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November 21, 2006

Board approves policies at annual meeting


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved a pair of policies during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. The Board approved the Vacation-Classified Personnel policy along with the Admission policy.

The Vacation-Classified Personnel policy states college classified personnel are eligible for 10 days of paid vacation per calendar year. College directors and staff instructors (staff with year-around classroom/recruiting responsibilities) are eligible for 15 days of paid vacation per calendar year. College classified personnel will receive an additional five days of paid vacation for a total of 15 days after completing 10 years of continuous service.

All accrued vacation for a specific year shall be taken by Dec. 31 of that year. However, after completing five years of continuous service, classified employees may carry over five days of unused vacation from one calendar year to the next.

After completing one year of continuous service, college directors may carry over five days of unused vacation from one calendar year to the next.

The Admission policy states that admission to Cowley College is open to all individuals who can academically benefit from its educational programs. Before full admission can be granted, students must provide the following:

(1) High School diploma or GED certificate; (2) Transcripts from all colleges previously attended; (3) Assessment scores or ACT scores demonstrating an ability to benefit from college level coursework.

Cowley reserves the right to deny a student admission or readmission if it is determined to be in the best interests of the college community to do so, or if the college is unable to provide the services, courses or programs needed to assist the student in meeting educational objectives.

Applicants may be provisionally admitted for a maximum of 12 hours pending submission of required documents. Students of other colleges and universities and other applicants not seeking a degree from Cowley may be admitted as guest students pending submission of required documents.

Students who have not received a high school diploma and are currently enrolled as a high school junior or senior may obtain special student status and be admitted to Cowley if they meet minimum grade point and assessment requirements and obtain written authorization from their high school principal.

Cowley also welcomes international students who are citizens of other nations and are able to meet admissions and U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services requirements.

In other matters, the Board:

1. Discussed the KACCT/COP December quarterly meeting, which will be hosted by Allen County Community College, Dec. 3-4.

2. Discussed the Community College National Legislative Summit that is scheduled for Feb. 12-14, 2007 in Washington, D.C. Approved the attendance of Board members Ron Godsey, Donna Avery and LaDonna Lanning. Also approved the attendance of Cowley Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Sheree Utash.

3. Discussed the PTK Luncheon Banquet that will be held Feb. 15, 2007 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. A KACCT/COP/Dean’s meeting will also take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

4. Presented for first reading policies on Adding a Credit Class, Late Registration, and Payment of Tuition and Fees.

5. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 15, full-time equivalency was 1,557, which is slightly down from this time last year.

6. Accepted a letter of resignation from Robyn Hill as secretary to North Campus, effective Dec. 20.

7. The Board congratulated the volleyball team on its third place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Championships, and also commended the cast and crew of “Les Miserables”, School Edition, for the wonderful performance of the musical.

8. Board member Albert Bacastow commended the staff, administration and Oscar Kimmell Dormitory resident assistants in the handling of the unfortunate death of Cowley student Lacie (Reyes) Beckenholdt.

9. Held two executive sessions to discuss property, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.