Members approved $15.6 million for the purchase of technological equipment and $10.4 million for ongoing construction and renovation projects.
Trustee Peter Bell informed the board that the Capital Campaign total had reached $388 million towards its $400 million goal, largely on the strength of 76 gifts of $1 million or more [see separate story]. The campaign will conclude at the end of the fiscal year on May 31, with a gala celebration scheduled for the fall.
Building and Grounds Committee Chairman Joseph Corcoran reported that construction for the St. Ignatius Gate student residence hall is slated to begin next June and will eventually add 333 beds to the campus.
During the Academic Affairs Committee report, Connell School of Nursing Dean Barbara Munro presented benchmarking data on the school and 27 other comparable nursing programs. The Connell School ranked first, second or third in eight of the 11 test factors, said Munro, including quality of nursing instruction, core competencies and knowledge, and overall satisfaction with the nursing program. Munro also briefed trustees on newly created nursing master's programs in gerontology and nurse anesthesia, and on dual master's degree programs that combine nursing with pastoral ministry or business administration.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Feb. 7.
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