August 2018 Board Report

August 21, 2018

The August 2018 TCC Board of Regents meeting took place on the TCC Northeast campus Thursday, Aug. 16.

The meeting opened with a presentation by Gloria Kirkpatrick, TCC diversity outreach coordinator, followed by testimonials from two My Dream students about the impact the scholarship has had on their lives and educational journey.

Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee Report

Regent Wes Mitchell presented an overview on the equity scorecard work with the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education. Mitchell reported that for the first time in 10 years, the Underrepresented Minority (URM) retention rate is higher than the total student population retention rate.

Also of note:

  • TCC has 35 new faculty members for this year.
  • NSO attendance rate continues to rise, which helps eliminate barriers to success.
  • KPIs continue to indicate the positive effect the implementation of Pathways is having on retention and completion rates.

Changes Coming to Employee Health Insurance

The Board approved a change of health insurance vendors and the addition of an HMO option. The switch should make insurance more affordable for employees with dependents, as well as the College. A new vendor will provide eye care, but with the same amount and type of coverage. The College is also adding a catastrophic insurance option to the disability insurance policy. An official announcement will be made to all TCC employees soon.

Changes to Competitive Bidding

The threshold for competitive bidding rose from $20,000 to $50,000 and above. The Board must approve expenditures exceeding $50,000. However, the Finance Committee will be kept informed on purchases between $10,000 and $49,999. This change will update and simplify the competitive bidding policy.