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WC board approves strategic plan, discusses campuses

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The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved a strategic plan for the next five years during their Thursday meeting.

The 2016-2021 strategic plan is the culmination of constituent surveys, 38 focus groups and the identification of several core issues.

The plan includes six key strategic goals:

  • Through an academic master plan and support unit annual improvement plans, WC will promote student success and excellence in teaching and learning.
  • WC will implement a facilities master plan to guide decisions about multiple physical plant needs.
  • WC will enhance student engagement, leading to persistence and success, by conducting feasibility studies for implementing and/or providing access to services in multiple areas.
  • WC will periodically review, expand and improve technology on all campuses to address multiple needs.
  • WC will serve the communities in its service area through off-campus instructional centers, expanded community partnerships and programs and enhanced internal and external communication throughout all instructional sites.
  • WC will implement administrative processes that promote employee advancement, professional development, appropriate and equitable compensation, and sufficient inter-departmental communications.

The new plan also includes a new mission statement: “Weatherford College enriches the lives of the students and communities it serves through innovative, affordable and accessible learning and cultural opportunities.”

The complete strategic plan will be available on the college’s website, www.wc.edu.

Additionally, the board continued discussions on the 2016-17 budget. Before the board makes a final decision on the $54.4 million budget, Chairman Frank Martin asked college administrators to prepare recommendations regarding its Mineral Wells, Wise County and Granbury campuses.

Regarding the Wise County campus, WC President, Dr. Kevin Eaton, announced an exciting partnership with Midwestern State University. Beginning in the Summer II semester, Midwestern will offer junior and senior level courses at WCWC.

“We are having a celebration next week for a partnership with Midwestern,” Eaton said. “We’re hoping down the road that this partnership may be able to generate some additional revenue for the college, as well as provide opportunities for students across our service area.”

Eaton and Midwestern President, Dr. Suzanne Shipley, will be on hand Tuesday, June 14, for a ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The event, which will include a reception, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at WCWC. The public is invited.

In his president’s report, Eaton:

  • Reported an increase in Summer I contact hours of 14.9 percent and a nearly 3 percent headcount increase compared to this time last year. Also, 56.4 percent of Summer I enrollments are students taking online courses.
  • Recognized:
    – Dr. Alex Ibe for being selected as the WC Faculty Member of the Year;
    The WC softball team for finishing third in this year’s Region V-North Softball Tournament and the 11 athletes who were named to the
       All-Conference Team including Macie Perrin, who was named Co-player of the Year;
    – WC student athletes named to the Academic All-Conference Team: Baseball – Tanner Driskill, Cole Hearrean, Sam Mahofski, Chase Sarchet, Travis Stone and Tyler Wesley; Basketball – Deris Duncan and Severija Narkute; Softball – Bethany Allen, Maddison Graham, Taylor Maliska and Ashlyn Monroe.
    Everyone who volunteered to organize and run the eighth annual Taste of Parker County which raised approximately $21,000 for the WC Foundation.
  • Announced employee resignation notices from Nursing Instructor - Carla Crider, Nursing Instructor - Bill Palmer, Math Instructor - Glen Schlee, and Fine Arts and Communications Instructor - Doc Ballard.
  • Announced the retirement of Dr. Richard Bowers, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. Bowers will retire in August after serving WC for 47 years. Bowers ​will be honored with a retirement reception in August.

In other business the board:

  • Was presented with a graduation report which showed 782 degrees and certificates were awarded in December 2015 and May 2016, and of those, 272 students participated in the May commencement ceremonies.