November 2019 Board of Regents Meeting Summary

November 26, 2019

The TCC Board of Regents held its Nov. 2019 meeting on the TCC Southeast Campus last Thursday.

The meeting featured updates on TCC student successes, changes to academic programs, construction timetables, and the presentation of the 2019 TCC holiday card that features the art of TCC student Caleh Trexler.

TCC President and CEO Leigh Goodson, in her report to the Board, highlighted the positive momentum coming out of work on the Tulsa Transfer project.

“It’s gotten the attention of our university partners,” says Goodson. “They have realized what they have to do on their end, and that we all have to have systems in place to make it work.”

Oklahoma State University and TCC are furthering plans to solidify their transfer process to the benefit of students based on the work done during the Tulsa Transfer Project.

“We share more students with OSU than anyone else,” says Goodson. “It is our plan to make that a seamless transition.”

Goodson also lauded the success of the College’s Common Book initiative in its first year, and that the program’s book for year two will include a connection to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Other meeting highlights:

  • TCC faculty and students received a record six travel grants for undergraduate research opportunities. The students will present at the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The grants are funded by the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OKINBRE).

    “Undergraduate research is a high-impact learning opportunity,” said Dr. Dusti Sloan, TCC associate professor/coordinator, science and mathematics. “I know this will be an experience students will not forget and it will shape their academic future.
  • The Board approved changes to 35 programs. The majority of the programs were changed for articulation agreement updates, to be more closely aligned with workforce needs, or in the case of certificates, because the certifying body had changed requirements.
  • The Community Relations committee report included legislative highlights, among which was the fact that concurrent enrollment for high school seniors has been fully funded.
  • According to the Facilities & Safety committee report, construction on the West Campus Student Success Center will begin Dec. 16 and is expected to be completed by Aug. 2020.