Suggestion Box

The purpose of this page is to allow people to have a voice in the continuous improvement process at Central Community College. All suggestions and comments must be in the spirit of collegiality and improvement, however.

  • Comments or suggestions that use offensive language will be discarded.
  • Comments or suggestions for improvement that involve specific individuals should be submitted to that individual’s supervisor, not the suggestion box.
  • In the spirit of continuous quality improvement, any comment or suggestion that involves a problem or difficulty should also have a proposed solution if at all possible.

Comments and suggestions that meet these criteria and any follow-up responses will be posted below for at least 90 days following their receipt.

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04.27.18 - trash cans

Comment/Suggestion

I like to eat outside at the new entrance and have noticed there are no trash cans out there. I would prefer to throw my lunch trash away outside and not have to carry it inside. I wonder if not having trash cans outside would dissuade students from using our new tables, or worse litter.  

Please install a trash can.

Response

Comment from Marcie Kemnitz

Thank you for the suggestion and we’ll get one placed out there soon.

04.16.18 - Fun NCLEX Crossword Puzzles

Comment/Suggestion

This looks like some fun NCLEX practice: https://www.mometrix.com/blog/nclex-review-crossword-puzzles/

It has lots of free NCLEX exam review puzzles. You may want to post it because everyone needs a little stress relief when studying for this test

Response

Comment from Marcie Kemnitz

Thank for the suggestion, we will forward the link to our nursing department for their review.

04.12.18 - engl 0670 not available online

Comment/Suggestion

I was told when I signed up for school that I can complete my degree online. I tried to sign up for the english class that is required before i can move forward is not offered online.

With my schedule I would have to take classes online or late night after 7 pm on campus.

Response

Comment from Dr. Kathy Fuchser

CCC has several resources available to students who wish to retest for placement into a college level English or math class. Our Adult Education program helps students develop and improve basic skills.The Academic Success Center on each campus offers Skill Builder workshops to help students improve specific skills and prepare for retesting.Finally, CCC students can access several resources for test preparation at the following location:  http://www.cccneb.edu/Assessment

Thanks for the suggestion.

04.11.18 - Walking Tacos and Spring Picnic

Comment/Suggestion

The Walking Tacos was a wonderful meal for the Spring Picnic but not very student friendly when students and visitors are told 1 bag of chips and you have to put the topping in the bag before you can dump it on a plate. Really? For some students this might be their only meal for the day. Why are we limiting them to 1 bag of chips and they are the small bags at that.

If you are going to offer a free meal to students don't put a limit on what they can have. Like I said earlier this might be the only meal they get for the day. 

Response

Comment from Marcie Kemnitz and Nick Freelend

The Student Activities group helped plan the event. They determined walking tacos sounded good to them. (student input!) In the past, we have been directed to try to do less volume on food events. The solution to that was to go with more of a light snack rather than a full meal. In trying to be ecologically focused, Chartwells did not include plates and immediately reduced waste produced from the event. Historically, the Spring Picnic has had slightly lower numbers than the Fall Picnic, Christmas Party or Thanksgiving Buffet. With our student numbers reportedly down again this term, we anticipated 125 attendees. We had 176 go through the line. The request was made to go with one bag so that each attendee got an opportunity to have a taco before we offered seconds. Had the floodgates been opened immediately, we would have run out of food by 12:15. Many would miss out on the food completely in that scenario.

As it was, we ran out of chips twice and had to heat another (5th) pan of meat/sauce. The concept was to have something quick to serve, that did not interfere with a student schedule, and also allow them a chance to get a wire sculpture at the same time. The location of both activities was done to enhance awareness and participation. The intent was not to make the taco the day’s meal for anyone, but to use the budget dollars responsibly to provide a snack for many. The memo that was sent out from Marcie’s desk noted a “snack” for the picnic, as well. The price of the taco was cut to $2 for staff and free for students. That felt really quite student-friendly, in my opinion. 

04.11.18 - Webster Room 121

Comment/Suggestion

Please install a projector in this room. It has been very hard to see the other board from where I am sitting. Thank you 

Response

Comment from Bill Hitesman

Thank you for letting us know there is a projector issue in Webster 121. In general, if a projector exists currently but not working, please submit a work order to address and correct the issue. The staff may be working on a fix already. If this has been completed but still not fixed, I would suggest talking to your supervisor to find out more specifics that can be worked out, or possibly look at alternative rooms that have working projectors.

Thanks and hopefully this matter can be corrected quickly. 

04.02.18 - "Spring/Easter" Break

Comment/Suggestion

I just found out Northeast Community College has no school and faculty and staff do not work on Friday and Monday of Easter Weekend. They also call it "Spring Break".....I know we try to keep in alignment with other community colleges.

It would be so great if CCC could have Friday off in observance of "Spring Break" or Easter.....it would be so nice for Staff who have family in town, etc. And just taking a vacation day doesn't always work for those of us who don't have much vacation because we have to use our vacation for young children's activities or when they are sick. Thanks!!!

Response

Comment From Dr. Matt Gotschall

In consideration of the addition of the Martin Luther King Day paid vacation, the Board reviewed the number of vacation days offered by our peer community colleges and some regional and state colleges/universities.  We now have the same number of vacation days as our peers – even one more day than one college reviewed – so these additional days would mean a shift in time taken including the current Spring Break week or perhaps the days off in late December. The revised Academic Calendar (due to MLK holiday added) was just approved by Educational Services committee last week and will be an action item for Cabinet this week.  We will take this suggestion into consideration realizing employees celebrate different holidays throughout the year.  

03.23.18 - RAVE alerts for non-credit students

Comment/Suggestion

Recently it was decided to stop sending RAVE alerts to students in non-credit classes. I have very serious concerns about the negative consequences this could potentially have for literally thousands of students. For example, in Grand Island alone, Adult Education averages 600 students annually. These students are in class at College Park 4 days a week for 1-3 hours a day. If there is a weather or other emergency closing, yes they could look at other sources to find that information, but when they are on campus as much if not more than credit students it seems wrong to me to exclude them from RAVE alerts. I would also hate to learn that a student wasn't aware campus was closed and something bad happened to them while they were trying to get to class. Isn't it better to not need an alert and still get it than to need one and not get it? I can't imagine the minor annoyance of some non-credit student receiving an alert they don't need being more important than the health and safety of the literal thousands of students college-wide that do need it.

If it is not possible to auto-enroll them in RAVE, can we at a MINIMUM give them the choice to opt-in to RAVE alerts? They are issued CCC ID's and were previously allowed to opt-in to RAVE alerts before it was changed to an opt-out instead of an opt-in system.

Response

Comment from Matt Gotschall

Thank you for the suggestion, and we realize that non-credit students will not get all of the emergency alerts.  They will get the most immediate life threatening ones as required by the Clery Act (for example, active shooter), but not the less immediate life threatening ones like snow closings.   We do have thousands of non-credit students college-wide who only participate in shorter term workshops (one – evening or one day events) that would not want to be bothered for the next year with possible snow closing calls that could come early in the morning or later at night.   We hope that what has been set up it is an acceptable balance to be alerted to immediate threats, but not every emergency.  We appreciate what you do for our adult education students and understand a variety of communication strategies may be needed to reach adult students, so ask for your continued support in having them reach out to our website, social media, college phone numbers, local media, instructors or peers if they have questions regarding attending classes.

03.13.18 - Height Accomodations in 524 & 554

Comment/Suggestion

It was faculty's understanding that rooms 524 and 554 were designed to be a high tech learn labs that would be used to facilitate participation.  The rooms were designed without a "front" of the room to support a flipped classroom and encourage student led education.  However, right from the beginning a "mobile" podium was placed which creates a clear front of the room.  This mobile podium is actually not mobile either, it can be moved in about a 12 inch radius anchors the instructor one place with the instructors back against the window.  Last year the room lost even more purpose when a huge computer was placed ON TOP of the "mobile" podium.  Even with instructors of an array of sizes or shapes I have not seen even one that can see over the screens.  This podium and computer screen completely block off the instructor from view of the class.  I have a hearing impaired student that has to watch my mouth in order to understand what I am saying.  I am careful to never turn my back on her when I am speaking no matter where I am in the room, but if I go to the podium (where my notes, handouts, power point controls, volume controls, and computer controls are) she can not longer see my face and can no longer hear what I am saying.  Please realize that we aren't all over six foot tall and able to see over such a tall screen. The projectors in the room are also fuzzy and fail quite often.

Please decrease the podium height by at least 12 inches so that instructors aren't hidden behind it.  Please advise what to do for student with hearing impairment so she can participate with the class (not having to record and listen at a later time).  Please update projectors.  

Response

Comment from Marcie Kemnitz

Thank you for your suggestion. While we can appreciate the podium needs in those rooms, the larger concern is the possibility of having a student who needs accommodations.  Disability Services does not have any registered students using this classroom and has placed disability services brochures in the classroom twice since March 13th.  Students are required to register to receive accommodations and we do not have anyone registered that is a lip reader or states they have a need to face their professors face at all times.  All CCC syllabi have a statement regarding disabilities and accommodations.  If a student has disclosed to faculty that they have a disability and are not receiving accommodations, faculty should direct them to the Disability Services office.

03.12.18 - Newly remodeled westside bathroom in Dawson

Comment/Suggestion

Are the new toilets in Dawson "low flow"?  Well that is correct, they are super sub low flow!  A person has to flush them 6-7 times to just get the toilet paper to flush out!  It is disgusting to walk into a previously used toilet when the toilet s is to be an automatic flush.  

Also in the one stall you can see into the other stall quite clearly with that two piece panel design-double disgusting!!! So technically there are only two stall you can use to have some sort of privacy.

Response

Comment from Bill Hitesman and Brad Dobesh

This is the first we were made aware of the flushing issues so thank you for letting us know. We did check the toilets “performance” yesterday morning and couldn’t find any substantial issues but we adjusted the water pressure (not high enough so that water splashes out of the bowl or on the “occupant”) on the units in an attempt to alleviate future sub-par flushing issues.

The gap in the bathroom stall wall has been noted and is being addressed. The project General Contractor has been informed and is in the process of making/ordering a “filler” piece to minimize the potential for further discomfort/privacy concerns.

Thank you very much for your comments and please be aware that the Maintenance/Custodial Departments are very concerned about problematic issues and address student, Faculty, staff and community concerns ASAP.

03.12.18 - Why do some administrative assistants get to sit in on the interviews for positions in their area and others don't?

Comment/Suggestion

I am wondering why in some areas when there is an opening the administrative assistant gets to sit in or be on the interview committees and other administrative assistants don't.  The administrative assistant in an area where there is an opening should be included because that person will have to work with the new high.

Response

Comment from Chris Waddle

Thank you for your interest in serving.  When a position becomes open, employees who are interested in serving on the committee should express that interest to the supervisor who is ultimately responsible for selection of the interview committee.  The Hiring Manager guides the supervisor to ensure gender diversity on the committee in accordance with OCR and HLC recommendations, while ensuring a variety of areas/divisions/campuses are represented.  Additionally, a rotation to avoid unnecessary repetitive members is in place to provide the opportunity for more CCC employees to participate in a search at any level.  For some positions, administrative assistants can and have requested to assist with other roles including giving tours or helping with written or oral presentations for the candidate to allow for input in the process.

03.09.18 - Computer Tutor

Comment/Suggestion

I feel it would be beneficial to have a computer tutor on campus to assist some of the students who are struggling with some of the computer classes and who also don't have access to a computer except on campus and are not able to work on projects over the weekends because of this.

Having a tutor come in a few nights a week with a group of students needing extra help that way we can get the extra help we need and can help each other.

Response

Comment from Kelly Christensen

Thank you for the suggestion to provide expanded tutoring at the Kearney Center.  We have hired Jaime Loza and he is currently available to students in the Computer Lab on Monday and Wednesday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm.  He will also be available on Monday and Wednesday nights from 5 pm to 10 pm.  To contact Jaime please visit the Learning Center office located in the Academic Success Center.  Students are also welcome to use the CCC Online Tutoring service and this can be found in the Moodle Orientation course found under “MyCourses” in WebCentral.  Once there, select the Online Tutoring link to learn more.  We have also attempted to hire for weekend coverage at other locations with little student usage, but can explore that option again if demand grows for weekend hours.  Feel free to contact the Kearney administrator, Kelly Christensen at 308-338-4002, if you have other tutoring needs to be explored.

03.08.18 - Birds

Comment/Suggestion

The birds are back and they are pooping on my car.

Can we put up solar panels around the parking lots to prevent the poop on my car and to help create electricity? 

Response

Comment from Dr. Matt Gotschall

"Great idea. We have actually had some science classes look at this parking lot solar panel option and may be an opportunity in our future, but not this migratory season. So in the meantime, enjoy nature, in all its glory."

03.07.18 - The Podium in Room 525

Comment/Suggestion

The podium in 525 is not adjustable. (Room 525, & 530 for example are) It is challenging for instructors that are short to see over the computer screens.

Suggestion: A different podium, or shorten the podium in the room.

Response

Comment from Marcie Kemnitz

We appreciate your suggestion.  Some of our podiums are adjustable and if you reach out to media services, they can show you how to adjust them. Please know that some rooms are designed for more active learning methods so podiums are lighter and more mobile than the more stationary adjustable desks in other rooms. You may also want to consider utilizing a different classroom if you feel the podium does not work for your needs.