NU Board of Regents to meet March 9
Lincoln, Neb. — The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, March 9, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee and task force meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Rebecca Koller, Director of Facility Plan Management at the University, will give the Regents an update on current fire protection and fire safety measures in student housing on the four campuses, and a plan for the future.

Dr. Linda Pratt, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, will make several presentations related to the University’s strategic framework, including programs on need-based and merit-based student aid, attracting top students and recruiting out-of-state students.

Dr. Daniel Sarewitz, Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University, will address the Board of Regents about initiatives that strengthen the connection between university research and socially beneficial results related to real-life public needs.

The Regents also will consider approval of two new degrees offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: an undergraduate major in Forensic Science with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology for Companion Animals. The proposed Forensic Science major will prepare graduates to serve a growing need in technical positions related to crime scene investigation, forensic laboratory science, state and federal government agencies, insurance, military and other scientific fields. The proposed degree in Food Technology will prepare graduates for work in the field of companion animal food industry - which produces products such as pet food – a market expected to grow to $17 billion annually by 2008.

The agenda for committee meetings follows:

8 a.m. Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Budget Update
Presenters: Chris Kabourek, Director of Budget, University of Nebraska
Topic: Residence Hall Fire Protection
Presenter: Rebecca Koller, Director of Facility Plan Management at NU.

9:15 a.m. Economic Development Task Force
Topic: Strengthening the Links Between University Research and Social Benefits
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Sarewitz, Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University

10:30 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee/Strategic Framework Taskforce Topic: Need-Based Financial Aid
Presenter: Dr. Linda Pratt, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost at NU
Topic: Nebraska Top 25 percent of Students
Presenters: Dr. Marijane Hancock, Director of Institutional Research at NU
Topic: Out-of-State Students
Alan Matzner, Institutional Research Data Analyst
Topic: Merit-based Scholarships
Presenters: Dr. Marijane Hancock, Director of Institutional Research at NU

Highlights of the afternoon board meeting include:

  • Approve amendments to the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Regents, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska at Kearney consistent with the decision from the Special Master ruling that the University pay a 4.4 percent salary increase to UNK faculty, and a 4.3 percent pay increase to UNO faculty for each year of the 2007-2009 biennium.
  • Approve a $6 million increase in the project budget for the Physical Sciences Replacement Building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The project involves tearing down Ferguson Hall, and renovating Brace and Behlen. The Replacement Building will be located west of the Engineering Complex and include space for offices, research and teaching labs and classrooms.
  • Approval of a $2.3 million project at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to renovate the electrical switchgear and distribution system in the Central Utilities Plant. The project will provide increased campus utility reliability and permit rapid recovery from any future electrical outages.
  • Amending university bylaws relating to vacation and sick leave policy as a consequence of the Nebraska Supreme Court decision in the case of Roseland vs. Strategic Staff Management.
The board also will receive information on the spring 2007 enrollment report.

For additional information contact:
Mary Kay Roth
(402) 472-7127
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