Posted March 7 at 10:15 p.m.

Board sets institutional efficiency deadline for May

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees requested at its March 7 meeting that the college's president have a plan to evaluate the institution's efficiency and effectiveness by mid-May.

Many of the trustees expressed their opinions involving what the college's main purpose should be and how they believed it should be measured; however, no clear consensus regarding how to determine these successes while appeasing the college's various demographics was reached.

The board members said they wanted to maintain a high quality of education that challenged students and would allow them to be more successful in paths they took after LCCC while maintaining high graduation and success rates at the college. However, having challenging coursework might pose problems affecting graduation rates and student retention, which community members might see as a lack of productivity.

Trustee Kevin Kilty said he believed the college should look at the added value students would offer to employers, community and to each individual specifically by using attitudinal surveys to measure growth and attitudes toward learning at the college.

Kilty said: "What we'd really like to know is how much value did we add? Where were they when they came in? and where are they now?" Trustee Ed Mosher said he viewed the college as a place that offers the best opportunity for students. He said he believed each student is unique, and the students could choose to use their college experience to mature or not.

Mosher said, "It's absolutely critical we offer the best educational opportunity we can."

The board members addressed several possible scenarios students of the college might be facing as well as how members of the community and taxpayers might be affected by the college's productivity and how to reconcile the differences between the audiences.

Board Chair Greg Thomas said: "Maybe all we need is 10 measurements. I don't know what that number is, but I know throwing stuff at the wall and seeing if it sticks isn't the best way to do it."

The board did agree the process to move forward would not happen immediately; however, they firmly believed that the college would be able to move forward with a process to measure the institutional effectiveness and efficiency in a timely manner.

"This is just the beginning of the change," Trustee Carol Merrell said.

The board then went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.