August 8, 2008
Board Members Present: Mary Jo Green, Elizabeth Tucker, Debra McKinney, Jerry Curren, Ann Greenheck, Mike Bormett, Alan Stager
HEAB Staff Present: Connie Hutchison, Sherrie Nelson, Mary Lou Kuzdas, Cassie Weisensel, Sandra Thomas, Laurie Fladmark, Colette Brown
Others Present: Paul Nelson, WAICU; Kristofer Frederick, UW System Administration; Caroline Archia-Adams, United Council of UW Students; Shettreese McCoy, United Council of UW Students; Kevin Ott, United Council of UW Students; Nicole Morrow, Marquette University; Tom Heffron, WTCS; Rolf Wegenke, WAICU; Morna Foy, WTCS; Carla Smith-Liebich, Marquette University; Cedric Lawson, United Council of UW Students; Jacky Thomson, Alverno; Rana Altenburg, Marquette University
Chair Mary Jo Green called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW HEAB STAFF MEMBERS:
Laurie Fladmark has been hired half time as a Financial Specialist for HEAB. She has been with HEAB since January, 2006 as an LTE but was hired in March as a permanent employee. Colette Brown has been hired as a Grant Specialist. Her primary responsibility is the Talent Incentive Program Grant.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Moved by Liz Tucker, seconded by Debbie McKinney to approve the minutes with the addition of Mike Bormettís last name of the February 1, 2008 Board Meeting.
ELECTION OF 2008-2009 BOARD OFFICERS:
Elections were held for the three Board officer positions, Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.
Mary Jo Green opened the floor for nominations for Chair. Ann Greenheck nominated all three current officers to keep their current positions: Mary Jo Green, Chair; Liz Tucker, Vice Chair; Debra McKinney, Secretary. The officers were elected by unanimous consent of the Board.
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:
Connie provided an update of Aid for Incarcerated Citizens. HEAB Board members met with staff from Sand Ridge Center, Wisconsin Resource Center, Department of Corrections and Health and Family Services to develop a strategy to prevent incarcerated citizens from receiving inappropriate aid. Sand Ridge Center has adopted a system that would deposit education related funds into separate inmate accounts. The expenditures from these accounts would be available for educational expenses only. The Wisconsin Resource Center is reviewing this procedure for possible use at that facility. This system is the best way to ensure that all financial aid funds are used appropriately.
Connie provided an update on the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS). The FFWS is a private scholarship intended to help reduce the financial barriers to college and to lighten the debt that most Wisconsin students incur during their college years. The founding gift of $175,000,000 from John P. and Tashia F. Morgridge creates a permanent endowment to provide grants for eligible, lower-income, talented graduates of Wisconsin public schools attending a Wisconsin public post-secondary educational institution. HEAB is working closely with FFWS to aid in the selection of and initial contact with the potential recipients. HEAB will continue to collaborate with FFWS in future systems development. The relationship between HEAB and FFWS will be spelled out in a contract between the two parties to ensure student privacy rights are upheld, and to establish that HEAB will be reimbursed by the FFWS for real and documented costs of work done on behalf of the fund. HEAB worked with attorneys from the Department of Justice while negotiating the tenets of this contract. Connie stated that the FFWS is an exciting and beneficial program for Wisconsin students in public colleges and universities.
SETTING OF MEETING DATES FOR 2008-2009
The dates that were chosen are as follows: Monday, November 3, 2008; Friday, February 27, 2009; Friday, April 24, 2009; and Friday, August 7, 2009.
BOARD REPORT #09-01 2006-2007 MN/WI RECIPROCITY PROGRAM DATA
The tuition reciprocity program is not a revenue generating program for either state. In 2006-07 there was an increase of 4,500 in the number of Minnesota students studying in Wisconsin and an increase of 100 Wisconsin students studying in Minnesota. The amount paid to the state of Minnesota was $10,017,151. Additional tuition paid by Minnesota students, collected by UW Systems and remitted to the General Fund, was $9,658,594.
BOARD REPORT #09-02 2008-2009 MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT
The 2009-2009 agreement remains the same except that a provision was added to ensure that, for campuses that do not charge a non-resident rate, students will be charged the reciprocity tuition rate, or the regular resident/non-resident rate, whichever is the lowest.
BOARD REPORT #09-03 POLICY REVISION: RETURN OF FUNDS CLARIFICATION LANGUAGE
This policy has been in place for several years, and while no changes were made to the policy, examples were added to the policy to provide more clarity. Connie acknowledged the financial aid directors on the committee who developed the examples: Debra McKinney, Mary Jo Green, Liz Tucker, Katie Klaus, Ron Ronnenberg, Tim Jacobson, and Susan Teerink.
Moved by Jerry Curren, seconded by Debbie McKinney to accept the policy revision of the Return of Funds Clarification Language.
This motion passed unanimously.
BOARD REPORT #09-04 2009-2011 BIENNIAL BUDGET ISSUES: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
The UW Board of Regents requested that three issues be addressed by the HEAB Board.
BOARD REPORT #09-05 2009-2011 BIENNIAL BUDGET ISSUES: WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
WAICU requested an increase in each grantís prior year appropriation by an amount equal to the percentage increase in UW tuition or an increase in each grantís prior year appropriation by an amount equal to the dollar increase in UW tuition multiplied by the number of students who will be receiving the respective grants for the next academic year, as estimated by the HEAB board, which ever is greater. (These changes were embodied in the language of 2007 SB450 (Senator Risser, et al.) and 2007 AB780 (Representative Parisi et al).
Moved by Debbie McKinney, seconded by Jerry Curren to accept the recommendation as written.
The motion passed unanimously.
BOARD REPORT #09-06 2009-2011 BIENNIAL BUDGET ISSUES: TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM
The Wisconsin Technical College System Board submitted the following items for HEABís consideration.
VETERANS TUITION REMISSION: UW Board of Regents and WTCS Board combined recommendations:
Break from 10:35am to 10:45am.
BOARD REPORT #09-07 2009-2011 BIENNIAL BUDGET ISSUES:
Increase WHEG-Tribal from $440,000 to $475,000 in 2009-2010 and to $500,000 in 2010-2011.
Moved by Debbie McKinney, seconded by Liz Tucker to accept the recommendation.
The motion passed unanimously.
BOARD REPORT #09-08 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION PROPOSALS: HIGH NEED TEACHER LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM AND MINORITY TEACHER LOAN PROGRAM
DPI submitted two items for consideration by the Higher Educational Aids Board:
BOARD REPORT #09-09 MARQUETTE SCHOOL OF DENTRISTRY CAPITATION PROGRAM
Marquette is requesting an increase in the number of Wisconsin residents eligible for the capitation program up to a total of 200 Wisconsin residents or 50 per class and also to increase the subsidy amount from $8,753 annually to $11,670 annually.
Moved by Debbie McKinney, seconded by Jerry Curren to accept the recommendation.
The motion passed unanimously.
Moved by Ann Greenheck, seconded by Liz Tucker to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45am.
Respectfully submitted by
Debra McKinney, Secretary
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