Lincoln Trail College's Williams Hall is among the area college buildings that will get a new roof after a vote by Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees Tuesday.
The board, meeting at Olney Central College, accepted the low bid of Lakeside Roofing Company, Collinsville, for phase 10 of its districtwide roof replacement project. The bid was almost $1.1 million.
The work includes removing Williams Hall's existing roof down to the existing deck and install a modified coal tar coating. The new roof will come with a 30-year warranty. OCC's Wattleworth Hall and the Wabash Valley College's Book Store, Advanced Technology Building and Advanced Technology two-bay storage building will undergo similar renovations.
Frontier Community College's Foundation Hall and Mason Building and WVC's International Building will have existing shingles removed and replaced.
An articulation agreement was approved between IECC and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The agreement facilitates transfer for IECC students who plan to continue their education at SMWC. Through this agreement, IECC and SMWC are forming a cooperative relationship to better serve students' transfer experience and to provide them with an advising and planning resource.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods courses are offered in the traditional on-campus format as well as offered in the innovative non-traditional Woods Online Program, a program-guided study that does not require time on campus. The campus format is female only and the distance format allows men and women to pursue the education they need and want without disrupting their lives.
IECC's report on assessment for the 2011-12 academic year was accepted by the board.
IECC participates in the Higher Learning Commission's Assessment Academy through the Open Pathways Accreditation Demonstration Project. This participation provides IECC with a unique opportunity to transform HLC's Academy into an accrediting pathway for use on student learning.
Nixie Hnetkovsky, faculty director of Student Learning Assessment, has worked closely with faculty coordinators, including Scott Balding, Jason Hortin, Kelly Payne, Phil Thorsen and Kim Stevens and with her Students First team leaders, including Chris Cantwell, Jeff Cutchin, Kathy Harris, Jervaise McDaniel and Cora Weger. These individuals have provided outstanding leadership to the assessment initiative at IECC.
The assessment team has made significant accomplishments and has had a great deal of impact on assessment at the colleges. They have increased communication and developed a very comprehensive general education rubric. The teams have learned much, and realize they have both challenges and opportunities in front of them on assessment.
The annual report illustrates the preparation being made on assessment for IECC's Spring 2015 HLC visit.
IECC currently does not award credit for specific course equivalency based on external licensure or certification. However, the board approved the development of a policy on awarding credit equivalency, and in a review of other college policies in preparation of the HLC visit in 2015, it was noted that many colleges do grant credit based on external licensure or certification.
An amended tax levy certificate was adopted for the certificate to be filed this month. Since the amended levy is less than the previously adopted levy, and is less than 105 percent of the aggregate amount of property taxes extended for the previous year, a Truth in Taxation Hearing will not be required.
The district, since 2009, has purchased electric power through an agreement with an electric supplier. The board voted to extend its current contract, which ends November 2013, at rates lower than existing rates. The new contract extends the purchase agreement to November 2016.
An affiliation agreement was approved with Financial Healthcare Resources Inc., Lawrenceville, for the OCC Medical Office Assistant Program.
A resolution was adopted setting meeting dates and locations for the coming year. The next regular board meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at FCC, Fairfield.