Regents to Consider Plan for Program Review

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 18, 2003 – In light of a trend to decrease state appropriations, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Sept. 19 will consider approving a program review plan that ultimately could result in University programs being reduced or eliminated.

The meeting is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall.

The Board is expected to consider proposed processes and timelines for reviewing academic and non-academic programs and to determine which academic programs should fall under the first phase of the program review. The Regents also will consider approving a change in the faculty ratio between tenured/tenure track and non-tenured faculty to an 80-20 ratio.

In other action, the Board will consider several measures related to the development of the River Campus. Among those items, the Board will consider submitting a grant application to the Missouri Department of Transportation to obtain enhancement funding for a new Affiliated Welcome Center at the River Campus and to approve funding of a local match for the center.

The Board also is expected to consider a motion requesting that the Southeast Missouri University Foundation turn over the title for the River Campus property to the University. Southeast officials say plans for the financing and construction of the project have reached the point at which the title to the property needs to be placed with the University.

The Regents also will consider a motion to approve an annual appropriation for fiscal 2004 debt service obligations on bonds issued for the River Campus project. Documents relating to the bonds require that the University make payments based on amounts the Board of Regents appropriates annually. In a related item, the Board will consider approving a resolution for the Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2003A, and Variable Rate Demand Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2003B, for the River Campus project. The resolution would officially authorize and direct issuing of the bonds, the proceeds of which would be used to finance the River Campus and a portion of the purchase of the First Baptist Church properties, to fund capitalized interest and a debt service reserve fund, and pay for the associated cost of issuing the bonds.

In other action, the Board will consider the FY2005 operating budget request for submission to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. The proposed budget request includes $87.4 million for core program requirements and $13.3 million for other major funding needs of the University.

The Regents also will consider implementing off-campus graduate programs in counseling and will hear a report from President Kenneth W. Dobbins. The President’s Report will include official 2003 NCAA Graduation Rates Reports, a report on the dedication and grand opening of the new Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Laboratory and a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects. The President’s Report also will include handouts from the recent faculty and staff convocation and letters to the campus; an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding The Gold of Cape Girardeau, the first book published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press; an editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch concerning The Lift for Life Academy; an article from the Perry County Republic Monitor regarding the Perryville Higher Education Center; and an article from Venue News regarding David Ross, director of the Show Me Center.

Members of the Board will receive several informational materials, including the University’s capital budget request for fiscal 2005, the Donald L. Harrison College of Business’ Southeast Business Review, Academic Year 2002-2003, and the summer 2003 edition of Museum Newsletter.

A motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations will be the final item of business on the agenda. When the open session reconvenes, the only item on the agenda will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.