January 18, 2007



MaST Campaign and Collins Group

Executive Session

Tenure Discussion

Legislative Update


TACTC Winter Conference




Call to Order

Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. 


Roll Call

Members Present:                              Elizabeth Chen

Rita Creighton

Ed Davila

                                                            Mike Regeimbal

                                                            Karen Vander Ark


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees Meeting on December 14, 2006 were approved with the following corrections:


  • Page 2 under Washington Public Employees Association report:
    • Bullet 1, second sentence should read, “. . . Mouy-ly Wong, and from Instruction Stephanie Owens Owings.”
    • Bullet 5, first sentence should read, “. . . Tenaya Wright will be reporting the reports to the Board for WPEA beginning in January 2007 in the interim until a new president is elected. 
  • Page 3 under the Students Services area report, bullet 5 first sentence, should read, “Student demographics for the 2006 academic year included 48% 58% students of color, . . .”
  • Page 5 under the Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees first sentence should read, “The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be January 18, 2007 November 16, 2006.







Associated Students of Highline Community College

Daniel Nordstrom reported.

  • A new student club W.I.N.G.S. (With In Good Souls) started fall quarter with a student run Community Bank on campus located in a small room in building 23.  In cooperation with the Des Moines Food Bank, anyone can come for food, clothes, and other items.  This club was started by a group of night students as a way to volunteer in the campus community.
  • Events – Annual Legislative Breakfast on January 4 was well attended by students, faculty and staff even though it was before the quarter started; 37 students attended and participated in workshops at the two day Winter Leadership Retreat on leadership skill development.
  • Because of snow and cancellation of the Winter Clubs Fair, it has been rescheduled to January 31.
  • Student Government’s first meeting will be January 30.


Washington Public Employees Association

Lydia Bracco reported.

  • Lydia is the newly elected WPEA Chief Job Representative and will be giving reports to the Board each month.
  • WPEA thanked Gum-Lai Ross of Entry Services and Carly Serrett of High School Programs for coordinating and managing the campus food drive and fund raiser last month.  Thanks were extended from WPEA to the Highline campus for providing 245 pounds of food and $950 to the Des Moines Food Bank. 
  • During the winter break, Gerald Jackson from Administrative Technology and his wife Tammy were honored by being asked to participate in the 2006 Pageant for Peace on December 19 at the White House.  Gerald and Tammy are ministers and talented musicians, singer, and songwriter.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.

·         Faculty have been working very hard this week and last week to make sure that students continue to learn despite the snow disruptions.

·         During the Study Session the Board learned about the rigorous evaluation and tenure process for full time faculty.  In a follow up to that discussion, Ruth emphasized that there are also opportunities for professional development available to faculty at Highline that exceed the opportunities at many other colleges.  The faculty appreciate the training in using educational technologies available on and off campus.  In addition to on-line courses, this training in technology enabled students to receive assignments and get feedback on line during the snow storm.

·         Washington LEARNS and the governor this fall and winter have emphasized the need for Washington State to have a world class public education system including higher education.  One way to measure our system is to compare the salaries of the eight global challenge states and of those states Highline is far below the average salaries.

·         In the two-year system, half of the classes are taught by part time instructors and they are often not available to students outside of class to the extent that full time faculty are.   Nor in general do they participate in all those tasks and activities that are necessary for colleges to fulfill their mission.  The proportion of full time and part time faculty is another element that needs to be examined to increase the number of full time faculty in the system.


Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

  • The Senate met yesterday and discussions included the grading and withdrawal by instructor policies and Common Course Numbering (CCN).  The Faculty Association will be meeting in Olympia on Feb 8 and 9 and Droke will be presenting Highline’s position on CCN which is to eliminate it or make it more constructive.
  • Degree oversight needs to be corrected and the Senate will address their involvement in that.



No Action Items.




Highline Marketing

Kelly Maloney, Director of Communications and Marketing reported.  Highline is in the third year of the process of brand strategy and graphic standards.  In 2004, the College contracted with Hebert Research from Kent, and Arscentia Design.  A public community survey was taken for the community’s perception of Highline’s strengths.  Then Arscentia did the research on the design of our communication materials and how the design should reflect those strengths.  Highline is now in the process of implementation to put a consistency into its messaging and design and integrating it onto the web. 


Kelly explained the brand strategy and graphic standards that have been developed for Highline.  She stated that the Brand is your audiences’ perceptions about what you are, built on their interactions or perceived interactions with you.  The brand is also how you talk, respond, promote, offer, look, and how you sound to your audience.  Responding to your audience includes reacting appropriately in all situations by helping a student find a class, being informative as possible, responding to email quickly, and being respectful and friendly.  The logo is also part of the brand which has specific specifications and requirements which help to maintain a quality look which transfers to our audiences’ perceptions of the quality of education received at Highline. 


Another part of the strategy is photography in promotional materials which should also demonstrate experience or environment being active and engaging and showing diversity in all areas.  Templates have been developed for the campus to use for brochures, posters, PowerPoint, and web which will help to keep the campus consistent in its messaging.  The Print Shop and Communications and Marketing Department are collaborating to make sure that the brand standards are being met in all areas.




Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • Thanks were extended to Daniel Nordstrom and the work he did on the Legislative Breakfast.
  • Nancy Kent, Highline’s web coordinator, had a conversation with a teacher at Parkside Elementary School who wanted to teach her sixth grade class how to give a presentation.  The school did not have a computer lab so Nancy coordinated having the class come to campus and a number of faculty and staff helped them learn about PowerPoint and copyright laws.  The class had lunch on campus and had a great experience and sent numerous thank you notes.  This was a great opportunity to give these young students the opportunity to come to campus and hopefully will be our future students.
  • Breeders Theatre event to benefit the Foundation will be January 31 at E.B. Foote Winery.


Student Services

Toni Castro reported.

  • This week Dr. Martin Luther King is celebrated on campus with events and activities sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Multicultural Services.  Appreciation was extended to the faculty for bringing their classes to the scheduled events and offering extra credit.  Thanks to Davidson Dodd as the faculty representative to the committee this year.  Yesterday Diane Nash was the keynote speaker, an American heroine civil rights leader appointed by President John F. Kennedy to a national committee that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Movement in 1954 among many other prestigious national awards.
  • Financial Aid office is moving out of the office and into the campus community to provide more information workshops to students on how to access financial aid, deadlines, etc.  The first workshop was held yesterday.
  • Student story - Elena Mazurets originally from the Ukraine came to Highline from Auburn Riverside High School and graduated from Highline in 2004 and entered the Nursing Program and will be graduating this spring with a GPA of 3.79.  She plans to continue her education to pursue a Masters degree.


General Administration

Larry Yok reported.

  • The wind storm took out electricity at 11:30 p.m. on December 14 until the afternoon of Sunday December 17.  There were no generators on the campus but there was eight hours of battery backup.  A generator was then purchased which highlighted the need to improve Highline’s ability to maintain operations during power outages.  There were several college closures due to snow and the Facilities crew was recognized for their outstanding work in taking care of the campus working around the clock.
  • Danette Lale, currently the accounting and budgeting manager at Flathead Community College in Kalispell, Montana, has accepted the position as Highline’s budget director and will start on February 15. 



Marie Zimmermann reported.

  • At the February Board meeting, the Board will be requested to take action on 28 tenure probationers - 13 probationers for tenure, 10 for moving from the second to the third year probation, and 5 from the first to second year probation.  There is one other probationer that is one quarter off the cycle that will be brought to the Board later for decision.  There are 29 probationers for the year. 
  • The recruiting phase has begun for the next group of faculty that will be hired to start next fall.  A group of Highline people are going this weekend to recruiting fairs in California to attract some highly qualified applicants for our candidate pool.  The advertising is targeted depending on the discipline and recruited at job fairs and at some specific universities.  At the same time, hiring committees are being formed on campus consisting of division chair, representatives from the department and faculty at large and an administrator.  The whole group will meet with the new HR Director, Cesar Portillo, to discuss how to continue recruiting and attracting a diverse faculty.  February is the application deadline and applications will be reviewed to reach decisions on job offers. 
  • Support for newly hired faculty is provided by creating a cohort of new faculty members which include tenure track and one year contract faculty.  The cohort meets a couple of times a month throughout the year in coordination with the Faculty Resource Center for orientation.  This creates a community for the group which becomes support for each other and helps to get them connected with units on campus and the various processes and procedures on how the campus operates.  A class is also offered on how to be a better instructor.  And, there are different sources for professional development available for faculty to attend national conferences.



Jack Bermingham extended thanks to the Facilities and Grounds Crew for making things work on campus during the snow days and commended their great efforts and stated that they are appreciated.  Thanks also were extended to those who coordinated the events of MLK week on campus and it was hoped that they were not too disappointed in the lack of attendance at the events this year due to the snow.


He also thanked Executive Staff for working together over the last couple of months.  Executive Staff attended a retreat to focus on going forward.


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 February 15, 2007.


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

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




______________________________            _________________________________

Elizabeth Chen, Chair                                     Jack Bermingham, Interim Secretary