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August 11, 2015


Board approves 2015-2016 operating budget


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2015-2016 operating budget for the college during its annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.


The 2015-2016 budget has a projected mill levy of 18.75, which is s decrease from the final 2014-2015 levy (18.79).


Revenues are based on in-state enrollments, a state operating grant, and an estimated county valuation of 247,991,044. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives as set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.


The college’s total budget for 2015-2016 is $32.5 million.


In other matters:


  1. Discussed the Fall Retreat conducted Saturday, August 8. Items discussed at the Retreat were College Mission Statement, College Vision, and strategic goals. The Mission Statement states “Cowley College is committed to providing opportunities for learning excellence, personal achievement, and community engagement.” The Vision Statement states “Champion the relevance of two-year colleges in higher education through holistic learning and workforce development opportunities.” Strategic Plan Goals are, planning and leading, student success, valuing people, student/stakeholder needs, technology infrastructure, and financial parameters. The metric for the presidential evaluation sheets was approved at Monday’s meeting and a presidential installation date was discussed. The date of Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. inside the Robert Brown Theatre was approved for the presidential installation.
  2. Welcomed Dr. Gloria Walker, Cowley College vice president of finance and administration, who will begin employment on September 1, 2015.
  3. Discussed enrollment figures. Although enrollment is currently behind last year’s pace, Dr. Rittle is encouraged by the progress made over the last week. “We are closing the gap rapidly and it is conceivable we will touch last year’s FTE,” Dr. Rittle said. “I would like to thank Josh Cobble, Marcus Hicks, and their (admissions) team as well as the marketing team. It has been a concerted effort to get the word out. The college is a great asset.”
  4.  Dr. Rittle provided a synopsis of the discussion at the Council of President’s meeting held August 4 at Butler Community College.
  5. The annual KACCT/COP meeting will be held September 11-12 at Cloud County Community College.
  6. Approved Board representative Brian Sanderholm’s attendance at the 46th annual Community College Leadership Congress October 14-17 in San Diego, CA at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
  7. Heard from Paul Erdman, vice president of information technology/interim vice president of auxiliary services. Erdman discussed network reconfiguration and equipment installation. So far, new equipment has been installed at the Wichita Downtown Center, Mulvane IT, Mulvane Center, and Central Avenue Dormitory. The hope is to complete the majority of the dormitories on campus prior to the fall semester and then move through campus.
  8. Heard from Janice Stover, interim vice president of academic affairs. Stover informed the Board of new faculty orientation and training events that are being conducted.
  9. Heard from Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement. Schears informed the Board that the Trust Company of Kansas has been selected to be the new fund manager for all Cowley College Foundation funds. They will take over management of the funds on October 1, 2015 with the start of a new fiscal quarter. Schears also spoke of the upcoming “Burden Dayz” festival on Saturday, September 12 which the Cowley College Foundation will be a part of. The foundation will be the bull riding sponsor at the PRCA Rodeo. Foundation members will also be on hand to visit with individuals and hand out materials.
  10. Heard from Josh Cobble, executive director of enrollment management. Cobble spoke of the college’s booth at the Cowley County Fair and ongoing enrollment. Cobble also mentioned the Arkansas City campus & Wichita Downtown Center will be open Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Arkansas City campus will also be open Sunday, August 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help with enrollment.
  11. Heard from Jason O’Toole, executive director of student affairs. O’Toole gave a housing update and spoke of the student life activities planned for the first week of school. “The week is jam packed full of things to do,” O’Toole said.
  12. Heard an athletic update from athletic director Shane Larson. Larson mentioned the recent Blitz Drive conducted on Wednesday, August 5. The Blitz Drive has raised more than $55,000 and is expected to surpass last year’s amount of $62,000 raised. Larson also spoke of the recent Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference meeting that he and Dr. Rittle attended. With the fall sports season just around the corner, the Tiger men’s soccer team will play host to Northern Oklahoma College at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 26 and the Lady Tiger volleyball team will play host to Fort Scott later that evening at 6:30.
  13. Accepted a letter of resignation from Morgan Barnes as enrollment services representative at the college’s Wichita Downtown Center, effective July 31, 2015.
  14. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel and to consult with legal counsel.
  15. Board member Brian Sanderholm was absent.