Board Report: October 26, 2011

(Bradenton, Fla., October 26, 2011) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at the Oct. 26 meeting heard a positive report from SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner on the exit conference following the annual Federal Funds and Bright Futures audit conducted by the Florida Auditor General.

Hafner noted that the financial aid office structure and processes have been reorganized in the past year following the identification of changes required to bring the institution in line with current federal financial aid policies.

“When the audit concerns were brought to our attention, we assured the Board that we were proactively developing corrective action plans. The audit results show that we have turned the corner and are moving forward,” Hafner said.

Hafner recognized the leadership and work of Dr. Carol Probstfeld, vice president of business and administrative services; Dr. Don Bowman, vice president of educational and student services, and the financial aid staff.

Trustees approved agenda items that included the 2010-2011 Annual Financial Report; the reduction of student fees for the following courses: Intro to Dental Hygiene, Nursing Process 1, Nursing Transition, Community/Public Health Practicum, Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology, and Intro to Radiological Technology; a $50 lab fee for a new course, Intro to Marine Biology; and a new $50 fee for the health occupations entrance exam. Additional fees also were added for driver improvement courses.

Kelly Monod, State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) head of school, reported that returning collegiate school students showed positive progress on the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading test. Trustee Ed Bailey was approved as the Board of Trustees’ liaison to SCFCS and trustee Charlene Neal was appointed as alternate.  

In board comments that followed the agenda, Chair Carlos Beruff asked trustees to compare calendars to schedule meetings of recently formed subcommittees.

Trustees tentatively set subcommittee meeting dates as follows:

  • Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m., College Staffing and Compensation: Charlene Neal, chair; Lori Moran, vice chair; Joe Miller, member.
  • Nov. 22, 8 a.m., Capital Improvements: Ann Moore, chair; Carlos Beruff, vice chair; Ed Bailey, member.
  • TBA, Budget:  Dr. Craig Triguero, chair; Ed Bailey, vice chair; C. J. Fishman and Jennifer Saslaw, members.

Meeting locations and other details, when confirmed, will be posted on the college website and legally noticed in local major papers. Beruff stated that meetings will be conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine laws and anyone is welcome to attend public meetings.

Trustee Jennifer Saslaw expressed support and appreciation for SCF leadership and faculty members for their work in helping students succeed at the university level.

“We have amazing faculty here. The proof is in the fact that our lower division students proceed to the university system in Florida and their grades are higher than students who started at universities,” she said.

Referring to a suggestion made at the Board’s Oct. 4 special meeting by Board Vice Chair Craig Triguerio, M.D., Saslaw said she would not be in favor of rescinding salary or tuition increases.

In response, Triguerio said that he would not forward salary and tuition rescissions as recommendations at the January 2012 Board meeting.

He then brought up several additional concerns and topics that he wanted to discuss.

Chair Beruff asked Triguerio and all trustees to work collaboratively in their committees and come back in January with recommendations for the full Board’s consideration.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30.



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