11/09/1989

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
November 9-10, 1989








11-09-1989

Pages 105-115



BOARD OF REGENTS

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM

November 9-10, 1989



The Board of Regents met on the above date in Kingsbury Room C,

Lakeside Inn, Stateline, Nevada.



Members present: Mrs. Dorothy S. Gallagher, Chairman

Dr. Jill Derby

Dr. James Eardley

Dr. Lonnie Hammargren

Mr. Daniel J. Klaich

Mrs. Carolyn M. Sparks

Mrs. June F. Whitley



Members absent: Mr. Joseph M. Foley

Mr. Sig Rogich



Others present: Chancellor Mark H. Dawson

President Anthony Calabro, WNCC

President John Gwaltney, TMCC

President Robert Maxson, UNLV

President Paul Meacham, CCCC

President Ronald Remington, NNCC

President James Taranik, DRI

Vice President Dennis Brown, UNR

Mr. Don Klasic, General Counsel

Dr. Warren Fox, Vice Chancellor

Mr. Ron Sparks, Vice Chancellor

Ms. Pamela Galloway, Public Information Officer

Ms. Mary Lou Moser, Secretary

Mrs. Leslie Jacques, Assistant to the Secretary



Also present were Faculty Senate Chairmen Deborah Ballard-Reisch

(UNR), Paula Funkhouser (TMCC), Steve Mizell (DRI), Mike Hardie

(WNCC), Tom Kendall (Unit), Nancy Master (UNLV) and Norma Suchy

(CCCC).



A workshop for Regents, Presidents, Faculty Senate Chairmen, the

Chancellor and the Chancellor's staff was held November 9-10,

1989 in Stateline, Nevada. Chairman Gallagher called the meet-

ing to order at 1:35 P.M., declaring that all attendees were in-

vited to actively participate in discussion of the agenda items.



Chairman Gallagher welcomed participants to the Fall workshop and

stated that they hoped for a very educational workshop over the

next 2 days and welcomed open discussion on the agenda items.



1. Discussion of Goals



Chairman Gallagher requested from the Regents, Presidents

and Faculty Senate Chairmen a list of goals from each group

for the upcoming year.



Chairman Gallagher divided the Regents, Presidents and Fac-

ulty Senate Chairmen into groups to meet and identify its

goals.



The meeting recessed after each group identified its list of

goals for the upcoming year and reconvened at 7:40 P.M. Thursday,

November 9, 1989, with all Regents present except Regents Foley

and Rogich.



Chairman Gallagher requested each group to report its list

of goals, as filed with the permanent minutes.



The meeting recessed at 8:15 P.M. and reconvened at 8:40 A.M.

Friday, November 10, 1989, with all Regents present except Re-

gents Foley and Rogich.



2. Discussion of Educational Programs Provided to Correctional

Institutions



President Remington reported that telecourses are held at

the correctional institutions in NNCC's region with exams

and personal contact between instructors and inmates. NNCC

is preparing new programs for the Ely correctional institu-

tion. He indicated that GED and developmental levels need

personal contact with the student.



President Calabro reported that WNCC delivers 41 classes to

176 inmates. 14 classes were cancelled due to lack of en-

rollment or prisoner shipments to the new facility in Ely.

40 classes have been scheduled for the Spring semester.

The inmates are eligible to receive aid from Pell Grants.

WNCC has processed 260 1989-90 financial aid applications.

Mr. Mike Hill is the coordinator of the prison programs at

WNCC and he will be working with the DOP to develop future

occupational programs at the correctional institutions

WNCC serves.



President Meacham reported that CCCC works closely with the

Clark County School District at 2 locations. Mr. Mike

Henderson is the coordinator of the programs. He indicated

that CCCC does hold graduation cermonies for these students.

Dr. Derby stated that she had attended a graduation ceremony

and found it to be exciting for the graduates and the insti-

tution.



3. Discussion of System Concerns



A. Articulation - Vice Chancellor Fox gave an overview of

the history of articulation within the System. There

are 3,000 courses listed in the Master Course File with

1,000 courses that are transferable to UNR and/or UNLV.



Other issues discussed regarding articulation were are

follows:



Core curriculum at UNR

Community College faculty relations survey concerns

Transfer guide

Evaluation of courses

Developmental and community service courses

Nursing articulation to be reported annually

Additional teaching faculty to serve on Articulation

Board

Additional "B" courses accepted as general electives

Accrediting association standards must be met

Perception and attitude between Universities and

Community Colleges

Misunderstandings

Advising and counseling problems

Involvement and interaction between Universities and

Community Colleges on major articulation changes

Strengthen guidelines and procedures of Academic

Affairs Council

Prep Tech curriculum of AACJC in future



B. Communications - Mrs. Whitley emphasized that one of the

roles as a member of the Board of Regents is to imple-

ment two-way communication throughout the System. Mr.

Klaich hoped that more open discussions on UNS issues

would take place in the future. Chairman Gallagher re-

minded those in attendance that the Regents' workshop

is held once a year, and requested suggestions in con-

tinuing open communications throughout the System.



Discussion regarding suggestions for open communication

throughout the System was held and contained the follow-

ing points:



Faculty Senates prepare written communications for

faculty describing issues and actions taken by

the Board of Regents

Board of Regents to receive background information

on controversial items

Information reports made by Faculty Senate Chairmen

and Student Body Presidents to the Board of

Regents

Build trust

Communications from Systemwide committees

Faculty input into the preparation of the agendas

Regents and President to be invited to Faculty

Senate meetings



C. Collegiality - President Maxson stated that the Regents'

workshop is a perfect example of collegiality. He noted

that decisions are made throughout the System by differ-

ent organizations, such as faculty, Presidents, Regents.

There needs to be an understanding between these organi-

zations on who is to make the appropriate decisions.



Further discussion contained the following:



Regents to support administrative decisions

Regents to be informed of administrative decisions

Shared governance means input from all facets, but

someone still must make the final decision and

take the responsibility for that decision

Anticipation of media response

Students are the reason we are here

Two-way communication

Board of Regents to set tone of collegiality

System is not a traditional business model; fragile

business; more liberal than community it serves



D. Budget Concerns



Full-Time/Part-Time Faculty and Salaries: Dr. Eardley

questioned the Presidents as to why their institutions

have a large number of part-time faculty. President

Meacham stated that part-time faculty is a necessity.

They provide Community Colleges with the ability to

change curriculum quickly. Since part-time faculty are

in the work force they are able to bring a touch of

reality to the classroom. At this time the ratio for

full-time faculty to part-time faculty is 60/40. This

can cause a point of diminishing returns. The ratio

affects all the institutions differently. CCCC has

approximately 500 part-time faculty who teach one class

per semester and each semester CCCC has to hire 450-500

well-qualified teachers. President Meacham suggested

that the full-time/part-time ratio be removed and re-

placed with the formula of 100% funding as the Univer-

sities are now funded.



President Gwaltney concurred with President Meacham's

remarks and added that if the 70/30 ratio is implemented

the salary for part-time faculty will continue to be an

issue. Part-time faculty need supervision, along with

space, equipment, support services and training.



Upon questioning why the 70/30 ratio affects the smaller

institutions differently President Remington stated that

in utilizing any proportion there is a given that there

will be a certain number of students registered in every

class. At the smaller institutions many of the classes

have a small number of students registered for the sec-

tions. The smaller institutions need flexibility and

funding to address this problem. The ratio formula

drives funding down at the Community Colleges.



President Calabro added that geographic location is also

a factor for the smaller institutions. Quality control

is difficult to maintain. We need to look at the origi-

nal reason for hiring part-time faculty, not just use

them as a means to an end.



Some options were discussed regarding full-time/part-

time ratio and salaries:



70/30 ratio for CCCC and TMCC, and a lump sum for

NNCC and WNCC

Leave at 60/40, but allocate $20,000 per position

rather than $11,000

100% full funding

Flexibility for FT pool

Raise student/faculty ratio, discontinue full-time/

part-time and use 100% funding



Dr. Eardley requested a response from the Community Col-

lege Presidents as to how the part-time funds are being

allocated. President Meacham stated CCCC spends more

dollars on part-time faculty than is allocated by the

State Legislature. CCCC uses non-state funds, salary

savings and support services funds. Also, these funds

are used for supervision personnel for part-time faculty

such as Associate Deans.



President Gwaltney stated that TMCC also spent addition-

al funds on part-time faculty from salary savings. Some

of the expenditures were for supervisors for off-campus

sites.



WNCC also exceeded its allocation for part-time faculty

and utilized funds from the excess funds generated by

increased enrollments. WNCC also expended funds for

supervisors for off-campus sites.



President Remington stated that NNCC utilized funds by

lowering the part-time rate to take care of additional

sections of classes. The savings were spent on over-

loads and support services.



Dr. Eardley emphasized the need for the Board of Regents

to develop another method of securing additional funding

to support part-time faculty. He also pointed out that

the part-time faculty at UNR received $500 per credit,

whereas the part-time faculty at TMCC received $300 per

credit. President Gwaltney responded by stating that if

TMCC would raise its salary to $350 per credit, the to-

tal amount to be requested would be $90,000.



Mr. Mike Hardie, WNCC Faculty Senate Chairman, suggested

that the FTEF ratio be lowered to 12:1 rather than 15:1.



Chairman Gallagher emphasized the need to educate the

Legislators on the part-time faculty concerns and is-

sues.



Vice Chancellor Sparks indicated that the Legislators

recognize the need for part-time faculty at Community

Colleges and do not want to do away with them. He of-

fered a suggestion to include an automatic increment

in the budget to encompass the cost-of-living increases.



Chairman Gallagher requested a discussion on budgeting

for part-time faculty be scheduled for the January or

February Board of Regents meeting.



Employment Conditions: Chairman Gallagher requested a

response from those in attendance on the employment con-

siderations at their respective insitutions.



UNR Faculty Senate Chairman Deborah Ballard-Reisch in-

dicated the following concerns:



Remodel existing facilities

Refurbish classroom equipment

Install air conditioning in older buildings

Replace drapery

Library funding



CCCC Faculty Senate Chairman Norma Suchy indicated that

there is a need for clerical support for faculty. Dur-

ing the upcoming Spring an accreditation team will be

visiting CCCC and she is concerned about the library

and support services.



UNLV Faculty Senate Chairman Nancy Master indicated that

the library should be brought up to high technology

standards to keep up with the demands from the students

and faculty.



On a positive note, Vice President Brown indicated that

the Administration at UNR sends acknowledgements to fac-

ulty on their accomplishments. Chairman Gallagher re-

minded the Faculty Senate Chairman that she had request-

ed at the last Board of Regents meeting a list of facul-

ty who deserve recognition for their accomplishments.



Mr. Hardie stated that WNCC's faculty are interested in

receiving acknowledgements from the Board of Regents and

he will be coming forth with a list at the next meeting.



4. Discussion on the Community College Five-Fold Missions



The Community College five-fold mission incorporates occupa-

tional education, transfer education, developmental educa-

tion, community service and counseling and guidance. Mr.

Hardie indicated that WNCC is working towards implementing

recommendations made by the AACJC in regard to Prep Tech.

This will aid in building a stronger occupational transfer

program. President Calabro suggested that the term "tech-

nical education" be used instead of "vocational education".

President Gwaltney described technical education to include

science and math courses so than an understanding of high

tech could be incorporated in the curriculum,. This would

cause a merging of normal academic science and math courses

to be applied to technology. He believes that all under-

graduate education will eventually incorporate this philoso-

phy.



3. Discussion of System Concern: Employment Conditions

(continued)



Dr. Hammargren related that an item concerning proposed

changes to Title 4, Chapter 4 of the Board of Regents Hand-

book had been withdrawn from the agenda at the Board of Re-

gents meeting in October, 1989. At that time, a number of

people had been anxious to have a copy of the proposed

changes. He urged that these changes be released immediate-

ly, and, further, that the Chancellor's Office be directed

to draft language to appear on the December, 1989 meeting

agenda which would extend the implementation date for a

separate bargaining unit for Community Colleges to the

January 11-12, 1990 Board meeting. Dr. Hammargren stated

that by releasing the proposed changes now, it would allow

sufficient time for study by all concerned parties.



Mrs. Gallagher stated that it was the feeling of a number of

Board members, that in good faith, any changes to be made in

the current collective bargaining policies would require

action at the December meeting since the motion adopted at

the April, 1989 meting had specified that the establishment

of a separate unit for Community Colleges was to be in ef-

fect "not sooner than January 1, 1990".



Mr. Klasic confirmed the effective date of January 1, 1990

for the establishment of the separate units, and informed

the group that a draft of new collective bargaining language

had been prepared under the assumption that the rules would

have to be changed before collective bargaining becomes a

fact within the System. He stated that in order to prevent

charges being made that the Regents were changing the "goal

posts in the middle of the game", changes to the collective

bargaining regulations should take place before the new unit

was established on January 1, 1990.



Mr. Klaich stated that his recollection of the discussion at

the April Board meeting held in Carson City revolved around

what the Board was not hearing, not doing, not interacting

with Community Colleges, and he did not consider that a dis-

cussion on collective bargaining. As a result of the dis-

cussion, the ad hoc Committee on Community College Faculty

Relations was appointed to look into the matter. He noted

that the Summer "stole 3 1/2 months" of their working time.

Further, he felt the Board should fully discuss any changes

with faculty representatives and with NFA members who raised

the issue of collective bargaining in the first place, but

also he felt the discussions should only take place follow-

ing the completion of the work of the ad hoc Committee. He

stated he had no objections to releasing the proposed

changes at this time.



Mrs. Gallagher stated that the Board had talked with a labor

attorney/consultant concerning the Board's role in inter-

acting with the collective bargaining unit.



Mr. Klaich stated that he felt the feeling that Mr. Klasic

is not a "pro-faculty" attorney is unwarranted, and remind-

ed the group to study the report from the ad hoc Committee

in order to confirm the need for the changes as contained in

the proposed revision to Chapter 4. He related that Mr.

Klasic has prepared a document for all to use as a tool to

raise issues.



Mr. Hardy stated he had re-read the April agenda item and

the minutes of the meeting and stressed the Board's action

provided that the new bargaining unit could not be estab-

lished any sooner than January 1, 1990 and this did not

prevent the Board from delaying the implementation of its

action until sometime after January 1, 1990. Mrs. Gallagher

replied that the Board was aware of this, but in all good

faith felt that the January 1, 1990 date should be adhered

to.



Mr. Klaich stated he felt it was critical that any proposed

language changes should be discussed by a committee consist-

ing of Regents, Administrators, faculty and staff, and sug-

gested it be appointed at the December meeting with direc-

tion to report back on the first day of the January meeting

and that the Board should not take action until the second

day of that meeting.



TMCC Faculty Senate Chairman Paul Funkhouser requested clar-

ification of the process, and further stated that she felt

most of the faculty does not have the knowledge or back-

ground information concerning the pros and cons of collec-

tive bargaining. Mrs. Gallagher stated that the Regents

feel strongly that the decision to belong to a separate

unit and to change to collective bargaining is a Campus

prerogative and the proposed changes speak to this issue.



Mrs. Funkhouser questioned whether the Board would bring in

an "authority" to speak to the faculty. Mrs. Gallagher

noted that the Board had consulted Mr. Caesar Naples who had

stressed that with collective bargaining there is a loss of

collegiality and the role becomes very adversarial. Dr.

Eardley stated he was deeply concerned with this question

and he noted that Mr. Naples would not be the person for a

faculty discussion since he is a negotiator for the admin-

istrative side. Mrs. Funkhouser stated she felt they would

seek a person who knows collective bargaining but who would

have "nothing at stake" within UNS, and who could be un-

biased.



President Gwaltney related that his Faculty Senate had made

a request to bring in a fair/neutral person to talk with

all the faculty concerning the issue; that he was opposed to

bringing someone from within the State to his Campus (be-

cause of the believability factor); and that he would en-

courage the Regents to provide funds for such a forum.



Mrs. Funkhouser stated she felt the ad hoc Committee has

worked diligently toward discovering faculty concerns and

now is working toward solutions. Further, she stated she

appreciated the Board's concern for "good faith action"

prior to January 1, 1990, but that a change in that date,

she felt, would not be unacceptable to the faculty and

further urged that the ad hoc Committee be allowed to fin-

ish its work and that the System be given time to take ac-

tion on solutions. Mr. Hardie asked whether the 4 Community

Colleges Faculty Senate Chairmen might ask for an agenda

item (December meeting) to consider a date beyond January 1?



Mrs. Gallagher stated she felt the Board should continue to

address the Community College concerns and to arrive at

solutions. Also, she stated she felt the Handbook should

contain a collective bargaining chapter and the present one

did need to be changed to include the provisions of the

motion made at the April meeting. She then asked for sug-

gestions on what a "good faith" date might be. Mr. Klaich

stated he felt that any further discussion on collective

bargaining should not be held at this time, that the matter

at hand was on releasing the information of the proposed

changes.



Mrs. Sparks asked for a reiteration of the April motion.

Mr. Klasic replied that the motion was to authorize a 2nd

bargaining unit for Community Colleges and provided that

each Community College would be allowed to choose whether

or not to belong to the separate unit. Mr. Klaich stated

that in the proposed changes, Mr. Klasic had provided for

the technicalities of that action. Also, he stated he felt

some kind of action must be taken by the Board before Janu-

ary 1. Mr. Klasic stated input from the NFA should certain-

ly be received on any action the Board might take, but

cautioned that the NFA must be held "at arms length" during

the process inasmuch as there might be other unions inter-

ested in this matter who could charge an unfair labor prac-

tice against the Board if it showed favoritism to a particu-

lar union.



At this point, the proposed changes to the Handbook, Title

4, Chapter 4, were distributed to all present.



Mrs. Sparks stated that the System should be proud that it can

discuss these sensitive issues in a one-on-one situation. She

was pleased with the discussion on articulation. She noted that

the institutions are quieter than when she began serving as a

Regent. There is always room for improvement, but we should be

proud of our product.



The workshop adjourned at 2:40 P.M.



Mary Lou Moser

Secretary of the Board

11-09-1989