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December 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the New England Association of Schools and Colleges assessment and grant accreditation to Central Connecticut State University until September 30, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Educational Leadership, leading to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree, to be offered by Central Connecticut State University, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure and accreditation of a program in Biomolecular Sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree or an undergraduate  minor, to be offered by Central Connecticut State University for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure and accreditation of a program in Biomolecular Sciences leading to a Master of Arts degree, to be offered by Central Connecticut State University for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the New England Association of Schools and Colleges assessment and grant accreditation to Fairfield University until June 30, 2008.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the Middle States assessment of the Institute’s Periodic Review Report and grant accreditation to Rensselaer at Hartford until December 31, 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the application by Springfield College to place students in its educator preparation programs for the required field experience and clinical practice in Connecticut schools, for a period of five years, from February 1, 2004 throughJanuary 31, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Management, leading to the Master of Science degree, with a concentration in Management Strategy, for a period of two years, until December 31, 2006, and that the Board of Governors require the College to provide reports to the Department of Higher Education if any additional substantive program concentrations are considered for addition during the period of licensure.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the NEASC assessment of the College’s fifth-year report and grant accreditation to St. Joseph College until June 30, 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit St. Thomas Seminary and its Certificate in Religious Studies, for a period of five years, until June 30, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the continuation of programs in Technology Education and in Family and Consumer Science offered by the Alternate Route to Certification, and that this approval continue until the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Higher Education, determines that the current shortage of qualified certified teachers in these fields in Connecticut has been appropriately addressed.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure and accreditation of a program in Fashion Design and Merchandising leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree, to be offered by Gibbs College for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the modification of the program in Office Administration leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and to a Certificate in Office Administration, and authorize the program to be offered at the College’s campus in Farmington, Connecticut.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Business and Technology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Connecticut’s Tri-Campus—Waterbury, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education endorse the FY 2005-07 Biennial Capital Budget request.  In addition, it is recommended that the Governor and General Assembly use the Board of Governors’ five priority categories to evaluate and determine funding levels for each constituent unit.  These priority categories are defined in Attachment A.  Each requested project has been assigned a category based on these definitions.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education approve the FY 2005-07 Biennial Operating Budget request as recommended by the Commissioner in Attachment A for submission to the Governor and General Assembly with the stipulation that the Board of Governors has not endorsed the tuition and fee rates included in the FY 2005-07 biennial budget document; these adjustments will be reviewed separately.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education; subject to its responsibilities as contained in Section 10a-5 of the Connecticut General Statutes to select and employ a commissioner of higher education, to fix terms and conditions of employment and to fix compensation for the position; approve the offer of a continuing contract to Commissioner Valerie F. Lewis with a compensation adjustment as detailed in Exhibit A, effective retroactively to December 1, 2004.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education; subject to its responsibilities as contained in Section 10a-5 of the Connecticut General Statutes, approve the compensation schedule for intern services as described in Exhibit A.

12/15/04

STAFF REPORT:  FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Item:  FY 2005-07 Biennial Operating Budget Request - Commissioner’s Recommendations

Background

At hearings held on October 20, 2004, the Board of Governors’ Finance and Administration Committee received a FY 2005-07 operating budget request for Connecticut’s system of higher education of $1.7 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively, for each year of the biennium.  Each constituent unit was invited to provide a brief overview of its request and respond to questions raised by the Committee and other members of the Board.

For this biennium, the consolidated budget is a straightforward affair.  The vast majority of funding requests result from collective bargaining and student financial aid.  In fact, student financial aid represents more than half of the requested increase.  Tuition and fee increases have settled into the six percent range from the double digit increases of the last few years.  While this is good news and the Connecticut State University is using one percent of its increase for student financial aid, six percent remains a substantial increase.

The Commissioner has evaluated all budget submissions and related information, and has had discussions with both the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the Chief Executive Officers concerning the budget requests.  Her recommendations are provided below.

Commissioner’s Recommendations

On behalf of the Governor, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management directed all state agencies not to formally submit budget expansion proposals above the funding levels required to maintain current services.  Exceptions to this limitation were to be granted only to those agencies that received permission in advance to develop such proposals.  As explained by the Secretary, the major driver behind this directive is the fact that the state can only fund essential new enterprises, and is, in fact, facing a significant deficit situation in FY 2006 and beyond.

All of the constituent units and the Department of Higher Education asked OPM for support to develop expansion proposals.  The OPM indicated that only two expansion options would be accepted for consideration.  The first is a request for additional personnel submitted by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium for expanded support of electronic learning initiatives.  The second is a request for a coordinator for Charter Oak State College’s Women in Transition Program.  The Commissioner appreciates the OPM’s recognition of these two expansion proposals, however, given the Board of Governors’ statutory charge to present a consolidated budget request for higher education to both the Governor and the General Assembly, all other funding requests have been included in this budget presentation.

The Commissioner recognizes that the state is facing a significant budget shortfall in the next biennium.  Given the continuing difficult budget climate, the Commissioner continues to stress the need for fiscal constraint and strongly recommends that all constituent units emulate cost reduction strategies similar to those employed at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  Such strategies should include the identification and implementation of opportunities for administrative savings, additional collaboration among institutions, self-funding of expansion requests and the phase-out of duplicative or low production programs.

With regard to items requested within the current services budget, the Commissioner recommends priority effort to increase student aid to help offset rising tuition and maintain broad access.  While she realizes that full formula funding is likely out of the question, some increase to funding levels that have shrunk to just 50 percent of formula is an imperative.  In other areas, the Commissioner recommends strict adherence to increases that have prior commitment and to funding them through the elimination of general inflationary adjustments.  New facility costs should include only operation and maintenance costs based on the Board’s physical plant formula and all units should be given a consistent percent of state support.  As in the past, she does not support the inclusion of inflation on the tuition freeze funds.

Should any opportunity arise for consideration of expansion dollars, the Commissioner recommends that the Board continue its commitment to student financial aid as its highest priority and, in particular, the Capitol Scholarship Program.  This is the State’s only need- and merit-based scholarship program.  Its funding level and maximum grant have not been increased in many years.  As ever-increasing tuition is forcing many students to stay in school longer or forgo completion of a degree, increased student financial aid can make the difference and speed the creation of qualified employees for our workforce shortage areas.

It is recommended that the Board of Governors approve the FY 2005-07 Biennial Operating Budget request as recommended by the Commissioner for submission to the Governor and the General Assembly.

12/15/04

STAFF REPORT:  FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Item:  FY 2005-07 Biennial Capital Budget Request - Commissioner’s Recommendations

Background

In September, the Board of Governors’ Finance and Administration Committee received the FY 2005-2007 biennial capital budget request for Connecticut’s public colleges and universities calling for $413,428,944 in new authorizations for 37 projects. The Department invited each constituent unit to discuss its proposed projects at the Board’s October 20th meeting.  The Department also forwarded the overall request to the Office of Policy and Management, as required by the Governor.

The consolidated budget calls for new authorizations of $170,933,076 for 35 projects in FY 2006 and $242,495,868 for 20 projects in FY 2007.  Combined with existing authorizations accorded to the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Health Center under 21st Century UConn, the system capital budget for the next two years totals $581,428,944 for 50 projects, including $249,933,076 in FY 2006 and $331,495,868 in FY 2007. 

The Department has evaluated all budget submissions and related information and has discussed the budget requests with both the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and constituent unit staff.  Based on this review, the Commissioner’s recommendations are provided below.

Commissioner’s Recommendation

With the generous support of the Governor and General Assembly, Connecticut has made a capital investment of nearly $2.0 billion into our public higher education system since 1997 which has renewed, enhanced and replaced our aging public colleges and universities with state-of-the-art-facilities.  Having passed the half-way point measured from the beginning of UConn 2000 in FY 1996 to the end of the 21st Century Capital Investment Program, the Commissioner encourages the State to invest in its Asset Protection Program, a system designed to protect and preserve this significant capital investment into the future.  This modest capital budget request of $2.25 million – less than one percent of the annual authorizations to higher education – is required to complete the system and ensure that this investment which will reach nearly $4.0 billion by 2015 will be adequately maintained and not permitted to deteriorate as in the past. 

Given the Board of Governors’ statutory charge to present a consolidated capital budget request for higher education to both the Governor and the General Assembly, all requested projects have been included in this budget presentation.   Considering the projected $1.0 billion deficit in FY 2006, however, basic current service requests in both the operating and capital budget may be in jeopardy, and the State’s statutory bond cap will likely tighten.  In recognition of these fiscal realities, the Commissioner recommends that all constituent units re-examine their short-term capital priorities and focus on those that will provide the greatest impact on the delivery of academic and educational services to students.  This examination should include critical re-assessment of project scope and square footage requirements to ensure the most efficient and cost effective means of meeting educational demands.  In addition, the constituent units should explore opportunities to raise private funds to supplement the State’s significant capital investment especially as these state-of-the-art higher education facilities become more sophisticated and expensive to build.

As part of its pledge to support the capital plans of Connecticut’s public higher education, the Commissioner also will advocate for sufficient state funding to staff, operate and maintain these new and enhanced facilities so that our colleges can continue to attract and retain students and faculty, and effectively deliver programs.

In addition, the constituent units should consider opportunities to share existing designed facilities across the system with the goal of saving time and money by reducing both architectural and engineering fees, as well as time to and through construction.  Parking garages present such an opportunity since UConn and each of the CSU campuses have recently constructed free standing garages and at least three more are included in the current five-year plan.  There may even be an opportunity to single source these garages to benefit from an economy of scale purchase for both material and construction.  Another opportunity comes from within the CSU System with three Fine Arts Facilities included in the current five-year plan at a projected total cost of over $231 million.

The Community Technical College System has not budgeted for asbestos removal or encapsulation within its projects but plans on using the Statewide Asbestos Abatement Program funded and administer by DPW as it has in the past.  Meanwhile, CSU has budgeted for these costs within its projects since DPW can not longer guarantee the program will be adequately funded by the legislature.  The community colleges should not be penalized and CSU should not benefit from the use of different methodologies regarding asbestos removal and encapsulation.

The Commissioner also recommends that the Board of Governors direct CSU to include Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority (CHEFA) projects in its biennial Five-Year Facilities Plan as was the case previously.  This will provide the Board of Governors, the higher education community and our publics with a fuller picture of CSU’s entire capital planning needs.

With the stipulations outlined above, the Commissioner recommends that the Board endorse the FY 2005-07 Biennial Capital Budget request.  In addition, the Commissioner recommends that the Governor and General Assembly use the Board of Governors’ five priority categories to evaluate and determine funding levels for each constituent unit.  These priority categories are defined in Attachment A.  Each requested project has been assigned a category based on these definitions.

12/15/04

Attachment A

Level A - Code Compliance/Safety

These are projects whose need is found to be immediate and necessary to ensure compliance with recognized public access, environmental and safety rules, procedures, laws or regulations, and to avoid known circumstances in which the agency or the state would perpetuate unsafe working or operating conditions in its facilities or sites through the delay or denial of the project. 

Level B - Most Critical Instructional Renovations, Equipment, Technology Enhancements

Projects in this category demonstrate the greatest objective need for approval either through the demonstration of significant measurable efficiency enhancements, modernization to new technology or improved instructional program delivery.  Included in this category are portions of projects commonly titled by the unit as a Code Compliance or Deferred Maintenance which, in fact, are not critical to safety or compliance but are critical to improved service delivery and/or access.  Level B projects are most likely to directly enhance the educational experience for students within the upcoming biennium.  For example, personal computers targeted for student use in classes or labs are recommended in Level B rather than in Level C.  All Level B projects are included in the respective institutional Master Plans, where applicable.

Level C - Important Instructional and Critical General Renovations - Critical Equipment and Technology

These projects have demonstrated convincing objective and subjective need for project approval.  Level C projects are shown to have a positive impact on program delivery and are designed to meet new and changing needs of the unit’s students, faculty and staff.  When compared to Level B projects, Level C projects are less likely to directly enhance the educational experience for students within the upcoming biennium.  Certain Level C projects may indirectly enhance the student’s educational experience by creating streamlined administrative interfaces.  Often, Level C projects enhance internal administrative processes without direct student impact. Continuing the above example, personal computers targeted for administrative purposes are found in Level C rather than in Level B.  All Level C projects are included in the respective institutional Master Plans, where applicable.

Level D - Other Renovations/Equipment - Critical New Construction

Projects in this category are those in which the failure to fund would not have an immediate detrimental effect on educational services.  However, if left unfunded, this would suggest that a significant re-evaluation of master plans and projected program offerings is in order.

Level E - Land Acquisition and All Other New Construction and Improvements

Projects in this category are those for which the units have demonstrated satisfactory justification.  Within a growth-based budgetary environment, these projects would be recommended on the basis of the project’s inclusion in institutional master plans.  These projects enhance or enlarge campuses, improve or expand campus development and are designed to increase the physical plant resources of the unit in order to meet increasing demand and/or changing needs.  In an environment in which contraction and/or maintenance of operating service levels is expected, these projects would be considered the least critical capital spending within the system.

November 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education approve the operating fund quarterly reports for the three-month period ending September 30, 2004, for the University of Connecticut, University of Connecticut Health Center, Connecticut State University, Community-Technical College System and Board for State Academic Awards for submission to the Office of Policy and Management and the Appropriations and Education Committees.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Computer Engineering Technology leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, to be offered by Central Connecticut State University, for a period of two years, until November 30, 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve modification of the accredited program in Accounting at Teikyo Post University, now to be offered on-line as well as on campus, leading to an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education endorse the General Education Statement of Principles and the General Education Recommendations made by the Connecticut Taskforce on General Education Review.  It is further recommended that the Board of Governors endorse the new language of Section 10a-34-15 of the Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Learning and that the Board charge the Commissioner and the Department of Higher Education to take the steps necessary to incorporate that new language into those Regulations.  And, it is recommended that the Taskforce’s General Education Recommendations be incorporated into the Statement of Principles as specific implementation guidelines for institutions and for the Department of Higher Education.

General Education Statement of Principles

General Education programs in Connecticut should provide a foundation for undergraduate work and life-long learning.  Their purpose is to provide informational substance while developing critical perspective and synthesis; to affirm human and intellectual values while liberating the imagination; and to encourage the critical examination of ideas and provide diverse perspectives necessary to such examination, for these are the processes that form the foundation for responsible citizenship and an enlightened culture and society.  

General education fulfills these goals by acquainting students with basic knowledge of (a) the past and present diversity of human achievements and perspectives at the levels of individuals, groups, and cultures; (b) how scientific and mathematical inquiry understand nature and enable technological development, and thus shape people’s lives by affecting  the economic and material frameworks of society; (c) how the arts and humanities foster insights about the human condition and encourage aspirations for the future, and (d) how the social sciences inform us of past efforts and guide future efforts at living together in political, economic, and cultural communities.

Furthermore, general education programs help students develop the cognitive flexibility and the skills necessary to face the changes and challenges of the future, particularly the abilities (a) to express themselves clearly and fully in both speech and writing, and to work collaboratively with others, (b) to reason independently, analytically, and quantitatively, and (c) to utilize informational technology to facilitate research and learning.

These expectations provide institutions great flexibility in their approach to and design of a general education program.  Institutions may serve the goals of general education through different sets of requirements and structures specific to their character and mission. Nevertheless, an institution must coherently define how its system of general education articulates these expected skills, knowledge, and abilities and how it will integrate them with one another and within the overall mission and educational philosophy of the institution. General education programs should constitute at least one-third of the undergraduate curriculum, balanced throughout the curriculum via distribution requirements or restricted electives. Institutions must assess their general education programs independently, to assure that they meet these goals separately from the purposes of the major and other elements of the undergraduate degree program.

To implement these Principles, the Board of Governors affirms

The Board of Governors has endorsed the following new language for Section 10a-34-15 Curriculum and Instruction, of the Regulations for Licensure and Accreditation of Institutions and Programs of Higher Learning.

(b)  General Education  The general education component of associate and baccalaureate degree programs must consist of a balanced and coherent program of required courses or restricted electives comprising at least one-third of the undergraduate curriculum (as prescribed in subsection (e) of Section 10a-34-17 of these regulations) , integrated into the undergraduate degree program and with measurable learning outcomes.  It should introduce students to multiple academic disciplines and modes of intellectual inquiry, thereby laying the foundation for life-long learning.  To do so, it should enable students to develop intellectual flexibility and to enhance essential skills, among them critical/ analytical thinking; quantitative reasoning; technological literacy; information literacy; communication (both written and oral); understanding of the values of responsible citizenship; appreciation of other cultures; and knowledge of the methods and goals of inquiry in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural and physical sciences.

Institutions should refer to the General Education Statement of Principles and to the General Education Recommendations, adopted by the Board of Governors for Higher Education in June 2004, as they develop and as they periodically review their general education programs to fulfill these expectations.  Copies of the Statement of Principles and the Recommendations are available from the Department of Higher Education and are included in all program applications.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the modification of a program in Art Therapy leading to a Graduate Certificate, to be offered by Albertus Magnus College, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure of a program in Computer Information Systems leading to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, to be offered by Briarwood College, for a period of two years, from December 1, 2004, through November 30, 2006, with the following stipulation:

October 2004

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors for Higher Education approve the FY 2004 annual reports on Endowed Chairs on the basis of evidenced use of funds against statutory purpose.

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors for Higher Education approve the operating fund quarterly reports for the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2004, for the University of Connecticut, University of Connecticut Health Center, Connecticut State University, Community-Technical College System and Board for State Academic Awards for submission to the Office of Policy and Management and the Appropriations and Education Committees.

Furthermore, it is recommended that the Board of Governors for Higher Education direct the commissioner to convene with representatives of the Governor’s Office, Office of Policy and Management and the constituent units for a policy discussion of the disposition of the one-time, unspent FY 04 operating funds with particular attention given to state and student priorities.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the application by Long Island University West Chester Graduate Campus to place students in its educator preparation programs for the required field experience and clinical practice in Connecticut schools, for a period of five years, from December 1, 2004 through November 30, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the application by Manhattanville College to place students in its educator preparation programs for the required field experience and clinical practice in Connecticut schools, for a period of five years, from December 1, 2004 through November 30, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors reaccredit Paier College of Art for a period of five years, from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure of a program in Martial Arts Studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, to be offered by the University of Bridgeport, for a period of two years, from November 1, 2004 through October 31, 2006.  It is further recommended that the University provide an interim progress report, due October 31, 2005, detailing its success in the following:

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the modification of the accredited program in E-Media leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, to be offered by Quinnipiac University, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the modification of the accredited program in General Studies leading to the Associate of Science (A.S.) and to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, to be offered by Teikyo Post University, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED: that the Board of Governors license a program in Applied Microbial Systems Analysis leading to the Master of Science degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, until October 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program leading to the Bachelor of General Studies degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, until October 2006.

September 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education approve the draft of the 2004 Affirmative Action Plan and authorize the Commissioner to approve the final draft of the 2004 report for submission to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities on or before October 15, 2004.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education, in keeping with their commitment to ensure affordable access for Connecticut residents, endorse the technical revisions to its Tuition and Fee Policy as provided in Attachment A.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education endorse the recommendations of its Performance Measures Task Force for modifications to the accountability measures for higher education as contained in Attachment A for inclusion in the 2005 Accountability Report.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education endorse the Department of Higher Education’s FY 2005-07 Biennial General Fund Current Services Request of $91,273,258 for FY 2006 and $91,643,112 for FY 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the NEASC assessment and grant accreditation to Hartford Seminary for a period of five years, until October 31, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the change in ownership and location of the International College of Hospitality Management and its previously approved programs. That the present accreditation remain in effect until May 2005. That the College submit a progress report in December 2004.  Further, that the Department conduct a comprehensive evaluation visit in Spring 2005.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license and accredit a program in Educational Technology, leading to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, to be offered by Northwestern Connecticut Community College, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Human Development and Family Studies, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, at Tri-Campus, for a period of three years, until September 30, 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Psychology leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, at Tri-Campus, for a period of three years, until September 30, 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license and accredit a program in Nursing, leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, Tri-Campus, in Waterbury, for a period of time concurrent with  institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Theater Arts, leading to the Associate of Arts degree, to be offered by Housatonic Community College, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.               

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Media Arts, leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, to be offered by the University of Hartford, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the modification of a program in Taxation, leading to the Master of Science degree, offered by the University of New Haven, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

June 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Business Administration, leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, offered by Albertus Magnus College through its New Dimensions program in East Hartford, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approves the licensure of a program in Criminal Justice leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree to be offered by Briarwood College, with the stipulation that the College should submit progress reports on the following subjects by April 1, 2005:

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approves the licensure of a program in Funeral Service Management leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree to be offered by Briarwood College, with the stipulation that the College should submit progress reports on the following subjects by April 1, 2005:

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approves the licensure of a program in Digital Film Making and Multimedia leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree to be offered by Gibbs College, with the stipulation that the College should submit progress reports on the following subjects by April 1, 2005:

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approves the licensure of a program in Pharmacy Technology leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree to be offered by Gibbs College, with the stipulation that the College should submit progress reports on the following subjects by April 1, 2005:

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Audiology leading to the Doctor of Audiology degree (Au. D.), to be offered by the University of Connecticut, until June 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Finance, leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and to a Certificate, offered online by Teikyo Post University, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Information Technology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, to be offered by the University of New Haven, until June 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve a program in Mechanical Engineering leading to the Master of Science degree, to be offered by the University of New Haven, at its off-campus site in New London.

May 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the Alternate Route for Literacy Specialist in Reading Language Arts Certification, to be offered by Albertus Magnus College under the auspices and direction of the Department of Higher Education’s Alternate Route to Certification program, for an initial period of three years.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the NEASC assessment and grant accreditation to Western Connecticut State University for a period of five years, until September 30, 2009.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure of an on-site and an on-line program in Computer Support Specialist, leading to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree and certificate programs in Computer Hardware Support Specialist and Computer Software Support Specialist, to be offered by the Capital Community College, for a period of two years, from May 1, 2004 through April 30, 2006. 

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Bioinformatics, leading to a graduate certificate, to be offered by the University of New Haven, for a  period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the operating fund quarterly reports for the nine-month period ending March 31, 2004, for the University of Connecticut, University of Connecticut Health Center, Connecticut State University, Community-Technical College System and Board for State Academic Awards for submission to the Office of Policy and Management and the Appropriations and Education Committees.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education recommend that the Commissioner allocate the Connecticut Aid to Public College Students (CAPCS) appropriation for the FY 2005 proportioning the existing formula to mitigate the impact of data errors

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors for Higher Education, subject to its responsibilities as contained in Section 10a-5 of the Connecticut General Statutes, approve the promotions of professional staff listed in Exhibit A, adjustments to job duties and compensation, listed in Exhibit B, and one-time merit awards listed in Exhibit C.  Further, that continuing contracts be offered to confidential employees and to Department managers as listed in Exhibit D, with all personnel actions to be effective with the pay period including July 1, 2004.  Finally, that the compensation ranges for department professional job classifications be increased by three percent as of October 1, 2004 to reflect cost of living changes over a two year period, as listed in Exhibit E.

April 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors extend the licensure of the program in Nursing leading to the Associate in Science degree, offered by Gateway Community College, until December 31, 2004.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors re-accredit the Graduate Institute for a period of five years, from June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2009, with the following stipulations that:

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors’ license the Legion of Christ College of Humanities and its Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program in Classical Humanities for a period of three years, until April 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Boards of Governors license a program in Organizational Leadership, leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, to be offered by Quinnipiac University, for a period of two years, until April 30, 2006.  It is additionally recommended that the University provide an interim report on the program to the Department of Higher Education, for review on or before April 1, 2005.  The   interim report should include the following elements:  a report on enrollments and an admissions profile; an update on program finances; a report on the success of program delivery, including advising support for students, the success of the accelerated courses as measured by student learning outcomes and competency assessments; and a report on faculty hiring and program participation, including advising responsibilities.  It is also recommended that the University provide a second report, updating these items, as part of its application for program accreditation.  It is further recommended that the University strengthen its program finances and develop metrics to drive results.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Early Childhood Education leading to the Associate in Science degree, to be offered by Middlesex Community College, concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Geriatric Rehabilitation and Wellness leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, to be offered by Sacred Heart University, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approves a program in school counseling leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree, to be offered by the Saint Joseph College, concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in nursing, leading to a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Social Work leading the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, concurrent with institutional accreditation.

March 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the proposed reorganization of the Alternate Route to Certification, with concomitant position description changes as detailed in Exhibit A and with the vacant position of consultant to be filled immediately by promotion as detailed in Exhibit B.  The balance of the reorganization is to be implemented through a search for a professional assistant and by promotion of the senior associate to the position of the associate director in the first pay period of FY 2005 as detailed in Exhibit C.

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors, in keeping with the commitment to ensure affordable access for Connecticut residents, while permitting some level of flexibility to the constituent units to provide quality higher education opportunities in times of limited state resources, endorse the revisions to its Tuition Policy Review Committee and comments received from the higher education community and direct the Commissioner to work with constituent units and bring back recommendations for technical changes to the policy in September, 2004.

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors, in light of the state’s goal of ensuring affordable access, encouraging college attendance and supporting workforce development in Connecticut especially in a time of economic instability and its newly revised tuition and fee policy as developed by all higher education partners, endorse the following recommendations concerning the 2004-05 tuition and fee adjustments:

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors approve a 3.1 percent tuition increase for the Alternate Route to Certification program to $3,200 effective with the ARC II Fall 2004-05 cohort.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the change of ownership of Goodwin  College and the change of status for Goodwin College to not-for-profit.  This  approval will result in the transfer of licensure and accreditation of the  institution and of all of its current approved educational programs, from Goodwin College to the Board of Trustees of New Goodwin College, Inc., for a  period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation, currently in force until  January 31, 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the consolidation of venues of  Business Administration programs, leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut, at 100 Constitution Plaza in Hartford, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Visual Communications, leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, to be offered by Gibbs College, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation, to be delivered at a facility at 270 Farmington Avenue, in Farmington, Connecticut.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program in Human Development and Family Studies leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, to be offered by the University of Connecticut in Stamford, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

February 2004

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors for Higher Education, subject to its responsibilities as contained in Section 10a-5 of the Connecticut General Statutes to select and employ a commissioner of higher education, to fix terms and conditions of employment, and to fix compensation for the position, approve the offer of a continuing contract to Commissioner Valerie F. Lewis, and authorize the board chair to conclude its terms and conditions with the proviso that no salary increase shall obtain until October 1, 2004 at which time the commissioner shall receive a three percent increase.

RESOLVED:   It is recommended that the Board of Governors approve the individual in the Department of Higher Education position of Director, Student Financial Aid, acting as an agent for the Board of Governors for Higher Education, for authorization to sign financial aid payment vouchers.

RESOLVED:   It is recommended that the 2004 Annual Report on the Board’s Strategic Plan to Ensure Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Connecticut Public Higher Education be approved and submitted to the Governor, the Connecticut General Assembly and interested parties.

RESOLVED:   It is recommended that the Board of Governors endorse Connecticut’s 2004 accountability report for higher education as attached and transmit it to both the Joint Standing Committee on Education and to the new standing committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement.

RESOLVED:   It is recommended that the Board of Governors approve the operating fund quarterly reports for the three-month period ending December 31, 2003, for the University of Connecticut, University of Connecticut Health Center, Connecticut State University, Community-Technical College System and Board for State Academic Awards for submission to the Office of Policy and Management and the Appropriations and Education Committees.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure of a program in Human Services leading to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, a certificate in Youth Development, or a certificate in Non-Profit Management, to be offered by Goodwin College from March 1, 2004 through February 28, 2006, with the following stipulations:

·    The College must develop articulation agreements with area four-year institutions of higher education so that its program graduates will have the opportunity to pursue their baccalaureate degrees;

·    The College must submit six-month reports, with the first one due by September 1, 2004, including detailed and well-developed syllabi, updates on library holdings and minutes of program advisory board meetings.  These progress reports will serve as a foundation for the future accreditation of the program.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license New England College of Finance, and the approved programs it offers in Connecticut, to operate in Connecticut for a period of three years, until April 30, 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Behavioral Studies leading to the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, to be offered by Northwestern Connecticut Community College, for a period of three years, until February 28, 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors extend the accreditation of Sacred Heart University through December 2008, with the expectation that the Department of Higher Education will receive a copy of the University’s fifth-year report and will use that as the foundation of its normal five-year accreditation review of the University in 2008.  It is further recommended that the Board of Governors limit the University’s accreditation at the doctoral degree level to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accept the NEASC assessment and grant accreditation to Trinity College until February 28, 2007.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license and accredit a program in Reading Literacy leading to a Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy, to be offered by Sacred Heart University, concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors grant approval to Sacred Heart University to offer at an off-campus site in Stamford previously approved programs in Elementary and in Secondary Education leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree and to a Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching; and the Intermediate Administrator Certificate, and a Sixth Year Certificate for Advanced Study in Administration, until March 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program in Instructional Technology leading to the Master of Science degree, to be offered by the University of Bridgeport, until February 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the licensure and accreditation of an advanced studies program in Education leading to a Sixth Year professional diploma in Education Leadership, a Sixth Year professional certificate in remedial reading and remedial language arts and in reading and language arts, or a Sixth Year degree in Education with the concentration in Elementary and Secondary Education, to be offered by the University of Bridgeport Graduate Center in Waterbury for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

January 2004

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit Briarwood College until December 31, 2008.  This recommendation is made with the understanding that the College will forward to the Department of Higher Education a copy of its Special Progress Report, due October 1, 2005, and that it will also forward a copy of the decisions and recommendations made by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges regarding that Special Progress Report.  The Department will rely on the decisions and recommendations of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to prepare a report to the Board of Governors about the College’s continuing progress during the five-year accreditation period.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit Mitchell College until December 31, 2008.  This recommendation is made with the understanding that the College will forward to the Department of Higher Education a copy of its Report to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, due in Fall 2005, and that it will also forward a copy of the decisions and recommendations made by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges regarding that Report. 

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license and accredit a program in Design for the Web, leading to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, to be offered by Norwalk Community College, for a period of time concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors license a program, called Individually Designed Major, leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, to be offered by Fairfield University, for a period of three years, until December 31, 2006.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program (via distance learning) in Philosophy leading to a Master of Arts in Philosophy, to be offered by Holy Apostles College, concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors accredit a program (via distance learning) in Theology leading to the Master of Arts degree to be offered by Holy Apostles College, concurrent with institutional accreditation.

RESOLVED:  that the Board of Governors approve the University of Bridgeport’s request to offer a program in Computer Science (on-line) leading to the Master of Science degree.

RESOLVED:   that the Board of Governors’ approve the University of Bridgeport’s request to offer a program in Technology Management (on-line) leading to the Master of Science degree.


  

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