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May 21, 2013

Board of Trustees receive academic update


Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, shared good news items with the school’s Board of Trustees during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Griffiths informed the Board that the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) performance agreement was successfully defended on April 30 with the Regent’s Board of Academic Affairs Standing Committee. KBOR recommended 100 percent funding.

Griffiths also spoke of the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) testing that recent graduates of the school completed. The results revealed that Cowley College graduates scored above average in the three tested areas (writing, mathematics and critical thinking).

Also, a Higher Learning Commission outreach site visit will be conducted June 20 at Cowley College’s Mulvane Centers and the school’s Allied Health Center in Winfield. 

In other matters:

  1. Held three executive sessions totaling 50 minutes.
  2. Discussed the KACCT/COP Retreat to be held June 7-8 at Dodge City Community College. Board member Jim Ramirez plans on attending the retreat, while newly elected Board member Ned Graham will attend the New Trustee workshop on June 7.
  3. Chad Beeson, President of the Ark City Takedown Club, submitted a proposal for a wrestling program at Cowley College. The Board informed Mr. Beeson that the item would be revisited after a permanent athletic director has been hired.
  4. Tabled discussion on the following policies; Conflict of Interest (137.00) and Nepotism (170.00).
  5. Received a construction update from Tony Crouch, Interim President/Executive Vice President of Business Services. Crouch informed the Board that Gator Construction continues with demolition work on property owned by the college in South Arkansas City, near the Travis Hafner Training Center.
  6. The Board approved a bid of $178,675 from Stanfield Roofing to replace the roof on the Walker Technology Building; approved a bid of $18,200 from Winfield plumbing and Heating to replace the rooftop heating and air conditioning units on the Little Theatre area of Galle-Johnson Hall; approved a bid of $29,937 from Lewis Street Glass Company to replace the insulated window panels throughout Kirke Dale Dormitory; approved a bid of $56,822 from Winfield Plumbing and Heating to replace the HVAC systems in Docking Dormitory.
  7. Approved the four-year exemption from the provisions of the bill allowing concealed carry in all campus buildings. Ron Godsey, Board Chairman, will send an executed counterpart of resolution No. 2013-520 to the Kansas attorney general as notice of the Board of Trustees’ election to exempt college buildings from the bill. With this, the college can maintain its no concealed carry status until July 1, 2017. All college facilities shall be weapons-free and entrances to each building and facility owned or operated by the college shall be posted in accordance.
  8. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that the school is in the process of hiring 50 new adjunct faculty members. Griffiths also stated the college is in the process of hiring a full-time computer applications instructor for the main campus and also hire a full-time life science instructor for the Mulvane location.
  9. Accepted a letter of resignation from Donnie Jackson as assistant men’s basketball coach, effective May 1; accepted a letter of resignation from Michael Moore as custodian, effective May 13.
  10. Approved the employment of Dane Kelly as assistant men’s basketball coach, effective May 1.
  11. Approved club sponsorship payments to six clubs for a total of $5,200.
  12. Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to advance payment of their salaries for June and July.
  13. Board member Donna Avery was absent.