The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, March 1, for its regular board meeting.
Marvin Chance Jr. reported on the recent Phi Theta Kappa Honors luncheon in Topeka recently. Jordan Eder and Shayla Thomas represented SCCC/ATS on the All-Kansas Academic Team. The students were recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives as well as during a recognition luncheon, which included the members of legislature and Kansas Board of Regents.
Following the program review for the Medical Laboratory Technician program, the board accepted the review with the next formal review scheduled for five years. The MLT program, which has been an online program since 2002, now has clinical affiliate sites in California, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. The college is also working with Manhattan Area Technical College and Wichita Area Technical College on delivering the online portion of the MLT program to their students.
The board approved a $3 increase in student fees for the 2010-11 school year, from $22 to $25. The proposed fee increase will keep SCCC/ATS competitive with Dodge City and Garden City community colleges and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Two dollars of the student fee increase will be allocated to scholarships and $1 will fund technology. The distribution of the total $25 student fee for 2010-11 will include $6.50 for scholarships, $11 for revenue bond retirement, $1.50 for student activities, and $6 technology fee.
Although in-state tuition will not increase, Border County tuition will increase from $50 to $53 per credit hour, out-of-state and international tuition from $63 to $68 per credit hour, and Seward Online from $64 to $66 per credit hour. The college is instituting a Seward Online out-of-state/international rate of $70 per credit hour.
The last increase in tuition and fees was in 2005.
In addition to student fees, some classes have additional applied course fees that were presented to the board. Those fees are for course materials, testing fees, and other items, which are used in the course.
The college is participating in the Kansas Board of Regents PEI Bond Loan Program. When projects are turned into the Kansas Board of Regents, estimated costs are not always what the actual costs are. Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, told the board that KBOR has given the college permission to move excess approved funds from one approved project to another approved project. Funds from the sidewalk/brick repair costs were lower than the original estimated and the difference will be used for the Fire Alarm System Upgrade, which came in over the original estimate.
The board directed the administration to request a proposal from venders to develop a facility and land-use study. If approved, the study would help the college plan effectively for long-range land and facility use.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, reported that the Respiratory Therapy program had a very successful on-site accreditation visit. The program was praised for its collaborative efforts with Garden City and Dodge City community colleges, the positive experience with its clinical affiliates and the simulation lab at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center.
Rapp also reported on areas that need to be improved as part of the accreditation process through the Academic Quality Improvement Program. The college needs to develop a way to measure the effectiveness of its communication, needs to formalize a succession plan, needs to focus strategic planning on technical as well as academic programs due to the merger with the Area Technical School, and needs to find an effective way to use the data that has been collected. Dean Rapp indicated that some of these issues are currently in review through AQIP projects and the recent adoption of the 2010-2017 strategic plan.
In other action, the board
1. hired Ronald Garber as the Natural Gas Compressor Technology instructor and,
2. approved the 2008-09 audit as presented by Linda Billings of Byron Bird and Associates. The audit indicated no budgetary violations. The management letter to the board revealed no recommendations or inherent deficiencies and commended the college staff in providing auditors the data they needed to perform their tasks. The college is considered a low risk auditee.
Students and staff will conduct a phon-a-thon April 7, 8, and 10 in order to raise scholarship funds for the SCCC/ATS Foundation.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, invited the board to the open house of one of the city’s self-help projects March 10. Students in the Construction Trades Technology program helped build the houses.
The annual meeting of the SCCC/ATS Foundation will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 31. Spring break will be March 14-20 with no classes in session. The next Board meeting will be Monday, April 5.