The Board of Trustees of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday evening August 6 for the annual budget approval meeting and to act on other items related to college operations. Chair Ron Oliver opened the public hearing for the FY2013 budget which included a 1.861 mill levy increase. Mr. Tommy Williams was present and stated that, “As a property owner and resident, I totally support the proposed budget as published, as a means of continuing the operations of the college.” At the conclusion of the regular business meeting Chair Oliver asked for Board action on the budget and the budget was passed as published.
Ms. Denice Paden and Ms. Sheila Scheib, cosmetology instructors, provided the Board with a report on their instructional program review. The program review included an analysis of student achievement, enrollment, financial management, and student placement in employment. The instructors explained that the addition of a part-time instructor has proved beneficial in meeting new regulations stipulated by the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology for student faculty ratio and has reduced the length of time a student has had to complete the program. Additionally, the instructors explained that the SCCC/ATS program is above the state average in program enrollment, student completion, and student placement.
Mr. Todd Carter, director of assessment and research, provided the Board with a report on his use of professional development grant funds. Mr. Carter is pursuing a Certificate in Institutional Research through Florida State University and a Doctorate in Education through Wichita State University. Highlights of the report included development of a peer college comparative data analysis, use of National Community College Benchmark data for institutional measurements of effectiveness, development of a college wide improvement project in data and information management, and a collaborative research project for integrating and improving student support services at SCCC/ATS. Mr. Carter expressed his appreciation to the Board for their support of his work through the college’s professional development grant.
The Kansas Board of Regents, through legislative mandate, requires each public college and university to provide a 3-year performance agreement including specific initiatives addressing each college’s plans for achieving designated state goals in higher education. Among those requirements include student progress in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs of student, achievement in transfer/completion, achievement in college-level writing skills, and expansion of distance education opportunities for students. Additionally, SCCC/ATS has identified specific performance initiates toward student success in the number of career and technical education certificate program completions, student success in mathematics through Calculus II, and increasing the student completion in high demand labor fields as identified by the Kansas Department of Labor.
Mr. Carter presented the proposed Board of Regents performance agreement and the Board of Trustees approved submission of the agreement. Data collection and reporting for this agreement will include calendar years 2013 through 2015.
The Board approved a request from the SCCC/ATS Foundation to auction the naming rights to the campus circle drive. The naming rights will be included in the upcoming Foundation Scholarship auction on September 22. A minimum bid of $500 is required and the winning bidder will be able to name the drive for one year concluding in October 2013, with the name being approved by the Board of Trustees.
The Board approved FY2013 institutional goals which address expanding and securing the college’s financial strength, planning for facility needs, and strengthening programs of instruction. The Board finalized the goal, purpose and strategy statements for the college and discussed the inclusion of these goals toward the concepts identified in the 2010-2017 college strategic plan.
In other business the Board approved:
Employment of Mr. James Choate, sustainable agriculture specialist; Ms. Alyson Call, admissions coordinator; Ms. Sherry Farrell, director of outreach; and Mr. Andrew Highfill, director of wellness.
Reviewed a list of items designated for purchase through the Post-secondary Technical Education Capital Outlay grant through the Kansas Board of Regents. The items will be processed through SCCC/ATS policies for bids and quotes. The grant stipulations require that all equipment purchased through that fund are used in career and technical education programs at SCCC/ATS.
Approved the purchase of five Dynamic Simulator Systems from Simtronics of Little Silver, New Jersey for use in the process technology program for $30,050. Funds for this purchase are provided through the US Department of Education Title V grant.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be August 30, 2012. Other upcoming events include welcome day activities for new students and start of evening classes on Monday, Aug. 13, day classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 14, and the SCCC/ATS Foundation scholarship auction is Saturday, Sept. 22.