Board of Trustees Discuss Enrollment Trends

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees held a board retreat and regular meeting on Friday, December 2, 2016. The board discussed the significance of the changes based on the College Credit Plus Program, decline in traditional student enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year and increased need for workforce development programs for business and industry.

The College Credit Plus program has been growing over the last several years. This program allows high school students to take college classes at no cost to their family with school districts paying a significantly discounted tuition rate to the community colleges throughout the state. Although NSCC is seeing a significant decline in traditional student enrollment (ages 19-40) it as also seeing a tremendous increase in employer driven workforce training.

“Traditional student enrollment at community colleges across the state has been declining for several years as employment and overtime opportunities have soared,” according to Dr. Tom Stuckey, president of NSCC. “Although area workers are finding jobs, they are also finding it difficult to advance their career due to lack of education and training. The College is working in partnership with area business and industry groups to support workforce development that will help preparing the current workforce for the needs of tomorrow.”

The board also received an update from Laurie Storrer, NSCC staff council representative to the strategic planning committee on the progress being made with the 2016-20 strategic plan goals. In further action, the board approved the dissolution of the Northern Ohio Community College District Council of Governments and a new policy to support the efforts to identify and respond to financial aid fraud and identity theft.

In other board action:

  • Approved the retirements of Jim Brace, part-time police officer and Debbie Smith, full-time bookstore clerk
  • Approved resignations and miscellaneous employment contracts
  • Approved employment Dustin Harris, full-time library assistant
  • Approved acceptance of various gifts to the College
  • Approved title and salary adjustments for Cindy Krueger, vice president for institutional effectiveness and student success; Lori Robison, vice president of academics; and Janet Koepplinger, dean of Allied Health & Public Services and program director for medical assisting
  • Approved College Credit Plus tuition and textbook fee revisions
  • Approved financial report of October 31, 2016
  • Approved the list of permissible 403(b) alternative retirement plan vendors for employees