Board of Regents Meeting Highlights: August 7, 2004
The following items of interest are on the agenda of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents’ August 7 meeting.
This meeting will be held at the Steinhart Lodge in Nebraska City (east of the Lied Lodge and Conference Center).

Community Breakfast, Farmers National Bank, 202 South 8th Street, 7:30 a.m. Each year the Board of Regents meets in a Nebraska community to give the Regents an opportunity to meet with Nebraska citizens and to hear about issues related to the university that people in the area believe are important. The valuable input obtained in these sessions assists the Regents in their deliberations about policy decisions. This community breakfast will provide a setting for such discussions.

Strategic Issue: Nebraska Rural Initiative. The Board of Regents will review progress on an approach to focusing the knowledge, skills and creativity of faculty and staff on the four campuses of the University of Nebraska on stabilizing and enhancing the economy and quality of life in rural Nebraska. The university is working in partnership with federal, state, and local governments as well as local communities, businesses, agricultural enterprises and nonprofit organizations in this effort.

New master’s and Ph.D. degrees in cancer research (Item X-A-1). The Board of regents will be asked to approve creation of a program to award graduate-level degrees in the field of cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The program would take advantage of the exceptionally strong research and clinical care programs at UNMC to prepare students for a variety of careers related to cancer research. Similar programs are offered at only a limited number of major cancer centers in the United States.

Extension of the dual-enrollment pilot program being tested by UNO and Millard Public Schools (Item X-A-3). For the past year, faculty members at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and teachers in the Millard school district have been working collaboratively to provide high school students the opportunity to take challenging courses in such subjects as Calculus, English Literature, European History and Psychology. The students earn academic credit at UNO. The Board of Regents will hear a report on the project and will be asked to approve expansion of the pilot to other Omaha-area school districts. The board also will be asked to authorize the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Kearney to initiate similar pilot projects.

Please note: The agenda for the August Board of Regents meeting will be posted on the University of Nebraska website, www.nebraska.edu/board/board_agendas.shtml, at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 30.

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