With his decision to halt campus projects for budgetary review and news that JCCC is now the largest undergrad institution in the state, Terry Calaway, president, JCCC has a lot to say about his plans for the college.
Calaway will convey the information in two upcoming events he’ll host – one in mid February and one in early March.
Feb 15 he will host a town hall event from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233). Calaway has regularly held town hall events since his arrival in 2007.
A few days later on March 5, Calaway will give his annual State of the College address in the Polsky Theater in the Carlsen Center at 1 p.m.
Both the Town Hall and the State of the College events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the public.
Here are the two separate postings via the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist:
CALAWAY TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING FEB. 15
JCCC president Terry A. Calaway will host a town hall meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in GEB 233. This will be an open agenda meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.
CALAWAY TO DELIVER STATE OF THE COLLEGE ADDRESS ON MARCH 5
JCCC president Terry A. Calaway will deliver his annual State of the College address at 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Polsky Theatre. His address, Daring to Dream in Challenging Times, will look at ways the college is able to help students accomplish their goals and help the community as a catalyst for business growth.
The State of the College address is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception in the Carlsen Center lobby.
The event will be available for viewing the following week at http://video.jccc.edu and on the college’s cable TV channel on Channel 17 (SureWest or Time-Warner) or Channel 22 (Comcast).
WATCH the March 29, 2009 State of the College here.
READ a summary of Calaway’s Oct. 29 Town Hall event as posted on the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist, below
Much of the discussion centered on the budget. The college’s challenge this year has been a major enrollment increase in conjunction with major budget reductions. This year’s budget was reduced by 6 percent because of reductions in state funding and lower assessed valuation in the county. Next year, while the state can only cut one percent more or risk being forced to return stimulus dollars, we will still face reductions in assessed valuation from the county.
Although the increase in enrollment has brought in additional monies, the college can spend only what is shown in the budget the board approved in August. Revising the budget would mean going back through the budgeting process and holding another public hearing. The additional funds, however, would be there to cover any shortfall from the state or any reduction in revenue from investments. If they aren’t used this year, they will go into the reserve for use next year.
The current challenge is how to cover all the costs of instruction in light of the increase in enrollment this fall and the anticipated increase in spring and summer. The instructional deans are trying to balance costs by “hiding” some sections – i.e., not all course sections are visible online right now. Funding is needed to cover some of those sections; others are keeping the sections in reserve, with the intention of having 10 full sections instead of 20 half-filled ones. Deans are looking at ways to cover costs now by drawing funds from other areas of the budget.
Next year’s budgeting process begins Nov. 20. The president is creating an advisory council, with representatives from all constituencies, to discuss the budget and offer feedback. Next year’s budget could reflect fewer positions. The challenge will be how to do that without layoffs or other difficult reductions.
As for new buildings, the board has approved bonds to help pay for the new facility at Olathe Medical Center and the land transfer. Groundbreaking for the new $15.5 million facility will be Dec. 3, 2009; classes will begin there in fall 2011. The college is also having conversations about other construction projects, including the library, a building for art and technology and a culinary center.
Alisa Pacer, emergency preparedness manager, gave an update on the H1N1 outbreak. Cases have been reported at JCCC. Clinic opportunities are available throughout the county. (For information about symptoms and response, see http://www.jccc.edu/home/depts.php/003100/site/09H1N1.) Defibrillators are in every building now and are designed for use by laypeople. The cabinets are unlocked but are alarmed.
Dana Grove, executive vice president, reminded the group about the AQIP quality checkup in two weeks, the last step in the college’s accreditation process.