December 16, 2008
Cowley College chooses company to provide online support
Receiving input from Cowley College vice president of research and technology,
Charles McKown, and director of international student services, Ben
Schears, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved a
contract with Presidium Managed Services, for the company to provide
online support during Monday night’s monthly Board Meeting.
Presidium offers multi-channel managed contact center support solutions which include enabling designated faculty, students, and staff to utilize 24 hours, seven days a week, end user telephone and web based technical support.
In addition to providing 24/7 help-desk support for students and instructors, Presidium offers a privately branded and managed support portal, including knowledge base, chat engine, animated tutorials and related support resources and knowledge base. Total cost for Presidium to provide online support for the next year is $61,500.
In other matters, the Board:
- Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Lauren McGuigan
of Ark City for being named December Student of the Month.
- 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 2008.
- Dr. McAtee, Donna Avery, and Ron Godsey provided members of the
board with a review of the KACCT/COP meeting held Dec. 7-8 at Cloud
County Community College.
- Set the January Board Meeting date for Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 6:15
- Discussed Trustees whose terms expire on June 30, 2009, which are:
Donna Avery, Albert Bacastow, Jr., and LaDonna Lanning. Currently,
Avery and Bacastow, Jr. have field for re-election. The filing deadline
is noon, Jan. 27. The primary, if needed will be March 3 and the general
election will be held on April 7.
- Viewed 2009-2010 projected budget cuts of the 19 Kansas Community
Colleges due to potential reduction in state funds.
- Determined the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration will
be held Jan. 19 in the W.S. Scott Auditorium, following the conclusion
of the Tiger men’s basketball game.
- Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 10, full-time
equivalency was 2,365, which is slightly down from this time last year.
The FTE for spring 2009 is currently 1,512, which is slightly down
from this time last year.
- Approved the promotion of Bob Moffatt as the Career and Technical
Education Department Chair, effective Dec. 10.
- Approved the advising contracts for fall 2008.
- Bruce Crouse, executive director of Business and Industry, provided
the Board with an update on business and industry training in the community.
- Held an executive session for 30 minutes to discuss professional
negotiations, property acquisition, and to consult with legal counsel.
- Approved the purchase of property at 220 West Washington in Arkansas
City at the appraised value.
- Board member Mark Paton was absent.