South Plains College Board of Regents met today and heard several reports. The bulk of the reports were in regards to the Accreditation visit coming up in October. The full report of that meeting is below…..
Vice President for Academic Affairs–Jim Walker gave a report on articulation agreements the college has with other institutions. In the Arts and Sciences division agreements are in place with Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University. The agreement allows students from SPC to transfer credit hours to the receiving University in full.
Quality Enhancement Plan being put in place in preparation for accreditation process. A QEP is a plan to enhance student learning. SPC sets goals for student learning and describes the steps the college will take to reach them. Every 10 years, SPC is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A group of faculty and staff is working on developing an Educational Success Plan for all students and plan to have it complete in time to review it with the onsite review team which will come in prior to the accreditation review.
The Board also reviewed the monthly Financial Report and approved the resale of property at 206 Ave. N in Levelland.
The board also received a report on the amount of funds raised by the 2013 Scholarship Gala. The Gala showed Gross revenue of $188,096 with expenses of $30,555.24, showing a net revenue of $157,540.76. The report indicates a growth in net revenue of over 28,000 dollars.
Stephen John, The VP for Institutional Advancement presented a report to the board on the Compliance Certification Report prepared for accreditation. The report is basically a report to show that the college is in compliance with all requirements of accreditation standards. There is nearly 800 supporting documents that was submitted with this report to a review committee. The team will reply with recommendations and the college will then make changes as needed before the onsite review committee visits the campus, October 15-18, 2013.
President Kelvin Sharp presented a report on rank and tenure promotions recommendations.
Construction Update–Work is starting on Cosmetology building in Gentry Square addition. The outside wall will be going up soon. The Housing Unit project is out for bid now and recommendations will be made to the board to be approved at the April 11 meeting. North Sue Spencer Hall will be renovated this Summer and the board will approve bids for that project at the April meeting as well. Work will start immediately after Graduation.
Legislative Update–Senate has passed their budget, seems to indicate that more money should be coming to higher education, however, Health Insurance Benefit is locked at 50% funding which is no increase. The House has not released their version of the budget.
The next meeting for the Board of Regents will be April 11 at 12:30pm.