March 9, 2006



Executive Session

Legislative Update

Strategic Planning

Board Retreat

Review of Emergency Management Plan

Audit Report




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

                                                            Ed Davila

                                                            Mike Emerson


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

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



No correspondence.



Associated Students of Highline Community College

Paul Kalchik reported.

  • New Student Government representatives have been selected to serve on the Tenure Review Committee.
  • HCC and GRCC Student Governments played a basketball game against one another during half time for the College’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball games.  GRCC won.
  • The Recycling Committee has been working on new policies and promoting Earthweek at Highline.
  • Julien Torres, Club Diplomat and Treasurer started an Intercultural Leadership Coalition to bring all the leaders of the clubs together to help with events.
  • Work is being done to develop a high school outreach possibly sending Student Government members to the local high schools and recruiting leaders to come to HCC.
  • Follow-up is being done on the feedback from the evening student survey regarding their concerns or questions.
  • Preparations are being made for the student elections in spring quarter.
  • A request for a sidewalk going into the North Parking Lot is being pursued.
  • Student Activities (S & A) Budget Committee has begun meeting to review the budget requests.


Washington Public Employees Association

Tenaya Wright reported.

  • The Health and Safety Committee had their quarterly meeting and committee members include Classified Staff members Lauri Spivey, Sabine Walter, and Lydia Bracco.  The committee concentrates on issues regarding the health and safety on the campus and also emergency preparedness.
  • WPEA held open sessions at HCC each Saturday this past February for members to attend and provide constructive input for the upcoming contract negotiations.  Thanks were extended to Dr. Bell for allowing the WPEA to provide this service to the Classified Staff members. 
  • Commendations were extended to Dr. Bell and Executive Staff for the way they’ve communicated over the past few days regarding the restructuring of the campus due to the declining enrollment.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.

  • HCEA also extended thanks to the Administration for handling the enrollment difficulties appreciating their openness and communication across campus.  The faculty will contribute and cooperate in anyway they can.
  • A letter of agreement was signed in the last contract that review and revision would be made to the reduction in force language as it related to full time tenured faculty.  Bruce Roberts from the bargaining team and Jack Bermingham now have a draft which is being considered by the HCEA and a data run is being requested from the College to see what the implications would have been for that language if it had been in place in the past. 
  • HCEA was able to secure Gordon Lafer who’s a professor from the University of Oregon in the Labor Studies Center to come to campus to speak about the Highline Reads selected book, Fast Food Nation.  He’ll be speaking at the University of Washington and he has agreed to come to HCC on April 22 to give two sessions, 11:00 and noon, as part of the Honors Colloquy.  He’ll be speaking about the labor and employment issues that are discussed, in especially chapter 3, but all throughout the Fast Food Nation book. 


Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

  • The Senate has revised and is recommending a revision of the wording of the science lab requirement for the AA degree.  It passed from the Senate and is moving toward the Policy Committee and is being shared with the various constituencies on campus.




No action items.




Technology Advisory Committee Report

The Dean of Instructional Resources, Marie Zimmermann, explained that the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) is a group that was formed to provide advice to the president and to the Executive Staff on the issues of technology that concerns the campus on a campus wide basis.  Chair of the committee, Bob Bonner (faculty), and Dennis Colgan (Executive Director of Administrative Technology), and Nancy Kent (Web Coordinator) also participated in the report. 


Detailed facts were presented about the technology on campus and that Highline uses a distributed model of support for its technology.  Administrative Technology is responsible for the background work of the College or the administrative work of the campus and manages the network of the College.  Instructional Computing reports to Dean Zimmermann and provides technology for instruction, anything a student touches related to technology is part of Instructional Computing.  


In the spring of 1989 the Vice President of Instruction formed a committee to investigate and eventually assist in placing computers on every faculty member’s desk, at that time about 115 computers. These computers were not networked together and everybody had their own office dot matrix printer.  There were a few scattered instructional labs but no centralized building, no replacement schedule, and no particular oversight or control of the technology on campus.  Most of the secretarial support on campus used stand alone computers.  Campus work was done on paper and all key documents required hard copies.  If the power failed, vital campus functions could still be done. 


Today there are about five miles of fiber optic cable crisscrossing Highline’s campus and Administrative Technology supports over 600 computers.  E-mail is now the official means of communication on campus and students rely heavily on web registration.  Faculty can submit and are encouraged to submit grades electronically.  Instructional Computing has its own building and many satellite campus labs with over 1,600 computers.  Online and hybrid classes are now part of the instructional mix and are increasing.  Over 40 college campus classrooms are permanently equipped with advanced presentation and instructional technology.  If power fails or if the network goes down, most work on campus stops. 


Software was changed rapidly over the past seventeen years and one of the biggest issues was training and keeping employee skills up to date.  TAC supported these training workshops through the PASSPORT training workshops.  In 2001 there were ten workshops with 166 participants.  In 2004 there were 25 workshops with 235 participants


Nancy Kent, Web Coordinator, demonstrated what has been updated on the Highline webpage and the future updates being planned.





Marion Davis reported.

  • A new procedure will be started spring quarter to distribute financial aid checks to the students.
  • The list of the summer projects is being developed including the sidewalk request to the North parking Lot to submit to the Exec Staff for approval.
  • The HR department is working on completing the seniority list for the Classified Staff per the WPEA contract.


Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • Highline was not selected for the MetLife Foundation award.  Highline was one of the six schools nominated and will be recognized at the AACC conference.  Thanks were extended to Jeff Wagnitz and Alice Madsen for their coordination of the MetLife visit to campus.
  • Highline is hosting the Southwest King County Chamber Lunch on campus tomorrow.
  • The College identity, image, and branding campaign process in nearly completed.  This will include a new logo and brand standards.
  • The Gala is May 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Cedarbrook.  The goal is to raise over $125,000 at the sixth annual Gala.  Mr. Junki Yoshida has agreed to be a $10,000 sponsor of the Gala.  The sponsorships to date total $32,000.


Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • The College received a letter from the National Phi Theta Kappa organization that Highline’s Chapter received the Pinnacle, Platinum level award for increasing membership during the fall quarter.  The award includes $225 for registration for the national conference and thanks to Laura Manning and Mouy-Ly Wong for their efforts in getting students to join the HCC Chapter.
  • At the Washington State Student Services Commission meeting the Executive Board met which is composed of representatives from eight council groups.  Of those groups, representatives on that Board were from Highline—Jonathan Brown represented Council for Unions and Student Programs, Marie Bruin represented the Women’s Programs Council, Erik Tingelstad represented the Career and Employment Services Council.
  • An emergency drill exercise was conducted for emergency preparedness in building 6 in the Intercultural Center.
  • Last week the fourth annual Students of Color Opting for Excellence (SCORE) Conference was held on campus with a large attendance by middle and high school students with a keynote speaker from Starbucks Coffee.



Jack Bermingham reported.

  • The trip to Africa funded from partnerships with the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) was completed last week.  Judy Perry from Supported Employment Program helped HCC’s partner in Namibia write a grant.  Bermingham spent time in Botswana exploring a partnership on behalf of the CCID initiative in Botswana. 





Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be May 11, 2006.


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

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


Original signed on May 11, 2006


______________________________            _________________________________

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