College Assembly hears regional report data, textbook rental plan

Regional campus report

Associate Vice President of Regional Campuses Jim Falco shone a spotlight on our regional campuses. Interesting data points of his report included:

  • 12 percent of the college headcount are regional campus students
  • 46 percent of regional students are in associate degree programs
  • 34 percent are in liberal arts
  • 88 to 90 percent attend regional campuses part time
  • The total regional headcount was 4,992, with a median age of 21.5
  • 95 percent of the students are white, but the minority numbers are growing

Tactical strategies for increasing regional enrollments include expansion of business and industry services, offering credit and noncredit programming, providing apprenticeship opportunities and workforce development academies, working with incarcerated students and creating more Middle College and internship opportunities.

Falco went on to share challenges and opportunities within the 2018 Academic Plan through the lens of the regionals.

He also shared big picture strategies that could bridge the gap, including:

  • Align the Academic Plan with regional campus realities
  • Build a unified regional campus vision
  • Foster more business partnerships and expand campus services
  • Make each campus a local destination
  • Work with Business and Industry training and the Entrepreneurship Center to increase service offerings
  • Improve class section offerings to help working persons complete more classes locally

Textbook rental update

Ben Monty shared a brief update on the textbook rental plan on behalf of the Textbook Affordability Committee.

Degree credit students will pay up to $7 per credit. Students will have the option to waive the rental fee, but the hows and whys are still under discussion.

The committee is still considering how departments will plan for rental.

Council updates

The IT Council shared that they will soon finish their asset/software management policy. The council will then tackle a three-year strategic plan, policies related to security and  administrative rights.

The Assembly thumbed the council’s plans.

The Institutional Effectiveness Council reported they are examining how to make the college an “evidence-based culture.”

Discussion took place about what that means and how fostering this idea will help the council dive deeper into the college’s organizational structure.

Course assignment

Some Assembly members would like the Assembly to handle the course assignment policy as an issue.

The Assembly co-chairs requested that documents related to the policy be sent to the Assembly for further review. They also suggested that everyone review Dr. Daniels’ comments about the issue within the Workload Policy.

The topic will revisited in January.

Next meeting

The College Assembly will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Published December 21, 2018. Updated January 4, 2019.