May 11 2006






a.  Continuing Probation and Tenure Recommendations


Having given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee and President Bell, it was moved by Rita Creighton and seconded by Elizabeth Chen that probation be continued for second-year probationer Marcia Welch in Business Information Technology.


The motion carried.


b.  Cultural Diversity Policy


It was moved by Ed Davila and seconded by Elizabeth Chen to revise the Cultural Diversity Policy approved by the Board of Trustees on June 10, 1993 to bring Highline Community College into compliance with federal requirements.  The change in the policy is to revise the statement, “discrimination based on gender,” to “discrimination based on sex.”  The policy was updated to read as follows:


Highline Community College actively promotes and supports a learning and work environment which ensures social justice, mutual respect, understanding, civility, and non-violence.  Highline Community College is committed to the elimination of discrimination based on sex, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and cultural and religious background.


The motion carried.


c.  Resolution 70-06 Pertaining to Achieving the Dream




(Pertaining to Achieving the Dream)


WHEREAS, Highline Community College is applying for participation in the Achieving the Dream program;

WHEREAS, the Achieving the Dream program is aligned with the mission, vision and strategic plan of Highline;

WHEREAS, enrolling and graduating low-income, first generation, students of color and other underserved populations is a priority of paramount importance to Highline;

WHEREAS, Highline Community College has exhibited success with serving these traditionally underserved students as indicated by Highline’s inclusion as one of six finalists in the MetLife Foundation’s Community College Excellence Award 2006;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT, the Highline Community College Board of Trustees fully endorses Highline's application and participation in the Achieving the Dream program.


It was moved by Ed Davila and seconded by Elizabeth Chen to approve the Resolution 70-06 Pertaining to Achieving the Dream. 


The motion carried.


d.  College President’s Investment


In compliance with RCW 42.52.190, the Board of Trustees must approve the College President’s investments in certain investment securities.  There was a motion to approve the College President’s investing in Plaza Bank, Inc., a closely held corporation.  The Board having considered the matter finds that the investment does not currently conflict with the President’s responsibilities to invest College funds.  If the Bank ever sought to do business with the College, the President would duly recuse herself from participating in any decision to do business with the Bank.


It was moved by Elizabeth Chen and seconded by Rita Creighton that the Board of Trustees of Highline Community College approve the College President’s investment in Plaza Bank, including any recurring dividends or future investments in the Bank.


The motion carried.


Chairman Emerson stated that this motion was discussed in the Study Session.  Trustee Ed Davila stated that this action item is a good overall litmus test for the College that the overall issue is that it is the right action for anyone in our community leadership positions models, sets standards and codes for responsible behavior.  That perception will be interpreted in our community as integrity. This action item will keep reinforcing this value of the College.