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Board of Regents Action
September 22, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met today, Sept. 22, in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at

Action Items

• Approved minutes from the open session meeting of June 26, 2017 (Page 3)

 Report Item 

• University President’s Report. President Carlos Vargas shared updates from each of the University's divisions.  

Action Items

Approved addition of Section 10, Information Technology, to the Business Policies and Procedures Manual and the policy statementsThis section ensures the appropriate use of all Southeast computer, telecommunications and network systems to protect the integrity of these systems. The policies apply to all users of the systems, including students, faculty, staff and individuals or groups granted access to University information technology and network systems. The addition to the Business Policies and Procedures Manual is effective with the Fall 2017 semester and replaces the technology-related guidelines currently maintained and administered by Information Technology. (Page 18)

Approved the transfer of a special course fee on the Drawing for Theatre II course beginning with the spring 2018 semester. This simply moves a previously approved $20 special course fee for Drawing for Theatre II from the erroneously requested course number, TH365, in May 2017 to the correct course number, TH267. (Page 32)

Approved revised policy statements for Section 02-18, Refund for Tuition, General, and Course Fees, effective with the fall 2017 semester. The revised policy statement, effective with the fall 2017 semester, has been updated to include additional course-related fees, such as program and web fees, that have been developed over the past few years and outlines procedures for Federal Title IV credits and returns.  (Page 33)

Approved new academic programs, including a new Master of Arts in Teaching for STEM areas and a new film and literature minor.  The new Master of Arts in Teaching will be fully online and the only program of its kind in Missouri when it begins in January 2018. The Master of Arts in Teaching with secondary level licensure is for students who have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth science or physics. Students pursuing the new minor in film and literature will examine the relationship between film and literature, particularly the visual adaptation of literature into film. It will complement majors in fields such as literature, mass media and theatre.
Read more … (Page 36)

 Renewed the charter of the Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis. The Regents renewed the charter from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023, and endorsed a plan to expand the school’s service to include Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Lift for Life Academy currently serves students in grades six through 12. The initial charter for the Lift for Life Academy was approved by the Board of Regents in April 2000.  The new plan will be presented to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval at its December meeting.
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 Heard a Master Plan presentation from the Lawrence Group and approved a budget to renovate the Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center at 1025 N. Sprigg and to redesign the space beginning in FY18 as a permanent new home for the University’s Office of International Education and Services (IES) and the Intensive English Program (IEP). The facilities will be renovated to create a collaborative workspace and living/learning environment that supports the University’s goals of internationalization and globalization. The facilities will be renovated for academic and housing purposes of IES and IEP, as well as Southeast’s teaching kitchen currently used by the hospitality management program in Dearmont Hall.
Read more … (Page 72)

 Approved a change to the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) to reduce the number of directors of the corporation to “not less than three and not more than nine” from the current “not less than nine and not more than 15.” The change comes with the recent development of the Economic and Business Engagement Center that administers economic development and community outreach activities previously handled by the MIC.  The MIC’s scope of activities is now revolving loan programs and funding from the Missouri Technology Corporation. (Page 73)

Report Items

• Student presentation from Damon Washington, a Southeast integrated marketing and sales management major

• Report from Student Government Secretary Hannah Ross 

• Report from Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Jim McGill 

• Report on Quality Assurance of Online Courses Impact 2017 presented by Dr. Bethany Alden Rivers, associate provost for academic effectiveness and student success (Page 84)

• Progress Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects presented by Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration (Page 85)

• Institutional Updates 

           --Fall 2017 Enrollment report presentation by Dr. Debbie Below, vice    
              president for enrollment management and student success and dean of        
              students. (Page 118)

          --Budget presentation by Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and
             administration (Page 126)

Action Item

• Approved motion for closed session for appropriate considerations related to legal matters and hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel. 

Action Item

• After the closed session, the Board returned to open session and announced actions taken in closed executive session. These included their approval of the minutes and that a discussion was held related to legal matters and hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel.

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