February 10, 2012
QUESTIONS FOR BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION PRESIDENT NOMINEE
By: Terrance Adams, Legislative Analyst II
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (PA 11-48, § 212)
The president implements the board's policies and directives; directs the board's executive staff; administers, coordinates, and supervises the board's activities; builds interdependent support and facilitates cooperation among institutions under its jurisdiction; balances central authority with institutional differentiation, autonomy, and creativity; and implements a strategic master plan for higher education.
1. How has the higher education consolidation progressed to this point? Will you be recommending any legislation to facilitate its implementation?
2. What have been the consolidation's greatest benefits and challenges?
3. How will the board maintain the distinct missions of the state universities, community-technical colleges, and Charter Oak State College?
4. How do you anticipate balancing the board's central authority with the individual campuses' autonomy? Will the level of campus autonomy be any different than it has been in the past?
5. Will the new governance structure improve students' ability to transfer between the state universities and community-technical colleges?
6. What can the board do to improve graduation rates in the state universities and community-technical colleges?
7. The biennial budget assumed that the higher education consolidation would save $4.3 million. Will these savings be achieved? If yes, how will they be utilized?
8. The board recently decided to allow out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition for certain graduate degree programs at Western Connecticut State University. Do you anticipate expanding this practice to include other programs or institutions?
9. How will the board make resource allocation decisions among the state universities, community-technical colleges, and Charter Oak? How will it resolve any conflicts that emerge?
10. What steps can the board take to mitigate the size of tuition increases?
11. Faculty members at the state universities and community-technical colleges currently have separate collective bargaining agreements. Does this present any challenges for the board? Do you expect this practice to continue?
12. Are you concerned by the proportion of classes taught by adjunct faculty? Does the board plan to adopt any policies on the use of adjuncts?