Stephen F. Austin
MINUTES OF THE
BOARD OF REGENTS
May 13, 2011
Volume 268 BOARD MINUTES FOR MAY 13, 2011
Board Order 11-24 Contract with Academic Partnerships .............................................1
Stephen F. Austin State University
Minutes of the Board of Regents Telephone Meeting
May 13, 2011
Austin Building, Room 307
A special called meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order in open session at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011, by Chair Bob Garrett.
Board Members Present: Mr. Bob Garrett, Chair
Dr. Scott Coleman
Mr. James Dickerson
Ms. Brigettee Henderson
Ms. Sydni Mitchell
Mr. Ralph Todd
President: Dr. Baker Pattillo
Vice-Presidents: Dr. Richard Berry
Mr. Danny Gallant
Dr. Steve Westbrook
Staff Attorney: Mr. Damon Derrick
Other SFA administrators, staff, and visitors were present in the room.
Regents Carlos Amaral, Valerie Ertz, Steve McCarty and Ken Schaefer were absent.
BOARD ORDER 11-24
Upon motion by Regent Coleman, seconded by Regent Dickerson, with all members voting aye, the following item was approved:
CONTRACT WITH ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS
WHEREAS, the board members considered the following: As part of the SFA strategic plan, the university has been increasing online instructional delivery. An opportunity is available to reach additional online students through an arrangement with Academic Partnerships, a firm that specializes in matching university selected academic online programs with students who are seeking specific online degree programs.
For the programs marketed by Academic Partnerships, the university will design the course content and delivery and provide the faculty and instructional assistants for the delivery of the online courses. (SFA will also continue its current online course delivery that is designed to provide instruction for the university’s traditional student population.) Academic Partnerships 2
will provide the marketing efforts to reach students who are outside the university’s traditional enrollment population. The programs marketed through Academic Partnerships will charge a minimum of applicable statutory and designated tuition; other fees will be charged as deemed necessary for the operation of the programs.
THEREFORE, it was ordered that the president be authorized to sign a contract with Academic Partnerships to market certain online academic programs that are determined to be appropriate for meeting targeted student needs. It was further ordered that the president be authorized to waive or decrease tuition and fees associated with courses in these programs.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
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