2023 October Agenda and Minutes


Board of Trustees Meeting
Oct. 12, 2023
3 p.m.
JPH Conference Center

This is areminder that the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet in personon Thursday, October 12th   at 3 p.m. in the JPHconference center.

Call to Order — Chris McNew

Approval of Agenda — Chris McNew

Regular Reports

  • Finance Report — Richard Stipe
  • President's Report — Dr. Rick Massengale

Consent Agenda — Chris McNew

  • September Regular Meeting Minutes

Monitoring Report
  • increase student completion, retention and transfers Mandy Kilbourn

Board Comments



Board of Trustees 
October 12, 2023 
The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 12, October 2023 in the JPH Conference Room on the South Campus. Due to technical issues, Chair McNew called the meeting to order at 3:09 p.m. Trustees Kevin Cheri, Don Tomlinson, Scott Miller, Debbie Johnson, Luke Feighert, and Sarah Newman were present. 

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Dr. Rick Massengale, Richard Stipe, Mandy Kilbourn, Micki Somers, Dr. Matt Cardin, Nell Bonds, Jo Adams, Tavonda Brown, Dr. Rodney Arnold, and Scott McDonald from Harrison Daily Times. 
Approval of Agenda 
Chair McNew asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none a motion was made, unanimously approved.  

Regular Reports 
Finance Report: Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through September 2023. 

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the total monthly revenue was $1,103,298, and the expenditures ended at $1,200,436. The year-to-date total ended with a net gain of $1,976,778. Mr. Stipe said the trend lines are as expected. 

Auxiliary: The month's revenue totaled $54,603, and the expenditures totaled $189,867. The year-to-date revenue was $765,884, and expenses were $745,165. The auxiliary net operating fund had a gain of $20,719. Mr. Stipe stated the trend line pattern is like this time last year. He reminded the board that they should be receiving the legislative audit in the mail, and it will be on the November board agenda. 

President's Report: Dr. Massengale congratulated Macy Young, recognized as the ACC Academic All-Star, Cindy Dollard as Outstanding Faculty, and Suzanne Burh as Outstanding Staff. Dr. Massengale showed students on our north campus with direct learning in our automotive department. He mentioned some position changes: 
Director of TC program, Davina Hefley
Manager of Concurrent Programs, Mandy Moore
Chair of Technical Programs, David Zirkle
Assistant Registrar, Joanna Keys

He ended his presentation with a photo of his tenth grandchild, Lucas, born on October 9, 2023. Don asked if David Zirkle was permanent as Chair of Technical Programs. Dr. Massengale said he is until the end of the semester; then, he will reconvene to discuss next semester. 

Consent Agenda 
The Consent Agenda included the September regular meeting minutes. Chair McNew asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Tomlinson, and unanimously approved. 

Monitoring Report 
Tavonda Brown and Mandy Kilbourn presented the monthly monitoring report, Increase student completion, retention, and transfers. Mrs. Brown discussed objectives that align with our strategic plan: vision 2025. She began by speaking about student success and student transfers. She stated in 2021, transfers to AR 4-year with 30 ACTS course hours were 38 and 30 in 2022. Transfer to AR 4-year with an associate degree were 66 in the year 2021 and 55 in the year 2022. She discussed student retention from the years 2015-2022. The initial enrollment status for full-time students was 53% in 2018-2019, 58% in 2020-2021, and 55% in year 2021-2022. Mrs. Brown listed retention strategies for free tutoring, onsite housing, student organizations, and purpose first/advising sessions. She broke down percentages of student completion from the years 2011-2019. She stated the tracking is complete using IPEDS 150% graduation rate, which is the percentage of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students in a particular year (cohort) that receive a degree or certificate within 150% of the time. 

Mrs. Brown gave the results of the student satisfaction survey administered in spring 2023, with 77.6% strongly agreeing to recommend Northark. She listed student success strategies such as co-curricular offerings, adulting 101 life skills, engagement, and employment. Mrs. Brown recorded pioneer success workshops: time management, campus and community involvement, budgeting, communicating with others, job search, resume writing, FAFSA, cybersecurity, and critical thinking. 

Chair McNew adjourned the meeting at 3:37 p.m. 

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