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WC Board approves AA degree in Criminal Justice

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The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved the creation of an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice during their Thursday meeting.

Mike Endy, Vice President of Instruction and Student Affairs, explained that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved eight fields of study for community colleges to offer specified AA degrees and this is, hopefully, the first in a number of these requests for degrees in specific areas he will present to the board.

All classes in the new field of study are currently offered at WC, but did not have a designation before the board approved the request. Endy also pointed out since the field of studies are created by the THECB the courses will transfer to four-year, state-supported schools.

“It’s great for advancing students through specified programs of study toward baccalaureate degrees,” he said. “If we can get them focused from the beginning on what they want to major in it’s certainly better for retention and overall performance.”

The board also held a swearing-in ceremony for in Roger Grizzard to fill the unexpired term of Joel Watson who resigned from the board in June. Grizzard previously served on the WC board from 1987 until 2007 and was the board chair from 2003 to 2005. Former district judge and former WC board member Don Chrestman conducted the ceremony.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes of the Sept. 14 and Oct. 5 meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports ending Sept. 30.
  • Approved of the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through online auction.
  • Approved a proposal from McClung Roofing for the replacement of the Doss Student Center roof that was damaged in August at a total cost of $344,766. Insurance will cover $263,566 of the project.
  • Tabled an item on nominations to the Parker County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • Heard the annual report as presented by Adam Finley, Executive Dean of Student Services, on the Access and Affordability Policy which includes the average tuition and fees for 30 college credit hours, criteria used to admit students, median family income by region, criteria for awarding financial aid and enrollment demographic data.

In his president’s report, Interim President Brent Baker:

  • Recognized John Turntine and Linda Hutton for their personal efforts in feeding food insecure students out of their own pockets. The college and WC Foundation have since stepped in to help these students with the coordination of Turntine and Hutton.
  • Recognized the Social Sciences Department for their continued work on The Kent Miller and Quinton Reeves Honorary Lecture Series.
  • Recognized Dr. Sumant and Mrs. Sheela Kumar for their contributions to the Foundation which have recently exceeded $100,000.
  • Recognized the Texas Association of Community Colleges for their efforts in helping community college students affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Announced the upcoming retirement of Ruby Lionberger, administrative assistant for Workforce and Continuing Education.

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