Seward County Community College
PO Box 1137 Liberal, KS 67905-1137 620-629-2687
DATE: Nov. 5, 2007
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The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees heard reports on a variety of programs including journalism, agriculture, business & industry and EduKan.
Anita Reed, journalism instructor, introduced the Crusader newspaper staff who had just returned from the National Collegiate Media Convention in Washington DC. The Crusader placed second for overall newspaper and second in special addition for the “Survival guide,” which they published at the beginning of the year.
The board accepted a review update for both the agricultural program and Business & Industry.
Two of the main goals of the agricultural program are enrollment increase and student retention. In addition, the department continues to build relationships with emerging area agribusinesses, including the areas of dairy, cotton, ethanol and biodiesel, said Evan Winchester, coordinator.
The newest change to the program is the addition of online classes.
Through Business & Industry the college is currently working with Pratt Community College on a Department of Labor grant proposal that includes a Gas Compressor Mechanic/Technician and Process Technology Technician program.
In addition, B&I is using a mobile computer lab for area training, and continues to offer a variety of short courses including a concealed carry course, a ropes course for Kids College, an allied health job fair and a WorkKeys assessment testing program.
EduKan, SCCC’s online consortium with five other western Kansas community colleges, continues to grow, most recently by 15 percent. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, told the board that EduKan’s tuition will increase to $125 per credit hour beginning with the spring 2008 semester. Each year, SCCC along with the other member colleges, receives a dividend from the continued growth of the consortium.
Despite the overall increase, issues regarding Barton County Community College’s participation in EduKan are being evaluated by the other member colleges including Pratt, Colby, Garden City and Dodge City.
Although EduKan offices have been on the Barton County campus since the inception of EduKan, the offices will be removed by the end of this year. EduKan has created a special committee, including Tom Williams, SCCC dean of administrative services, to evaluate the current consortium agreement and recommend modifications to the operation of EduKan.
Dunn also told the board that the college can participate in a state bond program beginning in 2008 for facility improvements. Although the bonds will not be available until July 2008, the college can submit an application for those funds beginning in December, and use its general operational budget to cover the cost of the project until the bond money is released. The college can reapply each year with a new series of projects.
These bonds are interest-free and will allow the college to proceed on a variety of projects. The administration presented the board with a number of projects that each member is to prioritize and submit to Dunn this week.
Presently, the cap per institution over the next six years is $15 million, with an eight-year pay back.
The college received peer feedback on its AQIP accreditation projects. The IMPACT committee, which oversees the marketing portion of the AQIP projects, was recognized for the techniques it has used to collect information across campus.
The college received a safety group dividend from EMC in the amount of $16,578, said Williams. He also told the board the college is now using a check-scanning device that will immediately make a copy of the check and return the original check to the individual as part of the Check 21 compliance.
The Board approved a proposed agreement for consolidation of Southwest Kansas Technical School and directed President Dunn to provide that agreement to USD 480 Superintendent Vernon Welch. Additionally, Dunn was asked to request a meeting with the USD 480 Board of Education to review the proposed agreement.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, said the college welcomed over 1,200 students who participated in Trick or Treat Street and the haunted hay ride this year.
In other action, the board
1. recognized members of the Professional Employees Association and recognized Evan Winchester and Dale Doll as representatives to the PEA Professional Welfare Committee;
2. established section 800 on Education Requirements to the Board of Trustees Policy Manual, adopted 801 regarding Degree Requirements;
3. deleted Board Policy 421 regarding College Orientation and added this portion to Policy 801 in the Education Requirements section;
4. approved changes to board policy 604 regarding Compensation Policies for Continuing Education.
This Friday and Saturday, drama students will present the play “The Ten Rules of Internet Dating” at 7:30 p.m., in the college theater.
International student recognition will be at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the student union. The college will recognize international students on campus and those from the Colvin Adult Learning Center. The college will also participate in the countywide International Fair at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.
The college will host a web cast from 8-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the SCCC Theater showing “One Survivor Remembers, an evening with Gerda Weissmann Klein,” detailing her life surviving the Holocaust.
The Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest is Nov. 16-17, and Winchester invited the board to participate.
The formal concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30 and the pops concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3.
The next board meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 4