March 20, 2014 – Post 7

New Business

Discussion of the revised Board Policies re: “gender identity.”

Approved the “Restrict A Portion of the FY 2014 Unrestricted Fund Balance and Realign a Portion of he Existing Restrict Fund Balance”

Approved Naming Honor for the Belushi Performance Center

Approved Naming Honor for the Bjarne Ullsvik Football Stadium

Communications

Trustee Svoboda reported on the ICCB meeting.

Trustee Savage described a SURS seminar she attended and what she learned about the SURS Back to Work legislation.

Trustee McGuire reported on the Foundation Board meeting.

Trustee Svoboda spoke about an event with Jim Belushi.

Trustee Svoboda also spoke about the Board Workshop and “lifelong learning” advocacy. She is please to say she is included in a new advisory committee on this topic. Also, at the last meeting, we talked about college history and Svoboda met with Breuder to look at language regarding procedures that accompany each policy.

Birt announced the next meeting. She also announced the Board will go into closed session. She stated no board action will take place after the closed session is over.

Next Regular COD BOT Meeting: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7pm in SSC 2200.

March 20, 2014 – Post 6

The Board moved to approve the Consent Agenda. President Breuder made a comment to change a financial statement in the Board Packet. Tom Glazer and Lynn Sapata spoke at the microphone regarding the definition of liquidity. He stated COD has more than a year’s worth of operating expenses on hand in cash, which could be used if there is some sort of disaster. He did not describe any disaster scenarios. He stated in response to Trustee Hamilton that the board, because it does not meet very often, could see reports regularly. Hamilton stated what the College has been using is a net worth calculation and it’s a little more sophisticated in relying on the administration to point us to the 50% of revenue for defining the fund balance. So Hamilton stated this way we get a chance to compare the old liquidity measurement versus the newer policy. Hamilton stated that in the end the reason why we didn’t use what is in the Board manual is because it didn’t fit the strategic needs of the administration. Hamilton says we as board members get a more fundamental sense of how much is in our account and how much we’ll spend. But the administration looks at it in a more sophisticated sense. Hamilton is excited about this, and we can look at liquidity and board policy, but I think we’ll find that one will track the other. When we look at liquidity we don’t want to turn that into policy because that would tie the hands of the people running the college. We don’t want to do that but it’s great to be able to see this and understand our finances better and make great decisions.

Trustee McGuire was happy to see the calculations both ways.

Hamilton said we’ve discussed if it’s based on disbursements or revenue and there’s a difference.

Breuder stated  these reports are “companions” and we need to continue to report in the traditional way.

Hamilton stated the difference between the two accounts is you take out the auxiliary accounts.

Secretary O’Donnell read the consent agenda items up for approval.

March 20, 2014 – Post 5

COD Students Public Comments

Brad Setter, COD Student. He stated his support for adding “gender identity and expression” to the board policies.

Karen Woznicki, COD Student. She spoke in support of the Community Farm and described its value to her and to other students, including young students at the Early Childhood Education Center. She stated her experiences have developed her knowledge, speaking skills, and experience in the field, and plans to transfer, as an agriculture student, to Colorado State.

Steven Tusher, COD Student. He spoke in support of the Community Education Farm. He completed his service learning requirements at the Community Farm, and spoke about its value to him and his observation that a wide variety of people and classes utilize the farm. He stated he likes volunteering there and would like to continue to do so. He thinks it’s a shame if future students can’t do it too.

Miguel Marino, VP of Student Leadership Council. He reported on the Phi Theta Kappa and Sci Fi Club and the coordinator for the SLC, and added that the Butero Project sold 530 Buteros out of 600. He also announced that Stephanie Torres was elected President of SLC, and Michelle Gallardo was elected Vice President. The new student trustee is Omar Escamilla.

Kay McKean, Dupage County resident. Founder of an environmental group SCARCE. Spoke in support of the Community Farm. Stated she has personally brought over 300 area high school and grade school teachers to visit the Community Farm. McKean also helps Elmhurst and North Central, and she has used what she learned from COD Faculty to help the other colleges. She’s also brought Girl Scouts troops and troop leaders to the Community Farm.

March 20, 2014 – Post 4

Further Public Comments from COD Employees:

Richard Jarman, Vice President of the Faculty Association, addresses STEM and stated he is happy to see a new emphasis on manufacturing during a time of high unemployment and various federally funded initiatives, and stated that it is a timely issue. Jarman stated this is “one of the many initiatives that separates COD from the crowd.” He also suggested other important initiatives like outdoor labs, and spoke about a CODFA Faculty Senate resolution calling on COD to develop outdoor labs, including the COD Community Farm. He stated these outdoor labs “have a central role to play” in making students literate in sustainability.

Deborah Adelman, COD Faculty, Diana Strode, COD Faculty, and Shamili Sandiford, COD Faculty, spoke about the Community Farm. Adelman asked COD to support a permanent site for the Community Farm and explained the history of the farm itself, as well as statements the College Administration made about the Community Farm in the past. Adelman explained the focus and outcomes of the Community Farm and the fact that it is self-funded and costs the college only what it costs to move it to different locations when it is forced to move. Strode described the sustainable elements of the Community Farm and other area initiatives related to the project. She provided information about urban agriculture and the development of sustainable food supplies, and she pointed to resources that list community colleges as significant leaders and resources in this movement. Strode questioned why COD has chosen to dismantle the Community Education farm at a time when it is essential to economic growth and sustainable food supplies in the region. Sandiford described the interdisciplinary nature of the Community Farm, and explained how it fulfills ICCB’s mission. She described its programming and produce sales, and stated that the Community Farm is an example of sustainability itself. She explained that faculty are administrators and fundraisers for the project because faculty value the academic merits of the project. Sandiford thanked President Breuder for urging them on this path, and asked the College to inform her about the new site for the farm on campus. She explained how the Community Farm aligns with the new COD Brand, The New School of Thought, in several ways. Adelman asked COD to provide a permanent location on campus, as promised by COD, equivalent to the site it occupied in 2009.

David Goldberg, COD Faculty: I am a faculty member, taxpayer of Dist 502, and citizen. Tonight, the BOT will consider an item on the consent agenda that involves awarding a no-bid contract for $50,000 for seafood at the Waterleaf Restaurant. At the last board meeting in Feb., the BOT approved a no-bid contract for $60,000 for meat and poultry for the Waterleaf. In November of last year, the board approved a $105,000 no bid contract for produce for Waterleaf and the Culinary Arts Program. For a total of $215,000 no bid contracts to fund Waterleaf Operations. Yesterday I found out that the current administration has decided to kill the community garden project. This project has been administered by my colleagues and friends in English and Natural Sciences for eleven years. During that time, more than 500 students have utilized the community garden as an outdoor teaching and learning space. The garden has provided produce to local food pantries. Under the current administration, the garden has been forced from its location three times. When the current administration revoked any college support and demanded the garden become financially self-sufficient, my friends and colleagues did so. They wen to the community, applied for, and received grant money to continue operation of the community garden. Yesterday, they were told there is no place for the community garden. It has effectively bee killed. A program that has served hundreds of students, the community, and costs no money to the college has been eliminated. Ironically, the farm to table movement of which the community garden is a part is not a part of the ever-expanding project of fine dining at the college of DuPage. To put this in larger perspective, how many bottles of the $260 California Cabernet on offer at the Waterleaf would it take to fund the community garden? The answer is zero. The current branding campaign, COD The New School of Thought (which was priced at $290,000) included academic excellence as one of COD’s greatest resources. Academic excellence, like revenue at the college, is primarily generated by faculty led activities. It is sad when a faculty led supported and funded initiative at the cutting edge of higher education is shut down precisely because it is faculty led. I urge the current administration to reconsider this decision.

March 20, 2014 – Post 3

Good Evening, I’m Glenn Hansen, President of the Faculty Association and Faculty Senate,

It is exciting to see COD’s commitment to jobs in the manufacturing area. It is important to note that as we meet, County Chairman is addressing the DuPage United Assembly to celebrate the joint effort to link jobs and people.

May is approaching quickly and you have not had a public discussion of the SURS Return to Work rules. Which means the end of a relationship with many loyal employees. We’ve had many discussions internally, but I’ve not heard you weigh in on the issue. I’d like you to seriously consider allowing faculty to teach one class in fall and spring semester and staff to work an equivalent. If a SURS annuitant’s previous salary was above $160,000, maybe we should say NO thank you, but this blanket approach is going to affect people who may not earn that much before they die. Be a Leader.

After the comments made at your meeting 2 weeks ago, it is time to remember that we all live in glass houses, some bigger than others. There is no need to talk about how much we make and how little work you think we do, that’s a cliché. If more than 55 senior faculty have retired in the last 3 years and you hire most at A-1 or A-5, the average salary is probably not as high as it was when the same figure was used 2 years ago during negotiations.

COD should be the best place to work, we all should be well paid, if we are the best. And we hire the best, don’t we? There should be 100 applicants for every job, we should have the luxury of picking the best. I’m concerned when the applicant’s pool is tiny. We are located in a very expensive county, we are no longer a rural county. You pay well to get the best.

In the end, what was once rich fertile farm land is now a quarry and there are plenty of stones to throw and many windows to break. It’s time to stop it.

We have also grown tired of the phrase, trust me. And the Columbo style of management, one last question, accusation, or gotcha as we leave the room.

I think it is really important that the PACE survey is going to take place this spring. VP Benté has assured the Shared Governance Council that no answer can be traced to an individual. I hope all employees take part and answer every question honestly. Then we all will know where we stand. If faculty say, everything is great and that my comments have been wrong, I will be the first to say “I was mistaken”. We’ll also know if the faculty are lazy or if there is some other reason they won’t serve on VP Benté’s committee.

Internally, we have reached a watershed moment. “Trust me, I’ll take care of you” no longer works.

Please consider the difference between Trust and Trustworthy.

March 20, 2014 – Post 2

Following Pres. Breuder’s speech, Executive VP Joe Collins stood at the microphone and described examples of Baccalaureate degrees that represent what COD might offer right now in its existing programs. Pres. Breuder added that at Harper, the Foundation was willing to pay the state’s portion.

Trustee Savage stated fyi that she asked the ICCB Governmental Relations Committee to put this on the agenda.

Trustee McGuire asked Breuder what he thinks about the for-profits and whether they will push-back. Breuder stated the for-profits should be monitored, and where we beat the for-profits is on price and what it costs people to come here.

Trustee Svoboda stated she is happy we are having this discussion. She compared it to Northwoods University. She stated “what you’re talking about makes sense to me.”

Student Trustee Torres also stated she is glad this is being discussed.

President Breuder started speaking at 7:15 and held the floor for most of the discussion until 7:59.

March 20, 2014 – Post 1

Roll Call & Other Opening Acts

The trustees called the meeting to order and all trustees are present. The approval of the agenda proceeded without discussion.

President Breuder and Jean Kartje welcomed Dean Donna Steward for a presentation on the Center for Advanced Digital Manufacturing. Stewart reported that the Center will grow advanced manufacturing offerings at COD in a variety of ways. COD will add additional educational space, equipment, and faculty members for the manufacturing discipline.

COD Jim Filipek also spoke on behalf of the program and its growth. He and Stewart reported there are about 100 FTEs in the program. Stewart also answered questions about marketing the program to students and employers. Stewart also explained future classroom reconfiguration in the Seaton Center computer labs.

Student Trustee Torres reported on an ICCB meeting, including SLC’s support for Advocacy Day on April 1st and 2nd (to focus on the allocation of $65 million for community colleges).

President Breuder stood and spoke from the microphone to the Board of Trustees to give his report. Regarding the report from Stewart and Filipek, he first exhorted the board to read and watch what is taking place nationally and in the state regarding the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States. He also spoke to the board about the Baccalaureate “movement” and took credit for being “the guy” who is in the forefront of that effort. He described his work on the topic at Harper, 7 or 8 years ago, and he argued that “the moment is right now” for Illinois to “follow what 22 other states have already done” which is authorizing community colleges to authorize B.A. degrees for select programs. Breuder argued we would move only into areas “where there is a documented, community need” that is being unmet. He stated that sources for validating an existing, unmet need include Choose DuPage, Workforce Investment Board, Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, US Dept. of Labor, and so on. He stated that we should be allowed to do this because of taxpayers authorizing us to do so. He also stated that the most costly component of a degree like automotive technology is the first two years, and the upper two years are less costly. He stated that this is in the interest of the taxpayer. He stated there will be push back, from those who offer the B.A. who don’t want the competition. The other objection comes from people in the “community college family” “who want to label this mission creep.” “My God. We’ve been mission-creeping since the 1900s.” He stated a change in legislation is required to allow this. Breuder stated “we should craft a strategy for Illinois.” And “there is no reason for us not to do this.” He cited President Obama’s call for 8 million more post-secondary graduates by the year 2020. He stated “it’s coming to this institution and all community colleges sooner or later.” He compared this issue to westward expansion and manifest destiny.

March 20, 2014 Board Meeting Preview

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Student Services Center — Room SSC 2200 beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

To download the board packet, visit:

http://www.cod.edu/about/board_of_trustees/pdf/packets/2014mar20packet.pdf

Thursday’s Consent Agenda contains a number of items of interest to all, including the following:

  • Item 9.B.5.c  is listed for approval of a $50,000 seafood purchase for the Waterleaf Restaurant (an expenditure exempt from competitive bidding).
  • Item 9.B.5.b lists approval of a $25,200 contract with Legat Architects to design the Addison Regional Center Renovation.
  • Item 9.B.5.e  lists approval of a three year contract extension with Follett (COD’s bookstore operator).
  • Item 9.C.1 lists approval for Construction-Related Change Orders

Under New Business, there are multiple items.

  • The first reading of a change in Board Policy 10-40, the Mandatory Budget Reserve
  • Board Policy 15-5, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Board Policy 15-10, Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment
  • Board Policy 20-5, Non-Discrimination
  • For Approval: Restrict a Portion of the FY2014 Unrestricted Fund Balance and Realign a Portion of the Existing Restricted Fund Balance.
  • Two Naming Honors (Belushi Performance Hall and Bjarne Ullsvik Football Stadium).

March 6, 2014 – Post 5

Trustee McGuire: Let’s talk about institutional climate. Are we doing another PACE survey later this month?

VP Bente: Yes, it’s part of a regularly scheduled feedback program. He goes on to say that we are going to do student, faculty, and classified surveys at the same time so we can correlate the findings better.

Trustee McGuire laments that the adjunct faculty are not included in the SLRP survey. (PACE survey?)

VP Bente: I’m disappointed that no Liberal Arts faculty volunteered for the SLRP environmental scan, but once they saw the work involved, not one would step up.

Trustee Savage: Comments about the brand roll-out. The staff put a lot of work into the brand roll -out.

Trustee Torres: students liked the events.

Trustee Birt: We are going into Closed Session.

March 6, 2014 – Post 4

Trustee Hamilton: How do you anticipate addressing the forecast labor shortage in mill workers (machinists?)

VP Bente discusses surveys.

VP Kartje discusses the Automotive program and notes that other colleges in the area have certificates that go beyond the first degree.

Hamilton: What about welding and other AA degrees, do we work with companies who contact us about training workers?

Short answer: yes.

Hamilton asks about certificate and degrees  in the works that lead to employment.

VP Kartje: The state mandated process for greenlighting new degrees and certificates includes providing fact-based evidence that the new programs fill needs and are not useless. She mentions how involved faculty are involved in program review, how active they are in professional development, how they go conferences and bring back best practices to our classrooms.

VP Bente points out that a student who earns an AA in Auto technology has to go to SIU for a BA should be able to get a BA here.

Hamilton argues that offering BA’s will hurt our college.

VP Bente agrees, but says he doesn’t  speak for Dr. Breuder.

Trustee Svoboda: As a board we have not discussed the proposed move to a BA granting institution.

(Dr. Breuder has stepped out of the room.)

Trustee Savage: What does a BA in Automotive Tech or Fire Science look like? What are the requirements?

VP Kartje: we don’t know at this point, but we will look into it.

(Dr Breuder has come back in the room.)

VP Currier: There isn’t a good avenue for technical or vocational BAs (he did graduate level work on this subject).

Trustee Hamilton: We need to beware of not only mission creep but price creep. We are already the highest priced community college in the state, if we start offering higher level degrees our costs will rise. If we’re going to be looking seriously at this change, we need to be prepared with more information.

VP Bente: We have several options, including variable tuition like we do in Nursing.

Trustee Svoboda: We need to have more input into this issue, and she hopes that while it’s listed as an opportunity, it shouldn’t become a goal without careful discussion and thought.

Trustee McGuire: speaks in general about the positive possibilities of a 4 year college. She says that while they did not discuss this as a board prior to Dr. Breuder’s announcement, they should consider the issue. We need to have consensus around the table. The Board, the administration, and the faculty all need to be behind this, this should be a collaborative effort.

Trustee Birt: It sounds like this would be an appropriate way to go, but we need more information before we say no.

VP Bente: the BA is not a SWAT, it’s a NOC.

VP Bente: In relation to the high cost of our college, we have the highest salaries in the state as well. Our average faculty cost is $101,000.