Crowder revenues up

The Crowder College Board of Trustees met on Monday on the Neosho campus.

The Crowder College Board of Trustees met on Monday on the Neosho campus.
Financial reports were reviewed by the board. Fiscal year 2017 revenues outpaced expenses by $1,441.703 despite a mid-year withholding of state money. Crowder College President Dr. Jennifer Methvin said, “This is similar to fiscal year 2016 when revenues outpaced expenses by $1,489.79,” she said. “Our budget managers and employees are to be commended for their keen fiscal management.“

A second reading of a proposal to rename the MARET Center as The Roy Blunt Center for Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology gained board approval. The MARET Center opened in 2012 and this year marks the fifth anniversary for the center. The 25th anniversary of Crowder’s 1992 designation as the state’s renewable energy center and a dedication honoring the name change and Senator Blunt is planned as part of the anniversary celebration.

In personnel matters, there were two resignations and eight employments. Resignations were accepted from Talmage Clubbs, the NCDFC Program Coordinator and Richard Wallace, Veteran Services Coordinator. The board approved the employment of Steven Wolven, Education Technology Assistant, Chett Daniel, Director of Institutional Research, Nathan Busteed, Network Administrator, JoEtta Powers, administrative assistant to the Vice-President of Student Affairs, Lorna Doss, Health Science instructor for CTEC, and Rachel Feagans, Nursing Coordinator/Instructor, McDonald County campus.

Employment of two part time employees Shirley Davidson, Student Services Coordinator for the McDonald County campus and Maria Hernandez Reyes, Custodian for the Cassville campus were also approved.
Renewal of the annual agreement with the Neosho Police Department to provide two full-time officers for the Neosho campus was also on the agenda. No changes were made. The renewal will be in effect from Sept. 27, 2017 through Sept. 26, 2018.

Two program reviews were presented to the board this month. The first came from JP Dickey, the Director of Admissions. Dickey’s report covered recruitment, application, enrollment, the International Program, and the A+ Program. The report also focused on the work accomplished to date creating a Coordinated Enrollment Management plan, one of the strategies from Crowder’s current Strategic Plan.

The second review was presented by Mitch Cordray, the Director of Information Technology.
Cordray noted that the number of wireless devices in use on campus has increased and that the average number of calls to the Help Desk have also increased.

Methvin noted that in both reports, data from the Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey and the Noel Levitz Campus Quality Survey was used. The first is completed on a bi-annual basis by students and the second bi-annually by employees.
“I wanted to point out that though each department reports to the board only once every three years with the implementation of the improved program review, departments will be reviewing the data they are tracking on an annual basis,” Methvin said. “Each department continues to refine what data they find useful for continuous improvements. I see this work as one of Crowder’s biggest accomplishments for 2016-17.“

The board also heard an annual review of the Strategic Plan: Building on our Base 2016-2020.
Details will be in a separate report in the Neosho Daily News.

The Crowder College Board of Trustees will next meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Sep. 28.

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