and TACTC Conferences
Call to Order
Mike Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.
Members Present:Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative:Derek
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of Board of Trustees’ Meeting, January 9, 2006 were
Associated Students of HighlineCommunity College
Gum Lai Ross reported.
Gum Lai Ross, Jeff Grogan, Gerie Ventura, and Gerald
Jackson have been trained as job representatives.The new contract does not have a limit for
the number of job representatives at the College.
The next district meeting will be held at
Highline on Tuesday February 21 in building 7.
Several classified staff will be attending the
annual South Puget Sound Diversity Institute on February 10 at PacificLutheranUniversity.This year’s title theme is “Reflection
Admissions Registration Council is being hosted
at Highline February 8-10.Several classified
staff are attending.
Ruth Windhover reported.
HCEA continues its periodic meetings with
administration and are working on some contract language under the letter
of agreement from the last contract.
The Higher Ed day will be held on Monday February
20, President’s Day.Ruth, Alan
Walton, and other faculty will be in Olympia
talking to legislatures about the importance of support in public higher
education in WashingtonState.
HCEA thanked Dr. Bell and Mike Emerson for
testifying at the legislature to support full funding for faculty increments.
HCEA is concerned with declining enrollments here
at the College and the impact that will have on faculty with more or less
than half of the classes taught by part time faculty who will bear the
brunt of declining enrollments or varying enrollments.
Phil Droke reported.
The Senate continues to discuss the professional
rights and responsibilities and the description of the science laboratory
Faculty Association of Community and TechnicalColleges
will be meeting this afternoon in Olympia
at the State Board offices.
Bell, having given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure
Review Committee recommended to the Board:
THAT probation be continued for the following first-year
MOVE THAT Tenure be granted for the
following third-year probationers:
Chris Brandmeir – Hotel & Tourism Management
Michael Girvin – Accounting
Elise Muller-Lindgren – Nursing
Jeff Ward – Business
Stephen Washburn – Pre-College
It was moved by Karen Vander Ark
and seconded by Rita Creighton that
the tenure recommendations as presented by Dr. Bell be approved.
Chairman Emerson stated that
the Board has had discussions over the past couple of months on tenure.He asked that the minutes reflect the Board’s
appreciation for the considerable investment of time and effort to those in the
process of tenure and those who support the tenure process on the Working
Committees and the Tenure Review Committee.
The Highline Student Union and the College
Union Idea, The Power of Place and Community
Jonathan Brown, Associate Dean
for Student Programs, gave an overview of the use of the Highline Student Union
building, the philosophy of the Union, and the
programming and activities that happen there.He explained that the Student Union is not just a physical location and
a facility but it also is a program.Highline’s
StudentCenter is a College Union and is more
than a building it’s a philosophy, a program, an educational function to
provide a college life or student life. This
encourages the connections for the students to the College and allows students
to have high levels of satisfaction after they leave and feel a relationship
with the College.
provides services to the student experience such as the Bookstore, buying food,
providing an activity center and a clubs room so there is a space for the
learning that goes on outside of the classroom.There are classes available for lessons on leadership and citizenship,
how to be a part of the community, to learn about intellectual development and
skills and abilities to succeed in careers, and the First Friday’s Leadership
Institute.The programming in the Union is often educationally focused and often collaborated
with faculty and staff on campus to make sure that the educational content of the
programming is augmenting what’s going on in the classes.Actual hours of instruction coming out of the
Student Union were estimated that about 150 hours between September and January
even though there are no scheduled classes in the Union.This study was used to support the M&O
The campus programs are held
at the Student Union such as Unity through Diversity week, Martin Luther King
Jr. week, and the Latino Awareness Month.In addition, spontaneous programming is occurring from student groups
and clubs rather than forced programming such as the Ukrainian Bible Study
group and a knitting group.And, The
Highline dance team practices in one of the large hallways.It is also used by the College community for
opening week, professional development day, Circle of Honor, faculty and staff
luncheons to name only a few. Not only
is this a learning center on the campus, but it is used by the community
outside the College such as the State Board, the Higher Education Coordinating
Board, the Governor’s office, Des Moines Rotary, and many other organizations
as well as rented to private citizens for weddings and other types of gatherings.
To date, the Student Union
has been open for 488 days and estimates are that 2,000 students per day use
the Union and including weekends it probably has served over half a million
Lisa Skari reported.
Nancy Kent, the new web coordinator, is primarily
responsible for the College’s public web and the intranet. However, with the distributive model on
campus with Nancy doing the upper layer and web managers/web coordinators
in offices across campus support those functions at the department
level.To support this, Highline is
hosting a webinar (seminar on the web) is being offered through the Council
for Advancement in Support of Education and is focused on writing,
connecting from the website, and copyright skills that fit electronic
communication.The campus community
was invited to participate. In
addition, another seminar will be hosted on the impact of email and how to
get messages across appropriately.
Scholarship applications for next year from the
Foundation are out and 500 applications were requested in the first week
putting pressure on raising money for the scholarships.
Carl Jensen, superintendent of the HighlineSchool
District when HighlineCommunity College
was created in the early 1960s, created an endowment to support emergency
assistance for students years ago.In January, he gave Highline another contribution bringing his
total endowment up to $20,000.
Thanks were extended to Jonathan Brown for his
presentation today to the Board on the StudentUnionBuilding and
mentioned that he is a great community builder and the student programming
is consistent with Highline’s vision of being student centered. Highline is including more spontaneous
programming based on what filters up from the student groups and the clubs
rather than forced programming.Moving
to a college union board is unusual for a community college which is a
board that works along with student government, administration, and the
union to advise them on what ought to be happening.
There was a big tennis tournament in the city
where Mariko Fujiwara went on her recruitment trip to Myanmar.The director of the tournament from Nepal and
tennis players stayed at the same hotel where she stayed.When the director discovered HighlineCommunity College was conducting
seminars on international education, he encouraged the young tennis
players to attend.He also said
he’d be happy to help recruit students to Highline, not only with tennis
players from all over Asia but also would help recruit students when he
went back to Nepal.
The Admissions and Registration Council (the
entry services and registrars and records folks), are on campus today.
The re-carpeting in building 6 was a great
collaboration, great work by Administrative Technology and Facilities.
The Men and Women Basketball Teams will probably play
in the tournament which is at two sites near ColumbiaBasinCollege March 8 and
Jack Bermingham reported.
Congratulations to the nursing faculty for receiving
a recommendation for reaccredidation for the full eight years lead by
their coordinator Barbara Smith, Kathy Oberg (Division Chair), and Alice
Madsen (Dean Professional/Technical Education.
Highline was the first in the state to get the
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) proposal approved,
which was collaborated in Instruction led by Alice Madsen with Jeff
Wagnitz and Mary Averett.
The weekend college had two of the three classes over
enrolled suggesting that there is a need and there is a response to it so it
is hoped that this will continue as more courses will be offered into next
There has been a lot of effort with different
activities on campus focused on retention of students on campus.
Ivan Gorne has a group of Students Services staff working
very hard on that as well as a group of faculty led by Scott Hardin and
Jessica Gilmore with Chris Gan, Ruth Frickle, Kathy Oberg and Larry
Blades who have really energized the faculty in looking at this issue.
of pilot endeavors recognizing students at risk early in the term and
figuring out a way to contact them from several different angles.
Jessica Gilmore working with some colleagues
just produced a commercial video that will be shown in SouthKingCounty on some
cable channels highlighting Highline students and all the action that
goes on the campus.
Retention was up in transfer from fall/winter as
opposed to the previous years.
The process of developing a new math resource
center is off the ground and a number of workshops are being offered.Jason Ramirez, a second year faculty
member, is taking the lead directing it with other faculty within the
math department and an advisory committee outside the math department.
On the international front, an education
delegation is coming from China
tied to Highline’s relationship with Yangzhou
and the KentSisterCity
program in mid March. The Ambassador from Namibia
will be visiting in early April and the Ambassador from South Africa
visiting toward the end of April. Quite
a number of international visitors will be on the campus and some
opportunities will be created for the visitors to speak and have some
exchange with some of the students.
Marion Davis reported.
The operations review, not an audit, from the
State Board has been completed. They looked at the different operating
procedures and processes that the College uses, mostly in the business
office and a lot related to grants particularly federal grants.The report indicated no major problems
in anything reviewed.
An update on building status; building 14 is one
of the renovations that is underway.Another power shut down will be coming up on a Sunday as that
building gets up and running.
The Human Resources Management Commission met
this past week and they had discussions about what’s happening now in the
colleges with the new bargaining master agreement.The next round of bargaining is about to
begin and people are being selected to participate in that from the
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 March 9, 2006.