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Update Following the February 5, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting

I want to share a brief summary of the February 5, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting with you in case you were not able to attend in person or view it online.

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The Eureka Campus is Changing Above and Below Ground

Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget includes funding for College of the Redwoods to construct new Creative Arts and Physical Education/Gymnasium Complexes on the Eureka Campus.  These new projects are in addition to the funding already received from the state to upgrade CR’s utility infrastructure systems (UIR), also on the main campus.

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Two Redwoods' players are on the CCCWBCA Academic All-State Team for 2018-19

Two players from CR's 2018-19 Women’s basketball were included on the Academic All-State Team.

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A CR student was selected as a semifinalist for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

A former CR student was selected as one of the semifinalists for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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President/Superintendent's Blog

Update Following April 11, 2017 Board Meeting

Setting the Course for Our Future

The Board engaged in a discussion about CR’s future, both short and long term.  The Trustees discussed and approved the College’s Strategic Vision for 2017-2027.  All of the vision statements provide a direction to the District that will encourage us to anticipate challenges, seize opportunities, and continue developing meaningful partnerships with our communities.  Underlying the strategic vision is the commitment to provide a student-centered environment and to focus all college staff and resources on student learning, student development, and student success.

Making Progress

The accreditation process currently underway has provided us an opportunity to evaluate the services and curriculum we deliver, and to think about who we are, what we do best, and how we need improve in order to meet and exceed the accreditation standards and eligibility requirements. The Board reviewed the content of our current drafts of Standards I, II, III, and IV.  The accreditation writers and the Accreditation Oversight Committee will take the Trustee's suggestions into consideration as they continue their work.  

The Trustees used student success data to review our Mission statement. It's important to mention that using data to inform the discussion of the Mission satisfies an accreditation standard and reinforces the fact that we've developed a Mission statement that can be assessed and measured. 

The Board executed a second approval of the resolution accepting the tentative agreement to sell our Garberville site to the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District (SHCHD).  If you remember, the District was approached by the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, which signaled an interest in purchasing the site to construct a hospital.   

The Board of Trustees previously declared the Garberville property surplus (i.e. that it is not needed for District purposes in the foreseeable future), and voted to initially approve the tentative agreement by resolution. The District then published the Board action three times in the local newspaper.  Per the Education Code, the Board was required to hold a second and final meeting where the Board would allow public comment and then consider approval of the final purchase agreement.

Per the Education Code, the Board may sell the property to the healthcare district only by a unanimous vote of the Trustees.  Today, the Board did not unanimously approve the resolution to sell the Garberville site to the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District.

On the Horizon

Planning for next year’s budget included a vote by the Board on the BPC’s recommended budget assumptions that will inform the development of our 2017-18 budget.  The Board also discussed the 2017-18 preliminary budget.  In June, the Board will approve a Tentative Budget which will incorporate changes from the Governor’s May Revised Budget.  In September, the Board will approve a Final Budget that will include actions taken by the Governor and the Legislature to finalize the State’s budget.

The Board approved the hiring of Monica Malt as the new Assistant Professor of Nursing in Eureka .  The Trustees also approved the employment of several associate faculty: Melissa Courtnage, History – Del Norte; Michael Robinson, Administration of Justice – Eureka;  Holly Slay, Nursing – Eureka; Levy Smith, Interdisciplinary Basic Skills – Noncredit – Del Norte; and Tim Toste, Administration of Justice – Eureka.

Several retirements were approved.  We’re going to say farewell to Becky Blatnick, Counselor  in Del Norte– last day of employment June 1, 2017;  George Kapitan, Lead Public Safety Officer in Eureka – last day of employment December 29, 2017; and Connie Wolfsen, Professor Nursing – revised last day of employment May 19, 2017.

The Board received some very good news in the Interim VPISD's informational report. The Financial Aid Office has worked very hard over the past several years to reduce our loan default rate. In prior years, the College's loan default rate reached as high as 30%. Colleges whose rates go above 30% can lose federal financial aid including Pell Grants. Since the College hired a financial literacy specialist, CR's loan default rate declined to a low of 22.7 %.

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