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SC CHE Minutes March 2000

SC CHE Minutes March 2000




1333 Main Street, Suite 200

Columbia, SC

March 2, 2000

10:30 a.m.


Mr. R. Austin Gilbert, Jr., Chairman

Ms. Rosemary H. Byerly

Ms. Dianne Chinnes

Ms. Susan Cole

Mr. Lawrence Gressette, Jr.

Ms. Cathy Harvin

Dr. Larry Jackson

Gen. Thomas R. Olsen

Mr. Bill Stern


Mr. Dalton B. Floyd, Jr.

Dr. Harry Lightsey, Jr.

Dr. David E. Shi


Dr. Rayburn Barton

Ms. Camille Brown

Mr. Michael Brown

Ms. Julie Carullo

Ms. Lorinda Copeland

Ms. Renea Eshleman

Mr. Charlie FitzSimons

Ms. Betsy Gunter

Ms. Yolanda Hudson

Mr. Walter Jackson

Dr. David Loope

Ms. Lynn Metcalf

Dr. Gail Morrison

Mr. John Smalls

Dr. Mike Smith

Ms. Jan Stewart

Suzette Walden


Dr. Tom Barton

Mr. Art Bjontegard

Dr. Diane Bradstettler

Ms. Joann Burt

Ms. Donna Colloins

Dr. Robert Cuttino

Mr. John Finan

Mr. Robert Gallager

Col. Kurt Holland

Dr. Jim Hudgins

Dr. David Hunter

Mr. Charlie Jeffcoat

Ms. Star Kepner

Mr. Thornton Kirby

Mr. Scott Ludlow

Mr. Don Massey

Dr. Harry G. Matthews

Mr. Gary McCombs

Mr. Bob Mellon

Dr. Bob Mignone

Mr. Walter Nardin

Ms. B.J. Nash

Ms. Jackie Olsen

Mr. Lawrence Ray

Mr. Charles Shawver

Dr. Jackie Skubal

Dr. John Sutusky

Dr. Marcia Welsh

Mr. Richard Williams

Dr. James Williamson


None Present

For the record,notification of the meeting was made to the media as required by the Freedom ofInformation Act.

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Chairman Gilbert, who thenasked Mr. Charlie FitzSimons to proceed with the introductions.

1.           Introductions

Guests were introduced and welcomed to the Commission meeting.

2.                 Approval of Minutes

A motion was made (Harvin), seconded (Jackson) and carriedto approve the minutes as submitted.

3.                 Committee Reports

3.01           Report of the ExecutiveCommittee                                 Chairman Austin Gilbert

                       (No Report)           


3.02         Report of the Committee on Academic Affairs

andLicensing                                                                                     Ms.Dianne Chinnes

                       (No Report)

3.03           Report of the Committee on Access, Equity & Student Services        -Ms. Susan Cole   

      (No Report)

3.04           Committee on Finance andFacilities                                        -Ms. Rosemary Byerly


A.  Consideration ofInterim Facilities Projects

   1. The Citadel

 a. Stadium End Zone Building– increase/revise scope/change name

   2. Clemson

       a. Athletic Support Facility I establishproject                       $    500,000

       b. Fike Recreation/Wellness Center – establish,A&E           $    500,000

       c.Harden Hall Renovate/Demo. – increase/revisescope         $ 1,245,000

                                                                       Total                   $  2,245,000

1.           Medical University of SC

a.  Basic Sciences Addition –increase/revisescope                     $  8,000,000

2.           USC Columbia

           a.  Basketball Arena – increase/change projectname         $ 41,500,000

3.           Winthrop University

a.  Sims Science BuildingAddition/Renovation –increase              $   2,500,000

                                                 Total                        $ 56,405,000


On behalf of the Committee on Finance and Facilities, a motion (Byerly)was made, seconded (Olsen) and carried to approve the aboveprojects.  During the discussion phase of the motion, the sources of fundsfor the basketball arena were clarified, as is explained in Attachment I.

4.           USC Columbia – Additional project not included in pre-meeting mailout. 

Major land acquisition at $ 9,850,000 – establishing a project, explainedby Mr. John Finan.

Land Purchase – West Campus Development

Source of Funds:      $4,924,000  -housing revenue bonds

              3,426,000   -institution bonds

              1,500,000   -institution funds


Full discussion and recommendation, Attachment II.

A motion (Jackson) was made, seconded (Chinnes), and carriedto approve the project as presented.

Mrs. Byerly mentioned a facilities tour scheduled for Monday, March 13 atCentral Carolina Technical College and USC Sumter and invited any Commissionmembers who wished to attend.

      3.05  Report of Committeeon Planning, Assessment

         And PerformanceFunding                                                            -Ms. Cathy Harvin

         Ms. Harvin presentedthe report from the Planning and Assessment Committee in the absence of DaltonFloyd, who was unable to attend today’s meeting.

         The Planningand Assessment Committee met on February 15 to discuss several items.  Thefollowing information items were discussed and presented here as informationitems.

¨                       The staff will develop recommendations for standards and criteria,allowing time for discussion with institutional representatives.  TheCommittee will consider these recommendations at a meeting in the afternoonfollowing the June 1 Commission meeting.

¨                       The Committee also plans to meet on June 20 to consider theawarding of performance improvement funding, the regulations to closeinstitutions, and any business not completed at the June 1 meeting.  Thecommittee is not contemplating recommending changes in measures for next year.

¨                       The Committee plans to present revised regulations for closing,expanding, or consolidating institutions as called for in Act 359 of 1996,considered at its June 20 meeting to the full Commission at its July meeting.

¨                       Systemic issues raised in data verification were distributed atthe Committee meeting and are posted on the Commission’s web page.

¨                       The Committee has approved a schedule for the rating process forthe current year that allows a two-week period for institutions to respond ifthey have concerns about the staff analysis.  Institutions are asked torespond in writing if they have concerns.  The Committee will have the opportunity to review both the institutions’ written statement ofconcerns and the staff response prior to the April 25 Committee meeting toconsider ratings.

¨                       The results of a statistical study of ranges done by Professor DonEdwards of the University of South Carolina to analyzed the impact of differentranges for a meets or “achieve” score suggested that a range of more than 1%would be helpful in reducing the impact of chance variation and normalfluctuations in data on scores.  It also provided an excellent display ofdata on each indicator and suggested that use of a % performance improvementmight work as well as institutionally proposed benchmarks.


A.Consideration of Staff Recommendations for Ranges for 1999-2000

Performance Ratings

Recommendation:  Based on information considered at the FebruaryPlanning and Assessment Committee meeting, the Planning and Assessment Committeerecommends that the Commission adopt using a range of plus or minus 3% ofinstitutional benchmarks for all indicators except Indicator 2D.  ForIndicator 2D (Compensation of Faculty), the Committee recommends a range of plusor minus 1% of institutional benchmarks.  These ranges are beingrecommended for adoption for use in the 1999-2000 rating process.  (AttachmentIII)

On behalf of the Planning and Assessment Committee, a motion (Harvin)was made, seconded (Gressette), and carried to approve the aboverecommendation.

B.Considerationof Measurement of 7C for 1999-00 Performance Year for

  Regional Campuses

Reviewing Indicator 7C (Employer Feedback ongraduates who were employed or not employed) and current requirements, stafffinds that the regional campuses of the University of South Carolina should beexempted from measurement on this indicator due to the mission specified inlegislation for this sector and recommends that the Commission approve theCommittee’s recommendation to exempt regional campuses from measurement onindicator 7C.  (ATT IV)

On behalf of the Committee, a motion (Harvin)was made, seconded (Olsen), and carried to approve therecommendation as stated above.


C.Consideration of Guidelines for Performance Improvement Funding

Attachment V to these minutes outlines and discusses in full Guidelinesfor Performance Improvement Funding, Fiscal Year 2000-2001

On behalf of the Committee, a motion (Harvin) was made, seconded(Chinnes) and carried to approve the Guidelines as presented.

D.Consideration of Staff Evaluations for Indicator 1E, Attainment of Goals ofStrategic Plan

This  Indicator is considered separately from the rest of theperformance rating process since it is qualitative rather thanquantitative.  The staff analysis of this topic is Attachment VI. It was noted that the staff would develop clearer guidelines for this measure inthe future so there will be more consistency. 

On behalf of the Committee, a motion (Harvin) was made, seconded (Chinnes),and carried to accept the recommendation of the Commission staff asindicated in Attachment VI.

         E.  Data VerificationUpdate, Attachment VII was distributed at the meeting butnot                         verbally addressed.


5.         Report of the ExecutiveDirector                                                                   Rayburn Barton


¨     Legislative Update – Detailed budget information was distributedin the last Friday Notes and is not repeated here.  In summary, theHouse Ways and Means Committee has adopted a budget for higher education. Four important items requested by the Commission and recommended favorably bythe Governor have been endorsed by the committee:  1) research grants - thegovernor recommended 7.5 million, and the committee is recommending a total of 4million for competitive grants.  This is encouraging in that it is up from2.5 million last year.  2) CHE adopted a resolution encouraging fullpayment of salary increases for all classes.  The House Ways and Meansbudget is recommending 4.7 million for that particular item.  3) CHErequested that the $63 million received last year in non-recurring funds forperformance funding be made recurring and the committee is recommending that27.7 million of those 63 million be made recurring, thereby placing it in thebase budget for the institutions.  4.  The House is also recommendinga 14.8 million increase in the LIFE scholarship program. 

¨     MRR Validation Study – The study is scheduled to be presented tothe Commission in May.

¨     Higher Education Finance Study – peer groups have beenidentified and we are working with SREB to complete the study, which will bepresented to the Commission in May.  Mark Musick, President of SREB, couldnot present the study in April.

¨     Business Advisory Council – Last year the Business Advisorycouncil recommended that CHE conduct a market analysis of future job needsrelated to the number of graduates from the State’s colleges anduniversities.  Within the last six months, Georgia Tech Universityconducted such a study for the Georgia Board of Regents.  Tom Persons,President, South Carolina Technology Alliance, has agreed to fund and to sponsora similar study in South Carolina in partnership with CHE.  When completed,the study will be a valuable tool for advocating an increased role for highereducation in the State’s economic development.

¨     The Baruch Foundation will hold an Open House at Hobcaw Barony onApril 6 and 7 to increase awareness among public and private college anduniversity faculty about research opportunities that exist there.  Clemsonand the University of South Carolina have been involved in research projectsthere for several years.  The Baruch Foundation is beginning a new stipendprogram to make monies for research available to faculty at all four-yearinstitutions in the State, both public and private. 

There were presentations by Dr. James Williamson, President ofWilliamsburg Technical College and Dr. Tom Barton, President ofGreenville Technical College, introduced by Dr. Jim Hudgins, ExecutiveDirector, State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education.

6.     Other Business

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m.



                                                                       Respectfully submitted,


                                                                              Betsy R. Gunter