Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda | May 18, 2023

Board of Trustees Meeting Full Board Packet May 2023


THURSDAY, May 18, 2023

Location: Wellington Event Center


Executive Session Briefing

As allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (1)(i)


Business Meeting begins – Call to Order (Robert Nellams)


President’s Report (Jim Wohlpart)


Work Session


Provost’s Report (Michelle DenBeste)

12:15-1:00 Lunch No business conducted.


Enrollment and Budget Update (Joel Klucking)


State Legislative Update (Andrew Morse, Alethia Miller, Steve DuPont)


Meeting adjourns for the afternoon


Board Members visit classes (various locations on campus)

No business conducted.


Meeting begins


HSI Presentation


Expected Adjournment


SOURCE Closing Reception & Awards – SURC Ballroom A

No business will be conducted.


Board Dinner (Trustees, Alan Smith, Jim and Sasha Wohlpart)

No business conducted.

May 11, 2023

CWU Trustees Agenda for May 18-19, 2023

FRIDAY, May 19, 2023

Location: Wellington Event Center


Business Meeting begins – Call to Order (Robert Nellams)


Action Agenda


Website Update (Andrew Morse & Marty Romero)


HSI Presentation (Veronica Gomez Vilchis, David Song, Christina Torres-Garcia, Arturo



I-90 Wildlife Corridor – High Impact Practices Presentation (Kristina Ernest, Jason Irwin,

Omar Torres-Cassio, Marianne Thompson, Ivan Beck)


Expected Adjournment


Central Washington University Board of Trustees May 18, 2023

ACTION – Approval of the minutes of the regular meetings of February 16-17, 2023.

We recommend the following motion: The Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby approves the minutes of the regular meetings of February 16-17, 2023.


Dania Cochran Secretary to the Board

Approved for Submittal to the Board:

Jim Wohlpart President

Board of Trustees Minutes Board Meeting Wellington Event Center February 16-17, 2023


FEBRUARY 16, 2023

BOARD WORK SESSION Trustees Present: Robert Nellams, Chair (via Zoom) Erin Black Jeff Charbonneau Gladys Gillis David Hartless Jeff Hensler Zabrina Jenkins Staff to the Board: Jim Wohlpart, President

Dania Cochran, Interim Board Secretary and Executive Office & Project Manager Joel Klucking, Board Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration Kim Dawson, Executive Assistant to the President/Board of Trustees Alan Smith, Assistant Attorney General Executive Faculty & Staff: Michelle DenBeste, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Andrew Morse, Chief of Staff & Interim Vice President for Public Affairs Ginny Tomlinson, Associate Vice President, Information Services & Security

Chair Nellams joined the meeting via Zoom, so Erin Black was asked to lead the board meetings on February 16 and 17. Ms. Black called the board work session to order at 10:01 a.m. Approval of Agenda Motion 22-26: Ms. Jenkins moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University approve the agenda of the meetings of February 16 and 17, 2023. Mr. Hensler seconded the motion, which the board unanimously approved. Approval of Minutes Motion 22-27: Ms. Jenkins moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University approve the minutes from the meetings of October 20 and 21, 2022. Mr. Hensler seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

Official Communications Since our last meeting the board has received four communications, which are included in your briefing materials: o Email and attachment, January 17, 2023, from Vanesa Arostegui, regarding an issue with a Practicum class. o Email, January 18, 2023, from Neyda Flores, Washington State Auditor’s Office, regarding CWU’s Audit Entrance Conference. o Email, January 27, 2023, from Dr. Leah Batty-Hibbs & Dr. Michael Drane, Triumph Treatment Services, regarding a graduate student in CWU’s Mental Health Counseling program. o Email, January 27, 2023, from Jade Hall, Josiah Hogan, Caity Oliger, Rusty Whitehall, Simona Wood, and Bria Wright (members of CWU’s Mental Health Counseling Cohort), regarding Vanesa Arotegui. Public Comment We have three people who have signed up for Public Comment today.

Tom Mount, Psychology Instructor at Yakima Valley College Leah Batty-Hibbs, Chief Clinical Officer, Triumph Services in Yakima, WA Vanessa Arostegui, CWU Student

Each participant was given three minutes to speak regarding CWU’s Mental Health Counseling program.

President’s Report President Wohlpart outlined the board meetings for the next two days and gave an update on our Values and Strategic Plan. He explained that departments and offices across the university have been asked to gather to review the draft models and identify strengths and weaknesses. Feedback is due Friday, March 17, 2023. The Steering Committee will meet soon after and review the feedback. The group will finalize a Values and Strategic Plan framework that will be shared with the university community. Additional campus conversations will continue so that we can develop initiatives and action items for the Strategic Plan, as well as key performance indicators that will help us measure our success. President Wohlpart recognized Wildcats doing great things: • David Puente, Jr., CWU Alum, who was recently appointed as Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. • Emma Crowe, CWU Student, who represented CWU at the United Nations Green Summit • CWU, a 2022-23 Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars • Robert Nellams, Board Chair, 40 years of service as the Executive Director of the Seattle Center Budget Update Vice President Klucking gave the board an update on FY23 State and Local Funds. He explained that salary savings are now being scooped each month to help fill the gap in expenses. In addition, departments are doing a really good job of saving. The last of the HERFF federal money is assisting with the Systems Funds again this year.

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Due to inflation and lower enrollments, a housing and dining rate increase is included in the action agenda on Friday. In addition, a summer session rate increase consistent with the academic year rate increases will be proposed on Friday as well. The November State Revenue Forecast indicated a $681M revenue increase for the 2023-2025 biennium ($66B), so the Washington economy continues to expand, but inflation remains high, and housing has weakened. The next quarterly revenue forecast comes out later in February and informs the legislature in March for the biennial budget. The Governor’s proposed operating and capital budgets look positive for CWU. Research Presentation Provost DenBeste introduced faculty members Lisa Ely and Carey Gazis, who led a presentation titled, “Preserving the water resources of the Yakima River basin for future generations.” Dr. Gazis gave some background on the research project and a brief history of the Yakima River basin. She explained that due to over allocating of water, competing demands and climate change, the need for an integrated, long-term plan for the Yakima Basin is very important.

Dr. Ely then introduced the students and each student talked briefly about their research:

• Emily Polizzi – graduate student, Groundwater Storage; what the sediment layers tell us about their ability to store and move groundwater? • Edward Vlasenko – graduate student, Water Budget; how much water is lost at Taneum Creek in the summer by evaporation and transpiration? • Brice Liedtke – undergraduate student, summer field assistant received hands-on field experience. • Lindsay Henning – graduate student, Groundwater Modeling; Can we use a groundwater model to predict the interaction between the surface water and groundwater at a site on the Teanaway River? • Rhiannon Whitehead – undergraduate student, Keck Summer Scholar, worked with the Mid- Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group. • Silas Sleeper – alumnus, Groundwater Geochemistry; Can we identify potential underground reservoirs using chemistry? Dr. Ely summarized that 80 students participate in the field each year. Their class projects address current water resources questions in the Yakima River basin. Students collect and analyze data. They present findings and solutions and work with stakeholder organizations, which assists them gaining employment in environmental geology in our region.

Meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

Trustees had lunch with students in Sue Dining. No business was conducted.

Ms. Black reconvened the board work session in Wellington Event Center at 1:18 p.m.

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Brand Update Dr. Morse gave an update on CWU’s new brand. He reported that the Brand Summits on January 27 and February 3 were well attended. He added that CWU’s brand promise is the distilled essence and heart of our brand – We See Futures. Our brand voice should sound like a person and be real, active, warm, and confident. Key messages need to be distilled statements that convey our brand promise to audiences. The Public Affairs team has designed templated kits for the campus to use. Photo and video are among our biggest storytelling platforms so it’s imperative they align with our brand. They should be authentic, show relationships and interactions. They should also celebrate authentic diversity of backgrounds, identities, age, and modes of self-expression. We will retire the medallion and will use a single, simplified logo to enhance brand consistency – CWU with the mountains logo. Public Affairs has developed a brand webpage that has a wealth of information. The group will discuss taglines at the Friday board meeting. CWU Safe Dr. Morse gave some background information on CWU Safe and then introduced Marissa Howat and Cindy Coe, co-chairs of the group. The CWU Safe Work Group convenes as a large group for a series of focused topics related to gender-based violence prevention policy and procedure, high impact practices, and an overview of the current state of institutional policy and procedure at Central. In addition, the group will facilitate intentional and reflective conversations related to creating shared, university-wide ownership of trauma-informed and equity-minded gender-based violence prevention and handling strategy and practice. The large group convenings will feature interactive dialogues with subject matter experts on campus and in the community that inform the work group about areas of strength in CWU’s approach to the prevention and handling of gender-based violence as well as some possible areas of improvement. Work group members will be provided pre-convening reading materials and presentations that will help members be ready for an engaging discussion on each session topic. In between large group convenings, work group members will be asked to choose one focus area that will facilitate further study on campus prevention and response to gender-based violence. The purpose of the smaller focus groups will be to facilitate a deep dive review of current issues, challenges, or opportunities for Central to elevate gender-based violence policy, programming, and prevention. The small group work will be reported back to the large group during our regular convenings. After the large group topical discussions and small group focused activities are complete, the work group will then produce a final report with recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team. The Executive Leadership Team will then be responsible for reviewing the report and partnering with campus on a shared plan for campus-wide ownership of the recommendations. CWU’s Wrap Around Services Case Management Gretchen Geltemeyer and Jen Moultine from the Office of Case Management were introduced. They presented to the board on the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH) Pilot Grant Program. The Washington Student Experience Survey Findings from January 2023 reported that 57.9% of students in South Central Washington face basic needs insecurity. This is the highest rate in our state. The WSAC SSEH Pilot Grant Program awarded $108,000 to CWU for AY 2022-23. From that amount, $76,044 was used for direct funding to students. Awards to students ranged from $300-$5000. The remaining amount was used for staffing expenses to

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enhance student services. A referral process was developed to determine eligibility. Research shows that basic needs support increases student persistence, which was clear in CWU’s case with the pilot grant program: • 31 students met with a resource coordinator. • 24 were eligible and awarded funds. • 90% completed the quarter (28 students) • 87% registered for winter quarter 2023 (26 students) and one student graduated. Guaranteed funding would allow for continued service and expanded outreach. Wildcat Pantry Jaeda Nelson, from CWU’s Wildcat Pantry, gave the group an update on the pantry. The Wildcat Pantry (also known as PUSH) is in the Brooks Library, room 101C, and is a free resource for CWU students, faculty, and staff to access food, hygiene, and household products. Historically, the pantry has been powered by students. PUSH began in 2015 and in October 2021, student leaders opened the pantry. The President’s Office hired the first full-time staff member to manage the pantry in July 2022, which launched the Wildcat Pantry into an official university program, which continues to be a collective effort. Ms. Nelson summarized some important numbers for 2022-2023: • 1148 visits were made to the pantry. • 9304 items were distributed. • 2123 pounds in donations were received. • 87 students, faculty and staff received Wildcat Pantry & Basic Need Advocacy training. The Wildcat Pantry is funded by donations. The future financial goal is to create reliable sources of funding, possibly through a student fee and then receive campus funding in the next few years. New Degree Program Provost DenBeste explained that a new BA degree in Art History will be coming to the board for approval in the future. A new faculty member is developing the major and making it more diverse. There will be courses from several areas, not just art. Provost DenBeste added that Academic Affairs is working on a new process for new programs. The new plan will start with departments adding their new programs to a list. Then pre-planning, mapping, assessment, timeline, and asking intentional questions about why the program is needed will occur. Board members agreed that relevant study of a program ahead of time would be great. They added that thinking of philanthropic possibilities of programs and what industry needs is important, as well as the need, cost, and long-term sustainability. High Impact Practices Presentation Provost DenBeste introduced the guests and the topic. Dr. Anne Egger and Dr. Bre MacInnes, Co-Chairs of the Department of Geology, presented “Developing skills, confidence, and community in a sophomore-level field methods course.” They were joined by three students: Marcus Ashton, Kathryn Josten, and Carley Preator. Dr. Eggers explained that the primary goal of Geology 210/Introduction to Field Methods is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply skills that are fundamental to the discipline. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Collect and record data using common geologic field methods and tools.

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• Synthesize geologic data they have collected in the field by producing geologic maps and cross- sections. • Develop a reasonable geologic history based on multiple lines of evidence. The field methods class takes place two weeks prior to the start of fall quarter in Bishop, CA. This fall, the class will have been taught for 30 years. Each of the student guests gave a summary of their experience. Gaining confidence, skills, and building relationships with the professors and students was a common perspective for the students. Dr. MacInnes then summarized how the field methods class helps students later. She explained that students develop an expert mind-set in observation and judgement as well as becoming expert note takers. She added that they do an alumni survey and ask alum what their most formative or valuable experiences/classes were, and almost everyone said Geology 210. Executive Session Ms. Black announced that the last order of business is an Executive Session. The regular business meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m. The meeting room was cleared, other than board members, Alan Smith/Assistant Attorney General, designated executive leadership team members, Tim Englund/Dean, College of the Sciences, and Thomas Pedersen/Director, Civil Rights Compliance & Title IX. The purpose of the executive session was to discuss potential litigation as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (1)(i). Ms. Black called the executive session to order at 3:47 p.m. and announced that the session was expected to last approximately 30 minutes. At 4:17 p.m., Ms. Black announced that the executive session was extended for an additional five minutes. The executive session ended at 4:22 p.m. Trustees, President and Mrs. Wohlpart, and Alan Smith, Assistant Attorney General, attended a social dinner at the University House from 6:00-8:00 p.m. No business was conducted. FEBRUARY 17, 2023

BOARD BUSINESS MEETING Trustees Present: Ray Conner, Vice Chair (via Zoom) Erin Black Jeff Charbonneau (via Zoom) Gladys Gillis Dave Hartless Jeff Hensler Zabrina Jenkins Staff to the Board: Jim Wohlpart, President

Dania Cochran, Interim Board Secretary and Executive Office & Project Manager Joel Klucking, Board Treasurer and Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs Kim Dawson, Executive Assistant to the President/Board of Trustees Alan Smith, Assistant Attorney General

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Executive Faculty & Staff: Michelle DenBeste, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Elstone, Vice President for University Advancement Jonathon Henderson, Assistant to the President & Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Planning Andrew Morse, Chief of Staff & Interim Vice President for Public Affairs

Ms. Black convened the board meeting at 9:04 a.m.

Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) Training Alan Smith, Assistant Attorney General, gave the board and executive leadership team a refresher

training on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). Values & Strategic Planning Framework Workshop

President Wohlpart summarized the values and strategic planning framework process for the board. He explained that based on feedback from the university community, the steering committee developed three different draft models of Values and Strategic Planning frameworks, which have similar content and themes. Board members reviewed and discussed the three draft models. It was clear that draft model number two resonated most with board members. They noted they could see this getting us to our vision and they all preferred the simpler, less wordy model. Community, belonging, engagement, and having something that everyone can buy in to and feel they are a part of were other components the board felt strongly about. President Wohlpart reported that at the May Board of Trustees meeting, the group will workshop draft actions or initiatives that will populate the Strategic Plan. Tagline Workshop Dr. Morse introduced two possible taglines to complement CWU’s new brand: • Futures in focus – simple, symmetrical, alliterative – the most straightforward and easy to remember. “Focus” conveys purpose/intention, but also grit/hustle. • See Beyond – most distilled invitation to our brand promise; function as either/both an institutional and enrollment tagline; most inspirational expression of potential; many extensions/meanings, including seeing beyond the Cascades. Board members reviewed and discussed the two possible taglines and offered feedback. Dr. Morse explained that feedback will continue through the end of the month. This will come back to the board in the future. ACTION AGENDA Approval of Consent Agenda The formal recognition for our faculty and staff is contained in our consent agenda. Motion 22-28: Ms. Gillis moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby approves the consent actions items submitted February 17, 2023. Ms. Jenkins seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

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Approval of Secretary to the Board Appointment Motion 22-29: Mr. Hartless moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby approves appointment of Dania Cochran as Secretary to the Board of Trustees this 17 th day of February 2023. Ms. Gillis seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Approval of Housing & Dining Rate Increase Motion 22-30: Mr. Hensler moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby approves the Housing and Dining maximum rate increase, not to exceed six percent in the aggregate, for fiscal year 2024. Ms. Jenkins seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Approval of Summer Session 2023 Tuition Rate Increase Motion 22-31: Ms. Gillis moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby approves the Summer Session 2023 rate increase, including a 6.2 % increase to the Summer Resident Graduate and Business Graduate Tuition Rate, a 2.4 % increase to the Resident Undergraduate Tuition Rate, and a 3 % increase to all other summer tuition rates. Mr. Hensler seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Approval of Naming of the Athletic Field in Tomlinson Stadium Motion 22-32: Mr. Hensler moved that the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby approves the naming of the athletic field in Tomlinson Stadium as Steve Hertling Field. Mr. Hartless seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board will be in Ellensburg, May 18-19, 2023.

Meeting adjourned at 9:56 a.m.

Dania Cochran, Interim Secretary to the

Robert Nellams, Chair CWU Board of Trustees

CWU Board of Trustees

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Central Washington University Board of Trustees May 18, 2023 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Board Communication Report The Board acknowledges receipt of the following communications:

1. Letter from Tom Mount, Psychology Instructor at Yakima Valley College, February 13, 2023, regarding a graduate student in CWU’s Mental Health Counseling program. 2. Memo from Josie Rollins, Employee Council Chair, May 1, 2023, regarding Employee Council’s quarterly report to the Board. 3. Letter from Paul Francis, Executive Director, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, May 2, 2023, regarding CWU’s plan to confer associate degrees. 4. Letter from the Exempt Employee Association Executive Committee, May 8, 2023, summarizing their quarterly report. 5. Letter from Mark Samples, Faculty Senate Chair, May 9, 2023, summarizing the Faculty Senate quarterly report.


Dania Cochran Secretary to the Board

Approved for Submittal to the Board:

Jim Wohlpart President

February 13, 2023 Re: CWU Board of Appeals Process

Dear CWU Board of Trustees:

By way of introduction, I am a Psychology instructor at Yakima Valley College where I have worked full time since 1989. For part of that time, I was the faculty union president. I also served as a licensed mental health counselor at a local mental health facility where I worked part time from 1988 to June of 2022. It is in my capacity as a Psychology instructor that I came to know Ms. Vanesa Arostegui who took several of my classes and was an excellent student. I am aware of Ms. Arostegui’s circumstances regarding the PSY 593C class that she took at Central Washington University. I attended the meeting with the Board of Appeals on December 5th of last year. I attended the meeting to support Ms. Arostegui’s efforts as I have considerable knowledge of her academic skills. It is my understanding that she received a letter from the CWU Board of Appeals in mid- December stating, “the Academic Grievance Board recommends that Vanesa Arostegui receive an incomplete grade in PSY 593C and be provided an opportunity to complete and resubmit any remaining assignments or items needed. The Academic Grievance Board further recommends that Vanesa’s assignments and grade be assessed and evaluated by an appropriate individual with no prior involvement in this case or situation.” She had to wait over six months for this decision to be rendered. The recommendation seemed reasonable given the complexity of the appeal. It doesn’t seem reasonable that Mental Health Counseling Program, apparently, has decided to ignore the recommendations. The department’s decision calls into question the status of the Board of Appeals, itself. What is the function of the Board and its appeals process? Is the Board simply providing the appearance of some avenue for settling disagreement? In my role as a Psychology instructor at this college, I have had dealings with the CWU faculty on occasion. Those encounters have always been very positive events. CWU has many fine academic departments. However, the decision by the Mental Health Counseling Program to ignore the Academic Grievance Board’s recommendations is an unfortunate blemish on the reputation of the university. I respectfully request that the CWU President and Board of Trustees examine the department’s decision to disregard the Appeals Board recommendations.


Tom Mount, Psychology Instructor

Classified Employee Council


To: CWU Board of Trustees From: Josie Rollins, Chair Date: May 1, 2023

2022-2023 Employee Council Board of Trustees Report On behalf of the Employee Council and the Classified Staff we represent, we would like to thank the Board of Trustees and President Wohlpart for including us in the processes of CWU governance. Mission: The basic purpose of the Employee Council is to provide civil service employees with a forum for sharing timely information and facilitating employee recognition. The employee council does not perform any function of organized labor and is not intended in any way to supplant collective bargaining or employee organizations provided for in RCW 41.80. Membership: The Employee Council is comprised of six classified committee board positions, four delegate positions and four alternate positions.

• Josie Rollins , Chair (Extended and Global Education) • Caleb Montgomery , Vice Chair (Athletics)

• Vene’ Skyles , Secretary (University Housing and New Student Programs) • Teena Chase , Budget Officer (University Housing and New Student Programs) • Jon Belford , Web Officer (Public Affairs) • VACANT , Publicity Officer • Shelley Berry , Executive Member (Library Services) • Elizabeth Inman , Executive Member (Des Moines Center) • Genevieve Doshier, Executive Member (Accounting & Financial Services) • D Kellerman , Executive Member (Veterans’ Center) • Carmen Venegas , Executive Member (University Recreation) • Stephanie Parker, Executive Member (Student Health Services)

• Arryn Welty , Executive Member (Wellness Center) • Lynsey Groat , Executive Member (Human Resources)

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Current Business:

Employee Recognition: Employee of the Month recognition celebrations have been revived. With the assistance of our Human Resources Department, we are now moving forward with at least semi-annual gatherings to celebrate the classified employee of the month recipients. o July 2022 - Sherry Watt, Custodian 1, FMD o August 2022 - Elizabeth Kuykendall, Library and Archives Parapro 3, Library o September 2022 - Jose Serrano, Campus Police Officer, University Police o October 2022 - Mark Young, Instruction & Classroom Support Tech 4, Biology o November 2022 - Tina Morefield, Program Support Supervisor 1, Registrar o December 2022 - Rhonda Muller, Secretary Supervisor, English o January 2023 - Jen Ham, Customer Service Specialist 2, Registrar o February 2023 - Kitty Stoffle, Custodian 1, FMD o March 2023 - Jeff Johnson, Plumber/Pipefitter/Steamfitter Lead, FMD o April 2023 - Trista Drake-Jones, Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies o - Ash Perron, Secretary Senior, CEPS Dean’s Office o May and June 2023 – Winners TBA soon! From these winners we will honor one as Classified Employee of the Year at the Annual Employee Appreciation Awards, scheduled for June 6, 2023. • Winners for this year include: Employee Council By-Laws and Recruitment: The number of council members decreased over the pandemic era, but, with the assistance of our executive leadership team we now have a full council. We are in the process of updating our purpose statement and vision / mission with the goal to have them completed by the end of this academic year. Our members currently sit on 8 committees, councils, boards, and task forces, but with our growing membership and the executive leadership’s emphasis on shared governance, we are prepared to serve in additional capacities to continue being the voice of classified employees on our campus.

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May 2, 2023 Dr. Jim Wohlpart, President Central Washington University

400 E. University Way Ellensburg, WA 98926 Dear President Wohlpart and the Central Washington University Board of Trustees,

For decades, Washington’s community and technical colleges and public baccalaureate institutions have been nationally recognized for our strong, effective partnerships that create a smooth transfer process for students and make efficient use of public funding. CWU’s six University Centers located on community and technical college campuses across the state are one stellar example. It is with a sense of responsibility to this long-term partnership — and trust in the lines of communication between our two sectors — that we express our opposition to a plan by Central Washington University

to confer associate degrees. Our concerns are as follows:

Associate degrees are already readily available to students who have CWU credits — It is our understanding that CWU’s goal is to offer an associates level credential to students who leave the university prior to completing a bachelor's degree. This is unnecessary, as those students can easily apply those credits at any one of our 34 community or technical colleges to complete an associate transfer degree that places them at the junior level not just at CWU, but at any other public baccalaureate institution in Washington. Students “stop out” for a wide variety of reasons, including changes to their employment, family, and geographic situations. Providing these students with transfer degrees that are accepted statewide, rather than a general studies associates degree that applies only to CWU, provides the best opportunity for them to return and complete a bachelor’s level credential. Our institutions remain committed to collaboration with CWU and would welcome the opportunity to work with CWU staff to assure a seamless reverse transfer of credit and awarding of appropriate credential. This collaboration honors the longstanding agreements between our sectors that have a proven history of serving students well and ensuring that public funding is used efficiently, without duplication. Data does not substantiate the need — We are unaware of any data illustrating that CWU associate degrees are needed to fill a scarcity of associate degree opportunities in the region. In fact, higher education is facing significant declines in enrollments across sectors. Adding an associates level degree at CWU would duplicate services at a time when public higher education funding is already stretched thin and will only become scarcer during an upcoming budget crisis. To respond to both declining budgets and declining enrollments, we believe that our sectors should be collaborating to serve students, not competing. To respond proactively to any assertion that this proposal is no different than the expansion of our system to offering applied baccalaureate programs, the community and technical college applied baccalaureate programs must undergo a vigorous approval process, including legislatively mandated in RCW 28B.50.810. This process includes an extensive review of employer demand, official

approval from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and new accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The proposed degree must align with the college’s mission and fill a need unmet by other colleges and universities in the region. As part of the application process, our colleges are required to solicit input from nearby colleges and universities. Our professional-technical degrees are non-transferrable, so without this option, our students would have nowhere else to go to build up to a 4-year degree that is in-demand within their field. Applied baccalaureate degrees were approved by the Legislature after years of discussion and analysis throughout the higher education community in Washington, including the Council of Presidents. Cross-sector communication was inadequate — Communication between higher education sectors in Washington state has always been a priority. CWU bypassed the first step in the ICAPP process, the idea stage, and proceeded directly to the proposal stage. Regional partners were given no advance notice or opportunity for discussion. CWU informally notified leadership of Yakima Valley College in the Fall of 2022, although no opportunity was provided for input or discussion. In an atmosphere of decreased enrollments, increased competition from non-state institutions, and tightened budgets, CWU’s proposal creates unnecessary duplication of degrees that are already broadly available in nearby colleges. It creates unnecessary competition rather than collaboration to serve the higher education needs of the region. As such, we respectfully request that this proposal not be affirmed for further development and consideration. Respectfully,

Paul Francis Executive Director Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Cc: Council of Presidents

May 18, 2023

Dear Board of Trustees,

The Exempt Employee Association (EEA) hit the ground running this fall when the new EEA Executive Committee came on board in November 2022 after some reorganization took place at the university. When we first gathered, we all agreed, we needed to increase exempt employee engagement in the campus community and revive our standing committees that were laid out in our by-laws. We have worked to create more transparent communication from Central Today postings, increased emails to exempt staff, outreach from EEAEC representatives to their divisions, and we’ve included all meeting agendas and minutes on the EEA web page. We are also holding open meetings for all exempt staff once a month to allow for open dialogue of things happening on campus. From this increase in engagement, we had over 30 exempt employees volunteer to serve on our standing committees that each focus on a different aspect of the exempt employee experience. Those committees are: • Code Committee Focused on the continuing study and improvement of the Exempt Employee Code. • Professional Development, Mentoring, and Networking Committee Encourages and promote professional growth within the Association. • Salary Committee Represents the Association in matters relating to salary distribution with the President and their advisory committee. • Public Relations Committee Explores and implement methods to increase the visibility of the Association and enhance communication among its members. • Community Involvement Committee Devises ways for Association members to engage in activities that strengthen the university community and the community-at-large, working with existing groups and agencies as appropriate.

• Work/Life Committee

Exempt Employee Association 400 E University Way | Ellensburg WA 98926 |

Email: | Web: CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX Institution. For accommodation email: This is an electronic communication from Central Washington University.

Assesses work life concerns of exempt employees, research best practices, and advocate for changes in university policies and/or the Exempt Employee Code.

We have also discussed many topics during our EEA meetings, but the one that has come up consistently is staff retention at the university. We want to help retain our exempt employees and have started combating the issue by working with Human Resources to discover new ways to recognize exempt employees and making sure we continue to recognize exempt employees of the month. We have a work group convening in June to plan out what recognition will look like next year. Our exempt employees are passionate about the work they do and are invested in our students’ futures. Thank you for allowing the EEAEC to continue this important work to support the exempt staff so that our students can thrive.

Be well,

Exempt Employee Association Executive Committee Col’Lette Gauvin, Chair and President’s Division Representative Pat Coffey, Vice-Chair and Academic & Student Life Representative Della Gonzalez, Secretary and Academic & Student Life Representative Brenda Mofford, Treasurer and Finance & Administration Division

Wendy Holden, President’s Division Representative Manuel Rodriguez, Student Success & Engagement Amber Hoefer, Student Success & Engagement Ian Miller, Finance & Administration Division Mal Stewman, Representative At-Large

Exempt Employee Association 400 E University Way | Ellensburg WA 98926 |

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Faculty Senate Report to the Central Washington University Board of Trustees May 2023 This report describes selected activities and successes of the Central Washington University Faculty Senate during the 2022–2023 academic year. Tenure-Track, Tenured, and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty • Faculty at Central Washington University continue to do impressive work in the classroom, in their scholarship and creative activities, and in service to the university. • In many ways, the 2022–2023 academic year represented the first full return to more normal activities since the COVID pandemic. Faculty have adapted to a variety of new and trenchant challenges. They have responded with creativity and dedication as they continue to serve our students. governance of the university. Faculty Senate Chair Samples, along with President Wohlpart, co- sponsored the Shared Governance Sensemaking Group during the 2022–2023 academic year. Over five meetings, the group had meaningful and beneficial conversations about best practices in university shared governance. At our final meeting, we will discuss what appropriate next steps will deepen the clarity and effectiveness of shared governance at Central Washington University, and how to include more voices in the conversation moving forward. • The Faculty Senate has established strong lines of communication with the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, President Wohlpart, Provost DenBeste, and other shared governance groups on campus. Senate Meetings and Committees • The Faculty Senate met in person this year in the Faculty Grupe Center. A Zoom option was made available to senators upon request. Senate meeting dates: October 5, 2022; November 2, 2022; November 30, 2022; January 11, 2023; February 1, 2023; March 1, 2023; April 5, 2023; May 3, 2023; May 31, 2023. • Senate committees made regular progress on important committee charges throughout the year. Current Senate committees are: Executive Committee, Bylaws and Faculty Code Committee, Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee, Budget and Planning Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and Evaluation and Assessment Committee. A new committee has been approved for next year: the Antiracism, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee. The ADI committee will monitor and continuously improve the ADI graduation requirement. • Senate approved the proposed Associate of Arts program. Shared Governance • Faculty Senate is the primary representative body through which faculty share in the

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• The Faculty Senate voted in 2022 to approve an Antiracism, Diversity, and Inclusivity graduation requirement. The ADI Ad-Hoc committee has worked this year to implement this program for a projected launch in Fall of 2024. • Senate approved new procedures for the assessment of the General Education program. A newly-formed GE assessment workgroup will ensure the consistency and sustainability of program assessment. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee wishes to express its thanks to the Board of Trustees for meeting regularly with us. We value the opportunity to engage with Board members in this and other ways that strengthen shared governance on the Central Washington University campus. Respectfully submitted,

Mark Samples, PhD Chair, Faculty Senate (2022–2023) Central Washington University

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We Create Futures Jim Wohlpart │ President │ Central Washington University

Vision, Mission, and Values Based University Vision

Central Washington University will be a model learning community of equity and belonging. Mission In order to build a community of equity and belonging, Central Washington University nurtures culturally sustaining practices that expand access and success to all students. We are committed to fostering high impact practices, sustainability, and authentic community partnerships that are grounded in meaningful relationships. Values Student Success (Foundational Value)

Engagement (Core Value)

Belonging (Core Value)

Stewardship (Core Value)

Values Based University-Wide Strategic Plan with Goals, Initiatives, Measures

Divisional SP

Divisional SP

Divisional SP

Divisional SP

Building Shared Governance and Responsibility

• Shared Governance Sensemaking • University Administrative Leadership Team • Heart of Higher Education / Leadership-in-Place

Preparing for Accreditation Reaffirmation

• Spring 2026 Northwest

Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Accreditation Visit • University-Engaged Process, Continuous Improvement Focused • Connected to Strategic Plan

Promoting Physical and Psychological Safety

• CWU Safe Work Group • University Policing Task Force • Psychological Safety and Emotional Intelligence Work

Wildcats Do Great Things

CWU Senior Nick Puentes Receives Competitive NSF Fellowship

CWU’s Andy Parks Earns Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Diversity Impact

CWU Wildcats are Two-Time GNAC Academic All-Sport Award Recipients

CWU Students Win the 2023 IEN Corporate Engagement Challenge

Wildcats at the Next Level

National Player of the Year Sam Bowman Turns Pro

Wildcats Go to Washington

CWU Visits with Washington’s federal delegation, Senate HELP Committee Staff, and the Higher Education Community in Washington, DC.

CWU Academic Program Approvals New, Deleted, Reserved and Administrative Hold

New Academic Programs Academic Programs approved by the Board of Trustees (BOT). Program

Effective Date Summer 2019

Teacher Certification MAT STEM Teaching Program BA

Fall 2020 Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Fall 2019 Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Fall 2021 Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall 2023

Liberal Studies BA

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management BAS Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management BS

Safety and Health Management MS Deaf and Sign Language Studies BA

Entrepreneurship BS

Biochemistry BA Data Science BS

Elementary Education MAT Associates of Arts (AA)

Art History BA

Reinstated Programs Programs that had been put on Reserve and reinstated after review and modification. Reinstatement does not require BOT approval. Program Effective Date Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) Fall 2020 Visual Art Teaching BA Fall 2020 Engineering Technology and Management MS Fall 2021 Programs that have been Deleted or Put on Reserve Programs on reserve or which have been deleted are no longer published in the catalog. Program Effective Date

Middle-level Science Teaching BS Applied Behavior Analysis MS

Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2023 Fall 2023

Public Administration MS Theatre Education BFA

Programs Currently on Administrative Hold Academic programs are put on administrative hold for a indeterminant period of time in order to assess the program and determine what changes are necessary to enhance the program and ensure it reflects student and industry needs. Programs on administrative have not been remove from the catalog, although there is a disclaimer, and no students are permitted to declare the major. Program Effective Date Special Education - Endorsable MEd Fall 2020 Literacy MEd Fall 2020 Middle-level Humanities Teaching Major BA Fall 2020 Mental Health Counseling MS Fall 2021 Engineering Technology and Management MS * Fall 2021 Safety Health Management MS Fall 2021 Career and Technical Education MS Fall 2021 Information Technology & Administrative Management, BS (3/7 Specializations) Retail Management Specialization

Human Centered Design Specialization Network Administration Specialization

Fall 2022 Fall 2022 Fall 2023

Theatre Studies MA Mathematics BS

*Engineering Technology and Management MS was never quite launched due to the departure of a critical faculty lead for the program.

Office of the Provost April 24, 2023

Legislative Update Andrew Morse│ Steve DuPont │ Alethia Miller Board of Trustees │ Central Washington University

State Budget Update – Operating Biennium23-25

• Decision Package Funding

$ 3,217,000

• STEM Dual Language Teacher Prep • Dual Language Education Des Moines/Yakima ($844K) • Teacher Residency Program ($967K) • Student Success

• Academic Success Coaching ($570K) • Discipline Specific Tutoring ($500K) • Peer Assisted Learning ($336K)

• Compensation Funding

$ 9,372,000

• Cost of Living Increases (70% due to “fund split”)

• Funding from Other Policy Bills (next slide)

$ 8,162,000


Policy Bills

Legislation with significant funding: • College in the High School - $8M (2SSB 5048; Sen. Mullet) • Eliminates per credit course fees for all public HS students • Student Basic Needs - $126K (2SHB 1559; Rep. Entenman) • Academic Employee Bargaining - $36K (SSB 5238; Sen. Saldana) Additional legislation: • K-12 Data Sharing Agreements (2SSB 5593; Sen. Liias) • Applied Doctorate Degree-Granting Authority (HB 1030; Rep. Leavitt) • Homelessness and Foster Youth Pilot Program (ESSB 5702; Sen. Trudeau)


State Budget Update – Capital Biennium 23-25

• Humanities & Social Science Complex (NAC)

$ 103,758,000

• Includes Demolition of L&L and Farrell • Geothermal Heating/Cooling • Energy District



• Multicultural Center

$ 6,000,000

• $6M for Design & Academic Portion • Arts Complex Predesign • Minor Works Preservation • Minor Works Program



$ 8,629,000 $ 1,000,000 $ 2,422,000

• Preventive Maintenance/Building Repairs


Building a Federal Agenda

• Economic Development and Tech Commercialization • Chips and Science Act / Regional Tech and Innovation Hubs • Economic Development Administration Economic Development Grants • Building Green Energy Capacity • Inflation Reduction Act Direct Pay Program • Supplemental funding to complete SMS Upgrades • Growing, Diversifying, and Retaining Educators • Reintroducing and Supporting the EDUCATORS for America Act • Supporting the Aviation Industry • Examining FAA / federal grants for the hangar • Increasing Federal Student Aid / FAFSA Completion • Doubling the Federal Pell Grant



FRIDAY, May 19, 2023

Location: Wellington Event Center


Business Meeting begins – Call to Order (Robert Nellams)


Action Agenda


Website Update (Andrew Morse & Marty Romero)


HSI Presentation (Veronica Gomez Vilchis, David Song, Christina Torres-Garcia, Arturo



I-90 Wildlife Corridor – High Impact Practices Presentation (Kristina Ernest, Jason Irwin,

Omar Torres-Cassio, Marianne Thompson, Ivan Beck)


Expected Adjournment

May 9, 2023

Central Washington University Board of Trustees May 19, 2023

ACTION – Approval of Consent Agenda The attached consent action/report list are submitted by the divisions of Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Student Engagement and Success, and the President.

We recommend the following motion:

The Board of Trustees approves the consent action items submitted May 19, 2023. Submitted:

Joel Klucking, Vice President Finance and Administration

Michelle DenBeste Provost/Vice President Academic Affairs

Andrew Morse Chief of Staff

Lucha Ortega, Vice President Student Engagement and Success

Approved for Submittal to the Board:

Jim Wohlpart President

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