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A new policy on repeating courses will go into effect at East Central College next January.  Changes in rules regarding allocation of federal financial aid for repeating a course prompted ECC faculty and staff to discuss changes to the current policy. 

 

A student enrolled at ECC may repeat a course one time, if either the student received a grade of D or lower or the course content and/or credit hour value changed significantly.  If a student needs to repeat a course a second time and conditions warrant such exception, the student must receive written permission from the chief academic or student affairs officer.  Jean McCann, vice president of instruction, noted that this change will give staff the opportunity to talk with the student about the reason he or she has struggled.  “All attempts at the course will be recorded on the official college transcript and the highest grade will be factored into the student’s GPA,” McCann stated.

 

In other action at their August 27 meeting, trustees approved the purchase of equipment for the graphic design program. 

 

Sweetwater Sound, Inc. submitted a bid of $20,065 for a mixing board for recording, processing and editing sound effects, music and vocal audio for multimedia projects.  The HD-C24: Pro Tools Studio system will be a key component for  multimedia courses.  It will give students an early opportunity to explore sound engineering and design before entering the workforce or transferring to a four-year degree program.  

 

Vocational enhancement grant funds will cover 75 percent of the cost.  The Missouri Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement Grant is administered by the Division of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

Board members also reviewed purchases made with Missouri Vocational Enhancement Grant funds that were pre-authorized in June.  Over $68,000 in equipment was purchased from Dell and Apple for the health information management, computer information systems and graphic design programs.   

 

A resolution of support for the Missouri Community College Association was also approved.  MCCA is the organization through which Missouri’s community colleges unite for advocacy, education and professional development.

 

Personnel

College trustees also dealt with a number of personnel matters at their August meeting.

 

Ryan McDonnell was hired as coordinator of student activities.  He earned both his bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri.  While attending college he worked as residence hall director, summer camp staff manager and community advisor at UCM.  McDonnell replaces Brad Bruns who resigned to take a position as dean of students, athletic director and volleyball coach at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.

 

A new position as high school relations coordinator has been filled with the hiring of Nathaniel Mitchell.  For the past four years Mitchell worked at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He was an admissions counselor for three years and spent the last year as international student advisor/recruiter.  Mitchell obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from Missouri S&T.

 

Trustees accepted the resignation of Rebecca Schantz, a math instructor at ECC since 2005.

 

Employment of part-time instructors for the 2012 fall semester was also approved.

 

President’s Report

In his report to trustees, Bauer noted that he expects final enrollment figures for the 2012 fall semester to be down from last year.  “As of today we are down 2.4 percent in headcount and 2.7% in credit hours,” he said.  “Our percentages won’t change significantly before we report our final numbers to the state September 12.” 

 

“During our pre-semester meetings we discussed how student recruitment, retention and completion will be our focus and how those areas will be a part of the strategic plan we develop this year,” stated Bauer.  “We need to work as hard as we can to reach as many people as possible to inform them about the opportunities available at ECC.  We have to work just as hard to keep our students on track from semester to semester.”

 

Other projects outlined by Bauer for the upcoming year include updating personnel policies so they match up with current laws; accreditation of several academic programs; a survey of community members; and offering a retirement incentive to realize some savings in payroll.

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