WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors
February 13, 2006
Conference Rooms 2536-2538
The meeting was called to order by Board of Advisors Chairperson, Joe Campbell. Those present were: Joe Campbell, Senior Vice President Wes Banco; Tony Playtis, Environmental Health Coordinator E.I. Dupont; Gregory Smith, President Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Curtis Miller, President Curtis Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.; Trudy Seita, Consultant/Trainer, Motivation & Volunteerism; Cindy Kelley, Faculty Representative; Violet Mosser, Staff Representative; David Cumberledge, Student Representative; Marie Foster Gnage, President WVU Parkersburg, and Patsy Bee Executive Secretary to the President. Guest: Greg Smith, Council member for the WV Council for Community and Technical Colleges.
Absent were: James Hayhurst, Jr. Executive Vice President United National Bank; Joyce Okes, Program Coordinator Workforce Investment; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; Robert D’Avria, Consultant YMCA of the USA; Linda Dickirson, Jackson County Representative; George Kellenberger, Chamber of Commerce President; and William Niday, Superintendent Wood County Schools.
Call to Order
Mr. Campbell called the meeting to order.
Dr. Badgley introduced the newest member to the President’s Cabinet, Mr. John Gorrell, Director of the Jackson County Center. Mr. Campbell welcomed Mr. Gorrell to the meeting.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Board meeting held on November 14, 2005 was approved upon a motion by Mr. Smith and second by Dr. Kelley.
Chairman Campbell reported that in his role on the WVU Board of Governors he has witnessed first hand the reputation of WVUP throughout the State of West Virginia. He reported that the WVU Board of Governors supports moving the engineering program from WVU Tech and merging with WVU engineering program at the DOW site in Charleston. The Montgomery campus of Tech would then be structured similar to WVUP. He encouraged Board members to take a tour of the WVUP to see all the improvements being made on campus. He also noted how safe WVUP campus is in comparison to many other colleges.
President Gnage provided a power point presentation and update to the WVU at Parkersburg Board of Advisors entitled WVU Parkersburg Annual Report to the WVU Board of Governors that she had presented to the BOG in Morgantown on Friday, February 10, 2006. She announced that enrollment for the spring semester is up with head count at 3553 (1.5% higher than this time last year), and FTE is at 2461 (up 2.3% higher than this time last year. The annual report provided a “Year in Review” noting the following achievements:
• Implemented five-year institutional strategic plan, a framework designed for managing for the future.
• Added fourth baccalaureate degree (RBA).
• Sustained fall enrollment growth of 2% increase in headcount. (College set a 29-year record in the number of full-time students enrolled in classes for the fall 2005 semester.)
• Celebrated milestone of first ever presidential inauguration in 44 years of college’s existence.
• Welcomed largest group of new faculty members in fall 2005 in more than 25 years.
• Hosted national visits by Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards and President George Bush.
• Education Division became first academic division to top $1 million in grant receipts.
• Initiated on-line registration capability for currently-enrolled students; added wireless areas on campus.
• Education program received continuing accreditation from NCATE.
• Began $2.9 million enhancement project which will create new focal point for campus.
• Initiated various enhancement/beautification projects on campus.
• Increased availability of on-line courses.
• Re-engineered institution’s Business, Industry and Development Services area to become Center for Corporate and Community Education to focus on the community college model of workforce development and continuing education as well as to emphasize economic development
• Delivered demand-indicated, quick response courses/programs based on workforce development needs (oil/gas well tender program; aluminum welding courses, etc.)
President Gnage also reported on Strategic Plan Goals, the progress that has been made and challenges that lay ahead:
• Recruitment and Retention of Faculty and Staff - Progress has been made on the following key indicators: Increase in employee diversity; improved work spaces; and progress on salary increases. The challenge remaining is the need for additional faculty and increased compensation packages to be competitive with other institutions.
• Enrollment Management – Progress has been made on the following key indicators: Noel Levtiz Survey/Community College Survey of Student Engagement; Headcount and FTE enrollment; Courses, class schedule and program delivery; Course completion, student retention; Success rate of transfer students; and Graduation rate. The challenges that remain include: Collection of accurate data regarding student transfers; Appropriate services for developmental and ESL students; Competition and recruitment of students; Support for international students/programs
• Technology – Progress on key indicators include: Increased access via technology; Expansion of instructional technology; and Technology to support student services and facilitate communication, information sharing. Challenges that remain include: Providing appropriate levels of technology to support academic/student services; Student e-mail; and Keeping the campus current with technology applications.
• Environment – Progress on key indicators include: Comfortable, safe, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere; and student centered atmosphere. Challenges remain in ensuring infrastructure supports additional students, faculty, programs and services.
• Resource Development – Progress on key indicators include: Program growth; and grants funded. Challenges remaining include: Further development of campus culture of giving; and overcoming perceptions that state supported equates to totally funded (challenge to convince donors to support public institutions)
President Gnage announced that the Executive Director of the Foundation, Paul Daugherty will be leaving this month and the process has begun for his replacement. Mr. Daugherty stated that he would send copies of the Foundation’s Strategic Plan to Board members. He also reported that the Foundation’s goal for this year is $500,000 in contributions, and they have passed the 50% level so far this year. He reported that in addition to professorship and scholarship funds, he would also encourage donations to improve academic programs. The Foundation has moved its investment management from WesBanco to United National Bank and that transition is taking place now.
President Gnage asked Wayne Riley to provide an update to the Classroom Tower repairs. Mr. Riley reported on all the work that has been completed so far noting that the canopy in the front has been removed, trees have been removed, braces have been erected. He encouraged Board members to take a look at work that is being done. He also reported that a change order has been approved to complete some of the internal work that was originally not going to be covered through the current contract. A separate contract for replacement of the front sidewalks and the front landscaping, will be submitted by WVUP. Mr. Riley also reported on capital project that will be completed by April such as roof repairs. He reported to Board members that he had several pictures of the classroom tower project if they would like for him to email copies to them. Updates are also provided on the web site.
Education Program and Services
Dr. Badgley reported that part of the increase in enrollment that the college has been experiencing over the last few years is due to a change in the schedule to offer more classes during that 4 – 7pm time period. Through the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, it was determined that time should be included in the schedule for student interaction with faculty. Beginning in the fall semester time will be set aside on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 11 am – 12:15 pm to allow for additional programs of interest to students. Dr. Bagdley provided copies of the survey results for Board members to review.
Dr. Badgley also provided Board members with information on a new certificate program in Emergency Response. He noted that this program builds on a program that is offered through Wood County Schools. It should be in place by the fall semester.
Dr. Badgley reported on the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program that was included in the Board members information and had been sent to them previously for review. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree meets the needs of students from the community who wish to enhance their career options, and students with the AAS degree will be able to transfer appropriate course work to this degree program. The program is being presented today for approval of the Board of Advisors, and will also need approval by the WVU Board of Governors and the Higher Learning Commission.
Mr. Simpkin reported that he had nothing else to report in addition to Mr. Daugherty’s report from the Foundation.
Campus Improvement and Development
In addition to the report from Mr. Riley, President Gnage reported that David White and the Facilities and Grounds area have made many improvements to the campus. Mr. White reported that renovation to the President’s Conference Room will begin this month and also repairs to the skylight in the stairwells. President Gnage also reported that plans for a new child care center, applied technology building and library are being discussed for the new Facilities Master Plan. She asked Board members to let her know of resources they know of that may be available to support these important new facilities for the college.
Approval of Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Administration. Chairman Campbell asked for a motion to approve the new BASBA program as explained by Dr. Badgley. Mr. Miller made a motion to approve the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration program. Ms. Seita seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Other Business and General Discussion
Board of Advisors Retreat. Chairman Campbell requested that the Board meet for an afternoon to discuss the college governance, State Code for the Board of Advisors, Review the Compact and Strategic Plan and tour the facilities. He suggested that it be a Friday in late Spring and requested that Ms. Bee find a date that the Board members could meet and discuss these issues. She will let everyone know when a date has been determined.
Nominating Committee. Chairman Campbell appointed Board members Cindy Kelley, Greg Smith and Bill Niday to the nominating committee and officers for next year will be elected at the next meeting. Mr. Niday will chair the committee.
The next regular meeting of the Board is currently scheduled for May 8, 2006 at 8:00 a.m. in rooms 2536-38.
With no further business to be discussed, the meeting adjourned.
Patsy J. Bee
Executive Secretary to the President
Joe Campbell, Chair
Board of Advisors