Course for Our Future
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the Education Code, the the healthcare
district onlyTrusteesToday, the Board
did not unanimously approve the resolution to sell the Garberville site to the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District.
On the Horizon
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 %.