COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9

HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING

March 10, 2005

 

STUDY SESSION

Legislative

Master Planning

Faculty Hiring Update

TACTC and ACCT Meetings

 

MEETING

 

Call to Order

Ed Davila, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

 

Roll Call

Members Present:                              Michael Allan

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Edward Davila

                                                            J. Michael Emerson

 

Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards

 

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the regular meeting on February 10, 2005 were approved.

 

Correspondence

 

  • Dr. Bell extended congratulations to Jack Bermingham for receiving the Werner Kubsch Award from the Community Colleges for International Development at their international conference held in San Diego in February.  This award is presented annually to a community college international educator, chosen by his or her peers, for outstanding work in the international field.  Dr. Bermingham has been instrumental in developing and implementing Highline's international education program and providing international curriculum, faculty development opportunities, administrative staff development opportunities and improving education in other parts of the world.
  • Dr. Bell extended congratulations to Laura Saunders for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from The Association of Administrators in Community Colleges presented to her at The Association conference last month. 
  • Ivan Gorne introduced John Dunn, Athletic Director.  John introduced John Clemens instrumental in making the wrestling program at Highline a success.  Highline is one of only two wrestling programs at the community college level which means Highline can only compete at the national level.  The wrestling head coach Scott Martin was unable to attend the meeting to be introduced to the Board.  Mr. Dunn also introduced Yura Malamura, student wrestler who won the national title in Minnesota this year.  Yura is the first wrestler in Highline history to win a national wrestling championship.  Highline has had wrestling at the College for 34 years and this is the first time a national title has been won.  The Board extended their congratulations.

 

STANDING REPORTS

 

Associated Students of Highline Community College (ASHCC)

Alica Akerman and John DuBois reported.

  • The Students Activities Budget Committee has been meeting regularly.
  • The Students Rights and Responsibilities Committee will meet for the first time this week.
  • A survey is being created to see how students feel about the College Smoking Policy and the survey results will be distributed next quarter.
  • Thanks were extended to Virg Staiger and Dr. Bell for their assistance in the Student Government having a first hand experience talking with the legislators and getting involved in what is happening in higher education legislation.  The Political Affairs Club will be hosting a town hall meeting on higher education legislation to share the information learned from talking with the legislators.

 

Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA)

Gum Lai Ross reported that everything is going well for the Classified Staff and there was nothing more to report.

 

Highline College Education Association (HCEA)

Ruth Windhover reported.

  • HCEA and Administration continue to have periodic meetings.
  • HCEA Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws have been unanimously ratified by the membership.
  • Ms. Windhover attended the National Higher Education Conference of the National Education Association in San Antonio last weekend and was pleased to be appointed to the Editorial Board of the Higher Education Journal of the National Education Association.
  • HCEA and its affiliates support professional levels of compensation for all public employees, faculty, classified and exempt staff.  Appreciation was extended to the Board for their advocacy in adequate compensation, working conditions and benefits for all workers.

 

Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

  • It was discovered that there is a mismatch between what Highline claims they are doing and in the planning sheets and what the Senate actually passed a number of years ago.  Next quarter the Senate will be working to make sure that what is being taught and what the Senate passed is in agreement.

 

ACTION ITEM

No Action Items

 

REPORTS

 

Preparing Future Faculty

Jack Bermingham, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Jeff Wagnitz, Dean of Instruction for Transfer Programs, reported that preparing future faculty begins by recruitment and outreach and then working with new faculty as they are hired.  This process is critical in the development of successful teaching and learning at Highline and is one of the most important things done.  Newly tenured faculty will affect students and will represent the institution in the community and move Highline Community College forward into the future.

 

Recruitment activities include the following:  advertising faculty positions in the national Chronicle of Higher Education; the local media; the State Board; electronic resources; advertising in discipline related publications or meetings in the area of discipline being recruited; ads in special interest publications; participation in databases like minorities faculty identification program to increase the diversity in the pool of candidates; faculty sent to national conferences provide opportunities to mention Highline’s openings. 

 

Recruitment documents have been designed to let people know about Highline, where we are, what our students are like, what our faculty mix is like and what the most important things are to the institution to give a sense of what it is like to work at Highline. 

 

Active outreach methods include sending a team to faculty job fairs in the California area for recruitment; talking about Highline opportunities to graduate institutions in the California area with high quality programs where there is representation of diversity in their graduate students; conducting a Preparing Future Faculty Day every spring designed to invite graduate students to Highline from the University of Washington graduate education program giving the students an opportunity to meet with faculty members in their discipline and talk about what community college education is all about. 

 

There is also “grow our own faculty” recruitment methods including a formal internship program that advertises and recruits people in graduate schools, and one year faculty appointments.

 

A number of Highline’s professional/technical programs are hired as program managers where people are brought in from industry.  The program managers work to see if they can get a professional/technical program to flourish in their area of expertise and if everything is successful we grow them into tenure track faculty in those areas where it’s possible. 

 

Most new faculty participate in a two-day statewide fall faculty seminar held by the State Board where they meet other new faculty and spend a couple of days getting an understanding of what goes on in a community college system in Washington.  On campus there is a class that many of the brand new faculty take, called Elements of Education taught by one or two of the very best seasoned faculty on how to prepare a syllabus, grade students, and how to do lessons and then over the course of the first year meet every couple weeks and talk about their experiences in the classroom.  While that education class is addressing the teaching part, the new faculty also participate in a year long orientation series that’s operated by the Faculty Resource Center.  There is also the ongoing phase which keeps faculty involved, intellectually growing, and excited about their profession over the course of their careers.  Professional development funds are available for faculty to travel, study, and do things they need to do.  In the tenure process, faculty spend a lot of time working intensively with their colleagues in their departments and across the campus and with deans getting a sense of the expectations of the institution, the culture of the institution, the community, and how to be effective in the classroom. 

 

After faculty have been at Highline for a while, the Professional Leave Program provides a leave to work on a project or continue their education.  Faculty also get some additional support through post-tenure review to help them find new opportunities and ways to grow. 

 

A tour of the Faculty Resource Center was available to the Board following the meeting.  This Center is the physical centerpiece of the professional development work with faculty.  This is the fifth year of the Title III federal grant that provided funds for the Center.  There is a wide variety of on-going resources located there for faculty—from speakers and workshops and consulting faculty to instructional designers—to help them with lesson planning and recent technology.  That resource is always there to keep faculty engaged and it has very strong participation among the faculty.

 

AREA REPORTS

 

Student Services     

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • Congratulations to Yura Malamura for winning the wrestling national championship.
  • Machelle Allman, a part time international student program advisor, is appearing in a play called “Private Lives” at the Woodinville Repertory Theater.  A group of students along with the International Student Programs staff plan to see the play. 
  • The Students of Color Opting to Reach Excellence (SCORE) conference was last week and had an outstanding speaker. 
  • We had the first graduates from the Pepsi grant, which is a type of WorkFirst program.  We are hoping most of those folks will get jobs and we’ll have a second round of students. 

 

Instruction

Jack Bermingham reported.

  • Thanks were extended to Facilities and Administrative Technology Departments for their work to get the chemistry, physics, geology, and computer science hardware labs moved into the Higher Education Center.  These are not easy moves particularly through the academic year and there’s been great cooperation and planning.  Thanks also to a number of faculty that spent a lot of extra time involved with the moving of the labs. 
  • Thanks also to Raegan Copeland, instructor in international business, who has done a fabulous job this past quarter sitting in for Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Scott Hardin, while he was on sabbatical.
  • Sue Frantz, psychology instructor, was invited to participate in the Psychology National Association Seminar held in South Africa for a two week program and just returned. 
  • J.T. Jackson, a part time faculty, has taken a lead in initiating a very successful program at the Faculty Resource Center.
  • Congratulations to Christiana Taylor, drama instructor, for the fabulous job she does in producing the College plays and having a great program.  Last quarter the students did “Twelfth Night” and my family attended one of the performances and really enjoyed it. 
  • We applied for a grant last fall and were awarded for a project which will give an opportunity to send a few faculty to South Africa and Namibia this summer along with some teachers from the local school districts.  Congratulations to Kathleen Hasselblad for doing some terrific writing the grant.  It was a very competitive situation. 

 

General Administration  

Laura Saunders reported.

  • Central Washington University is in the process of moving into the Higher Education Center and will start classes on Tuesday, March 29.  Highline starts spring quarter classes on March 28. 
  • Another huge project for the spring is the implementation of the Civil Service Reform Law.  Part of that is the collective bargaining contract for Classified Staff that takes effect July 1.  There are quite a few changes in the statewide contract for all of the colleges that are bargaining with one union. 
  • The Department of Personnel has decided as part of Civil Service Reform to change the classification system going from approximately 1300 to 1400 different classifications statewide to approximately 300 or 400.  This involves reviewing every Classified Staff person’s job description here on campus and seeing where they fall in the new structure. 
  • At the end of March, Lowes takes over the ownership of the Midway parking lot and students will not longer be able to park there.  Construction should start in May if they have all their permit paperwork into the City of Kent.  About 100 cars park there on a regular basis and there’s at least that many parking spaces vacant on campus.  Participation in the transit subsidy program has increased.
  • Two pairs of Killdeer birds have been spotted on campus moving around as if they are beginning to build a nest and lay eggs.  A few male ducks have been seen but no female ducks, they may be back in the bushes.  A number of raccoons are doing interesting things in the night.  Evidently there is a large tree just by building 1 where one or more raccoons will get up at the top and drop things on people going by.

 

Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • Winter quarter is gearing down which means spring enrollment is taking place and to support the effort, Communications and Marketing put together a radio campaign on KUBE 93.3 radio station getting Highline’s name on the air and promoting programs. 
  • The Foundation Office has released the scholarship applications for this year and they revamped and simplified the process making it less difficult for students to apply. 
  • The Board was reminded that the Gala is April 30 and invitations should be ready next week and auction items are being received.  

 

Discussion

None

 

Unscheduled Business

None.

 

New Business

The April Board meeting is cancelled.

 

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

 

 

Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be May 12, 2005.

 

              8:00 a.m.       Study Session             Building 25, Room 411

            10:00 a.m.       Meeting                        Building 25, Board Room

 

ORIGINAL SIGNED MAY 12, 2005

 

______________________________            _________________________________

Edward Davila                                                 Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary