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July 14, 2005, In Open Session

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2005, in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall, with members present and absent as follows:

Present:
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chairman
Mr. William Brammell, Jr.
Mr. Kevin Cogan
Ms. Donna Tinsley Denny
Mr. William Forman
Ms. Margaret Handmaker
Mr. Grant Helman
Ms. Jessica Loving
Prof. William Pierce
Mr. Steve Poe
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Mr. William Stone
Ms. Elizabeth Worland

Absent:
Ms. Marie Abrams
Judge Angela McCormick Bisig
Mr. Tommie Burns
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Nathaniel Green

From the University:
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chairman Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 11:17 a.m.

II. Executive Session

Pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f), Mr. Helman made a motion, which Mr. Cogan seconded, to go into executive session at 11:19 a.m. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Open Meeting Reconvenes

Chair Bridgeman reconvened the open session at 11:48 a.m. and reported that the Committee discussed a personnel matter and no action was required.

IV. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.


Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees

July 14, 2005, In Open Session

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 14, 2005, in the Jefferson Room of Grawemeyer Hall, with members present and absent as follows:

Present:
Mr. Ulysses L. Bridgeman, Jr., Chairman
Mr. William Brammell, Jr.
Mr. Kevin Cogan
Ms. Donna Tinsley Denny
Mr. William Forman
Ms. Margaret Handmaker
Mr. Grant Helman
Ms. Jessica Loving
Prof. William Pierce
Mr. Steve Poe
Mr. J. Chester Porter
Ms. Sandra Metts Snowden
Mr. William Stone
Ms. Elizabeth Worland

Absent:
Ms. Marie Abrams
Judge Angela McCormick Bisig
Mr. Tommie Burns
Mr. Owsley B. Frazier
Mr. Nathaniel Green

From the University:
Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, Executive Vice President and Provost
Ms. Angela D. Koshewa, University Counsel
Dr. Nancy Martin, Senior Vice President for Research
Dr. Larry Cook, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Mr. Dan Hall, Vice President for External Affairs
Mr. Ron Moore, Vice President for Information Technology
Dr. Denise Gifford, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Larry Owsley, Vice President for Business Affairs
Mr. Mike Curtin, Vice President for Finance
Dr. David Howarth, Associate University Provost
Mr. David Barker, Director of Audit Services
Mr. John Drees, Interim Associate VP for University Advancement
Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick, Special Assistant to the President
Ms. Anne Rademaker, Controller’s Office
Ms. Cheri Jones, Associate Director, Audit Services
Ms. Terri Rutledge, Asst. VP for Business Affairs
Ms. Carolyn Cochran, Provost’s Office
Ms. Kathleen M. Smith, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Debbie Dougherty, Board Liaison

I. Call to Order

Having determined a quorum present, Chair Bridgeman called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.

II. Consent Agenda

A. Approval of Minutes

  • Minutes from Board Meeting, 6/02/05
B. From the Personnel Committee
  • Approval of Monthly Personnel Recommendations
  • Approval of Alumni Fellows (Law, Dentistry)
C. From the Ad Hoc Committee on Compensation
  • Approval of 2005-06 Goals for the Office of the President
  • Approval of President’s Bonus and Compensation for 2005-06
  • Approval of Authorization to the Executive Committee to Act for the Board in Approving Changes to the President’s Contract in the Area of Deferred Compensation
  • Approval of Discretionary Bonuses to Members of the

Office of the President Leadership Team

D. From the Academic & Student Affairs Committee
  • Approval of the Institute for Democracy and Development
  • Approval of the BS/Master of Engineering in Bioengineering
E. Approval of Candidates and Degrees for August, 2005

Chairman Bridgeman read the roll of consent agenda items. Hearing no objection, Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Denny seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Action Item: Approval of Revisions to the Health Sciences Center Compliance Plan

Executive Vice President Cook reported that on April 13, 2003, the patient privacy component of the regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1998 (“HIPAA”) became effective.  These regulations imposed significant requirements on, among others, all health care providers who used electronic billing, which included substantially all of the clinical units of the School of Medicine as well as a large majority of its clinical faculty.  The University and its faculty were subject to substantial penalties if they were determined to be noncompliant with HIPAA.

Dr. Cook noted the Plan, which has been in effect since 1997 to assure billing compliance with the requirements of the Medicare and more recently Medicaid programs, has detailed procedures, including periodic and special audits, to enforce regulatory compliance in these areas.  By enacting the current amendments, the Plan can be equally effective at enforcing compliance with HIPAA requirements, and that implementation can be quickly achieved. Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Worland seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the attached amendments to the “University of Louisville School of Medicine Compliance Plan” (the “Plan”), effective July 1, 2005; and

that the President, Provost, and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs be authorized to carry out the Plan, as amended, in the manner set forth therein.

The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Action Item: Approval of Revisions to the Intellectual Property Policy

President Ramsey thanked Faculty Senate for its input regarding the proposed revisions of the Intellectual Property Policy. Dr. Ramsey asked Dr. Nancy Martin for an overview. Senior Vice President Martin disclosed the following:

  • Section 2.5.3 of the University’s Redbook requires the University to have a policy, approved by action of the Board of Trustees, which governs patents and copyrights. The current technology transfer policy that address patents and software copyrights was last revised in 1998 and it included a charge to the Intellectual Property Committee to complete a five-year review of the policy.
  • The current document was a result of that review and discussions with university stakeholders during the past year. The only substantive change to the document was the addition of an overhead fee to defray part of technology transfer costs (Sec. 9a). There are no other substantive changes in the policy.
  • The policy does have a different look, as: 1) it was organized into numbered and lettered sections to make it easier to reference when asking questions, 2) definitions that referenced several terms have been simplified into a single definition to make the policy easier to read, 3) clarifications and more examples have been added in order to make the policy easier to understand, and 4) practices which benefit faculty (i.e., *the ability to dedicate an invention to the public and the ability to provide proof of clear title on inventions in which the University does not have an ownership interest) have been formalized into the Policy itself.

Dr. Martin noted the Research Advisory Council, the Research Deans, and the Faculty Senate have reviewed and endorsed the revisions. University Counsel also has reviewed the policy. Prof. Pierce observed the Faculty Senate worked very closely with Vice President Martin’s office in crafting the document and faculty are satisfied with the proposed revisions. He said it was very designer/inventor friendly and will encourage creative people to come to the University and stay at the University. Mr. Helman made a motion, which Mr. Poe seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the Intellectual Property Policy dated July 1, 2005 (copy available upon request).

The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Martin departed the meeting.

V. Action Item: Approval of Resolution for Interim Financing

President Ramsey reported this proposal authorizes a financing agreement with the Kentucky Asset/Liability Commission and the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the purpose of providing interim financing for bond projects authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly. The bonds would be used for Cardinal Arena expansion, the Trager Multipurpose Field House, the renovation of the Home of the Innocents property, the Patterson baseball stadium/land acquisition, and Billy Minardi Hall. Dr. Ramsey asked Vice President Owsley for comment. Vice President Owsley noted the University has legislative authorization for a number of construction projects to be financed by tax-exempt bond proceeds. He further stated this resolution will allow the University to proceed with construction while preparing for the issuance of permanent financing. It also will allow for reimbursement of construction expenditures that have been financed internally pending the passage of the state budget. Mr. Helman made a motion, which Mr. Poe seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees adopt the resolution attached hereto approving the financing agreement among the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Asset/Liability Commission and the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the purpose of providing interim financing for bond projects authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly.

The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Action Item: Implementation of the Shelby Campus Master Plan

President Ramsey referenced previous discussions with the Board concerning the business strategic plan to develop the Shelby Campus. Dr. Ramsey noted the plan needed some refinements and asked Vice President Owsley to brief the Board. Dr. Ramsey thanked Trustees Kevin Cogan, Steve Poe and Sandy Metts for their counsel in working with this plan. Dr. Ramsey also recognized the leadership of Mr. Porter for creating an ad hoc committee of the University of Louisville Foundation to look at financing arrangements.

Mr. Owsley reviewed recommended action items as the next steps in implementing the Shelby Campus Master Plan. He noted they were the result of numerous discussions and presentations with the Trustees, community representatives, and University of Louisville Foundation leadership and planning consultants. In addition to the action items, Mr. Owsley discussed the following information provides an update on additional activities relating to implementation of the master plan:

“University Presence”: The University is pursuing three areas of focus for its core university presence on Shelby Campus. First, U of L has submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health for construction of a Regional Biosafety Laboratory-Level 3. A decision is expected in the late summer or early fall. Second, the University is evaluating a draft proposal for an Institute for Preparedness and Security (Attachment C). Third, the Provost is evaluating the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning's "Corporate Campus Conference Center Vision" statement (Attachment D). The latter two proposals will be vetted through the normal university process for academic program approval.

Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory: The University has selected an architectural firm to design the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory to be located in Burhans Hall, which is scheduled to be completed in summer 2006.

Green Space Implementation: The University has initiated meetings with Metro Parks and the Metropolitan Sewer District staff to begin the process of developing green and park space around the Shelby Campus consistent with the planning commitments discussed with neighborhood representatives.

District 18 Traffic Study: The University continues to participate in the “District 18 Traffic Study and Small Area Plan” funded by the Metro Government. UofL has presented the Shelby Campus plan but no actions or recommendations have resulted from that process. (Mr. Helman departed at 2:45 p.m.) Mr. Poe made a motion, which Ms. Handmaker seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees authorize action on the following four items, which are the result of the University's extensive discussions and consultation regarding the Shelby Campus Master Plan:

1. Planning Concepts

Action: Endorse the planning concepts embodied in the attached document entitled "First Stage Development: 0-5 Years" (copy available upon request), which was developed in response to feedback from the Board of Trustees.

2. Management Structure

Action: Authorize the creation of a non-profit corporation dedicated to development of the Shelby Campus with assistance from a private developer, who would be compensated by fees rather than profits.

3. University of Louisville Foundation Financial Participation

Action: Endorse the development of a proposal to the University of Louisville Foundation for a financial investment in the Shelby Campus, as part of its allocation to real estate investment trusts (REIT). This proposal could involve the Foundation's participation as a member of the non-profit management corporation.

4. Roadway/Transportation Development

Action: Endorse (1) a request to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to construct a connector roadway from Shelbyville Road to Hurstbourne Lane; and (2) a request to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Metro Government to address the traffic issues identified in the Shelby Campus Traffic Study dated November 1, 2004 (copy available upon request).

The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Action Items: Approval of Endowment Match Requests

President Ramsey reported the four recommendations request endowment matches from the Research Challenge Trust Fund to establish Bucks for Brains chairs. Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Denny seconded to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the establishment of a new endowed fund for pediatric outcomes research in the School of Medicine that will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program, and

authorize the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the creation of this new endowed fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Loving made a motion, which Ms. Metts seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the establishment of a new endowed fund for a Research Chair in School of Medicine that will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program; and

authorize the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the creation of this new endowed fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Metts made a motion, which Prof. Pierce seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the expansion of an existing endowed fund for a Chair in School of Medicine that will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program; and

authorize the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to expand this endowed fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

Prof. Pierce made a motion, which Ms. Loving seconded, to approve the

President’s recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve the establishment of a new endowed fund for a Professorship in School of Medicine that will be funded from the Commonwealth’s Endowment Match Program; and

authorize the Chair of the Board of Trustees to execute any documents required to complete the creation of this new endowed fund.

The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Information Item: Presentation of 2006-08 Capital Planning Projects

President Ramsey referred to the 2006-08 capital plan and asked Vice President Owsley to brief the Board. Mr. Owsley noted Administration would request formal adoption in Fall, 2005. Over the past several months the university administration has been updating its capital plan in preparation for the 2006 General Assembly. The University will request General Fund support for six projects and Agency Bond authorization for seven. He provided the following summary:

General Fund Projects

Priority - Agency/Category - General Fund Projects - Agency Bonds - Federal - Total

1 Capital Renewal Pool $22,000,000 - $22,000,000
2 Construct: HSC Research Facility IV 41,780,000 - $27,900,000 - 69,680,000
3 Renovate: Medical Dental Research Bldg. 19,800,000 - 19,800,000
4 Construct: Center for Predictive Medicine 13,000,000 - $22,000,000 - 35,200,000
5 Renovate: Life Sciences Bldg. 18,240,000 - 18,240,000
6 Construct: Belknap Research & Classroom Bldg. 39,852,000 - $26,568,000 66,420,000

Agency Bond Projects

Priority - Agency/Project Title Category - General Funds - Agency Bonds - Federal - Total

1 Construct: HSC Research Facility IV* $41,780,000 - $27,900,000 - $69,680,000
2 Construct: Residence Hall (500 beds) 33,172,000 - 33,172,000
3 Purchase: Support Services Land (along Arthur St ) 5,095,000 - 5,095,000
4 Construct: Belknap Research & Classroom Bldg.* 39,852,000 - 26,568,000 - 66,420,000
5 Expand: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium 39,182,000 - 39,182,000
6 Construct: Athletic Academic Support Facility 5,000,000 - 5,000,000
7 Construct: Boathouse for Women’s Rowing Program 2,947,000 - 2,947,000

* These projects are also included in the General Funds list.

Chairman Bridgeman thanked Vice President Owlsey for the update and advised that no action was required at this time.

IX. Report of the President

President Ramsey reported that Vice President Gifford has resigned from her position as Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Ramsey asked Dr. Gifford to update the Board on Student Affairs initiatives. Vice President Gifford noted that Noel-Levitz’s Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention reported that students persist when they are making progress toward educational and career goals, are satisfied with the quality of educational programs and services, and are engaged in the campus environment. Through the past decade, the University of Louisville Division of Student Affairs has led dramatic increase in student satisfaction levels and facilitated substantial gains in student engagement on campus. Highlights of Dr. Gifford’s report included:

Student Satisfaction Survey Documents Dramatic Improvement

The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, a national student satisfaction survey periodically administered to U of L students, demonstrated a dramatic increase in student satisfaction with Student Affairs programs and services from average levels in 1995 to 92% above mean satisfaction levels in 2002 as compared to 115,995 students at 128 other four-year public institutions. When examined as a subgroup, African American student results also improved dramatically in this time period in 86% of the questions. The National Student Satisfaction Inventory was administered twice during this past decade, and with the fall 2005 survey, we anticipate measured student satisfaction levels to surpass those of any other previous administrations.

Student Engagement Thrives

A themed approach for student activities and programs was implemented to focus on students’ personal growth and educational success through intentional programs and activities that address community, academics, respect, diversity, service and success (CARDSS.)

Student involvement on campus soared over the past decade as activities and events for students in the Red Barn and Student Activities Center increased from 114 student activities in 1995 to 665 alcohol-free student events and services in 2004, a 500+% improvement. The capstone event, the annual Campus Life awards luncheon, recognizes outstanding achievement of individual students and student organizations in programming and service to the University of Louisville and the community. The 2005 program bestowed 17 recognition awards for student involvement and six Campus Life awards, including the Spirit of Diversity and the Spirit of Service awards, Mr. and Ms. Cardinal, Disability Resource Center student of the year, ACCESS adult student learner awards, and many others.

Intramural and Recreational Sports participation increased from 10,000 user hours in 1995 to 18,000 different campus community users participating in at least one aspect of the Intramural and Recreational Sports program in 2004. The number of sports clubs doubled within the past decade, and three new facilities (Cardinal Corner game room with 5,000 users per month; Health Sciences Campus Fitness Facility, with over 250 users daily; and the Parkway Field complex) have provided an abundance of new participation opportunities. Last year alone, 6,000 students participated in at least one of the 30 individual, dual, and specialty events, the majority of whom were competing for the coveted All-Campus Points Championship. Two popular team sports, basketball and flag football, each attracted over 700 student participants last year.

New programs that engage students include the International Service Learning Program (winner of the NASPA Best Practices in International Education Award in 2003), which provided over 600 students a ten-day international service experience with academic credit awarded by 42 participating faculty.

The recently implemented National Student Exchange program offers our students the opportunity to exchange to NSE member campuses in other states and Canada without having to pay the high cost of out-of-state tuition. The NSE has provided a new university experience to U of L students who attend other universities while we in turn open our doors to NSE students from around the country. Over 120 U of L students have attended other participating NSE universities for at least one semester, and 45 students from NSE member schools have attended U of L.

Through the Service Learning office and the America Reads program, University of Louisville students have provided over 6,000 service hours annually to elementary school children in Jefferson County to increase literacy. Students in the Americorp Bonner Leaders program, initiated at U of L in 2001 by the Service Learning office, have contributed an additional average of 5,000+ service hours yearly to the metropolitan community.

The Parents’ Helpline, new in 2003, is a service offered by the Vice President for Student Affairs office to parents of all students, but particularly to those of first-year students. A member of the Vice President’s office staff responds personally to inquiries or problems from parents of students by coordinating responses with the departments involved. Last year the Parents’ Helpline documented 318 calls and e-mails, varying in subject from academic questions, to campus housing, to student health, to parking. The Helpline was established so that parents’ concerns receive smooth and expeditious resolution by only one phone call or e-mail. The Helpline can be accessed through a local phone number, a toll-free number, e-mail address, or the U of L Web site.

Overall resident satisfaction with housing facilities continues to improve with each year’s housing evaluation survey and demonstrates steadily increasing demand as reflected in progressively rising occupancy rates. Housing and Residence Life occupancy in 1994-1995 was 90% in the fall and 80% in the spring; in 2004-2005 it had risen to 98% in the fall and 95% in the spring.

In 1994, our Housing and Residence Life program developed a best practices first-year experience for incoming freshmen, modeled after the premier first-year experience program at the University of South Carolina . Upperclass mentors were hired, and Miller Hall was designated specifically as a first-year hall. While only about one-third of the freshman class was housed on campus in Miller and other halls in 1994, the number of freshmen living on campus increased steadily until fall 2004, when three halls were dedicated to first-year students. Currently over one-half the freshman class resides on campus. Consistently high retention rates for freshmen living in campus housing improve the overall freshman retention rate.

Housing and Residence Life cleared space in Threlkeld Hall for the Etscorn Honors Center and dedicated that residence hall to honors and honors eligible students. Sixty percent of Threlkeld spaces are given to returning honor students each year, with increased demand exceeding available space. Research shows that high occupancy levels result from successful, purposeful and satisfying student residential, educational experiences.

On campus living provides valuable real life, leadership experiences that supplement the academic experience. Housing and Residence Life presented extensive educational programs outside the classroom through 600 presentations, events, and activities for residential students in 2004-2005, a 24% increase from 1995 levels.

Greek Life and Recognized Student Organizations have increased student involvement on campus with the provision of over 31,000 community service hours in 2004 by students in 23 Greek organizations and 202 Recognized Student Organizations (up from 150 RSO’s in 1995). Examples of traditional annual Greek activities include the Fryberger Sing (1,700 in attendance), Greek Week (750 participants), and the NPHC Step Show (2,200 in attendance). All of these events have become so popular that they have outgrown the Red Barn and now must be held off campus to accommodate guests from both the university and the Louisville metropolitan community.

University-wide career and job fairs sponsored by the Career Development Center are attended by 120-140 recruiting employers and 1,000 students and alumni annually. More that 5,000 U of L students and alumni regularly utilize the career services eRecruiting system with access to over 11,000 local, regional and national jobs, ranging from student employment to professional jobs. Online career assessments, DISCOVER, Career Key, Strong Interest, and Campbell Skills Inventory complement career counseling and career development for U of L students and alumni.

Celebrating our diversity provides the focus for many Student Affairs programs and activities. Diversity initiatives and 1 CampUS programs and events such as Welcome Weekend, Unity Cookouts and Celebrations of Diversity, Diversity Dialogue sessions, diversity training for students, Campus Life’s annual Spirit of CARDSS Diversity awards, Intramural’s “Dare to Play Fair,” and Residence Life’s “Not in Our Halls: Hate Has no Home Here” are among the Division of Student Affairs’ most successful recent diversity initiatives. Our “Not in Our Halls: Hate Has No Home Here” program was recently awarded a ($500) educational grant at the annual Southeastern Association of Housing Officers conference for exemplary diversity programming.

Throughout the past decade, Student Services successfully implemented the massive student information computer system, providing computer access to services that previously required in-person office visits. In the year 1995, the electronic age began at U of L with a mere 57 hits on the then-new Admissions Web site. In 2005, a newly renovated self-service area in the Houchens Building gives students the opportunity to access the various online services with tutelage from staff as needed. Students can now easily access needed online services from home, from their residence hall rooms, or from any other remote location: application for admission, application for financial aid, scholarship applications, class registration, Orientation registration, grades, unofficial transcripts, degree audit, drop/add, application for on-campus housing, and even voting for Homecoming king and queen and Student Government Association elections.

In 1995, the Student Services office certified academic eligibility for 585 student athletes in 17 different varsity sports and processed 343 appeals for residency for tuition purposes, in contrast to 2004, when Student Services certified 1,041 student athletes and processed 135 residency appeals, a 178 % increase in student athlete eligibility assessments and a 254% decrease in residency appeals. The welcomed decline in the number of residency appeals is attributable to the thorough and effective residency process educational program initiated by Student Services.

Disabled students are increasingly successful in the classroom due to the work of the Disability Resource Center, which serves over 500 students each year by providing and coordinating accommodations for students with disabilities to facilitate equal access to university programs and services. Last year alone, the center provided 4,230 hours of hourly note-takers for 202 students in 643 classes, 3,155 hours of sign language interpreters, and 315 hours of real-time captionists. The past decade has brought significant progress in the acquisition of assistive technology for students with disabilities. Examples include scanners that allow in-house conversion of printed materials to electronic format, computer screen readers and screen magnification software that provide audio output for students with visual and reading disabilities, Braille translation software, and Braille embossers that provide conversion of printed materials to Brailled text.

ACCESS ( Adult Commuter Center and Evening Student Services) provides a “home away from home” and lunchtime programs for up to 400 students a day during fall and spring semesters. Efforts to decrease or modify these services have resulted in strong student and faculty affirmation that ACCESS provides significant student support and serves as an essential component of student success.

Newly constructed residential facilities, Johnson, Kurz, and Minardi halls, along with Community Park, increased on-campus living by 1,340 additional students, bringing the number of on-campus residents from 2,182 in 1996 to a total of 3,515 by 2006. Community Park will house upperclass students and offer beautiful community suites for five Greek organizations. With the addition of this new, state-of-the-art designated space, the university can boast that 21 of the current 23 Greek organizations have a dedicated on-campus location as well as a new, expansive green front lawn space for grills, volleyball, and socializing among groups.

The Student Government Association’s consistent advocacy in partnership with Student Affairs on behalf of student interests effected many new opportunities for students; the Cardinal Corner game room in the SAC, the HSC Fitness Center, Parkway Field, and the Ralph Wright Natatorium are all results of the Student Government Association’s commitment to better our students’ lives.

Collaboration and hard work have produced increasingly better academically qualified freshman classes while successfully focusing on student diversity. The freshman class profile has improved each year from an average ACT of 21.5 and high school GPA of 3.13 in 1999 to a projected average ACT of 23.6 and an average GPA of 3.43 in fall 2005. In addition to over $3 million in new scholarship monies from general funds, over $1 million was reallocated from other areas of Student Affairs to assure the successful achievement of the Challenge for Excellence freshman enrollment profile.

In 1994, the Financial Aid office provided over 23,000 awards with a total amount of $65,948,385 to 11, 500 enrolled students, while for the 2003-2004 aid year, the Financial Aid office processed over three times this number of awards totaling $125,310,996. Continued commitment to enhanced quality service and re-engineering of business practices resulted in the welcomed demise of the former long lines outside the Financial Aid office during the first week of school. Enhanced communication with students, setting earlier application deadlines, and technological advances have yielded a significant reduction in last-minute problems for students who once required staff intervention, while at the same time total financial aid awards increased exponentially.

As an extraordinarily successful decade concludes, the future will require sustained commitment and dedicated effort to assure continued improvement in the current high levels of student satisfaction at the University of Louisville. National student satisfaction surveys report that students with better academic preparation have higher expectations for their university experience in areas of campus services and quality of campus life than their less prepared counterparts. The University is confident that the next decade will produce further substantial increases in student satisfaction levels to meet or exceed the expectations of our finest assets: our students. On behalf of the Board, Chairman Bridgeman thanked Dr. Gifford for her dedication and wished her well in her new endeavors. Dr. Gifford received a round of applause.

X. Report of the Chairman

Chairman Bridgeman reported the Board of Trustees reviewed at a special meeting earlier today the performance of President Ramsey for 2004-05. Trustees praised President Ramsey’s outstanding leadership and noted many accomplishments that moved the University significantly toward its vision of becoming a nationally preeminent metropolitan research university. Chair Bridgeman recognized Dr. Ramsey’s skills in shaping a leadership team that has instilled confidence in the university community. Mr. Bridgeman further noted the Board acknowledged the President and Office of the President team accomplished 21 out of 22 goals set by the Board last year and achieved most goals at the highest performance levels. A summary of the evaluation follows:

Summary of the Trustees Evaluation of President James R. Ramsey

July 14, 2005

The Board of Trustees reviewed, on July 14, 2005, the performance of President James R. Ramsey for the period of 2004-05. The Trustees praised him for another outstanding year of leadership and noted his many accomplishments.

The Board acknowledged the President, with his leadership team, achieved 21 of the 22 annual goals the Trustees established for 2004-05. The Board also praised the President and his team for tackling many difficult and challenging strategic initiatives throughout the year and for achieving the excellent results reported. Examples of the achievements are:

  • Attaining all eight of the state goals in the Kentucky Plan, the only state institution to achieve such during the past year;
  • Launching a new Signature Partnership Initiative that engages the University with corporate, non-profit, and public partners to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our community;
  • Raising $65 million in new private contributions to enhance the University’s quest to become a preeminent metropolitan research university;
  • Aligning the University for exiting Conference USA as a champion and entering the Big East Conference as a strong competitor;
  • Hiring a new Executive Vice President for Health Affairs to lead UofL’s Health Sciences Center;
  • Implementing a capital construction plan that includes a major addition to the Ekstrom Library, a new state-of-the-art health sciences research building, outstanding new residence halls, a Cardiovascular Innovation research facility, privately-funded new athletic facilities, and other enhancements to the University’s campuses;
  • Elevating the University’s research program to achieve accreditations customary at premier national research institutions; to compete for research funding among top tier research schools; and to continue progress toward our $200 million long term goal; and
  • Serving as a leader in the higher education community to communicate effectively to the General Assembly the strategic importance of higher education to Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Board recognized 2004-05 as an exceptional year for President Ramsey. The Trustees also noted with enthusiasm the dedicated support of Jane Ramsey in carrying out the University’s initiatives. Her leadership of the Beautification Committee has sparked numerous compliments from students, alumni, neighbors, and many others about the transformation of the Belknap Campus.

Ms. Metts praised President Ramsey’s untiring efforts to forge ahead with the university’s goals and urged President Ramsey to slow down his pace a little to assure he has time to enjoy life while serving as president.

XI. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.


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