy
provides the state health benefits subsidy to FTNTT instructional faculty who
enroll in the State health benefits plan and provides a retirement subsidy to FTNTT
with a certain number of consecutive years of full service. (Moved by Regent
Florestano, seconded by Regent Finan; unanimously approved).
A proposed modification to the BOR Policy on Advertising
VI-3.00 was presented to the BOR for consideration. The revised policy clarifies that State appropriations may be
used for paid advertisement in commercial media to recruit students, among
other approved activities. (Moved by
Regent Heidemann, seconded by Regent Nevins; unanimously approved.)
Vice Chancellor Vivona presented the FY 2008 Schedule of
Tuition and Mandatory Fees to the BOR.
The schedule includes FY 2008 resident undergraduate full and part-time
tuition rates at the current FY 2007 levels as a result of action taken during
the legislative session. (Moved by
Regent Pevenstein, seconded by Regent Nevins unanimously approved).
7. Chancellor Kirwan presented his report to the Board. A summary
Chancellor Kirwan thanked
President Don Boesch and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental
Science (UMCES) for hosting the meeting and welcomed three new regents: Barry
Gossett, James Shea, and the Honorable C. Thomas McMillen. Chancellor Kirwan reported that Don Boesch
and David Nemazie-Assistant to the President-recently served as members of
Governor O'Malley's Environment and Natural Resources Transition Work
Group. Their work was key in
establishing the Governor's BayStat initiative to better monitor and coordinate
efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Chancellor Kirwan reported on
numerous achievements of USM institutions. Seven members of the USM "family"
were listed among the Daily Record's
"50 Influential Marylanders for 2007" and three USM leaders were named
among "Maryland's Top 100 Women" for 2007. In "rankings" news, the U.S.
News ranked UMCP's graduate business, education, and engineering programs
in the top tiers of their fields. UMB excelled in the most recent Association
of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) research ratings, ranking 3rd among public
medical schools in research grants and contracts expenditures per clinical
faculty. University of Maryland Eastern
Shore (UMES) President Thelma Thompson has been named one the 100 Most
Important Blacks in Technology by Career Communication for her work bringing
technology to the campus and into the university's curriculum. Later this month University of Baltimore
will hold its fifth annual Community Service Day, where hundreds of UB
students, faculty, staff, and alumni will take part in one of the city's largest
single-day volunteer efforts. Earlier this year I had the honor of joining
Governor O'Malley, Congressman Wynn, and several other prominent Marylanders at
Bowie State University (BSU) for the President's Day Forum on diversity and
access in higher education, hosted by BSU President Mickey Burnim. Chancellor Kirwan also noted that our next
Student Regent attends Frostburg State University, Richard Scott.
Chancellor Kirwan reported that
the Solutions for Maryland's Future, "Listening Tour Report" includes three recommendations to be
implemented as a result of the listening tour: 1) Create a Clearinghouse for
Internship Opportunities; 2) Respond to Workforce Shortages; and 3) Develop
Communication And Outreach Strategies.
The Chancellor provided a summary
of the 2007 Legislative Session, ending with a cut in our operating budget of
only $2 million, less than most state entities. The capital budget is also an
area where the USM saw both successes and disappointments. While the Tawes project at College Park was
added, planning funds for the Pharmacy Building at UMB were not included in the
budget. There is, however, language
essentially guaranteeing these funds in FY09.
Chancellor Kirwan reported on
several pieces of legislation. The
Program Duplication bill was not passed as the House and the Senate could not
agree on a final version. The
collective bargaining "agency fees" bill and the bill providing for
in-state tuition for undocumented resident students also did not pass. The tuition freeze bill did pass; meaning
that for the second straight year there will be no increases in tuition for
(A copy of the Chancellor's
complete report is on file with the minutes.)
1. President Boesch, greeted the regents and guests, and provided
a report on behalf of Thelma Thompson, chair of CUSP. Dr. Boesch reported that the Council met and discussed a number
of important issues including: the
Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education, employee
benefits, NASH and accountability initiatives, and the presidents' meetings
with the BOR. Dr. Boesch thanked the
Chancellor for his leadership in Annapolis during a very difficult legislative
Dr. David Parker, chair of CUSF, presented the report of the
Council of University System Faculty.
Dr. Parker congratulated the recipients of the Regents' Faculty
Awards. Dr. Parker noted that CUSF
continued to be focused on the issue of benefits for full-time non-tenure track
faculty (FTNTTF) and provided a position statement from CUSF calling for
conversion of FTNTTF to regular state line positions with full state benefits.
(A copy of CUSF's statement is on file with the minutes.)
Mr. Larry Lauer, chair of CUSS, presented the report of the
Council of University System Staff.
CUSS has met twice since the last BOR meeting and discussed a number of
issues including the Regents Staff Award nominations, reinstatement of merit
pay for non-exempt staff, and lack of dental service providers for certain
HMO's. CUSS supports the biennial
nonexempt market survey and salary structure provided to the regents and
congratulates the USM for adopting the living wage policy.
Mr. Brian Bailey presented the report of University System of
Student Council. Mr. Bailey reported
that USSC worked with Roz Hamlet and the System Office on a variety of
legislative issues. USSC is developing
a list of issues they have been working on and plan to submit a report to the
BOR in the next month.
Chairman Kendall commented on the policy of the BOR with
regard to student housing. The BOR
supports, and will continue to support more student housing at USM institutions
using fully-private funding and public-private partnerships as the primary
sources of debt for construction. Ms.
Emma Simson, Student Body President, University of Maryland, addressed the BOR concerning the housing issue at
UMCP. Six hundred seniors were notified
that they will not have on-campus housing next year. Of great concern to UMCP students is the lack of available
affordable housing, either on or off campus.
Ms. Simson asked the BOR to work with the students on this issue. President Mote, Linda Clement and Doug
Duncan addressed the BOR about the housing situation at UMCP, identifying their
efforts to address this problem.
Policy Committee Regent Hoffman
1. Middle States Accreditation Reports. Regent Hoffman reported
that the Education Policy Committee heard reports on the Middle States
Accreditation Reviews for Frostburg and Salisbury; both institutions met all 14
standards and received a number of commendations.
2. Results of Periodic Reviews of Academic Programs. Regent Hoffman reported that 56 degree
programs were reviewed over the past academic year. The Chancellor unconditionally approved 55 of the 56 programs
that were submitted. One program review
on the social science bachelor's program at Coppin, did not include a detailed
plan of action to address the recommendations of the external reviewer and was
therefore granted approval on the condition that an acceptable plan be
submitted to the Chancellor.
3. External Funding Report.
Regent Hoffman reported on the extramural support received by USM
institutions in support of specific initiatives in research, education, or
service in FY 2006. Extramural funding
in FY 2006 provided $975,947,328, compared to $983,789,967 in FY 2005, a
decrease of slightly less than 1%. UMB
had a 7.4% decrease in extramural funding from its FY 2005 record high mark of
over $401,000,000,while several institutions had significant increases in
extramural funding in FY 2006.
4. USM Enrollment Projections. Regent Hoffman reported that the
Committee on Education Policy reviewed the USM Enrollment Projections for
2007-2016 and recommended that the Board of Regents approve the projections, as
5. Campus Crime Reports, 2005.
Regent Hoffman reported that the Education Policy committee received the
annual report on criminal offenses that occurred on campus, and on-campus
arrests, campus disciplinary actions, and judicial referrals for liquor law
violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons possession.
Charges and Fees for FY 2008. Regent
Pevenstein presented the schedule for self-support changes and fees for FY 2008.
(Moved by Regent Pevenstein, seconded by Regent Johnson, unanimously approved).
Enrollment Projections: 2007-2016. Vice Chancellor Vivona reported on the USM
enrollment projections for 2006 to 2016.
The regents discussed the impact of planning and funding levels on the
projected enrollments. (Moved by Regent
Pevenstein, seconded by Regent Florestano, unanimously approved).
Amendment to the Nonexempt Staff Employees Salary Structure. Amendments to the Nonexempt Staff Employees
Salary Structure were presented. The
amendments are based on the results of a biennial market survey. (Moved by
Regent Pevenstein, seconded by Regent Gossett, unanimously approved).
of Maryland College Park: Increase
Authorization for the Renovation of Hornbake & McKeldin Libraries. A request was presented to increase the
authorization of funds to renovate the UMCP Hornbake and McKeldin libraries
from $6,584,250 to $8,165,552 to cover the costs for humidity control
improvements. The increase in cost will
be covered by an NEH grant and institutional funds. (Moved by Regent Pevenstein,
seconded by Regent Johnson, unanimously approved).
of Maryland, Baltimore County: Food
Service Contract Renewal. UMBC requested approval from the Board to renew its
food service contract with the Wood Company of Maryland for once year
commencing July 1, 2007. (Moved by Regent Pevenstein, seconded by Regent
Pettit, unanimously approved).
of Maryland, Baltimore: Dental Student
Clinics Management Contract. UMB
requested approval of a second year of five one-year renewal options with U.M.
FSP Associates, P.A. for the day to day operation of the dental student clinics
at the dental School at UMB at an estimated cost of $7.1 million. (Moved by
Regent Pevenstein, seconded by Regent Hoffman, unanimously approved).
and Inst. Assessment Committee.
Regent Gill reported on the work of the Committee, noting the
importance of planning. He
indicated that a goal of the Committee is for the institutions to have a
strategic plan to be prepared for various contingencies.
on Organization and Compensation
1. Rescission to Policy
VII -200. Regent Mitchell reported that the committee reviewed the policy on
annual physical exams and recommends rescission. The policy has not been in
force for several years as originally formulated. The committee does recommend
that the chancellor continue to strongly encourage such annual examinations to
the presidents in their appointment letters. (Moved by Regent Mitchell, seconded
by Regent Kendall, approved unanimously)
2. Amendment to Policy VII.5.10.
Regent Mitchell reported that the Committee reviewed Policy VII-5.10 on
Associate of the Chancellor/President which recognizes the role of the
president's spouse. The amendment proposed by the Committee will facilitate the
approval of expenses for the associate by authorizing a senior level finance
officer at the institution to review. (Moved by Regent Mitchell, seconded by Regent
Florestano, unanimously approved.)
Regent Gill reported on the work of
the Committee, reviewing the goals of the workgroup, as well as the
accomplishments of the workgroup and its future direction. Regent Gill reported that the workgroup met
with the Secretary of DBED and plan to work more closely with that agency,
focusing on higher education as a key economic engine for the State.
Regent Kendall announced that two
new members will be joining the Capital Campaign Workgroup: Tom McMillen and Barry Gossett. Regent Kendall reported on the use of the
$3.2 million in new funds designated for advancement. He noted that each institution used the funds in a variety of
ways to increase levels of giving and that quantifiable results will be
provided to the BOR at the end of this fiscal year. Regent Kendall also reported on other activities of the
Workgroup, including an update of institutional campaigns, development of
performance benchmarks and comparative data, use of Hidden Waters for
institutional events to highlight milestones, donors, and star faculty and
programs, STEM initiative, and the UMCP Great Expectations $1 billion campaign.
and Student Success Workgroup
Regent Johnson reported that the
Work Group has met several times to consider how best to address the issues of
HBCU funding and the impact of funding on improving student success among
first-generation, low income and students of color compared with the rest of
the student body in the USM. One result
of these deliberations is the development of a plan for USM conference focused on
student achievement for late fall 2007.
The goal of this conference is to clearly define the issues that impede
student achievement, identify successful, scalable programs that improve
student achievement, and recommend an appropriate course of action for the USM
to systematically improve student achievement.
The workgroup also reviewed the applicable recommendations from the
recent report of the Task Force on the Education of African American Males and information
provided in the USM Systemwide Plan for
Minority Achievement, 2001-2010 annual status reports. In addition, representatives from the
Maryland State Department of Education gave a presentation on K-12 Initiatives
for improving student success in college.
L. Walter Sondheim Jr. Resolution. Regent Mitchell read a BOR Resolution
honoring Walter Sondheim Jr., commemorating his life and contributions to the
public good. (Moved by Regent Mitchell,
seconded by Chairman Kendall; unanimously approved).
The meeting adjourned at 11:53 a.m.