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February 19, 2013

Board of Trustees receive update on online program


Continuing to see large increases in online enrollment, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees received an update on the college’s online program during Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting held in the President’s Conference Room.

Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch, vice president of research and technology Charles McKown, vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths, and vice president of student life Ben Schears, informed the Board of the options concerning the school’s online program.

They informed the Board that the school is in the process of reviewing the entire online process to see how they can apply what they are doing with the program to the school’s performance agreements.

The school is also looking at ways to expand and improve its online program.

Also during the meeting, Crouch informed the Board of the new Cowley College Discover Prepaid Debit Card, which students were recently given. At the beginning of February the school began disbursing all refunds, including financial aid refunds and bookstore refunds to the debit cards.

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley interim President Tony Crouch present a gift to Caroline Strickland of Tulsa, OK for being named February 2013 Student of the Month.
  2. Heard about the Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Luncheon held at the Ramada Downtown Hotel in Topeka on Feb. 14. Representing Cowley at the luncheon were Board Chairman Ron Godsey, interim president Tony Crouch, vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths and vice president of student affairs Ben Schears. Cowley PTK students honored at the luncheon were Jennifer Mendez, Michael Christian Decker, and Jill Kanning. PTK sponsors Scott Layton, Deborah Layton and Chad Killblane were also in attendance.
  3. Accepted a bid from Gator Demolition to remove the two structures on land recently acquired from the City of Arkansas City at the corner of Summit and Buchanan, where the old packing plant used to be.
  4. Reviewed an Academic Report provided by Slade Griffiths.
  5. Received an Endowment/Alumni and Enrollment/Student Life update from Ben Schears.
  6. Reviewed an athletic update, which featured the Tiger Booster Club Luncheon at noon March 13 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
  7. Approved the employment of Elizabeth Thummel as records and receivable specialist, effective March 1; approved the employment of Julie Grant as Business/Computer and Information Technology Department secretary, effective Feb. 25; approved the hiring of Brandon Sroufe as custodian, effective Feb. 4; approved the hiring of Christy Parker as custodian, effective Feb. 19.
  8. Crouch provided the Board with the following information on internal transfers/promotions: Steve Storm has been moved from part-time to full-time Paramedic Instructor Coordinator; Robin Reidle has moved from part-time to full-time Enrollment Services Representative; Mitchell Wright, Enrollment Services Representative, will move from the school’s East Side Center to its main campus location.
  9. Crouch informed the Board of a proposal to purchase another bus to replace one of the school’s current 31-passenger busses. The bus the school is looking into purchasing is a 2000 Bluebird LTC with 60,000 miles on it.
  10. Held a 40-minute executive session for a video conference with John Steinecke, ACCT liaison.
  11. Held another 15-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and consult with legal counsel.