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WC board discusses survey results, Guided Pathways progress

WC Board in session

The Weatherford College Board of Trustees discussed several items in their regular meeting Thursday, including a student satisfaction survey, an update on the Guided Pathways Initiative and a new roof for the Wise County campus.

Dr. Arleen Atkins, dean of institutional effectiveness, gave the results of an online survey conducted this spring. Atkins said 362 WC students participated in the survey, answering questions regarding a number of college services including campus safety, health and mental health services, child care, student life, customer service and advising. The majority of responses in all areas were positive, but Atkins and the board discussed areas of possible improvement.

The board heard an update on the Guided Pathways Initiative from Dr. Andra Cantrell, executive vice president for financial and administrative affairs. The initiative, a college-wide project to improve efficiency and encourage student success, has led to several improvements of late, including the simplification of the testing process for incoming students, the referral of students to a grant-funded mathematics program and clearer mapping from high school endorsement areas to college coursework.

The board also approved a re-roofing project for the college’s Wise County campus. The roof will be replaced after the discovery of hail damage with all but a $25,000 deductible covered by insurance.

In his president’s report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer reported on the following:

  • WC rodeo students Kirby Blankenship and Lane Cooper took 10th place in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. Kelly Valdez won the Scholar Award from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
  • Dr. Daniel O’Meara, John Turntine and Hayden Harbold have been accepted to the North Texas Community College Consortium leadership academy.
  • Former Coyote baseball player Ryan Brasier was recently called up from Triple-A to the major leagues to play for the Boston Red Sox.
  • 11 WC athletes received All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association, and the WC women’s basketball and baseball teams each earned honorable mention Academic Team of the Year honors. Farmer recognized Bob McKinley, athletic director and head women’s basketball coach, for the department’s success in the classroom.
  • Summer enrollment numbers look to be slightly higher than in 2017, and fall numbers so far are relatively flat compared to the record Fall 2018 semester.