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February 21, 2012

Board approves revised 2012-2013 academic calendar


Working to fully meet the Higher Learning Commission’s requirements, a modified version of the 2012-2013 academic calendar was approved by the Cowley College Board of Trustees during the annual monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

The academic calendar lists when classes are in session, when teachers are on duty, and when the administrative offices are open and closed. The calendar also provides information such as when final exams will take place and when grades are due.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the Board heard that the mandatory online orientation for online students was a success with over 95 percent of the students rating it as good or excellent. A significant improvement of students starting online classes on time was noted.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Bree Fisher of Wichita, for being named February Student of the Month.
  2. Heard from Dr. McAtee about the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon he attended Feb. 16 in Topeka. Cowley had four students honored at the luncheon. Students honored were Patrick Curl, Hannah Dillard, Michael Fox and Mark Janzen.
  3. Held three executive sessions totaling 55 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property, professional negotiations, and consultation with the governing body’s attorney.
  4. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, presented the following update: Work on the air conditioning/heating system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is complete as is the installation of the elevator inside Galle-Johnson. The school is awaiting the asbestos abatement on the Summit Street House, located near the Travis Hafner Training Center. The house will then be razed.
  5. Submitted the following policies for first readings. Conflict of Interest; Reporting of Fraud; and Performance Appraisals.
  6. Received a quality update and academic update from Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs. Griffiths also informed the Board that the academic affairs council approved the modification of the Numerical Control Programming certificate by removing the AutoCad course. Instead, it would be more appropriate to substitute the course to Advanced Mastercam and not delete any credit hours from the certificate.
  7. Charles McKown, vice president of research and technology, provided the Board with a copy of the online demographic enrollment report.
  8. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Feb. 14, full-time equivalency was 2,798, compared to 2,815 at this time last year.
  9. Approved the employment of Matt Soule as dorm manager/intramural coordinator, effective Feb. 13.
  10. Board member Donna Avery was absent.