NOVEMBER 20, 1992
A retreat of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 8:00 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 427 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, Arizona.
Donald R. Campbell, President, Barbara Hitchcock, Secretary, Roy C. Amrein, Member, Linda B. Rosenthal, Member, M. Grant Christensen, Member
Paul A. Elsner, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., William Waechter, Dan Whittemore, Ron Bleed, Janice Bradshaw, Larry Christiansen, Paul dePippo, Myrna Harrison, Victor Herbert, Donna Schober, Linda Thor, Larry Christiansen, Arnette Ward, Guests
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 8:20 a.m.
Dr. Elsner noted that item 14 would be deleted from the agenda and that the order of the agenda would be changed.
(1)ENROLLMENT/REVENUE PROJECTIONS - Dan Whittemore and Rufus Glasper discussed revenue shortages and cash balance conditions through June 1993. Rufus Glasper provided historical information about the tax levy, FY 1992-93 reductions, and shortfalls. A temporary freeze on external hiring has been implemented to aid in reducing the budgetary problems currently being experienced.
(2) COUNTY ASSESSED VALUATION - Rufus Glasper provided information about assessed valuations and possible future tuition increases.
(3) THE GENESIS PROGRAM- Chancellor Elsner introduced Victor Herbert, Superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District. Dr. Herbert spoke about the Genesis program, in conjunction with Phoenix College, which is designed to serve students who are unable to continue or return to high school. The program would encourage students who have dropped out to return to school and obtain a diploma. The program may provide additional revenue for the District if approved by the State. Dr. Herbert noted that the "tuition" to send a student to Adobe Mountain Correctional Facility is three times that of the tuition for Harvard University. Current costs of the program were discussed. Dr. Campbell noted that the Arizona National Guard is working with a similar program. Dr. Christensen noted that the Chandler High School funds part of a similar program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
(4)A MASTER STRATEGY FOR THE REMAINING DECADE - A SPECIAL STATEMENT FROM THE CHANCELLOR - Dr. Elsner then presented his Master Strategy for the Remaining Decade. The strategy includes 1) restoring reserves, 2) a future bond election, 3) support of school reform, 4) construction of smaller centers, 5) adult education centers in some areas, 6) network support, 7) increase in open entry/open exit, distance, video, and network courses, 8) cooperative upper division course work, 9) re-examination of the Skill Center programs, 10) national work force programs, 11) major science and math initiatives, 12) work force changes, 13) quality programs, 14) program review, 15) reducing overhead, 16) decentralize outreach programs, 17) off the curb outreach, 18) alternative high schools, 19) international emphasis, 20) faculty involvement, 21) environmental strategies, 22) secondary financing, 23) fee and pricing strategies, 24) override taxes, 25) attack drop out problems, and 26) reorganization and renewal. Board discussion followed.
(5) QUALITY IMPLEMENTATION - William Waechter and Donna Schober reported on Quantum Quality efforts at the District. Dr. Amrein expressed support for and concerns about the program. It was noted that some faculty members are concerned that academic freedom and the Residential Faculty Policies may be adversely affected by the quality program.
(6) SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS - Donna Schober enumerated a number of points relative to the small business development center grants.
(7)STATUS OF THE DISTRICT NETWORK - Jan Baltzer reported on networking including network management issues, the MCCCD history of networking, networking issues facing MCCCD, and recommendations for the future.
(8) WILLIAMS AIR FORCE BASE DEVELOPMENTS - Larry Christiansen presented a proposal for use of Williams Air Force Base after its closure in 1993. An "educational mall" is being proposed by the East Valley Think Tank. This would be an joint venture with Arizona State University, MCCCD, elementary, secondary and postsecondary public educational institutions in the East Valley. Arnette Ward discussed possible use of the site by Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Linda Thor discuss use of the facilities from a programmatic point of view.
(9) REPORT OF PHOENIX COLLEGE DEFICIT - Myrna Harrison reported on tactics initiated to reduce expenditures at Phoenix College for 1992-93. President Harrison explained the repayment plan and budget control measures. Dr. Amrein asked about personnel issues relating to Phoenix College.
(10)PROGRAM REVIEW PROCESS - Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. presented information on the Program review process including Corporate Services Division, staff development, Ocotillo, diversity and quality, and instructional programs. Mrs. Hitchcock asked about the scope of student involvement in developmental education courses/programs. Dr. de los Santos estimated that approximately 6-7.5% of students require some work in developmental education. Dr. Christensen asked about reducing this number through an ongoing review process. Dr. Amrein expressed support for the review process.
(11) SOUTH MOUNTAIN COLLEGE DEFICIT - Dr. Elsner briefly spoke about the college deficit.
(12)BOND ELECTION - Dr. Elsner reported on factors in the recent failed bond election. Included were 45% voters over age 65, poor timing for tax climate, low voter turnout, failure to get out District vote, and amount of Bond. Mrs. Rosenthal expressed concern that our master plans not be wasted by relying on outside decision-making for usage of future bond funds.
(13)CONCEPTUAL DISCUSSION OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR THE OLDER ADULT - Chancellor Elsner suggested that programs be developed to work with the senior citizen age group. Dr. Elsner noted that there were several programs relating to this age group when he came to the District, that have apparently gone out of existence.
The meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.
M. Grant Christensen