NU Board of Regents to meet April 18
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, April 18, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.
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The Regents will hear presentations on a variety of issues related to priorities identified in the university’s Strategic Planning Framework.

The board will receive an update on the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a pilot project of accountability for undergraduate education that presents a web-based template for colleges to provide data and provide consistent, comparable and transparent information on the institutions and students, cost of attendance and core educational outcomes. The project – the result of a partnership between the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) – is at various stages of progress at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The Student Learning Assessment report also will include annual information on college assessment, licensure examinations and student engagement.

The Regents will hear presentations on outstanding research projects at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The university’s strategic framework specifically lists research – the pursuit of excellence and regional, national and international competitiveness in research and scholarly activity – as one of its major priorities.

University officials will report on establishing goals and benchmarks for improving entrepreneurship education, training and outreach. Entrepreneurship is one of the goals identified in the university’s Strategic Framework that aims at helping to build a talented, competitive workforce and knowledge-based economy in Nebraska in partnership with the state, private sector and other educational institutions. The agenda for morning committee meetings follows:

8:30 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Report: Research Presenters: Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost; Prem Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UNL; and Tom Rosenquist, Vice Chancellor for Research at UNMC
Topic: Strategic Framework Report: Student Learning Assessment
Presenter: Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost
Topic: Update on Student Information System
Presenter: David Crouse, chair of Steering Committee to study SIS

10:15 a.m. (time approximate) Business Affairs Committee
Topics: Preliminary 2008/2009 Budget; 2010/2011 Biennial Budget Development
Presenter: Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning
Topic: Pharmacy Tuition
Presenter: Courtney Fletcher, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at UNMC

11 a.m. (time approximate) Outreach and Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee
Topic: Strategic Framework Report: Entrepreneurship
Presenters: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs; Elizabeth Birnstihl, State 4-H Program
Administrator at UNL; and Tom Chapman, Market Analyst with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce

12 p.m. (approximate) Lunch break

1 p.m. Regular Board of Regents Meeting

Additional highlights of the day’s morning and afternoon sessions include:

Updates on the preliminary 2008/2009 budget, and the 2010/2011 biennial budget development.

Approval for the program statement and budget for renovation at the Barkley Memorial Center on the UNL East Campus. The renovation project would provide space for research and scholarly activity in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, specifically providing laboratories and office support in Hearing, Balance Evaluation and Rehabilitation.

Approval for the program statement and budget for a new residence hall on the UNL campus on the northeast corner of 17th and R streets. The new five-story hall would house 500 to 550 students in suite-style units and be completed the summer of 2010.

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