UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
November 13-14, 1991


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                         BOARD OF REGENTS


                       November 13-14, 1991

The Board of Regents met on the above date in the Carson Valley

Inn, Minden, Nevada for a Regents' Workshop.

Members present:  Mrs. Carolyn M. Sparks, Chairman

                  Mrs. Shelley Berkley

                  Dr. Jill Derby

                  Dr. James Eardley

                  Mrs. Dorothy S. Gallagher

                  Dr. Lonnie Hammargren

                  Mr. Daniel J. Klaich

                  Mrs. June F. Whitley

Members absent:   Mr. Joseph M. Foley

Others present:   Chancellor Mark H Dawson

                  President Anthony Calabro, WNCC

                  President Joseph Crowley, UNR

                  President John Gwaltney, TMCC

                  President Robert Maxson, UNLV

                  President Paul Meacham, CCSN

                  President Ron Remington, NNCC

                  President Jim Taranik, DRI

                  Mr. Ron Sparks, Vice Chancellor

                  Mrs. Karen Steinberg, Acting Vice Chancellor

                  Mr. Doug Burris, Assistant to the Chancellor

                  Mrs. Sue Baker, Exec. Asst. to the Chancellor

                  Ms. Pamela Galloway, Public Information Officer

                  Mrs. Sunny Minedew, Senior Research Analyst

                  Mr. Glen Krutz, Research Analyst

                  Ms. Mary Lou Moser, Secretary

                  Mrs. Leslie Jacques, Asst. to the Secretary

Also present were Vice Presidents/Deans Bill Bishop (DRI), Ashok

Dhingra (UNR), Robert Hoover (UNR), Herb Peebles (CCSN), Lorrie

Peterson (WNCC), John Scally (TMCC), John Unrue (UNLV), and

Faculty Senate Chairmen Bill Baines (TMCC), Larry Goodnight

(DRI), Elizabeth Raymond (UNR), and Lori Temple (UNLV).

A workshop for Regents, Presidents, Academic Vice Presidents,

Faculty Senate Chairmen, the Chancellor, and the Chancellor's

staff was held November 13-14, 1991 in Minden, Nevada.  Chairmen

Sparks called the meeting to order at 10:45 A.M., declaring that

all attendees were invited to actively participate in discussion

of the agenda items.

Chairman Sparks announced that Regent Joseph Foley was unable to

attend due to a scheduled surgery appointment.  His health is

improving since his recent stroke.

 1.  Discussion on Academic Planning

     Dr. Derby welcomed participants to the Fall workshop on

     academic planning and stated that it is her intention to

     hold a very informative workshop regarding academic plan-

     ning and welcomed open discussion on the agenda item.

     She stated that last January the Academic Affairs Committee

     invited consultants to report to the Board on the System's

     strategic academic planning and this discussion is a result

     of that report.  Priorities must be set by the System in

     order to achieve successful planning.  She encouraged the

     participants to become "system" planners during the work-

     shop by working together and sharing ideas for systemwide

     issues and concerns.  The focus of today's interaction may

     have far reaching implications in the future of Nevada's

     higher education.

     Dr. Derby expressed her appreciation to Acting Vice Chan-

     cellor Karen Steinberg and staff for all their preparation

     for the workshop's discussion on academic planning.

     Acting Vice Chancellor Steinberg explained the dynamics of

     the agenda item and reviewed materials contained in the

     packets, filed in the Regents' Office.  The academic plan-

     ning process must begin by identifying and understanding

     the strategic issues, both internal and external to UNS

     that will impact higher education.  She requested that

     each break-out group define strategic directions of what

     the UNS should be doing in response to the strategic is-

     sues and then set objectives on how to accomplish the goals

     in relation to the strategic directions.  The break-out

     groups will report to all the participants on their stra-

     tegic directions and objectives.  A work plan will be es-

     tablished for the upcoming year to accomplish these ob-

     jectives, including who will be responsible for the action

     and in what time frame.  The work plan will be reviewed on

     an annual basis to see what has been accomplished, along

     with the review of the strategic directions and objectives

     that have been set.

     The designated break-out groups met throughout the day and

     the meeting reconvened at 3:05 P.M. Wednesday, November 13,

     1991 with all particpants present.

     Acting Vice Chancellor Steinberg requested each group to

     present a summary report of its discussions on strategic

     directions.  Dr. Derby, Mrs. Temple, Mrs. Berkley and Mr.

     Klaich each gave a report.  Mrs. Steinberg requested the

     break-out groups meet again and discuss the objectives in

     reaching these strategic directions.  She directed each

     group to list its objectives and submit them to her by the

     end of the day.  The Academic Affairs Office will compile

     the information and present it to the Board of Regents at

     its meeting in December.

The meeting reconvened at 8:45 A.M. Thursday, November 14, 1991

with all participants present except Regents Hammargren and


 2.  Futures Commission Report

     The Community College Presidents reviewed the recently pub-

     lished Futures Commission report, "Changing with the Times,

     Challenging the Futures", filed in the Regents' Office.

     President Remington addressed the challenges affecting cur-

     riculum and instruction for Nevada.  See Futures Commission

     report for Nevada's strategies in addressing the following


     a)  Community Colleges will be asked to demonstrate account-

         ability for the outcomes of the educational process.

     b)  As Community College enrollments increase, more students

         will be underprepared and will need upgrading of basic


     c)  Community Colleges curriculum will need to move beyond

         provincialism toward a global perspective incorporat-

         ing issues affecting the world as a whole.

     d)  Serving Nevada's many isolated, rural populations will

         require access to distance learning techniques and


     e)  Scientific literature and demographic forecasts predict

         severe shortages of qualified personnel in scientific

         and technical fields throughout the coming decade.

     f)  Underrepresented populations face severe obstacles in

         pursuing careers in scientific and technical fields.

     President Calabro addressed the challenges affecting faculty

     and students for Nevada.  See Futures Commission report for

     Nevada's strategies in addressing the following issues:

     a)  Emerging technologies will require a change in faculty


     b)  Community Colleges will confront a shortage of quali-

         fied faculty in all fields and face stiff competition

         in recruiting new faculty.

     c)  Community Colleges will face the challenge of retaining

         students in educational programs, particularly those

         students from underserved and minority populations.

     d)  Community Colleges will need to forge linkages with

         their students to encourage a sense of community and


     President Meacham addressed the challengers affecting facil-

     ities and physical plants for Nevada.  See Futures Commis-

     sion report for Nevada's strategies in addressing the fol-

     lowing issues:

     a)  Nevada's Community Colleges will need adequate facil-

         ities and physical resources in the wake of extensive

         growth and increasing needs.

     b)  Community Colleges face the challenge of promoting the

         cultural awareness of the student population and the

         community at large.

     President Gwaltney addressed the challenges affecting eco-

     nomic development for Nevada.  See Futures Commission report

     for Nevada's strategies in addressing the following issues:

     a)  Society faces increasing demands for a technically

         literate work force able to perform in a complex,

         technical environment.

     b)  As society advances, upgraded and customized training

         techniques are needed by Nevada business and industry

         to remain competitive in a global economy.

     c)  Community Colleges will need to form community alli-

         ances and partnerships with all segments of the popula-

         tion to carry out their mission of broadbased education

         and social interaction.

     Mr. Doug Burris addressed the Look to the Future for Nevada

     and summarized the report.  See Futures Commission report

     for Nevada's response.

     President Calabro expressed his thanks to all those who

     contributed to this report, especially the Nevada Community

     College Futures Commission Committee (Charles R. Greenhaw,

     NNCC; John Scally, TMCC; Dave Hoggard, CCSN; Vern Baker,

     CCSN; Judith Colness, TMCC; Anne Hansen, WNCC; Daniel Lyons,

     CCSN; Michelle Legras, WNCC, Graphic Design; and Terry Ann

     Taeubel, WNCC, Administrative Support).

     Chairman Sparks commended the Committee for a very informa-

     tive report.

 3.  Discussion of Employee Benefits

     Chancellor Dawson reviewed the employee benefits that are

     addressed in detail in the Board of Regents' Handbook,

     Title 4, Chapter 3, Professional Staff.

     He explained the terminology used when addressing employment

     contracts; i. e., 3-year term contract, multi-year contract

     and rolling contract.  A rolling contract is used if the

     contract is renewed annually.  A 365-day notice must be

     given if the contract is to be terminated, therefore giving

     the employee a year's notice.

     Dr. Derby requested a list of System employees who have

     multi-year contracts.

     Chancellor Dawson explained that the Board of Regents con-

     sider salary increases for those employees who report di-

     rectly to the Chancellor and the Presidents.  The other

     professional employees who do not have this direct report-

     ing are approved by the Dean, Vice President and President.

     Presidents do have the authority to issue 3-year contracts.

     It was reported that the 7 Presidents and University Vice

     Presidents have 3-year contracts, along with the Chancellor,

     Vice Chancellors, General Counsel and Secretary of the

     Board.  President Gwaltney added that two of TMCC's employ-

     ees have a 3-year contract.  President Maxson stated that

     UNLV's Football Coach has a 5-year contract, which was

     approved by the Board, and UNLV's Basketball Coach has a

     4-year rolling contract.

     Dr. Derby indicated that the salary difference between Ad-

     ministration and faculty is becoming greater.  President

     Crowley responded that the professional faculty is not

     being compared with others in the same market place.  It

     is a national comparison that is used and has become a

     problem and probably which needs to be narrowed.  If Nevada

     does not compare itself with the nation's institutions of

     higher education, then it will become incapable of competing

     in the market place and Nevada will not be able to attract

     the top candidates.

     Chanceller Dawson indicated that UNS abides by the Nevada

     Revised Statute that addresses Employer Paid Retirement.

     He reviewed the Board's policy on compensation for outside

     professional services, death benefits, leave of absence

     without salary, sabbatical leave, administrative leave,

     Presidential leave and transition, sick leave, annual

     leave, judicial leave, professional salary schedules, early

     retirement incentive program, and grants-in-aid.

     A discussion was held regarding a policy on letter of ap-

     pointments.  Dr. Eardley requested that a system policy

     be developed to distinguish whether or not faculty can be

     employed at more than one institution.  Mrs. Gallagher

     disagreed and felt it was an institutional issue.

     Chancellor Dawson reviewed the health insurance benefit

     provided to State employees.

     Chancellor Dawson recommended that since UNS competes

     nationally with other higher education institutions in

     attracting professional faculty, that UNS should provide

     the same benefits as do the other institutions.

     President Crowley informed the Board that the Academic

     Affairs Council will be discussing tenure upon appointment

     and will be reviewing the current policy.

     Chancellor Dawson discussed the salary goals and surveys

     and stated that within 5 years of employment the profes-

     sional faculty should be at the average within the range.

     The meeting was continued during a working lunch session.

     Vice Chancellor Sparks indicated that at the June 1986

     Board of Regents meeting the following salary goals for

     faculty and Administrators for the Universities and Com-

     munity Colleges was adopted:

         Universities - To be among the top quartile of the 51

         principal land-grant Universities in the United States.

         Community Colleges - To be among the top quartile of

         the 47 medium-enrollment urban Community Colleges sur-

         veyed through random sample.

     Vice Chancellor Sparks distributed information from the FY

     1990 salary surveys which display the average faculty sal-

     aries of the land-grant Universities and Community Colleges.

     The following information was extrapolated from the survey

     that includes all ranks (Instructor, Assistant Professor,

     Associate Professor and Professor).


         The top quartile salary is $48,000, 12.9% above the


         The median salary is $42,500, 12.9% below the top


         UNR is ranked 28th out of 51; the average salary is

         $42,400, which is 0.2% below the median and 13.2% below

         the top quartile.

         UNLV is ranked 35th out of 51; the average salary is

         $40,300, which is 5.5% below the median and 19.1% below

         the top quartile.

         Community Colleges

         The top quartile salary is $40,700, 11.8% above the


         The median salary is $36,400, 11.8% below the top


         TMCC is ranked 29th out of 47; the average salary is

         $34,800, which is 4.6% below the median and 17% below

         the top quartile.

         CCSN is ranked 32nd out of 47; the average salary is

         $32,900, which is 10.6% below the median and 23.7%

         below the top quartile.

         Although WNCC and NNCC were not included in the survey,

         they would have ranked 31st and 41st, respectively.

     Vice Chancellor Sparks informed the Board that the Chancel-

     lor's Committee to Study Administrative Salaries recommended

     changing the goal to the average of the comparison groups

     instead of the top quartile.  The comparison groups would

     be the land grant institutions in the Arkansas Survey for

     the Universities and System Office, and for the Community

     Colleges, the study conducted by UNS on medium enrollment,

     urban, Community Colleges.

     He reviewed the "Twenty-Fourth Annual Rank-Order Distribu-

     tion of Administrative Salaries Paid 1990-91".  This Ar-

     kansas report (120 pages) summarizes the results of a

     questionnaire study in 146 state-supported Universities

     representing 49 states and 32 University Systems repre-

     senting 25 states.

 4.  Potpourri

     President Maxson stated that the previous days workshop

     session was most productive and interesting.  He extended

     his appreciation to Regent Derby, Acting Vice Chancellor

     Steinberg and staff, and the Board of Regents for develop-

     ing such an informative session on academic planning.

     President Gwaltney reminded the Board that the FCC appli-

     cation for a radio station at TMCC had been sent each

     member and requested each of them to return the applica-

     tion as soon as possible.

The workshop adjourned at 1:10 P.M.

                             Mary Lou Moser

                             Secretary of the Board