Cowley College Board of Trustees

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Academic Year 2009-2010

July 19, 2010minutes
Bacastow, Jr. named Chairman at regular monthly Board meeting

  • Albert Bacastow, Jr. was named the Chairman of Cowley College’s Board of Trustee’s during the school’s regular monthly meeting held Monday, July 19 in the McAtee Dining Center.
  • Officers elected for the upcoming year: Chairman, Albert Bacastow, Jr.; vice chairman, Lee Gregg, Jr.; Kansas Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Donna Avery; Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Ron Godsey; Board representative for professional negotiations and to open bids received for college purchases, Mark Paton; trustee designated as the Board representative to the College Endowment Association, Dennis K. Shurtz.
  • Accepted the master agreement contingent on the faculty’s approval of the agreement.
  • Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of July 13, full-time equivalency was 733, which is up from 630 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of July 13, full-time equivalency was 2,124, which is up from 1,747 at this time last year.
  • Approved the decision to accept applications for the position of Vice-President for Advancement.


June 21minutes, 2010
Board extends Dr. McAtee’s contract as president

  • Dr. Patrick J. McAtee had his administrative contract extended through June 30, 2013.
  • Administrative contracts extended through June 30, 2012.
  • Approved salary increases for classified staff and administrators at Cowley College.
  • Approved compensation for faculty members teaching summer 2010.
  • Listened to updates on buildings and grounds improvements.
  • Approved the employment of Tim Walton as automotive instructor.
  • Viewed summer and fall enrollment reports that indicate enrollment is up.


May 17, 2010
Cowley to be well represented at NISOD

  • The  32nd annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference to be held May 30-June 2 in Austin, Texas.
  • Discussed the KACCT/COP Annual Summer Retreat, which will be held June 18-19 at Neosho County Community College.
  • Approved the Social Networking and Use of Tobacco on Campus policies.
  • Approved the 2011-2012 academic calendar.
  • Approved the name change of the Cowley Student Government Association to the Cowley College Student Senate.


April 19, 2010
Board approves three summer projects

  • Approved new flooring in the kitchen of the McAtee Dining Center, a new track for the movable wall in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, and replacement of the ceiling grid in Renn Memorial Library.
  • Approved the bid of $24,606.25 from 4 State Maintenance for preparation and installation of a toweled quartz epoxy flooring system in the kitchen of the McAtee Dining Center.
  • Academic Update: Dance classes at Cowley will now be allowed to count for the physical education/health requirement; the ABE/GED program recently changed its name to “Cowley College Adult Education and College Preparation Program”; the Kansas Board of Regents has begun to look at distance education and has drafted a Distance Education Plan for Kansas.
  • Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of April 14, full-time equivalency was 437, which is up from 356 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of April 14, full-time equivalency was 625, which is up from 492 at this time last year.


March 16, 2010
Board approves college's participation in natural hazard mitigation plan

  • Approved the resolution to participate in the natural hazard mitigation plan.
  • Approved no increase in tuition for out-of-state residents and international students, and a $2 tuition increase for in-state and Oklahoma residents. Also approved a $2 increase in fees for all students.
  • Approved 2010-2011 dorm charges, which consisted of Great Western Dining’s proposed 2 % increase in rates for next year.
  • Saw that spring enrollment is at 2,694 FTE, which is up from 2,295 as of March 10, 2009. A total of 947 Cowley County residents are registered for classes at Cowley College. Fifty-eight counties in Kansas, 30 other states and 36 foreign countries are represented in the student body.
  • Heard an academic update from vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths about courses that were created or modified.


March 4, 2010
Board of Trustees conduct special meeting

  • The Board approved the decision to purchase property located at 1614 South A Street in Arkansas City.
  • The Board approved the decision to sign an addendum agreement with Wichita Area Technical College.


February 15, 2010
Cowley College in Arkansas City to hold Open House on April 6

  • Having been several years since Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City has held an Open House, plans were discussed for an Open House to be held on April 6 during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
  • Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an academic update, which showed the Creative Writing and Mass Communications Associate of Arts degrees were created/modified and approved by the academic affairs council.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Feb. 15, full-time equivalency was 2,680, which is up from 2,314 at this time last year.


January 19, 2010
Spring semester enrollment sees dramatic increase

  • Spring semester enrollment continues to climb. As of Jan. 14, FTE for the spring semester was 2,683, which is up from 2,286 at this time last year.
  • Tony Crouch reported that the new physics lab is in use, while work on the roofs of the Brown Center and Wellness Center has been completed.
  • Crouch reported that the permanent generator should be received by the end of the month and installed/connected soon thereafter.
  • Slade Griffiths provided the Board of Trustees with an overview of courses that were created/modified and approved by the academic affairs council.


December 14, 2009
Board approves access agreement with Arkansas City Police Department

  • Approved an Access Agreement with the Arkansas City Police Department in an effort to investigate and curb violations, apprehend offenders, and provide emergency response and assistance.
  • Heard from Elliott Jackson of Parman, Tanner, Soule, and Jackson, Certified Public Accountants, as they completed the annual audit of all the college's funds for fiscal 2009.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 8, full-time equivalency was 1,843, which is up from 1,447 at this time last year.
  • Tony Crouch reported that Cowley has received its final certificate of occupancy for it newly remodeled physics lab.
  • Decided not to attend a joint legislative breakfast with Butler Community College in January, and instead will attempt to set a meeting in January with area legislators.


November 16, 2009
Physics lab project nearing completion

  • Work on the new physics lab at Cowley College is nearing completion according to an update provided by Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.
  • Discussed the KACCT/COP annual meeting, which Cowley College will host Dec. 6-7 on its main campus in Arkansas City. Trustees are invited to attend the reception/dinner on Sunday evening prior to the meetings on Dec. 7.
  • Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 8, full-time equivalency was 693, which is slightly down from this time last year.
  • Submitted for first reading the “Sensitive Information and Red Flag Rules” policy.


September 21, 2009
Board approves lease agreement at Bloomenshine

  • Decided to renew its lease for the Bloomenshine Building in Mulvane through July 31, 2013.
  • Heard that the physics lab project is progressing on schedule and is in line to be completed on Nov. 10.
  • Heard about the programs and sessions conducted at the 40th Annual Community College Leadership Congress attended by Board members Mark Paton, Donna Avery, and Ron Godsey.
  • Submitted the following policies for final reading: Guidelines for Classified Staff Reduction in Force; Harassment and Discrimination; Satisfactory Academic Programs Policy for Federal Aid Recipients.


September 21, 2009
Board makes quick work of light agenda

  • Updates on the Brown Center boiler project, the physics lab, and the Brown Center and Wellness Center roof replacements.
  • Physics lab project has been awarded to Conco, Inc. at a total cost of $137,000.
  • Fall enrollment report that indicates as of Sept. 14, full-time equivalency was 2,729, which is up from 2,433 this time last year.


August 11, 2009
Board approves 2009-2010 operating budget

  • Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2009-2010 operating budget.
  • The 2009-10 budget has a projected mill levy of 19.999, which is only a slight increase from the 2008-2009 levy of 19.976.
  • Board members discussed the college’s glowing enrollment report, with enrollment nearing 2,500 FTE. Enrollment is up about 270 FTE from this same time last year.
  • Approved the physics lab remodel.