January 19, 2006



Executive Session

Tenure Review Process

Board Involvement in Strategic Planning Process

Governor’s Budget and Legislative Update

Enrollment Report

ACCT/AACC National Legislative Summit




Call to Order

Mike Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:                               Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Rita Creighton

                                                            Ed Davila

                                                            Mike Emerson

                                                            Karen Vander Ark


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

Minutes of Board of Trustees’ Meeting for December 8, 2005 were approved with a correction in the Action Item to the 2006 Board meetings list.  The minutes indicated that July 20 was a Tuesday, however, this is a Thursday.  The notation following July 20 should have mentioned that the meeting will have a different starting time.  The Study Session will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Regular Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.



There was no correspondence.




Associated Students of Highline Community College

Paul Kalchik reported.

  • The ASHCC legislative breakfast was held on campus January 4 with four legislators attending. 
  • The ASHCC legislative lunch was held in Olympia on January 17 to speak with legislators about issues affecting HCC including maintenance and operations funding for the Student Union, students with disabilities funding, and digital library funding.  Dr. Bell also attended. 
  • The Clubs Fair was held on campus.  There are 40 clubs on campus with new clubs joining.
  • The students have been participating in the Martin Luther King week activities this week.  
Washington Public Employees Association

Gum Lai Ross reported.

  • WPEA has been restructured and effective January 1, the officers titles have changed from Chapter President to Chief Job Representative, and the Chapter Vice President to Assistant Chief Job Representative with all the same responsibilities. 
  • The raffle held at the holiday luncheon in December raised $572.00 for the Des Moines Food Bank as well as a large amount of food. 
  • Upcoming professional development opportunities include the Diversity Partnership Institute on February 10 at PLU for the classified staff and the Admissions/Registration Council Meeting hosted by Highline February 8-10.
  • The Chapter Meeting is today from 12:30 to 1:30.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.

  • HCEA is involved in two of the campus wide activities, Defining Democracy and Highline Reads program, sponsoring some of the events for those activities.
  • Periodic meetings continue with administration to talk about issues.
  • Thanks were extended to new Board members, Rita Creighton and Karen Vander Ark. for serving on the Board of Trustees.
  • Highlights were given on some facts about community college faculty. 
    • Community college part-time faculty teach half of the courses and receive 57 percent of the salary of the full-time faculty teaching the same classes state wide, however, full-time faculty have many, many more duties than part-time faculty.  When part time faculty are not paid well system wide, diversity in the faculty that is desired is not achieved.  The solution suggested is to examine the faculty mix and reduce the percentage of part timers by increasing the number of full time faculty. 
    • Full time faculty salaries in Washington are 85 percent of Oregon and California salaries for the two-year system. 
    • K-12 faculty salary increments are fully funded and community college faculty increments are not fully funded and must be appropriated by the legislature every biennium. 
    • The statewide higher education system is not part of the state retirement system but in the TIAA-CREF retirement system and is not something negotiated locally and is a defined contribution not defined benefit plan. 


Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

  • The Senate will meet the first week in February. 
  • The Senate is going to rewrite the Senate constitution regarding the professional rights and responsibility.
  • The Senate is also working on the description of the science laboratory graduation requirements in the catalog.



No action items.




Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

Toni Castro, Associate Dean for Multicultural/Diversity Student Development, introduced Yoshiko Harden, Multicultural Student Program Retention Coordinator, and Natasha Burrowes, Multicultural Student Programs Coordinator.  They gave a report on Highline’s activities for this week’s celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The theme for this year is, The Other Side of the Tracks: Race and Class in America.


The week long program serves to inspire, educate and challenge the students, staff and faculty at Highline in continuing the legacy of Dr. King and furthering the strategic initiatives at the College and put into practice the meaning and intent behind Highline’s cultural diversity policy, adopted by the Board in 1993.  The program is a campus wide collaboration.  The many activities planned for the week were described and a schedule of the activities was distributed to the Board.


Multicultural programming is planned throughout the year and Martin Luther King Jr. week is one part of that.  Unity through Diversity Week is another week of activities and work is also done with the ethnic clubs to hold ethnic heritage celebrations throughout the year such as the United Latino Association held the Hispanic heritage month in October. 




Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • Thanks were extended to Toni Castro, Natasha Burrowes, and Yoshiko Harden for their report. 
  • The Educational Planning and Advising reported 86 Running Start high school senior students are being advised which is part of the Running Finish initiative.  Fewer Running Start students are enrolling at Highline after they finish high school.  That number is going down and efforts are being made to get that number up by encouraging these students to finish their two year degree at Highline before transferring to a four year college. 



Jack Bermingham reported.

  • There are more than 30 faculty in the tenure review process which disrupts ongoing faculty activities on campus because there are three tenured faculty members on each of the probationary committees.  Even with a few people on more than one committee, most of the tenured faculty are involved.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. week is a collaboration around the campus commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King and the commitment from the faculty to take those issues back into the classes creates a significant broader education for the students.
  • Thanks were extended to Ruth Windhover for her leadership role in the state on behalf of faculty and her leadership role at Highline. 
  • The process of recruiting has begun with ten tenure track faculty positions for next year.  Highline will be sending representatives to the job fairs in California that are sponsored by the California community colleges. 
  • Jeff Wagnitz and Alice Madsen are very involved in working with faculty and meeting on a number of new initiatives.  Highline anticipates the opening of a second Latino Night School concept at Tyee High School in February during this quarter. 
  • The I-BEST program is another new initiative that targets disadvantaged students to refine basic skills with the hope the student will enter one of the professional-technical training programs.  Trying to get these types of programs up and running with community partners and working in some instances with other agency partners requires a lot of work and Jeff Wagnitz and Alice Madsen have played an important role in meeting that challenge.  Being responsive to community needs requires collaboration of leadership between the administration, faculty, and staff and these initiatives are important and make a significant difference in the lives of the students. 


Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • Highline is one of six finalists in the nation, the only one in the Pacific Northwest, for the 2006 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award from MetLife Foundation, Jobs for the Future.  The award is given to an institution for having a specific focus on evidence of institution-wide commitment to, and positive outcomes for, underrepresented populations.  Two program officers from Jobs for the Future who administer MetLife Foundation Board were on campus for almost two days meeting with students, faculty, staff, and some of Highline’s community partners.  They were impressed after meeting folks on campus.  Special thanks to those on campus who took time to meet with them--Toni Castro and Yoshiko Harden, Jeff Wagnitz and Alice Madsen, and Kari Cantey who wrote the proposal.  A seven page report will be written and submitted to a review board that makes the ultimate decision for selecting the College for the award.  Highline will receive recognition at the AACC National Conference in April in Long Beach as being selected as a finalist.
  • Representatives Upthegrove and Priest wrote a joint article that was in the Federal Way Mirror last Saturday on the importance of the university center partnerships. 
  • All proceeds from the play presented by The Breeder’s Theater on February 1 at E.B. Foote Winery will go to the Foundation and support a drama scholarship. 
  • Reminder, the Gala is May 6 and tickets can be purchased online through the Foundation website.  The Gala will be held at Cedarbrook and the Foundation Board has decided to add a dance that evening after the auction. 


General Administration

Marion Davis reported.

  • Administration is in the midst of doing IPEDS reporting for both the HR payroll program and the student data program.
  • Financial quarter reports are being completed to be presented at the February Board meeting.
  • The 1098 report, in which scholarship opportunities for the students to claim some deductions on their taxes for their tuition, is being prepared.  The 1099 reports are being prepared to send to all of Highline’s vendors about how much Highline has spent with them.  Payroll is doing the W-2’s for employees.
  • The process of planning projects for repairs and maintenance through the summer is being scheduled. 
  • The budget is being prepared for next year.  There’s been a committee putting together a model for predicting tuition based on some enrollment/transfer projections and based on past history over the last six to ten years.  That committee includes people from across the campus; Scott Hardin from Instruction, Becky Riverman from Student Services; Patty James from Institutional Research; and Lisa Peterson from the Financial Services. 





Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 p.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be January 19, 2006.


            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