October 19, 2006
BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
October 19, 2006
Present: Dr. Louis Aikens, Mr. Jack Caffrey, Mr. Norris Kantor, Ms. Anne Crowe, The Reverend James Palmer III, Dr. Norman Mirsky
Absent: The Reverend Garry Moore, Mr. Jeffrey Forlines, Dr. Lyn Guy, Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr. Kevin Pruitt, Mr. Jack Stafford
Guests: Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Tom Blevins, Dr. Don Smith, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Mr. David Lord, Dr. Tracey Anderson, Ms. Anita Barilla, Mr. Gerald James, Ms. Dedriell Taylor, Mr. Dennis Johnson, Mr. Roger Workman, Dr. Jim Voelker and several students from the BSC State and Local Government class
Call to Order
Chairman Norris Kantor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Upper-Classman II and informed the group that the minutes could not be approved or decisions made until the group had a quorum. He welcomed Dr. Jim Voelker’s State and Local Government class to the meeting and explained how the Board of Governors works.
President’s Report – Dr. Albert Walker
- Dr. Walker reported that BSC participated with Concord University and the Princeton and Bluefield Rotary Clubs to donate dictionaries to third graders at Mercer School in Princeton earlier this week. Every third grader at the school received a dictionary encyclopedia. This project will provide every third grader in Mercer County with a dictionary.
- The deadline for applications for the Director of Development has passed and a committee will be selected to review applications and conduct interviews of candidates for the position. Members of the BSC Foundation Board will serve on the selection committee.
- Dr. Walker reported to the group that he has been appointed to the Mercer County Board of Advisors for BB&T Bank and has been informed that BSC will be receiving grant funding from the BB&T Foundation from a proposal written by Mr. Gerald James. At this time the amount of the grant is unknown.
- Dr. Walker called the group’s attention to the revised organizational chart and explained that as departmental changes are made the chart will continue to change. The major change at this time is in the Development office.
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
In the absence of Mr. Cardwell, Dr. Walker gave a brief report on enrollment:
- Student enrollment is up 5% with a larger than usual traditional student enrollment. The availability of student housing has helped to make this increase possible. The border county initiative has been very successful and enrollment for the spring is expected to be up significantly. The enrollment goal for the spring is 2000 students. The present headcount is 1,845 with 1,775 students paid. Last year the total headcount was 1,720.
- Offering 200 distance learning courses. Persons with special needs can benefit from these courses.
- BSC Athletic Director has announced that a Soccer Club will be started in the spring. Several students have expressed interest. This organization will be made up of volunteers with uniforms being donated. If a BSC team is organized there will be both male and female teams.
Financial and Administrative Affairs – Ms. Shelia Johnson
- Ms. Johnson called the group’s attention to a list of services which are currently outsourced for the institution and the reasons for such outsourcing.
- Campus Facilities Projects –
• One of the Basic Science building elevators is completed and in use while repairs for the second elevator are in progress. Both should be in full operation by November.
• Roofing projects – two roofing projects are in progress – the PE building and the Basic Science building. Ms. Johnson discussed various problems encountered.
• ADA parking lot project – from the Library lot to the far side of Hatter Hall. Access to Conley and Hatter Hall will be greatly improved. There will be 69 additional parking places as a result of this project.
• Entrance, signage, and tunnel corrections – in a 2002 survey one of the lead problems identified was the need to improve the appearance of the campus. Ms. Johnson reviewed the progress of these projects.
Dr. Aikens inquired concerning the outsourcing list and asked if there was a list available for NRCTC and BSC outsourcing information.
Academic Affairs – Dr. Don Smith
- Dr. Smith called the attention of the group to the reports by Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi concerning the International Initiatives and the references to the ESL (English as a Second Language). He discussed the benefit of offering these courses at BSC to international students who now must attend the ESL classes through Virginia Tech in order to enroll at BSC. Discussion followed.
Institutional Research and Effectiveness – Dr. Tracey Anderson
- Peer review and selection process – Dr. Anderson discussed the peer list provided by HEPC which was prepared by MGT of America, Inc. Each institution will select 15 peer institutions. Dr. Anderson explained that three institutions listed appeared both on the old peer list and the list compiled by MGT and will automatically be placed on the peer list, leaving 12 for the institution to select. The recommendations are to be submitted to HEPC by October 24 and Dr. Anderson asked the Board for administrative authority to make the selections based on the criteria most beneficial for the institution. Discussion followed.
Virtual College and Technology – Dr. Thomas Blevins
- Distance Learning Courses and Related Activities – Dr. Blevins discussed the various modalities used for distance learning courses. He discussed the benefits to students and how BSC compares with other institutions in regard to distance learning. He informed the group that the interactive video is live and connects all campuses. Due to the technology available to students there are 63 students taking complete degree programs online. Dr. Mirsky discussed the concern of some instructors that some classes are being taught only online, adding that students would like to have the opportunity for those courses in the classroom also. Dr. Blevins will research and work with Academic Affairs to make all courses taught by distance learning also available in the classroom.
- Dr. Blevins informed the group that the BSC Internet Radio Station has been very successful. The station has a link on the BSC website.
- Dr. Blevins discussed the progress of the wireless project and informed the group that all academic buildings now have wireless access.
- Marshall University’s Nursing Masters program runs from the interactive video in the electronic classroom.
Human Resources – Mr. David Lord
- Mr. Lord discussed the comments received concerning the by-laws distributed at the last meeting. Since a quorum was not obtained, there will be another month for comments to be received.
- Policy on Presidential Appointment and Evaluation – Mr. Lord reviewed comments and informed the group that this policy will be included as an action item at November’s BOG meeting.
- Two additional policies have been presented to the College Council and will be presented to the BOG in November for approval for a 30 day comment period.
Upper-Classman Presentation – Mr. Dennis Johnson
Mr. Johnson reviewed some marketing efforts and played a television advertisement that ran recently. He invited all in attendance to walk through the facility to view the progress made in the past year. Mr. Johnson discussed the benefit of marketing the College to students in a wider geographic area with the availability of student housing. Discussion followed.
Dr. Mirsky asked that the group consider canceling the December BOG meeting. Chairman Kantor agreed to consider this request at the November meeting.
Next Meeting Date – November 16, 2006
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.