November 2021 Meeting Minutes

November 2021 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

November 11, 2021

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 11, November t in JPH conference center. Chair Miller called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Debbie Johnson, Linda Pledger, Chris McNew, Kevin Cheri, R.G. Earnest, Don Tomlinson, Pam Henry, and Sarah Newman were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Micki Somers, Dr. Josephine Kershaw, Kris Greening, Tavonda Brown, Nell Bonds, Melissa Bray, Kelsey Lowery, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Dr. Rick Massengale, Brandon Cone, and guest James White with the Harrison Daily Times.

Approval of Agenda

Chair Miller asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none a motion was made, unanimously approved.

Regular Reports

Finance Report

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe noted the operating budget revenue for the end year of October 2021 was at $6,979,883 against an annual budget of $14,855,474. The year-to-date expenditures totaled $5,140,945 against the annual budget of $14,77,568. Richard said the year-to-date total revenues was at 47%, which was slightly higher than the FY2021 and FY2020 percentage. Richard stated the expenditure trend is on target and pleased with the end budget.

Auxiliary: Revenue for year-to-date was at $642,986 against a budget of $1,550,266. Expenditures were at $693,604 against a budget of $1,485,285. Richard stated the trend lines are tracking as expected at this time of year.

Title III Report- The Title III grant was written in 2017 for 2.24 million at a 5- year award, 2017-2022. Sarah Bing stated the redesign in the Library into a Learning Resource Center & Purchase a new Student Information System (SIS) was part of the funds used from the grant. She informed the group of year four objectives; Increase course success rates of students in cross-curricular courses, Increase the success of tracked students utilizing the LRC by 5%, 50% of identified staff & faculty trained in "learner-centered, evidence- based" curriculum, and reduced institutional expenditures by at least $50,000 because of increased efficiencies from SIS. Sarah listed the year five objectives; increase the graduation rate by 6% over the baseline of 24%, increase the fall-to-spring retention rate by 3%, increase the fall-to-fall retention rate by 9%, increase the developmental course success rate by 10%, increase tuition and mandatory fee revenue by 5%, and reduce institutional expenditures per full-time equivalent by 9%.

President's Report— Dr. Massengale said the Pioneer Student Broadcasting team are great ambassadors for Northark and encouraged everyone to watch the live streams. He spoke of the Northark Fall Festival and the excitement of the students and community members to be on campus. The men's basketball team helped the Harrison Master Gardeners with the downtown arrangements. He congratulated the Lady Pioneers for their defeat of the number one Lakeland Lakers, 76-70 in overtime. Bobby Howard became the coach with the most wins in Northark history at 900 game career wins for Northark. Northark presented the Economic Development Summit in partnership with Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce with Jeff Amerine and Steuart Walton as the guest speakers. Dr. Massengale stated he was honored to be part of Northark at the Evening on the Plaza. Participants included Paul Harp 2019-2020 distinguished alumni award, Wes Bradford 2020-2021 distinguished alumni award, The Mitchells honored with the Pioneer Impact award, and Mike McNutt with the Ozark Ambassador. Northark students have received $1,090,222 in grants and awards in Fall 2021. Dr. Massengale ended with the current headcount of 625 and Student Semester Credit Hours of 6913 for Spring 2022.


Consent Agenda
The Consent Agenda included the October regular meeting minutes, policies: Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Smoking Tobacco Use, replacement positions: Full-time English Department Chair, Educational Talent Search Advisor, SNAP E & T Coordinator. Chair Miller asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Henry seconded by Trustee Cheri and unanimously approved.


Monitoring Report
Tavonda Brown presented the Increase student retention report. Tavonda reported the fall-to-fall enrollment of students with the IPEDS Peer Comparison. The student retention goal was 60% and the fall 2020 rate was 58% and is slightly below the goal. Tavonda listed the recent improvements: CARES Act money distribution, improved technology, welcome form, manual retention interventions, enhanced online student services: tutoring, advising, financial aid sessions, offered courses by online and Zoom, student support services. She stated the planned improvements are customer relation management system (CRM) – Target X, increase student engagement opportunities, E-sports, soccer, and additional recruiting services.


New Business
The New Business Agenda included the Recommendation of Board of Trustees’ officer nomination committee. Chair Miller appointed Trustee Cheri, Earnest, and Johnson to serve on the committee.


Trustee Newman moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Pledger seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.