Student outcomes data compiled from the state’s 10 community college districts show that Northland Pioneer College students have the state’s highest course completion rate in College Algebra and English Composition II. Overall, NPC has the second highest completion rate of college-level work among the districts.
NPC’s ranking was presented as part of an informational report on the Strategic Vision 2030 report presented at the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board regular monthly meeting December 18 in Holbrook. Rickey Jackson, interim vice president for learning and student services, also highlighted NPC’s 90.4 percent rate of program completion for students enrolled in direct-to-work industry-certification programs.
Strategic Vision 2030 creates a framework for the state’s community colleges to reach the Achieve 60 AZ goal of having 60 percent of Arizona’s working-age population possess a post-secondary credential by 2030. | View the full report (PDF)
The report tracks 33 short-term, mid-range, long-term and follow-up metrics. Jackson reminded board members that not all metrics fit with NPC student’s goals. For example, the rate of students transferring to a state university is well below the state average, in part due to economic, cultural and location differences.
Jackson also reviewed enrollment information for the Winslow campus, requested by board chair Frank Lucero at a previous meeting. The data shows the percentage of Winslow High graduates continuing their education at NPC was at the same rate, or slightly higher, than other schools in NPC’s service area. It also showed 26 percent of the enrollment in the Winslow Nursing program over the past five years were Winslow residents. Another 47 percent traveled from other Navajo County communities to attend nursing classes in Winslow. “The Winslow Nursing program continues to attract a diverse group of students with a high percentage of Native American and Hispanic students,” noted Jackson.
Jeremy Raisor, director of enrollment services, reported on the progress being made to streamline the financial aid award process for students. New software has been configured and is already helping to reduce processing time from 6 to 8 weeks to 2 to 4 weeks. Bids are currently being sought for additional software to integrate the processing with the college’s student record system, which could reduce processing to a matter of days instead of weeks. Raisor anticipates having the new process online for processing fall semester awards in May.
Raisor also confirmed that year-round Pell has been restored, making summer awards available for eligible students.
In action items, the board:
- Authorized the purchase of two Anatomage Tables, utilizing federal Title III grant funds. The tables use 3-D virtualization for human anatomy and physiology lab courses. NPC hopes to pilot offering the virtualized lab courses by the spring of 2020.
- Adopted the Strategic Priorities for 2018-19. The focus will be on preparation for the November 19-20, 2019 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit and improving communication with students from initial contact to completion.
- Approved a multi-year contract with EBSCO, the provider of databases, e-books, e-audiobooks and other online library resources. The longer contract results in a substantial savings to the college.
- Adopted the 2019-20 Budget Development Assumptions and Guidelines. These will be used by budget managers and the Chief Business Officer in developing next year’s budget.
- Approved the deletion of the Residential Child/Youth Care program; modifications to the Automotive Technology program; and modifications to the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood (AAEC) transfer degree.
- Continued the intergovernmental agreement with the Blue Ridge School District to offer dual enrollment courses.
In her monthly report to the board, Betsyann Wilson presented an overview of the scholarships awarded by NPC Friends & Family. The nonprofit awarded $15,911 to 28 students for the spring semester, including to three initial Jon Graff, Ph.D., scholarship recipients. Wilson is expanding her scholarship workshops to area high schools, in which she offers tips for applying for the thousands of dollars available to help pay for an education.
President Mark Vest presented an overview of the All-Arizona Academic Team, and the 12 NPC students to be honored in February. Each will receive a tuition waiver from the Arizona Board of Regents to complete their bachelor’s degree.
Prior to the regular meeting, the board conducted their annual self-evaluation. Members felt the need for more education about legal matters and what will be expected of board members during the accreditation visit. Following the meeting, board members, students, staff gathered to dedicate a plaque honoring the contributions to student scholarships by Dr. Jon Graff. | View photos from the dedication.
The next regularly-scheduled board meeting will be Tuesday, January 15, at 10 a.m. in the Tiponi Community Center on the Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd. Copies of the agenda will be posted online, at least 24 hours in advance.
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