COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
April 10, 2008
Executive Session was called at 8:01 am to discuss the qualifications
of applicants for Public Employment. The Executive Session continued at 9:05 am
for the purpose of discussion of an issue related to real estate. Executive Session adjourned at 9:30 am.
The Study Session continued at 9:30 am and
the following topics were discussed:
The MaST Project
The Interim Accreditation
The Study Session adjourned at 9:58 am.
Call to Order
Karen Vander Ark, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 10:07 a.m.
Remembrances of Board Member Rita Creighton
Board Member Rita
Creighton passed away unexpectedly on March 16, 2008. Board members shared some personal thoughts
on their memories of Rita:
Karen Vander Ark said that after her
first meeting as a member of the Board of Trustees in November of 2005, she had
a conversation with her husband who asked her about the other members on the
Board. When she mentioned Rita’s name,
he said, “Oh, I just love her.” Karen
expressed that a description of Rita would include that she was wise, funny,
strong, loyal, intelligent, and a great communicator. She thought of Rita as passionate about her
community, about education, about fairness, and her family. She thought her illness made everything more
important. She said the favorite thing
she will miss is Rita’s sense of humor.
Elizabeth Chen said
her deepest impression about Rita was that she was always open and very
fair. She felt that Rita was a good
listener and you could trust what she said to you. She felt that her contributions could not
really be evaluated. She had told Rita
that she always handled things so well and Rita said her intentions were to try
to be sincere and to be calm. Elizabeth said she will
always miss Rita’s quick wit.
Mike Regeimbal spoke
of Rita’s dedication to the college and to education. She was always concerned with how the College
connected with the Community. Mike felt
she was very helpful to him in providing good counsel on Board decorum. He said that whenever the Board members might
have differing views on a subject, that she was always willing to listen. He thought of her as passionate and
firm. He said this was a great loss for
the Board, and he will miss her personally, as well.
Ed Davila remembered
Rita as a person with lots of laughter.
He said she knew how to deal with the facts and try to keep emotions out
of a decision in order to develop a fair outcome. He said that you can get to know a lot people
and many of them are really acquaintances, but that Rita was a true
friend. He said she could be tough and
gentle at the same time. He said she
could give him a kick when he needed it.
He added that Rita was always there for him. He appreciated her love and kindness and his
friendship with her family. He expressed
that he will miss her greatly.
wished to express his thoughts on behalf of the College. He said that in order to capture the essence
of what Rita meant to the College, it could not be said without also saying
what Rita meant to the Community. Rita was
truly authentic. She was a volunteer who
tired to the make the College better, and tried to make the Community better as
well. She really lived social justice. She lived fairness. She felt that these were values to be lived
and when a line was crossed on the issues that were dear to her, it hurt
her. When the College had success, she
was excited about it. When the College
encountered challenges, she tried to make things better. Jack expressed that her presence will be
greatly missed by all.
Members Present: Karen Vander Ark
Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on March 13, 2008 were approved.
noted that is was very timely to see the recent article in the Highline Times
concerning Highline Community College’s Small Business Development Center,
given last month’s Board Report by Mary Averett and Zev Siegl on the activities
of the Small Business Development Center.
The article was very complimentary to the resources provided. Also, Highline Community College
took another top honor recently in being chosen as the 2008 Best Educational Facility,
as rated by readers of the Federal Way Mirror.
The ceremonies were well attended and a plaque was presented to Lisa
Skari for the Award.
Dr. Bermingham also
noted that Steve Simpkins was recognized at the March 20th
ceremonies as a Member of the 2008 All-Washington Academic Team for his
academic achievement and community service.
Steve’s Award will be presented at the May Board meeting.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
President, Steven Simpkins reported.
- Steve wished to thank Dr. Bermingham for
attending the All Washington ceremonies and was pleased to announce that
just this last week he had been accepted to the University of Washington
School of Nursing.
Steve received a
round of applause and congratulations from the Board of Trustees.
- Steve said that the International
Leadership Summit is moving ahead under the leadership of Diah
Adinata. She is working with one of
the South African students to celebrate Highline’s Pakistani students. Steve said he is working on laying the groundwork
for the application process in order to select a Highline student for the
Summit Leadership Study Abroad project.
- The Student Body unanimously approved to
support the Foundation’s MaST fundraising capital project.
- The Student Body also decided to assist
in starting a full scale recycling program through their support for
building a docking port for a dumpster.
- Steve offered a few highlights of the
Phi Theta Kappa conference in Philadelphia
in early April. Several thousand
students attended from the US
and internationally. Steve said it
was an inspiring event. Some of the
speakers were the author, Amy Tan, and Christiane Amanpour, CNN
- Phi Theta Kappa’s Book Exchange proved a
huge success last week with more than 300 students posting books for sale.
- Steve reminded everyone to purchase
their Globalfest tickets which will be held on May 10th this
- Clubs are very active right now, and
April brings the Earth Day Celebration.
In May, the Latino Association will sponsor Cinco de Mayo, and the
Pacific Islander Club will hold a Luau on Friday, May 9.
Board Members Ed
Davila and Elizabeth Chen complimented Steve on his achievements and how well
he represented Highline.
Public Employees Association
Lydia Bracco was
unavailable for this meeting, and will report during the May meeting.
Ruth expressed how much Highline Community College
will miss the presence of Rita Creighton.
She said she had had a conversation with former WEA President Charles
Hasse about Rita and her strong commitment to public education in which Rita
was described as unwavering and resolute in that commitment. Ruth said that she and faculty member Allan
Walton had attended the services for Rita, and all joined with the Board of
Trustees in mourning her loss.
Ruth explained that the Thunderword
had recognized Rita’s efforts in an article which was published in the latest
edition. Also, another article in the
same edition stated that six presidential candidates would be named, which she
felt was overly optimistic. Ruth wished
to express her thanks to the Board for efforts to continue the process in light
of Rita’s loss.
an update to State wide issues, Ruth said that the State Board Task Force
was continuing to work on the issue of salary compensation. It has become an issue that the longer a
president has been at a college, the lower the salary level becomes
because of the State’s inability to provide salary increases. She expressed that removing the barriers
to increasing the salary of a president will be a huge concern in
attracting good candidates.
said that she will be bringing the proposals of the Task Force forward to
the Board of Trustees and though it is possible that the State Board will have
a differing viewpoint, she hopes that they will agree with the proposal.
- Ruth Frickle reported that the Faculty
Senate had not met since the last Board meeting but would be doing so in
the next week, and she would be reporting on those events at the next
- Ruth also said that she and faculty
member Glen Avantaggio would be meeting with the accreditation interim
evaluation team members during the week of
Update on Presidential Search Process
Karen Vander Ark said that as Ruth
had mentioned, the Board would not be naming the finalists. She expressed there was a need to discuss
some critical questions with the consultant prior to naming finalists. She announced that there would be a Special
Meeting next Wednesday, April 16th, and that they were still on
track with the schedule of candidate visits to begin on April 21st. Karen expressed her appreciation of support
from the Executive Staff in efforts to move forward in the process.
Achieve the Dream
introduced Jeff Wagnitz, Dean of Instruction, Transfer and Pre-College
Education. Mr. Wagnitz indicated that
last September, the Achieve the Dream group had given a preliminary report to
the Board on the goals of the Achieve the Dream project. He said that in the first year, they had been
tasked to go forward with evidence-based interventions, and now they are on the
verge of looking at the first annual review.
He asked Erik Scott, from Math, Rolita Ezeonu, from Speech, James
Peyton, from Economics, and Tonya Benton, from Institutional Research, to speak
to different aspects of this program:
- Erik described the efforts which
concentrated in the beginning and intermediate Algebra classes, with Bob
Baugher and Angi Caster assisting.
Fifty-four students participated in the mentoring process.
- The focus was on broader success
attributes than just math, such as attention to details, and pattern
- The program had success in many regards. There was an increase in student retention
and there were a number of good comments from the students on the program.
- Difficulties arose in meeting schedules
and in choosing the right mentors for the mentees, as well as the data
collection process. There would be
new strategies in trying to close the loop on data collection.
- Erik also suggested that they will be
addressing pedagogy and the design of the curriculum to improve meeting
the needs of the students.
- Rolita described experiences in the area
of working on ESL to credit classes.
She said that in thinking of her own life and own experiences, that
this was helpful in thinking about how to move students from the highest
level of ESL into a college credit course.
- She said that relationships play a big
factor. Another area of focus in on
the Bridge Classes and ESL 4 and 5.
- Rolita said that when she met with the
coaches, she was concerned about what would happen next year. She said she feels it is necessary to
continue to have that structure in place and to make sure the support is
still there to move these students forward. She said this was mindful of the Chief
Seattle quote, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but
one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All
things are bound together. All things connect.”
- James described the area of the
gatekeeper classes in which most students are commonly enrolled such as,
Writing 101, Psychology 100, etc.
- He described the “intrusive advising
model” in which there would be an identified pool of about 60 students and
10 advisors to recruit participants.
Out of the pool of 60, they ended up with 13 at the end of the
- James said that they learned that it
took lots of time and energy to put forth in the recruitment process
alone; that that process needed to be re-engineered for more
efficiency. He said it was also
more difficult to identify students at the beginning and that this
disparity of when they are identified versus the timeframe of the test
taking becomes problematic.
- Part of the discussion of the
identifying timeframe centered around looking at coursework through the
Writing 101 instructors, and to identify course-based intervention
Kate Bligh, of
Student Services/Registration, added that it was much less expensive to retain
a student in the intervention program than to keep recruiting students again
and again. She said these are pilots and
there is no way that we can gear up to this intensity for all students who would
fit this profile.
- Tonya distributed a Data Collection
report, “College Spark One-Year
Report of 2007-2008 Intervention Outcomes for Achieving the Dream.”
-College Spark One-Year Outcome 1:
Increase by 3 to 5 percent the rate of intervention-group members who
complete Math 091 and 097 successfully, as compared to control group.
-College Spark One-Year Outcome 2:
Increase by 3 to 5 percent the rate of intervention-group members who enroll
continuously in subsequent math courses.
-College Spark One-Year Outcome 1: Increase second-to third-quarter
retention rate of MP3-11 students in intervention group by 7 to 10 percent, as
compared to control group.
-College Spark One-Year Outcome 2:
Increase the rate of MP3-11 students in intervention group who reach
15-college credit “solidly on pathway” benchmark by 3 to 5 percent.
-College Spark One-Year Outcome 1: Increase by 3 to 5 percent the rate
of ESL Level 4 or 5 students transitioning to for-credit college level classes
among intervention group, as compared to control group.
- Tonya indicated that many positive
things were occurring and there were increases across all goals. These outcomes are part of the annual
report scheduled to be delivered to the funders by April 30th.
Brenda Beckman, an
Achieve the Dream Coach, addressed the Board.
She said that there are over 80 national school programs involved, and
six of them are in Washington
State. She has been impressed by the serious
commitment to this program at Highline and the numbers may not reflect the
serious effort that has been put forth.
She said that this program is an attempt to move away from short term
efforts. This year, the implementation
year, shows that what you might be seeing is a reflection of the policies and
concerns that go along with the initial entrance into the program. She said this is a timely program and the
leadership shown at Highline is integral to Achieve the Dream.
Ms. Beckman added
that a Strategy Institute has recently been held in which institutions can share
strategies and successes and that the ups and downs can often be
re-directed. She suggested this was only
appropriate to make these changes along the way.
Dr. Bermingham added
that prior to Tonya Benton’s arrival at Highline that a collaboration of
individuals had stepped in to assist in data collection. One thing that might have worked to
Highline’s advantage was that this allowed a blending of participation across
Larry Yok reported.
- Larry offered an update as to where the
capital funding is being used in various facilities.
- Building 9 is not air conditioned and
has not had sound proofing. This
has caused considerable discomfort around July, so hopefully this summer
air conditioning can be installed in that building.
- The South Parking Lot water seepage may
seem like a small thing, but when it freezes, it becomes hazardous, so
that is an issue that will be addressed.
- Building 19 is an example of how the partnership
with the Port
of Seattle can be
beneficial to Highline. We hope
that the soundproofing of that building will be leveraged to include some
remodeling funding which will improve its functionality.
- The elevators in Building 25 are also a problem;
however steel items have seen a sharp increase in pricing so we may be
limited in replacing both these elevators at this time.
Kate Bligh reported
for Toni Castro who was attending the Washington State All Student Services
announced that the Spring Clubs Fair was held last week and this was an
excellent opportunity to recruit new student leadership. Students also had a chance to see the value
of the new resource center and become familiar with the process of the student
transfer center has been very busy hosting five colleges and universities this
week who are interested in recruiting our students into their programs. They have also updated their website.
piggyback on what the Achieve the Dream program is doing; Kate mentioned that
Student Services is reviewing high school transcripts of Running Start
students. It appears that if students
coming to Highline with a grade point average of under 2.0, they are not
usually successful here. Also, overall grades
have been slipping down a little. Kate
felt there is a need to focus on getting more information out to Running Start
students and their parents.
wished to highlight Lance Frank as the student success story of the month. Lance is a member of PTK and spearheaded the
Book Exchange Program. He is active in
the student S & A practices and tutors other students. His long term goal is to become a physician
and to practice in this community.
- Marie reported that this is the season
of hiring new faculty. There are
eight Tenure-Track positions open, and three of those have been completed
in Chemistry, Economics, and also in the Library.
- Marie said there has also been a great
deal of success in the Phlebotomy classes.
This is a short term course and is allowing many students to become
employed quickly. It also allows
students to continue into other Allied Health programs. Through externships for 15 students,
four of them have already gotten job offers out of their Winter Quarter
- Marie wished to remind the Board members
of the opportunity to visit campus during the May 5 & 6 when the
Washington State Supreme Court Justices will be here. There will be a luncheon and a reception
in the afternoon. There will be an
opportunity to hear three cases.
Lisa Skari reported.
- Lisa said that Institutional Advancement
has been working on building awareness for opportunities to get students
onto the campus to see all of our activities. On May 24, there will be approximately
200 students on campus from over 20 educational institutions. Also in early May, there will be the
Annual Spring Festival in which hundreds of high school students will
visit. This is an excellent
opportunity to showcase our Professional/Technical programs.
- Lisa wanted to remind everyone that they
are now taking applications for the Distinguished Alumni Award and wanted
to encourage people to send in their nominations.
- Vision Media will be on campus on April
15th for the filming of a documentary.
Dr. Bermingham said that he enjoyed the activities surrounding the visit
of the C-SPAN bus to campus on April 9.
Many students were able to wander through and interact with everyone
which was a great opportunity for them.
Dr. Bermingham wished to thank Marie Zimmermann for filling in for him
at last month’s Board meeting and also to thank Karen Vander Ark
for her excellent suggestion in sending Steve Simpkins to Washington DC
to participate in meetings with the Legislators. More than just Steve’s experiences, Dr.
Bermingham felt that Steve was also able to make a real impact because of his
passionate statements about the affect that international students have on
everyone on the campus.
Dr. Bermingham expressed his thanks to Mike Regeimbal for his
participation in the trip to Egypt. Mike’s engaged conversations about governance
were very helpful and Dr. Bermingham felt that this trip was important in the
ability to understand a lot more of what some of the challenges might be and
how to prepare for this group of international students.
Dr. Bermingham also expressed his thanks and praise to Jeff Wagnitz and
all those who have been working so diligently on the Achieve the Dream project
and the interim accreditation evaluation.
Jeff has been a lead in organizing both these efforts and keeping the
The meeting was
adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on May 8, 2008.
Karen Vander Ark, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary