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WC Board receives update on strategic plan

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The Weatherford College Board of Trustees received an annual update on the college’s strategic plan during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

Among the goals outlined in the plan are the promotion of student success and excellence in teaching and learning.

Advancement toward this goal has been made in a number of ways over the past year including an increased partnership with Weatherford ISD for foundational math courses.

The plan also has a focus on enhancing student engagement, and with this in mind, several changes have occurred on the Weatherford Campus over the past year including relocating the Financial Aid Office to the lower level of the Student Services Building.

“This move allowed for the creation of a one-stop shop, aligning admissions, registration, financial aid and business services all in a centrally-located area,” said Adam Finley, Executive Dean of Student Services. “A secondary benefit of this move was transferring the Office of Accommodations to the upper level of the Student Services Building, allowing better access for our students who have mobility difficulty.”

As part of the goal to promote employee advancement, professional development and equitable compensation, the Faculty Senate is currently examining the college’s salary structure, and a proposal for increased adjunct pay is expected to be presented to the board at their December meeting.

“In my mind, we desperately need to take care of our people, our faculty and our staff who are closest to students, who most directly impact student success,” said WC President Tod Allen Farmer. “We have the knowledge that our salaries are below state average, and rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars on a formal study, we are gathering input from the Faculty Senate and reallocating those existing dollars toward rectifying the problems.”

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes from the Oct. 11 board meeting.
  • Approved financial reports ending Oct. 31.
  • Approved a renewal of sealed proposals for commercial charter bus services.
  • Approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through online auction.
  • Approved the annual review of the policy for appropriations and revenue sources – investments.
  • Received the equities in athletics report.

In his President’s Report, Dr. Farmer:

  • Recognized Dr. Lisa Welch, Dr. Allison Stamatis, Becki Byrd and the army of volunteers who made the STEMania events in Wise County and in Weatherford a success. A special recognition was extended to the WC Wise County Associate Degree Nursing students who garnered enough donation to send each 4th grader, about 875 of them, home from the Wise County event with a new bicycle helmet.
  • Recognized Becki Byrd and her team on the success of the 17th annual College Night at WC Wise County. Approximately 90 students attended the event along with their families, and 30 colleges and universities participated.
  • Recognized Vance Christie and his volunteers on a successful third annual FFA Invitational Leadership Development Event.
  • Recognized Cal Lewiston, Ron Puckett, Dr. Hyeyoung Song and the WC Jazz Band on their excellent fall jazz concert.
  • Recognized the WC rodeo team. The women’s team recently won first place at the Texas Tech University Rodeo and are ranked second in the region. The men’s team is currently ranked fifth.
  • Recognized the WC men’s and women’s basketball teams for a strong start to their season.
  • Recognized the WC nursing instructional team for their 95.2 percent pass rate for the 125 nursing students who took the National Council Licensure Examination over the past 12 months.
  • Announced that Cal Lewiston is stepping down as the Department Chair from Fine Arts and Communication but will remain as an instructor.