The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met June 25 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Executive Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Brad Eldredge, Ph.D., presented a preliminary update on summer semester enrollment. Full-time equivalent enrollment has decreased 18.7 percent, and unduplicated headcount has dropped 12 percent. According to Eldredge, the declines were expected due to this being the first summer students have not had access to Pell Grants, which is a big source of funding for their education. He also noted that students who are attending FVCC this summer are enrolled in fewer credits. Summer enrollment will be finalized in mid-August.
In action items, the Board approved the new Metal Arts Fabrication Certificate. The certificate was developed in response to the number of jobs available within the local metal arts industry. The Board also voted to maintain using the college’s current mission statement after it was asked to review it for the new accreditation process.
The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2013 proposed general fund budget of $15,962,086. The Board also approved a total continuing education budget of $830,000, including $780,000 for the Flathead County Campus in Kalispell and $50,000 for the Lincoln County Campus in Libby.
Trustee Thomas K. Harding presented the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee report. The college received a solid audit with one minor comment. Board Chair Robert A. Nystuen remarked that the issue was addressed and resolved within a couple of hours of the college being notified. He commended the Business Office for their fiscal responsibility and for producing positive audits for several consecutive years.
President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced that the FVCC Foundation raised $1,364,837, surpassing its $1 million goal to complete the construction of the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science. Chair Nystuen congratulated the success of achieving a 36 percent increase over goal and thanked the teams involved in the fundraising and the community for supporting FVCC during tough economic times.
President Karas reported on her eleventh annual community conversations. President Karas traveled to eight communities from Eureka to Polson and met with community members, school officials and legislators, sharing information on the college’s activities and operations and collecting feedback on the college’s strengths and areas of opportunity.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place July 23 at 3:45 p.m. For more information regarding specific items included in this report or regarding college activities, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912. For more information on board meetings, contact Monica Settles at 756-3801.