October 21, 2004



Executive Session

Housekeeping Items

2004-05 Budget Review

Fiscal Reports Year-End





Call to Order

Ed Davila, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:25 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:                              Michael Allan

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Edward Davila

                                                            Arun Jhaveri


Member Absent:                                  J. Michael Emerson


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

Minutes of Board of Trustees’ Meeting, September 9, 2004, and Special Board Meeting September 22, 2004, were approved.



Dr. Bell announced that she received a copy of a letter from Governor Locke reappointing Elizabeth Chen to the Board October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2009.  Congratulations were extended to Dr. Chen.




Associated Students of Highline Community College (ASHCC)

Alicia Akerman reported.

  • Student Government will be working on the following issues this year: book exchange, program promotion, smoking policy education, parking, recycling, S&A fees for CWU students, outreach to students with disabilities and evening students, and Student Union opening celebration committees.
  • Events that happened include the Candidate’s Forum on October 7 which brought in representatives from the 30th, 33rd, 47th districts and Rob McKenna, candidate for Attorney General; and Meet and Eat, an open forum where students were able to meet Student Government and discuss issues at the College such as parking and smoking policy.
  • Currently there are 27 student clubs recognized and three more to get recognized at the next ASHCC meeting.  On September 23 there was a Club Fair, and the first Club Leader Council meeting was successful with 32 club members attending.
  • Upcoming events include a legislative breakfast and another Meet and Eat event targeting evening students.


Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA)

Michelle Tuscher introduced the new WPEA president for this year, Gum Lai Ross who reported.

  • WPEA plans for the year include the following:  meeting with the Foundation this afternoon and Executive Staff November 1, and plans in process to meet with committee members; job representatives are going to training; plans for the upcoming food drive and spring bazaar.
  • Introduction of new WPEA officers were made:  Lydia Bracco, Vice President, Tenaya Wright, Secretary, Lorri Nystedt, Treasurer.  Other committee members were also introduced:  Job Representatives: Gerald Jackson (not present) Margaret Hunsperger, Norma Finsterbusch, Gerie Ventura (not present), Cheryl Carino-Burr; Classified Staff Training Committee: Deanne Addy (not present), Amy Fitzpatrick, Donn Walter; Safety Committee: Sabine Walter (not present), and Laurie Spivey; Budget Committee: David Chin; Beneficence Committee: Lois Erikkson


Highline College Education Association (HCEA)

Ruth Windhover reported.

  • The faculty contract was ratified by an affirmative vote of almost 95 percent.
  • Yesterday HCEA sponsored one of the Defining Democracy events that have been occurring on campus all quarter, one at 9:00 a.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. for evening students.  The events were to help familiarize students with the initiative and referendum process here in this state.  A debate on initiative 884, the education initiative, between a supporter and an opponent, also took place. 
  • Ruth will continue as the Higher Education Chair for the Washington Education Association.  In an effort to better coordinate the state higher education segments, the legislature last year passed a statute allowing the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) the opportunity to have an advisory committee made up of the stakeholders because the HECB is made up of citizens.  The Board includes representation from our State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and also includes faculty representation from both the two year and four year institutions.  Ruth alternates on this advisory board with the president of the other higher education faculty association in the state, the AFT Washington.  There is a HECB meeting today when the Master Plan is discussed which Ruth will attend.


Faculty Senate

No report.



a.  President’s Contract.

The Board of Trustees made the following statement and approved the following motion regarding the president’s contract:


The Board of Trustees has been very impressed and enthused with the growth of Highline Community College and its exponential rise in national and international prominence.


This enhanced academic and community stature is a direct result of the outstanding institutional leadership of President Bell in addition to the tireless dedication and contributions of her Executive Staff she directs.


Dr. Bell relentlessly defends and promotes educational and economic opportunities for her entire student body, faculty and staff.


The Board of Trustees recognizes and admires the invaluable contributions of Dr. Bell and desire to secure this resource and asset for our community at large.


Therefore, the Board of Trustees will propose as an action item a two year contract extension from July 2005 through July 2007.  This contract extension contains an appropriate contingent salary increase subject to legislative appropriations approval during the 2005 Washington State Legislative Session.


It was moved by Elizabeth Chen and seconded by Arun Jhaveri to extend Dr. Bell’s contract through July 2007.


The motion carried.


Dr. Bell expressed her appreciation to the Board for their support and continuing leadership of the College and said, “It is a great partnership and I value the opportunity to be a part of this campus community and to work with the outstanding faculty and staff at Highline and the great student body here--a special place and a special opportunity.”


The contract was signed.


b.  Ratification of HCEA/Highline Community College Contract


It was moved by Arun Jhaveri and seconded by Elizabeth Chen to approve the Highline Community College and Highline College Education Association (HCEA) for 2004-07.


The motion carried.


The agreement was signed.




School Partnerships

Jeff Wagnitz, Dean of Instruction for Transfer Programs, gave a PowerPoint presentation on some of the things that Highline Community College is doing with the schools in our service area.  This is in support of Strategic Initiative #3 to strengthen and expand the presence and role of the college within the communities it serves.  He discussed the ongoing collaborations and six examples of special initiatives. 


The on going collaboration efforts include: Outreach Programs, Running Start, Teacher Education, Credit Retrieval and College in High School, and committee and task force participation.  Outreach Programs create events on campus bringing large numbers of students to Highline from the schools as well as attend and participate in a number of events that occur off campus.  The Running Start program involves Highline in engaging in collaborative planning around curriculum making sure that courses line up for students that transfer.  The Teacher Education Program requires collaborative partnerships to place cooperative education students, and to work with Future Teacher organizations and Project TEACH consortium.  Credit Retrieval and College in the High School give opportunities to the high schools that helps people to make up credit if they are deficient in their school building or in some cases to earn college credit while they are in their high school building.  Instruction Cabinet and other faculty and instruction staff are involved in committees and task forces in the Highline School District, Federal Way School District, Tukwila School District and Kent School District.


He explained six examples of collaborative initiatives:  (1) Professional-technical articulation (Tech Prep) has increased substantially in the last two years to 342 students from 12 districts with 1929 credits or 128.6 annualized FTEs a partnership with high school faculty; (2) Family Literacy Program which brings together adults taking English as a second language in school buildings and creates some relationship between their children and the children’s teachers at the same time; (3) Puget Sound Early College, the Gates program, has 55 students from Federal Way, Highline, Kent working as a cohort with Running Start curriculum; (4) Transition Pilot Project that addresses students with developmental disabilities that are now served by the public schools through age 21 on individual learning plans to get them ready to enter the community and transition into adult independent living but almost 70 percent leave unemployed and this program is to try and get them employed and in a community setting where they can be successful; (5) Teacher Education including para-educator Apprenticeship Project, Saturday Teacher-Education Cohort, and a Grow Your Own initiative partnership with Highline School District and Pacific Lutheran University to assist holders of non-USA bachelor’s degrees to gain certification; (6) Students of Color Opting to Reach Excellence (SCORE) a partnership between our Multicultural Services program and our HCC Student Programs area working with high school career counselors to get high school juniors and seniors onto our campus to look at post-secondary options.




Student Services

Jonathan Brown reported.

  • Career and Employment Services had a successful Seasonal Job Fair with 325 students attending.
  • International trips for Student Programs this quarter includes Turkey, Viet Nam, Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan continuing to try and increase enrollment of international students.
  • Access Services has 228 students that are being served this quarter.
  • Multicultural Student Services hosted the first annual Faculty and Staff of Color Conference held during Opening Week where people on campus came together for networking and support.
  • Work is continuing on the opening of the new Student Union Building and the Board was invited to the grand opening celebration day on January 25 from 11-1:00 and in the evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to highlight conference and event services and new catering functions  The first round of residents will move into the building on November 22.  Food Services will open beginning winter quarter, bookstore will be in the building by the end of fall quarter.
  • Early Childhood Learning Center has 70 families currently being served and the staff loves the new facility.
General Administration

Laura Saunders reported.

  • There will be a meeting tomorrow with Central Washington folks for the first time on the level of agreement determining the operation of the Higher Education Center.
  • The new lighting has been installed in the South Parking Lot and the same type of lighting will be in the North Lot.  Re-lighting of the East Lot depends on getting more funds.  Campus art in connection with new construction will be installed November 16-18.
  • The budget is being monitored and expenditures are being tracked.
  • A number of people in Administrative Services are pursuing degrees and certificates, a tribute to the emphasis that is placed on professional development at Highline.
Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported

  • Last Thursday Highline was a co-sponsor of Federal Way Chamber’s Women’s Networking Forum, an all day event for women in business focusing on networking and the topic was health and balance.  There were 125 women attending and Highline was featured with a table of employees from Center for Extended Learning.  This event was covered in the Tacoma News Tribune on Monday giving Highline visibility in this area.
  • Highline received a $100,000 grant from the State Board for Workforce Development to develop pre-nursing prerequisites for employees that are already working in our local skilled nursing facilities, Judson Park, Wesley, and Masonic Center.  The grant focuses on building a culturally competent workforce and building the skills that will help the employees in these facilities to be competitive in the pre-nursing prerequisites.  The Nursing Homes are identifying and selecting the students.


Jack Bermingham reported.
  • Thanks were extended to Ruth Windhover for her efforts in the HCEA negotiations.  The faculty negotiation team also included Bruce Roberts from Economics, Alan Walton (chief negotiator) from Mathematics, Kathy Oberg from Education, and Michelle Manber from Psychology.  The Administration side of negotiations included Laura Saunders, Jack Bermingham, Michael Allen, and Marie Zimmermann.  It was a great collaborative process for the new contract.
  • The Faculty Resource Center focuses on faculty professional development and their Summer Institute is often a collaboration across units with faculty and student services staff to reach out into the community, for example the SCORE program.  The Defining Democracy program is another example where a number of people from the faculty and student services worked on a program that was a public program on the campus that involved students as well.  This was a successful effort this fall with the election coming and mobilizing student leadership efforts to enhance voter registration.
  • We received notification of being involved in another National Science Foundation project that was funded for $2 million over four years in engineering.  UW is the lead, CWU and four community colleges, two on the east side and Seattle and Highline on the west side are involved.  It is an effort to expand the recruitment of under-represented groups in engineering.  Highline’s portion is $55,000 a year over the four year project.  Rebecca Sliger and Bob Maplestone worked on this grant and it is another example of the energy on the campus and in working in collaboration with other institutions.



Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.  


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be November 18, 2004.


              8:00 a.m.       Study Session             Building 25, Room 411

            10:00 a.m.       Meeting                        Building 25, Board Room



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Edward Davila                                                 Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary