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Academic Year 2015-2016

Board of Trustees' Meetings

August 10, 2015

Board approves 2015-2016 operating budget

Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2015-2016 operating budget for the college during its annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The 2015-2016 budget has a projected mill levy of 18.75, which is s decrease from the final 2014-2015 levy (18.79).

Revenues are based on in-state enrollments, a state operating grant, and an estimated county valuation of 247,991,044. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives as set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.

The college’s total budget for 2015-2016 is $32.5 million.

In other matters:

  • Discussed the Fall Retreat conducted Saturday, August 8. Items discussed at the Retreat were College Mission Statement, College Vision, and strategic goals. The Mission Statement states “Cowley College is committed to providing opportunities for learning excellence, personal achievement, and community engagement.” The Vision Statement states “Champion the relevance of two-year colleges in higher education through holistic learning and workforce development opportunities.” Strategic Plan Goals are, planning and leading, student success, valuing people, student/stakeholder needs, technology infrastructure, and financial parameters. The metric for the presidential evaluation sheets was approved at Monday’s meeting and a presidential installation date was discussed. The date of Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. inside the Robert Brown Theatre was approved for the presidential installation.
  • Welcomed Dr. Gloria Walker, Cowley College vice president of finance and administration, who will begin employment on September 1, 2015.
  • Discussed enrollment figures. Although enrollment is currently behind last year’s pace, Dr. Rittle is encouraged by the progress made over the last week. “We are closing the gap rapidly and it is conceivable we will touch last year’s FTE,” Dr. Rittle said. “I would like to thank Josh Cobble, Marcus Hicks, and their (admissions) team as well as the marketing team. It has been a concerted effort to get the word out. The college is a great asset.”
  • The annual KACCT/COP meeting will be held September 11-12 at Cloud County Community College.
  • Approved Board representative Brian Sanderholm’s attendance at the 46th annual Community College Leadership Congress October 14-17 in San Diego, CA at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.


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