Laramie County Community College’s Board of Trustees reviewed level II planning for the new proposed renovations to the Fine Arts building, RAC and construction of new dormitories.
LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer said the college earned an overall grade of B in the Institutional Effectiveness Report for the 2017 fiscal year, which he discussed in the Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 20.
“We split our indicators into two types of indicators, we have effectiveness indicators and efficiency indicators,” Schaffer said.
Schaffer said grades received for each indicator are heavily influenced by enrollment, and since enrollment has steadily decreased, so have the indicator grades. One of the indicators Schaffer said he was most proud of was student success. The student success indicators include those students who are able to reach their academic goals at LCCC.
One place that went down in grading in the key indicator report was fueled job placement rates.
“One of the challenges I think we’re seeing with that is the leakage of some of our graduates to Northern Colorado and they’re not showing up in some of those data,” Schaffer said. “We have been working with the department of workforce services on a better structure to get access to more comprehensive data sets.”
The second part of the president’s report talked about a letter the seven Community College presidents composed to the governor concerning House Bill 80.
“We recognise the challenges of exception budget requests,” Schaffer said.
Schaffer said this is why the college wants to get away from the enrollment growth mechanism to request funding. The acception budget would give the college four years worth of funding instead of the standard budgeting the college has. Schaffer said the exception budget would be less complex, as well as giving legislatures less to question.
Schaffer said the seven community college presidents, and the University of Wyoming’ president, signed and endorsed a letter urging Wyoming’s congressional delegation to support a new law to protect Dreamers, the name for the legal designation given to children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age and have passed background checks and applied for work permits. An executive order that protected Dreamers from potential deportation was recently rescinded by President Donald Trump, who called on Congress to pass a permanent protection before his order to rescind takes effect after six months.
“Our letter is probably a bit more utilitarian,” Shaffer said “One of the things we recognize outside of the fact that these individuals really don’t know another home other than the United States, and in some cases Wyoming. These Dreamers were filling jobs and coming to our schools.”
Because of the college’s recent decision to close the pool, there has been some controversy throughout the community and especially with RAC members who use the pool for water aerobics classes. At the end of the board meeting, some of the community members who use the swimming pool talked about how important the pool was to them. The women who spoke offered ideas on how to bring revenue into the college through the pool.
“The decision was not an easy one,” Trustee Don Erickson said in response. “That we make return investments that would be in the best interest of not only for our students, but for the community.”