NU Board of Regents to meet March 7
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, March 7, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The Regents will consider program statements and budgets for major construction projects on several campuses.

A new College of Business Administration building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha: This new facility will be constructed on the UNO campus adjacent to the Peter Kiewit Institute, creating modern appropriate facilities, spaces for learning and collaboration, enhanced laboratory facilities and flexibility for future needs

A new College of Public Health Building at the University of Nebraska Medical Center: Regents established the College of Public Health at UNMC in July, 2006, to improve the health of the public in both rural and urban areas of Nebraska. This will further that vision with construction of a three-level, state-of-the-art facility located near 40th street north of the Student Life Center.

An addition to the College of Nursing building on the UNMC campus: The multi-story addition – east of the existing building – will provide additional space to accommodate enrollment growth, contemporary methods and technology, and expansion of research capacity.

An Education Center at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis: A state-of-the-art classroom facility will replace a number of old, inadequate and deficient classrooms – constructed in the 1930’s – with a new structure that will house the Horticulture Systems Division, provide additional space for the Veterinary Technology Systems and provide a student commons space.

The agenda for morning committee meetings follows:

9 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee
Topic: Update on Student Information System
Presenters: Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost; Walter Weir, Chief Information Officer
Topic: Report on Second Annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs
Topic: Strategic Framework Report: Faculty Merit Compensation
Presenter: Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning

10 a.m. (time approximate) Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Preliminary 2008/2009 Budget
Presenters: Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning
Topic: State Legislative Session Update
Presenter: Ron Withem, Associate Vice President for University Affairs and Director of Governmental Relations,
Topic: Fire Safety Report
Presenter: Rebecca Koller, Assistant Vice President and Director Facilities Planning and Management

12 p.m. (approximate) Lunch break

1 p.m. Board of Regents Meeting

Strategic Issues Topic: General Education Presenters: Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost; Barbara Couture, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Board meeting: regular agenda

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

Regents will hear a presentation on General Education, a periodic examination of necessary curriculum revisions aimed at creating a more engaging set of requirements to meet current student needs. Regents will hear a report on faculty compensation at the university and comparisons to those at peer institutions. The university’s first annual fire safety report will be presented. Regents will consider approval of a new Master of Arts Degree with a major in Art History at UNL, the only one offered in Nebraska. The degree is desirable for a wide variety of Nebraska art-related jobs, such as in appraisals, galleries, museums, community college teaching art centers, art education, and art libraries.

* The University of Nebraska Board of Regents committee and board meetings are audio stream

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