The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday to discuss successes and progress of the college and its programs.
Marvin Chance Jr. gave a report from the committee to hire a new executive director for the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. The committee has narrowed the applicants to nine.
Sharon Hobble reported that the SCCC Development Foundation Auction was a huge success, taking in over $42,000, for student scholarships. That is the highest amount in the 14-year history of the auction.
The board accepted a program review for the Business Marketing/Management program with the next reviewed scheduled for five years.
The strengths of the Marketing/Management program include sufficient funds for technology and methodology improvements, distance learning enhancements and a relevant curriculum that trains students for the work force. In addition, the program is accredited through Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, which is a challenge as well as a strength of the program.
Instructors need to continually evaluate lower written and oral communication scores of students and must keep up-to-date with technological advancements.
The Business and Industry component of the college gave an annual review of its program, which now includes reports of all non-credit offerings to the Kansas Board of Regents. In addition, Business & Industry continues to add new offerings, such as the Hunter Safety class that is now going on with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction reported that the college has submitted a report of its four action projects to the Academic Quality Improvement Program of the Higher Learning Commission, the agency that governs the accreditation for the college. The four action projects include Developing a Student Retention Plan, Developing and Implementing an Institutional Promotional Calendar, Compare and Realign Writing Skills and Transfer Composition Curricula and Mapping Conceptual and Skills Mastery in Developmental Mathematics. Feedback from AQIP will help these committees continue to move forward on their action projects. The Writing and the Math projects will be retire once the feedback is received and the college will begin work on new action projects.
“So far the reports have been very positive from AQIP,” said Rapp.
The board approved a timeline for appointing a new member to the board of trustees, to fill a vacancy following the resignation of Leo Riley from the board last month. This week Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, will begin sending letters to all individuals have inquired about the position. Application materials will be due in the president’s office by Oct. 16. The board will then conduct interviews prior to the Nov. 3 regular Board meeting and appoint the new trustee to begin effective Nov. 3, 2008.
The board approved the purchase of equipment from Cytek Media Systems, Inc. of Topeka in the about of $107,332.32 for technology upgrades in four classrooms, a video projection system with video conferencing for the theater and automated student response systems for an additional four classrooms. The money is part of an Equity and Access: Enhancing Teacher Quality through Multi-institutional Partnerships Grant with Kansas State University, a grant that is in its final year.
Due to low enrollment in a number of areas, Ed Poley, director of the tech school programs, told the board that the college is reassessing these programs to see how we can better serve the community by training students for jobs that needed in southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. Specific program reviews include construction trades and machine tool technology. The curriculum components of the programs are being reviewed in order to align with current and projected employment needs.
Enrollment in the Pipeline and Measurement Institute that is co-sponsored with the Petroleum Industry Education (PIE) committee and held in September declined this fall, said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. However, the committee continues to look at ways to improve the institute and boost enrollment. The college and PIE continue to look into establishing a Natural Gas Training Program. Reed said he didn’t see a problem with industry support for training equipment and curriculum development.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, told the board that Student Government Association is sponsoring a contest for students to develop a 1-2 minute video clip to promote the college.
Donovan also informed the Board about plans for the annual Trick or Treat Street event sponsored by the college.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, told the board that a representative of the Internal Revenue Service will be on campus Oct. 30-31 for an audit, primarily of employment records. All community colleges in Kansas are in the process of having the IRS audits performed.
This month the college paid off the bonds that were used to expand the Hobble Academic Building and the Student Activities Center, Williams said. Through effective fund management and the use of market fluctuations for refinancing of bonds, the college was able to pay off those bonds earlier than originally anticipated.
The board reviewed a proposal from the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees that will be presented to the Board of Regents as part of the platform during the 2009 legislative providing for property ownership outside local college taxing district, but within the assigned service area. The legislation would allow for colleges to establish educational or technical training sites without significant impact on the county since out-district tuition was phased out with SB 345.
Dunn reported on three issues that are being discussed through the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority. The issues include differences in residency requirements for students, payment for high school students taking technical education classes and technical college courses offered in community college districts.
In other action, the board
1. Hired Stephanie Christie as the new Adult Basic Education coordinator, and Maria “Angie” Lopez as the ABE assistant director;
2. Accepted the resignation of Joe Jacobson, electronics media manager, and Ara Jacobson, ABE instructor;
3. Approved changes to the Board Policy 607 regarding the Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens; and
4. Purchased 12 drafting tables with drawers and flat panel monitor arms from Kansas Contract Design of Wichita in the amount of $12,508.40.
Diesel Technology will sponsor a chili feed, 4:30-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 at the Liberal High School cafeteria, prior to homecoming. NACE Rectifier School is scheduled for Oct. 28-30.
SCCC/ATS will broadcast the University of Kansas Dole Institute election series, including “One Month Out: Strategists Look at Obama and McCain,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, Hobble Academic Building, AA138; “The Final Debate: What do the Undecideds Think?” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in SW229 C/D and “Media Coverage of Campaign 2008: Magic or Misguided,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, SW229C/D.
The November board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 in the boardroom.