Today, I attended the UM Board of Regents meeting that was for all three campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint). The thing stretched on for 3 hours, so I felt a need to take notes to make it worth my time. Here’s what happened:
1) There was a report regarding finding new revenue streams for the University. Apparently up in Ann Arbor they talked around, and got 530 ideas from 350 people.
2) There was talk of preparing the University of Michigan Health System for the new health care bill objectives and statutes. Also spoke of preparing for the bill to be changed in the near future.
3) Scholarship of Engagement, regarding the U of M – Dearborn’s Women & Gender Studies program. Discussed how the program has been supporting women’s education at all levels. Talked about the Women in Leadership and Leadership (WILL) program, that is aimed at increasing women in those positions, and the acceptance thereof.
1) The engineering program at UM acquired something on the order of $50 million so that they can teach NROTC students the aspects of naval engineering (a required class for NROTC students, as previously researched) and naval architecture.
2) A 3% increase in the 2010-2011 University Housing Residence Hall rates and a 1% increase in the Northwood Community Apartment rates was approved by the board.
3) Chris Armstrong from the Michigan Student Assembly said that they were preparing for the fall 2010 elections by getting students registered to vote. They are also having some kinda hippie celebration for the Peace Corps’ anniversary. MSA is pushing for Teachers for America fund backing from Congress. They are starting a ‘Get Involved’ campaign to promote student involvement on campus and a broader base of activities. His last remarks were for the Regents to consider accessibility to education when considering tuition increases.
4) There is a plan in place for a North campus chiller plant (I’m assuming in Ann Arbor)
5) The University Hospital put forth a plan for expansion and increased emergency services.
6) $2.5 million is to be spent on a practice golf course…. yea.
7) Approval was attained for an improvement of the 2012-2013 course calendar.
1) Douglas Smith (alumnus, Ann Arbor), expressed concern regarding the Department of Public Safety (DPS). He stated that the administration was misusing and mismanaging the DPS for the elimination of unwanted faculty/students, and the fact that there was currently a lacking oversight committee that is required.
2) Bill Kauffman (Professor, retired, Department of Aerospace Engineering) spoke about the corruption and plagiarism running rampant through the University/administration. He also commented on the lack of a real election on the Board of Regents, as there is no primary; the members running are selected by their peers. His most intriguing points were in regards to the ChiCom invasion of education and industry in the United States, most distressingly at the University of Michigan. He ran out of time, but when I spoke with him, he said that the FBI had requested a meeting with Mary Sue Coleman in regards to her support and allowance of advanced rocket and nuclear technology education of Chinese nationals, but that she had refused to meet with them.
3) Cardi DeMonaco (President, Student Association of Michigan/ UMD student) requested that the Board stop raising tuition (considering the EMU tuition freeze, and suggesting a reduction in power consumption and wasteful spending) and do something about the prices of books at the bookstore.
4) Bonnie Halloran (representing the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO)) discussed the LEO contract obligations. She was asking for: A) Whole benefits for part-time lecturers who met certain time in criterion. B) Compensation on par with that of at least high school educators with similar qualifications (Master’s degree). C) The reinstatement of Dr. Kirsten Harold, who was apparently wrongly dismissed from UM’s English department for her support of LEO. The Board responded with 1) File a grievance & 2) Step up negotiations on both sides.
5) Don Anderson (Professor, retired, UMD Political Science department/ represented the Committee on Retiree Health Benefits) simply asked the Board to maintain their commitment oh health benefits to retired faculty and staff. If it is found absolutely necessary to cut back benefits, he said it should be done gradually, and with much consideration.
6) Linda Martinson ( former accelerated nursing student) said that in October of 2007, she was without warning or provocation, warned of trespassing on campus at the University Hospital (this means that she was banned from the premises and not allowed to finish her program). The Vice President Harper authorized the charge of trespassing. Three weeks later, without her knowledge or presence, a hearing was held attempting to withdraw her from the University. Ties into Smith’s discussion of DPS misuse. Culminated with the University’s lack of integrity.
That’s all I got! 🙂 Thanks for lookin’!