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BOT Action 3/25 Meeting

March 25, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved at its meeting today (March 25) a resolution relocating the Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center from its current location at Augustana College to the WIU 60th Street campus, following the opening of the Riverfront Campus.

The WIU-QC campus will co-host the Graduate Study Center with St. Ambrose University. The center was established in 1969, with Western serving as a charter member. Today, the center comprises a consortium of 10 colleges and universities: Drake, University of Illinois, Illinois State, University of Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, St. Ambrose, St. Xavier and WIU.

The board also approved revising the Certificates of Participation approval from the December 2009 meeting regarding heating plant renovations. Original plans included replacing the coal masonry stack and updating the coal handling system; however, since that time, the University has decided to decommission the coal-fired portion of the plan and rely solely on gas boilers. Rather than upgrading the coal handling system, contractors will make upgrades to the gas-fired plant.

The board approved a $4 million bathroom renovation project for Lincoln and Washington halls (Williams Brothers Construction of Peoria, IL, general contractor, $2 million; Commercial Mechanical, Inc. of Dunlap, IL, heating contractor, $454,000; Fleming Electrical of East Peoria, IL, $302,000; Mechanical Services of Galesburg, IL, ventilation, $191,900; Warner Plumbing of East Peoria, $808,200; and Continental Fire Sprinkler Co. of Davenport, IA, $24,880). In addition, the board granted approval for President Al Goldfarb to approve the contracts for the installation of artificial turf and a scoreboard at Hanson Field once bids are received (not to exceed $1.3 million). The board also approved offering the educational leadership programs (Ed.D. and Ed.S.) at the University Center of Lake County.

In other business, the board reviewed a first reading of revisions to BOT regulations for awarding 50 percent tuition waivers for children of WIU employees. The revision ensures compliance with current state law. In order to qualify for a tuition waiver, an employee must verify his/her work at WIU or other Illinois public institution for seven or more years; the eligible student must verify he/she is under the age of 25; and the student must qualify for admission to WIU.

The board also reviewed a first reading of revisions to BOT regulations for the tenure and promotion for assistants/associate deans and vice presidents. The revision allows a chairperson, assistant/associate dean, and assistant/associate vice president tenure if he/she meets the educational requirements established by the University for tenure of faculty covered by a collective bargaining unit. Years of service and performance will be taken into consideration.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held June 3 at the WIU-QC 60th Street campus in Moline.

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