South Plains College Board of Regents held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
The Vice President for Student Affairs reported to the board the residence halls are at 95% capacity. She also reported that the women’s residence halls are 100% full with only 2 empty beds while the Men’s halls are nearing capacity with 37 empty beds.
It was also reported that the unduplicated enrollment for the Fall 2016 semester is up approximately 80 students from this same time in 2015. The official count will be released on the 12th class day next week. It is expected that enrollment will be up approximately 1% from Fall 2015. Enrollment on all campuses is up from last year with the exception of the Plainview campus which is down 38 students or 11% from last year.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs reported that enrollment for Dual Credit courses is up over 100 students from last year. It is expected that the number will continue to increase. It was also noted that starting in 2016, Dual Credit enrollments will have an impact on school ratings. Because of this, districts who have traditionally had limited Dual Credit offerings have increased this year. He also reported that the Law Enforcement Evening Academy recently held graduation and 12 cadets graduated and he was pleased to report a 100% passing rate on the state exam on the first attempt. The Summer 2016 Academy completed 9 years at 2 academies per year totaling 18 academies with 377 graduates passing the state exam on a 1st attempt.
The board also received the monthly financial report and approved the resale of 1 piece of property in Whitharral and 5 pieces of property in Anton.
The board also heard a construction update from President Dr. Robin Satterwhite. He reported that construction at the Lubbock Campus will be beginning soon, demolition is nearing completion.
He also reported that a task force has been formed on the college campus to start working toward rules for the new campus carry law which will take effect on community college campuses in August 2017. The regents will approve the final rules before the new law takes effect for the next fall semester.