Board of Governorns Meeting Highlights

August 8-9, 2019 – Key Highlights relating to CSU-Pueblo

Note: A complete list of CSU Board of Governors board meetings, including agendas and board materials can be found on the CSU System homepage at:

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Board Chair’s Agenda Page 7

  • Jane Robbe Rhodes, Chair
  • Excellence in Teaching Award:  Presented to Dr. Barbara Moyer, CSU-Global

Academic and Student Affairs Committee Page 10

Approval of CSU-Pueblo Certificate Programs  Page 15

  • Homeland Security Studies:  9 credits
  • NSA-CAE Certificate in Cyber Security Defense: 28 credits
  • Recreation Leadership: 15 credits
  • Sustainability: 21 credits
  • Construction Manager: 12 credits
  • Estimating & Planning Construction Costs: 9 credits
  • Advanced Construction Manager: 12 credits
  • Six Sigma Green Belt: 7 credits – Undergraduate or graduate
  • Graduate Certificates:
    • English: 18 credit
  • Railroad Engineering: 12 credits
  • Nurse Educator: 9 credits
  • Nursing Post-Masters: 15 credits minimum

Review Schedule 2019-2020 – CSU-Pueblo Page 122

  • Approval of Degree Candidates – CSU-Pueblo Page 125,

CSU-Pueblo Faculty Activity Report  Page 143

CSU-Pueblo: Dr. Abdelrahman reviewed the data presented in a similar format to CSU’s report on the annual performance reviews; tenure and promotion; post-tenure reviews; faculty workload with peer comparisons; faculty compensation; and demographics. He commented on compensation and compression issues for hiring and retaining faculty in a highly competitive market.

Student Mental Health Reports

 CSU-Pueblo Page 210

Chrissy Holliday provided an overview of the mental health resources, staffing, and services available through the CSU-Pueblo Counseling Center and other support programs, and noted demand for services continues to increase. A peer review comparison was completed to assist with planning to address gaps and limitations. The vision for the future includes additional professional staff, potentially contracting services through the community, and providing online services for after-hours support. Various strategies are being explored to provide sustainability of the proposed upgrades in services and staffing. Discussions have also been held on how to prepare students to handle stress and realities after graduation.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Real Estate/Facilities Committee Page 263

  • Steve Gabel, Chair

Open Session

  • Action: Land Lease – CSU Pueblo Solar Farm Page 265
  • Action: Program Plan – CSU Meridian Village 269
  • Action: Program Plan – CSU Lory Student Center, Phase III Revitalization and Adult Learner & Veteran

Audit and Finance Committee Page 299

  • Kim Jordan, Chair
  • Audit Items
  • Status of FY 2019-2020 Audit Plan Page 294

CSU-Pueblo Audit results

Additional Recommendations were made by the CSU Audit team and will be addressed.

President Mottet introduced Juanita Penja, our new Controller and Chris Milken our Executive Director of Information Technology

  • Review of Audit Reports Issued Page 297
  • Status of Past Due Audit Recommendations Page 312

Finance Items

  • State Budget Update Page 315
  • Upcoming GASB Implementations Page 316
  • Campus Budget Presentations (Initial FY 2021 Budget) Page 324
    • CSU-Pueblo Budget Page 326
  • Action on Annual Approval of Institutional Plan for Student Fees – CSU, CSU-Pueblo Page 334

MOVED, that the Board of Governors approve the Institutional Student Fee Plan and Policy for Fiscal Year 2019-20, as attached for CSU and CSU-Pueblo. APPROVED

CSU System Treasury Update Page 350

  • Action on Series 2019 Bond Refunding 357. APPROVED

CSU-Pueblo Reports Page 384

  • Student Report – Presented by Kacie Adair 389
    • New Student Orientation
      • Discover Downtown
    • Student Discount Program
    • New Intramural Sports Opportunity for Students
    • Wolf Pack Welcome Week
    • New parking permit System process
    • Pack Fest
  • Faculty Report – Presented by Matthew Cranswick Page 389
    • No report due to no Faculty Senate nor Faculty Senate Executive Committee meetings since April
  • President’s report – Presented by Tim Mottet – Visit Page 390 for the entire report

Key Take-Aways:

  • Human Resources Transitions. CSU-Pueblo has launched a search process to fill Karl’s Speicker’s position of Vice President for Finance and Administration.
    • Curriculum. On-line course development and delivery is occurring with the following degree programs: M.Ed., RN-BSN, RN-MS.
    • Enrollment and Budget. Year-over-year student enrollment figures are down approximately 4.3% relative to Fall 2018. We are managing a number of incentives to increase enrollment. The impact to the FY 2020 budget could be a reduction of $740k in tuition revenue.
    • CSU-Pueblo Nursing Program. RN Careers has ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo’s nursing program as the best in the state, and fourth in the nation for its Bachelor of Science program.
    • Solar Project Update. CSU-Pueblo is working collaboratively with Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), as well as Black Hills Energy, to evaluate the scope of the solar project. The feasibility study is almost finished and the project is progressing appropriately.
    • New Journal. The Institute of Cannabis Research published the first edition of Journal of Cannabis Research.
    • Psychology Building Renovation. CSU-Pueblo broke ground on a state funded $16.8 million renovation project that will transform the Psychology Building into the new Center for Integrated Human Health and Humanities.
    • Reisher Scholarship. CSU-Pueblo was invited to serve as a Reisher Scholarship campus that will provide our students with an additional $200,000 in scholarships for FY20.
    • Grant Award. Received a $3.75 million Hispanic Serving Institution Programs 5-year cooperative grant award through the Department of Education to fund transfer advising and teacher education initiatives.
  • President Mottet presented, Implementing Vision 2028

Presentation Page 396

Board feedback/recommendations & responses:

  • Will want to see tracking and reports
  • Enrollment process needs to be enhanced
  • Need expertise into new online and graduate markets
    • Investment advisors addresses retention
    • Have completion degrees in place, i.e., RN to BSN
    • Military presence on Ft. Carson
  • What do you want CSU-Pueblo known for?
    • The top institution in the state that has closed the attainment gap
  • Concerned about all these initiatives going on at the same time
    • Will be done in phases not all at once
    • General education is important but will be done with faculty, work study, athletics, infrastructure, grant writer, fund raisers, MEdu on line, (resources would help reach out to 3000 CSU-Pueblo graduates who need masters)
  • CSU-Pueblo is to be commended for the work and changes that have been made and transformed into a proactive, positive institution
  • Tricky to keep funds separately
  • How does this overcome the existing issues
  • Are there contingencies in case our metrics are not being met to ensure success

Request: $7.8 M from CSU reserves over a two year period to begin initiatives

Recommended Action:

MOVED, that the Board hereby supports the efforts of CSU-Pueblo leadership to develop the

CSU-Pueblo Vision 2028 Plan and the initiatives listed in the Project Management Plan as described in the Board meeting, which focus on Financial Aid, Athletics, University Track Centers, Advising, Adult Learning, General Education and Capstone redesigns, and CSU-Pueblo Professional programs;

MOVED, that the Board directs CSU-Pueblo, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer of the CSU System, to separately manage the financial investment from the Board in these initiatives, and to provide regular updates to the Board regarding the university’s implementation efforts;

FURTHER MOVED, that the Chancellor of the CSU System, in consultation with the Chief

Financial Officer of the CSU System, is authorized to withdraw and transfer up to $4,514,959 in Fiscal Year 2020 and $3,278,814 in Fiscal Year 2021 from Board Reserves to support these initiatives at CSU-Pueblo.

EXPLANATION PRESENTED BY: Dr. Timothy Mottet, President of Colorado State University – Pueblo.

As shown and described in the presentation materials from Dr. Mottet at the August Board meeting, CSU-Pueblo has been engaged in significant and important planning efforts to achieve financial stability. These efforts are captured in the CSU-Pueblo Vision 2028 and in its Project Management Plan for Fiscal Years 2020 – 2021. Funding for these initiatives will be separately tracked demonstrate the university’s implementation efforts and the progress being made.

CSU-Pueblo will provide regular updates to the Board of Governors on these initiatives and the utilization of the Board’s financial investment.

Chancellor’s Report Visit Page 429 for the complete report

Key Take-Aways:

CSU-System Wide

  • The System hosted key stakeholders for a strategy session on the Together We Grow Initiative.
  • The System hosted a System-wide Banner Student Implementation Executive Brief July 9 for a periodic update on the project.
  • Chancellor Frank wrote and distributed an op-ed to Denver-area press and via social media to address ongoing concerns about an inclusive language guide at the Fort Collins campus. The piece was scheduled to run in The Denver Post August 4.

Campus Updates

  • Work with CSU-Pueblo is ongoing through BFS Kuali for improved systems and controls.
  • Work on System branding continues, in partnership with the System campuses.
  • CSU-Pueblo hosted communication leaders from all three campuses and the CSU System for the quarterly System-wide Communications and Community Relations meeting. The meeting focused on how the communications teams can support each other and work more effectively together to advance the CSU System and its schools.
  • CSU-Fort Collins held a drone pilot training course at CSU-Pueblo in June. The collaboration between campuses was well-received by the faculty who took the class so they could pursue drone pilot licenses. The course was facilitated by the CSU Vice President for Research’s Drone Center, which has a mission to remove barriers to drone-enabled research at CSU by providing access to equipment, technical expertise, and collaboration with other researchers.

CSU System Government Affairs – Federal

  • Chancellor Frank attended the National Governors Association meeting in Vail on June 10, where he presented on the Together We Grow consortium with leadership from Ardent Mills. Together We Grow will be housed at the CSU Campus at the National Western Center.
  • Chancellor Frank had several one-on-one meetings with Governors and their staffs at the meeting.
  • Chancellor Frank attended the Colorado Capital Conference hosted by Colorado Senators Bennet and Gardner. Participants in the conference included students, alumni, donors, and community members interested in learning more about the function of the federal government. CSU is one of the co-sponsors of the conference.

CSU System Government Affairs – State

  • Meetings with key members of the Legislature and local delegations continue.
  • Chancellor Frank attended the state’s Higher Ed CEO meeting May 23.
  • Chancellor Frank and CFO Sobanet attended a special CCHE meeting regarding the state’s higher-education funding formula on July 10.
  • System leadership reviewed and shared a report on the ROI of a Colorado higher education released by Governor Polis and the CCHE/CDHE July 30.

Athletics Page 438

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo – Presented by Paul Plinske, Athletic Director

Presentation Page 439


  • Athletics Scorecard (2018-19)
    • Academic Excellence
      • 3.06 grade point average
      • 9 Academic All-Americans
    • Athletic Achievement
      • 5th in RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup (out of 16 schools)
      • 36th in Learfield/IMG College Directors’ Cup Standings
      • 7 All-American performances
      • 8 national champions
    • Community Engagement
      • 3,200 hours of community service
      • YMCA Junior ThunderWolves, KaBoom!, Pack the Park
    • Financial Status
    • Performance Goals

Approval of Consent Agenda Page 466

CSU-Pueblo Certificate Programs: MOVED

  • Homeland Security Studies
  • NSA-CAE Certificate in CyberSecurity Defense
  • Recreation Leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Construction Manager,
  • Estimating & Planning Construction Costs
  • Advanced Construction Manager, Six
  • Sigma Green Belt
  • English
  • Railroad Engineering
  •  Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Post-Masters

CSU-Pueblo Program Review Schedule 2019-2020  MOVED  Page 501

  • New Degree: B.S. in Finance
  • New Degree: B.S. in Cybersecurity
  • New Degree: M.S. in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology
  • New Degree: Graduate Certificate in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology
  • Approval of Degree Candidates

CSU-Pueblo Approval of Degree Candidate MOVED Page 504


Next Board of Governors Board Meeting/Retreat: October 3-4, 2019, Fort Collins

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