Board Report: Dec. 15
(Bradenton, Fla., December 15, 2010) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Board of Trustees at the December meeting heard remarks from Chair Ron Allen and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner who addressed recent news coverage of the College’s 2008-09 financial aid audit.
“We recognize that the issue existed before Dr. Hafner’s employment, and I’m grateful to Dr. Hafner and this administration for taking the bull by the horns to correct the problem and for keeping board members informed throughout the process,” Allen said.
The final audit determination acknowledged the College’s diligence in immediately addressing the problem, Hafner said.
“Once it came to light, we acted quickly,” Hafner said. “Within minutes of learning we were out of compliance, we put the wheels in motion and hired the best consultants we could find to help us resolve the issues. In just four days, we fixed the problem and we are moving on with the total redesign and reorganization of our financial aid services.”
Noting that financial aid compliance is a major factor in receiving accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Hafner acknowledged his responsibility as president to ensure that SCF maintains SACS accreditation.
“SACS officials informed us last week that both our move to Level II for our baccalaureate level programs and our fifth-year report of our 10-year reaffirmation have been approved,” Hafner said.
“This great report reflects our strength as an institution because SACS reviews are comprehensive and look at all aspects of the College’s operation, including academics, business practices, and student services such as financial aid,” said Hafner.
In other exciting news, Hafner announced that he received word from Commissioner of Education Eric Smith that the Florida State Board of Education will meet at SCF in February.
Describing the State Board’s meeting as an opportunity to showcase SCF as a state college that has built a continuum of education from middle school through associate to baccalaureate degrees, Hafner said, “We are beginning to be seen as a new kind of higher education institution that is forward thinking while maintaining open access and being cost effective,” Hafner said.
Hafner also announced that SCF had a visit recently by Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw, who toured the Bradenton campus, including SCF Collegiate School.
“This was the first time in the College’s 53-year history, as far as can be determined, that a sitting university president visited our College,” Hafner said, adding, “It was a real honor and privilege to have him here and a tribute to SCF’s commitment to partnerships with local universities and colleges.”
Through a partnership, FGCU has agreed to provide scholarships for SCFCS graduates to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree after graduating from SCFCS with both a high school diploma and Associate in Arts degree.
Other SCF partnerships include a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education program with Barry University and a “two-plus-four” Pharmacy Program with LECOM for SCF graduates. SCF also partners with Manatee and Sarasota counties, providing high school students an opportunity to earn college credit through dual enrollment.
An expanded partnership with Florida State University (FSU) will allow SCF to offer a full continuum of education for nursing students. Hafner announced that FSU, which offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at SCF Lakewood Ranch, will add a local Master of Science in Nursing degree program.
“When combined with SCF’s Associate of Science in Nursing and new Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, a student can complete their entire nursing education close to home without having to travel,” Hafner said.
“It’s a win for the hospitals and it’s a win for our residents as we all know that quality health care is important,” Hafner said.
In addition to the BSN, SCF will begin accepting applications in Spring 2011 for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Health Services Administration, Energy Technology Management, Public Safety Administration and Homeland Security.
Kelly Monod, head of school at SCFCS, informed the board about exciting things happening at SCFCS.
“At SCF Collegiate School, we start the conversation about going to college early, in the sixth grade, whereas in most homes it usually starts when the student is a high school senior,” Monod said.
Board members were updated about the College’s progress in key areas and a preview of future initiatives. Included in the presentation were the reorganization of key College departments; major technology advancements and plans for cloud computing and eCampus; and a planned Teachers’ Institute for Digital Learning.
Trustee Joe Miller thanked Hafner for the update. “We appreciate the great recap of where we have been and where we are going as a College,” Miller said.
Hafner also announced that he had approved a Tobacco-Free Campus proposal based on a recommendation from a committee comprised of employees and students. The new policy will be effective in January 2011 at SCF Lakewood Ranch and at the Bradenton and Venice campuses in May. Hafner noted that by adopting the new procedure, SCF joins 250 colleges and universities nationwide that are creating a healthier environment and lifestyle.
The board also recognized the following:
• Peg Beck, executive director of human resources, and Gerry Sklenicka, benefits coordinator, for helping SCF become recognized as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association.
• Kathy Walker, director of public affairs and marketing, and Debra Gingerich, web communications and publications manager, for bringing back 11 awards of excellence from the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) annual conference. Click here for news release.
• Traci Steen, associate vice president of facilities management and government relations, and Alan Burr, manager of facilities planning and budgeting, for the 2010 facilities commission sustainability award. Click here for news release.
• Dr. Margery Robertson, natural sciences and wellness professor, for receiving the 2010 Vivian M. Dellinger outstanding faculty award at the FACC conference. Click here for news release.
• SCF student James Mohan, for his participation in a prestigious national aerospace scholars program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Click here for news release.
In official board action, the Board updated rules to bring them into compliance with statutory changes and references, and approved the proposed library parking expansion project that adds 250 parking spaces, improves security, safety and ADA compliance, and adds sidewalks to connect the 34th Avenue entrance to the College center. The improvements are an early phase of the College’s future library complex project.
In a nod to the holiday season, the Board meeting began with carols by SCF music students directed by Melodie Dickerson, director of choral and vocal studies.
The next Board meeting will be held January 19, 2011, at SCF Bradenton.
SCF Board Chairman Ron Allen, Peg Beck, executive director of
human resources, and Gerry Sklenicka, benefits coordinator,
SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner
SCF Board Chairman Ron Allen, Bobbie Camp and Ted Camp,
professor and SCF fine and performing arts department chair,
and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner
SCF board chairman Ron Allen, Don Hall, natural science professor,
SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner