Posted at 2:25 p.m., Nov. 17, 2015

Board approves compensation policy draft

Excellent employees retained, GED students in need

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees approved the president’s draft of the compensation policy, which will now go to president’s cabinet for further review.

One key aspect discussed was longevity and how it affects the promotions of employees.

The board first discussed how compensation should address longevity at the Sept. 9 board meeting. LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer suggested longevity as a way to reward faculty for performance and excellence.

Executive Director of Human Resources Tammy Maas’ and Schaffer’s policy draft says longevity affects the compensation of employees based on “the extent necessary for the retention of excellent employees.”

The draft was first presented during the Oct. 7 board meeting in an attempt to address concerns that it be fair and consistent to employees, as well as how it would make the college a stronger contender in the job market.

The board of trustees also discussed one of the college’s Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Academic Preparation, which shows a decreasing trend in participation for high-school equivalency students.

GED students on the rise

Schaffer said given the state’s increase in high school drop-outs, among other factors, the participation among GED-seeking students should be on the rise.

For students who are not ready for college-level courses, the college provides developmental coursework, however, “for every 100 students that take developmental courses about 54 pass,” Schaffer said, “and about 27 of those students make it through college-level coursework.”

About 340 community colleges share the benchmark on the exact same measure, said Schaffer, of which the benchmarked average college math score is about 77 percent and English is at about 80 percent, but he said LCCC is far below the national average.

The data for KPIs are collected annually in August “after the official enrollment report for prior year has been completed,” according to the KPI report outline.

College to improve

“A year from now, we’re expecting to see great improvements,” Director of Institutional Research Ann Murray said, adding that she’s normally conservative but has a positive outlook on the future.

Additionally, Schaffer asked the board of trustees to define succession planning and goals the college should have for professional development for new employees.

Trustee Caroll Merrell said she defines succession planning as “seamless and without interruption,” in reference to the replacement of employees who leave the college.

Treasurer Don Erickson added the goal of planning should be to “achieve and retain a first-rate, world-class workforce,” by setting a climate for opportunities to promote employees within the system.

After discussing terminology for succession planning, the board members agreed the term “succession planning” should be changed to language that has less of a business feel.

Faculty Senate President Leah Noonan said some employees who are on legacy status will lose the status under the inclusion of advancing their education and training.

On April 2, 2014, the board of trustees voted to approve at-will employment for some LCCC employees under new human resources policies. Employees who worked for the college before that vote retained legacy status, meaning they are not at-will.

In other business, the board approved the motion to “approve their annual budget, when at all possible, on or before the first day of the fiscal year, which is July 1,” according to a statement in the budget management and development policy.

 

Up coming meetings:

The LCCC board meets at 7p.m. in the Petersen Board Room.

 

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