COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
September 13, 2007
Executive Session: (Executive Session was held from 8:03 am until 9:30 am to discuss the performance of a public employee and issues related to real estate.)
Preliminary Budget for 2007-2008
Update on MaST Funding
Call to Order
Members Present: Karen Vander
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
The Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on July 12, 2007 and the minutes
of the Special Meetings of the Board of Trustees on the dates of July 11, 2007, July 23, 2007 and August 30, 2007 were approved. The minutes of the meeting of August 23, 2007 were dismissed as a quorum of the Board of Trustees was not present and the meeting was considered unofficial.
Please note a correction in the letter to the Board of Trustees dated September 6, 2007 from Dr. Bermingham. Representative Zack Hudgkins name was incorrectly spelled as Jack Hudgkins.
Board member Rita Creighton expressed her thanks to the students for sharing their thoughts and indicated that we would be equally fortunate to be able to learn about their cultures during their stay at Highline and would enrich our understanding of other cultures as well.
Dr. Chen advised the students never to be afraid to ask questions. She spoke of her own experiences when she
first arrived in the
Student Body President, Steven Simpkins reported.
Mike Regeimbal asked Steve to speak about his background and to describe some of his future plans. Steve spoke of coming to Highline as a life change, and how Jonathan Brown got him interested in student leadership activities. Steve plans on getting a double Master’s Degree in nursing and global health and is interested in epidemiology and world health concerns.
Jeff Grogan reported for Lydia Bracco. Jeff explained that due to the short summer quarter there was no report for the September meeting.
Ruth Windhover reported.
· Ruth will be giving a presentation next week to the Professional/Technical Advisory
Committee members as the featured speaker at the event. She will be addressing some of the problems due to the cutbacks in higher education which will result in limited efforts to provide access. She will also be talking about this issue at other upcoming events.
Ruth also recently attended a Higher Education
retreat in Chelan. She was informed
about what was happening at other colleges around the State and said she is
always pleased to be able to talk about the accomplishments at
a. Resolution 73-07 Pertaining to the Transfer of Referendum 37 Property
COMMUNITY COLLEGE District 9
(Pertaining to the Transfer of Referendum 37 Property)
WHEREAS, the Legislature authorized Highline Community College and other public agencies to apply for and purchase real property to allow non-profit corporations to provide services to individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and
WHEREAS, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 1981 approved Highline Community College’s request to purchase such property and the College did so, and
WHEREAS, Highline Community College has been leasing this property, commonly known as the Christine Minard Group Home at 4034 South 166th Street, SeaTac, Washington, (legal description attached and hereafter referred to as “the property”) to Integrated Living Services, a Washington non-profit corporation, since 1981 to provide services for individuals with physical or mental disabilities as provided in chapters 43.99C and 43.83D RCW; and
WHEREAS, the Laws of 2006, Chapter 35, (the “Legislation”) authorize the transfer of real property and facilities acquired, constructed, or otherwise improved in accordance with chapters 43.99C and 43.83D RCW to nonprofit corporations organized to provide services for individuals with physical or mental disabilities in exchange for the promise to use the real property and facilities for the purpose of providing and continually operating on site certain limited programs benefiting the public as designated by the Department of Social and Health Services; and
WHEREAS, Legislation provides that the provision of such services in the private sector confers a valuable benefit on the public that constitutes consideration for the transfer of real property and facilities; and
WHEREAS, the Integrated Living Services is an eligible private nonprofit corporation under the Legislation; and
WHEREAS, the Highline Community College now desires to transfer said real property to Integrated Living Services in accordance with the terms and conditions of RCW 43.99C.070,
NOW, THEREFORE, the Highline Community College Board of Trustees requests the Department of General Administration, Buildings, Grounds & Real Estate Services, as agent for the College and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to transfer this property to Integrated Living Services, subject to the conditions and terms specified in RCW 43.99C.070, Laws of 2006, Chapter 35, § 2.
It was moved by Mike Regeimbal and seconded by Elizabeth Chen that Resolution 73-07 (Pertaining to the Transfer of Referendum 37 Property) be approved.
The motion carried.
A copy of Resolution 73-07 (Pertaining to the Transfer of Referendum 37 Property) is filed with the official minutes in the President’s Office.
Dr. Elizabeth Chen said a number of open forums have been held to gather input from many groups about the qualifications and characteristics desired for the next President of Highline Community College, including a forum for students.
b. Presidential Selection Process
It was moved by Ed Davila and seconded by Rita Creighton that the Highline Community College Board of Trustees conduct a search to select the College president.
Mike Regeimbal voted against the motion.
The motion carried.
Board members expresses that they were thankful for the leadership of
Jack Bermingham and hoped that he would be a candidate for the Presidency. Karen Vander
Mike Regeimbal said that given that the Board has passed the motion to conduct a search to select the College President, he moved that the Highline Community College Board of Trustees hire a search consultant to assist the Board in the selection process for a College president.
The motion was seconded by Rita Creighton.
The motion passed.
c. Approval of the 2007-2008 Preliminary Budget
It was moved by Mike Regeimbal and seconded by Elizabeth Chen to approve the 2007-2008 preliminary budget.
The motion carried.
Dr. Ed Davila was excused from the Board meeting at 11:00 am for an office emergency.
Achieving the Dream
Jack Bermingham introduced Jeff Wagnitz, dean of pre-college and transfer programs who gave the report on the Achieving the Dream Initiative.
Jeff explained that
The work of this initiative focuses on:
· Assisting students who traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low income students.
· Developing a “culture of evidence” that draws on data to identify problems and design interventions.
· Sustaining a “transformative” – rather than an add-on, “project mentality”- effort that builds on institutional values and existing initiatives.
The first phase is to determine who your students are; to really take a look at the demographics such as the age of the student, race, and ethnicity, which can generate good discussion. Then there can be a focused view on student success in gatekeeper courses, such as Math 107, Biology 101, etc. It can be very challenging looking at one phase at a time. The third phase involves identifying projects. One area is developmental mathematics. Pre-algebra and those types of courses have the highest enrollment. And there is a transition of students from non-credit to credit. There are a series of reasons for not completing these early courses through the transfer program.
A question was asked concerning financial aid as a reason for not completing courses. Jeff explained that Achieve the Dream does not supply any financial aid.
There is a focus on the student group who place three levels below college math and who are below college readiness in at least one other area; perhaps writing or science. A number of people are working on all these areas. The Core Team (Steering Team) is made up of Jack Bermingham, Toni Castro, Lisa Skari, Larry Yok, Marie Zimmermann, Jeff Wagnitz, Alice Madsen, Ruth Windhover, Rolita Ezeonu, Jason Ramirez, and Tonya Benton. A big focus is lead by Larry Yok in the Data Team involved in data mining and analysis. All of the teams are looking at relationships built by faculty and staff members with students.
Mike Regeimbal asked about the WASL test and if this has any impact on this initiative. Jeff Wagnitz said he was not really sure, but does not think that the WASL issues will have an impact on Highline at this time.
Toni Castro reported.
It was suggested that Toni pass on the names of these successful students to the Foundation in hopes of creating new donors to the Highline Foundation.
Larry Yok reported.
Marie Zimmermann reported.
Lisa Skari reported.
Lisa as asked how the marketing campaign was going with regard to the internet. Lisa said the web was a very important marketing tool and it was going very well. The campaigns run through the end of the month.
Elizabeth Chen wanted to thank everyone for all of their hard work and hoped that this would be a wonderful year.
Jack Bermingham discussed some of his meetings while he traveled in
Dr. Bermingham was in contact with Executive Staff meetings while he was traveling through conference calls and kept up to date by phone.
Dr. Bermingham also wanted to recognize Jeff Wagnitz and many others for
all their efforts on the
The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be October 11, 2007.
8:00 a.m. Study Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building 25, Board Room