NU Board of Regents to meet September 6
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Thursday, September 6, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

David E. Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), will address the Regents in their afternoon meeting about the Voluntary System of Accountability, a project that resulted from a partnership between the two leading public higher education associations: NASULGC and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Shulenburger’s work at NASULGC spans the range of national higher education academic issues but the initial focus of his work has been on accountability. Together with NASULGC President Peter McPherson, he has proposed to public universities a model system of accountability for undergraduate education. The Voluntary System of Accountability involves publicly releasing information about a college’s performance with data that includes: graduation and retention rates, financial aid, tuition and other costs, and the development of a variety of approaches to the assessment of student learning.

During the Board’s morning committee sessions, Regents will hear a presentation about a proposed new Fire Safety and Protection Policy that would require all four campuses to follow rules that include: sprinkling of university-sanctioned housing by 2017; designation of a campus fire safety officer; establishment of student conduct regulations; and confirmation of inspections to assure compliance with state law and Regents policies.

During the morning session Regents also will hear about the proposed NanoScience facility at UNL, which would be constructed as a north addition to the new Physical Sciences Building located on the west side of 16 th Street between W and Vine streets.

The agenda for morning committee meetings follows:

8 a.m. Academic Affairs

Topic: Strategic Framework Reports
Presenters: Gender/Minority Faculty Equity, Kristin Yates, Associate Director of Institutional Research at the University
Student Learning Assessment, Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University

Topic: Institutional Affiliation Agreement between University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
Presenters: John Gollan, Dean of the College of Medicine at UNMC

Topic: Report on I-80 Commission
Presenters: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs at the University

9:30 a.m. Report from the chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Faculty Equity

10:15 a.m. Business Affairs Committee

Topic: Updates
Presenter: Tuition, Regent Bob Phares
Program Statement Review, University President James B. Milliken
Licensed Professionals and Construction Services, President Milliken

Topic: Debt Financing
Presenter: David Lechner, Vice President for Business and Finance at the University

Topic: Capital Project Review: NanoScience Facilities at UNL
Presenter: Prem Paul, UNL Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

Topic: Fire Safety and Protection Policy
Presenter: Rebecca Koller, Assistant Vice President and Director of Facilities Planning and Management at the University

Highlights of the day’s morning and afternoon meetings include:
  • Approval of an Institutional Affiliation Agreement between the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital to enhance the delivery of health care services to children through the integration of research and education.
  • Approval of a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  • Approval of selection of Sinclair Hille Architects to provide design services for the Whittier Building Renovation, a project to renovate and update the 85-year-old structure near UNL to operate a modern research laboratory, office, and child care facility for use by UNL faculty, staff and students. Approval of Davis Design to provide architectural design services for the renovation of the UNMC College of Dentistry building on the East Campus of UNL.
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