UTAH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
SYSTEM OFFICE, TWO GATEWAY, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
VIRTUAL MEETING, ZOOM
Friday, October 30, 2020
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Board Members Present
Harris H. Simmons, Chair
Aaron Osmond, Vice Chair
Nina R. Barnes, Vice Chair
Wilford W. Clyde
Jesselie B. Anderson
Jera L. Bailey
Stacey K. Bettridge
Arthur E. Newell
Alan E. Hall
Board Members Absent
Office of the Commissioner
Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Higher Education
Rich Amon, Chief Financial Officer
Geoffrey Landward, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
Jessica Gilmore, Associate Commissioner of Workforce Development
Malissa Jones, Office Manager
Institutional Presidents Present
Chad Campbell, Bridgerland Technical College
Richard B. Williams, Dixie State University
Clay Christensen, Mountainland Technical College
Deneece G. Huftalin, SLCC
Scott L. Wyatt, Southern Utah University
Paul Hacking, Tooele Technical College
Ruth V. Watkins, University of Utah
Astrid S. Tuminez, Utah Valley University
Darin Brush, Davis Technical College
Kelle Stephens, Dixie Technical College
Jim Taggart, Ogden-Weber Technical College
Brad J. Cook, Snow College
Brennan Wood, Southwest Technical College
Aaron Weight, Uintah Basin Technical College
Noelle Cockett, Utah State University
Brad L. Mortensen, Weber State University
Chair Simmons called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
Committee of the Whole
Institutional updates were provided by President Huftalin, Salt Lake Community College, President Hacking, Tooele Technical College and President Watkins, University of Utah. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
Equity Lens Framework Presentation
Laís Martinez, Adrienne Andrews, and Dr. Tasha Toy led the discussion on the equity lens framework. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
Committee updates were provided by Board member Church, Board member Jones, Board member Newell, and Board member Clyde. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
A short update on the Bridge program was provided from Malissa Jones. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
2021-22 Operating and Capital Budget Request (TAB A)
Rich Amon provided a summary of the capital budget request to the Board members. Board member Angus made a motion to approve the FY2021-22 USHE operating and capital budget priorities in Tab A and authorize the Commissioner to make any subsequent technical adjustments, including rounding, necessary to finalize the budget prior to submitting to the Governor and Legislature; Board member Clyde seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Revision to Policy R516, General Student Fees (TAB B)
Rich Amon provided a summary of the R516, General Student Fees Policy to the board. Board member Clyde made a motion for the Board to adopt the proposed changes to Board Policy R516, General Student Fees in Tab B, effective immediately; Board member Arthur Newell seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Tuition and Fee Setting Process for Boards of Trustees (TAB C)
Rich Amon provided a summary of the tuition and fee setting process to the board. Board member Board member Arthur Newell made a motion to approve the processes described in Tab C for institutional Board of Trustee involvement in setting tuition and general student fees; Board member Osmond seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Academic Program Approval Process (TAB K)
Julie Hartley provided a training for Board members on the process for academic program approval. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
Out-of-mission program request for the Psy.D. at SUU (TAB L)
Board member Jones provided a summary of the out-of-mission request from SUU. Southern Utah University is proposing a new Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D), a professional doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Board member Church made a motion to approve the out-of-mission program request for a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Utah University; Board member Barnes seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Statewide Attainment Goal
Carrie Mayne provided information to the Board members on the Statewide Attainment Goal. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
Strategic Plan Priorities (TAB N)
Commissioner Woolstenhulme led the discussion for the strategic plan priorities. Each committee staff member provided a summary of the four suggested priorities. Board member Osmond made a motion that the Board approve the System priorities Access, Completion, Affordability and Workforce Alignment & Economic Impact; Board member Maggelet seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Innovation Taskforce (TAB O)
Commissioner Woolstenhulme provided a summary of the proposal for the new Innovation Taskforce. Board member Hall moved that the Board establish an Innovation Taskforce to begin exploring and developing systemwide innovations in online education and other areas of high potential and direct the Commissioner to select its membership and serve as its chair; Board member Shawn Newell seconded the motion and the motion passed.
College Access Advisors (TAB P)
Spencer Jenkins and Nicole Batt presented information on the College Access Advisors Program. Board member Jones made a motion that the Utah Board of Higher Education approve the transfer of $2 million per year for three years from the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority program funds to the Commissioner’s office; Board member Osmond seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Statewide Industry Advisory Committee (TAB Q)
Jared Haines, Senior Advisor of Technical Education provided a summary of the Statewide Industry Advisory Committee. Board member Arthur Newell made a motion to establish the Industry Advisory Council as described in Tab Q; Board member Barnes seconded the motion and the motion passed
General Consent Calendar (TAB R)
On a motion by Board member Jones and seconded by Board member Osmond the following items were approved on the Regents’ General Consent Calendar
- Minutes – Minutes of the Board meeting August 21, 2020
- Finance and Facilities Items
- Academic Education Items
- Grant Proposals
Rich Amon provided an update and timeline for the shared services project. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
Learn & Work Program
Jessica Gilmore provided updated information on the Learn & Work Program. This was a discussion item only; no action was taken.
UHEAA and my529 Update
Board member Church gave an update on the UHEAA Board and the my529 program during the Student Affairs committee report. This was an information item only; no action was taken.
The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.