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May 20, 2014

Board hears about English and Math pilots


Slade Griffiths, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, informed the college’s Board of Trustees of English and Math pilots recently conducted at the school during the Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Griffiths said the English pilot with seminar (remedial class) had an 88% success rate for the remedial course and 75% success rate for Composition I. While, one of the mathematics pilots took students with low assessment scores and the results were encouraging. Student success rate is currently at 88% and could increase to 94% after the final examination.

Griffiths praised the work done by Humanities Department instructor Julie Kratt on the English pilot.

“The pilots were very successful in my opinion,” Griffiths said.

In other matters:

  1. The Board discussed the KACCT Quarterly meeting, which will be hosted by Garden City Community College on June 13-14. Jim Ramirez will attend the meeting in place of Ned Graham, who is the college KACCT representative, and plans to attend along with interim president Tony Crouch.
  2. Paul Erdmann, vice president for information technology, presented the Board with a status update on the Administrative Student Information System (A/SIS). Erdmann shared his concerns about the college’s current Student Information System and provided reasons why he believes a new system is needed. Following Erdmann’s PowerPoint presentation, the Board had an opportunity to pose questions. The Board approved the motion for Paul Erdmann to proceed with RFP’s for a new Student Information System and bring a proposal back to the Board.
  3. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, spoke of this year’s Great Cowley Duck Dash. The event saw one of the largest years of support and raised more than $21,000 for student scholarships.
  4. Approved a listing of computer hardware needed to declare surplus.
  5. Approved an addendum to the lease of the college’s Eastside Center in Wichita. The terms of the lease shall commence on July 1, 2014 and shall continue for a period of one year ending June 30, 2015. All other terms will remain as stated in the June 2011 agreement, through the new ending date.
  6. Viewed a letter of retirement from Nancy Ayers, math instructor, effective August 1, 2014.
  7. Accepted a letter of resignation from Charlee Wilson as director of retention and first-year programs, effective May 26, 2014; accepted a letter of resignation from Heather Allen as director for enrollment management, effective May 30, 2014.
  8. Approved the employment of John Sefel as director for theatre, Classification C of the professional salary schedule, effective August 1, 2014; approved the employment of Holly Peters as social science instructor, Classification D of the professional salary schedule effective August 1, 2014; approved the employment of Wesley Taylor as science instructor, Classification G of the professional salary schedule; approved the employment of Heather Kelly, based on Classification C of the professional salary schedule as math instructor; approved Brooke Istas as a math instructor based on the Classification G on the professional salary schedule, approved the employment of Riann Mullis as head volleyball coach, effective June 1, 2014; and approved the employment of Jenny Hoyt as head softball coach, effective July 1, 2014;
  9. The Board discussed the following personnel positions that are currently open at the college: Vice president for enrollment management and student affairs; director for enrollment management; assistant director for enrollment management; director for first year experience and retention; math instructor; and English instructor. Interim president Tony Crouch recommended the restructure of the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs to executive director of student life and executive director of enrollment management.  Also the assistant director for enrollment management and director for first year experience will become the director of enrollment management and also student services representative position. The CNA coordinator position will also be added as well as another Math and English position.
  10. Approved the request from certain faculty members that have completed their contractual obligations at the end of the school year, to have advanced payment of their salaries for June and July.
  11. Held three executive sessions totaling one hour for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, professional negotiations and consult with legal counsel.