NCTC Regents hold September meeting

by Elizabeth F. Dieter | Sep 20, 2016

The North Central Texas College Board of Regents met on Monday night, returning to their regularly scheduled time for board meetings.

Vice President of External Affairs Debbie Sharp reported on the NCTC Foundation's participation in Texoma Gives. This is an online giving campaign that allows community members to make donations online to the NCTC Foundation for student scholarships. NCTC won two prizes and raised $4,075 to benefit students in Montague and Young counties. The foundation is participating in a similar online campaign, North Texas Giving Day, to benefit students in Cooke and Denton counties.

Board Chairman Karla Metzler announced the realignment of the regents on subcommittees. Christy Morris, Karla Metzler and Dick Haayen will serve on the Finance Committee this year; Bill Ledbetter, Patsy Wilson and Matt Chalmers will serve on the Student Success Committee; Jon Grime, Dick Haayen and Matt Chalmers will serve on the Buildings Committee; and Jon Grime, Christy Morris and Dick Haayen will serve on the Institutional Excellence Committee.

Board Member Patsy Wilson gave an update on the Student Success Committee. In addition to the student success services already being offered by NCTC, the Student Success Center has been established on the Gainesville campus. This is housed in the 1400 building with the Library.

NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace recapped the lockdown on the Corinth campus that occurred on Sept. 9 in his President's Report.

"I am very pleased with the response time and reaction of our NCTC Police Department," said Wallace. "I'm proud of our faculty and their response at the classroom level, as well as our staff in their offices. We are very fortunate and grateful that the situation was not worse."

Vice President of Fiscal Affairs Janie Neighbors gave a Financial Report to the board. There were a large number of transfers due to the issuance of Financial Aide earlier in the semester than in previous years.

The board heard a Fall 2016 enrollment report from Provost Andrew Fisher. System-wide, enrollment is up 1.1 percent to 9,733 students. Dual Credit enrollment is up 12.5 percent from last year to 1,737. Fisher credited this increase to a large increase of support from Lewisville ISD and the growth of many Career and Technical Programs that have been made a priority in many high schools.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board approved the firm of Schalk & Smith, PC to perform the FY2016 Audit. The board also approved Starfish Enterprise to provide software for a Student Alert and Retention System. This will be rolled out in a three-year plan - year one, Early Alerts; year two, Engaging Students; and year three, Making Good Academic Choices. The cost for year two and three will be part of NCTC's budget, while year one will be covered by Title III funding.

The board accepted the resignations of Nursing Faculty Sharon Fornee and Industrial Technology Instructor Bret Moore. Gina Kinard was approved by the board as a Nursing Instructor, as was Jeremy Carroll as a Machining Instructor.

No executive session was needed at Monday's meeting and all board members were present.