May 12, 2004



Executive Session

AACC Report

2004-05 Budget Planning

S & A Budget Overview

Third Quarter Financial Report

Community Perception Survey

Commencement Update



Call to Order

J. Michael Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. 


Roll Call

Members Present:                               Michael Allan

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Ed Davila

                                                            J. Michael Emerson

                                                            Arun Jhaveri


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

The Board of Trustees’ Meeting minutes for April 8, 2004 were approved with the following two corrections:  under Washington Public Employees Association report first bullet – “The delegates develop WPEA’s operating fund priorities for the next two years”; and under the third bullet “. . .  other colleges in the Staff Training for Community and Technical and Community Colleges . . . ”




·Lisa Skari introduced Renee Paulsen, student recipient of the University of Washington-Tacoma Next Step Scholarship.  This scholarship is given by the University of Washington-Tacoma and is worth up to $12,000.  Renee will be graduating this spring with her AA transfer degree and AAS degree in paralegal studies.  She will transfer into the UW-T urban studies program.  The Board extended congratulations to Renee.

·Jack Bermingham explained that Highline has two student recipients this year for the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) award.  WAVE was created by the legislature to recognize and reward students who excel in vocational-technical education with a scholarship for their next two years of study.  He introduced Nursing faculty member, Elise Muller-Lindgren who presented student Cheryl Frederick from the Nursing Program with the WAVE award.  Dr. Bermingham then introduced Tony Wilson, Library Technician faculty member, who presented student Holly Maxim from the Library Technician Program with the WAVE award.  The Board extended their congratulations to the students.




Associated Students of Highline Community College

Kolesta Moore reported and distributed a report to the Board.

·The Student Awards Ceremony will be held May 26 at 5:00 p.m. in building 2.

·The Student Government elections process is underway and elections will be held May 19-20.

·Spring Fair is coming up and ASHCC will be hosting a forum introducing high school students to student leadership within the community college atmosphere and in the future.

·The First Friday’s Leadership Institute was cancelled because of the Students of Color Conference.  It will resume in June.

·Strike Back has been a big issue in student government this year with the focus on safety and security.  There will be a three-hour self defense workshop on May 20 from 1-4:00 p.m. facilitated by Home Alive and sponsored by Women’s Programs, Security, and Student Programs.  The fee is $15.00 to attend the workshop.

·Student Government helped to finance some of the events on campus through the Multicultural Student Services department for the Unity Through Diversity Week and the Brown v. Board of Education week activities.  Dr. Peggy Macintosh spoke during the Unity Through Diversity Week and Leonna Welch will speak at the Brown v. Board week.

·One of the Student Senators, Christopher Monfort, resigned.

·Student Government recognized Natasha Burrowes, Yoshiko Harden, Fred Capestany, and Toni Castro in Multicultural Student Services Department for doing a great job and for their work on the Unity Through Diversity, Students of Color conference, and the Brown v. Board celebrations.  They make sure that people stay aware of issues and appreciate diversity and continue to get the campus involved in diversity issues.


The Board appreciated the students recognizing staff who are working on their behalf.


Washington Public Employees’ Association

No report.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.

·Contract negotiation teams continue their work and sometimes meet twice a week.  Thanks to Laura Saunders and Jack Bermingham for their collaborative approach to resolving issues. 

·HCEA is also one of the co-sponsors for the campus celebration next week marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a decision finding school segregation to be unconstitutional.  Ruth will be speaking at the Thursday reception about the role of the National Education Association in promoting equal access to public education at all levels.

·Dr. Windhover has been re-elected as the Higher Education Chair for the Washington Education Association for another term.  In that role she serves on the State Board for Technical and Community Colleges Compensation Task Force which recently met.  The Task Force agreed that there would be a very aggressive request to the legislature which is hoped to be approved by the Board and continue to be successful in every respect.  The Task Force put together a request which included a salary increase for both faculty and exempt college employees to catch up on the COLA that they didn’t receive last year and are not receiving this year; to include COLA in the next biennial budget to bring both exempt and faculty salaries up to the western state average in the next two years; to make faculty increments part of the maintenance budget so we don’t have to ask for them every biennium; to ask for $20 M for part-time faculty funding which has been the standard request from the State Board although it was only funded at $2.5 M over the last biennium; and to ask for $2 M for conversion from part-time to full-time salaries.  SBCTC staff is preparing that request with dollar figures attached and will present to the full Board in June. 


Faculty Senate

No report:




Continuing Probation and Tenure Recommendations


Dr. Bell, having given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee recommended to the Board:


                        THAT Probation be continued for the following second-year probationer:


                                                Laura Manning - Speech


            and, further MOVE


THAT Tenure be granted for the following third-year probationers:


                                                Rolita Ezeonu - Speech

                                                Ravinder Kang – Computer Science

                                                Amelia Phillips – Computer Science


It was moved by Elizabeth Chen, and seconded by Ed Davila that the tenure recommendations as presented by Dr. Bell be approved.


Motion carried.




Engineering Scholars Program

Rebecca Sliger, Engineering Department Coordinator, attended the National Science Foundation Sugar Lake Conference in 2002 as one of two community college faculty from Washington State.  The Washington Team was recognized as a model for its ability to successfully articulate students from the two-year colleges to the four-year universities.  The teams attending the conference consisted of faculty from two-year and four-year schools and industry representatives.  The UW, WSU, Seattle U, two community college and two industry representatives talked about how to segue between engineering education in the two-year schools, four-year schools, and how to segue into industry.  Washington is considered a leader in some of the ways we can do that. 


At the conference Dr. Sliger discovered there was a National Science Foundation grant available to provide scholarships to students with financial need to get engineering education.  After researching it on the web, Lisa Skari took the lead in writing the grant that Highline received in February and was awarded in late August.  The team of faculty that worked collaboratively on the writing of the grant with Lisa Skari, were Bob Maplestone, Han Lim, and Igor Glozman.  Since it was so close to the beginning of the school year, the first of the scholarships couldn’t be given out until this past winter quarter.  The basic idea behind the grant for $100,000 per year for four years is to give academic scholarships to students interested in getting their Associate of Science and Engineering degree and continuing on to get their Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university.


The main goal of the Engineering Scholars Program is to establish and promote a scholarly program for students with a financial need.  The students turn in financial aid forms and the Financial Aid Department determines how much money can be given to the student from the grant.  The student must have a 2.5 G.P.A. or better.  Once the students have been selected and they seem interested and academically prepared, they can get this scholarship.  To help the students become successful and that they do not feel out on their own, they are considered part of a cohort or part of a community.  They are helped to progress into their Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.  They are made aware of the other programs available at Seattle U, UW, WSU, and Gonzaga, by taking trips to some of these schools.  They traveled to Eastern Washington University recently, UW last week, and are going to Seattle U at the end of the quarter. 


A PowerPoint presentation was given of the engineering students’ most recent activity at the Human Power Paper Vehicle competition showing some pictures from each of the teams that participated in the competition.  There were 19 teams registered and Highline had two teams.  Most of the teams had a year to work on their designs but Highline had only four weeks to design and build their vehicles which had to be made out of 90 percent paper and 10 percent non-paper.  One was a unicycle without a seat and the other was a tricycle.  Sixteen teams competed, nine teams made it all the way around the course through cones and ramps.  Highline’s teams completed the course with a fourth place and sixth place win.


The future goal of the program is to increase the number of students participating in the scholarship program.  Since word was received about receiving the grant so late in the school year, there were fewer students participating this year.  The visibility of the program needs to be increased.  They are talking to current engineering scholars about how to recruit new people into this scholarship program. 





Jack Bermingham reported.

·Brown v. Board of Education Program on campus next week was organized and coordinated by a number of people across campus including the Paralegal Program, Instruction, and Student Services.  Highline has a large percentage of students of color, recent immigrants and refugees, the Brown decision of 1954 and its legacy has real substances of where we are as an institution.

·Dr. Bermingham said that he was pleased that three more faculty are finishing their tenure process with the Board’s action this morning and mentioned how important they are to the development of this institution.  Rebecca Sliger who went through the tenure process is an example of the kind of faculty leaders Highline is trying to build and how important it is that we have people of that quality in academics.


Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

·Educational Planning and Career Employment Services are making an increasing effort to help students with career goals and the UW transfer program because it has become more challenging for students to transfer into the UW.  Dr. Gorne is part of the Joint Access Group consisting of four-year, two-year and private school individuals to find ways that the schools can work  together so that when students develop their majors and their degrees there is better program articulation.  The Advising Center has a program called Project Declare in which students are encouraged to declare a major as soon as possible so that they can be efficient and plan to take the correct courses to transfer into their majors.  The community college students can still get into UW but getting into their major has never been easy in some disciplines and is becoming more and more difficult. 

·Unity Through Diversity Week was terrific with a lot of positive comments from participants.  Dr. Gorne commended Fred Capestany for his work as moderator at the gay marriage panel discussion.  There were four different clerics with differing views on gay marriage and Fred did a great job of facilitating. 

·International Night was very successful with a great program with over 70 volunteers and a lot of students involved.

·The Career and Employment Services Highline Student Employee of the Year was Sylvia Bernik, an engineering student.

·The spring quarter enrollment report was distributed.  The enrollment is consistent with what has been seen all year relative to being a little bit down but consistent with the budget plan.  The state allocation was met and some enrollment is still occurring.  The schedule drives enrollment in terms of what is offered for students and what we might do to offer more sections of high demand classes.

·The Ramada Inn Limited in Des Moines is providing housing for international students.



Laura Saunders reported.

·There was a parking solutions forum held with a number of suggestions given and a plan will be drafted to present at the next Board meeting.

·Construction is moving ahead.  The childcare center is planned to be open this fall with some publicized opening events.

·Professional development is supported and encouraged for staff.  Two staff members, Marion Davis and Connie Johnson, will start in the fall to pursue higher education in the UW Masters program.

·HCC is continuing to talk by conference calls with CWU on the Higher Education Center.

·Student Union will be ready the end of November and it will open winter quarter.


Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

·There are 274 people attending the Gala which is close to a record in attendance.  The goal is to raise $100,000.  Junki Yoshida will be keynote speaker.

·The selected architect for the dock is Mulvanny G2.  One of their senior architects has taken on the project because he has taken an interest in it.  The dock is now open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a guest speaker around 11:30-12:00.



Commencement plans were discussed with Board.  There will be a van available to take the Board to the Tacoma Dome from Highline at a time to be scheduled soon.


The Retirees Lunch is at 12:00 today.


Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be June 9, 2004.


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

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




______________________________            _________________________________

J. Michael Emerson, Chair                               Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary