2014 Board of Governors Minutes

January 16, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
January 16, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held prior to the meeting on January 17, 2013.  Agenda items included:

  • Kearney Property Purchase
  • NovusAgenda Training

Paul Krieger called the January 16, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with ten board members present, and one present via videoconferencing.  John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present. Mr. Krieger asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – present
Sasges – present (via phone)*
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – absent

POLICY ITEMS

Officers

Chair Krieger announced the slate of officers for the 2014 year. They are as follows:

  • Rita Skiles, Chair
  • Dale Zikmund, Vice Chair
  • Sam Cowan, Secretary
  • Sandra Borden, Treasurer

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY KELLER to accept the above mentioned slate of officers for the 2014 year.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BURNS, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept Diane Keller and Sandra Borden as CCC's representatives to the Nebraska Community College Board for the 2014 year.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

John Higgins, Legal Counsel, administered the Oath of Office to the newly appointed officers for the Board of Governors for 2014.  The new officers are:

  • Rita Skiles, Chair
  • Dale Zikmund, Vice Chair
  • Sam Cowan, Secretary
  • Sandra Borden, Treasurer

The NCCA Board meeting is scheduled for January 24.  Ms. Borden is unable to attend and asked for a representative.  Sam Cowan volunteered to attend the meeting. 

Chair Rita Skiles presented outgoing Chair Paul Krieger with an appreciation plaque for his service, dedication and leadership to the Board. 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Paul Krieger volunteered to review the claims prior to the February 20, 2014, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Rita Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  

CONSENT ITEMS

Sandra Borden reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to approve the following consent items as presented. 

  1. Agenda for January 16, 2014
  2. Minutes of the November 21, 2013, Board of Governors’ meeting
  3. Claims for the period of November 1, 2013, through November 30, 2013, totaling $7,880,532.05 and for the period of December 1, 20123 through December 31, 2013, totaling $4,157,197.69
  4. Financial report as of December 31, 2013
  5. Purchases:  A list of the results of the pre-approved purchases for December 2013.
  6. At the November 2013 Board meeting the Board of Governors authorized Dr. Greg Smith to act on its behalf and approve the following purchases:
    Ordered equipment for the welding program located on the Columbus campus.  The equipment includes Metal Cutting Saw, Portable Megnetic Drill, Welder, Water Cooled Torch, MPA Feeder, Wire feeders, and Heavy Duty Pedistal Grinder, was budgeted at $185,000.00 and awarded for $181,959.65 to Matheson Linweld of Columbus, NE
    Ordered professional services for Student Services area to convert existing images of student records to ImageNow.  Was budgeted at $160,000.00 and awarded for $157,065.00 to Perceptive Software of Shawnee, KS.
    Ordered equipment for the welding program located on the Columbus campus.  The equipment includes Lincoln Downdraft table, modular dust collector and accessories, was budgeted at $73,000.00 and awarded for $70,427.99 to Matheson Linweld of Columbus, NE
    Ordered services to remove and dispose of asbestos and lead-based paint materials in the remodel of Hall Building and Campus Center.  This was budgeted at $65,000.00 and awarded for $59,800.00 to Environmental Direct, Inc. of Grand Island, NE
    Ordered Timeclock software for the human resources department.  This software will be used campus-wide for hourly staff to input their hours.  Was budgeted at $90,000.00 and awarded for $85,916.35 to Data Management Inc. of San Angelo, TX
    The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Obrist and Company, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska for $298,000 to replace the chiller for the East Education Building on the Columbus Campus.  (Original bid was to be done in December, however, had to be rescheduled to January, 2014.)
  7. Personnel:   There are no personnel items this month.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Ron Kluck, Dean of Extended Learning Services and Training, gave highlights of the 2012-2013 year.

Enrollment:

  • Credit 6,900
  • Non-Credit Reimbursable 7,794
  • Avocational 6,6
  • Adult Education 1,579

ELS Programming

Adult Education (ABE-GED-ESL)

  • Enrollments 1,579
  • Student Contact hours 86,973
  • 55 paid staff - only 2 full-time
  • 120 volunteers, 5,1022.25 hours
  • GED completions - 155

Business and Industry

  • Enrollments 8,074
  • FTE's 220.94
  • Includes students in Training and Development Division classes/workshops

Community Education

  • Enrollments 7,852
  • FTE's 51.02
  • Includes credit, non-credit reimbursable and Avocational enrollments

Early College (High School Students)

  • Enrollments 1,511
  • FTE's 159.50
  • Students enrolled from nearly 70 high schools
  • Courses delivered via telecommunications, onsite lecture, independent study packets and online
  • Includes Career Academy enrollments

Emergency Medical Services

  • Enrollments 1,823
  • FTE's 49.44
  • As a result of training the past 12 months: 4 new paramedics, 63 new EMT's - third most trained in Nebraska

Learning Centers

  • Enrollments 684
  • FTE's 66.43
  • CCC's presence in over 60 communities

Professional Continuing Education

  • Enrollments 1,418
  • FTE's 7.53
  • Includes continuing education for nurses, real estate, insurance and other occupations

Shannon Frink, MS, RD, LMNT, has been a registered dietitian in the Grand Island area since 1998. She has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in nutritional science, also from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (formerly American Dietetic Association) and has experience with cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management, weight loss management and overall healthy eating and cooking. She enjoys providing education at all levels from the group setting to the collegiate level. Shannon is an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Central Nebraska District – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as a volunteer in the community. She is at Hy-Vee working to improve health and wellness.  HyVee's philosophy has changed to teaching people about healthy eating before getting medical problems.  Shannon is a resource to the community.  That resource has worked well with the partnership of Extended Learning.  The two have joined to offer at least one or two cooking/nutrition classes a month.

Rebeka Durre lives in Hastings and works for Hastings Head Start as a para educator. She needed to complete her GED for her job. While she was initially unsuccessful in passing her GED exam, she didn’t give up. She passed her math test on the second attempt. Rebeka was one of the first to complete the computer based GED testing in the Hastings Adult Education program. This is a noteworthy accomplishment, given the fact that when the version of the GED test that Rebeka passed was piloted with a testing group of graduating high school seniors nation-wide, only 42% of them passed. Rebeka is quick to indicate that she would not have been able to complete her GED without all of the support from the literacy program in Hastings. Rebeka has four daughters and is currently enrolled at CCC, working on her pre-practicum toward becoming a teacher. The Adult Education staff in Hastings are all very proud of her, and with their assistance and her own efforts, she was able to make her dream come true.

Rebeka explainer her journey and how the experience changed her life.  She was so complimentary of the support and encouragement she received from the Adult Education group. 

JoAnn S. McManus is employed by the Nebraska Library Commission as Project and Program Manager of the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities (LBBNC) grant. She is responsible for the grant’s development, coordination, and execution, working directly with participating library directors concerning their needs and participation, negotiated with broadband, electrical and information technology vendors on contracts involving their services at participating libraries, and contracted with program partners to include all six of Nebraska’s Community Colleges. Starting January 1st, JoAnn moved to a Grants Coordinator position and will be coordinating financial literacy training at 22 libraries along with other agency duties. Prior to joining the Nebraska Library Commission in November, 2010, JoAnn worked 30 years in the areas of economic development, grants administration/management, and project management while at Nebraska Public Power District, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Olsson Associates and the Nebraska Department of Labor. JoAnn received her Associates Degree from Central Community College—Columbus Campus and a BS in Business Administration from University of Nebraska at Kearney.

JoAnn stated that through this grant, they were able to place 1,500 computers to libraries.  Along with this, they expended $2,276,932 on equipment, software and computer furniture for libraries.  This in turn has allowed CCC and the libraries in our 25 county area to offer more classes.  The partnership has been a win-win situation.  The Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities Grant allowed 211 computer classes in 22 libraries in the CCC service area with 1,298 registrations.

In closing, Mr. Kluck summarized the following highlights:

  • In 11/12, 4,349 people took their first CCC class through ELS or Training
  • In 12/13, 1,025 of them returned to enroll in additional course(s)
  • Of the 1,025 returning students, 477 enrolled in at least one on campus course

Dr. Gotschall extended appreciation to the staff that have shown the passion to the people in the communities they serve. This year has been more challenging with personnel changes and all employees taking on additional assignments. The success stories help keep that passion going. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss contract issues.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY WALLINE that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss contract issues.  (Time: 2:05 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY COWAN,  SECONDED BY KELLER to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time:  3:20 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Appoint Audit Committee Members

Chair Skiles asked for volunteers to serve on the Audit Committee.  Paul Krieger, Linda Walline, and Cory Burns volunteered to serve on the Audit Committee for the 2014 year.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept Paul Krieger, Linda Walline, and Cory Burns to serve on the Audit Committee for 2014.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Revenue Bond for Hall Student Union Remodel

Larry Glazier discussed the Revenue Bond for Hall Student Union Remodel.  There is no need to take action at this time; this is an information item only.  In addition to using revenue bond cash reserves, along with dollars Chartwells will donate, CCC will still need an $4 million.  Debt service for a $4 million bond with an average interest rate of 3.22% would be less than $300,000 per year.  CCC has increased student fees by $4 providing an estimate income of $525,000 for bond debt service.  Larry feels we are in a good position and hope to have the bond in place before the end of April. 

The question was asked what were the other revenue bonds? Larry stated the current bond was used to remodel Clay, Valley, and Boone dorms.

Again, no action is needed at this time, only an update. 

Presentation of 2013 Financial Audit

Larry stated the 2013 Financial Audit would be deferred at this time.

MOVED BY WALLINE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to table the 2013 Financial Audit from Dana F. Cole and Company, LLP.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Purchase Option for Kearney Property

On December 19, 2013, the executive board of the CCC Board of Governors met via phone conference call regarding a parcel of land for sale in Kearney. Information was shared with the board regarding the sale of the land and future options.  Money has been set aside in the 2013-2014 budget. The following statement from the executive meeting was requested for ratification:

Option Agreement and Real Estate Purchase Agreement.

The Executive Committee of the Board representing the Board of Governors agrees to the terms and conditions of the Option Agreement and at the appropriate time enters into a "Real Estate Purchase Agreement" with RHIJCOAMT Partnership Ltd, for purchase of 32.11 acres at $45,000 per acre.  The College President is given the authority to sign agreements and contracts concerning purchase of said property.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY WALLINE to ratify the action taken by the Executive Committee on December 19, 2013 regarding the Option Agreement and Real Estate Purchase Agreement.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Refinance of 2009C Revenue Bond

Larry Glazier recommended to not refinance the 2009C Revenue Bond.  As interest rates have increased, refinancing would result in sufficient savings.  Estimated savings over the 20 year life of the 1.8 million bonds would be $75,000, not sufficient savings when considering the cost to refinance.

Salary and Benefits

Larry Glazier discussed the Salary and Benefits package in the work session prior to the meeting.  The information will be brought to the February Board of Governors meeting for a vote.

  1. Full-time contract, and classified employees who are recommended for continued employment shall have their wages and benefits for fiscal year 2014-15 set by the College President with the aggregate cost to be within the board’s guidelines.
  2. Dean-level and above staff shall have their wages and benefits for fiscal year 2014-15 set by the College President with aggregate cost to be within the budget guidelines.
  3. The Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Governors and the College President are authorized to execute and sign contracts, where applicable, for the above mentioned personnel as presented by the College President following the budget guidelines established by this resolution.
  4. This resolution constitutes an authorization to the administration and shall not vest any contractual rights of any employee of the college until it is reduced to contract with that individual.

Room and Board/Tuition and Fee's

Larry Glazier gave a brief discussion on the planning of setting tuition and fees and room and board. The following information was discussed and will be voted upon at the February Board of Governors meeting.

 

Tuition - No change

Remain at $80 per Credit Hour

Fee’s - Change from $10 to $12

  • To cover projected debt service for remodel of Hall Cafeteria Hastings Campus 2014-15.

Cost for 30 semester hours increases from $2,700 to $2,760 or $60

Room - No change

Single Occupancy Rate $3,256 per Semester

Double or Triple Occupancy Rate $1,628 per occupant, per Semester

Board - Pass on increase of 3.5%

14 Meal Plan per Semester $1,433

19 Meal Plan per Semester $1,682

Cost for two semesters R&B 14 meal plan $6,122

Cost for two semesters R&B 19 meal plan $6,620

Capital Improvement

Larry Glazier discussed the 2014-2015 ADA Hazardous Materials, Capital Improvement Projects, and Revenue Bond Projects. This budget will be voted upon at the February Board of Governors meeting, 

Graduate Report

Dr. Brennan, Executive Vice President, gave highlights of the 2013 Graduate Outcomes Report (for the 2011-12 graduates). She stated the report is a little later than usual because of changes in data collection. We are in partnership with the Department of Labor to be able to capture more accurate information.  Some of the report changes include:

  • Reports company, but not location. Example, Becton Dickinson but doesn't say if it is in Columbus, Holdrege or Broken Bow.
  • Nebraska and Iowa, South Dakota and Wyoming
  • Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas numbers only.

2011-12 highlights include:

Change 2013 report focuses on full-time employment

  • 87% of graduates were employed full-time or continuing their education (2010-11 - 89%, included all employment/education)
  • 75% of graduates were employed full-time in the 25-county area (2010-11, we reported employed or continuing education in the 25-county area)
  • 989% of graduates employed full-time remained in Nebraska (96% in 2010-2011)

Average annual salary by award:

  • Degree - $33,707
  • Diploma - $30,377
  • Certificate - $31,115

Unduplicated degree, diploma and certificate students:

  • Degrees - 635 (compared to 572 last report)
  • Diplomas - 217 (compared to 219 last report)
  • Certificates - 398 (compared to 376 last report)

Total Employed:

  • Full-time - 722 (587 combined with part-time last report)
  • Part-time - 387

Salary from the Nebraska Department of Labor, full-time, shows the highest average annual salary:

  • $57,153 - Quality Technology
  • $48,713 - Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • $47,181 - Mechatronics

A chart was shared reporting a survey on how well education at CCC prepared the student in various areas in achieving a job. Central rated high in all areas. 54% students were very satisfied with the overall experience at CCC.

Out of 1,250 students who received Certificate, Diploma, or Degree at CCC, 695 are continuing their education at Bellevue, Doane, Wayne, UNL, UNO, or Hastings College.

Planning/Assessment/Reports

Dr. Smith reported on the following activities:

  1. The Community College Futures Assembly is being held in Orlando from January 25 – 28. This is the 20th year of the Futures Assembly. CCC is one of 10 finalists for the Legacy Award – an award available only to previous Bellwether Award winners. CCC is also one of 10 finalists for a Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development category with Molding Careers to Work, Earn$, Live.

    The Bellwether College Consortium’s primary goals are to promote effective postsecondary programs for replication at higher education institutions across the nation and to actively position your college to be in the best position to pursue various funding opportunities. In addition, the Consortium provides a platform for its members to collaborate on potential joint ventures while having access to educational thought leaders.

    CCC’s Legacy Award submission is “Evolving Collaboration: The Key to Developing and Building America’s Workforce.” In response to the shortage of skilled labor in Nebraska, Central Community College collaborated with business, education, and government to build innovative ways to grow the State’s workforce. Since winning the Bellwether Award in 2000, CCC has continued to foster relationships and provide opportunities to grow our skilled labor pool. 
  2. The ACCT National Legislative Summit will be held in Washington, DC from February 10-14, 2014. Rita Skiles, Tom Pirnie, and Dr. Smith will be attending to represent CCC. The following two information handouts will be shared with the Nebraska delegation: (a) Impact of Federal Education Dollars on Your Campus and (b) Fact Sheet and Executive Summary of our recent (December 2013) Economic Impact Analysis, “Demonstrating the Value of Central Community College.”  Dr. Brennan will discuss the results of the economic impact study in more detail at a future Board meeting.
  3. CCC FTE enrollment is down 6.7% YTD as of 1/1/14. Analysis suggests that decreases in the number of recent high school graduates account for some of this decline. Other Nebraska community colleges are also experiencing enrollment decreases. Student services is working on a set of actions to address recruitment and retention challenges. An overview of these actions will be presented at a future Board meeting.
  4. The 2013 CCC IPEDS Data Feedback Report (produced by the National Center for Education Statistics) shows that CCC compares well with peer institutions with regard to tuition and fees, student outcomes and progress, and other measures. Dr. Brennan will discuss these results in more detail at a future Board meeting.
  5. One of our nursing faculty members from Kearney, Stacey Werner, recently taught “Hospital Medical English” in South Korea at Ulsan College. Stacey returned to the U.S. on January 10, 2014 and reports a very positive experience. Stacey will relate her experience at an upcoming Board meeting.
  6. Two key position searches are in progress, Vice President of Administrative Services and Grand Island Campus President. A member of the Board, Rita Skiles, has volunteered to serve on the search committee for each of these positions.
  7. On January 13, Kearney Public Schools released the preliminary schematic plans for the new high school. The new high school will be located directly south (i.e., across West 11th Street) from the 32 acre parcel that CCC is considering.
  8. On January 15, CCC submitted the second quarter progress report for Nebraska community colleges’ ACCT Voluntary Framework for Accountability grant. Next steps include agreeing on a set of education outcome measures to report in the near-term as well as assessing information needs for the future.
  9. On the evening of January 9th Dr. Brennan and Dr. Smith attended the Annual Awards Banquet of the Aurora Area Chamber & Development Corporation. Aurora Memorial Community Health (CEO Diane Keller) won the Chamber’s Gold Award. Douglas Kristensen, University of Nebraska-Kearney Chancellor, delivered the keynote and recognized CCC.
  10. Upcoming events include (a) the NCCA Board meeting in Lincoln on January 24 preceded by a dinner on the evening of the 23at the Hillcrest Country Club; (b) a CCC-Columbus retiree reception at the Elks Club Golf Course on January 30; and (c) on Wednesday, February 19 the Ribbon Cutting (1pm) and then Open House and Tours (1:00pm-5pm) for the new Welding Addition to our North Education Building on the Columbus Campus.  Some local businesses have also stepped up to provide some new scholarship possibilities for welding students so we will have more to announce as we get closer to that date.

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

 

February 20, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held at Central Community College, Cedar/Fir Room, East Highway 6, Hastings, Nebraska.

Rita Skiles called the February 20 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with ten board members present.  John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Mr. Krieger asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – present
Sasges – present *
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

*   Wayne Sasges attended via phone.

John Higgins, Legal Counsel, administered the Oath of Office to Dale Zikmund, Vice Chair of the Board for the 2014 year. 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked for introduction of guests. College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Corey Burns volunteered to review the claims prior to the March 20, 2014, board meeting.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Chair Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Dr. Chris Waddle, College Human Resource Director, if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment. 

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Rita Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  

CONSENT ITEMS

Paul Krieger reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

 

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY KELLER to approve the following consent items as presented. 

  1. Agenda for February 20, 2014
  2. Minutes of the January 16, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting
  3. Claims for the period of January 1, 2014, through January 31, 2014, totaling $7,568,472,92
  4. Financial report as of January 31, 2014
  5. Purchases:  The College President recommends acceptance of the best bid from Industrial Systems and Supply of Columbus, Nebraska, for $54,150.00 for the CNC Mill.
  6. Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Vicki Papineau (Reading Instructor, Hastings) be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Harold Hamel (English Instructor, Hastings) be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Robert Becker (Physics and Math Instructor, Columbus) be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Janet Sorahan (Office Technology Instructor, Grand Island) be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Jeff Curry be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Foundation

Dean Moors, CCC Foundation Director, reported on the Foundation meeting held earlier in the day.

Highlights include:

  • CCC Foundation Assets:
    • January 31, 2014, $7.4 million, versus January 31, 2013, $6.4 million
    • Consolidated Assets
      • January 31, 2014, $19. million
      • CCC Foundation Revenues
        • January 31, 2014, $1.2 million
        • January 31, 2013, $811 thousand
        • Employee Appeal
          • Over $80,200 has been donated as of December 31, 2013 to benefit CCC students and programs (includes Pacesetter donors), with a 75% participation goal.
          • Yearend Campaign - Direct Solicitation
            • Approximately 2,500 packets were sent, generating $172,570 as of January 31, 2014
            • Alumni Project
              • Will be launched in February 2014
              • 7,486 alumni identified in Colleague
              • Partnered with AlumniSync
                • Current addressed, phone numbers, email addresses, and deceased marking
      • Goals
        • Identify desire to be an Alum
        • Update Personal information
        • Communication from Foundation and College
      • Procedure
        • Organizing a volunteer list to assist with personal contact once information is             received, i.e. CCC advisory boards, employees, retirees, Board of Governors, CCC Foundation Board, etc.
        • Utilize CCC work-study Program - 2 Hastings Campus students
        • Call each alum with phone number to verify status with College and Alumni Association
        • Contact others via U.S.P.S. to confirm status
      • Benefits
        • Update personal information for CCC
        • Educate alumni on updates at CCC
        • Increase annual gifts to Foundation
        • Planned gifts for future
      • Phase I completion date, July 1, 2014
      • CCC Foundation Scholarship Awards
        • Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
          • Endowed funds
          • Restricted funds
      • Approximately $200,000 in scholarships
      • The 24th CCC Pro-Am will be held September 15, 2014 at the Lochland Country Club.
      • The 2013 CCCF Appreciation Luncheon was held October 30th on the Hastings Campus with 240 attendees, generating over $3,000 for scholarships.
      • The 2014 CCCF Appreciation Luncheon will be held in Grand Island on October 28th.
      • "Give Days"
        • Participation, Strategies, Updates
          • Lexington - November 14, 2013
          • Holdrege - November 21, 2013
          • Kearney - December 5, 2013
          • Ord - March 17-18, 2014
          • Hastings - May 1, 2014

Hastings Annual Report

Bill Hitesman, Hastings Campus President, distributed the 2012-13 Hastings Campus Annual Report. He went on to report on the Diesel Technology program. There are currently 43 students with Diesel Technology sponsors. Those sponsorships are with Nebraska Machinery Company, Titan, Werner Construction, Nebraska Truck Center, Midwest Express, and Ditch Witch.  Cummins Central Power has committed to sponsorship for the Fall 2014.  Another company has expressed an interest in a co-op arrangement; possibly sponsoring students and bringing in equipment to expose students to their product. Possibilities are endless.

Ashley Beall, an ADN major from Benkelman, is the NE/Skills USA Nebraska 2013-14 College Technical State President. She attended the Washington Leadership Training Institute. Ashley spoke of her experience in Washington D.C. and the leadership skills she has brought back with her.

Wanda Cloet, Dental Hygiene Program Director, spoke of the Vital Signs Health Fair, and the impact the event has had on the community. The Health Fair has been providing quality health information to South Central Nebraska for 29 years. The mission statement states:

Vital Signs Health Fair is an established, voluntary effort to impact the health and well-being of Central Nebraska residents. The purpose of the Health Fair is to utilize community resources to provide health screenings and health education, awareness and information about local health and social resources. The goal of the Health Fair is to assist individuals in better understanding how daily choices made in lifestyles and health habits affect one's overall health.

Held at the Adams County Fairgrounds since 1992, the Fair occupies 250,000 square feet.  Approximately 2,500- 3,000 blood samples are processed annually, with 13 major health screens and 40 educational booths.

Health screenings include:

  • Height and weight
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Blood Chemistry Profile
    • Prediabetic screen
    • Prostatic cancer screen
    • Oral cancer
    • Blood pressure
    • Bone density
    • Colon cancer
    • Peripheral artery disease
    • Sleep apnea
    • Risk assessment
    • Vision and lead levels in children

Educational booths include:

  • Adams County Senior Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Donate Life Nebraska
  • Goodwill Industries Employment Program
  • Hastings Respite Care
  • K-9's and Friends
  • Midwest Area Agency on Aging
  • Nebraska Children's Home
  • Region 9 Brain Team
  • SASA
  • United Way

Student Involvement

  • Medical Laboratory Technician students draw samples at the early draw on the Hastings Campus and participate in the blood draw at the Health Fair.
  • Dental Hygiene students help with the oral cancer screenings.
  • Both experiences give students an opportunity to not only practice their technical skills but also to interact with the public.
  • Students wear their CCC identification badges and act as ambassadors for the college and the college's health programs.
  • The Dental Hygiene program was able to purchase a Velscope to utilize with the oral cancer screens through donations to the CCC Foundation.  (The Vital Signs Health Fair purchases the supplies that the program uses.)

Testimonials were given on the importance of the Vital Signs Health Fair and how the screenings have helped detect health issues.

CCC and Hastings Hastings Public Schools has a great partnership. Craig Kautz, Superintendent, Hastings Public Schools, is instrumental in that partnership. Matt Hurt, Industrial Technology Instructor, discussed the partnership with the Hastings High Manufacturing Lab. The old lab had post-WWII lathes, grinders and millrite that needed constant maintenance.  Work space was unsafe and tight quarters.  There was no classroom space and was an old-style curriculum.  Because of the collaboration with Central Community College, these issues have been addressed.

 

The transition and future of the Hastings High School Manufacturing includes:

  • 15 credits awarded to qualifying students, 12 in manufacturing and 3 in design.
  • Students "see a career path".
  • Better prepared postsecondary student and skilled employee.
  • Up-to-date, safer, industry-grade equipment
  • Enrollment has increased
    • Facility is has a 120 maximum, and enrollment is estimated to be 135 next year.
  • Possible enrollment from surrounding schools
  • Driving all students to reach their best potential
  • Possibility of an academy

The collaboration with CCC allows for close partnership, just a phone call away.  There is continuing education/training. The update definitely saved the program.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation issues.

MOVED BY WALLINE, SECONDED BY AERNI that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to regular meeting in order to go into executive session (discuss contract issues).  (Time:  2:12 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time: 3:25p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Tuition, Fees, Room and Board Rates

Tuition - No change

  • Remain at $80 per Credit Hour

Fee’s - Change from $10 to $12

  • To cover projected debt service for remodel of Hall Cafeteria Hastings Campus 2014-15.

Cost for 30 semester hours increases from $2,700 to $2,760 or $60

Room - No change

  • Single Occupancy Rate $3,256 per Semester
  • Double or Triple Occupancy Rate $1,628 per occupant, per Semester

Board - Pass on increase of 3.5%

  • 14 Meal Plan per Semester $1,433
  • 19 Meal Plan per Semester $1,682
  • Cost for two semesters R&B 14 meal plan $6,122
  • Cost for two semesters R&B 19 meal plan $6,620

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY AERNI to accept the Tuition, Fees, Room and Board for 2014-2015 year.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Salary 2014-2015

The following resolution was discussed.

Whereas, the Central Community College Board of Governors recognizes the need to maintain equitable wages and benefits,

Now therefore, be it resolved as follows:

  1. Full-time contract, and classified employees who are recommended for continued employment shall have their wages and benefits for fiscal year 2014-15 set by the College President with the aggregate cost to be within the board’s guidelines.
  2. Dean-level and above staff shall have their wages and benefits for fiscal year 2014-15 set by the College President with aggregate cost to be within the budget guidelines.
  3. The Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Governors and the College President are authorized to execute and sign contracts, where applicable, for the above mentioned personnel as presented by the College President following the budget guidelines established by this resolution.
  4. This resolution constitutes an authorization to the administration and shall not vest any contractual rights of any employee of the college until it is reduced to contract with that individual.

MOVED BY BORDEN SECONDED BY WALLINE to approve salary and benefits for fiscal year 2014-2015.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Capital Improvement

The 2014-2015 Capital Improvement plans were distributed last month. 

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the Capital Improvement Plans for 2014-2015.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

New Environmental Health and Safety Program

Dr. Brennan discussed the proposal for the Environmental Health and Safety Program. The program will prepare students for employment as a front-line health and safety technician or manager required in many industries throughout the Midwest. The program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in safety, ergonomics, industrial environmental regulations and compliance, hazardous materials handling and safe storage in all industrial, medical and educational environments.

There will be an applied certificate in Environmental Health and Safety, a generalist certificate in Environmental Health and safety, a Diploma, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree offered. If approved, the information will be sent to the Coordinating Commission.

Discussion followed and questions were answered.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the Environmental Health and Safety Program.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

2015-2016 Calendar

Dr. Brennan presented the proposed calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

Fall Session - 2015

Mon.-Fri., August 10-14, 2015* - Faculty Contract Days       

Tues., August 11, 2015* - Registration (Fall 2015 session)

Mon., August 17, 2015 - Session Begins

Mon., September 7, 2015 - Student/Faculty/Staff Labor Day Break

Fri-Tuesday, Oct. 16-20, 2015 - Student Fall Break

Friday, October 16, 2015 - Faculty Fall Break

Mon., October 19, 2015* - Faculty Non-Teaching Contract Day

Tues., October 20, 2015* - All College In-Service (Student Break/Faculty Contract)

Wed.-Sun., Nov. 25-29, 2015 - Student & Faculty Thanksgiving Break

Thur.-Fri., Nov. 26-27, 2015 - Staff Thanksgiving Break

Fri.., December 11, 2015 - Classes End

Mon-Tue., Dec. 14-15, 2015* - Faculty Contract Days

Mon., Dec, 14, 2015, - Sun., Jan. 10, 2016 - Student Break

Wed., Dec. 16, 2015 - Sun., Jan. 3, 2016 - Faculty Break

Fri.,Dec. 25, 2015 - Sun., Jan. 3, 2016 - Staff Break

Spring Session - 2016       

Mon.-Fri., January 4-8, 2016* - Faculty Contract Days

Tues., January 5, 2016* - Registration (Spring 2016 session)

Mon., January 11, 2016 - Session Begins

Mon-Tues., Feb. 15-16, 2016 - Student Winter Break

Mon., February 15, 2016 - Faculty Winter Break

Tuesday, February 16, 2016* - Faculty Non-Teaching Contract Day

Sun., March 20-27, 2016 - Student & Faculty Spring Break

Thur., May 5, 2016 - Classes End

Fri., May 6, 2016* - Faculty Contract Day

Mon.-Thur., May 9-12, 2016* - Faculty Contract Days

Summer Session - 2016

Tues., May 23 - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10-Week Summer Session

Monday, May 30, 2016 - Student/Faculty/Staff Memorial Day Break

Mon., May 23 - Fri., June 24, 2016 - First 5-Week Session

Mon., May 23 - Fri., June 10, 2016 - First 3-Week Session

Mon., June 13 - Fri., June 24, 2016 - First 2-Week Session

Mon., June 27 - Fri., July 29, 2016 - Second 5-Week Session

Mon., June 27 - Fri., July 15, 2016 - Second 3-Week Session

Mon., July 4, 2016 - Student/Faculty/Staff Independence Day Break

Mon., July 18 - Fri., July 29, 2016 - Second 2-Week Session

Special Sessions:  Based on student interest and need, a variety of courses may be offered for different lengths of time and at various locations.  Please refer to www.cccneb.edu > CCC Quick Links>Search for Classes or contact your local campus.

Registration:  Registration may be conducted any day the college is in session within registration guidelines.  It is important to review a plan of study with your adviser prior to registration.  The registration days indicated on the calendar are designed to handle registration to begin a scheduled fall or spring session.  Seminars and workshops will be scheduled and dates published as needs indicate.

Class Schedules:  Class offerings and details are published at www.cccneb.edu > CCC Quick Links>Search for Classes or contact your local campus.  Special courses and workshops are scheduled on demand and are advertised accordingly. 

*            Faculty Contract/Non-Teaching Day

FALL SESSION - 2015  

                Teaching Days                                                     Faculty Contract Days                       Calendar Week

                M            T             W            Th           F                                                                                           

0              N             N             N             N             NR                          5                                              August 10-14, 2015

                                (Contract Days/Registration—8/10-15)

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              August 17-21, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              August 24-28, 2015                           

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              August 31 - Sept 4, 2015

                                (Labor Day Break—9/7)

4              -               1              1              1              1                              4                                              September 7-11, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              September 14-18, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              September 21-25, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              Sept 28 - October 2, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              October 5-9, 2015

4              1              1              1              1              -                               4                                              October 12-16, 2015

   (Fall Break & In-Service—10/16-20)

3              N             N             1              1              1                              5                                              October 19-23, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              October 26-30, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              November 2-6, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              November 9-13, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              November16-20, 2015      

(Thanksgiving Break – 11/25 -11/29)

2             1              1              -               -               -                               2                                              November 23-27, 2015

5             1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              Nov 30-Dec 4, 2015

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              December 7-11, 2015

0              NG          NG          -               -               -                               2                                              December 14-18, 2015

                                (Contract Days – 12/14-15)

78           15           16           16           16           15                           87                                           End of 1st Semester

                                                                                                                                               

SPRING SESSION - 2016

M            T             W            Th           F            

0              N             N             N             N             NR                          5                                              January 4-8, 2016

                                (Contract Days/Registration –1/4-8)

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              January 11-15, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              January 18-22, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              January 25-29, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              February 1-5, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              February 8-12, 2016

3              -               N             1              1              1                              4                                              February 15-19, 2016

                                (Winter Break – 2/15)

                                (Contract Day - 2/16)

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              February 22-26, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              Feb 29 - March 4, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              March 7-11, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              March 14-18, 2016

0              -               -               -               -               -                               0                                              March 21-25, 2016

(Spring Break – 3/20-3/27)

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              March 28 - April 1, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              April 4-8, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              April 11-15, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              April 18-22, 2016

5              1              1              1              1              1                              5                                              April 25-29, 2016

4              1              1              1              1              NG                          5                                              May 2-6, 2016

0              NG          N             N             N             -                               4                                              May 9-13, 2016  

(Contract Days – 5/6 - 5/12) 

77        15               15           16           16           15                           88                                           End of 2nd Semester                                                                                              

 N = Non‑Teaching Days/Faculty Contract

NG = Non-Teaching Days/Faculty Contract – Grading Day

NR = Non-Teaching Days/Faculty Contract Registration

1 = Teaching Day/Faculty Contract

Teaching Days                                     Faculty Contract Days                       Semester Dates

78                                                                      87                                           Fall Semester

77                                                                     88                                           Spring Semester

155                                                                     175                                            Days

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY AERNI to accept the 2015-16 Calendar.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

2013 Audit

Shannon Peard, Dana F. Cole and Company, Inc. spoke to the Board regarding the Annual Financial Statements recently sent to the Central Community College Board of Directors.  The audits were conducted in accordance with auditing standards general accepted in the USA and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in "Government Auditing Standards," issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. In the opinion of the auditors, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Central Community College as of June 30, 2013, and 2012, and the results of its operations and cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted. Ms. Peard explained the audit process and answered questions. He state the CCC cooperation was greatly appreciated and the statements were unqualified. 

MOVED BY ZIKMUND, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to accept the 2013 Audit.  Discussion followed.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Revenue Bond for Hall Student Union Remodel

Larry Glazier discussed the Revenue Bond for Hall Student Union Remodel.  In addition to using revenue bond cash reserves, along with dollars Chartwells will donate, CCC will still need an additional $4 million.  Debt service for a $4 million bond with an average interest rate of 3.22% would be less than $300,000 per year.  CCC has increased student fees by $4 providing an estimate income of $525,000 for bond debt service.  Marc Munford, Ameritus, spoke about Central's S & P rating as being AA, which is very favorable.  The amount will not exceed $4 million and a 20 year bond at 4 1/2% will be paid in June 2034.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to accept the Hall Student Union Revenue Bond.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Dr. Zikmund left the meeting (4:25 p.m.)

Clements Group Feasibility Study

Larry Glazier discussed the proposal from the Clements Group to conduct a comprehensive Feasibility Study as a first step toward a major gifts campaign for the Columbus, Hastings and Kearney campuses.  The study will provide information necessary to prepare a plan of campaign to organize the people and programs, if needed.  The proposal listed advantage/qualifications, study overview and timeline, and budgetary items.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the Clements Group Feasibility Study without the campaign at this time.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Linda Aerni had issues with taking notes while in a document without getting out and back in on the I-Pad.  They would like to highlight in attachments.  Also, if you forget your password, it doesn't work right.

Ratification of Negotiated Agreement

Dr. Waddle discussed the negotiated faculty agreement for 2014-2016.

MOVED BY   KRIEGER, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the ratification of the faculty negotiated agreement for 2014-2016.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Sustainability Report

Minetta Kahn, Sustainability Coordinator, gave a written report to the Board of Governors, listing samples of the goals that are being discussed across the college for CCC’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (‘SCAP’)

Health Promotion:  Nursing Program

The nursing program is discussing goals related to waste reduction, health promotion and curricular design important for nursing professionals.  The faculty is setting goals that will assist our students to serve health care organizations as safe and efficient practitioners.  One of the goals for the department is to implement an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in the simulation center by 2015.  This method will better prepare students for documentation of patient care, and will help manage health care costs and decrease paper waste.  CCC nursing faculty are looking at the unique role they play in this educational opportunity to help build and foster a sustainable future. 

Investment and Workflow:  CCC Foundation

The Foundation has several goals they are drafting in sustainability, to model good stewardship for Nebraska.  These include working with the CCC Foundation Investment Advisors to review their sustainability programs within their respective institutions, reviewing our investment portfolios to identify opportunities to address sustainability within specific areas (such as fossil fuels) over the next few years, and inventorying of projects completed in 2013 to reduce waste/paper in the Foundation work flow.

Travel Expenditures:  Extended Learning Services and Training

ELS and Training are drafting a goal to cut current travel expenditures in their budget by 25% by January 2025, from the 2012-2013 baseline.  Examples of some methods being evaluated to help meet the goal include increased use of the IP system, optimizing the scheduling and partnering for rides, and use of WebEx and other electronic/web-based tools.

Net-Zero Energy (‘Sustainably’ Designed) House

The Business, Skilled and Technical Sciences division is looking at setting a goal around building a net-zero house in collaboration with multiple technical programs at CCC.  Tentative goal includes starting the project in 2014, with a potential two year timeframe for completion.  This goal includes a focus on teaching and modeling sustainable construction practices for students and the community.

Waste Reduction:  Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts

Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts are discussing goals related to finding alternatives to Styrofoam for their food service, and reducing landfill waste from their practices by incorporating composting and recycling within their curriculum and operations.  Working through and implementing these goals will be good learning experiences for students, as well as an opportunity to model sustainability practices to local businesses and the community.

Mechatronics Remodel, Columbus Campus

The Columbus Mechatronics renovation project will be presented at the March Board meeting for Board approval.  Mechatronics classes are held in three different areas in the North Education building.  A classroom, hydraulics lab and a systems control lab occupy the southeast wing of the North Education building.  They also have equipment in the west half of the electronics lab as well as the south half of the machine lab.  With the space that has been vacated by welding moving into the new area, mechatronics will be able to consolidate the program into the southeast wing of the North Ed building.

The work will consist of an interior renovation of approximately 8,700 square feet.  The renovation includes demolition of the old welding lab, robotics lab, classrooms, offices, and restrooms.  New construction consists of a large mechatronics classroom/lab space which also incorporates hydraulic systems and production line simulation (PLC), a control systems classroom/lab and a small mechatronics classroom with an area for mechanical systems.  It will have two tool storage rooms, office space for two to three instructors and new ADA compliant restrooms.  New gas-fired, DX (direct expansion) cooled rooftop units will be installed, along with new lighting and electrical equipment.

A diagram was shared. 

The estimated cost of this project is $1,600,000.  The total amount budgeted for this project is $1,650,000;  $350,000 from the FY 2013-2014 Capital Improvement fund, $1,100,000 from the FY 2014-2015 Capital Improvement fund and $200,000 from the FY 2014-2015 ADA/Hazardous Materials fund. 

Student Success Report

Dr. Brennan discussed the 2013 IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data) report.

Highlights included:

The comparison group included:

Colorado Mountain College, Des Moines Area Community College, Hutchison Community College - Kansas, Independence Community College - Kansas, Iowa Central Community College; Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Metro Community College - Nebraska, Mid Plains Community College - Nebraska, Northeast Community College - Nebraska, Ozarks Community College - Missouri, Pikes Peak Community College - Colorado, Southeast Community College - Nebraska, Western Nebraska Community College, and Wichita Area Technical.

Enrollment:

Unduplicated headcount

  • CCC - 13,092
  • Cohort - 9,488

Total FTE

  • CCC - 4,555
  • Cohort - 4,023

Full-time enrollment

  • CCC - 2, 420
  • Cohort - 2,586

Part-time enrollment

  • CCC - 4,853
  • Cohort - 3,386

Awards:

Associates

  • CCC - 658, a 15% increase over last year (576)
  • Cohort - 686 (681)

Diploma

  • CCC - 375 (377)
  • Cohort - 150 (140)

Certificates

  • CCC - 715 (706)
  • Cohort - 107 (110)

Time to Program Completion 2008 Cohort (first-time full-time)

Normal time

  • CCC - 19%
  • Cohort - 23%

150% time

  • CCC - 33%
  • Cohort - 29%

200% time

  • CCC - 42%
  • Cohort - 33%

Retention Fall to Fall (FA12)

Full-time

  • CCC - 615 (59%)
  • Cohort - 54% (56%)

Part-time

  • CCC - 41% (39%)
  • Cohort - 31% (35%)

Board Professional Development Material

February information was distributed for the Board Professional Development manual.

Purchasing Card

Larry Glazier discussed the College Purchasing process. For the College President's office, there will be an approver needed for his purchases. Corey Burns volunteered to be the primary approver and Paul Krieger will be the alternate approver.

Planning/Assessment/Reports

Dr. Smith's report

  1. The Community College Futures Assembly was held in Orlando from January 25 – 28. This was the 20th year of the Futures Assembly. CCC was one of 10 finalists for the Legacy Award, an award available only to previous Bellwether Award winners. CCC was also one of 10 finalists for a Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development category with Molding Careers to Work, Earn$, Live. The Bellwether College Consortium’s primary goals are to promote effective postsecondary programs for replication at higher education institutions across the nation and to actively position your college to be in the best position to pursue various funding opportunities. In addition, the Consortium provides a platform for its members to collaborate on potential joint ventures while having access to educational thought leaders. Annually there are about 700 applications submitted for the three Bellwether categories.CCC’s Legacy Award submission was “Evolving Collaboration: The Key to Developing and Building America’s Workforce.” In response to the shortage of skilled labor in Nebraska, Central Community College collaborated with business, education, and government to build innovative ways to grow the State’s workforce. Since winning the Bellwether Award in 2000, CCC has continued to foster relationships and provide opportunities to grow our skilled labor pool.While CCC did not win either award, our teams did a great job of presenting and were very well received.
  2. The ACCT National Legislative Summit was held in Washington, DC from February 10-14, 2014. Rita Skiles, Tom Pirnie, and Dr. Smith attended to represent CCC. Inclement weather conditions did affect the conference and we were only able to visit two of our congressional representatives, Smith and Fortenberry. The CEOs will have a teleconference with Senator Johanns at a future date.
  3. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25, 2014. Registration is now open. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member) and Dr. Smith will be presenting Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability.
  4. CCC FTE enrollment is down around 7% YTD as of February 1, 2014. Analysis suggests that decreases in the number of recent high school graduates account for some of this decline. Other Nebraska community colleges are also experiencing enrollment decreases. Student services is working on a set of actions to address recruitment and retention challenges. We also intend to hire a number of enrollment counselors and retention specialists to address this issue. An overview of these actions will be presented at a future Board meeting.
  5. There are currently two key position searches in progress, Vice President of Administrative Services and Grand Island Campus President. A member of the Board, Rita Skiles, has volunteered to serve on the search committee for each of these positions.
  6. On the evening of February 6th,  10 CCC employees and Tom Pirnie, attended the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Riverside Golf Club. Grand Island Public schools and CCC were recognized for collaborative efforts on the new Career Pathways Institute.
  7. Since the last Board meeting Dr. Smith has attended:
  8. NCCA Board meeting in Lincoln on January 24 with Diane Keller and Sam Cowan
  9. CCC-Columbus retiree reception at the Elks Club Golf Course on January 30
  10. February 19, the Ribbon Cutting, Open House and Tours for the new Welding Addition to the North Education Building on the Columbus Campus.  Some local businesses have stepped up to provide some new scholarship possibilities for welding students so we will have more to announce as we get closer to that date.
  11. To date all five incumbent Board members (Linda Aerni, Diane Keller, Wayne Sasges, Dale Zikmund, and Rita Skiles) have filed for re-election. The last day for filing is March 3rd.
  12. While we do not have an exact count, the lead faculty member in contract negotiations, Jim Kosmicki, reported that “CCCEA’s membership has approved the proposed agreement by an overwhelming majority.” 
  13. Victoria Kucera reports that in the newest release on the 3 year draft cohort default rate we are down from last year’s official release over two percentage points!
  14. We are fortunate that J. Noah Brown, President and CEO of ACCT, has agreed to deliver commencement remarks at all three CCC graduation ceremonies on May 9-10. Noah has recently published a book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future. Noah may be available to give a book talk on Friday May 10.

Other Information

  • A RFP (request for proposal) for audit services will be sent next week.  One Board member will be included on the committee.
  • Discussion centered around RFP's (request for proposal) being sent to areas outside of the CCC 25 county area also.  Paul Krieger suggested this topic be discussed at the March 20th work session, and that the RFP for Architectural Services not be sent until after the discussion in March. 

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

March 20, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
March 20, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held prior to the meeting on March 20, 2013.  Agenda items included:

  • Legislative Update
  • CCC DataCenter Storage Disaster Recovery Update
  • Sustainability Update
  • Architect Selection
  • Clements Group Feasibility Study (now known as Rich Gross Solutions)
  • Budget Revenue and Expenses

Rita Skiles called the March 20, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with nine board members present. Wayne Sasges joined the meeting via phone. John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was absent. Mrs. Skiles asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – present *
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

*   Wayne Sasges attended via phone.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Sandra Borden volunteered to review the claims prior to the April 17, 2014, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  

CONSENT ITEMS

Cory Burns reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY BURNS, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to approve the following consent items as presented. 

  1. Agenda for March 20, 2014
  2. Minutes of the February 20, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting
  3. Claims for the period of February 1, 2014, through February 28, 2014, totaling $3,885,139.06
  4. Financial report as of February 28, 2014
  5. Purchases:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Bierman Contracting, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska for $1,143,500.00 to renovate the Mechatronics Department in the North Education Building on the Columbus campus.Purchases:  Computer purchased report for March 2014, Hastings Campus.  The total cost for three laptops is $5,967.00 for the Hastings campus.
  6. Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of John Anderson, Commercial Horticulture Instructor, Hastings, be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Sharon Maul, Commercial Horticulture Instructor, Hastings, be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Daniel Rumsey, Electronics Technology Instructor, Columbus, be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Roger DeVries, Business and Management Instructor, Hastings, be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Dana Wert, Industrial Technology Instructor, Grand Island, be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of B. Colleen Quadhamer, Nursing Instructor, Kearney, be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:   The College President recommends that Joel King be offered a 260 day contract as the Full-time Vice President of Administrative Services in Grand Island, Nebraska effective April 7, 2014.

    Personnel:   The College President recommends the change of status be accepted and Dean Moors be offered a contract as Vice President of Institutional Advancement effective July 1, 2014.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye *
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Ron Kluck, Dean of Extended Learning Services and Training, Dean of Instruction/Ed Services, discussed the years' highlights of the Training and Development Division.

The Central Community College Training and Development Division mission is to deliver comprehensive training through consistent assessment, customization, and delivery and evaluation of programs and services.  This also allows for consistency in pricing and marketing. 

With six full-time trainers in the division, they have an extra challenge in that they are required to generate 85% of the income for salary and benefits.  Training is offered in areas such as:

  • Computer Technology
  • Industrial Technology/Mechatronics
  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Quality Control
  • Safety, OSHA/EPA
  • Welding
  • Weatherization

In 2012-2013, 38 Worker Trainer Grants were awarded totaling $150,387.

Businesses served include:

  • Thermo-King
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Kawasaki
  • Vishay
  • McCain
  • Eakes
  • Allmand
  • Covidien
  • Chief
  • Hastings Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Tomorrow
  • Case
  • Columbus Nebraska Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Standard Iron
  • Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Baldwin Filters

Training and Development division goals include:

  • Assist economic development efforts of entire service area.
  • Maintain open communication links with all external constituents and internal departments.
  • Incorporate full-time faculty within training programming as much as possible.
  • Recruit students into campus instruction programs.

Elizabeth Smith, Tri-City Leadership Development Coordinator and Trainer, stated building relationships, in the college and in the communities, is an important issue.  Elizabeth is a strong advocate for Grand Island growth and development.  An important partner in that equation are area chambers of commerce.  Elizabeth introduced Cindy Johnson, President, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.

At the Chamber, Cindy works to ensure there is a pro-business climate in the community as well as planning for community growth and economic development.  Prior to this appointment, she worked for the City of Grand Island for 11 years, serving as the Community Projects Director.   She has received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional and has a certificate in Non-Profit Organization Management from the Institute for Organization Management.  She actually is a product of Central Community College and received her Master’s of Art Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Mass Communication and Journalism. Johnson was named the 2010 Grand Island Independent’s Woman of the Year and was recognized by the Small Business Administration in 2011 as the Regional Champion for Women in Business (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri). She is past-president of the Noon Rotary Club and has served on the boards for Goodwill Industries, YMCA, and Multi-Cultural Coalition.   Johnson recently completed a term as Vice Chair of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund. 

Johnson serves on the Grand Island Area Economic Development Advisory Board as well as the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Committee and the University of Nebraska’s Bureau of Business Research Advisory Committee.  She is an adjunct instructor for Doane College at the Grand Island College Park facility. 

Johnson stated that teamwork, coordination, communication, and outreach is paramount in the relationship with college and community.  An example is the newly opened Career Pathways Institute, where CCC was an intricate role from the beginning and a model to bring communities together.  The training CCC offers does the same thing, bringing people together for the community.  She attended a meeting earlier where the University gave a list of items they wish to accomplish for the Rural Futures Initiative.  Looking at the list, Central Community College is ahead of the game, already working on some of UNL's goals. 

Welding Academy

David Hassett, Welding Trainer Coordinator, and Warren Whelan, Industrial Technology Trainer/Coordinator, work with industries and communities. They are responsibility for the welding lab.

Doug Pauley, Director of Training and Development, discussed a trip to the 2014 Community College Futures Assembly, January 25, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  The Assembly awarded a Legacy Award for past winners. CCC's Legacy Presentation was an evolving collaboration, The Key to Developing and Building America's Workforce. Presenters were   Dr. Matt Gotschall, Dan Davidchik, Doug Pauley, Central Community College; Elissa Gilger, Aquinas High School/University of Nebraska, and Jim Townsend, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp.

Central's honors received from the Futures Assembly include:

  • 2000 Bellwether Award, Neb Train
  • 2010 Finalist, Mechatronics Education Center
  • 2013 Finalist, Project Shine
  • 2014 Legacy Finalist

Health Cluster

Dr. Marcie Kemnitz, Dean of Instruction, introduced Pennie Morgan, Project HELP Director

Pennie stated that Project HELP is definitely making a difference in the lives of people in the community.  This grant was awarded from the US Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families in October 2010.  One of 32 grants awarded, it is the largest grant CCC has ever been awarded; 9.5 million over a 5 year period.

The Mission Statement is to help income eligible individuals achieve a higher education through support and training for high demand jobs in health care.

5 year goals were set from September 2010 - September 2015.

Students Goal Currently
Enrollment 1,176 1,177
Completed 1,075 629
Employed in Health Care 632 337
Average Salary   $11.09

 

HELP qualifying programs:

  • Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • EMT/Paramedicine
  • Health Information Management Services
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Interpreting
  • Nursing Assistant/Medication Aide
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Practical Nursing (PN)

Nursing Completions

Program Students Completed
Nursing Assistant 579
Medication Aide 279
LPN Program 22
ADN Program 45

CCC has one of the highest percentages of laddering education of the 32 HPOG Grants.

Pennie feels the key to success is in the case management.

  • Case Management is the facilitation and coordination of services at the college and community level. 
  • The purpose of case management is to provide the individual with specific resources to take control of his/her life. 
  • It requires the case manager to focus on the long and short term goals an individual has and empower him/her to make educated decisions about their future.

The student begins to take ownership and control of their own life.  The case managers should be a liaison, helping with any issue perceived by the student that interferes with them completing their education and getting and/or keeping a job. 

Supportive Services students receive include:

  • Scholarships - $403,680
    • Nursing Assistant Class
    • Medication Aide Class
    • EMT Training
    • ATI NCLEX Review
    • Work Readiness
    • Basic Computer Classes
    • Medical Interpreting
    • CPR and Background Checks
    • Supply Packs
    • Scrubs and Uniforms
    • Free Tutoring
    • Laptops, I-Pads available to check out
    • Career coaching and planning
    • Training on resume writing and interviewing skills
    • Fuel vouchers for attending classes and job search workshops
    • I-Best/VESL (ABE/GED) training and tutoring
    • Advocate and mentor to assist success

Student expectations include:

  • Maintain monthly or more frequent contact with case manager
  • Incentives are earned by attending class (which is verified by instructors), communicating with case manager, and maintaining a passing grade
  • Check in technology equipment every two weeks
  • Communicate with case worker and maintain passing grade to continue to receive incentives
  • Prepare for employment and learn employment skills such as completing applications correctly interviewing successfully and building a solid resume before exiting grant program.
  • Understand that Project HELP's assistance will not replace the need for hard work and dedication.
  • Keep appointments that are made with case manager, instructors and tutor.
  • Be honest and forth coming with case manager.

Pennie introduced the team that is working for the students' success, along with the following

HELP Partner Agencies:

  • Central Nebraska Community Services
  • State Office of Apprenticeship
  • The Columbus and Living Water Rescue Missions
  • Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
  • Crossroads Rescue Mission, Hastings
  • Doane College
  • Golden Living Center, Columbus
  • Greater NE Workforce Investment Board (GNWIB)
  • Hope Harbor
  • Nebraska Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Nebraska Workforce Investment Board (NWIB)
  • Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • ResCare Workforce Services
  • Saint Francis Medical Center

Community impact in the past five months has included 69 connections resulting in 47 job leads.

Gina Andrade, a Columbus PN Student, talked about her experience with the HELP grant.

Fall 2010 - Completed Medication Aide and Nursing Assistant Class

Spring 2011 - Began Practical Nursing Program

Spring 2014 - Graduating Practical Nursing Program

Gina will graduate as an honor student in May in the Practical Nurse program from Columbus.  The opportunities offered by CCC has made a big impact on her family.  Gina has seven children, so working and going to school has made a big statement for her children; that if you want something, you have to work for it, and where there is a will, there is a way.  The case workers have helped her find community resources, gave her the most support, and has always made sure to keep in touch.  Her short-term goal is to graduate, then begin work to complete the NCLEX, and enter into the RN program.  With the knowledge and skill she has gained, Gina hopes to  be able to give it back to all her patients.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

There is no need for an executive session.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

There were no Consent/Action items for discussion.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Larry Glazier discussed the need to change the description portion of the equipment purchase.

The change in the Capital Assets, Equipment and Furniture/Inventory Tag, and Equipment and Furniture/Under $5000 will lessen the amount of inventory.

Code   Object code name                 Description

5500    CAPITAL ASSETS              Used for budget only.

                                                            Tangible items having a life of more than

                                                            one year and a cost of GREATER than

                                                            $2,500.

5521    EQUIP/PERM FIXTURES    Items that will be permanently attached to

                                                            buildings.

5532 EQUIP&FURN/INVEN TAG Equipment and furniture with a

                                                            individual unit cost of $5,000 or more.

5533    LIBRARY/CATALOG RES Purchases for only the library collection

                                                            including books, periodicals, publications,

                                                            videos and CDs.

5534    LEASE/PURCHASE             Lease payments on equipment

                                                            lease/purchase agreement.

5535 EQUIP & FURN/UNDER $5000 Equipment with a unit cost

                                                            more than $2,500 but less than $5,000.

                                                            Furniture with a unit cost less than

                                                            $2,500.

5540 EQUIPMENT/SOFTWARE     Software purchases, licensing use fees,

                                                            upgrades and maintenance.

 

This procedure will be brought to the Board of Governors for approval at the April 17, 2014 meeting.

Student Success Report

Dr. Brennan discussed the State and National Certification Pass Rates (LPNR, ADNR, Dental Hygiene, and Occupational Therapy).

Associates Degree in Nursing:

Key aspects of this program as they relate to this study:

  • Data on the following Charts represents data reported to CCC (National Council Licensure Examination- NCLEX®) from the Nebraska Board of Nursing
  • Data shown represents the performance of only those attempting certification testing in the indicated year (first attempt, second attempt and combined cumulative rate).
  • The current minimum (first attempt) pass rate goal for CCC is equal to or greater than the national average first time pass rate for that year.

State and National Certification Pass Rates

Note:  All calendar years are from January 1st to the last day of the calendar year.  **  Note:  Students taking/retaking the test may not have completed their academic award in the indicated year.

Note:  All Calendar years are from January 1st to the last day of the calendar year.

** Note:  Students taking/retaking the test may not have completed their academic award in the indicated year.

State and National Certification Pass Rates

Note:  All Calendar years are from January 1st to the last day of the calendar year.

** Note:  Students taking/retaking the test may not have completed their academic award in the indicated year.

Licensed Practical Nurse:

  • Key aspects of this program as they relate to this study:
  • Data on the following Charts represent data reported to CCC from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®).
  • Data shown represents the performance of only those attempting certification testing in the indicated year (first attempt, second attempt and combined cumulative rate).
  • The current minimum (first attempt) pass rate goal for CCC is equal to or greater than the national average first time pass rate for that year.

Dental Hygiene Certification

Key aspects of this study includes:

  • All results on the following chart represents results from 2008 to 2013.
  • All results represent the cumulative combined written and practical exam rates (written and practical not individually reported).

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Key aspects of this study includes:

All results on the following chart represents results from 2011 to 2012 (New Program).

* Note: All Calendar Years are from January 1st to the last day of the calendar year + 

Occupational Therapy  Assistant graduates have only been produced at CCC since 2011.

** Note: Students taking/retaking the test may not have completed their academic

award in the indicated year and may not represent all students within as specific cohort.

Board Professional Development Material

March information was distributed for the Board Professional Development manual.

Planning/Assessment/Reports

Dr. Smith welcomed Joel King, Vice President of Administrative Services, who will begin at the College on April 1.

Dr. Smith's monthly report included:

  1. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. Registration is now open. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member) and Dr. Smith will be presenting on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. Please let Sandy know if you are interested in attending.
  2. Reverse transfer is a completion strategy that awards associate degrees to transfer students who complete the requirements of the associate degree while pursuing their bachelor’s degree at a four-year university. CCC is involved in a statewide project to enhance reverse transfer and make it routine. A report at your places describes CCC’s activities during 2014 to date. The results to date are very encouraging.
  3. CCC FTE enrollment is down around 5.17% YTD as of 3/1/14. Analysis suggests that decreases in the number of recent high school graduates account for some of this decline. Also, headcount is down less (3.66%) than FTE indicating that on average students are taking fewer hours, another indicator of a strong economy. Other Nebraska community colleges and those across the nation are also experiencing enrollment decreases. The Holdrege, Lexington, and Kearney learning centers have all experienced healthy enrollment increase this year, and spring 2014 FTE enrollment is down 4.20%, both signs that our enrollment decreases may be slowing or reversing. Student Services is working on a set of actions to address recruitment and retention challenges. An overview of these actions will be presented at a future Board meeting.
  4. An interview committee is currently working on a key position search for the Grand Island Campus President. A member of the Board, Rita Skiles, is serving on the search committee for this position. Candidate interviews are scheduled for March 31 and April 1.
  5. Dr. Smith has volunteered to be the NCCA CEO representative to Nebraska Council on Teacher Education. Jack Huck, retiring SECC president, previously served in this capacity. 
  6. Since the February Board meeting Dr. Smith has (a) attended a Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony in Grand Island on March 14; (b) attended a CCC-Grand Island retiree reception on February 24; (c) held open forum days in Grand Island (March 4), Hastings (March 11), and Columbus (March 13) including separate meetings with students and faculty (Area Office schedule for March 24 and Kearney for April 10); (d) made a presentation to the CCID (Community Colleges for International Development) Board in Las Vegas on February 22; (e) participated in an NCCA CEO meeting on February 24; (f) participated in PIN executive committee conference call meetings on February 21 and March 12; and (g) met, along with Dr. Brennan, with the faculty senate presidents of all three campuses.
  7. After sending representatives to the February 19 the Ribbon Cutting for the new Welding Addition to our North Education Building on the Columbus Campus, Kawasaki pledged $10,000 in scholarships to CCC. 
  8. All five incumbent Board members (Linda Aerni, Diane Keller, Wayne Sasges, Dale Zikmund, and Rita Skiles) have filed for re-election. Two members, Aerni and Sasges, have challengers. 
  9. J. Noah Brown, President and CEO of ACCT, has agreed to deliver commencement remarks at all three CCC graduation ceremonies on May 9-10. Noah has recently published a book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future.
  10. Rod Risley, national CEO of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), will be in Nebraska on April 16. PTK students from around the state will meet with Dr. Risley and the community college CEOs in Lincoln. The event will include a C4 (Community College Completion Core) Rally and the 2014 All-Nebraska Phi Theta Kappa ceremony at the state capitol.  
  11. As of now the contractors are about two weeks ahead of schedule on the remodel of the Hall Building on the Hastings campus.
  12. On March 3, word was received from our accreditors, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, that CCC meets all criteria for accreditation based on an evaluation of our recently submitted Systems Portfolio. CCC also had a successful ACEN accreditation the week of February 24th.
  13. Dr. Smith will be in Washington, DC from April 4-8 attending the annual AACC conference. His confirmed activities include: (a) a meeting of the AACC Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Commission; and (b) meetings with representatives of American Honors, the Bellwether Community College Consortium, the McGraw-Hill Education Enterprise Team, and American Digital University.
  14. NJCAA Men's National BB Tournament had an exciting game in the opening round of the NJCAA National Basketball tournament in Danville, Illinois! The Raiders defeated a pesky John Wood CC team from Quincy, Illinois 89-84.
  15. There are a number of good news handouts at your places: (a) a Columbus Telegram story on Dr. Beth Przymus, Columbus associate dean; (b) a letter from the ACTE (Association of Career and Technical Education of Nebraska) commending Kelly Christensen, Lexington associate dean; (c) a letter from Dr. Kelly Pickett, Director of Scholarships at Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation praising the hospitality she received on her visit to the Columbus campus; and (d) a copy of Legislative Resolution 461 commending the work CCC has done to assist veterans, sponsored by Senators Gloor, Dubas, and Sullivan.

Other Information

Presentation of plaques and chevrons to the following board members for years of service on the Board:

  • Tom Pirnie
  • Paul Krieger
  • Diane Keller
  • Wayne Sasges
  • Linda Aerni

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Borden – aye 

April 17, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu.  The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held during the lunch hour.

Rita Skiles called the April 17, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with nine board members present. John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Mrs. Skiles asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Paul Krieger volunteered to review the claims prior to the May 15, 2014, board meeting.

 REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  Mrs. Aerni requested Campus-Wide Distance Learning System Upgrade, Computer Equipment; Campus-Wide Distance Learning System Upgrade College-Wide Project; and College Architect Services be moved to the Discussion of Consent/Action Items section of the meeting. 

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY BORDEN to move the above three mentioned items to the Discussion of Consent/Action Items section of the meeting.

CONSENT ITEMS

Sandra Borden reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY COWAN to approve the following consent items as presented. 

Agenda for April 17, 2014

Minutes of the March 20, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting

Claims for the period of March 1, 2014, through March 31, 2014, totaling $4,790,373.62

Financial report as of March 31, 2014

MOVED -  Purchases: Campus-Wide Distance Learning System Upgrade, Computer Equipment, College-Wide Project:   The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Works Computing of Waverly, NE for $86,187.92 for the computer equipment for the campus-wide distance learning system upgrade.MOVED - Purchases:  Campus-Wide Distance Learning System Upgrade College-Wide Project:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Electronic Contracting Company of Lincoln, NE for $2,274,000.00 for the campus-wide distance learning system upgrade.Purchases:  Computer Purchased Report for April 2014, Grand Island Campus:  The total cost for one desktop unit is $4,329.00 for the Grand Island Campus.Purchases:  Roland Print/Cut System, Arts Department, Columbus Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Nazdar Source One of Shawnee, Ks, for $21,834.71 for the Roland Print/Cut System at the Columbus Campus.Purchases:  Grand Island Main Building, C.I.T. and College Park Remodels, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Lacy Construction of Grand Island, NE for $417,000.00 to renovate the Main Building, C.I.T. Building and College Park areas on the Grand Island Campus.Purchases:  Mower/Snow Mover, Facilities Department, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Midwest Turf and Irrigation of Omaha, NE, for $48,897.00 for the Toro Groundmaster mower/snow mover at the Columbus campus.Purchases:  Auditing Services for FY 2013-14:  The College President recommends a one-year contract with Dana F. Cole and Company, LLC to provide auditing to college services for FY 2013-2014.MOVED - Purchases: College Architect Services:The College President recommends the firm of Wilkins, Hinrichs, and Stober be approved as the College Architect for a period of five years for projects with an estimated cost of less than $2,000,000, with the same terms and conditions as the previous appointment.

Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Larry Glazier be accepted as of April 30, 2014.Personnel:The College President recommends the retirement of Ronny Meyer be accepted as of July 31, 2014.Personnel:  The College President recommends the resignation of Jaye Kieselhorst be accepted as of March 21, 2014.Personnel:  The College President recommends the resignation of Jason Morrison be accepted as of May 16, 2014.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Dr. Brennan introduced Brian McDermott, College Effectiveness Research Director, who spoke of the Central Community College Quality Improvement and Accreditation, 2014 Executive Briefing.

Major Actions for the 2013-2014 Academic year include:

  • Systems Appraisal (feedback report), received March 17, 2014
  • Reviewed and Executive Summary generated March 25th
  • Primary findings:
    • No accreditation issues identified
    • Of 21 core components, 17 were ranked as strong, clear, and well-presented; 4 were ranked as adequate but could be improved, and none indicated unclear or incomplete.
    • Two (2) strategic opportunities for improvement identified
      • Become more systematic by clearly linking results and improvements to the processes that have been developed.
      • Expand the current practices to achieve a more systematic approach to benchmarking.
      • Strengths identified (87 - S, 7 - SS)  Note:  CCC responded to the feedback from the last portfolio and used more data in decision-making.
      • Opportunities for improvement identified (43 - 0, 1-00)

Charges to the AQIP cycle:

The new eight year cycle:

  • Action Projects will stay the same every year
  • Strategy Forums - now two (old cycle=1) years 1 or 2 and Year 5 or 6 (new format - being developed)
  • Systems Portfolio - two per cycle (year 3 and year 7)
  • Systems Appraisals - two per cycle (Year 3 or 4 and year 7 or 8)
  • Federal Compliance Review - New (being developed) year 7
  • Checkup visit changed to Comprehensive Quality Review - One per cycle in year 8, and possibly an additional visit in year 5 if warranted by HLC staff.

Next steps:

  • Attend the third Strategy Forum (Fall 2014 or Spring 2015)
  • Evaluate peer feedback from Strategy Forum
  • Integrate feedback from Strategy Forum to future action projects as part of Strategic Planning
  • Host checkup visit within 12 months after Strategy Forum (TBD)
  • Start work on fourth Systems Portfolio (TBD)

Voluntary Framework of Accountability

Dr. Jui-Sheng Wang, Institutional Research Coordinator, discussed the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) and how "measures that encompass the full breadth of the community college mission and diversity of students' goals and educational experiences" are used.

It also addresses the current systems of accountability that do not accurately and adequately measure 2-year postsecondary institution's performance.

Uniqueness:

  • Includes part-time students and non-credit career and technical students to address community colleges' key mission.
  • Includes pre-collegiate preparation (such as developmental education and adult basic education), academic progress, completion and transfer measures, and workforce outcomes for career and technical education.
  • CCC participated in Alpha and Beta Test runs.

Population

  • Cohort years:  six-year cohort (fall 2007) and two-year cohort (fall 2011)
  • Cohort types:  main cohort, credential-seeking cohort, and first-time in college cohort
  • Main cohort can be defined as all college students who were enrolled for credit at CCC in the fall 2007 and fall 2011 respectively.

Student Progress and Outcomes

  • Developmental education progress measures for 2011 main cohort (N=2,919)
    • The percentages of students who need math, writing, or reading developmental education courses are 27.71%, 30.15%, and 23.64% respectively.
    • The percentages of students referred who completed highest level developmental education courses in math, writing, or reading are 32.39%, 26.25%, and 16.81%, respectively.
    • The percentages of students referred who completed any college-level course in math or writing are 21.51% and 31.16% respectively.

 Two-year progress measurers (all data below are from the 2011 main cohort)

  • 76.23% of credit hours successfully completed in the first semester.
  • 17.57 % of students who reached credit thresholds (24 credit hours for part-time and 42 credit hours for full time) by end of year two.
  • 57.21% of students re-enrolled at CCC in Spring 2012.

Two-year college outcomes (all data below are from the 2011 main cohort):

  • 10.89% of the students completed certificate, diploma or degree at CCC.
  • 24.32% of the students transferred to two-or four-year institutions.
  • 26.62% of the students were still enrolled at CCC.

Student Progress and Success

Six year outcome measure (2007 main cohort, N=2,591)

  • 6.33% - transfer with associate degree
  • 7.02% - associate degree without transfer
  • 1.08% - transfer with certificate or diploma
  • 4.21% - certificate or diploma without transfer
  • 36.74% - transfer without awards
  • 8.68% - enroll at CCC during the sixth academic year
  • 2.16% - left without any awards and transfer, earned more than 30 credits
  • 38.44% - left without any awards and transfer, earned less than 30 credits

Adult Basic Education/GED

  • 15.62% of students (N=986) enrolled and completed adult basic education during 2010-2011 academic year
  • 37.66% of students who successfully completed adult basic education and attempted at least one college level course by the end of 2011-2012 academic year.

Revisions to Web/Information Sharing

Harry Wahlgren Institutional Research Intern, discussed the Accrediting Cycle, Score Card, and

College Completion Goal.  Harry has worked on updating the IR website with this information and shared the site with the Board members. 

Questions were answered.     

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss contract issues.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY WALLINE that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss contract issues.  (Time: 1:50    p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY ZIKMUND, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time: 2:12 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Refinance 2009C Health Science Bonds

The college has the opportunity to refinance the 2009C Health Science Bonds.  Based upon projected lower interest rates and reducing payment years from 20 to 15, the college would see an estimated savings of $700,000.  There may be additional savings if the college receives a favorable S&P rating.

A copy of the Parameters Resolution was distributed.  This will allow the College President the authority to move forward with the refinancing of the 2009C bonds.

Marc Munford, Vice President Ameritus Investment Corporation, discussed parameters resolution, and the advantages and added value of refinancing at this time. 

MOVED BY COWAN, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the resolution and refinancing of the 2009C Health Science Bonds.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Equipment Object Update

Larry Glazier discussed the need to change the description portion of the equipment purchase.

The change in the Capital Assets, Equipment and Furniture/Inventory Tag, and Equipment and Furniture/Under $5000 will lessen the amount of inventory.

Code   Object code name                 Description

5500    CAPITAL ASSETS              Used for budget only.

                                                            Tangible items having a life of more than

                                                            one year and a cost of GREATER than

                                                            $2,500.

5521    EQUIP/PERM FIXTURES    Items that will be permanently attached to buildings.

5532 EQUIP&FURN/INVEN TAG Equipment and furniture with a individual unit cost of $5,000 or more.

5533    LIBRARY/CATALOG RES Purchases for only the library collection  including books, periodicals, publications,

                                                            videos and CDs.

5534    LEASE/PURCHASE             Lease payments on equipment lease/purchase agreement.

5535 EQUIP & FURN/UNDER $5000 Equipment with a unit cost more than $2,500 but less than $5,000.

                                                            Furniture with a unit cost less than

                                                            $2,500.

5540 EQUIPMENT/SOFTWARE     Software purchases, licensing use fees, upgrades and maintenance.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the Equipment Object procedure.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

The following three items were moved from Consent items to Discussion of Consent/Action Items:  Distance Learning System Computer Equipment, Campus Wide Distance Learning System Upgrade College-Wide, and College Architect Services.

Distance Learning System Computer Equipment

Ms. Aerni asked if there had been any collaboration with other entities.  Dr. Jones stated that collaboration and ability to connect had been visited with ESU's, community colleges, and others to see what could be done.  Many were getting ready to make updates, but were not to the point they could collaborate with us.  Discussion followed.

The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Works Computing of Waverly, NE for $86,187.92 for the computer equipment for the campus-wide distance learning system upgrade.

The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Electronic Contracting Company of Lincoln, NE for $2,274,000.00 for the campus-side distance learning system upgrade.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY BURNS to accept the bid for the computer equipment for the campus-wide distance learning system upgrade and the campus-wide distance learning system upgrade.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

College Architect Services

Larry Glazier discussed the advantages of having the College Architect Services. 

The College President recommends the firm of Wilkins, Hinrichs, and Stober be approved as the College Architect for a period of five years for projects with an estimated cost of less than $2,000,000, with the same terms and conditions as the previous appointment.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the firm of Wilkins, Hinrichs, and Stober as College Architect for a period of five years for projects with an estimated cost of less than $2,000,000, with the same terms and conditions as the previous appointment.

Aerni – nay
Borden – nay
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

7 - aye votes; 2 - nay votes, 2 - absent

MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Change in Board Approval Limits for Purchase of Items

Purchasing Policy:(6/16/05)

The Purchasing Department is the sole College agent through which all acquisitions and transactions are made. Purchasing decisions in awarding College contracts will be made without prejudice or favoritism.  Decisions will be made on the merits of the situation, such as vendor compliance with specifications, price, delivery, service, terms, and conditions.

It will be the responsibility of the College Board of Governors and all College personnel to assure the College does not knowingly enter into any purchase commitment which could result in a conflict of interest. College policies concerning purchasing apply to all funds under the jurisdiction of the College regardless of source.  All funds deposited with the College are handled consistently in accordance with the policies of the College.

The responsibility to approve all College purchases and contractual agreements is delegated by the Board of Governors to the College President.

  • Any contract for services, lease purchase, item or group of items that have an actual cost greater than $21,000  $40,000, shall require Board approval before purchase. A list of purchases with a cost between $10,000 $20,000 and $21,000 $39,999 shall be included within the information presented to the Board at each scheduled monthly Board meeting.
  • Contracts for professional services (i.e. Architectural and Engineering) that have an actual cost greater than $30,000 $50,000 shall require Board approval.  A list of contracts with a cost between $10,000 $30,000 and $30,000 $49,999 shall be included within the information presented to the Board at each scheduled monthly meeting.

Should an emergency be declared by the College President, the limits set forth in this policy may be waived by the College President. A report of any waivers and actions taken shall be provided to the Board at the next scheduled Board of Governor’s meeting for ratification and approval.

This is information at this time, for consideration of approval at the May Board Meeting. The Board requested other examples as they felt the increase was too large.

Kearney Schedule

A preliminary schedule was distributed for timing for site plan/building plan for Kearney. A draft program statement was also distributed.

Site Plan                                                                     

Building Plan                                                             

Start Feasibility Study - March 2014

Board Program Statement Review - April 17, 2014

Complete Program Statement - May 2, 2014

Board Program Statement Approval - May 16, 2014

Submission to CCPE - May 17, 2014

Invite Mike for Site Visit - May/June

Completion of Feasibility Study - June 2014      

Board Review of Feasibility Study - June 19, 2014

Board Approval to Begin Capital Campaign - June/Aug 2014

CCPE Approval - July 31, 2014

Begin Capital Campaign - Aug 2014

Finalize Plans/Spec's, BOG Approval - Jan to May 2016

Bid - June 2016       

Bid Opening - July 2016

End Capital Campaign - Aug 2016

Begin Construction - Sept 2016       

Construction Completion - June 2018       

Board Professional Development Material

April information was distributed for the Board Professional Development manual. The topic was "Assessing your Boards Health" and "Guide to Board Self-Assessments".

Student Success Report

Dr. Brennan gave a report on Assessment of Student Learning (ASL), Academic Year 2012-2013.

The ASL committee reviewed thirty-eight academic and program Student Learning Improvement Reports at the annual review meeting held in October of 2013.  The reports were reviewed and analyzed using a rubric that scores each criterion.  Information is posted on the Board website.

Other Reports Included:

  • Purchasing Report
  • March Enrollment Report

Planning/Assessment

The following is Dr. Smith's report to the Board:

The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. Registration is now open. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member) and Dr. Smith will summarize Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. So far, Linda Walline has committed to attend. Please let Sandy know if you are interested in participating.

CCC FTE enrollment is down around 5.02% YTD as of 4/1/14. Analysis suggests that decreases in the number of recent high school graduates account for some of this decline. Also, total credit unduplicated headcount is down slightly less (4.75%) than FTE indicating that on average students are taking fewer hours; another indicator of a strong economy. Other Nebraska community colleges and those across the nation are also experiencing enrollment decreases. The Holdrege, Lexington, and Kearney learning centers have all experienced healthy enrollment increases this year, and spring 2014 FTE enrollment is down 3.95%, both signs that our enrollment decreases may be slowing or reversing. Student Services is working on a set of actions to address recruitment and retention challenges. An overview of these actions will be presented at a future Board meeting.

J. Noah Brown, President and CEO of ACCT, will deliver commencement remarks at all three CCC graduation ceremonies on May 9-10. Noah has recently published a book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future. Please let Sandy know which of those events you will attend.

Dr. Smith was in Washington, DC from April 4-8 attending the annual AACC conference. Among other activities he attended (a) a meeting of the AACC Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Commission; (b) a dinner and meeting with representatives of American Honors; and (c) a meeting of the SEED (Sustainability Education for Economic Development) Task Force.  He also had a meeting with the president and vice president of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill both addressed the conferees.

On March 21, the IRS approved our Foundation’s request to convert the Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation to a supporting organization of the CCC Foundation as approved back in December of 2012. This is great news for the Foundation, CCC, and all students that will receive the benefit of our work.

Since the February Board meeting Dr. Smith has: (a) attended a Phi Theta Kappa recognition ceremony in Lincoln on April 16; (b) attended a NCCA CEO meeting in Lincoln on April 16; (c) held open forum days in the Grand Island area office (March 24), and Kearney (April 10); (d) met and had dinner with Kearney public schools superintendent, Dr. Brian Maher, and members of the school board and business community on April 15; (e) met with Rich Gross Solutions (formerly Clements Group) concerning the Kearney feasibility study on March 31, and (f) met, along with Dr. Brennan, with the faculty senate presidents of all three campuses on April 2.

There are a number of good news handouts at your places: (a) a Certificate of Excellence FY 2013 from Nebraska Department of Education recognizing CCC for “Outstanding Performance in Exceeding Nebraska’s Adult Education Performance Standards"; (b) CCC basketball player Tyron Criswell selected NCCA Division II Player of the Year; (c) The Dental Hygiene Program has a 100% passing rate for the National Board for Dental Hygiene.  Congratulations to the students and faculty!; and (d) The Hastings campus Beta Alpha Delta Chapter officer team of Phi Theta Kappa will be one of 30 honored next week in Orlando at PTK’s annual convention. There were more than 200 national and international nominiations for this recognition.

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

May 15, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governor's Meeting Minutes
May 15, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held at Central Community College Lexington Learning Center, 1501 Plum Creek Parkway, Lexington, Nebraska.

A work session was held at 12:00 noon prior to the meeting.

Rita Skiles called the May 15, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with seven board members present.  John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Mrs. Skiles asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – present
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Rita Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Dr. Chris Waddle, Human Resource Manager, if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.    

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Wayne Sasges volunteered to review the claims prior to the June 16, 2014, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Rita Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items. 

CONSENT ITEMS

Paul Krieger reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY SASGES to approve the consent items as presented.

  1. Agenda for May 15, 2014.
  2. Minutes of the April 17, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting.
  3. Claims for the period of April 1, 2014, through April 30, 2014, totaling $2,620,940.09.
  4. Financial report as of April 30, 2014.
  5. Purchases:  Concrete Replacement, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Construction Services of Columbus, Nebraska, for $67,910.50 to provide the labor and materials to replace concrete on the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  Concrete Replacement, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from New Wave Concrete LLC of Grand Island, Nebraska, for $78,000.00 to provide the labor and materials to replace concrete on the Grand Island Campus.

    Purchases:  Concrete Replacement, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from New Wave Concrete LLC of Grand Island, Nebraska, for $68,000.00 to provide the labor and materials to replace concrete on the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  Construction Program, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from MH Equipment Company of Grand Island, Nebraska, for $35,879.00 for the Scissor Life at the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  Facilities Department, Hastings Campus:The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from South Central Bobcat of Hastings, Nebraska, for $27,500.00 for the Toolcat at the Hastings Campus.Purchases:  Furnas Building Electrical Repair, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Heartland Electric of Grand Island, Nebraska, for $113,830.00 to install the new electric service entrance on the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  Hamilton Building Electrical Repair, Hastings Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Willmar Electric Service Corp. of Lincoln, Nebraska, for $224,465.00 to replace the existing electric service and electric service equipment on the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  Wind Generator Installation, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Platte Valley Construction of Grand Island, Nebraska, for $23,754.00 to install the wind generator on the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  IT Storage System, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Hewlett Packard/Works Computing of Waverly, Nebraska, for $99,999.98 to provide the storage system on the Grand Island Campus.

    Purchases:  IT Switches, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Hewlett Packard/Works Computing of Waverly, Nebraska, for $29,999.78 to provide the two switches on the Grand Island Campus.

    Purchases:  Ellucian Recruiter Component Implementation Service Package, College-Wide:  The College President recommends acceptance of the proposal from Ellucian of Fairfax, Virginia, for $165,500.00 for the Recruiter component.

  6.  Personnel:  The College President recommends that Dean Amundson be offered a 175 day contract as the Full-time Diesel Instructor in Hastings, Nebraska effective August 1, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends that Micah Crochet be offered a 175 day contract as the Full-time Music Instructor in Columbus, Nebraska effective August 1, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends that Lacritia Spanel be offered a 175 day contract as the Full-time English and Reading Instructor in Hastings, Nebraska effective August 1, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends that Edson Timana be offered a 175 contract as the Full-time Economics Technology Instructor in Hastings, Nebraska effective August 1, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends Dr. Thomas Walker be offered a 260 day contract as the Full-time Vice President/Campus President in Grand Island, Nebraska, effective July 7, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the resignation of Mary Pat Kuehler be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends the retirement of Alan Hartley be accepted as of June 30, 2014.

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Dr. Waddle reported that no one had signed in for Public Participation.

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Medical Terminology at Ulsan College

Stacy Werner, RN, MSN, Ed.D, nursing instructor at the Kearney Center, talked about how an email went out about an opportunity to teach at a college in South Korea during the Christmas holiday.  Stacy was excited for the opportunity and signed up immediately.  She arrived at Ulsan College on December 27th, along with two instructors from other colleges.  Her talk covered the purpose, the preparation, the experience, and the insight of the experience.

Purpose

  • Arrived at Ulsan South Korea, December 27th
  • Ulsan College is a private institution in the city of Ulsan, home to Hyundai Heavy Industries
  • To teach English medical terminology
  • 54 hours course of instruction
  • Certificate achieved
  • Students eligible to study in the US

Preparation

  • Students used to lecture-based content
  • Introduced interactive learning concepts
    • case studies, video, scripts, role-play, field trips, interactive discussions

Insight

  • Learning experience
  • Provided insight regarding teaching students that speak limited English
  • Flexibility with teaching methods
  • Opened up opportunities for the future

The trip was a learning experience that will also make her a better instructor here. 

Lexington Center

Dr. Kelly Christensen, Associate Dean of ELS, spoke of how the Lexington Opportunity Center has united the following groups and the impact that unity has on the city of Lexington:

  • Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Dawson County Economic Development
  • Nebraska Department of Labor
  • Department of Health and Human Service
  • Nebraska Brand - Lexington Brand Office
  • Lexington Public Schools
  • Proposed Business Incubator
    • 3,000 sq. ft.
    • Central Community College
      • Lexington Learning Center

Barry McFarland, Assistant Superintendent of Lexington Public Schools, was unable to come to the meeting to speak, but sent the following information:

  • Partnership with Department of Education on Envision, met with career and Tech Education. 
  • Following Rule 47 to work on career academies, have met with them and working on getting a transportation academy started this fall. They will work to bring a dual enrollment type of set-up. 
  • They will be bringing SkillsUSA to Lexington.
  • They are working with web courses to get an advanced medical pathway, and possibly Information Technology and Agribusiness.
  • The city recently purchased the Armory and plan to move the construction program there and remodel their welding/modeling program.  This is an opportunity for us to work with the public schools.

Maria Ortiz Everett is a current CCC LPN student, who is an excellent example of how the Center works with and for students. Maria was unable to attend the meeting.

Don Chester spoke of how he has decided he will always be a life-long learner, understanding the importance of education. After graduating high school, he studied ministry and because a youth pastor.  Upon moving to Lexington, he began to see the importance of adding accounting to that degree.  He began taking classes in the old Lexington Center and now in the new facility.  So he has seen many forms and formats.  He was looking for a way to stay debt free, and up until last year, has been able to accomplish that.  He is a CCC Graduate and also just completed a degree with Bellevue University through distance education in Lexington.  He has a son who will be a senior next year and Don hopes that CCC can work some transition for that exposure to students after graduation.  Don stated he enjoyed his education at the Lexington Center.

Dr. Christensen introduced Clay Jordan, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Coordinator.  Training for emergency medical services has come in different areas, such as:

  • Paramedic at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege
  • Volunteer Firefighter/EMS Chief for Loomis
  • Nebraska EMS Instructor
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician

National EMS Week is May 18-24, 2014.  The area hopes to do activities to show what the EMT personnel do.  They don't often "toot their own horns".  There is a huge need for EMT's, with the latest class in Alma having 16-18 students.  A First Responders course was just finished at Johnson Lake.  Clay talked about the cost incurred by the students, as most businesses will not reimburse.  They hope to hold another class in Lexington in the fall.

Dr. Christensen ended the talk by stating that the Nurse Assistant program has nearly doubled in enrollment. They have partnered with the Cozad Public Schools.  The HELP Grant has been outstanding in this area. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation issues.

MOVED BY BURNS, SECONDED BY KRIEGER that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session.  (Time: 1:55  p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY  SASGES, SECONDED BY COWAN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time:  3:05 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Foundation/CCC Agreement

Joel King, Vice President of Business Services, discussed the agreement between Central Community College and Central Community College Foundation.  This agreement is in effect for five years beginning July 1, 2014.  The Agreement covers Foundation Commitment, College Support Services, and Funding.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the Foundation/CCC Agreement.

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Kearney Learning Center Program Statement

Joel King discussed the Kearney Learning Center Program Statement.  This statement will be taken to the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education for approval before CCC can move forward with anything on this project.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the Kearney Learning Center Program Statement and the statement be sent to the Coordinating Commission for consideration.

The statement gives permission to send the initial information of the Kearney Learning Center Program Statement to the Coordinating Commission.

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

2015 Cabinet and Board Dates

Month

Cabinet

Board of Governors

 

 

 

JANUARY

 

 

 

CC Futures Assembly

 

No meeting

January 15, 2015

Grand Island

Lunch

Work Session 12:00 p.m.

CCC Board meeting 1:00 p.m.

Partnership/Ownership: ELS/ Training

FEBRUARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NLS

February 5, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

February 19, 2015

Hastings

Foundation Board 9:00 am

Lunch

CCC Board meeting 1:00 p.m. *

Partnership/Ownership:

     Hastings Annual Report

     Foundation Report

MARCH

March 5, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

March 19, 2015

Grand Island

Work Session 9:00 a.m.

Lunch

CCC Board Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Partnership/Ownership:  Health

 

APRIL

 

 

 

 

 

AACC 4/16-21/15

April 2, 2015

IP 

9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

April 23, 2015 

Grand Island

Work Session 12 p.m.

Lunch

CCC Board Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Partnership/Ownership Accreditation

 

MAY

 

 

 

 

 

Graduations May 8 and 9, 2015

May 7, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

May 21, 2015

Location - Ord

Lunch

Work Session 12:00 p.m.

CCC Board Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Partnership/Ownership

Ord Center Report

JUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 4, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

 

FOUNDATION -June 15, 2015 Monday, Grand Island , 9:00 a.m.

CCC BOARD - June 18, 2015

Grand Island

Work Session 10:00 am

Lunch

CCC Board Meeting 1:00 p.m.

 

Partnership/Ownership Academic/Student  Services

 

 

 

JULY

 

 

 

No meeting

 

 

 

No meeting

 

July 2015 TBD

Administrator’s Action Summit

 

AUGUST

August 6, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

August 20, 2015

Grand Island

Work Session 11:00 a.m.

Lunch

CCC Board meeting 1:00 p.m.

Partnership/Ownership

LSS/Enrollment/IT

SEPTEMBER

September 3, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

September 17, 2015

Grand Island *

Work Session, 10:00 a.m.

Lunch

CCC Board Meeting, 1:00 p.m.

Budget Hearing

OCTOBER

 

 

 

Foundation Appreciation Luncheon - October 28

ACCT - Oct. 13-17

College In Service - October 20, 2014

October 1, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

October 22, 2015

Columbus *

Foundation Board 9:00 a.m.

Lunch

CCC Board Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Public Participation

Partnership/Ownership Columbus Annual Report

Foundation Report

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

 

NCCA

PIN may be first week in Nov.

November 5, 2015

IP

9:00 a.m.

November 19, 2015

Grand Island

Work Session, 10:00 a.m.

Lunch

CCC Board meeting 1:00 p.m.

Partnership/Ownership

Grand Island Annual Report

 Institutional Advancement

           Report

DECEMBER

December 3, 2015

IP

 9:00 a.m.

 

No meeting

*      Public Participation

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the 2015 Cabinet and Board dates.

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Program Reviews

Agribusiness

Central Community College recommends continuation of the Agribusiness program.  There is a need for agribusiness graduates in the region, state and nation.  The Agribusiness program provides needed graduates for local and regional businesses.

The College President recommends continuation of the Agribusiness Program.

Health Information Management Services

The Health Information Management Services program exceeds the CCPE threshold for awards and student credit hours/faculty FTE calculated by the 5-year average.  The continued demand from health care organizations throughout central Nebraska has helped increase this number since more students are coming to CCC to start this program.  There continues to be a large demand for Health Information Management professionals in Nebraska.

The College President recommends continuation of the Health Information Management Services.

Information Technology

The Information Technology program exceeds the CCPE threshold for credentials awarded and student credit hours/faculty FTE.  The continued demand on information technology professionals throughout central Nebraska and the Midwest region reflects the national trend of a shortage of skilled information technology workers.

The College President recommends the continuation of the Information Technology Program.

Horticulture

Enrollments have been declining, degree and diploma awards have been low and the student credit hour production is below the threshold.  However, the occupation remains viable in Nebraska.  Therefore the program status is inactive and no new students are being admitted.

The College President recommends that the Horticulture program be made inactive.

Renewable Fuels

The Renewable Fuels program at Central Community College has not had any activity for the past three years and only minimal enrollments (primarily workshops) since its inception.

The College President recommends the Renewable Fuels program be discontinued.

MOVED BY WALLINE, SECONDED BY KELLER to approve the Agribusiness, Health Information Management System, and Information Technology Program Reviews to be forwarded to the Coordinating Commission for approval; the Horticulture program will be made inactive; and the Renewable Fuels program will be discontinued.

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Administration Policy

Dr. Chris Waddle explained the updated Administration Policy.  A copy of the policy can be found at Novus Agenda 

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY SASGES to accept the Administration Policy. Discussion followed. An amendment was added to the Administration Policy, under the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy. 

The amendment reads:

Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

It is the policy of the College that the use, possession or presence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs by employees while on duty and students, in a vehicle or on property owned or used by the College is prohibited. Employees or students shall not report for duty, be on College controlled property or at a College activity under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs.  Violations of this policy will be governed by the College Drug and Alcohol Testing Procedure.

For purposes of this policy, the term “illegal drug” means intoxicants and narcotics, marijuana or any other controlled substance as defined by Nebraska or Federal law.  The term “illegal drugs” does not include any medication, which has been lawfully prescribed to be used by the student or employee. 

Violation of this policy shall be grounds for participation in an alcohol abuse program and/or the termination of employment or dismissal from the College.

Aerni – absent
Borden – absent
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Information Items

There are no information items at this time.

Reports

Student Success

Dr. Brennan discussed the transfer with four-year colleges, reverse transfer program.

This information is "good news/bad news".

Good news is that we have agreements with UNK in:

  • Drafting Design Technology - Construction Management (AS and AAS)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Design
  • Technology/Drafting Design Technology - Industrial Technology Comprehensive

Bad news in Construction Management is that UNK will not accept 24 out of 48 hour credits.

Great News for INDT at UNK is that this major requires completion and transfer of a qualified Associate of Applied Science Degree.

  • Transfer Core (22 hours required from a qualified AAS degree)
    • Approved transfer majors include:
      • Advanced Manufacturing Design Technology AAS (Central Community College)
      • Drafting and Design Technology AAS (Central Community College)

Bad News:

  • The AMDT students take a total of 51 credits and 22 are taken in the agreement.  (Lost credits 29)
  • The DSGN students take a total of 48 credits and 22 are taken in the agreement.  (Lost credits 26)

Good News:

With UNL, we have AS agreements in:

Agriculture

  • Economics - Take 17 AGRI; 6 ACCT
  • Education - Take 18 AGRI
  • Agronomy - Take 15 AGRI
  • Undecided - Take 22 AGRI
  • Applied Science - Take 18 AGRI
  • Fisheries and Wildlife - Take 18 AGRI
  • Mechanized Systems - Take 18 AGRI

Bad News:

Students earning an AAS in AGRI deciding to continue will lose between 26 and 31 AGRI credits.

Good News:

  • UNL College of Engineering STEP Program
  • All AA or AS degrees
  • All except one take 12 credits of Engineering
    • Civil
    • Electrical
    • Agricultural Engineering (also 4 credits from AGRI)
    • Biological Systems
    • Mechanical Engineering takes 9 but asks the students to take the other class

Bad News:

  • UNO Computer Science Department does not recognize the AAS degree
  • Only 9 INFO credits transfer
  • Not all of the General Education credits transfer

Good News:

UNO - Library Science

  • AA Degree
  • Takes the Library Science Certificate - 18 credits

Good News:

With Wayne State, CCC has agreements for AS degrees

  • Computer Information Systems
    • 24 INFO credits plus Accounting II
    • Computer Science
      • 24 INFO credits

Bad News:

They do NOT recognize the AAS degree.

Good News/Bad News:

  • Only have agreements for AA and AS degrees
    • Chadron
    • Peru

Reverse Transfer

  • State funding grant of $500,000 for all community colleges

Reverse Transfer

  • 539 students without an AS or AA and 40+ credits
  • 31 degrees awarded
  • 15 in process of sending transcripts
  • 85 audited and closed (various reasons)
  • 104 degrees audits out and waiting for students

Moving Forward

  • University System and State Colleges
  • Agreement on process
  • Working on - automating more than transcripts
    • Why?  Time intensive.
    • Have 104 eligible waiting on them to return audit

Next time - Transfer Agreements

  • Nursing RN to BSN
  • Other Health programs
  • Early Childhood Education

Dr. Smith's report

  1. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member), Kent Miller (Mid-Plains Board member), Todd Holcomb (WNCC president) and Dr. Smith will present on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. A conference presentation proposal has been submitted.  Linda Walline will also attend the conference.
  2. Dr. J. Noah Brown, President and CEO of ACCT, delivered inspiring commencement remarks at all three CCC graduation ceremonies on May 9-10. Noah has recently published a book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America’s Future. Attendance at all three ceremonies was excellent. The number of graduating students participating in each ceremony was 122, 172, and 167 for Columbus, Grand Island, and Hastings, respectively. At least six CCC Board members were present at each event.
  3. The CCC student-built house, which sold at auction by Ruhter Auction and Realty Inc., on May 7, 2014, fetched $146,000 representing the second highest sale price ever (i.e., since 1997). The winning bidders are John and Marsha Ray who plan to locate the home in Superior. The home was built by CCC freshmen in the construction trades. CCC sophomores in these programs build a Habitat for Humanity home each year.
  4. CCC FTE enrollment is down around 5.14% YTD as of April 30, 2014. Analysis suggests that decreases in the number of recent high school graduates account for some of this decline. Other Nebraska community colleges and those across the nation are also experiencing enrollment decreases. The Holdrege, Lexington, and Kearney learning centers have all experienced healthy enrollment increases this year, and spring 2014 FTE enrollment is down 4.21%, both signs that our enrollment decreases may be slowing or reversing. Student services is working on a set of actions to address recruitment and retention challenges. An overview of these actions will be presented at a future Board meeting.
  5. CCC requested a Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“Ratings Services”) rating on series 2014 bond obligations. Ratings Services has assigned a rating of "AA". Standard & Poor's views the outlook for this rating as stable. The stable outlook on the corporation's special tax bond rating reflects their view of the college's participation in a sizable and diverse property tax base that has shown stable growth. They do not expect to change the rating within the outlook's two-year period given their opinion that the corporation will likely maintain very strong debt service coverage of its outstanding and series 2014 bonds.
  6. Since the April Board meeting Dr. Smith has: (a) made a presentation to the Kearney Chamber’s Young Professionals Group on May 13; (b) met with Bill Hitesman and Les Seiler for a luncheon April 29; (c) had  a meeting with KPS in Grand Island on April 23; (d) had a meeting with Rich Gross Solutions regarding capital and major gifts campaigns on April 28; (e) attended the graduation luncheon in Grand Island on April 22; (f) attended employee retirement recognitions April 22 in Hastings, May 5 in Columbus, and May 9 in Grand Island and (g) met, along with Dr. Brennan, with the faculty senate presidents of all three campuses on April 30.
  7. As of now the contractors are at least two weeks ahead of schedule on the remodel of the Hall Building on the Hastings Campus.
  8. On May 3, we received word from our accreditors, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, that CCC, after meeting all criteria for accreditation based on an evaluation of our recently submitted Systems Portfolio, is scheduled for Strategy Forum in Chicago from October 29-31, 2014. Rita Skiles has volunteered to represent the Board in this activity.
  9. There are a number of good news handouts in Novus Agenda and at your places: (a) An article from the Columbus Telegram on 1987 CCC graduate and American impressionist Todd Williams who recently unveiled his painting “Loup River Bridge” at the CCC- Columbus campus; (b) Grand Island Phi Theta Kappa chapter Alpha Tau Tau members Sheena McPeek, Chelsey Pena, Mayra Barbosa, Rebecca Schaffer and Advisor Erin Lesiak recently returned from the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Orlando Florida.   Phi Theta Kappa awarded Alpha Tau Tau a Five Star Level Chapter! Duane Carr, the Chapters’ Vice President of Scholarship was awarded the 2014 Regional Distinguished Chapter Member Award. Sheena McPeek, Alpha Tau Tau’s Chapter President, was an International Officer Finalist.  In Orlando, Sheena had to give a campaign speech to approximately 5000 people!  Because Sheena finished in the top ten of all candidates, she won a $500 scholarship. Congratulations to Sheena, Duane, and all active Alpha Tau Tau members and officers!!  Thanks for representing Central Community College–Grand Island so well!; and (c) Last week the Columbus Art Gallery hosted an exhibition by graduating CCC-Columbus art students.
  10. The May/June 2014 issue of Open for Business, a central Nebraska magazine has numerous references to CCC and its employees.  Copies were distributed.
  11. Ron Kluck has forwarded some good news regarding two employees from the ELS Division. Kelly Christensen and Crystal Ramm both graduated from UNL with their doctorates on May 9. Kelly achieved his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Crystal achieved her Ph.D. in Entomology.
  12. Christina Burns was born on Monday, May 12 to Cory and Jeanne Burns.

Monthly handout reports include:

  • Monthly Purchasing Report
  • Grants Report
  • Enrollment Report
  • Board Professional Development Report
  • Good News Report

Copies of these reports can be found at Novus Agenda

Board members were reminded the June Board meeting will be MONDAY, June 16 and begin with a work session at 10:00 a.m.

ADJOURNMENT

Ms. Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

June 16, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
June 16, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held at 11:00 a.m.  Topics discussed included:

  • Preliminary Budget 2014-2015
  • Howard Remodel
  • Net Zero Home

Rita Skiles called the June 16, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with ten board members present. John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Mrs. Skiles asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – present
Sasges – present
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Linda Walline volunteered to review the claims prior to the August 21, 2014, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items

CONSENT ITEMS

Wayne Sasges reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to approve the following consent items as presented. 

Agenda for June 16, 2014

Minutes of the May 15, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting

Claims for the period of May 1, 2014, through May 31, 2014, totaling $4,072,279.19

Financial report as of May 31, 2014

Purchases:  Computer Purchased Report for June 2014, Grand Island, Hastings, and Columbus Campus:  The total cost for the seventy-five HP ChromeBook laptops is $26,475.Purchases:  Furniture, Hastings Campus: The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from OfficeNet, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska, for $23,087.92 to provide the furniture for the Adams, Phelps, and Webster Buildings on the Hastings Campus.Purchases:  Furniture, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from OfficeNet, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska, for $44,556.94 to provide the furniture for the CIT Building and College Park remodel on the Grand Island Campus.Purchases:  North Education Carpet Replacement, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Columbus Carpet, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska, for $41,741.71 to provide the labor and materials for the North Education carpet replacement project on the Columbus Campus.Purchases:  Sprinkler System, Facilities, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Cloudburst Lawn and Sprinkler of Grand Island, Nebraska, for $43,100. for the sprinkler system at the Hastings Campus.Purchases:  West Education Building Fascia and Window Replacement, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the acceptable bid from BD Construction Company of Columbus, Nebraska, for $262,185. to provide the labor and materials for the West Education fascia project on the Columbus Campus.

Personnel:  The College President recommends that Martha Bergquist be offered a 175 day contract as the full-time Nursing Instructor in Kearney, Nebraska, effective August 1, 2014.Personnel:  The College President recommends the resignation of Robert Crumbliss be accepted as of July 31, 2014.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Foundation

Dean Moors, Foundation Director, reported on the CCC Foundation Board meeting held earlier in the day and yearly highlights. 

  • Mr. Moors was just given the responsibility of Vice President of Institutional Advancement. With that comes the following:
    • Summit and Feasibility Study
    • Hiring of an Alumni Director
    • Working with Public Relations-Marketing, Plan and Strategies
  • Foundation assets have grown from $6,563,269.67 last year to $18,776,527.19 this year; total liabilities fund balance was $6,563,169.67 last year and $18,776,527.19 this year.
  • An affiliation between the Central Community College Foundation and the Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation was recently announced, resulting in combined assets of nearly $20 million.  The Wilson Foundation recently awarded $425,000 for students who will begin college in 2014-15. The CCC Foundation has managed the scholarship program for the Wilson Foundation for the past 12 years. During this period, the Wilson Foundation awarded more than $5.6 million in scholarships.
  • The Employee Appeal Kick-off will begin June 16 with the pacesetter kickoff.  Last years' participation was 75%, which raised about $80,000.  This years' goal is 77% participation.
  • The new mission and vision statements for the Foundation are:
  • Mission:  The Foundation advances opportunities for quality educational services in Nebraska-based institutions.
  • Vision: Improving quality of life; fulfilling one dream at a time.
    • enhance financial support of students
    • meet employer needs by providing for a qualified, productive workforce
    • collaboration through strategic relationships
    • fully endow our operational needs so that 100% of incoming revenue supports students and college growth
  • New inductees to the Hall of Fame will be Homer and Margaret Pierce, chosen for their philanthropy, service to CCC and the CCC Foundation, and for community service.
  • The 24th Central Community College Foundation Pro-Am will be held at Lochland Country Club, Hastings, on September 15 with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start.
  • The Foundation Appreciation Luncheon will be held October 28 in Grand Island. The theme will be "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow".

Academic Education

Dr. Matt Gotschall, Columbus Campus President, discussed the Academic Education division and its' importance.

Community College Landscape:

Community colleges play a significant role in U.S. higher education. They enroll almost half of all U.S. undergraduate students and are essential for work force training and retraining.

Community College: What is trending?

Transfer: An Indispensable Part of the Community College Mission          

The Community College Pipeline. Read an Inside Higher Ed article.

4 Out of 5 in Community College Want to Transfer. Read the New York Times blog post.

Most students Transferring from a Two-Year College Go On to Complete Four-Year Degrees. Read the Chief Learning Officer article.

Completion is important.  Baccalaureate attainment rates were higher for students who transferred with a two-year degree or certificate (72%) than for those who transferred without a credential (56%).

What is Academic Education?

  • Academic Transfer (AA & AS courses and degrees, and  transfer courses)
  • Foundations (Developmental) Education (English, Math, and Reading)
  • All General Education Requirement for all Career and Technical, Business and Health Programs
  • Academic Education Division includes the AAS, Diploma, and Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Visual Communications.

Where do CCC Students Transfer?  (* Students who have graduated or have completed over 30 CCC credits)

  • UNL / UNO / UNK / UNMC / UN-Curtis
  • SECC / NECC / WNCC / MCC / MPCC
  • Wayne / Peru / Chadron State Colleges
  • Hastings College
  • Bellevue University
  • Doane College
  • Grace University
  • Bryan LGH College
  • College of St Mary
  • Clarkson College
  • Concordia University
  • Creighton University
  • Nebraska Methodist College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Other Colleges in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, South Dakota, California, Wyoming, Tennessee, Minnesota, Maryland, Missouri, and Illinois.

Academic Education Concerns:

  • Outside of the Nebraska Transfer Initiative (25 courses), Nebraska lacks a true holistic transfer process. For example, no statewide matrix, uniform course number, or guaranteed state mandated articulation process.
  • Many individuals do not see Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees  as a full program in relation to AAS programs and students are transferring prior to graduation.
  • Completion and Retention
  • Concurrent/Dual Credit Enrollment Competition

Academic Education Advances:

  • Started 8 week offerings (Comp I and II)
  • Compressed formats (4-5 week offerings in College Foundations and History)
  • Grant – Statewide (CC) articulation of Foundation courses and COMPASS scores
  • New Articulation Agreements with UNK, Wayne, KWU, Morningside College, and UNO and Midland (in process)
  • Online Course Development
  • Reverse Transfer Initiative
  • With Student Services – expanding Academic Success Centers – Skill Builder workshops
  • Redesign of Foundations Education – Emporiums (in the works)

Foundation Redesign Speakers:

  • Jeremy Broyles, English Instructor and Phil Broberg, Math Instructor spoke of the new courses.

Jeremy Broyles – “There is no such thing as an effective writer who doesn’t read. Reading and writing are not separate skills; each enhances the other. It’s our hope that the proposed reading and writing class will provide the venue to allow students to concordantly develop and enhance those skills so as to better serve them not only as students in an English class, but as communicators of the English language.”

Phil Broberg – “The new Math Essentials course will provide students at CCC with two great opportunities. The first opportunity is obvious, we will save the student a semester of developmental math courses, that they need to take. The second, which I find most important, is the students will have the opportunity to practice their math skills in a more frequent and structured setting then a traditional classroom. The more structured practice that students can have in mathematics increases the chances that they will be successful in future classes.”

Central Community College Transfer Student Performance - Fall 2013

Performance of Former Recent CCC Students at Receiving Transfer Initiations (UNL, UNO)

 

College

Number of former CCC Students

Average GPA of Former CCC Students

Average GPA of all students at the receiving College

Difference in Average GPA of former CCC students as compared to all others at the receiving College

University of Nebraska Lincoln (all)

1461***

3.15

2.94 **

.21 Higher than AVE

University of Nebraska Omaha *

57***

3.01****

 3.03**

 .02 lower than AVE

Data only represents New Transfer/First time (at receiving Institution) student performance
**  No sample size provided so used Xdouble bar (Average of an Average for all students at receiving institution)
*** Data provided directly via emails (Tuan Phun, UNL Admissions Counselor; Jenna Olson, UNO Assistant Director)
**** Only Students transferring greater than 12 credit hours or vested  from CCC are considered in this average.

  • UNK & UNO includes First Time Freshman or New Transfer students only.  Also, as transfer credit hours were provided only those with greater than 12 credit hours of earned credit from CCC.  This is due to the need to be vested to be considered as a function of performance.
  • UNL includes all students, including returning or former freshman – seniors. This is due to the majority of former CCC students being classified as former versus new or first time.

UNL Transfer Scholarships awarded for Fall 2014 admits:

  • Transfer Regents Scholarship – four semesters of tuition or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. 
    • Shuraya Frauendorfer
    • Jessica Gonzalez
    • Carter Shank
    • Jocelyn Tierney
  • Transfer Scholarship - $1,000 award:
    • Sarah Gregory

Student Services

Al Hartley, Grand Island Campus President, discussed the Student Services area.

Overview of Federal Mandates:

  • Title IX - "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education
    • applies to non-discrimination based on gender to all recipients of federal funds, both public and private institutions
    • applies to issues of program equity such as in athletics, and also to sexual harassment and sexual assault

How do we comply?

  • Once a school has notice of sexual harassment/sexual misconduct, the school should:
    • Take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what occurred.
    • Take prompt and effective action to :
      • end the harassment
      • remedy the effects
      • prevent the recurrence
  • The school must appoint a Title IX Officer to oversee all the compliance elements.

Deliberate Indifference:

  • OCR requires that a college or university may be held accountable for harassment of students (even by other students) if any person perceived to be a responsible school employee was put on notice and took no corrective action.

    This is different from the standard applied by the courts, which imposes liability when a school official with authority to take corrective action fails to respond, or is deliberately indifferent.

Clery Act

The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

Student Services Initiatives

Dr. Racioppi, Dean of Student and Enrollment Services, discussed three major initiatives:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Departmental Reviews
    • Council of Advancement of Standards (CAS)

Recruitment

  • Provide dedicated Admissions services for the CCC online
  • Apply proven inside sales techniques employed by for-profit colleges and universities to increase the number of students who matriculate each semester by:
    • De-mystify the enrollment process for students
    • Provide personalized concierge-type services
    • Help students connect their goals to CCC programs of study
  • The focus of the team shall be on two groups:
    • Students who do not move through the pre-registration process by established timeframes
    • Warm leads from the previous year

The preregistration process:

  • Lead
  • Application
  • Campus Visit
  • Placement Testing
  • Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Registration
  • Orientation

Recruiting Pipeline

Enrollment Team/Recruitment

  • Students who intend to transfer will be introduced to the Transfer Specialists who will now be on each campus.
  • Undecided students will be introduced to the Career and Employment Services folks to help with assessment and decision making and also to Career Coach.
  • Students who test and are discouraged (in that pool of ~700 per year) will receive personal follow-upand will be encouraged to take advantage of the Academic Skill Builder Workshops.
  • People will know that CCC cares about them and their goals on a personal level.
  • We will have the opportunity to overcome objections because we will be asking people "why?"

Student Success Center/Retention

  • Student Success Center – focal point for student success on CCC campuses
  • Direct Faculty involvement in the Academic Success Centers in Foundations Labs
  • One Stop Shop Approach to Student Success
  • Development and implementation in partnership with Dr. Jason Morrison, Dean of Instruction for Academic Education

Dr. Racioppi discussed the structure for the Student Success Center and the areas that "team" together to help with retention.

Green - New Services

Blue - Service not available on all campuses

Council for the Advancement of Standards Program Review

Vicki Kucera, Financial Aid Director, gave an update on Financial Aid changes and enhancements:

  • On-line award notification process 2012-13
  • Communications Management beginning 2013-14 academic year for document tracking 
  • Automated packaging process for 2014-15 – process began in February of this year  Currently able to package and award aid to students the same day we receive their Student Aid Reports (for students not selected for income verification).
  • Automated aid transmittal process for 2014-15 – federal aid will automatically transmit to the Student Accounts side based on registration status, educational goal, academic eligibility, etc.
  • Automated Standards of Academic Progress procedures beginning 2014 Spring Term
  • Processing student loans in Colleague beginning 2014-15
  • Requesting and receiving federal grant and loan funds directly from Colleague to Department of Education (used third party servicer until 2014-15). 
  • Old Policy -
    • Students who did not earn 67% of term credits with 2.0 cum GPA automatically placed on suspension. 
    • Pace and Maximum Time Frame monitored manually. (Cannot receive aid past 150% credits attempted for program.) 
  • New Policy –
    • Students must successfully complete 67% of all credits registered from day one (not just by term) with 2.0 cum GPA.  (Regulatory change)
    • Foundations coursework must be included in cumulative GPA (also regulatory). This is contrary to institutional policy.
    • Implemented Warning Period for one semester as opposed to automatic suspension. Applies only to students who earn more than 0 credits.
    • Students on Warning must meet with Financial Aid Director to initiate a success plan before aid will be activated.
    • Students placed on suspension still have the right to file an appeal. 
    • Former students who left us on suspension, reevaluated based on new policy. 
    • For approved appeals, an academic success plan must be put into place involving campus counselors  and potentially other services such as tutoring, TRIO, disability services, etc.
    • One-on-one advising time for Financial Aid Directors increased dramatically.
  • 2013 Fall SAP Results
    • 402 students placed on financial aid suspension, losing aid eligibility
  • 2014 Fall SAP Results
    • 182 students placed on financial aid suspension, losing aid eligibility
    • 182 students placed in warning status

Vicki stated she cannot emphasize enough the incredible spirit of cooperation the entire financial aid staff has exhibited during all of these changes!

Veterans

Travis Karr, Veteran Student Coordinator, sent a report on the Veterans and Military Resource Center.

  • In 2011, CCC was awarded the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, a U.S. Department of Education program supported through FIPSE to discover best practices serving the Veteran student population and to become a model program for other institutions.
  • With the program, the group has assisted and guided over 25 institutions nation-wide and been established as the "go to" resource for anything Veteran related to include guidance to the VA hospital, national organizations and state legislation.

Mission:

To provide student Veterans, Service Members and their families with the resources, support, and advocacy need to be successful in the classroom and ultimately in life.

Vision:

Connect Veterans and Service members to establish a sense of belonging, then direct them through education for a sense of purpose.

Achievements have included:

  • Providing opportunity for a sense of belonging and sense of purpose is what they discovered as the keys to success for not only the transitional process for service members to return home but also a guide for educational and career success.
  • The group has focused on comprehensive programs and events to attract and educate veterans student-based on their need, as well as the Veterans and Military Resource center acting as the main hub for any resource support or advocacy needed on campus and off campus. This is accomplished by working with external stakeholders by partnering with a state-wide Veterans task force and creating a local tri-city veterans task force.
  • With the sustainability of the program a whole department was created adding key personnel, and also have VA work studies that run the centers. In July, the group will be adding a VA Counselor to their Department, who will be dedicated to CCC Veteran Students.
  • Student Veteran achievements include graduation rates.  In the beginning of the program, graduation rates  were 21%, and now they are currently standing at 51%. You will see a red, white and blue graduation honor worn by our Veteran students that has increased graduation participation by 80%.
  • The program has been cited by Corporation for National and Community Service, Joining Forces, At Ease Program, Student Veterans of America to provide a format, program, service, or area for Veterans to build camaraderie they once shared on the battle field.  Belonging directly impacts a successful transition from the military.   CCC focuses on that but then adds a sense of purpose with our student veterans organization, education objectives and outline, and then focus on career progression.
  • All of their events are open to the community and provide an educational, culture enrichment opportunity.   The state fair came to the Veterans Center and wanted a new innovative way to attract younger Veterans to the State Fair’s Veterans Day.  They have modified the current program Rally Point to focus on attracting younger Veterans and their families.  They will have TV and News professional, Greg Davenport, accompanied by his fellow Survival Instructor and hold a discussion panel on transition, education, and family.  

A copy of the Veterans Success Profile was also distributed.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss contract issues.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY  ZIKMUND that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss contract issues.  (Time: 2:35 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY   SASGES, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time:  3:00 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

General Operational Budget Tentative Approval

Joel King presented the operational budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The resolution states:

Tentative approval is hereby given for the following budget of expenditures:

  • Operational - $53,901,389.40

Final approval for this budget will be acted upon on September 18, 2014, following a public hearing.                      

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY SASGES  to approve the Operational Budget Resolution for 2014-2015.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Motion to authorize actions by the College President in July 2014

Joel King presented the following motion:

As the Board of Governors of Central Community College will not have a meeting in July 2014, the Board hereby authorizes Dr. Greg P. Smith to approve any needed action items from June 17, 2014 through August 20th, 2014. The following known items may need to be approved:

  • New hire Automotive Technology Instructor, Hastings
  • New hire Nursing Instructor, Columbus
  • New hire HMRM Instructor, Hastings
  • Conference Room AV upgrade, Grand Island

Dr. Smith will provide a written summary of all actions taken under this authority at the August 21, 2014 Board meeting.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to authorize actions by the College President for purchases and personnel during June 17 and August 20, 2014.

Discussion followed. The question of cost on the Conference Room AV upgrade, Grand Island, was discussed. Since no one was certain of the costs, board members asked that the motion be amended. 

MOTION TO AMEND THE AUTHORIZATION BY SASGES AND SECONDED BY ZIKMUND.  The new amendment eliminates the Conference Room AV upgrade, Grand Island, to be discussed at the August Board of Governors meeting.  Roll call vote was taken to accept the amendment.  Amendment reads:

As the Board of Governors of Central Community College will not have a meeting in July 2014, the Board hereby authorizes Dr. Greg P. Smith to approve any needed action items from June 17, 2014 through August 20th, 2014.  The following known items may need to be approved:

  • New hire Automotive Technology Instructor, Hastings
  • New hire Nursing Instructor, Columbus
  • New hire HMRM Instructor, Hastings

Dr. Smith will provide a written summary of all actions taken under this authority at the August 21, 2014 Board meeting.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Approval of College President's Contract

John Higgins, College Attorney, asked for approval for the College President's 2012-2015 Contract.

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to approve the College President's Contract.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Dr. Smith's Report

  1. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member), Kent Miller (Mid-Plains Board member), Todd Holcomb (WNCC president) and Dr. Smith will present on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. A conference presentation proposal was submitted to ACCT on May 2.  Rita Skiles, Linda Walline, and Dr. Smith have committed to attend. ACCT registration ends on August 15, 2014.
  2. CCC FTE enrollment is down around 5.5% YTD as of May 31, 2014. Analysis suggests that decreases in the number of recent high school graduates account for some of this decline. Other Nebraska community colleges and those across the nation are also experiencing enrollment decreases. The Holdrege, Lexington, and Kearney learning centers have all experienced healthy enrollment increases this year.  An overview of these actions will be presented at a future Board meeting.
  3. From June 18 – 20, Dr. Smith will be attending the first Harvard Institute “Executive Education for Leadership in Sustainability.”
  4. The Kearney feasibility study is scheduled to begin on June 24. Dean Moors and Dr. Smith will be meeting with the project consultants, Rich Gross Solutions, on the morning of June 23 to finalize plans for that week. Dean has arranged for many Kearney community leaders to be involved in the feasibility study.
  5. The Grand Island Adult Education program will be making a two stage move this summer. The lease on their building in downtown Grand Island will end on June 30 and the building must be vacated of all tenants by that date. The permanent home will be at College Park in the rooms vacated by the Nursing Assistant program. However, temporary space may be used during the month of July until they can move into their newly remodeled space in August. The new location will give students an updated facility with access to computer labs and the college library. Another benefit for students will be the close proximity to the Grand Island campus.
  6. As of now the contractors are one to two weeks ahead of schedule on the student center side and four weeks ahead on the Hall side of the remodel of the Hall Building on the Hastings campus.
  7. There are a number of good news items: (a) Dr. Smith was reappointed to a new three-year term to the Greater Nebraska Workforce Investment Board – July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017; (b) CCC choir group, Spectrum, performed at Carnegie Hall on May 24th; and (c) CCC veterans’ success data shows a completion rate of 51% (grant baseline was 21%).

Other reports include:

  • Purchasing Report
  • Grants Report
  • Enrollment Report
  • Board Professional Development Material
    • Personnel:  Structures, Issues and Policies
    • Property/Physical Plant/Sustainability

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 3:13 p.m.

August 21, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
August 21, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held at 10:00 a.m.  Topics discussed included:

  • Kearney Center Feasibility Study
  • Hastings Wind Turbine Proposal
  • 2014 Voluntary Framework of Accountability Results

Rita Skiles called the August 21, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with ten board members present. John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Mrs. Skiles asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – present
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – present
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Paul Krieger volunteered to review the claims prior to the September 18, 2014, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

Linda Aerni requested the topic of the Wind Turbine, Hastings, be moved to the Discussion of Consent items.  She also requested that PO 257724 be pulled and reviewed.

CONSENT ITEMS

Linda Walline reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY WALLINE, SECONDED BY SASGES to approve the following consent items as presented, with the exception of the Wind Turbine, Hastings, and PO 257724.

  1. Agenda for August 21, 2014
  2. Minutes of the June 16, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting
  3. Claims for the period of June 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014, totaling $4,994,804.14.
    Claims for the period of July 1, 2014, through July 31, 2014, totaling $6,479,836.70.
  4. Financial report as of June 30, 2014
  5. Purchases:  Computer Tables, Columbus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Duet Resource Group of Omaha, Nebraska, for $24,706.08 for the 36 computer tables at the Columbus campus.

    Purchases:  Cisco Nexus 7700, Grand Island:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Sirius Computing of Omaha, Nebraska, for $215,197.60 for the purchase of core replacement equipment and associated professional services.

    Purchases:  Distribution Switch, Grand Island:  The College President recommends acceptance of the response from Sirius Computing of Omaha, Nebraska, for $166,622.70 for the purchase of core replacement equipment and associated professional services.

    Purchases:  Firewalls, Grand Island: The College President recommends acceptance of the response from Sirius Computing of Omaha, Nebraska for $202,982.17 for the purchase of firewalls and associated professional services.

    Purchases:  Furniture, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from OfficeNet, Columbus, Nebraska, for $104,442.34 to provide the chairs, stools and tables for the Hall Student Center on the Hastings campus.

    Purchases:  Furniture, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Duet Resource Group, Omaha, Nebraska, for $43,601.50 to provide the lounge pieces and chairs for the Hall Student Center on the Hastings campus.

    Purchases:  Howard and Phelps Remodel, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Lacy Construction Company of Grand Island, Nebraska for $1,310,000.00 to provide the labor and materials for the Howard and Phelps remodel project on the Hastings campus.

    Purchases:  Results of the Pre-Approved Purchases for July 2014:

    * Equipment for the Columbus Mechatronics project.  The equipment was budgeted at $50,000.00 and awarded for $41,602.39 to Festo Didactic, Inc., Hauppauge, New York.

    * Equipment for Columbus Mechatronics project. The equipment was budgeted at $60,000.00 and awarded for $55,261.35 to Innovative Fluid Power, Olathe, Kansas.

    * Painting for the Franklin and Clay Residence Halls and Dawson and Platte Buildings. This project was budgeted at $40,000.00 and awarded for $37,053.00 to Special Touches, Glenvil, Nebraska.

    * Ordered carpeting for the Student Success Center, Hastings.  This project was budgeted at $30,000.00 and awarded for $25,656 to Don Wasson Company, Omaha, Nebraska.

    Purchases:  Computer Purchased Report for August 2014, Grand Island, Hastings, and Columbus Campus: The total cost for 50 HP Z420 workstations is $101,185.00 and the HP 650 laptops is $4,956.84 for a total of $106,141.84.
    Purchases:  Exclusive Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions:  (this was moved to the Discussion of Consent items)

  6. Personnel:  The College President recommends Jennifer Brown be offered a 173 day contract as the full-time Economics Instructor in Hastings, Nebraska effective August 22, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends Dr. Kathy Fuchser be offered a 260 day contract as the full-time Dean of Instruction/Academic Education in Columbus, Nebraska effective July 14, 2014.

    Personnel: The College President recommends Rhonda (Ronnie) O'Brien be offered a 175 day contract as the full-time Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Instructor in Hastings, Nebraska effective August 1, 2014.

    Personnel:  The College President recommends John Oberheide be offered a 175 day contract as the full-time Automotive Instructor in Hastings, Nebraska effective August 1, 2014.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Travis Karr, Veterans Student Coordinator, discussed the Veterans and Military Resource Center (VMRC) and how the center has grown. From the Veterans Success Profile:

"The Veterans and Military Service Department's vision focuses on comprehensive programs and events that connect Veterans and Service members to establish a sense of belonging.  Through educational goals and objects we then can provide a sense of purpose. The Veterans and Military Resource Center is the main hub for resources, support, and advocacy needed on or off campus for our returning service members. It is a dedicated place for veteran students with common backgrounds, experience and goals to have a place to call their own; to study and escape the everyday busy scene, to accomplish tasks, and receive assistance.  There is access to key resources through community partnerships, students gain access to external Veterans and Military resources and organizations which include referrals and education on a variety of different services available. It is also a command center devoted to the implementation of new programs and services designed to better serve our Veterans, Military, and Dependent students."

The Mission Statement is:  To provide Student Veterans, Service Members, and their family with resources, tools, and support to enhance their academic, personal, and professional life as they transition to the classroom. The VMRC is a one-stop shop to promote services and advocacy needed to be successful ultimately in life.

The vision is to connect Veterans and Service members, to establish a sense of belonging, then direct them through education for a sense of purpose.

A profile sheet was shared with facts regarding the students.

  • 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
  • 47% served two or more tours
  • 55% experienced feeling disconnected from the civilian community
  • 7 out of 10 feel that the average American routinely misunderstands their experience
  • 1 in 2 say they personally know a service member who has attempted or committed suicide
  • 9 in 10 say they would do it all over again

CCC Veteran Success Profile provided these additional facts:

  • 27% are managing military duties in addition to a workload and school load
  • 81% strongly agree CCC is Veteran friendly.
  • 37% want to take classes exclusively for Vets

Library of Resource providing:

  • VA/Military counselors
  • Direct referrals
  • GI Bill Counseling
  • Tutoring

Command Center providing:

  • Study area
  • Computers, printers, TV
  • Resume Assistance
  • Enrollment assistance

The Center helps with:

  • GI Bill Assistance
  • Career Resources
  • Resources for Dependents
  • Student Disability Services
  • Transition Services
  • And more !!

 The following personnel were introduced:

  • Adam Armstrong is an Outreach coordinator, for Hastings, Kearney, Lexington and Holdrege. He is an Air Force Veteran and a private contractor.
  • Jamie Gustafson is an Outreach Coordinator in Columbus and an Air Force Veteran.
  • Casey Lesher is the new Administrative Assistant, in Grand Island. She is a graduate in Business Administration from CCC. 
  • Vital Outreach Coordinator is David Rutherford II. He is a VITAL Outreach Social Worker, and works with Grand Island, Hastings, and the learning centers.
  • Greg Gentert, Army Veteran, was working on a Business Degree and then transferred to Hastings College. He is a 7 year veteran.
  • Ryan Kaufman, Army Veteran, and an academic transfer student in human services.  He was with the military from 2000-2003. Upon returning home, he was homeless for a while. He was so appreciative of how the program has changed his life and directions.

All the personnel are community college graduates and are pursuing the next level of education.

CCC is one of three community colleges to receive the Veterans Integrating to Academic Leadership Grant.

Other accomplishments include:

  • The Veterans now have a sense of belonging and purpose.  Vet talks:  When Veterans Come Home.
  • In-state Tuition Bill LB 740
  • 3rd annual Memorial Day BBQ
  • The "LZ" September 1, Veteran's Day at the Nebraska State Fair. 
  • Warrior Paper Project – Transforming camouflage uniforms into works of art. 

Recent awards have been:

  • Voted Best of Vets, 2013 and 2014
  • Ranked #1 Best for Vets College, 2014 Military Times
  • Military Friendly, 2014
  • MAE's 2014 Military Friendship Colleges and Universities
  • Leave of Innovation

They have helped UNO with their Veterans program and Bellevue, which are now listed as 2 and 3. Veteran graduates wear red, white, and blue cords, helping 95 % now attend graduation. Graduation rate prior to the group was 21% in the beginning, and now we are proud to have a  51% graduation rate.

Learning Support Services

Dr. Eric Jones, Associate Vice President, Virtual Campus, gave highlights of the Virtual Campus Annual Report.  His talk revolved around the following topics:

Virtual Campus Teams

  • Resource Centers
  • Learning Support Services
    • Online Learning (Web)
    • Curriculum Development
  • Media Services
    • Video Course Delivery (IP System)
  • Printing Services

Resource Center

Three Campus Libraries

Collection of approximately 30,600 physical items

  • Books
  • DVD/CDs
  • Journals
  • Magazines

E-Resources

  • ProQuest - Nursing and Allied Health
  • eLibrary
  • Books in print
  • EBSCO
  • Films on Demand (vocational and academic)
  • Britannica (reference collection)
  • E-Books

Retirement - New Staff

Online Learning - Moodle

  • Moodle Migration
  • "Do-It-Yourself/Non-Do-It-Yourself:
    • Management of online courses
  • Online Learning Helpdesk
  • Curriculum Design
    • WIDS - Worldwide Instructional Design System
  • Turnitin - Plagiarism Prevention Tool
  • College Catalog

Online Courses/Programs

  • Moodle supported by MoodleRooms
  • All Courses utilize Moodle
    • Minimum:  WIDS generated syllabus and gradebook
    • 8,000 logins (approximately 480 gb data storage)
  • Currently testing ELLUCIAN GO APP for iPad/iPhone and Android

The following instructors gave testimonies on the ease of distance instructing:

  • Chyrel Remmers - English Instructor
  • Keith Hale - Theater Instructor
  • Michelle Bentz - Sociology Instructor

Online Courses/Programs

  • Modes of Instruction for online courses:
    • Instructor Led:  Sets pace for course (assignment/test deadlines)
    • Student Paced:  Student works at own pace; no deadlines set (except end of course)
    • Blended:  Students are required to meet on Campus (class meetings, testing, lab, etc.)
  • High Enrollments
    • English, Business Administration, Information Technology, Health, Mathematics, Psychology, Business Technology, Health Information Management, Sociology

Marketing videos for CCC online include one from Jonathon Keyes, CCC online student.

His enthusiasm for this mode of instruction is that taking online classes means availability online 24/7, an excellent education with a personal touch.

Online Courses/Programs

    • Out of State Students (SARA)
    • Federal Legislation
    • State Approvals in 20 states
      • Fall and Spring Term 2013-2014
        • 86 enrollments
        • 29 states
        • 261 courses
        • HIMS Largest Program
        • Joining Midwest Higher Education Compact - SARA

Media Services

  • Maintain/Manage/Record Video (IP) System
  • Board of Governors Meetings
  • Manage video server
  • Maintain Smart classrooms
  • Event setups
  • Record faculty for courses
  • Design internal marketing material
  • Maintain and manage internal messaging system on each campus, Lexington and Kearney
  • Support WebEx meetings and sustainability projects

Video (IP) System

  • Replacing current system (in progress)
  • Network updates needed
  • New System
    • Video Server
    • Video Capture System
      • Streaming video
        • Board of Governors
        • Sustainability projects
    • Outside Speakers

Printing Services

  • Eliminating printers
  • Implementing copiers and multifunction equipment
  • Introduced PaperCut 2014
    • Grand Island reduced impressions last year by approximately 1 million sheets
  • Downward trend in printing
  • Faculty are encouraged to use Moodle to distribute and college material

A copy of the Virtual Campus Annual Enrollment report is available on the Novus site.

Enrollment Report

Dr. Brennan discussed highlights from the 2013-2014 Enrollment Report. Highlights include:

Service Area Populations, Changes 2000-2013

  • Census estimated data 305,928 residents
  • Estimated net increase of 1% or 3,159
  • Population changes among counties
    • 8 counties increased (Buffalo, Hall, Harlan (new), Howard, Kearney (new), Platte, Adams, and Phelps

Five-Year Enrollment Trends

  • Overall headcount decreased 6.7%
    • Unduplicated Headcount credit students decreased 13.4%
    • Unduplicated Headcount non-credit students increased 1/2%
    • Full-time credit student enrollment decreased 16%
    • Part-time credit student enrollment decreased 12.4%

Full-time Equivalent Students (FTES)

  • 2008-2009- 3,949
  • 2013-2014 - 3,926

Reimbursable Educations Units (REU)

  • 2008-2009 - 5,406
  • 2013-2014 - 5,307

Number of graduates

  • Increased 35%

Most popular career and technical programs (majors)

  • Business Administration (625)
  • Nursing (592)
  • Early Childhood Education (222)
  • Welding (199)

Counties, States, and nations served

  • Penetration rate for target market - 11.5%
  • 91 Nebraska counties served
  • Students served from 35 states in additional to Nebraska
  • 19 countries served outside of the USA

Enrollment Ethnicity

  • Largest percentage of change over previous five years
  • Black non-Hispanic = 190 (180) (176)
  • Hispanic = 1,592 (1,483) (1,414)
  • White non-Hispanic - 9,518 (10,351) (10,837)

Adult Education Students Served

  • GED Awards  = 101 (113)
  • 1,670 (1,579) students
  • 93,484 (86,973) contact hours of instruction
  • 1,327 Low ABE students (ESL 1,045 and ABE 2,82)
  • Intermediate ABE students 214
  • Adult Secondary ABE students 129

The Age Spectrum

  • Average age of full-time students is 24 (has been the same the last 3 years)
  • Average age of part-time student is 29 (30) (30)
  • Average age of all students is 28 (29) (28)
  • Overall CCC served 972 students under age 18 and 103 students over age 65 (1 full-time)

Early Entry FTE

  FTE Duplicated Student Count
FA 13 195.02 1,989
SP 14 205.50 1,987
Total 400.52 3,976
FA 12 179.40 1,769
SP 13 195.27 1,897
Total 374.67 3,666
FA 11 186.13 1,838
SP 12 227.77 2,183
Total 413.90 4,021

 

Awards

  • Degrees = 752 (676)
  • Diplomas = 489 (486)
  • Certificates = 1,101 (1,049)

Unduplicated Graduates

  • +35% over 5 years
  • 2012-13 - 1,426
  • 2013-14 - 1,513

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss contract negotiations.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss contract issues.  (Time:  2:30  p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY COWAN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time: 3:10 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

FTE/REU/RAE Report Acceptance

Dana F. Cole & Company, Certified Public Accountants, previously mailed to Board members the Central Community College Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent, Student Enrollment, Reimbursable Reported Aid Equivalent Students, and Reimbursable Educational Units report.  The FTE/REU/RAE Audit Statement is for the year ending June 30, 2014 and 2013. Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment 2014 was 3,926.29; 2013 FTE enrollment was 4,214.44.

The auditors acknowledged the statements of reimbursable full-time equivalent student enrollment and reimbursable educational units of Central Community College present fairly, in all material respects, the reimbursable full-time equivalent student enrollment and reimbursable educational units for the years ended June 30, 2014, and 2013, in accordance with guidelines referred to in notes to the accompanying statements.

Kim Pearson, Auditor for Dana F. Cole, confirmed at the audit exit interview on July 24, 2013, with Central Community College board member representatives and staff that the auditors had issued an unqualified audit report. 

The College President recommends acceptance of the FTE/REU/RAE 2013-14 Audit Statement for June 30, 2014, and 2013, as presented by Dana F. Cole, Inc.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accent the 2013-2014 Audit Statement for June 30, 2014, and 2013, ad presented by Dana F. Cole, Inc.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Rich Gross Solutions Contract

The following is a motion to engage in fund raising activities:

As the feasibility student commissioned by the Board of Governors of Central Community College reported positive results:

  • As raising private funds to complete the new construction of the Kearney center is fundamental in the project's success;
  • As Rich Gross Solutions has proven experience and is willing to consult with management to guide the fund raising process;
  • It is therefore directed that CCC begin a major gifts campaign to raise sufficient funds for the Kearney Center project.
  • It is further directed that CCC in partnership with the Foundation contract with Rich Gross Solutions to act as a consultant to management during the campaign.

The College President recommends acceptance of the Major Gifts Campaign Consulting Contract with Rich Gross Solutions.

MOVED BY BURNS, SECONDED BY WALLINE to accept the Major Gifts Campaign Consulting Contract with Rich Gross Solutions.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Purchase Order Claim 257724

Purchase Order Claim 257724 was pulled and discussed. The claim was to CDW Government for maintenance agreement renewals on computer equipment. 

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY WALLINE to approve the claim to CDW for maintenance agreement renewals.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions

Motion to enter into an Exclusive Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions (Hastings Campus)

As the Board of Governors and Management of the Central Community College Area have a desire to reduce costs, lead in innovation, and provide educational experiences of leading technologies:

As BlueStem Energy Solutions desires to enter into an agreement to provide energy to CCC with the use of a wind turbine to supplement the energy needs of the Hastings Campus and provide a platform for learning;

As Bluestem Energy Solutions entered into an open and free bid process to provide services and was selected as the most appropriate provider;

Therefore it is directed that CCC enter into an Exclusive Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions for the purpose of determining the feasibility of providing wind turbine energy to CCC.

Further, if the feasibility study is positive, that the award of the turbine construction and power purchase agreement will be awarded to Bluestem Energy Solutions; unless the Board of Governors, in a separate vote, determine not to proceed with the power purchase agreement despite the positive results of the feasibility study.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY SASGES to open the discussion of the Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions.

Discussion followed. Consensus of the Board was there was not enough information to feel comfortable about the agreement. Discussion to table the motion was entertained, with more information requested, and to be revisited again in September. Dr. Smith stated he was not sure what additional information could be provided to the Board. If specific questions can be asked, administration will be happy to add to the information, but until then, all information has been received by the Board of Governors.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY SASGES to withdraw the motion for the Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions.  Any questions can be sent to Dr. Smith and the topic will be brought to a vote at the September Board of Governors meeting. 

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

NCCA Board Report

Diane Keller and Sandra Borden reported on the NCCA Board meeting was held August 4, 2014. 

Budget Analysis, July 2014

Joel King, Vice President of Business Services, discussed budget information.  The following are highlights affecting the CCC budget:

  • County Contributions:  Over the past 10 years there has been a steady increase in property valuations.  Each county is assessed differently and there was a range overall increase in the 10 year period between 52.63% and 223.11%.  The county’s with the largest growth in valuations were Webster, 190.86%; Hamilton, 191.41%; Gosper, 192.76%; Boone, 196.80%; Clay, 198.74%; and Nuckolls, 223.11%.  The county with the least increase was Hall at 52.63%.  The overall average increase was 122.40%.
  • Uniform Budget: During a comparative period the operational budget has gone up 72.76%.  Over the last 8 audited years the comparison of budget to actual follows: Budgeted = $323,971,754: Actual = $317,127,032.  Creating a difference of $6,844,722 or an overall variance of 2.16%.  The most current audited year shows that 68% of the overall budget is Personnel; 29% in Operations; and 3% in Supplies, Travel, and Equipment.
  • Cash Reserves: There has been a steady growth in cash reserves over the same audited period; from $5,162,931 to $10,063,833.  While this is impressive growth, it represents 18.29% of the annual budget or just over 2 months of operations.
  • Overall Subjective Analysis:  CCC is in a moderately strong financial position.  With an overall variance of 2.16%, the overall budgeting process is accurate and sufficient to continue growth in operations and cash reserves.  The level of cash reserves while significant represents only a comparatively small portion of the overall budget and would be the weakest part of the financial portfolio when it comes to contingency planning for any significant financial events.
  • Future signs:  While property valuations continue to incline, the last couple years have seen significant increases that cannot be sustained.  Decrease in valuations are not likely, but the next few years will see growth of a more moderate level 3 – 6%.  Recent inspections for ADA and the knowledge that these will continue creates a variable cost that could be significant but impossible to predict on our larger and older campuses.  Contingency funding will be tightly controlled until the cost implication of the results of these inspections is better known.

Administration Conference Room

Craig Boroff, College Facilities Manager, discussed the Administration Conference Rooms upgrade.  This project is to update monitors and controls for 4 conference rooms and 1 training room in the administration building on the Grand Island campus. Each room will be standardized with power management, control system buttons, and 60” displays. For the amount of training in room 48 and the content that is usually shown, a 90”display will replace the projector and screen in room 48.  At this time, administration would like to ask Electronic Contracting to honor the pricing we received from the last two jobs to save the cost of design and bid documents.

Conference Room 32 consist of integrated flush mount flip top, cables for laptops and PC, digital media inputs, switchers and scalers, 60” sharp flat panel display, display mounts, power distribution, PC credenza.

Conference Room 39 consist of integrated flush mount flip top, cables for laptops and PC, digital media inputs, switchers and scalers, 60” sharp flat panel display, display mounts, power distribution, PC credenza.

Conference Room 78 consist of integrated flush mount flip top, cables for laptops and PC, digital media inputs, switchers and scalers, 60” sharp flat panel display, display mounts, power distribution, PC credenza.

Board Room 80 consist of integrated flush mount flip top, cables for laptops and PC,

digital media inputs, switchers and scalers, WUXGA 7000 lumen LCD projector, powered zoom lens, 16:10 aspect ratio screen.

Training Room 48 consist of integrated flush mount flip top, cables for laptops and PC, digital media inputs, switchers and scalers, 90” sharp flat panel display, display mounts, power distribution, PC credenza.

Reports

Dr. Smith's Report

  1. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member), Kent Miller (Mid-Plains Board member), Todd Holcomb (WNCC president) and Dr. Smith will present on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. Rita Skiles, Linda Walline, and Dr. Smith are attending.   
  2. The NCCA Annual Meeting will be held on November 3-4 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. It is likely that events for board members will begin at noon on the 3rd and end at 10 a.m. on the 4th. The NCCA Board meeting is scheduled from 10-12 on the 4th.
  3. Coordinating Commission presented budget to their board and what they are suggesting to the unicameral.  Community Colleges are asking that the funding formula be evaluated.
  4. The Nebraska community colleges’ 2015-2017 state aid request must be submitted by September 15, 2014. NCCA CEOs recommended asking for a 5-6% increase and the NCCA Board agreed. Dennis Baack, NCCA Executive Director, is negotiating the exact amount with Metropolitan Community College since all six colleges must submit a single request.
  5. On July 30th the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education unanimously approved CCC’s Kearney program plan. Dr. Smith has had meetings with UNK Chancellor Christensen and KPS Superintendent Maher. Both are very supportive of a CCC expansion in Kearney. On July 16th, at the invitation of Marilyn Hadley, Dr. Smith made a presentation to Kearney’s Golden “K” Kiwanis Club. The Kearney feasibility study is began on June 24 with a focus session for many Kearney community leaders. Our consultants, Rich Gross Solutions conducted and completed a feasibility study in July. Results were very encouraging indicating that CCC can raise significant dollars in Buffalo County. Dean Moors and Dr. Smith will have further meetings with the consultants on August 25th and 26th.
  6. On September 17th CCC will host two ACCELERATE Nebraska “Listening Tour” sessions in Kearney and Grand Island. ACCELERATE Nebraska is a new organization whose core purpose is “connecting improved educational outcomes to business needs for better careers and stronger communities.” The organization is led by Greg Adams, outgoing Speaker of the Unicameral, and Catherine Lang, former Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor.
  7. CCC FTE enrollment was down 6.8% in FY 2013-14. About 1% of this decline was due to changes in reporting procedures. Other Nebraska community colleges and those across the nation experienced enrollment decreases. This fall, as of August  18, 2014, enrollment is down 2.8 % over fall 2013. 
  8. From June 18 – 20, Dr. Smith attended the first Harvard Institute “Executive Education for Leadership in Sustainability.” While the focus of the Institute was on sustainability, the organizational change model presented is appropriate for any CCC initiative. Out of 40 plus participants there were four community college presidents. A “support group” has been formed committed to bi-monthly teleconferences for coaching and mentoring. The next conversation is scheduled for September 17th.
  9. During the summer, CCC has been revising the CCC mission, vision, and core values and beliefs. This initiative, led by Abigail Ott, Director of Educational Planning, has involved many employees and has been positively received. We are currently completing an online survey of all employees to gather additional feedback. The revised materials will be presented and recommended to the Board in November.
  10. The Grand Island Adult Education program made a two-stage move this summer. The new permanent home is at College Park in the rooms vacated by the Nursing Assistant program. The new location gives students an updated facility with access to computer labs and the college library. Another benefit for students is the close proximity to the Grand Island campus.
  11. In the August 18 issue of Community College Week, CCC is listed as 63rd in the nation (top 2%) in awarding one-year certificates with 1,070 in 2012-13. CCC is listed 14th in the nation in awarding Precision Production associate degrees.
  12. Central Community College will have a booth in the Exhibition Building for the entirety of the State Fair, August 22 – September 1, 2014.  The days of coverage have been divided between the campuses, area office, and administration with volunteers representing CCC at the booth. The booth will primarily provide general information.
  13. Congress passed the bipartisan WIOA bill by a vote of 95-3 in the Senate and 415-6 in the House, and President Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. Overall, WIOA contains a number of positive aspects for community colleges. It places a greater emphasis on career pathways and the attainment of postsecondary credentials, whereby individuals are often co-enrolled in developmental education and training programs. It also eliminates the current sequence of services that stipulates individuals can only receive training services if they first complete core services. WIOA also allows local areas increased flexibility to contract with community colleges. 
  14. CCC is exploring more for international opportunities for our students and curriculum.   Our CCC choir group, Spectrum, will be performing in Greece at the Festival of the Aegean from July 8-22, 2015 including Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn, a memorial to the children of the Holocaust. The Omaha Jewish Foundation is contributing $20,000 toward the cost of the venture. Students will earn four academic credits for their efforts.
  15. Fall Open Forums have been scheduled for Hastings (9/16), Columbus (10/14), and Grand Island (11/18), with the Administrative Office yet to be scheduled.
  16. On August 1, 2014, Dr. Smith received a letter from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The letter served as formal notification that the ACEN Board of Commissioners, at its meeting on July 10-11, granted continuing Accreditation to CCC’s nursing program with the condition that CCC submit a follow-up report in two (2) years. If the report is accepted, the next evaluation visit will be in spring 2022. From Dr. Marcie Kemnitz, “Due to the nature of the non-compliant areas, we have enlisted the services of a nursing curriculum consultant who will be coming in October to work with us making program changes.  She comes highly recommended and we anticipate working on re-evaluating our curriculum etc.  Interesting to note, the consultant said that just about every nursing program reviewed by ACEN is found to be non-compliant in the same standards we were...certainly not a reason to feel comfortable, rather, to know that we are part of a larger group.”
  17. For the first time, Foundations Ed. classes will be available in Holdrege, with an on-site instructor.  The classes will be in a lecture/lab format on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The classes are Reading & Writing Essentials 1, Reading & Writing Essentials 2, Basic Math 2, Pre-Algebra, and Elementary Algebra.
  18. Harold F. “Mac” McClure, former CCC Board member passed away in Kearney on Saturday July 12. Mac was an active and dedicated board member. Mac served five terms on the CCC Board from 1989 through 2008 taking a turn as president in 1993.
  19. A thank you note from Linda Aerni was shared.

Monthly reports include:

  • Purchases - $10,000 - $21,000
  • GrantsReport
    • Grant dollars requested total $3,826,526.  The amount pending is $3,826,526.
    • The Grants department closed out the 2013-14 fiscal year with a total of 72 grant projects submitted totaling nearly $7 million.  $4.6 million was funded and $852,495 is still pending notification. 
    • Enrollment Report
      • The 2013-2014 Enrollment Report was distributed.
      • Board Professional Development
        • This month's topic was Enrollment, Student Success, and Student Life.  A report on "Steps Taken to Address Campus SaVE Act and Title IX" was distributed.
        • Student Success
          • Dr. Brennan distributed a Foundations Learning Fall 2010-2012 Cohorts report on Foundation English and Math.

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

September 18, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
September 18, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Items discussed include: 

  • 2014-2015 Budget Discussion
  • Wind Turbine
  • Policy Revisions
  • Vision, Mission and Goals

Chair Rita Skiles called the September 18, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with ten  board members present.  John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was present.  Chair Skiles asked for roll call. 

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – absent
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – present
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests. College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Tom Pirnie volunteered to review the claims prior to the October 16 board meeting.

Public Participation

Chair Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Angela Reynolds, Human Resources Benefits Manager, if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment. 

RECESS FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS

MOTION BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND that the Board recess the regular meeting in order to conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 hazardous materials and accessibility budget, the budget statement for 2014-2015 and the tax request for 2014-2015.  (time – 1:05p.m.).

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED.

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED 2014-15 BUDGETS

Joel King, Vice President of Administrative Services, explained that the Board of Governors is required by State Statutes to hold public hearings on the following items: Hazardous Materials and Accessibility budget, uniform budget statement of expense and revenue, additional one percent (1%) allowable increase, and setting the property tax request.

Funds for capital improvement, removing hazardous materials, and providing handicapped access are supported only by property taxes. The operating fund is supported by a combination of property tax, state aid, tuition, and other income.

The $55,026,800 operating fund is up by $439,676 a .81 % increase. The capital improvement fund for new capital projects is $10,256,307, a 16.45% increase. The hazardous materials/ADA access fund is $3,326,000, a 132.64% increase.  The levy decreased from .085116 to .082959. The capital improvement levy will increase to $.02000. The hazardous materials levy did not change and remains at $.007500. 

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to reconvene the regular board meeting.  (time: 1:10p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY  PIRNIE to approve the additional one percent (1%) increase of allowable growth for Restricted Funds as shown on the 2014-2015 Budget Form LC-CC.

Aerni – abstain
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

1 - abstain; 1 - absent; 9 - yes:  MOTION CARRIED.

Moved by KELLER, Seconded by KRIEGER to approve the Hazardous Materials and Accessibility Budget Resolution for $3,472.023.    

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to approve the budget of expenditures and revenues as represented within the State of Nebraska 2014-2015 Basic Budget Form.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED.

Property Tax Request

Nebraska Revised Statute 77-1601.02 provides that the property tax request for the prior year shall be the property tax request for the current year for purposes of the levy set by the County Board of Equalization unless the Governing Board of Central Community College passes by a majority vote a resolution or ordinance setting the tax request at a different amount.

The request for the 2014-2015 property tax is:

  • General Fund - $34,404,638
  • Capital Improvement Fund - $  9,258,727
  • Haz/Access - $  3,472,023   
  • Total - $51,135,388

Upon approval of the board, this request will be sent to County Clerks in the Central Community College 25 county area.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY PIRNIE  to approve the property tax request as listed.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Angela Reynolds, Human Resource Benefits Manager, stated no one had signed in for Public Participation.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING RECONVENED

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items for the September 18 meeting include:

  1. Agenda for September 17, 2014
  2. Minutes of the August 21, 2014 Board of Governors’ meeting
  3. Claims for August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014 totaling $5,751,565.61
  4. Financial report as of August 31, 2014
  5. Purchases:  Electronic Video Surveillance System, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the RFP from Inteconnex of Lincoln, Nebraska for $25,921.24 to provide and install video surveillance system on the Columbus Campus.

    Purchases:  Computer Purchased Report for September 2014; Grand Island, Hastings, andColumbus Campus:  The total cost for the seventy-eight HP 6305 desktops is $41,496.00, four HP 650 laptop is $2,832.48 and the seven HP zero clients is $1,750.00 for a total of $46,078.48.

  6. Personnel: The College President recommends that Wendy Kallhoff be offered a 136 day contract as the Full-time Nursing Instructor in Columbus, Nebraska effective October 1, 2014.

Paul Krieger reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to accept the consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss contract issues.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY KREIGER that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss contract issues.  (Time: 1:25    p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY AERNI to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time: 2:18p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Policy Revisions

Angela Reynolds, Human Resource Benefits Manager, discussed the policy revisions.

BUSINESS POLICY

Awards Policy:

The College in compliance with Neb. Rev. Stat. § 13-2203 (3) hereby sets the following dollar limits for awards given to elected or appointed officials, employees, or volunteers, including persons serving on local government boards or commissions:

  1. Recognition or service awards (such as plaques, pictures, frames/certificates, 5, 10, 15, and 20 year service awards) shall not exceed $100.00 per individual for each award.
  2. 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 year service awards shall not exceed $200.00 per individual award.
  3. CCC clothing apparel shall not exceed $35.00 per individual (one item per individual is recommended).
  4. CCC promotional items such as pens, key chains, flashlights, clocks, bags, notebooks, etc., shall not exceed $10.00 each per individual.

This policy shall not be amended more than once in any twelve-month period.

Banking Policy:

The President and the Vice President of Administrative Services are authorized to:

  1. Establish necessary accounts for the College. Accounts are to be established within the 25- counties in the service area of the College.
  2. Purchase investments or to use savings accounts and negotiate rates for the determined cash available that is not necessary to meet current cash flow requirements. The purchase of investments or establishment of savings accounts shall be with the banks within the 25-counties in the service area of the College paying the highest interest rate within one-half of one percent variation at the time negotiated.
  3. Establish petty cash and change funds within the College and to determine and implement cash processing procedures.

Building Naming Policy:

Naming and/or changing the name of a building or capital facility recognizing a person, requires approval by the College Board of Governors.

Insurance Policy:

The President is authorized to participate in the College Nebraska Community College Insurance Trust (NCCIT) to provide liability, building, contents, casualty, and workers’ compensation insurance coverage for the College, plus provide any supplemental or additional insurance that may be deemed necessary to safeguard the College’s interests and assets.

College Vehicles Policy:

Vehicles are to be driven only by College employees who possess a current driver’s license/permit(s).  Vehicles are to be checked out on a trip basis with one exception: the President is authorized to assign vehicles to staff whose work assignments are on a continuous basis. Vehicles are to be used only for College-related business.

Equipment Breakage/Loss Policy:

Students and staff are responsible for the breakage and/or loss of any College supplies or equipment assigned to them when it is apparent that the breakage and/or loss resulted from the neglect or carelessness on the part of the student or staff. College personnel are expected to exercise reasonable care in the use of College-owned equipment.

Equipment/Facilities Usage Policy:

College facilities and equipment shall be used for activities related directly to their educational mission or are justifiable on the basis of their contributions to the cultural, social or economic development of the community and State.

The use of College property to include equipment, facilities, and other assets for personal use is prohibited without a signed Facilities Use Agreement which includes reimbursement of identified fees.

Exception to this policy can be made by the President and only if such arrangement is to the benefit of the Community College Area, and when the College is being paid a fair market value for the use. (e.g rental of land that is not in use and which has no immediate plan for use).

Inventory Policy:

The College shall maintain an inventory system of fixed assets and annually provide accountability for those items having a cost of at least $5,000.00, have a useful life of at least a year, are repairable, and are not considered consumable.

Purchasing Policy:

The Purchasing Department is the sole College Department through which acquisitions and transactions are made. Purchasing decisions in awarding College contracts shall be made without prejudice, favoritism, or relationships which could result in a conflict of interest. Decisions shall be made on the merits of the situation, such as vendor compliance with specifications, price, delivery, service, terms, and conditions.

The responsibility to approve all College purchases and contractual agreements is delegated by the Board of Governors to the President:

  1. Any contract for services, lease purchase, item or group of items that have an actual cost greater than $21,000.00 shall require Board approval before purchase. A list of purchases with a cost between $10,000.00 and $21,000.00 shall be included within the information presented to the Board at each scheduled monthly Board meeting.
  2. Contracts for professional services (e.g. Architectural and Engineering) that have an actual cost greater than $30,000.00 shall require Board approval. A list of contracts with a cost between $10,000.00 and $30,000.00 shall be included within the information presented to the Board at each scheduled monthly meeting.

Should an emergency be declared by the President, the limits set forth in this policy may be waived by the President. A report of any waivers and actions taken shall be provided to the Board at the next scheduled Board of Governor’s meeting for ratification and approval. The President may also authorize, without complying with the requirements specified in this policy, payment to a vendor for an item or service if the item or service is routinely utilized and paid for by the College on an on-going, recurring basis. (Examples of such items and services include but are not limited to payments for utilities, telephone services, rents, maintenance services, payroll and payroll taxes, and costs of employee benefits approved by the Board).

Signature Authority Policy:

The College Board of Governors hereby grants to President, Vice President of Administrative Services, and Purchasing Manager authority to obligate the College, irrespective of the title or designation of the document e.g. “contracts”, “agreements”, “memorandum of understanding (MOU)”, “memorandum of agreement (MOA)” and “purchase orders”, and execute the same subject to the policies of the Board of Governors or specific approval of the Board of Governors. No officer, agent, or employee of the College has the authority to sign contracts or other agreements on behalf of the College or any unit, department, campus, or subdivision of the College in the absence of a delegation of authority.

Travel (Employees/Board Member) Policy:

Use of College vehicles and other reimbursed travel shall be for official College use only. Reimbursement rate per mile for travel by private auto shall not exceed the mileage rate allowed by IRS regulations.

Reimbursement for Board of Governors shall be at the rate specified in Neb. Rev. Stat. §81-1176, as the same may from time to time be amended.

SAFETY POLICY

Employee Safety and Health Policy

Employees shall comply with all safety and health requirements established by the College or by federal, state, or local law.

MOVED BY SASGES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the Business and Safety Policies.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Wind Energy

Joel King, Vice President of Administrative Services, presented the following motion to enter into an Exclusive Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions, Hastings Campus:

  • As the Board of Governors and Management of the Central Community College Area have a desire to reduce costs, lead in innovation, and provide educational experiences of leading technologies:
  • As Bluestem Energy Solutions desires to enter into an agreement to provide energy to CCC with the use of a wind turbine to supplement the energy needs of the Hastings Campus and provide a platform for learning;
  • As Bluestem Energy Solutions entered into an open and free bid process to provide  services and was selected as the most appropriate provider;
  • Therefore it is directed that CCC enter into an Exclusive Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions for the purpose of determining the feasibility to providing wind turbine energy to CCC.
  • Further, if the feasibility study is positive, that the award of the turbine construction and   power purchase agreement will be awarded to Bluestem Energy Solutions; unless the Board of Governors in a separate vote determine not to proceed with the power purchase agreement despite the positive results of the feasibility study.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to TABLE the motion to enter into an Exclusive Contingent Development Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions, Hastings Campus.  The subject will be discussed at the October work session and brought back to the Board at the October Board meeting.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Vision, Mission, and Goals

Dr. Brennan discussed the information regarding changes to the vision, mission, and goals.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

These statements represent thoughtful collaboration from a variety of stakeholders. Starting in February of 2014, all-campus and all-centers meetings provided an opportunity for CCC employees to consider what success looks like for our students. Using the World Cafe model, employees worked in small groups to discuss “student success.” This same model was used in a conversation in April with our high school articulation partners. Advisory Committees including business and industry representatives as well as current and former CCC students also took part in a conversation about student success.

A steering committee, representative of CCC staff, faculty, and administration, used the stakeholder input as they worked to develop draft statements for Central Community College’s mission, vision, values, and student success definition.

Student Success

Central Community College values…

Students

CCC believes in...

  • student success and individual attention - recognizing the importance of individual needs, providing comprehensive student support services, and producing academic and technical challenge; promoting student success by creating a learner-centered environment that supports holistic student development.
  • access to quality instruction - delivering instruction through multiple methods and quality support services; emphasizing student success by meeting students where they are through open enrollment and by providing extraordinary value in education.
  • preparation - serving the needs of diverse learners; fostering a commitment to lifelong learning by preparing students for their future in an interconnected global society.

Community

CCC believes in...

  • partnerships - fostering rural economic development by promoting and creating educational opportunities through mutually respectful and beneficial partnerships.
  • diversity - valuing diversity within our student body and among our board of governors, faculty, staff, and administration.
  • sustainability - exercising and upholding financial, social, and environmental stewardship.

Innovation

CCC believes in...

  • continuous quality improvement - using data and stakeholder input to make informed decisions in the best interest of students.
  • creativity - being proactive in exploring, developing, and implementing new programming and services to meet constituents’ needs.
  • leadership - demonstrating high ethical and professional standards; continuing to build on

Central Community College’s heritage while envisioning our future.

Vision

The Best Choice

for students to achieve their educational goals.

  • quality education
  • personal service and individualized attention
  • exceptional and passionate faculty and staff
  • extraordinary value

for developing a skilled workforce.

  • employability and/or successful credit transfers
  • graduates who advocate for CCC
  • business and industry partnerships
  • state-of-the-art facilities and technologies

for advancing communities.

  • educational partnerships
  • strong alumni support
  • foster economic development
  • sustainability leaders

MISSION

Central Community College maximizes student and community success.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the Mission, Vision and Goals statement.

Aerni – nay
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – aye
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

1–nay; 1- absent, 9-aye;  MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Dr. Brennan discussed the Student Success - Foundations Learning Fall 2010-13.

Foundations Learning Fall 2010-2012 Cohorts

Foundations English

One course - Basic Writing

Foundations ENGL 0980 Basic Writing Fall Cohorts

Students are passing ENGL 0980 at a consistent rate of approximately 60% with a slight increase from 2010 to 2012. Between 71% and 80% are enrolling in the next level of English at the college level:  Applied English, English Composition or Writing and Research. Of those taking the next level of college English, on average, 72% are passing the next course which is comparable to the total English passing rate of 73% (2012).

What does this tell us?

The students who start in Foundations English and complete are as successful as the non-foundations students. However, the passing rate of those completers needs to be improved. Foundations writing and reading are being redesigned into two courses Essentials of Reading and Writing I and II. Research shows that success in reading and writing are linked.

Of the total students who enrolled in Basic Writing (435, 427, 441) the following passed a college level course: 2010 - 140 or 32%; 2011 - 146 or 34%; 2012 - 127 or 29%.

Passed Next English Completed Passed

  • 2010 (435)
  • 2011 (427)
  • 2012 (441)

Foundations Math

Three Courses: Basic Math I, Basic Math II and Pre-Algebra (enrollments in Basic Math I are low and are not reported here)

Foundations MATH 0920 Basic Math II Fall Cohorts

Students passing MATH 0920 - Basic Math II has declined since 2010 from 69% to 58%. The number students enrolling in a college level math class is also declining, however some students enroll in the next level of foundations math (72 in 2010). Between 32% and 45% enrolled in the next level of math at the college level including courses: Technical Math Foundations, Occupational Math, Business Math, Technical Mathematics, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra. Of those taking the next level of college math, on average, 56% are passing the next course which is slightly lower than the total Math pass rate, for these seven courses, of 60% (2012).

Additional Notes:

In each of the three years more students enrolled in MATH 1130 Elementary Algebra with MATH 1050 having the next highest enrollments. The passing rate of students in MATH 1130 has increased over the three years to 66%. The pass rate in Math 1050 Occupational Math has declined with 40% passing in 2012. Math 1060 Business Math has uneven enrollments but in 2012 had a pass rate of 71%.

What does this tell us?

Students completing and passing Basic Math II, on average have lower pass rates in college level math courses than the non-foundations math students. Of the students enrolled in Basic Math II, on average, 61% pass the course. Of those only 37% enroll in a college level math course.

Passed Next Math

  • 100 level

Completed Passed

  • 2010 (415)
  • 2011 (384)
  • 2012 (327)

Of the total students who enrolled in Basic Math II (415, 383, 327) the following completed a college level course: 2010 - 69 or 17%; 2011 - 36 or 9%; 2012 - 24 or 10%.

Beginning this year the college has changed the General Education requirements to include attaining college level math skills. An increase in enrollments in foundations level math classes is expected. The foundation math courses are being redesigned into one course –Essentials of Math. Students will be required to test out of or complete Essentials of Math to graduate (degree or diploma). Academic support is also being increased.

Foundations MATH 0940 Pre-Algebra Fall Cohorts

The percentage of students passing Pre-Algebra who continued to a college level math course increased over the three years (73% in 2012). The percentage of students who passed the next level of college math also increased to 65% (2012). The courses include: Technical Math Foundations, Occupational Math, Business Math, Technical Mathematics, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra.

Additional Notes:

In each of these years the majority of students who went on enrolled in MATH 1130 - Elementary Algebra. Of those the number passing increased to 64% in 2012 (overall the pass rate was 57%). Math 1060 - Business Math has the next highest enrollments and in 2011 and 2012 with 58% of the students passing (overall the pass rate was 60%).

What does this tell us?

Overall students passing Pre-Algebra do as well as non-foundations math students. Of the total students who enrolled in Pre-Algebra (289, 278, 226) the following completed a college level course: 2010 - 33 or 11%; 2011 - 65 or 23%; 2012 - 65 or 29%. Students do better.

Passed Next Math

  • 100 level

Completed Passed

  • 2010 (289)
  • 2011 (278)
  • 2012 (226)

when taking Pre-Algebra before enrolling in college level math. The new course Math Essentials will be the pre-requisite for all college level math courses.

REPORTS

Dr. Smith's Report

  1. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. The conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member), Kent Miller (Mid-Plains Board member), Todd Holcomb (WNCC president) and I will present on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. Rita Skiles, Linda Walline, and Dr. Smith are attending.
  2. The NCCA Annual Meeting will be held on November 3-4 in Lincoln at the Embassy Suites. Events for board members will begin at noon on the 3rd and end at 10 a.m. on the 4th. The NCCA Board meeting is scheduled from 10-12 on the 4th.
  3. The Nebraska community colleges’ 2015-2017 state aid request was submitted on September 15, 2014. Community Colleges asked for a 5.5% per year increase. On September 16, Dennis Baack, NCCA Executive Director, presented the rationale for this request in testimony to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE).
  4. On September 17th CCC co-hosted two ACCELERATE Nebraska “Listening Tour” sessions in Kearney and Grand Island. ACCELERATE Nebraska is a new organization whose core purpose is “connecting improved educational outcomes to business needs for better careers and stronger communities.” The organization is led by Greg Adams, outgoing Speaker of the Unicameral, and Catherine Lang, former Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor.
  5. CCC FTE enrollment year-to-date is up 1.83%. This fall, as of 9/1/14, enrollment is up .2% over fall 2013. This is the beginning of a welcome reversal of the enrollment declines over the last few years.
  6. During the summer the CCC mission, vision, and core values and beliefs were revised. This initiative, led by Abigail Ott, Director of Educational Planning, involved many employees and has been positively received. We recently completed an online survey of all employees to gather additional feedback. The survey indicated that 91% of respondents approved of the new mission statement.
  7. Central Community College had a booth in the Exhibition Building for the entirety of the State Fair, Friday, August 22 – Monday, September 1, 2014. The days of coverage were divided between the campuses, area office, and administration with volunteers representing CCC at the booth. The booth primarily provided general information about CCC.
  8. Dr. Smith has scheduled fall open forum days for Hastings (9/16), Columbus (10/14), Administrative Office (10/17) and Grand Island (11/18).
  9. Over 100 participants attended or viewed the first of nice 2014-15 Sustainability Presentation Leadership Series event on September 4th. Originating from the Grand Island campus, Dan McGuire of the American Corn Growers Association, presented on “Wind and Renewable Energy: Nebraska’s Growth Opportunity.” The presentation was informative, well-received, and very timely given the wind energy potential in Nebraska.
  10. U.S. Senator Deb Fischer visited the Columbus Campus and took a tour on Thursday, August 7th.  She was very impressed with the facility, especially our new facilities.
  11. Columbus Mechatronics Open House is scheduled for October 3 in North Ed as part of National Manufacturing Day.  An Industry Leaders Breakfast will be held at 7:00am, Columbus Economic Council lunch at noon with Governor Heinemann scheduled to attend.  There will be a ribbon cutting and comments at 1:15pm with an Open House and tours from 1:30-4:00pm. Board members are encouraged to attend.
  12. CCC has received high praise from the Department of Health and Human Services for our $9.5 million Project HELP (Health Education Laddering Program). As we are entering the final year of this project, CCC has already exceeded the enrollment goals set for this 5 year project in only 4 years! There were 32 projects funded nationwide through HHS as part of the HPOG (Health Professions Opportunity Grant) program. CCC’s program is being held up by HPOG as one of 6 projects with outstanding best practices. This month’s “5 in 5” focused on those areas singled out by HHS as outstanding: TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Referrals; TANF Partnerships; Case Manager Coaching; Enrollment Goals – Project HELP had an enrollment goal over the life of the 5 year project of 1,176 students. As of August 2014 there are 1,309 students enrolled through Project HELP, with one full year left yet in the project; Community Liaison.
  13. Last week CCC received notice that Caterpillar has awarded a $25,000 grant to CCC. This is the 14th consecutive year that Cat has awarded this amount. Nebraska Machinery has awarded a similar amount year after year.
  14. On August 25th and 26th,   representatives met with Jan Van Note of Rich Gross Solutions to continue work on the Kearney capital campaign. Another meeting will be held on September 22nd and 23rd to continue planning.

The following reports can be found on the Novus Web site:

  • Enrollment
  • Grants
  • Monthly Purchasing
  • Board Professional Development:  Accreditation; Mission, Goals, Action Priorities, and Strategic Processes

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at  3:01 p.m.

October 16, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
October 16, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting.  The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act; a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held at Central Community College, Room 176 and 177, 4500 63rd Street, Columbus, Nebraska.

A work session was held beginning at 11:00 a.m. Items discussed include:

  • Wind Energy Info from NPPD and Bluestem personnel

Following the work session, the Foundation Board and the CCC Board of Governors met for lunch. During lunch, representatives from NPPD and Wells Fargo presented scholarship checks in the amount of $5,200 for Columbus, Grand Island, and Hastings along with $350 for Columbus Golf students who helped. NPPD and Wells Fargo hosted the Pro-Am Golf Tournament this summer and divided the profits among the five community college areas they serve.

The choral group, Spectrum, performed during lunch. Immediately following, Keith Raysby, Vishay Senior VP., presented a $20,000 check to the Spectrum group to help fund the student expenses for their trip to Greece this summer. The group will be accompanied by several other vocal groups from around the nation to perform, "To Be Certain of the Dawn," a memorial to the children of the Holocaust.

Rita Skiles called the October 16, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with nine board members present.  John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Ms. Skiles asked for roll call. 

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – absent
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – absent

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Sandra Borden volunteered to review the claims prior to the November 20 board meeting.

Public Participation

Chair Skiles requested that members of the audience register with Dr. Chris Waddle, Human Resources Manager, if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment. 

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  Sandra Borden requested the Administration Conference Room Upgrades, Grand Island Campus be moved to the discussion section. 

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items for the October 16 meeting include:

  1. Agenda for October 16, 2014
  2. Minutes of the September 18, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting.
  3. Claims for September 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014, totaling $6,627,962.63
  4. Financial report as of September 30, 2014
  5. Purchases, Periocopy System; Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Danville Materials, LLC from San Ramon, California for $22,425.00 for a Periocopy system at the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases, Ord Learning Center Carpet Replacement, Ord Learning System;  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Don Wasson Company of Columbus, Nebraska for $43,389.00 to provide the labor and materials for the carpet replacement project on the Ord Learning Center.

    Purchases, West Education Building Carpet Replacement, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Wize Buys Abbey Carpet, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska for $39,749.00 to provide the labor and materials for the West Education Carpet replacement project on the Columbus Campus.

    Purchases, Haas Toolroom Lathe, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Productivity, Inc. from Omaha, Nebraska for $115,361.14 for three Haas Toolroom lathes at the Hastings Campus.

    Purchases:  Makino U3 Wire Edm Machine, Hastings Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Productivity, Inc. from Omaha, Nebraska for $126,800.00 for a Makino U3 wire EDM machine at the Hastings Campus.

    This item was pulled:  Purchases:  Administration Conference Room Upgrades, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Electronic Contracting Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska for $87,008.00 to provide the labor and material for the conference room upgrade on the Grand Island campus.

    Purchases:  Restroom Renovation, Grand Island Campus:  The College President recommends the bid from Lacy Construction Company of Grand Island, Nebraska for $136,000.00 to provide the labor and materials for the restroom renovation on the Grand Island Campus.

  6. Personnel:  There were no personnel items for the October Board of Governors meeting.

Tom Pirnie reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the consent items with the exception of the Administration Conference Room Upgrades, Grand Island Campus.  This topic will be discussed later in the meeting.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – absent
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Dr. Waddle reported no one had signed in for Public Participation.

Partnership/Ownership

CCC Foundation

Dean Moors, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Foundation Director, discussed the highlights of the Foundation.

Major Gifts Campaign - Kearney Center

Findings of the Feasibility Study conducted by Rich Gross Solutions show:

  • The study found that a significant majority of participants believe CCC is worthy of a private sector support:
  • 98% of respondents are favorable toward CCC
  • 93% of respondents are favorable toward the college administration
  • 98% are favorable toward the proposed major gifts campaign
  • 94% indicated they are or might be willing to contribute to a campaign on behalf of CCC
  • Nearly 3/4 indicated they are or might be willing to participate on behalf of CCC
  • Nearly 3/4s place the needs of CCC as a high or medium priority compared to their other philanthropic priorities
  • 76% believe the proposed goal of raising $11.5 million through a major gifts campaign is attainable
  • More than 3/4 believe the proposed campaign schedule is well-advised

Campaign Management Initiatives

Participants are very positive toward the three initiatives proposed by the college for a major gifts campaign.

  • 98% of respondents are overwhelmingly favorable toward the new Kearney Learning Center initiative. Respondents indicated that the facility is needed if the college is to continue responding to student needs.
  • 96% are overwhelmingly favorable toward the scholarship initiative, believing that scholarships provide the extra assistance students need and often can't obtain otherwise. Many believe scholarships can also serve as a valuable recruiting tool.
  • 75% of interviewees are favorable toward the Small Business Institute initiative and only 2% were unfavorable, indicating that this initiative could be vital to the region's economic development.

Recommendations

As a result of the overwhelmingly positive answers in the study, Rich Gross Solutions recommends that Central Community College initiate a three-phased, 18 month major gifts campaign, rather than the 24-month campaign originally proposed. Other recommendations are:

    • Set a working goal of $10 million in case and three-to-five year pledges, grants, contracts and planned gifts.
    • Appoint a full-time campaign manager. 
    • Address interviewee concerns by enhancing visibility and awareness.
    • Conduct a series of business and industry partnership forums.
    • Enhance business and industry partnerships
    • Prepare a detailed plan of campaign.
    • Conduct data-driven prospect research.
    • Prepare a comprehensive case for support.
    • Implement service committees and soliciting divisions.
  • Nearly ¾ indicated they are or might be willing to participate in a campaign on behalf of CCC
  • Nearly ¾ place the needs of CCC as a high or medium priority compared to their other philanthropic priorities.
  • 76% believe the proposed goal of raising $11.5 million through a major gifts campaign is attainable.
  • More than 3/4 believe the proposed campaign schedule is well-advised.

As a result of the overwhelmingly positive answers in the study, Rich Gross Solutions recommends that CCC initiate a three-phased, 18 month major gifts campaign, rather than the 24-month campaign originally proposed.  Other recommendations are:

  • Set a working goal of $10 million in cash and three- to five- year pledges, grants, contracts and planned gifts.
  • Appoint a full-time campaign manager.
  • Address interviewee concerns by enhancing visibility and awareness.
  • Conduct a series of business and industry partnerships.
  • Enhance business and industry partnerships.
  • Prepared a detailed plan of campaign.
  • Conduct data-driven prospect research.
  • Prepare a comprehensive case for support.
  • Implement service committees and soliciting divisions.

Finances:

CCC Foundation Balance Sheet for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014:

A Balance Sheet (all funds) shows an increase in revenues over last year.  The increase is due to the Warren and Velda Wilson funds.  Direct scholarships have risen from $67,205 in 1991-92 to 232,258 in 2013-14. 

The Pacesetter Campaign netted $52,386 from Foundation Board, CCC Board, and employee pacesetters.  Employee Appeal by Location, shows 66% participation has raised $64,651.

Alumni Director

The new Alumni Director, Cheri Beda, began work this month. Cheri is a former HELP (Health, education, laddering, program) grant case manager at CCC.

The Alumni Mission:

To create, develop and promote programs and events that will engage:

  • alumni
  • current students
  • future students, and the
  • community.

The Alumni Goals:

  1. Connect with Alumni via social media and community networking events.
  2. Recruit CCC faculty and staff that are alumni
  3. Plan an alumni event to promote the new Kearney Center (February 2015)
  4. Work on creating a Future Alumni Network (FAN) club to engage current students in learning and community involvement.

These steps will assist in:

  1. Continued promotion and awareness of Central Community College's many programs
  2. Recruitment help with prospective students
  3. Sustaining loyalty and enthusiasm among CCC's alumni
  4. Promoting achievements by CCC's alumni
  5. Community involvement
  6. Exciting alumni social events

NPPD Nebraska Open Update

This is a partnership between private, public education and the Nebraska Section of PGA, resulting in successful revenues exceeding $140,000.  Community Colleges in NPPD's service area will receive approximately $75,000 or around $15,000 each from the event.

CCCF Pro-Am

The CCCF Pro-Am was held at Lochland Country Club in Hastings, resulting in another successful event.

  • 27 teams and pros
  • Strong sponsorship
    • 35 sponsors
      • $300 - $1,200
      • 12 green sponsors @ $1,200

Hall of Fame Update

Plaque presentation will be November 20, 3:15 p.m. following the Board of Governors meeting in Grand Island.

"Give Day" Participation and Strategies

  • Big Give Lexington, November 12
  • Give 2 Grow Phelps County (Holdrege), November 20
  • Give Where you Live (Kearney) - December 4
  • Big Give to Valley County (Ord) - March 17-18
  • Go Big Give (Grand Island)  - May 1
  • Give Hastings Day - May 1
  • Columbus Big Give

CCC Foundation Appreciation Luncheon will be held in Grand Island, Tuesday, October 28, 11:30 - 1:00. 

Annual Report

25 years and Going Strong

  • First distribution will be October 28th
  • Printing being done on an individual use basis to sustain resources.

Columbus Campus Annual Report

Dr. Matt Gotschall, Columbus Campus President, gave an overview of the Columbus Annual Report.

Highlights from 2013-2014

  • $3 million, 10,600 square foot Welding addition completed.  There was an open house and tours on October 3, 2014.
  • In addition, the Mechatronics Department is also expanding to accommodate the growing number of students interested in engineering design processes.  This fast growing field is a combination of mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering.

Phi Theta Kappa Awards

NE/WY Regional Awards to Chi Sigma Chapter

  • Five Star Chapter
  • 2014 Honors in Action Project - 1st Place
  • 2014 Distinguished Chapter Award - 1st Place
  • Taylor Johnson was elected Nebraska/Wyoming Regional President for the 2014-2015 year.
  • Lisa Gdowski received the 2014 Continued Excellence Award for Advisors

Veterans Services

  • CCC recognized as #1 "Best for Vets" in nation in Community College category by Military Times.

UNL Transfer Scholarships Awarded for Fall 2014 Admits

            Transfer Regents Scholarship - four semesters of tuition or completion of an undergraduate degree, which comes first.

  • Shuraya Frauendorfer
  • Jessica Gonzalez
  • Carter Shank
  • Jocelyn Tierney

Accompanied by several other vocal groups from around the nation, Spectrum focal ensemble, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The performance depicts a memorial to the children of the Holocaust. Because of this performance, the group has been asked to perform the memorial in Greece. The students will leave this summer. Credit hours will be given for the experience. 

NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Tyron Criswell (TC), transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno.

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Men's Basketball #3 in NJCAA Division II
  • Volleyball #7 (and 6th) in NJCAA Division II
  • Regional IX Championship Teams Volleyball, Men's Basketball, and Softball

Men's Soccer 2014-2015:

  • 25 to 36 recruits – last year to this year. Friday, they are leaving for the regionals in Colorado.

Media Enrollment Numbers, 2014-2015 as of September 1, 2014:

  • Columbus Campus up 140 headcount or 6%
  • Columbus Campus Up 25.64 FTE or 5%
  • Gainers - Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, Math, Speech, Health, History, English, and Business Administration

New Area Program:

Beginning fall 2014, CCC is offering a new 12-credit Diversified Manufacturing Technology Certificate under the Advanced Manufacturing Design Technology (AMDT) program:

  • Introduction to Industrial Safety - 3 credits
  • Introduction to Quality and Continuous Improvement - 3 credits
  • Introduction to Manufacturing Technology - 3 credits
  • Introduction to Maintenance Technology - 3 credits

Dan Davidchik, Project Director of Project Impact, Innovations Moving People to Achieve Certified Training.

  • Funded by the US Department of Labor under a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.
  • In-sourcing is the thing.  Nebraska is leading edge state to train next work place.

The Lunch N Learn, October 23, will be an Employer Panel discussing their needs and letting students ask questions.

CCC-Columbus 14-15 Enhancements

  • $1.5 million, Mechatronics Remodel
  • Area-wide Distance Learning Upgrades
  • North Education Computer Lab, Hallway/Lounge Facelifts

KC Belitz, Chamber President, discussed Columbus Community upgrades:

  • Health and Wellness Center - $22 million
  • Medical Office Building Addition - Hospital
  • East Central District Health Department - $6 million
  • Child Development Center - $8 million
  • Planning States of new Library/Cultural Arts Center
  • Public Safety Building (Fire/Police)
  • Viaducts and Waste Treatment Facilities
  • Columbus Public High School - $50 Million

EXECUTIVE SESSION

There was no need for an executive session.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Joel King presented the following Agreement:

As the Board of Governors and Management of the Central Community College Area have a desire to reduce costs, lead in innovation, and provide educational experiences of leading technologies:

As Bluestem Energy Solutions desires to enter into an agreement to provide energy to CCC with the use of a wind turbine to supplement the energy needs of the Hastings    Campus and provide a platform for learning;

As Bluestem Energy Solutions entered into an open and free bid process to provide services and was selected as the most appropriate provider;

Therefore it is directed that CCC enter into an Exclusive Contingent Development  Agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions for the purpose of determining the feasibility of providing wind turbine energy to CCC.

Further, if the feasibility study is positive, that the award of the turbine construction and power purchase agreement will be awarded to Bluestem Energy Solutions; unless the Board of Governors in a separate vote determine not to proceed with the power purchase agreement despite the positive results of the feasibility study.

MOVED BY BURNS, SECONDED BY KELLER to accept the agreement with Bluestem Energy Solutions.

Discussion followed.

Roll call vote was taken:

Aerni – nay
Borden – nay
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – nay
Pirnie – nay
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

5 - aye

4 – nay

2 absent

MOTION CARRIED

Purchases: Administration Conference Room Upgrades, Grand Island Campus: 

Sandra Borden asked for clarification of the bid from Electronic Contracting Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska for $87,008.00 to provide the labor and material for the conference room upgrade on the Grand Island campus. Craig Boroff answered questions.

MOVED BY WALLINE, SECONDED BY BURNS to accept the bid from Electronic Contracting Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska for $87,008.00 to provide the labor and material for the conference room upgrade on the Grand Island campus.

Aerni – nay
Borden – nay
Burns – aye
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – nay
Pirnie – nay
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – absent

4-Nay

5-Aye

2-absent

MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items.

Reports

Dr. Smith's Report

  1. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress will be held in Chicago from October 22-25. The   conference theme is “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member), Kent Miller (Mid-Plains Board member), Todd    Holcomb (WNCC president) and Dr. Smith will present on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. Rita Skiles and Linda Walline will also attend.
  2. The NCCA Annual Meeting will be held on November 3-4 in Lincoln at the Embassy Suites. Events for board members will begin at noon on the 3rd and end at 10 a.m. on the 4th. The NCCA Board meeting is scheduled from 10-12 on the 4th. As of today, four of 11 CCC Board members have committed to attend.
  3. CCC FTE enrollment year-to-date is up .20% over 2013-14 (1,810 vs. 1,806). This fall, as of 9/1/14 enrollment is down 1.46% over fall 2013 (1,735 vs. 1,761). This is the beginning of a welcome reversal of the significant enrollment declines over the last few years.
  4. Dr. Smith has scheduled fall open forum days for Hastings (9/16) [Completed], Columbus (10/14) [Completed], Administrative Office (10/17) and Grand Island (11/18). Columbus Mechatronics Open House:  There were several events on October 3 in North   Ed as part of National Manufacturing Day.  An Industry Leaders Breakfast was held at 7:00 a.m., with a Columbus Economic Council lunch at noon with Governor Heineman in attendance. There was a Ribbon cutting and comments at 1:15 p.m. with an Open House and tours from 1:30-4:00 p.m. Three Board members (Rita Skiles, Sam Cowan, and Linda Aerni) attended.
  5. On August 25th and 26th college administration met with Jan Van Note of Rich Gross Solutions to continue work on the Kearney capital campaign, and on September 22nd and 23rd to continue planning as well as on October 14th and 15th. The executive summary has been refined, a tentative timeline developed, a good number of potential leaders and   donors for the capital campaign have been identified. Dean Moors and Dr. Smith will be spending significant time in the Kearney area meeting with these folks in November and December.
  6. CCC has entered into a partnership with the V.A. Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System. This is a two year pilot program and we are 1 of 24 four year institutions and 1 of 3 community colleges that have been selected for this program. "Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership," is a program offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs in partnership with local colleges/universities.  The goal of V.I.T.A.L. is to assist our nation’s student veterans with their academic goals, enrolling in the VA healthcare system, benefits, academic challenges, and much more.  V.I.T.A.L. allows for a VA Social Worker to be stationed on campus to be the liaison between the VA and Central. The V.I.T.A.L. Social Workers will be integrated in the compressive programs of the Veterans & Military Resource Centers at CCC, to include faculty and staff trainings, classroom presentations, personal counseling, support groups,  orientations, and  admissions processing. Our two new V.I.T.A.L. counselors will report to Travis Karr, Director of Veteran and Military Services.
  7. Alan D. Hartley, recently retired Grand Island campus interim president, will receive the Central Community College Distinguished Alumni Award at the November 2014 NCCA Conference.
  8. Last week, Dean Moors and Dr. Smith attended the PIN (Postsecondary International Network) annual conference in South Korea. CCC signed a cooperative agreement with Ulsan College and made a number of other contacts. Dr. Smith starts a two-year term as PIN President effective October 10, 2014.
  9. CCC was recently awarded a $2.5 million precision agriculture grant which began on October 1. Bill Hitesman, Nate Allen, and Marni Danhauer were invited to the White House for the announcement and accompanying ceremony.
  10. Dr. Smith was appointed to serve on the ACCT Advisory Committee of Presidents; the term begins on January 1, 2015, and will expire December 31, 2016. The Advisory Committee of Presidents meets annually during the Community College National Legislative Summit and the ACCT Leadership Congress.  The Committee was established to ensure that chief executives have a voice in recommending and evaluating educational programs offered by ACCT.

The following reports are posted on Novus:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Monthly Purchase Report - October
  • Professional Board Development

This month's topic is Stewardship.

Dr. Waddle discussed Title IX and the College Save Act and asked Board members to sign a pledge in support to stop sexual violence. A college-wide campaign will begin with the signing. Staff and faculty will be asked to sign the pledge at the All-College In-Service.

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

November 20, 2014

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
November 20, 2014

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given to members of the Board of Governors of Central Community College, to the administrators of the college, and to the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area in advance of the meeting. The agenda was made available to the public in the office of the College President and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The College adheres to the Open Meetings Act; a copy of which is located in the Board Room.

The meeting was held in Grand Island, Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Items discussed included:

  • Capital Budget
  • Other Projects
  • Security
  • Policies and Procedures

Rita Skiles called the November 20, 2014, meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., with nine board members present. John Higgins, Legal Counsel, was also present.  Mrs. Skiles asked for roll call. 

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Burns – absent
Cowan – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Pirnie – present
Sasges – absent
Skiles – present
Walline – present
Zikmund – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Chair Skiles asked for introduction of guests.  College representatives introduced guests and staff members. 

VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW CLAIMS

Linda Walline volunteered to review the claims prior to the January 15, 2015 board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Chair Skiles asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.  

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items for the October 17 meeting include:

  1. Agenda for November 20, 2014
  2. Minutes of the October 16, 2014, Board of Governors’ meeting.
  3. Claims for October 1, 2014, through October 31, 2014, totaling $6,422,019.53
  4. Financial report as of October 31, 2014
  5. Purchases: Core/Distribution Switch, Columbus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the response from Sirius Computing of Omaha, Nebraska, for $134,835.20 for the purchase of core replacement equipment and associated professional services.

    Purchases:  Core/Distribution Switch, Hastings:  The College President recommends acceptance of the response from Sirius Computing of Omaha, Nebraska, for $124,980.20 for the purchase of core replacement equipment and associated professional services.

    Purchases:  Festo Systainer Hydraulic Equipment, Columbus Campus:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Festo Didactic from Hauppauge, NY for $83,305.51 for six Festo Systainer Hydraulic Equipment at the Columbus Campus.

    Purchases:  Printing and Mailing of ELS Brochures, College-Wide:  The College President recommends acceptance of the bid from Mennonite Press, Newton, KS for $29,596.24 for printing and mailing of the ELS brochures.

  6. Personnel:  The College President recommends the resignation of Cassandra Brader be accepted as of November 30, 2014.

Corrections were requested for the October Board of Governors minutes.  The changes did not affect the voting outcome. 

Sandra Borden reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to accept the consent items, with the correction of the October minutes.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Partnership/Ownership

Grand Island

Dr. Thomas Walker reviewed the Grand Island Campus Annual Report.  Highlights included:

  • Early College (Early Entry) Enrollment Grand Island High Schools (GISH, GICC, Heartland, NWHS)

From 2009-2010, enrollment was 536; in 2013-2014, enrollment was 622.

  • Age Groups 2013-2014, full-time and part-time:
    • Under 21 – 1141
    • 22-29 – 968
    • 30-39 – 579
    • 40-49 – 276
    • 50-64 – 306
    • Over 64 – 21
    • Unknown – 14
  • Grand Island Campus FTE:
    • 2013-2014 – 1,179.92  (data represents all Fall, Spring, and Summer S1-2 credit enrollment related to the Grand Island Campus)

Awards Distribution 2013-2014:

  • Diplomas – 23%
  • Certificates – 30%
  • Degrees – 47%

Awards by Career Cluster 2013-2014:

  • Business (222) – 40%
  • Nursing (107) – 19%
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences (93) – 17%
  • Academic Transfer (60) – 11%
  • Allied Health (45) – 8%
  • ECED – (29) – 5%

Financial Aid and Scholarships awarded totaled over $5,000,000; Financial Aid and Scholarship recipients were 1,984. 

Dr. Walker also highlighted employees and highlights this year.  Included are the following:

  • TeamMates Mentor, Maria Lopez and a picture of Dr. Tom Osborne, TeamMates co-founder
  • Leadership Training and Development offers leadership and partnership and computer classes at all levels at College Park.
  • The newly renovated Drafting Lab brings high tech to the field and Chad Bloom, Al Hartley, and Guy Suganuma were applauded for their part in this.
  • The Veterans group has been so involved in community and school events and definitely one reason they were recently ranked #1 for Best in Vets in Community Colleges for the second year in a row.  The Veterans group held a successful Bar-B-Que in Doniphan.
  • GED Graduate Elinor Moody received her diploma at the age of 84!
  • The annual Job Fair for Nurses is always a successful, anticipated event.

Cindy Johnson Chamber President talked to the Board about Grow Grand Island, a study with the Chamber, Economic Development, and Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is not to be confused with Grander Vision, a bigger envisioning process through the City of Grand Island. At some time the two projects will probably meld together.

She stated this is a needed and welcome study for our community.  The Grow Grand Island version does take a different approach, by looking at the types of businesses the city wants.  The community definitely needs a bigger, better, skilled trained workforce, and so the partnership with Central Community College is vital. Growing comes from current employers, and we are lucky in Grand Island that we have strong businesses, and the intent is to work hard to ensure those bigger businesses stay here. Ms. Johnson also talked about the ability to respond quickly when they hear of a need. The partnership with business incubators was also discussed. Ms. Johnson feels very strongly about the city and college connection.

Dr. Walker concluded by stating that the best reason we are here is the students!!

NCCA

Dennis Baack, NCCA Director, gave his annual update on the Nebraska Community College Association. The coming year could be a very interesting year in legislature. There will be many new senators, new governor, and many of the committees will change. There will be a change in the biennium. The numbers start large, but they will begin whittling it down; prisons, health and human resources, workforce, training, economic development.  Community Colleges will have challenges ahead of us.  At this point, there is no legislation to send forward at this time.  A meeting will try to be arranged with Senator Bolz. 

  • The Annual Meeting was a success.  Plans are already started for next years’ possible topic of Generational Differences.  This is a timely issue. 
  • NCCA is hoping to have some preliminary discussions with Metro, to possibly get them to join NCCA again.  We are going to have to look at the way we fund community colleges and maybe look at something that involves performance. 
  • There has been discussion on property tax and if community colleges should be taken off the property tax.  Community Colleges need to stay on the property tax, is we get some additional assistance. 
  • Senator Sullivan might be a strong candidate for the chair of education.
  • Coordinating Commission has requested the state to lower our percentage, but would still be higher than for state colleges and university. 

IT

Tom Peters, IT Director, discussed “Just Happened, Happening Now, and ON the Horizon” in his report.

Tom applauded his IT Team and stated that the IT Team personnel has had a net increase of 1.5 employees in 8 years.

HelpDesk Tickets Closed

  • From July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013    7,519
  • From July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014    6,995
  • From July 1, 2014-November 1, 2014 – (only 5 months) – 2,869

IT Service Catalog

Service Level Impact/Service

  • User Impact and Priority Level
  • 550+ Serviced Identified/Defined
  • Service Level Agreements (SLA’s)
  1.  Critical  (24/7/365)
    a. Approximately 70 IT Services Impacting All Students/Employees)
  2. High  (24-48 hours M-F 8-5)
  3. Medium (48 -96 hours M-F 8-5)
  • Defined Maintenance Windows

Enterprise Systems Services Team

  • Sherry Desel (Director)
  • Lynda Cohn
  • Mark Francis
  • Josh Arrants
  • Deb Payne

Ellucian – “Colleague” (going live, February 15th)

ERP “Enterprise Resource Planning” Database Conversion

OLD Technology

  • Unix Platform
  • Unidata DataBase
    • End of life

NEW Technology

  • Microsoft Platform
  • SQL DataBase
  • 18 Month Project

Ellucian Recruiter (going live, December 1)

Streamline the recruiting cycle (SAAS) Cloud Service

In today’s competitive market, your institution needs to find the right students – and the right mix of students – to meet critical targets for enrollment.  That means your institution needs to be more sophisticated and focused in communicating with potential students – and more effective in managing the entire admissions process Ellucian Recruiter is a comprehensive solution that supports the entire recruiting and admissions lifecycle.  It streamlines admissions operations while providing an engaging, personalized web experience for prospective students.  Ellucian Recruiter is designed to help your institution find the best prospects, engage them more successfully, improve enrollment results – and manage the recruitment cycle more efficiently and effectively.

New CCC Web Site (going live – December 15th)

Time Clock Plus

  • Deployed 33 clocks
  • Record time for hourly employees
  • Record leave time for contract employees
  • Tied into Colleague

Major Software Initiatives

  • Document Imaging
    • Imagenow
  • Print Management
    • PaperCut
  • Ellucian “Action Plan”
    • 3 year planning
      • Student Retention
      • Student Enrollment
  • Mobile Apps
    • Informational
    • Smart Phones

Network and Infrastructure Team

  • Keith Vincik (Director)
  • Barry Horner
  • Andrew Fausett
  • Sheila Hansen
  • Tyler Clemans

CCC Server Farm “Horse Power”

  • 144 Production Servers (87.5% virtualized) – 2012
    • 126 virtual and 18 physical servers
    • 326 virtual desktops provisioned
  • 166 production servers (91.0% virtualized) – 2013
    • 154 virtual and physical servers
    • 484 virtual desktops provisioned
  • 191 Production servers (95.0% virtualized) – 2014 – current
    • 181 virtual and 10 physical servers
  • 540 virtual desktops provisioned

Storage Farm Status

2012 – 89 TB of Total Storage

  • 7 storage system
  • 75% allocated (used)

2013 – 233 TB of Total Storage

  • 9 storage system
  • 45% allocated

2014 (Current)

  • 271 TB of Total Storage
  • 9 Storage System
  • 50% allocated (used)

SourceFire Appliance

  • Pocket Shaping/Traffic Filtering/Intrusion Detection

CCC Video Project

  • Video Project Upgrade – go live, January 1st
  • DL Sites “Ord” – go live, January 1st
  • WAN Upgrade – QOS – go live, January 15th

IT Infrastructure

  • GI Refresh
    • 10GB Throughput
    • Firewalls
    • Core Switch

Wireless Network

  • 155-200 – 295 Wireless AP’s
  • Fastest Growing Network – 100% Building Coverage

Client Services Team

  • Brian Hoffman (Director)
  • Willy Kilgore
  • Francis Sparks
  • Gabe Trejo
  • Shannon James

Computing Devices

  • 2012 – 2, 171
  • 2013 – 2,465
  • 2014 – 2,638

Desktop Computers

  • 1,037 – 960 – 948
  • Retiring Technology
  • End of Life

Laptop Computers

  • 695 – 780- 861
  • Mobile Devices
  • Work Horse Device

Computing Devices

  • iPad’s and Tablets
  • 129-233-448 Fastest Growing

Virtual Desktop

  • 310 – 399 – 472
    • Newest Technology
    • Future
  • Sustainability

LANDesk Management Suite – Manage CCC User Devices

On the Horizon – 2015/2016

  • Hastings Infrastructure Refresh
  • Columbus Infrastructure Refresh
  • Video Surveillance
  • Comevo Software
  • Maxient Software (SAAS – Colleague Interface)
  • Sustainability iDashBoard
  • MS Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2013

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Rita Skiles requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation issues.

MOVED BY ZIKMUND, SECONDED BY KRIEGER that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session.  (Time:  2:25 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY ZIKMUND, SECONDED BY BORDEN to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors Meeting.  (Time: 2:47 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Financial Audit Report

Shannon Peard, Dana F. Cole and Company, Inc. spoke to the Board regarding the Annual Financial Statements recently sent to the Central Community College Board of Directors.  In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, Dana F. Cole and Company, Inc. issued their report dated November 13, 2014, on their consideration of Central Community College Area’s internal control over financial reporting and the tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements and other matters.  The purpose of that report is to describe the scope of their testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on the internal control over financial reporting or on compliance.  That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in concerning Central Community College Area’s internal control over financial reporting and compliance.  Ms. Peard explained the audit process and answered questions.  She states the CCC cooperation was greatly appreciated and the statements were unqualified. 

MOVED BY ZIKMUND, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the Financial Audit as prepared by Dana F. Cole and Company, Inc.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

NCCA Dues

An invoice for 2015 Nebraska Community College Association membership dues was presented for payment.  The budget is split equally among the five community colleges in the association.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY ZIKMUND to accept the NCCA Dues invoice for payment.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Authorization for College President to approve action items for December 2014

As the Board of Governors of Central Community College will not have a meeting in December 2014, the Board hereby authorizes Dr. Greg Smith to approve any needed consent items during the month of December 2014. The following will be needed to be approved:

  • Geomagic Capture 3D Scanners for Drafting and Design Technology, Grand Island and Columbus Campus
  • Engine Lathes for AMDT Columbus Campus
  • SimSpray Virtual Reality Painting Simulator Training Bay for Automotive Hastings Campus

Dr. Smith will provide to the Board a summary of all actions taken under this authority at the January 15, 2015 Board meeting.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY KELLER to authorize Dr. Smith to approve any needed consent items during the month of December 2014.  Dr. Smith will provide a summary of all actions taken under this authority at the January 15, 2015 Board meeting.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Policies

Dr. Chris Waddle presented the following policies for approval:

  • Personnel Policies
  • Discrimination Policy

Read the policies

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY KELLER to accept the Personnel Policy and Discrimination Policy, effective January 1, 2015, with the following correction noted:

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Policy:

Full-time employees are eligible for bereavement leave in the case of death in the immediate family.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Burns – absent
Cowan – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Pirnie – aye
Sasges – absent
Skiles – aye
Walline – aye
Zikmund – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

Nomination Committee

Rita Skiles, Chair, stated the slate of officers for the 2015 year are:

  • Dale Zikmund, Chair
  • Sam Cowan, Vice Chair
  • Sandra Borden, Secretary
  • Linda Walline, Treasurer

Officers will be sworn in at the January 15, 2015 meeting.

NCCA Representative

Sandra Borden and Diane Keller will serve as NCCA representatives for the 2015 year.  Sandra Borden will serve as Board Chair for the NCCA Board.

Capital Budget

Craig Boroff explained the Capital budget and answered questions. Read the budget. The budget will come to the Board for approval in January.

Student Success

Dr. Brennan presented the report on Student Success.  Read the report

REPORTS

Dr. Smith gave his report to the Board.

  1. The 2014 Raider volleyball team has qualified for the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament in Phoenix, AZ, November 20-22. The team is seeded # 2 out of the 16 team field, which puts us in the 11:00 am match on Thursday, November 20th.  Our opponent is # 15 Genesee Community College from Batavia, New York. Mary Young and the team left on Tuesday, November 18th   practice on the 19th , along with a banquet that evening for all the teams and coaches. They will have a RAIDER NATION PEP RALLY on Monday, the 17th after the women’s basketball game against Cloud County CC.  (6:00 game) 8:00 pep rally. 
  2. On Monday November 24, Case IH will donate a high end combine to CCC with all the latest technology (plenty of bells and whistles) worth approximately $300,000 to $400,000. Also, Ingersoll Rand has donated $20,000 to upgrade Advanced Manufacturing at Kearney High School.
  3. On November 10, Military Times announced the Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings. For the second year in a row CCC has been designated the #1 community college in the nation. In their fifth year, the rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.
  4. The ACCT 2014 Leadership Congress was held in Chicago from October 21-24. The conference theme was “Winds of Change: Staying the Course to the American Dream.” Tom Perkins (WNCC Board member), Todd Holcomb (WNCC president) and Dr. Smith presented on Nebraska’s efforts in regard to the Voluntary Framework for Accountability. Rita Skiles, Linda Walline, and Dr. Smith attended.
  5. The NCCA Annual Meeting was held on November 3-4 in Lincoln at the Embassy Suites. Four CCC Board members attended: Rita Skiles, Sandra Borden, Linda Walline, and Paul Krieger. Events for board members and CEOs included a half-day Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) workshop, and reviewed CCC Board self-assessments of performance and progress on commitments that was done in November 2012.
  6. CCC FTE enrollment year-to-date is up .20% over 2013-14 (1,810 vs. 1,806). This fall, as of 9/1/14 enrollment is down 1.46% over fall 2013 (1,735 vs. 1,761). This is the beginning of a welcome reversal of the significant enrollment declines over the last few years.
  7. Quite a few meetings have taken place with Jan Van Note of Rich Gross Solutions to continue work on the Kearney capital campaign. An executive summary has been refined, a tentative timeline developed, and identified a good number of potential leaders and donors for the capital campaign. Dean and Greg have made nine (9) friend making visits with four (4) more scheduled.  They will both be spending significant time in the Kearney area meeting with these folks in December.
  8. Alan D. Hartley, recently retired Grand Island campus interim president, received the Central Community College Distinguished Alumni Award at the November 2014 NCCA Conference.
  9. Bill Schneider, past Board of Governors member from Columbus, passed away this week. 

The following reports can be found on the website at:  http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Monthly Purchasing Report – November 2014
  • Board Professional Development – Title IX

Immediately following the Board meeting, a ceremony inducting Homer and Margaret Pierce into the Foundation Hall of Fame was conducted. 

ADJOURNMENT

Skiles declared the meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.