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The Seward County Community College Nursing program has received notification from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) that its Associate Degree Nursing program has been granted continuing accreditation and the next scheduled evaluation visit will be Spring 2013, which is the maximum time allowed. Continuing accreditation of the nursing program is granted when the program is in compliance with all accreditation standards.

NLNAC supports the continuation and strengthening of voluntary specialized accreditation by peers as a principal means of public accountability and ongoing improvement. Specialized accreditation sets standards for programs and insure, through the self-study process and accreditation review, the promotion of effective education and program improvement.

NLNAC selected a site visit team consisting of Hal White, MA, MSN, RN, from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida and Amy Hudson, MSN, RN, from Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena, Arkansas. This visit was in conjunction with the Kansas State Board of Nursing re-approval survey visit March 7-10, 2005.

This process begins with the preparation of a self-study addressing criteria related to faculty, students, clinical resources, administrative policies and procedures, facilities, and curriculum, said Steve Hecox, SCCC director of nursing. Results of the site visit are presented to the NLNAC Evaluation Review Panel, which was held in June. The Evaluation Review Panel then makes a recommendation for accreditation status to the Commission at the July meeting.

"We are very excited and pleased regarding the results of the survey visit," Hecox said. "I appreciate the hard work and effort from our nursing faculty and the support we receive from the SCCC administration and Board of Trustees is outstanding. I also want to thank the staff from our clinical sites for their help during the survey visit."

Full-time nursing faculty who assist with the accrediting process are Nancy Bansemer, Sandra Brisendine, Veda King, Lynnetta Stout and Gail Unruh.

In July the SCCC Nursing program received notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing that its Associate Degree Nursing program had received continued approval for the next 10 years and its Licensed Practical Nursing program for five years, the maximum allowed for each program.
Seward County Community College has hired a new counselor for the 2005-06 school year. Debbie Stafford is the new counselor/coordinator of Student Development who will work with advising, class scheduling, career advising and transfer preparation.

In addition, she will work with personal counseling to help students take a pro-active approach toward an overall successful college experience.

Offices hours are 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. in the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Exhibitors will display products that are on the cutting edge of technology for the gas industry at the 53rd Measurement and Pipeline Institute, Sept. 13-14 in Liberal, Kan.

For 53 years, the combined institute for Measurement and Pipeline has proven ideal for field operators, technicians, maintenance crews, production supervisors and superintendents. The institute features a variety of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, hands-on sessions and industry exhibits to inform participants about the maintenance and operation of measurement and pipeline equipment. Over 50 exhibitors will display products that are on the cutting edge of technology for the gas industry.
Under the guidance of the Petroleum Industry Education Committee and with management support provided by Seward County Community College, the Measurement & Pipeline Institute has steadily grown in size and stature, and has gained a national reputation for excellence.

Sergeant Jason Ott of the Liberal Police Department will be the keynote speaker. He received his associateís degree in Criminal Justice at Seward County Community College then later received his bachelorís degree in Biology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Throughout his law enforcement career, Jason has worked every type of case from murder to narcotics. He has developed expertise in all facets of law enforcement. With the rise of methamphetamine laboratories plaguing the communities of Kansas, Jason sought a certification in meth lab cleanups. Jason now leads a local meth lab team that is certified throughout the state to investigate and clean up clandestine laboratories.

Sessions this year will include Liquid Level Tank Gauging, New Products Showcase, In-line Inspection: An Integral Part of Pipeline Integrity Management, Internal Corrosion, Leak Prevention, Pipeline Interference, Ultrasonic Measurement, KCC Regulations, DP Flow Transmitter - Hands On, Pipeline Gas Quality Looking at O2, H2s, and Moisture, Bristol Babcock - Hands On, Fisher ROC Theory and Hands On, Tube Bending, ABB Totalflow - Hands On, Communications Options from Wire to Satellite, CP for Dummies, Chart Recorder Calibration and Coriolis Metering for Liquids.

Members of the Measurement and Pipeline Committee are Ken Croy, Swagelok, Liberal, chairperson; Billy Hawkins, West Texas Gas, Guymon, Okla.; first vice chair; Richard Barnes, City of Hugoton, and Joy Lewis, Northern Natural Gas Company, both of Hugoton; Charles Cambern, Schlumberger, Scott Jackson, Bristol Babcock, Tom White, Experitec; Ron Prentice, Service Janitorial Supply, Mike Riedel, Northern Natural Gas Company, and Don Ukens, Wireless Data Communications, all of Liberal; Jean Lesky, Precision Fitting Gauge, Ulysses; Delbert Boese, Kansas Gas Service, Pratt; Dean Lies, Rosemount/Control Devices, Wichita; Jeff Parker, Exxon Mobil, Perryton, Texas; Mark Weeks, Colorado Interstate Gas, Richfield; Sam Whigham, SEWCO Sales & Service, Amarillo, Texas; and Bob Murray, Lucas Controls, Tulsa, Okla.

The institute fee is $75 on or before Sept. 5 and $85 after Sept. 5. For more information, contact the office of Business and Industry at Seward County Community College, Liberal, Kansas, (620) 629-2653 or rjackson@sccc.edu.
In a first-time move that brings heightened accountability to the state's higher education system, the Kansas Board of Regents has used institutional performance as the basis for allocating new state funding to the state's 37 postsecondary institutions. Seward County Community College, Liberal, was among the Kansas institutes of higher education that received 100 percent funding.

After assessing institutional performance as measured pursuant to institutional performance agreements, the Board in June determined that 34 institutions will receive 100% funding, one institution will receive 80% funding, and two institutions will receive none of the new funding for which they would otherwise have been eligible to receive in fiscal year 2006.

"With these performance agreements, the Kansas Board of Regents and its higher education institutions have taken an important step in moving an already outstanding system of higher education to even more impressive achievement," said Reginald L. Robinson, President and CEO of the Board of Regents. "The global 21st Century economy continues to make postsecondary education more important than ever for our state and its citizens. This initiative will enhance our ability not only to grow the state's economy, but also to provide Kansans with the educational tools they need to improve the quality of their lives."

A performance agreement is a contract between the Board and each public university, community college, technical college and technical school. These agreements are designed to hold institutions accountable for performance related to a number of measurable goals and objectives. The amount of new state funding an institution receives hinges on the degree of its compliance with its performance agreement.

In July 2004, SCCC submitted institutional goals to fulfill the Performance Agreement between SCCC and the KBOR. Among the goals submitted were to 1. increase business degree articulation/transfer agreements between SCCC and the Kansas Regents' Universities; 2. Increase oral and written communication skills of graduates; and 3.increase enrollment and retention of English as a Second Language students transitioning from the adult learning center to the college.

While having the agreements in place constitutes a major step in the journey toward enhanced accountability, tying the receipt of new state dollars to the achievement of measurable goals and objectives contained in those agreements provides the key leverage that will produce the positive results the Board of Regents is committed to achieving as a result of this initiative.

The Regents' performance agreements process is designed to accomplish two outcomes. First, performance agreements will establish a system of accountability for public postsecondary education in Kansas. Second, performance agreements, through the successful accomplishment of both institutional and system goals, will produce system-wide improvement of higher education in Kansas. The Board has adopted six system-wide performance agreement goals: 1) increase System Efficiency/Effectiveness/Seamlessness; 2) Improve Learner Outcomes; 3) Improve Workforce Development; 4) Increase Targeted Participation/Access; 5) Increase External Resources; and 6) Improve Community/Civic Engagement.

A key component of the Higher Education Coordination Act of 1999 was a focus on system accountability - that institutions should be held accountable for their performance. A comprehensive study that the Board commissioned in 2001 also stressed the need for accountability measures. The Board soon realized the original Act needed to be amended if it was truly going to achieve its goals.

In 2002, the Board worked closely with the State Legislature to implement legislation that authorized the Board to review and approve institutional improvement plans based on core indicators of quality performance and developed in cooperation with each institution. This legislation also gave the Board the authority to enter into performance agreements with each institution, and it clarified that compliance with the Board's coordination policies would be a prerequisite to the receipt of new state funds.

"Through this initiative, our state's higher education institutions commit to make meaningful and measurable progress toward the achievement of statewide goals that the Board of Regents has adopted," said Donna Shank, Chair of the Board of Regents. "Because any new funding is contingent upon meeting a set of performance standards, our state's higher education institutions are now held to a new and important level of funding accountability."
If you would like to work on your writing skills this fall, consider taking Creative Writing at Seward County Community College in Liberal.

This class, which emphasizes writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry in a workshop setting, will be offered at 6:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesdays and is open to a writer at any level.

For more information, contact Bill McGlothing at 629-2668 in Liberal or bmcglothing@sccc.edu. Students may enroll at 1801 N. Kansas or if they have a current application for admission on file, they may enroll online at www.sccc.edu. This class begins Aug. 24.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees officially opened its budget hearing Monday, August 1. At the close of the meeting, the board adopted the 2005-06 budget in the amount of $16,681,921. The published budget includes a 2-mill decrease.

The fall 2005 semester begins Aug. 22-23. On-campus enrollment is under way with the final enrollment clinic for new students scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9. The college has been adding sections of general education classes to meet the growing numbers of enrollment, said Cynthia Rapp, Dean of Instruction.

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The Seward County Community College Nursing program has received notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing that its Associate Degree Nursing program has received continued accreditation for the next 10 years and its Licensed Practical Nursing program for five years, the maximum allowed for each program.

The college will not receive notification from the National League of Nursing until the fall.
Two representatives from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN), Nancy Mosbaek, PhD, RN, Education Specialist, and Ann Chapman, RN, ARNP, CNS, KSBN Board Member, were on campus March 7-8 to conduct a re-approval survey visit for the SCCC nursing program. This visit was in conjunction with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) continuing accreditation survey visit March 8-10.

This process begins with the preparation of a self-study addressing criteria related to faculty, students, clinical resources, administrative policies and procedures, facilities, and curriculum, said Steve Hecox, SCCC director of nursing. The results of the KSBN survey visit were reported during the June KSBN Board meeting with the Board of Nursing voting to continue to approve the SCCC associate degree nursing (RN) and practical nursing (PN) programs.

"We are very excited and pleased regarding the results of the survey visit, Hecox said. "I appreciate the hard work and effort from our nursing faculty and the support we receive from the SCCC administration and Board of Trustees is outstanding. I also want to thank the staff from our clinical sites for their help during the survey visit."

Full-time nursing faculty who assist with the accrediting process are Nancy Bansemer, Sandra Brisendine, Veda King, Lynnetta Stout and Gail Unruh.
Students who are planning to attend Seward County Community College full-time in the fall need to call today to sign up for the final early enrollment clinic for the 2005 semester.

By attending a clinic, a student can sign up for fall classes, meet with a faculty advisor, meet classmates and receive information about financial aid, scholarships and housing.

The next session is at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, in AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building.
Students who are using ACT scores will be finished by 12 noon. Students who do not have an ACT score will take the COMPASS assessment prior to enrolling and will be finished by 4 p.m.

If a student chooses to use ACT scores, the scores must be either sent directly to SCCC or they must be on an official high school transcript. Students may bring their original scores sent to them by ACT. Copies or faxed copies will not be accepted.

If ACT scores are not available or if a student took the ACT prior to 1995, the student must take the ASSET course placement exam.

To sign up for a clinic or an ASSET test date, log on to www.sccc.edu/go/eec or call in your reservation to SCCC Admissions Office, 629-2710 in Liberal or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 710.