Election of Board of Trustees Officers for
Strategic Initiative Highlights for Spring
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair,
called the meeting to order at 10:35 a.m.
Members Present:Elizabeth Chen
Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the Regular Meeting
of the Board of Trustees on June 14, 2007, and the minutes of the Special Meetings
of the Board of Trustees on the dates of June 9, 2007 and June 20, 2007 were approved.
Dr. Chen called for a change in the order of the agenda;
requesting that the action item be first on the agenda.Apologies were expressed for the delay in the
starting time of the meeting.
a. Election of Board Officers
It was moved by Ed Davila that the following officers be
approved for 2007-2008.
Representative: Ed Davila
HCC Foundation Board
The motion was seconded by Rita Creighton.
b.An additional action item was introduced to
direct the college to issue a Request for Proposals for a Presidential Search
It was moved by Karen Vander Ark that the Board direct the college to
issue a request for qualifications and proposals for a presidential search
The motion was seconded by Ed Davila.
Karen Vander Ark commented
that two community forums were held during the week of July 9th in
order to gather information on the qualifications required for the next
president of HighlineCommunity College.She said this was an important piece of
information to consider on whether to go ahead with a presidential search or to
make an appointment. Ms. Vander Ark
said the Board felt this would be an important part of the decision-making
Rita Creighton added that the RFP candidate information
should come back to the Board Members in a timely manner; hopefully by the
return of faculty members to the campus in the fall.She expressed the Board had pledged from the
beginning that this process was to be an open and transparent one, and that the
information was requested quickly in order that the community and the campus
would know of the services that could be provided if the Board were to proceed
with a selection process and also to be aware of the costs involved. The reason
for taking this action at this meeting was to allow the necessary information
to be brought back to Board members by the end of August which would allow the
Board to have further discussion at the September Board meeting.
Dr. Chen emphasized this was just part of information
of HighlineCommunity College
Helen Burn, Chair of the Math Department, reported for
Student Body President, Steven Simpkins.Ms. Burn explained that since Steven was taking an exam for her class,
she agreed to stand in for him to give his report.
Student Body Leadership Activities, Ms. Burn reported that Student
Leadership members were trying to get a number of people to attend the
July 23 student forum. They have
also planned a forum on August 10 to bring students together to talk about
the Associated Student Body.Clubs are
inactive right now during the summer; however Club Fair is planned for the
Burns also mentioned Steven Simpkin’s Award from the Coca Cola
Scholarship, and Toni Castro said that the Board will have a chance to
hear more this award and Steve’s accomplishments about this during the
September Board meeting.
Washington Public Employees Association
Lydia Bracco reported.
brown bag chapter meeting will be on Wednesday, July 18.
introduced a new segment to the report.Job representatives felt it was important to add a personal touch
and highlight more classified staff.
month’s spotlight is on Cheryl Carino-Burr.Cheryl graduated with honors from
Highline in 2006, which took her 10 years to complete.She is currently attending UW Tacoma
pursuing in an interdisciplinary Arts & Science degree (Self &
Society emphasis with a minor in Human Rights.) She began her employment
at Highline in 2001 in her current position as ESL program assistant.She is the ABE /ESL liaison for
educational planning and handles registration, testing and trouble
shooting for ABE ESL students.She
is a member of the Critical Moments Team at highline, WPEA job rep, and
volunteers at the UW/Tacoma Multicultural Center and is a member of the Filipino/American
National Historical Society.Her future
plans are to continue learning and being involved in the college process.
HighlineCollege Education Association
The Senate does not meet in the summer; the next report will
be in September.
High Demand for
Math and Science
Zimmermann introduced Jeff Wagnitz, dean of pre-college and transfer
programs who gave the report on High Demand for Math and Science.Jeff explained this was a new funding
stream from the latest legislative appropriations on math and
science.He was joined by Helen
Burns for the final section of the report.
report on High Demand FTE allocation, allowed an opportunity to focus on
the college transfer program, which remains a large part of what we do. About
1/3 of our student population is in the college transfer program, and is
the largest section of the student population that obtains a degree at the
end of the year.It’s an area where
many initiatives are underway.Ten
years ago we talked about the Associate of Science degree, but now there
are a number of specific transfer degrees in other areas.There is more emphasis in math and
science such as the Northwest Engineering Talent Expansive Program (ETEP) that
Bob Embrey and Rich Bankhead are heading up, and there is a lot of
transferability between workforce and the transfer program.Many future students may start out as
workforce and move into transfer, so a lot of effort is being placed in moving
those courses together.
High Demand FTE allocation in math and science is a visible recognition of
that fact. The legislature recognizes these shortage areas, and high
demand occupations include people that have bachelor’s degrees in
technology, i.e., engineering, biology, and chemistry. Community colleges
are now seen as playing a role toward moving people to those kinds of
credentials.Highline is now going
to get 28 FTEs funded specifically for students in high demand areas, who
intend to transfer (excluding students in health care so this will not affect
anatomy, physiology, cell biology or respiratory care.)Although those are important areas,
this is specifically targeted at physics, chemistry, and areas such as
will only have to take courses in those areas to be identified as a major,
but everything the student takes is counted toward the FTE.This allocation was based on the number
of FTEs that we had been generating in that area. Highline has the second
largest allocation of any campus in the state, and this is a chance to
capitalize on that.
Burn, who just finished her PhD in higher education at the University of Michigan, is now back leading the
Math Division, and implementing this program is one of her recent
responsibilities. She said there
are 2 components:enrollment in
certain courses, and series classes where we can offer new sections.One area that offers a struggle is
chemistry where we have lost an instructor and there is limited lab
space.Another area that was
reviewed was the enrollment from quarter to quarter.Only about ½ of the students took the
second class in the chemistry series in spring quarter, from those who had
taken it in winter.Helen felt that
there could be strategies put in place to boost that number and work on
quarter to quarter retention.
strategy that was discussed was to enhance relationships with the tutoring
center, to make sure that students are aware of this resource. Community
colleges can be a portal for traditionally underrepresented students to
come into science fields.Faculty
have not been as active as they might be in speaking to students about
careers in science that might be available to them, so this topic will be
discussed in division meetings to remind them about “intrusive
advising.”There are also expanded
scholarship offerings in math/science areas which will be promoted in
order to cultivate new talent.Helen
suggested that putting the developmental student through the pipeline who
can go forward to a college level math class is a big plus.
Math Department is also involved in the Achieving the Dream
Initiative.The mentoring section
of this initiative should assist in the main environment, as well.
Board members commented on the mentoring program.It was suggested that the learning
communities’ concept be emphasized, especially with the challenges of a
commuter campus.Jeff Wagnitz also
explained the 28FTEs would be phased in, and if we are not able to increase the
total number to the allocation, we would have a conversation with the state and
the state would assess the numbers for a right sizing process.It was also mentioned that the High Demand could
be a recruitment area for outreach with high schools to let them know of the
strength Highline has in these areas; to stress our successes in the numbers of
college transfer students who successfully go on to 4-year colleges.
Toni Castro reported.
highlighted an event at Highline, which is sponsored by the StudentServicesMulticulturalCenter.Multicultural Services hosted the first
annual multicultural graduation event on June 12.The event was well received by over 70
family and friends of 21 graduates.Dr. Bermingham provided a keynote address along with a student
leader, Anna Lee, who is on her way to UW this fall.Highline hopes to continue this event in
the future which would be scheduled the week before graduation.
Flippen is the new Director of the Early Childhood Education and LearningCenter.She was appointed after the completion
of a successful search, coordinated by Jonathan Brown.She has a Bachelor’s degree from WashingtonStateUniversity
in Human Development and recently received a Master’s Degree in
Organizational Development.She has
outstanding experience and is well versed in training for early childhood
announced the summer retreat for Student Affairs to be held July 13.The theme is one of Reorganizing,
Renovating and Reshaping toward excellence and quality service to students
and faculty.The focus is on
empowering to achieve from the roots up.They will also focus on the foundations of how to grow professionally
and as an organization.Toni made a
commitment to meet with every staff member this year when she assumed her
current role and has met that goal.She asked questions of each staff member on job satisfaction and
professional development interests.She also asked for recommendations on how to improve services for
the campus community and the community at large.She will share these findings and trends
with Division Leaders at the retreat. Akimi Matsumoto is the scheduled
facilitator who will work with them on effective team building and how to
promote multicultural communication.
spoke of the success story of the day as Steve Simpkins.Steve is student body president for the
upcoming year, and is returning to Highline after 20 years in the grocery
business as a produce manager.He
now wants a career in which he can help others and is pursuing
nursing.He found another niche in
student programs when he applied for a work study position.He became interested in student
leadership and is now student body president, an honor student and member
of Phi Theta Kappa.
Larry Yok reported.
reported that there has been significant progress on the MaST
project.The original estimate of $1.3M
for that project was low, as the bids came back at $1.6M which is
completely consistent with the construction market.They engaged in a value engineering
project with the architects and came up with a very well designed project by
reducing the scope by about $54,000.This was accomplished through minor changes in the window design,
but none of the changes impacted the structural design. The Foundation
will provide a little more money and Highline will be looking at awarding
the contract.Larry will continue
to advise the Board of the timelines as the process moves along.
reported some changes in personnel.Danette Lale resigned as budget director, however, we were very
fortunate that our former budget director, Lisa Peterson, who was with us
for more than 6 years, decided to return to us from Bates Community
College. She has been very generous, assisting us on an hourly contract
and has been working with Shirley Bean to close out the books for
2006-2007 and they are working on the budget process for 2007-2008.
There was discussion on the Campus Master Plan and it was
explained that there would be a meeting soon concerning the Capital Projects report
that goes to the State.Rita Creighton commented
on the fine job that has been undertaken on the Emergency Management
Planning.Larry gave credit to Jonathan
Koehler for the progress being made on beginning the pathway for this plan and
the training that will be involved.
Marie Zimmermann reported.
explained that at the 3rd week of summer quarter, we have hit
our target enrollment which matches last summer. Typically the demand is for basic courses
such as Speech, Writing, Psychology, and Biology.These are often courses where students
are home for the summer, wanting to pick up another course before going
back to their 4-year school, as well as a number of our own students
picking up an extra class, so it is an interesting mix of students.
interest has been shown in online classes.
was on front edge of starting the I-Best programs and we are offering
three this summer.The faculty was
involved in statewide training a couple months ago, and they are now able
to make some additions.An ESL faculty
member put together a new special ESL class which focuses on vocabulary.This will be a bridge class, giving the
student a head start on course content before they enter.72 people signed up for special bridge
classes.Also, our early adoption
of the I-best approach has now been set up in 3 different curriculums and certificate
programs can be obtained in these areas.We are going to keep working on integrating ESL and course content
to improve effectiveness.
Project students will be coming in August.Representative Hudgins expressed high interest in this and agreed
to meet with us later in the month.Dr. Bermingham had asked Representative Hudgins to be involved, and
this is a significant step.
Discussion was held about which online classes were most
popular, and it was noted that it would be of interest to see if there was a
profile for the type of student who would be most interested and if that could
be used as a marketing tool.
Rod Stephenson reported for Lisa Skari. Lisa was
participating in the National Summer Meeting for the Council for Resource
was asked to share the information that Highline sponsored an audio
conference held in the Mt. Skokomish Room concerning issues surrounding
MySpace and online forums.There
was a lot of discussion on privacy concerns and student protection.
sent out 55 award letters totaling $70,000 for foundation
scholarships.A lot of high quality
applications were received, with a great deal of science emphasis.There were a total of 250 applications
which could be accessed online, and then printed.The Foundation expects to work on a
total online process for these applications in the future so that students
can track their status.They would also
be told immediately about any missing sections of the application, so the
process could be much more efficient.The Foundation is also trying to work with departments to inform
more students about this process.
are a number of Foundation Board members who volunteer to review the
applications.Scholarships are generated from income,
specific donors, and also from the Gala.The Foundation does not track ethnicity; however, many recipients are
persons new to the area, often from immigrant populations or
relocation.There is concern that a
lot of students who could benefit don’t want to apply as it is easier to
apply for financial aid than for a scholarship.There is a need to streamline the process
to obtain more applicants and make it more user-friendly.The Foundation is also working hand in
hand with financial aid to try to partner resources. There are also 3
emergency funds in which the Foundation can provide up to $200 which are
fall, the Foundation will hold a donor recognition event where students will
get to meet the donors.
Marie Zimmermann noted that in one of the forums a remark
had been made that Highline has a reputation for its faculty all coming from Seattle. She expressed that the catalog does indicated
where faculty have obtained their degrees.She said that out of152 faculty listed in 2005-2007; only 37 had obtained
their degrees locally or from UW.Most
faculty members are from other locations across the US, and internationally, which
indicates another way in which Highline expresses its diversity.Board members commented that they believe
that the community does recognize the quality and integrity of Highline’s
Dr. Bermingham expressed his thanks to Jeff Wagnitz in
working with Highline’s School District on the Toyota grant.Out of the 230 applicants who filled out the capability survey, only 15 were
invited to participate and Highline was proud to be one of the finalists.Highline is continuing to look for
opportunities for community partnerships, such as Marie Zimmermann’s contacts
with the Office of refuge and immigrant assistance.It was noted that these types of partnerships
are very important in bringing these resources into the community.
Dr. Chen asked about the Letter from UW President Mark
Emmert on the Husky Promise and how that could affect Highline students.It was noted that direct transfer students
can take advantage of those opportunities, and that since both UW and WSU are
interested in diversity, Highline is an excellent source from which to draw
enrollment into these 4-year schools.
Rita Creighton expressed her thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Chen
for her leadership as Chair and appreciated all the extra effort she has
provided to the Board members, as she passes the gavel on to Karen Vander Ark.
The meeting was adjourned at
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be October 11, 2007.