Meeting of the
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
November 14, 2002
Agenda Item No. 13
A division of Shepherd College, the Community and Technical College of Shepherd (CTC) fulfills its mission in accordance with state mandate. As defined by statute, the CTC service area is Berkeley, Jefferson, Grant and Morgan counties.
The CTC serves its culturally diverse population with quality instruction, support services, and community service programs. Through a broad range of curricula and supporting services, the CTC addresses the intellectual, societal, and emotional growth of its students and economic growth of the region.
Instruction at the CTC emphasizes acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competencies. The CTC evaluates its effectiveness by assessing student development and the environment in which it occurs, and it provides the following services:
Career and Technical Education
Cultural and Community Service
Cooperative arrangements with the Public School System
Vision of The Community and Technical College of Shepherd
The strategic plan adopted by the CTC derives from the mandate of Senate Bill 653. The CTC curriculum is directly integrated with the economic and workforce needs of the service region. Programs of study are designed as a direct result of needs expressed by community members, employers, and workforce as reflected in on-going, comprehensive needs analysis of the region. CTC faculty and staff will continue to analyze and modify the curricula and programs to meet the educational needs of an increasingly complex and technological society.
To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, the CTC intends to meet the educational challenges of the coming decades and to provide quality educational experiences for the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle. To enhance the achievement of the vision, the CTC supports the following beliefs:
The CTC makes student learning its ultimate priority.
The CTC focuses on instruction as its primary function.
The CTC values increasing skills and competencies to allow for upward mobility.
The CTC provides access to higher education.
The CTC maintains high quality in all programs.
The CTC fosters a spirit of innovation.
The CTC is community centered.
The CTC supports multi-cultural diversity as well as equal opportunity for all persons.
The CTC focuses on institutional effectiveness.
The CTC values an efficient and accessible transfer of credits.
Important Challenges and Opportunities
Independent Accreditation. Independent accreditation of the component institutions will create some new opportunities for the community college system. There will also be some challenges regarding the relationship to the administratively linked institution, articulation and transfer, and contractual delivery of services from the parent institution.
Development of the Blue Ridge Center. The CTC has re-located to Martinsburg in the Berkeley Building of the former Blue Ridge Outlet Center. The Berkeley County Commission is now the owner of the complex and is planning to locate its judicial center in the Berkeley Building. As a consequence, the Commission is renovating space in the Dunn Building and the CTC will move there in May of 2003. The move to the Dunn Building will provide almost twice as much space as now occupied by the CTC in the Berkeley Building and will result in a savings of $80,000 a year. The opportunity provided by this move will certainly benefit the operation of the CTC.
Funding. The fiscal situation of the state is currently bleak, and there have been calls for budget reductions. Should a significant reduction occur, the ability of the CTC to develop the new facility and to deliver quality services will be placed in great jeopardy.
Grant Opportunities. The funding provided through HB 3003, the community college development fund, and other funding available through the West Virginia Development Office are significant and potentially productive options for the CTC to explore. The CTC has received funding through these sources in the past and will continue to make application in the future.
Campus-specific initiatives related to SB 653 and statewide compact goals
Preparation. The CTC is partnering with Berkeley County Schools to develop an adult basic education program. We also are working in the high schools to prepare the graduates of those schools to succeed in college work. We have hired a recruiter to work closely with the high schools in developing a seamless transition for those students who desire to earn an occupational degree after graduation form high school.
Participation. The CTC¹s primary goal is provide access and to deliver services in Martinsburg that serve the eastern panhandle. The immediate short-term goal has been to locate a center in Martinsburg. The CTC devoted most of its time and energy in the past two years to achieve this goal. At this facility, we have the personnel and space necessary to conduct the business of the community college in a way that provides an identity for and recognition of the importance of life-long education. We will increase our participation rate to 3%.
We will also agree in our compact to (1) focus our resources on marketing community college education to both traditional and non-traditional students; (2) collaborate with vocational centers and high schools by offering dual credit courses, articulation agreements and Tech Prep seamless curricula; (3) provide access for those lacking requirements to enter baccalaureate programs.
Affordability. The CTC will have a competitive rate structure for tuition and fees by FY 2006. We will achieve this rate by holding tuition increases to a minimum and using community college development fund money to backfill some of the loss of revenue created by the minimum increases.
Competitive Workforce and Economic Development. These two goals are very closely tied in the CTC system. They are a major focus in the next several years. We have recently hired a director of workforce development and continuing education and that position will be crucial in the development of our ability to achieve these two goals. In this area, the CTC has made great strides under SB 547 and will continue to do so under SB 653. The programs that we created in the past five years are Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs that were developed in cooperation with the local community. The efforts with local industry have produced two technical studies associate degrees and several computer certificate programs.
We will also agree in our compact to (1) attract and retain students in quality technical certificate and degree programs; (2) offer pre-employment and technical skill training through the Printing Institute and Information Technology Institute of the Workforce Development Center; (3) deliver training and degree programs on-site; (4) obtain grant funding to develop new programs and build capacity in high demand programs; (5) collaborate with secondary schools and vocational centers to improve access to technical training and education.
Accountability. The CTC will become independently accredited by 2004. Many of the issues of the Compact will be more easily handled and achieved under this independent accreditation.
We will also agree in our compact to (1) assess academic programs on a regular basis; (2) prepare graduates to meet or exceed national standards; (3) deliver programs that receive favorable ratings from students and employers; (4) provide or broker services that make maximum use of the existing infrastructure.
Elaboration of qualitative information requested by SB 653
Is the institution cooperating with public education? Yes, we are teaching numerous college level courses in the surrounding high schools and we have dual enrollment with all of the adult programs at James Rumsey Technical Institute. Does the institution have a student-friendly environment? Yes, our Martinsburg location has made it possible for us to deliver customer friendly services in a pleasant location. Is the institution encouraging entrepreneurship? Yes, we have a Small Business Development Center that is an integral part of our operation. Is the institution encouraging citizenship development? Yes, we have an internship component in each of our occupational degrees, and we sponsor political debates at election time. Is the institution focusing resources on the programs offering the greatest opportunities for students and job creation and retention? Yes, all of the degree programs and certificates added in the past five years have been as a result of employer or job demand.
Other important campus goals
We will work with the Policy Commission and our main campus to develop and implement an accounting process that identifies and distributes actual revenues and expenses for the CTC.
We will work with the four-year campus to establish a viable and reasonable system of agreements for providing administrative services to the CTC.
Important campus strategies to achieve goals
Achieve Independent North Central Association accreditation.
Increase the number of certificate and degree programs
Review all program offerings for relevancy, currency, and enrollment and eliminate those programs that have low enrollment or low job placement rates.
Ensure faculty participation from the CTC in development of future certificate or degree programs.
Ensure that faculty receives professional development in curriculum and instructional design.
Adjust our fees to be competitive.
Receive incentive funding to enhance quality programs.
Continue linkages with host institution that ensures provision of services at the same quality level.
Determine costs for administratively linked services and process for contracting for those services.
Increase full-time faculty to a range of 15-20.
Decrease dependence on part time faculty for large demand programs.
Increase total number of adjuncts as needed to start new programs and offer specialized coursework.
Implement 11 month appointments with administrative and workforce development as a part of normal workload.
Adjustment of adjunct salary schedule to attract quality business and industry personnel to teach.
Expand delivery of credit and non-credit workforce development offerings.
Increase enrollment by offering flexible, affordable programs.
Ensure that State allocation that arises from CTC enrollment will be spent in the CTC program.
Ensure that Administrative head of the CTC will have full budgetary authority.
Develop and maintain articulation agreements between two-year and four-year programs at Shepherd, and at other institutions of higher education, where a four-year program does not exist at Shepherd.
Develop a brochure that illustrates the transfer arrangements for associate degrees.
Continue to teach at Quad Graphics, Royal Vendors, and other industrial sites in the Eastern Panhandle.
Refine and expand on high school college class offerings.
Implement statewide IT program.
Refine and market the joint programs with James Rumsey