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September 18, 2013


Board discusses successful KACCT/COP meeting

singersDuring Monday night’s annual monthly Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center, members of the Board discussed the KACCT/COP meeting held Friday and Saturday at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City.

The state’s 19 community colleges were represented at the KACCT/COP (Kansas Association of Community College Trustees/Council of Presidents) meeting, with a majority of the school’s presidents on hand.

“It served as a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know my colleagues,” Cowley College president Clark Williams said.

Each school had a KACCT delegate from its Board of Trustees at the meetings. Ned Graham serves as Cowley College’s KACCT delegate.

Although Graham was absent from Monday’s Board meeting, he provided members of the Board with a letter detailing the sessions.

Mixed in between a golf outing at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield and a reception and dinner held inside Cowley College’s Brown Center, there were individual Trustee and COP meetings as well as joint KACCT/COP meetings conducted in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. Strategic planning and legislative discussion also took place at the meetings.

Linda Fund, KACCT executive director, attended the meetings. While, Kathleen Ames-Oliver served as the facilitator for the strategic planning discussion.

State Senators Forrest Knox and Steve Abrams also attended the meetings as did Kansas State representative Ed Trimmer and Lobbyist Allie Devine.

Cowley College president Clark Williams mentioned his appreciation for the Board’s support in hosting the KACCT/COP meeting.

“In my personal view we were outstanding hosts,” Williams said. “I had a number of people say they enjoy coming to Cowley because they are treated so well. Robert Rogers and his (Great Western Dining) staff did a superb job.”

Prior to the dinner served on Friday night, members of the Cowley College Singers entertained guests with a mix of songs inside the Brown Center foyer.

In other matters:
1. Saw Cowley College president Clark Williams present a gift to Paige Traffas of Arkansas City for being named September Student of the Month.

2. Received an overview of the CAAP (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency) Assessment from Todd Shepherd, Social Science Department Chair. Shepherd informed the Board that the College scored above the national scaled means in the four areas of testing, which include, Writing Skills, Mathematics, Reading, and Critical Thinking.

3. Heard a Cowley College housing update from Landon West, Director of Housing. The College’s six dormitories are currently at 100% occupancy. There are a total of 482 students in the dorms. The College has six live-in dorm managers and 17 resident assistants. West was joined at the meeting by dorm managers Matt Soule, Brock Buckingham, Peg Williams, Courtney Gougler, and Matt Nies. West said “It is the College’s goal to create an enjoyable, safe, and rewarding living and learning experience for our students.”

4. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an academic report. Griffiths discussed the new early warning student warning system grade reporting program that has been implemented. He also mentioned the academic affairs council recently approved the new Mastercam Art Toolpaths course.

5. Reviewed Endowment/Enrollment/and Student Life events submitted by Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement and student life.

6. Reviewed retention information submitted by Charlee Wilson, director of retention and first year programs.

7. Reviewed information submitted by director of student life, Kristi Shaw, as well as information submitted by student life counselor Roy Reynolds.

8. Dave Burroughs submitted an athletic department update for the Board to review.

9. The College’s annual Blitz Drive for TBC Scholarships will take place Thursday, Sept. 19.

10. Linda Kreutzer, director of human resources, provided an update on personnel vacancies, resignations, and hirings. Kreutzer said applications for the following positions will close on Sept. 24: Vice President of Enrollment Management, Athletic Director, and Associate Dean of Instruction. Applications for the Director of Marketing position will tentatively close on Sept. 24. While, the school recently completed the first-round of screening for the admissions representative position, and is in the screening process for the position of Director of Admissions.

11. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition.