COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
October 11, 2007
Fiscal Year-End Report
Final Budget for 2007-2008
Campus Master Plan (lst Phase, Implementation Plan)
Emergency Preparedness Plan Update
Report on travels to South Africa/Namibia and Funding
Update on Presidential Selection/Search Process
Call to Order
Members Present: Karen Vander
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
The Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on September 13, 2007 were approved.
Chairperson Karen Vander
Student Body President, Steven Simpkins reported.
Action Item b: Approval of the 2007-2008 Final Budget
It was moved by Dr. Ed Davila to approve the 2007-2008 Final Budget. Dr. Elizabeth Chen seconded the motion.
The motion carried.
Action Item a: Selection of search consultant firm for presidential search process.
Rita Creighton stated that there have been a number of forums on the campus to discuss the qualities and characteristics desired in the next college president. She added that last week two presentations were made to the Board of Trustees by representatives of presidential search firms.
Rita Creighton said that based on information that the Board has received via written materials, research, studying the proposals from the search consultants, scoring the presentations and reviewing input from campus groups last week, she believed that the Board was ready to make a selection.
Rita Creighton moved that the Board select the National Search & Education Consulting Firm as Highline’s Consulting Firm.
All in favor of selecting the National Search & Education Consulting Firm were:
All in favor of selecting the ACCT firm as the Consulting Firm were:
The motion carried to select the National Search & Education Consulting firm for the presidential search process.
Rita Creighton recognized the efforts of Patricia Overman for her assistance in coordinating the search process. She said that the next step would be to proceed with a contract. She indicated that Larry Yok would be notifying the firms and would set up the procedures for the contractual agreement. She said they would also be looking at the make-up of the search committee; there would not be enough seats on the committee for all those who would like to be involved, but it would need to be a reasonable size to ensure appropriate representation.
STANDING REPORTS (continued)
Lydia Bracco reported.
Ruth Windhover reported.
Ruth Windhover wished to thank all those who are participating in the meetings regarding the presidential search process. She expressed that the Faculty would like to see a closure to this process and hoped for a speedy timeline.
Regarding statewide issues, she said that HCC wants to recruit the best
faculty available. While negotiation on
contracts is good relative to the system, the system itself is remarkably
underfunded. Ruth asked the members of
the Board of Trustees to impress upon the Legislature the need for salary
increases. Part-time faculty earn about
62% of what the pay grades are for full-time faculty. HCC has high standards with huge demands and
they produce. However, Ruth explained
that if HCC wishes this to continue, there is a need to maintain competitive
salaries. Ruth is on a compensation
study in this state and is working along with Fred Wong of
Ruth Frickle reported.
Ruth Frickle was introduced to the Board of Trustees. She teaches Psychology and has been a full time faculty member, tenure-track for eight years. She was employed as a faculty member for seven years prior to her tenure-track, and has been actively involved in retention efforts. Ruth stated that the Faculty Senate had their first meeting last week and would report during the next meeting.
The Honors Program
Marie Zimmermann introduced Dr. Barbara Clinton. She is a member of the Speech Program and is working full time with the Honors Program.
• Dr. Clinton made a PowerPoint presentation to the Board of Trustees entitled, “The Honors Scholar Program: Education is not the Filling of the Pail, but the Lighting of the Fire (Yeats).” Dr. Clinton offered some statistics on those participating in the Scholars Program which underscored the tremendous diversity in the program. She explained that there are many reasons that young scholars are choosing to enter the community college system, including the lower cost in comparison to 4-year institutions, and easy access.
Highline also leads the
way with a developed and integrated Honors Program, the only such program at a
community college in
• The diversity of HCC’s Honors Scholar Program comes close to mirroring that of the college.
• CRITICISM: Honors Programs are by their very nature elitist and end up being groups dominated by high-achieving Caucasian females. RESPONSE: The Honors Scholar Program serves a population that roughly mirrors the demographics of the college.
• Over 40% of our 2006 Honors 100 students reported themselves to be non-Caucasian. Additionally, you'll note that about 1/3 of our Honors participants are male, similar to college numbers.
It was noted that not all students were
transferring on to colleges in
• A student who completes the Honors Scholar Program with a 3.5 GPA will receive a merit tuition scholarship for the final quarter at HCC and will be recognized at graduation, as an "Honors Scholar." If students participate in honors classes and/or acquire honors option credits but are unable to complete the total requirements to graduate as an Honors Scholar, those credits will still appear on transcripts as Honors work.
Dr. Clinton explained that 100% of the Honors Program Scholars received some sort of scholarship. She also stated that she purposely shops for college opportunities for students that will offer to support 100% of the students’ needs.
Toni Castro reported.
-39% transfer program
-29% basic skills
-4% high school completion
-7% personal enrichment
Larry Yok reported.
Marie Zimmermann reported.
Marie explained she would like to build on an item
that she mentioned in her letter to the Board regarding a new program that has
just started that is a certificate program for employment professionals who
provide job training and support for individuals with disabilities. She said these are highly dedicated
individuals and one actually flies in from
Two faculty members who are both in the I-Best
Program at HCC, Jodi Golden-White and Christie Knighton, both made
presentations at a conference in Mexico.
They are looking at more cooperative programs with
• The Nursing Club held its first blood drive, hitting a record of 55 donors which was the best turnout so far. Each donation has the potential to serve three patients, so this drive could potentially reach 165 patients.
• Marie was pleased to report that the upgrade to the Blackboard program has been completed. This system supports online classes. Moving to the latest version proved to be a major shift. Over 400 class sections were posted by Fall Quarter with over 4000 students participating.
• Rich Bankhead of the Engineering Department has launched a service learning project. Students will be designing and building a greenhouse to turn over to the community.
Lisa Skari reported.
• Lisa discussed the restructuring of her division as a follow up to the introduction of Jason Prenovost in the new position of Director of Marketing and Communications. Jason has held three sessions with campus personnel to talk about marketing to students.
• Lisa indicated that HCC needs to make sure there is consistency in its marketing and publications. She said they are working on developing metrics to determine how campaigns are working and to share the results of what does work and what doesn’t.
• More than 25 people were identified to assist with the MaST campaign, and all agreed to do so. The family campaign will run through December.
• The Camille Patha painting exhibit will run through October at the Library. Camille served on the Foundation Board for several years. Her donation of the painting is valued at $25,000 and HCC will also have reproduction rights.
Jack Bermingham said that we are now three weeks into school and students are continuing with the energy of Opening Week, followed by Thunderweek. The Achieve the Dream coaches are moving forward in their meetings and there is a great deal of encouragement and involvement with faculty and staff.
Rita Creighton discussed her concerns over the loss of funding for Children’s Healthcare by the US Administration and encouraged others to get involved and notify their legislators if they felt inclined to do so.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:58 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be November 8, 2007.
8:00 a.m. Study Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building 25, Board Room