Regents to Consider Draft Strategic Plan, Set Room and Board Rates for Fall 2009

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 11, 2008 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider a draft strategic plan to guide the University for the next three to five years and room and board rates to take effect for the fall 2009 semester when it meets at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

The Regents will consider proposed fiscal 2010 rental rates for non-traditional housing, a proposed increase in the Residence Life Student Technology fee and a proposed fiscal 2010 Residence Life budget.

The Board will consider reducing the international student application fee and increasing the student orientation and textbook rental fees due to increased costs over the last three to five years. The Regents also will consider accepting the annual audit for the year ending June 30, 2008 from BKD LLP, including the annual financial report, A-133 Single Audit Report on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards and the System Facilities Financial Report.

The Regents will consider dividing the Department of Communication into two separate departments – the “Department of Communication Studies” and the “Department of Mass Media.” The Board also will consider approving the definition of an Academic “Center” and the protocol for establishing and continuing a Center.

The Board will consider several consent items: conferring of degrees for the 2008 summer session and fall 2008 commencement; a Faculty Senate bill on policies for posting consumer information regarding student evaluations; a new sport management option to the MBA Program; approving the Ohio Valley Conference Governing Board Certification Form for the 2008-2009 academic year; approving resolutions of honor for Wayne Smith, former vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation who recently left the University, the 2007-2008 men’s track team and coach of the year and the 2008 women’s gymnastic team for academic achievement; and reappointing Troy Vaughn, director of Recreation Services to the Show Me Center Board of Managers, and Dr. Jane Stephens, University provost, to the River Campus Board of Managers.

The Board will hear report items on initiatives under way by the Department of Agriculture and from the student representative to the Board of Regents, the president of Student Government and the chair of Faculty Senate.

In addition, the Regents will hear the President’s Report. It will include a report on the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures; a report to the Department of Higher Education on financial reports from the regional campuses; a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects; an update on Southeast Alumnus Neal E. Boyd, recent winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent;” and Southeast’s MBA Program featured in The Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools: 2009 Edition.” 

The Board will receive information on Global Entrepreneurship Week and events planned in connection with the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Board also will review a memorandum from State Senator Gary Nodler and State Representative Allen Icet that was sent to all state departments requesting impact statements for core cuts of 15 percent, 20 percent and 25 percent.  The University’s response must be submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education no later than Dec. 18, 2008.

The Regents will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. When the open session reconvenes, the final item of business will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.