February 2018 Board Report
Community College nursing students recently earned excellent pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), board
members learned Thursday.
IVCC Associate Degree Nursing graduates earned a 95 percent
pass rate compared to the Illinois average of 86 percent and the national
average of 87 percent, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran reported.
LPN graduates received a 100 percent pass rate compared to
the Illinois average of 86 percent and national average of 84 percent.
Nursing program coordinator Julie Hogue said, “I cannot
tell you how proud I am of the women I work with in the Nursing Department and
how honored I am to work with all the men and women at IVCC. Together, we
all do make a difference.”
IVCC graduates about 65
RNs and 30 LPNs each year. Following May
graduation, graduates typically sit for the licensure exam in June. IVCC received the results from the state in late January.
In other business, the college approved a $3 per hour tuition increase beginning this summer.
combined credit hour and universal fee will remain below the state average. The new $133 per hour rate – an increase of 2.3
percent – remains significantly lower than the current $140.88 state average.
“Even with the
increase, we continue to be well below the state average for community
colleges, less than half the cost of Northern Illinois University and
the cost of Illinois State and the University of Illinois – even before
you start adding in all fees,” Corcoran said.
expected to generate approximately $174,000, is recommended in anticipation of
state funding remaining at 85 percent of 2015 level
s – the year before
the state budget impasse.
In addition, fee
increases to 42 courses and fees for two new courses were approved.
The board also
three-year contract extension with auditor Wipfli LLP of Sterling. Fees are
$37,300 for 2018, $38,150 for 2019 and $39,050 for 2020. “Wipfli has been very
thorough, responsive, and provided great service,” said Vice President for
Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema.
of 280 tons of rock salt from Morton Salt through the Illinois Department of Central
Management Services at $48.40 per ton, delivered, for a total of $13,552.
the 2019 fiscal year for July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 and approved its budget
of 38 tables for conference rooms C316, C325 and C326 from Mity-Lite for
$7,256; 90 chairs for C316 from Henricksen for $13,041; and chairs and tables
for Building B common areas from KI of Green Bay for $14,307.
retirement of Michael Sankovich, an accounting instructor since 1984, effective
July 31. “Mike has been an outstanding instructor for over 34 years,” said
Corcoran. Sankovich closed his retirement letter to Dean of Natural Sciences
Ron Groleau saying, “My sincerest thanks to you and the college for providing
me the opportunity to experience this incredibly rewarding career.”
retirement of Graphic Design Technology instructor Francie Skoflanc, also
effective July 31. Corcoran said Skoflanc has been an outstanding instructor
since 2000. In her retirement letter, Skoflanc said, “Over the past few years I
have had the opportunity to work with a group of excellent instructors,
supportive deans and administration and have seen many of my students go on to
obtain jobs and become productive citizens.”
the college’s certificate in entrepreneurship due to unsustainable enrollments.
board also learned:
Watson has been appointed the administrative assistant for the Academic Affairs
office. She had been administrative assistant in the business office.
Schultz was appointed to IVCC’s maintenance department and part-time English
instructor Janice Skeen announced her intent to resign.
fall graduates earned a total of 202 degrees and certificates compared to 220
graduates earning a total of 283 degrees and certificates in fall 2016.
is one of the taxing bodies involved in discussions over a proposed downtown
Marseilles TIF district. “For 16 years, our practice has been to work with
others and strike a balance between doing everything we can to support economic
growth, yet reminding everyone of our dependence upon the college’s tax base as
a vital stream of operating revenue,” said Corcoran.
annual academic challenge Feb. 2 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre
attracted 238 students from 11 high schools: Ottawa, LP, Streator, Seneca,
Mendota, Hall, St. Bede, Midland, Putnam County, Marquette and LaMoille.
Jan. 23 Agriculture Night at the IVCC basketball games vs. Kishwaukee provided
“great exposure for our new ag program,” said Corcoran. The new ag club raised
$150 from concessions.
the close of Thursday’s meeting, board chair Jane Goetz and trustee Dr. Amy
Boyles presented Director of Development Fran Brolley a $1,000 check for the
IVCC Foundation. The check was the result of Goetz and Boyles being on the
winning team at the Illinois Valley Federation of Labor’s 2018 Trivia Night.