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New data system to increase student success

WC board in session

In their regular meeting Thursday, the Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved a proposal from Campus Labs, Inc. to purchase a comprehensive system for information collection that will decrease staff labor and increase student success.

WC Executive Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs Dr. Andra Cantrell explained to the board how this system will enhance the collection of student learning outcomes data and course evaluation data to determine the extent to which students have mastered critical skills and determine the quality of their learning experience.

Information analysis provided by the new system will enhance WC’s implementation of Guided Pathways, a redesign of how community colleges work toward student success.

In an update on the progress of Guided Pathways at WC, Cantrell informed the board that the next on-campus workshop will focus on institutional advising initiatives.

“Once again, the two primary areas of focus with on-boarding will be effective communication to incoming students and examining processes currently in place to ensure a student-centered approach,” she said. “Student success advising initiatives will focus on roles and ways faculty and staff can participate and assist. The future of advising for student success for currently enrolled students will be a decentralized model that involves a team approach.”

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes from the August board meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports ending Aug. 31, 2018.
  • Approved the quarterly investment report.
  • Approved sealed bids for food service products and supplies for 2018-19.
  • Approved budget amendment No. 1.
  • Received the annual WC Foundation report from Foundation Executive Director Brent Baker. Net assets of the Foundation have increased from $5 million to $8.8 million over the past decade and annual scholarship awards have increased from $141,896 to $263,945 during that same time.
  • Received an update on the demand study from Adam Finley, Executive Dean of Student Services. He informed the board of an upcoming discussion on vocational and workforce programs at area high schools during the annual superintendents meeting Oct. 19 and of a survey that will be disseminated to area school districts to assess where partnerships can align between the districts and WC.

In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:

  • Recognized WC alumna Monica Olivas for recently being named Ector County ISD Teacher of the Year.
  • Recognized the Parker County Women’s and Newcomers Club for surpassing the $80,000 mark in the club’s scholarship fund.
  • Recognized the WC Sonography Program for hosting a training for 39 medical residents from Medical City Weatherford.
  • Recognized Dr. Sarah Lock and her team for their work on dual credit and online learning programs. These two programs were once again the fastest-growing instruction sectors at the college.
  • Announced the resignation of respiratory care instructor Joe Lewis and occupational therapy assistant Deborah Muron.
  • Provided an enrollment update highlighting the college’s record enrollment of 6,406 students.