Regents to Consider Budget, Scope for Campus Renovation Projects

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 21, 2010 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider the scope of and a $58.3 million cost estimate for renovations to Academic Hall, renovations to and an addition to Magill Hall, completion of major deferred maintenance and repair projects across the campus needed in the next three years and conversion of the campus power plant to natural gas fuel when it meets Oct. 22.

The meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

The Regents also will consider whether to pursue funding through the Missouri Health and Education Facilities Authority (MOHEFA) to finance $55.3 million in capital project funds via a bond issue for the projects.

The Board will consider several academic program changes, including eliminating the bachelor of science in business administration: administrative systems management program and the administrative assistant certificate program, both in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business; renaming the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems to the Department of Accounting; and the off-site delivery of the bachelor of science degree in psychology at Southeast’s regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo., and at the Perryville Higher Education Center.

The Regents will consider awarding a contract for employee medical insurance to United Healthcare and several changes to employee medical benefits, sick leave and other leave benefits.

In addition, the Board will consider refinancing Series 2002 System Facilities Revenue Bonds.

Several consent items are on the agenda, including consideration of updates concerning grants and record retention in the Business Policy & Procedure Manual; approval of a contract with Lift for Life Academy; a resolution of honor for the 2009-2010 volleyball team winning the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award; and approval of the Ohio Valley Conference Governing Board Certification Form for 2010-2011.

Among the discussion items on the agenda are a report on revisions to the Faculty Handbook, an update on balancing the budget and discussion of a name change for the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education to the Great River College Center. 

The Board will hear the President’s Report which will include a report on an articulated program agreement between Logan College of Chiropractic and Southeast Missouri State University; a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects; a report on new academic programs approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education; and the 2010-2011 academic reaccreditation schedule.

The Regents will receive several information items, including: a brochure on the 2010-2011 University Speaker Series; an “Engage in 8” publication that included a schedule of campus activities during the first eight weeks of the semester; a publication on DegreeWorks – Finish in 4!, a new Web-based academic progress monitoring tool; the 2009 Public Safety & Transit Annual Report, including Southeast’s designation as the safest campus in Missouri; the “2010-2011 The Year of University Teamwork” handout from this fall’s Faculty/Staff Convocation during which the State of the University Address was presented; and the 2011-2012 Budget Request and the fiscal 2011-2012 Biennium Capital Budget Request, both submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

The Board will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. Then the open session reconvenes, the Regents will consider a motion to adjourn.