College aims to build enrollment, gain re-certification

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

May 20, 2013 at 12:20 a.m.

Victoria College is working to increase student enrollment.

That, as well as college finances and its re-certification process were discussed at Monday's Victoria College board meeting.

VC president Tom Butler said the college is actively working to increase student enrollment.

Recently, the college partnered with the University of Houston-Victoria to create a bachelor's degree plan that will cost a student less than $10,000.

"It's a good plan for students who want to get their bachelor's degree and stay in their hometown," Butler said.

The board also approved course fees for eight new state-mandated courses.

The courses created include developmental mathematics and integrated reading and writing courses.

The college's financial report showed a decrease from last year because of a 6 percent decrease in enrollment, said Keith Blundell, vice president of Administrative Services.

Last April, the college reported $7,376,477.43 in net assets, and this year, the college earned $6,446,734.07, or $929,743.36 less.

At the close of the meeting, Butler updated the board on their ongoing certification process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Although the college was found out-of-compliance in four areas of a preliminary review by SACS, the college scored exceptionally well, Butler said.

The SACS certification process covers about 76 areas of revision across each campus.

The preliminary report was submitted by Victoria College in narrative form in regards to each area.

The four areas found out-of-compliance were:

The need to submit some additional resumes for staff members

The need to submit some additional vitas for some faculty

The need to submit additional financial reports with additional statements

The submission of copies of the college's student transcripts displaying the college's authority to grant certificates and degrees

The college plans to submit a focus report to address the four areas found out of compliance.

An on-site team from SACS is expected in September, said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of College Advancement and External Affairs.



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