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........ J. ..... 3 '.}UYl, .! [ JJ.l; .lm ),iJJ.J [[, t ]/[ ]J.:]].l:II. lllqllLlli'.lMRlIglTJlllIBllitlmEiililBliOil " Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 2, 2012 5A FRC reports potential accreditation issues Mona Hill Staff Writer Feather River College Pres- ident/Superintendent Ron Taylor carefully briefed fac- ulty and students on the pending accreditation report at a campus community meeting April 25. While only a handful of col- lege administrators have caught sight of the confiden- tial draft report released mid- April, Taylor identified "a handful of disturbing things," among them: the "incoherence" of FRC's self- study process; the fact that the college's emergfncy pre- paredness and response plan and website need attention; and inconsistencies and inac- curacies in the college cata- log and schedule. Potentially the most dam- aging accreditation finding, Taylor said, is that FRC's stu- dent learning outcomes and "assessment process "is not at proficiency level." Accreditation standards require each course to have defined student learning out- comes (SLO), which are as- sessed. In addition, FRC must demonstrate how SLO assessments drive resource allocations funding, facUl- ty, etc. In response to a question from the audience, Taylor ex- plained that the SLO weak- ness is with associate faculty -- FRC typically has not as- sessed those courses or does not integrate assessments in- to the resource allocation process. Taylor said the draft report is confidential at this stage and the final report is not due until July, but that he had already sent a detailed response correcting factual errors. Taylor outlined a plan to address the report's antici- pated recommendations, He said the draft report "res- onates with self-identified goals and plans," and out- lined plans to correct the action. Some, he said, would be easily corrected, while others would take more time. Taylor assumed some follow- up report would be required, especially regarding SLOs. "Basically, it's a good re- port. I'm crossing my fingers that there are no sanctions in JUly," he added. State of the college Taylor moved on to discuss FRC's current status and fu- ture possibilities. He charac- terized it as a volatile, uncer- tain time politically and eco- nomically that affects the en- tire campus community. He also acknowledged the effect of recent cuts at FRC, saying, "It doesn't feel good to lose staff or funds." He added that a recent court ruling against Califor- nia State Controller John Chiang's decision to with- hold legislators' pay last year could mean no on-time bud- get this year, further compli- cating FRC's cash flow and budget process. Last summer Chiang decid- ed legislators had not passed a balanced budget and with- held paychecks and expenses in accordance with two vot- er-approved initiatives. Other issues also impact FRC's funding: the gover- nor's mid-May budget revi- sion, the demise of the so- called Good Neighbor agree- ment with Nevada and the possibility of joining the Western Undergraduate Ex- change to achieve reduced fees for nonresident stu- dents. WUE (pror/ounced woo- wee) is an agreement be- tween 15 western states, in- cluding California, to reduce states' nonresident fees to 150 percent of resident fees. Taylor said FRC is aggres- sively marketing the college and recruiting students to offset the loss of Nevada stu- dents. In addition, FRC has lowered nonresident fees in an effort to become financial- ly competitive. He said current revenues Dean to return to teaching Mona Hill Staff Writer Interim Chief Instructional Officer Derek Lerch con- firmed his decision not to apply for the permanent ClO position at Feather River College. In April 2011, trustees approved Lerch's appointment to the interim position. Shortly after his appoint- ment, Lerch said he could not imagine not being in the classroom and would return to teaching in the Environ- mental Studies Department. When FRC began the hiring process for a permanent ClO, there was talk in the community that Lerch had decided to apply. Contacted Friday, April 20, Lerch said he considered ap- plying but ultimately decid- ed to teach instead. He will leave the interim post June 30. During the last year, Lerch led FRC through the accredi- tation process, revised the college catalog and worked with most of the campus community to maximize the cash-strapped college's course offerings and stream- line administrative and acad- emic processes. Recruitment for a perma- nent ClO is ongoing. were covering mid-year cuts and added that the 2012-13 bud- get process has produced a ten- tative budget that leaves the college with a healthy reserve. He urged the campus com- munity to focus on the long term, citing ongoing plan- ning and efforts to include all campus stakeholders. College trustees hear routine campus updates Mona Hill Staff Writer 78 percent of $221,246 in total expenditures. Revenues totaled $125,708 year-to-date. Scoubes had no data for the previous year. Taylor told the board that membership fees increased approximately 10 percent over 2010-11, while actual memberships increased to 519 through February 2012 from 348 in July 2010. Although the fitness center A Day in the Mountains, an incoming student and re- cruiting event, is April 30; and the annual student recog- nition program has been set for May 9. Chief Financial Officer Jim Scoubes and Feather River Fitness Center manager Josh Taylor reported to trustees about the facility's financial and operational condition. Expenses continue to out- strip revenues. Labor, repairs and utilities account for approximately $174,000, Routine business filled most of the agenda at Feather River College's monthly board of trustees meeting April 19. Most of the campus news was student-oriented as FRC counts down to graduation May 25: FRC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) moves on to national competition after winning the regional title; Check Out Our PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT #1 "We need to come together, focus on where we are going and how we get there." (530) 283-3277 PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT HUFFMON FOR SUPERVISOR 2012 PLUMASNEWS.COM Love your lawn ....... • C but tired of all the maintenence?  ' WE CAN HELP!  Our De-Thatching and Aeration process is a vital step in preparing your soil for continues to operate at a loss, Taylor and Athletic Director Merle Trueblood have added more class options, personal training and diversified membership options. 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