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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 22, 2014
 
Halifax Community College Trustee Board Report
October 2014
 
WELDON, N.C. The Halifax Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees met on Oct. 21 for their monthly meeting.

Committee reports were given. Among them was the Building & Grounds Committee which reported on a recent meeting. Issues discussed included monitoring of the humidity in Building 500, parking lot lights and electronic sign repair. The finance and academic affairs committees gave brief updates.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. presented the President's Report to the board. Points of information included:
  • Congratulations to Trustee Bettie Cofield on being named an honoree of the Committed Hearts Inc. contest on Sept. 12.
  • New signs for the campus will be installed by Oct. 24. The U.S. Department of Education PBI grant is paying for the signs.
  • The Higher Education Accreditation & Program Support for the National Association for the Education of Young Children has completed the staff review for the College's self-study report. It was confirmed on Oct. 8 that HCC's Early Childhood Education program is eligible for a spring 2015 site visit, pending the reviewer availability and receipt of the accreditation review from the state office.
  • The Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) has asked the North Carolina Community College System for a two percent general fund reduction totaling $20.8 million. The Presidents Association has made recommendations, but the State Board of Community Colleges will have the final say on the response to OSBM. It will probably be a combination of reductions of categoricals and a tuition increase. Categoricals are supported by the general fund appropriations and include the Small Business Center, BioNetwork, Minority Male Mentoring, Virtual Learning Community, Marine Science Program, CTR for Applied Technology, Manufacturing Solutions Center and Botanical Lab. Categoricals identified as top priorities by the Presidents Association include customized training, longevity, child care grants, equipment and instructional resources/books.
  • Budget special provisions/non-budget legislation for the 2015-16 legislative session will include requests to authorize summer full-time equivalency for universal general education transfer courses, authorize equipment flexibility for repairs and renovations, study of lottery funds to incentivize associate degree completion, authorize participation in a state 403(b) plan, codify basic skills plus, clarify "Continuing Education" real estate classes, expand agricultural and transportation classes to freshmen and sophomore, and authorize carry-forward of college information system funds.
  • Enrollment for the fall 2014 semester was reported as flat, totaling 1,356. Fall 2013 enrollment was 1,388. Seventy-three percent of HCC's students are from Halifax County and 17 percent are from Northampton County. Enrollment figures by gender and schools were also provided.
Acting Dean of the Workforce & Economic Development Division Tamba O. Thompson presented the department's Statistical Report 2013-14. Workforce & Economic Development classes include non-degree courses, activities engaged in by adults for the purpose of learning a trade, upgrading a skill, personal improvement or cultural enrichment, and life-long learning. A variety of courses and programs are available to the community. Courses vary in length, are offered during the day and evening, and are available on or off-campus and in distance education formats. The development of courses/activities is based on interest shown by the community, availability of qualified instructional personnel, availability of equipment, and adequate teaching facilities and funds. Whenever possible, courses and programs are developed at the request of individuals, businesses, industries and agencies.

Thompson outlined various course offerings. The 2013-14 report revealed that there were 15,261 student registrations, 356,845 Workforce & Economic Development membership hours, and 517.98 full-time equivalent student enrollments were generated. Altogether, during the 2013-14 year, the Workforce & Economic Development team offered courses in 34 distinct areas of interest and training, which equated to 1,188 courses.

Dean of Student Services & Enrollment Management Dr. Barbara Bradley-Hasty and Director of Financial Aid Tara Keeter presented information concerning the Federal Cohort Default Management Report and the College's response. The two co-chair the Default Prevention Task Force (DPTF) at HCC. The cohort default rate looks at a three-year period and is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year, Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year. HCC's three-year cohort default rate for the 2011 cohort is 39.5 percent.

A school with a single-year cohort default rate of 30 percent or more is required to establish a default prevention task force, which HCC has done. The task force must develop a default prevention plan that includes measurable objectives designed to lower the school's rate. Schools with a rate of 30 percent or more for two consecutive years must revise their plans to implement additional measures. A school with three consecutive official cohort default rates of 30 percent or more, without a successful appeal, will lose eligibility to participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program and the Federal Pell Grant Program.

HCC's DPTF will determine the source of default risk, determine what steps are needed to reduce the risk, represent all parts of the institution, allocate school resources to default reduction activities, and assess the effectiveness of default reduction activities over time.

The College has contracted with Edfinancial Services, a third-party servicer, to reach out to delinquent borrowers and help them work with loan providers, as well as provide the College with portfolio analysis, skip tracing, rehab process training and preparation of a default management plan. The task force will also review academic probation and satisfactory academic progress policies and make adjustments to better align the policies. All efforts will be made to contact borrowers and rehab loans.

"This is a national issue," commented Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Michael Felt. Default rates have increased across the country and are drawing the attention of Congress. Last year, HCC trustees voted to no longer be part of the direct loan program.

Updates were also given on the NC Center for Automotive Research/Career & College Promise project, Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee, solar education, financial reports, electronic sign repair, parking lot repair, Quality Enhancement Plan Impact Report (fall 2010-14), the Foundation Inc.'s meeting and donor luncheon, special events, and the Brick By Brick Campaign. An update on Student Government Association activities was also provided.
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Acting Dean of the Workforce and Economic Development Division Tamba O. Thompson presented the department's Statistical Report 2013-14 at the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees meeting, Oct. 21.
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