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JALC Officials Discuss Enrollment at January BOT Meeting

BY STEVE O’KEEFE
Logan Media Services

Board of Trustees MeetingJohn A. Logan College Vice President for Administration Tim Daugherty reported to the Board of Trustees that spring semester enrollment reports show that the College has topped the 7,000 student mark for just the third time in history. According to Daugherty, the official tenth day enrollment report shows an enrollment of 7,105, which is the third largest spring semester enrollment in school history.

“This shows a considerable improvement from the spring 2013 enrollment of 6,708 which is a 5.1 percent increase. We are very pleased with the enrollment because state-wide reports indicated that most schools were going to see significant decreases,” said Daugherty.

Daugherty added that despite the enrollment increase the College has experienced a slight decrease in credit hours.

“Unfortunately, John A. Logan College as well as other colleges around the state is seeing a decrease in the number of full-time students. This has been a pattern that has been in place since the enrollment spike of 2008 and has been a direct result of the economy,” said Daugherty.

Daugherty also reported that a recent report from the Illinois Community College Board showed that John A. Logan College ranks second in the state in market penetration. According to Daugherty, the ranking is based on the number of individuals served per 1,000 in the College’s district.

“This ranking reflects not only what we do in instruction, but also all of the individuals we serve in Business and Industry and Continuing Education. This means that the College is doing an outstanding job in living up to our mission of serving our constituents,” said Daugherty.

In other board news, Chairman Jake Rendleman thanked the Building and Grounds staff for their efforts during the inclement weather that occurred over the last two months. He also thanked JALC faculty member Richard Deutsch for organizing the downstate meeting of the IBHE faculty council.

“About 30 people from around the state traveled to our campus for this meeting. This marked the first time this meeting had been held this far south. The meeting went very well and I want to thank him (Deutsch) for his efforts to make it a success,” said Rendleman.

In addition to the enrollment report, Vice President for Administration Dr. Tim Daugherty reported that the Southern Illinois Drug Enforcement Conference will be April 16 and 17. According to Daugherty, event organizer Michelle Hamilton recently received a $10,000 donation from Tim Bickett of Shawneetown. Bickett is the owner of Glotel, Inc. a company that produces a product that makes it more difficult for meth producers to use anhydrous ammonia.

Daugherty also reported that the Child Care Resource and Referral Center recently received a $160,000 grant from the Race to the Top Early Learning College Grant Program. According to Daugherty, the focus of the grant is to build a system of infrastructure to support early learning in school facilities connecting children to high quality programs. Daugherty added that $110,000 of the grant will be used to enhance connectivity through fiber optics at both the JALC Annex and the Center for Business and Industry, with the remaining funds used for instructional and family activities.

Vice President for Instructional Services, Dr. Deborah Payne reported that spring online enrollment is at 2,417, which represents 1,396 students with the average course load at 1.7 online courses per students. Payne also reported that 860 dual credit and 189 dual enrollment students are currently enrolled for the spring semester.

The board approved the following consent agenda items: statement of final construction completion for the WF ext. center, workforce development and Vocational building HVAC renovations, dental assisting lab remodel, and roof replacement phase 4; purchase of two high efficiency direct vent condensing boilers; and the purchase of two 175 ton water cooled variable speed screw chillers.

In new business, the board was presented with the following board policy revisions for first reading: 5221A, hours of compensation for non-union operational staff; 5251, non-union operational staff course work; 5320, evaluation of instruction; and 8110, admission to JALC. No action was required.