CTE assessment report a success
On Nov. 1, the college received word that the Career Technical Education (CTE) Assessment Focus Report had been accepted by the Higher Learning Commission and no further report is required until the next comprehensive evaluation visit in 2018-2019. The college's HLC liaison, Dr. Robert Appleson, was very complimentary of CTE’s assessment progress and the professional format in which it was conveyed. After RLC’s main reaccreditation visit and Self-Study in November 2008, this focus report was the only additional action required of the college.
Drew said much work was done by many people across campus, and he thanked them on behalf of the board.
New curriculum, courses approved
The board approved a new MRI occupational certificate curriculum, plus four associated courses, and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The courses are MRI Principles, MRI Applications, MRI Cross-Sectional Anatomy and MRI Clinical. In addition, two new courses in the Practical Nursing curriculum – Health Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals – also were approved and authorized for ICCB submission.
DOC contracts at Big Muddy River, Pinckneyville correctional centers terminated
The board granted permission to terminate the fiscal year 2012 contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide secondary vocational programs at Big Muddy River and Pinckneyville correctional centers, including secondary vocational programs funded through the contract which are provided at the DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Center.
Board Chair Bryan Drew said this was a difficult decision for the board, but ultimately the board's obligation is to the constituents of its district. However, efforts are underway to find another institution to take over the programs. He said RLC President Charley Holstein has been in discussions with other community colleges about the possibility of taking over the programs in an effort to ensure the employees at these facilities will remain employed.
The effective date of the contract termination will be no later than Feb. 1, 2012, although a termination date prior to that may be negotiated. According to administrative rationale, it is no longer in the best interest of Rend Lake College to continue the vendor contracts to provide the programs at these facilities.
With the financial difficulties at the state level, the college had reached the point at which cuts would be needed to other programs in order to keep the DOC programs in operation. The state has been behind in its payments at these locations.
Two additions to Adult Ed & Family Literacy
• Appointed Jamil Steele as Director of Adult Education and Family Literacy effective Nov. 14. He holds both Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and recently has served as Youth Transitional Programming Specialist at Southern Illinois Regional Social Services in Carbondale and as Information Technology Shift Supervisor for Student Support and Services at SIUC. He also has held project manager and coordinator positions in the St. Louis Community College system.
• Appointed Alisha Whittington as Literacy and Data Management Specialist in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Department effective Nov. 14. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from SIUC as well as Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees from John A. Logan College. She is a former fourth-grade teacher at Christian Fellowship School in DuQuoin and has held clerk positions at Marion Eye Center and Franklin Hospital.
Fiscal Year 2011 audit accepted
Accepted the fiscal year 2011 audit conducted by the firm of Clifton, Gunderson LLP of Springfield. Firm representative Mike Hilary was on hand to present the findings to the board. He said the audit found no material weaknesses or deficiencies.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved an inter-district agreement for educational cooperation with Southeastern Illinois College. A cooperative agreement allows students to take programs at another college if their sending college does not have that program. They do not have to pay chargeback tuition and the sending college is able to receive state equalization.
• Approved creation of a board policy for laptop data encryption effective Nov. 8 (second reading). The policy's purpose is to ensure all sensitive and confidential information stored on the internal hard drives of college-owned administrative-use laptops is encrypted using college-approved technology.
• Approved revisions to board policy concerning stipends (second reading).
• Tabled an action on revisions to board policy and procedure concerning light duty (second reading).
• Approved revisions to board procedure concerning job descriptions and fees.
• Granted permission to seek bids for production of the official 2012-2013 RLC Catalog.
Mark your calendars …
• Fall Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, RLC Theatre.
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
• Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, RLC Theatre.
• Board Workshop, 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, Rend Lake Resort.