February 9, 2006



Executive Session

Fall Quarter Report on Strategic Initiatives

Second Quarter Financial Reports

ACCT National Legislative Summit and TACTC Conferences

Trustee Retreat

Faculty Recruitment Activities




Call to Order

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


Roll Call

Members Present:                               Karen Vander Ark

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Rita Creighton

                                                            Mike Emerson


Member Absent:                                  Ed Davila


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards (absent)


Approval of Minutes

Minutes of Board of Trustees’ Meeting, January 9, 2006 were approved.



No correspondence.



Associated Students of Highline Community College

No report.


Washington Public Employees Association

Gum Lai Ross reported.

  • Gum Lai Ross, Jeff Grogan, Gerie Ventura, and Gerald Jackson have been trained as job representatives.  The new contract does not have a limit for the number of job representatives at the College. 
  • The next district meeting will be held at Highline on Tuesday February 21 in building 7. 
  • Several classified staff will be attending the annual South Puget Sound Diversity Institute on February 10 at Pacific Lutheran University.  This year’s title theme is “Reflection upon Privilege.” 
  • Admissions Registration Council is being hosted at Highline February 8-10.  Several classified staff are attending.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.

  • HCEA continues its periodic meetings with administration and are working on some contract language under the letter of agreement from the last contract. 
  • The Higher Ed day will be held on Monday February 20, President’s Day.  Ruth, Alan Walton, and other faculty will be in Olympia talking to legislatures about the importance of support in public higher education in Washington State. 
  • HCEA thanked Dr. Bell and Mike Emerson for testifying at the legislature to support full funding for faculty increments. 
  • HCEA is concerned with declining enrollments here at the College and the impact that will have on faculty with more or less than half of the classes taught by part time faculty who will bear the brunt of declining enrollments or varying enrollments. 


Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

  • The Senate continues to discuss the professional rights and responsibilities and the description of the science laboratory graduation requirement. 
  • Faculty Association of Community and Technical Colleges will be meeting this afternoon in Olympia at the State Board offices.




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 first-year probationers:


                        Oussama (Sam) Alkhalili – Busn Info. Tech.    Jessica Neilson – Paralegal

                        Sherri Chun – Busn Info. Tech.                       Jeff Owens – Chemistry

                        Che Dawson – Paralegal                                 James Peyton – Economics

                        Marie Esch-Radtke – Nursing                          Gayle Robinson – Nursing

                        Tommy Kim – Writing                                       Ben Thomas – Music


        THAT probation be continued for the following second-year probationers:


                        Ellen Bremen – Speech                                   Woody Moses – Biology

                        Daryl Brice – Sociology                                    Jason Ramirez – Mathematics

                        Jin Do – Nursing                                              Gregory Reinemer – Physical Science

                        Chris Gan – Biology                                         Katherine Skelton – Mathematics

                        Jonathan Jahns – Respiratory Care                Joy Strohmaier – Biology

                        Tarisa Matsumoto-Maxfield – Writing               Aaron Warnock – Mathematics

                        Maurea Maya – Pre-College Studies


AND, FURTHER MOVE THAT Tenure be granted for the following third-year probationers:


            Chris Brandmeir – Hotel & Tourism Management

            Michael Girvin – Accounting

            Elise Muller-Lindgren – Nursing

            Jeff Ward – Business

            Stephen Washburn – Pre-College Studies


It was moved by Karen Vander Ark and seconded by Rita Creighton that the tenure recommendations as presented by Dr. Bell be approved.


Motion carried.


Chairman Emerson stated that the Board has had discussions over the past couple of months on tenure.  He asked that the minutes reflect the Board’s appreciation for the considerable investment of time and effort to those in the process of tenure and those who support the tenure process on the Working Committees and the Tenure Review Committee. 




The Highline Student Union and the College Union Idea, The Power of Place and Community

Jonathan Brown, Associate Dean for Student Programs, gave an overview of the use of the Highline Student Union building, the philosophy of the Union, and the programming and activities that happen there.  He explained that the Student Union is not just a physical location and a facility but it also is a program.  Highline’s Student Center is a College Union and is more than a building it’s a philosophy, a program, an educational function to provide a college life or student life.  This encourages the connections for the students to the College and allows students to have high levels of satisfaction after they leave and feel a relationship with the College. 


The Union provides services to the student experience such as the Bookstore, buying food, providing an activity center and a clubs room so there is a space for the learning that goes on outside of the classroom.  There are classes available for lessons on leadership and citizenship, how to be a part of the community, to learn about intellectual development and skills and abilities to succeed in careers, and the First Friday’s Leadership Institute.  The programming in the Union is often educationally focused and often collaborated with faculty and staff on campus to make sure that the educational content of the programming is augmenting what’s going on in the classes.  Actual hours of instruction coming out of the Student Union were estimated that about 150 hours between September and January even though there are no scheduled classes in the Union.  This study was used to support the M&O funding request. 


The campus programs are held at the Student Union such as Unity through Diversity week, Martin Luther King Jr. week, and the Latino Awareness Month.  In addition, spontaneous programming is occurring from student groups and clubs rather than forced programming such as the Ukrainian Bible Study group and a knitting group.  And, The Highline dance team practices in one of the large hallways.  It is also used by the College community for opening week, professional development day, Circle of Honor, faculty and staff luncheons to name only a few.  Not only is this a learning center on the campus, but it is used by the community outside the College such as the State Board, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Governor’s office, Des Moines Rotary, and many other organizations as well as rented to private citizens for weddings and other types of gatherings. 


To date, the Student Union has been open for 488 days and estimates are that 2,000 students per day use the Union and including weekends it probably has served over half a million people.  




Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • Nancy Kent, the new web coordinator, is primarily responsible for the College’s public web and the intranet.  However, with the distributive model on campus with Nancy doing the upper layer and web managers/web coordinators in offices across campus support those functions at the department level.  To support this, Highline is hosting a webinar (seminar on the web) is being offered through the Council for Advancement in Support of Education and is focused on writing, connecting from the website, and copyright skills that fit electronic communication.  The campus community was invited to participate.  In addition, another seminar will be hosted on the impact of email and how to get messages across appropriately.
  • Scholarship applications for next year from the Foundation are out and 500 applications were requested in the first week putting pressure on raising money for the scholarships. 
  • Carl Jensen, superintendent of the Highline School District when Highline Community College was created in the early 1960s, created an endowment to support emergency assistance for students years ago.  In January, he gave Highline another contribution bringing his total endowment up to $20,000. 


Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • Thanks were extended to Jonathan Brown for his presentation today to the Board on the Student Union Building and mentioned that he is a great community builder and the student programming is consistent with Highline’s vision of being student centered.  Highline is including more spontaneous programming based on what filters up from the student groups and the clubs rather than forced programming.  Moving to a college union board is unusual for a community college which is a board that works along with student government, administration, and the union to advise them on what ought to be happening.
  • There was a big tennis tournament in the city where Mariko Fujiwara went on her recruitment trip to Myanmar.  The director of the tournament from Nepal and tennis players stayed at the same hotel where she stayed.  When the director discovered Highline Community College was conducting seminars on international education, he encouraged the young tennis players to attend.  He also said he’d be happy to help recruit students to Highline, not only with tennis players from all over Asia but also would help recruit students when he went back to Nepal.
  • The Admissions and Registration Council (the entry services and registrars and records folks), are on campus today. 
  • The re-carpeting in building 6 was a great collaboration, great work by Administrative Technology and Facilities. 
  • The Men and Women Basketball Teams will probably play in the tournament which is at two sites near Columbia Basin College March 8 and 9. 



Jack Bermingham reported.

  • Congratulations to the nursing faculty for receiving a recommendation for reaccredidation for the full eight years lead by their coordinator Barbara Smith, Kathy Oberg (Division Chair), and Alice Madsen (Dean Professional/Technical Education. 
  • Highline was the first in the state to get the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) proposal approved, which was collaborated in Instruction led by Alice Madsen with Jeff Wagnitz and Mary Averett.
  • The weekend college had two of the three classes over enrolled suggesting that there is a need and there is a response to it so it is hoped that this will continue as more courses will be offered into next quarter.
  • There has been a lot of effort with different activities on campus focused on retention of students on campus. 
    • Ivan Gorne has a group of Students Services staff working very hard on that as well as a group of faculty led by Scott Hardin and Jessica Gilmore with Chris Gan, Ruth Frickle, Kathy Oberg and Larry Blades who have really energized the faculty in looking at this issue.
    •  A couple of pilot endeavors recognizing students at risk early in the term and figuring out a way to contact them from several different angles. 
    • Jessica Gilmore working with some colleagues just produced a commercial video that will be shown in South King County on some cable channels highlighting Highline students and all the action that goes on the campus.  
    • Retention was up in transfer from fall/winter as opposed to the previous years.  
    • The process of developing a new math resource center is off the ground and a number of workshops are being offered.  Jason Ramirez, a second year faculty member, is taking the lead directing it with other faculty within the math department and an advisory committee outside the math department.  
  • On the international front, an education delegation is coming from China tied to Highline’s relationship with Yangzhou and the Kent Sister City program in mid March. The Ambassador from Namibia will be visiting in early April and the Ambassador from South Africa visiting toward the end of April.  Quite a number of international visitors will be on the campus and some opportunities will be created for the visitors to speak and have some exchange with some of the students.



Marion Davis reported.

  • The operations review, not an audit, from the State Board has been completed.  They looked at the different operating procedures and processes that the College uses, mostly in the business office and a lot related to grants particularly federal grants.  The report indicated no major problems in anything reviewed.
  • An update on building status; building 14 is one of the renovations that is underway.  Another power shut down will be coming up on a Sunday as that building gets up and running.  
  • The Human Resources Management Commission met this past week and they had discussions about what’s happening now in the colleges with the new bargaining master agreement.  The next round of bargaining is about to begin and people are being selected to participate in that from the colleges. 





Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be March 9, 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