NU Board of Regents to meet November 3
Lincoln, Neb. — The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln, on Friday, Nov. 3. Committee and task force meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Linda Pratt, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost at the University, will lead a presentation on "Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education," a national report appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. This important document focuses on accountability, access and affordability of higher education across the nation.

In another presentation, Richard Baier, Director of the State Department of Economic Development, will address the Regents about a report on aligning academic programs at the University with work force opportunities throughout Nebraska. Baier will speak during the committee meetings at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for committee meetings follows:

8 a.m. Strategic Framework Task Force
Topic: Strategic Framework
Presenters: Regent Howard Hawks, President James B. Milliken

8:30 a.m. Economic Development and Outreach Task Force
Topic: Workforce Development
Presenters: Richard Baier, Director of the State Department of Economic Development; Linda Pratt, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost; Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs

9:30 a.m. Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Update on overall ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Project (integration of data and processes into a single unified system)
Presenter: Walter Weir, Chief Information Officer

Topic: Disease Management
Presenter: Deb Thomas, Assistant Vice President for Administration

Topic: Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust Development Plans
Presenter: Regent Howard Hawks

11:00 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee
Topic: Workforce Development: Nursing Needs and Potential Regional Approach
Presenter: Dean Virginia Tilden, College of Nursing, UNMC

Topic: UNO Dual Enrollment Project
Presenter: Dr. Steve Bullock, Coordinator, UNO

Highlights of the board meeting include:

  • An update and timetable on LB605, which provides state funds for extensive renovation and replacement of aging facilities throughout the University system.
  • Approval of extending the PreK16 Initiative’s Dual-Enrollment Program, which allows high school students to earn college credits for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. A report on this program also is included in the morning committee meeting for Academic Affairs.
  • Approval of the Program Statement and Budget for the new Multicultural Center to be constructed east of the Nebraska Union on the University of Nebraska- Lincoln City Campus. The Center’s purpose is to provide a supportive atmosphere for bringing together the diverse student body at UNL, to develop programs and services that foster an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, and to enhance the recruitment and retention of minorities.
  • Approval of $3.4 million in capital improvements for the Nebraska Union on the UNL City Campus, the East Campus Union and University Housing facilities. The money will pay for improvements in carpeting, security systems, lighting, furniture, windows, exterior building and roof repairs.
  • Approval of a $2.5 million increase in the project budget for building the $18.6 million Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center at UNL, the new Nebraska Center for Virology. The increase will provide a larger shell space to allow for additional researchers.
  • Approval of the purchase of 1,280 acres of land in Keith County which will allow the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources West Central Research and Extension Center to relocate and expand research into water use and water efficiency in cropping and livestock production systems. Purchase price is $1.2 million.
The board also will receive reports on the 2006 fall enrollment, student credit hours, and the design development report for the South Stadium Office Building Renovation for Computer Science and Engineering at UNL.

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