SCF Board Report: September 25, 2012

(Bradenton, Fla., September 25, 2012) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on September 25 at SCF Bradenton.

Peg Beck, executive director of SCF human resources, introduced representatives from compensation consultant companies Evergreen Solutions LLC and Management Advisory Group Inc. who gave presentations to the board.

The board approved a recommendation by the SCF Evaluation Committee to negotiate a contract with Evergreen Solutions LLC to conduct a total compensation external market study of SCF employees’ compensation and benefits and an internal equity review to be completed within six months from the date of contract. The expected completion date is March 2013. Trustee Lori Moran was the board’s representative on the committee.

The board also approved a proposal by Peg Lowery, executive director of The SCF Foundation, to name the Annette Dignam Faculty Conference Room in building 600 at SCF Venice, in recognition of Annette Dignam, a member of the Board of Directors of the SCF Foundation Inc. and an SCF volunteer for 25 years. Annette and her husband, Tom, are longtime supporters and benefactors of SCF who have demonstrated an unparalleled interest in local higher education in the community. They have had two classrooms named in their honor at SCF Venice; helped raise funds for the Center for Innovation and Technology at SCF Lakewood Ranch; contributed to student scholarships; and sponsored colorful tables at College fundraising events. In generosity to SCF and in honor of Annette’s final year as a member of the Board of Directors, Tom has continued the family’s tradition of giving to SCF by making a gift commitment to celebrate her tenure on the foundation’s board.

In other official board action, a motion passed to change the president’s approval authority for procurement and construction projects.  

The board heard an update from Faculty Senate President Danny Fuerstman about changes made this semester to the process and survey that students use to evaluate professors. Fuerstman said that the academic division had been working on improving students’ participation rate after an unexpected decrease when evaluations were placed online. At a previous board meeting, trustees expressed an interest in seeing the survey participation rate improve.

“We want the board to know that we listened to the board’s concern and we’re working on it,” Fuerstman said.

Major changes include returning to “pen and paper” surveys administered in classrooms and simplifying the survey questions. Both measures are expected to result in a significant increase in participation, Fuerstman said. The academic division is continuing to work with the information technology staff to explore ways to encourage greater participation among students who take online classes only.

Board Vice Chairman Dr. Craig Trigueiro said, “We wanted the faculty to buy in. We want to get more information from the students and I think everyone is in favor of it.”

Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of baccalaureate programs, stated that overall enrollment in eight baccalaureate programs as of this semester is about 22 percent above the projection and at just 61 percent of the expected cost provided to the Florida Department of Education (DOE).

“If enrollment continues at this pace, next spring and summer semesters we will be almost 40 percent above the DOE projections,” Mears said.

In comments, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner recognized:

  • SCF’s 55th anniversary that was celebrated Monday, Sept. 17. Click here to read the press release.
  • SCF’s baccalaureate programs in homeland security and public safety administration were formally approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.
  • All members of the May 2012 SCF Associate in Science Nursing class passed the National Council Licensure Examination on the first attempt. SCF’s 100 percent pass rate exceeds the state pass rate of 88.6 percent and the national pass rate of 91 percent.
  • The Commission on Dental Hygiene Accreditation gave approval for SCF’s Dental Hygiene Program to include the addition of local anesthesia and continued the program’s accreditation status without reporting requirements or requesting additional information until 2015.
  • SCF student-athletes were recognized in the annual athletics report, included in the board packet, for earning a 3.0 grade point average or higher, receiving several individual athletic recognitions, and participating in community service projects.
  • SCF Emerging Program Technologies Director Adrienne Gould-Choquette was selected as the 2012 Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE) Post Secondary Educator of the Year.
  • SCF was recognized at the 2012 Keep Manatee Beautiful Awards Celebration with a prestigious Public Service Award in the Business and Industry Partnership Category for earning Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status for the Medical Technology & Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch.  The center is SCF's first green-certified building.
  • For the third year, SCF has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, the premier publication for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. As a top military friendly school, SCF is recognized among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for exhibiting leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience and ensuring the success of military service members, veterans and spouses as college students. Click here to read the release.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at SCF Bradenton.

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