COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
January 18, 2007
and Collins Group
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15
Members Present: Elizabeth Chen
Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees Meeting on December
14, 2006 were approved with the following corrections:
- Page 2 under
Washington Public Employees Association report:
- Bullet 1,
second sentence should read, “. . . Mouy-ly Wong, and from
- Bullet 5,
first sentence should read, “. . . Tenaya Wright will be reporting
reports to the Board for WPEA beginning in January 2007
in the interim until a new president is elected.
- Page 3 under
the Students Services area report, bullet 5 first sentence, should
read, “Student demographics for the 2006 academic year included 48%
58% students of color, . . .”
- Page 5 under
the Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees first
sentence should read, “The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be January 18, 2007
November 16, 2006.”
Associated Students of Highline Community College
- A new student
club W.I.N.G.S. (With In Good Souls) started fall quarter with a student
run Community Bank on campus located in a small room in building 23. In cooperation with the Des Moines Food
Bank, anyone can come for food, clothes, and other items. This club was started by a group of
night students as a way to volunteer in the campus community.
- Events –
Annual Legislative Breakfast on January 4 was well attended by students,
faculty and staff even though it was before the quarter started; 37
students attended and participated in workshops at the two day Winter
Leadership Retreat on leadership skill development.
- Because of
snow and cancellation of the Winter Clubs Fair, it has been rescheduled to
Government’s first meeting will be January 30.
Public Employees Association
- Lydia is the newly
elected WPEA Chief Job Representative and will be giving reports to the
Board each month.
- WPEA thanked
Gum-Lai Ross of Entry Services and Carly Serrett of High School Programs
for coordinating and managing the campus food drive and fund raiser last
month. Thanks were extended from
WPEA to the Highline campus for providing 245 pounds of food and $950 to the
Des Moines Food Bank.
- During the winter
break, Gerald Jackson from Administrative Technology and his wife Tammy
were honored by being asked to participate in the 2006 Pageant for Peace
on December 19 at the White House.
Gerald and Tammy are ministers and talented musicians, singer, and songwriter.
Faculty have been working very hard this week and last week to make sure
that students continue to learn despite the snow disruptions.
During the Study Session the Board learned about the rigorous evaluation
and tenure process for full time faculty.
In a follow up to that discussion, Ruth emphasized that there are also opportunities
for professional development available to faculty at Highline that exceed the
opportunities at many other colleges.
The faculty appreciate the training in using educational technologies
available on and off campus. In addition
to on-line courses, this training in technology enabled students to receive
assignments and get feedback on line during the snow storm.
Washington LEARNS and the governor this fall and winter have emphasized
the need for Washington
State to have a world
class public education system including higher education. One way to measure our system is to compare
the salaries of the eight global challenge states and of those states Highline
is far below the average salaries.
In the two-year system, half of the classes are taught by part time
instructors and they are often not available to students outside of class to
the extent that full time faculty are.
Nor in general do they participate in all those tasks and activities
that are necessary for colleges to fulfill their mission. The proportion of full time and part time
faculty is another element that needs to be examined to increase the number of
full time faculty in the system.
Phil Droke reported.
- The Senate
met yesterday and discussions included the grading and withdrawal by
instructor policies and Common Course Numbering (CCN). The Faculty Association will be meeting
on Feb 8 and 9 and Droke will be presenting Highline’s position on CCN which
is to eliminate it or make it more constructive.
oversight needs to be corrected and the Senate will address their
involvement in that.
No Action Items.
Director of Communications and Marketing reported. Highline is in the third year of the process
of brand strategy and graphic standards.
In 2004, the College contracted with Hebert Research from Kent, and
Arscentia Design. A public community
survey was taken for the community’s perception of Highline’s strengths. Then Arscentia did the research on the design
of our communication materials and how the design should reflect those
strengths. Highline is now in the
process of implementation to put a consistency into its messaging and design
and integrating it onto the web.
Kelly explained the
brand strategy and graphic standards that have been developed for Highline. She stated that the Brand is your audiences’
perceptions about what you are, built on their interactions or perceived
interactions with you. The brand is also
how you talk, respond, promote, offer, look, and how you sound to your
audience. Responding to your audience
includes reacting appropriately in all situations by helping a student find a
class, being informative as possible, responding to email quickly, and being
respectful and friendly. The logo is
also part of the brand which has specific specifications and requirements which
help to maintain a quality look which transfers to our audiences’ perceptions
of the quality of education received at Highline.
Another part of the
strategy is photography in promotional materials which should also demonstrate
experience or environment being active and engaging and showing diversity in
all areas. Templates have been developed
for the campus to use for brochures, posters, PowerPoint, and web which will
help to keep the campus consistent in its messaging. The Print Shop and Communications and
Marketing Department are collaborating to make sure that the brand standards
are being met in all areas.
Lisa Skari reported.
- Thanks were extended to Daniel Nordstrom
and the work he did on the Legislative Breakfast.
- Nancy Kent, Highline’s web coordinator,
had a conversation with a teacher at Parkside Elementary School
who wanted to teach her sixth grade class how to give a presentation. The school did not have a computer lab
coordinated having the class come to campus and a number of faculty and
staff helped them learn about PowerPoint and copyright laws. The class had lunch on campus and had a
great experience and sent numerous thank you notes. This was a great opportunity to give
these young students the opportunity to come to campus and hopefully will
be our future students.
- Breeders Theatre event to benefit the
Foundation will be January 31 at E.B. Foote Winery.
- This week Dr.
Martin Luther King is celebrated on campus with events and activities sponsored
by Multicultural Student Programs and Multicultural Services. Appreciation was extended to the faculty
for bringing their classes to the scheduled events and offering extra
credit. Thanks to Davidson Dodd as the
faculty representative to the committee this year. Yesterday Diane Nash was the keynote
speaker, an American heroine civil rights leader appointed by President
John F. Kennedy to a national committee that led to the passage of the
Civil Rights Movement in 1954 among many other prestigious national
Aid office is moving out of the office and into the campus community to
provide more information workshops to students on how to access financial
aid, deadlines, etc. The first
workshop was held yesterday.
story - Elena Mazurets originally from
the Ukraine came to Highline from Auburn Riverside High School and graduated
from Highline in 2004 and entered the Nursing Program and will be
graduating this spring with a GPA of 3.79.
She plans to continue her education to pursue a Masters degree.
Larry Yok reported.
- The wind storm
took out electricity at 11:30 p.m. on December 14 until the afternoon of Sunday
December 17. There were no
generators on the campus but there was eight hours of battery backup. A generator was then purchased which
highlighted the need to improve Highline’s ability to maintain operations
during power outages. There were
several college closures due to snow and the Facilities crew was recognized
for their outstanding work in taking care of the campus working around the
- Danette Lale, currently the
accounting and budgeting manager at Flathead
Community College in Kalispell, Montana, has accepted the
position as Highline’s budget director and will start on February 15.
Marie Zimmermann reported.
- At the February
Board meeting, the Board will be requested to take action on 28 tenure
probationers - 13 probationers for tenure, 10 for moving from the second
to the third year probation, and 5 from the first to second year
probation. There is one other
probationer that is one quarter off the cycle that will be brought to the
Board later for decision. There are
29 probationers for the year.
recruiting phase has begun for the next group of faculty that will be
hired to start next fall. A group
of Highline people are going this weekend to recruiting fairs in California to
attract some highly qualified applicants for our candidate pool. The advertising is targeted depending on
the discipline and recruited at job fairs and at some specific
universities. At the same time, hiring
committees are being formed on campus consisting of division chair,
representatives from the department and faculty at large and an
administrator. The whole group will
meet with the new HR Director, Cesar Portillo, to discuss how to continue recruiting
and attracting a diverse faculty.
February is the application deadline and applications will be
reviewed to reach decisions on job offers.
- Support for
newly hired faculty is provided by creating a cohort of new faculty
members which include tenure track and one year contract faculty. The cohort meets a couple of times a
month throughout the year in coordination with the Faculty Resource
Center for orientation. This creates a community for the group which
becomes support for each other and helps to get them connected with units
on campus and the various processes and procedures on how the campus
operates. A class is also offered on
how to be a better instructor. And,
there are different sources for professional development available for
faculty to attend national conferences.
Jack Bermingham extended
thanks to the Facilities and Grounds Crew for making things work on campus
during the snow days and commended their great efforts and stated that they are
appreciated. Thanks also were extended to
those who coordinated the events of MLK week on campus and it was hoped that they
were not too disappointed in the lack of attendance at the events this year due
to the snow.
He also thanked Executive
Staff for working together over the last couple of months. Executive Staff attended a retreat to focus
on going forward.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be February 15, 2007.
8:00 a.m. Study
Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building
25, Board Room
SIGNED ON FEBRUARY 15, 2007
Elizabeth Chen, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary