Posted at 2:20 p.m., Dec, 2015

Trustees examine student enrollment, extend deadline for Flex-Tech building

Daniel Martinez

Board meeting discussion:

 

There are almost 20 percent more new students enrolled at Laramie County Community College and the number of students who are seeking degrees is up about 27 percent, according to a recent report.

On Nov. 18, the LCCC Board of Trustees and LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer looked at the most recent fall 2015 enrollment monitoring report, but although new student enrollment is up, overall head count is down about 3.5 percent from last year, and almost 9 percent from two years ago.

This is because of the downward trend of re-enrolled students, transfer students and continuing students.

Full-time equivalency is down at LCCC by more than 2 percent from last year and more than 8 percent from 2013. Because it sounds conflicting, Schaffer explained it:

“If you had five people taking 12 credits, you would end up with five FTE,” he said, “if you have 10 people taking three credits, you would end up with (about) 2.5 (percent) FTE.”

Ultimately, Schaffer said, LCCC has more students taking fewer courses.

In other news: The college’s fiscal year 2015 audit was approved by the board. The audit, spearheaded by certified public accounting and consulting firm McGee, Hearne and Paiz, is an annual audit that Schaffer said is a federal requirement to validate the accuracy of the college’s accounting of money allocated by state and local funding.

Faculty Senate President Leah Noonan said there is “wiggle” room within the Higher Learning Commission’s credentialing change.

The commission now requires community college faculty have 18 hours of graduate-level credit hours in the subject they will teach, but Noonan said it is possible that experience outside the classroom could be exchanged for 18 graduate credit hours for existing faculty.

Projects associated with the Flex-Tech Building have been extended to Sept. 1, 2016, to allow for “final landscaping.”

The extension will not impact the completion of the building itself, nor will it affect its use in the upcoming fall 2016 semester.

For the upcoming Dec. 2 LCCC Board Meeting, Trustee Christine Lummis is heading the Nomination Committee where trustees can nominate one another or themselves for officer positions on the board.

Lastly, Trustee Brenda Lyttle announced that the Foundation Board elected Anna Marie Hales as the new president.

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