February 2014 Board Report
Valley Community College board Thursday approved a three-year lease agreement
to locate the University of Illinois Extension four-county regional office in the
C Building offices formerly occupied by financial aid.
for Extension Unit 8, Jill Guynn, the three-member professional educator staff
and a secretarial position will relocate to IVCC while satellite offices in
Princeton, Henry and Ottawa remain open. The agreement totaling $18,200
annually will begin July 1.
Unit 8 serves
60,000 residents in La Salle, Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties including
6,000 youth via 4-H, after school programs, the “Ag in the Classroom” program
business, trustees approved a nearly 10 percent
tuition increase effective this summer.
recommendation of its audit/finance committee, trustees voted to increase
tuition from $93.60 to $103.60 per credit. When the $7.40 universal fee is
added, total credit hour cost will be $111.
for tuition and universal fees at all community colleges is currently $112.65. By comparison, students paid $296 per credit
hour at Northern Illinois University, $335 at Illinois State University and
$394 at the University of Illinois.
Over the course
of a year, a full-time IVCC student taking 30 hours would pay $3,330.
for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema said the increase is
necessary due to state funding remaining flat and lower property values
resulting in decreased property tax levies.
approved increases in course fees for 79 classes, decreases in 28 and the
elimination of one course fee.
In other action,
the board approved:
recommendations for CNA instructor Christine Blaydes, sociology instructor
Jared Olesen and fitness center instructor Tony Ruda.
the 2015 fiscal year as July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, appointed Corcoran to
prepare the tentative budget and approved the budget calendar.
retirement of Marianne Dzik, Dean of English, Mathematics and Education,
effective March 31. In her retirement letter Dzik said her association with
IVCC began in 1966 when she was a member of the first freshman class at the
newly formed college. “I was excited and honored to begin my professional
career at IVCC in 1984 and work alongside the teachers from whom I learned and
admired,” Dzik said.
retirement of facilities director Gary Johnson effective March 1. Johnson, who
helped lead IVCC through the construction of the 80,000-square-foot Peter
Miller Community Technology Center, said in his retirement letter, “I have
enjoyed the years of energy and enthusiasm at IVCC.”
appointment of Scott Curley as interim director of facilities.
letters of support for Ottawa’s request for a 12-year extension of the I-80
North TIF where 26 parcels totaling 136 acres remain undeveloped. “The TIF has
had tremendous success in attracting and retaining commercial and light
industrial businesses,” city engineer Dave Noble said in a letter.
The board also
contracts will be renewed for non-tenured faculty Mary Black, developmental
math, Carmen Hartford, biology, Shane Lange, automotive technology, Tracy Lee,
English and creative writing, and Karie Stecken and Samantha Whiteaker,
were 264 fall graduates earning 293 degrees and certificates compared to 241
graduates earning 271 degrees in fall 2012.
Federation of Teachers Local 1810 President Mike Phillips asked the board to
begin planning for collective bargaining for 2014-15 and beyond. The current three-year
agreement with faculty expires with the start of the fall 2014 semester.
Phillips said the union is again seeking the use of an interest based approach
to negotiations leading to “a fair and equitable contract for both parties.”
college received a letter praising Lori Scroggs’ volunteer participation on the
board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. “Without
the contributions of dedicated examiners like Lori, the Baldridge Program could
not function,” said director Robert Fangmeyer. Scroggs, IVCC’s Vice President
for Learning and Student Development, is retiring at the end of the month.
also praised Scroggs Thursday. “I just wanted to say how pleased I have been to
work with her in so many ways over the last 20 years,” he said. “Even the years
she worked at Bradley University she served our college proudly as a member of
the board. Lori, thank you for your service and we wish you nothing but the
best in the next chapter of your life.”
Track to College Math launched successfully this spring when all 18 enrollees
completed the program. On the pre-test, students averaged scores of just 43
percent. By the time they took the post-test, 11 scored 90 percent or better
and 83 percent was the low score. Instructors Dan Serafini and Trisha Blood led
and other area community colleges have been asked to participate in a research
study with Northern Illinois University to determine what constitutes
college-level reading at each institution and examine literacy practices and
expectations in developmental reading, introductory-level general education and
occupational courses. The study will answer what it means to be ‘college
Education and Early Childhood Education programs recently held an orientation
meeting for 43 students. Organizers Jill Urban-Bollis and Diane Christianson
covered background checks, the Test of Academic Proficiency, licensure changes
removal in Buildings 6, 11 and 12 has been completed and demolition could start
Feb. 21. Heat exchanger replacement in the gym will begin during spring break
(March 10-14). Cultural Centre sound system plans should go to bid March 20.