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Feather River College notified of $418,000 windfall

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer
3/5/2014

 

The state received more property tax revenue than expected, and as a result, Feather River College will receive a check for at least $418,000.

Chief Financial Officer Jim Scoubes reported the good news to the board at its Feb. 20 meeting. He explained that each year the state does what it calls a recalc, wherein actual property tax revenues are counted and measured against what was already apportioned, and then final recalculations are made.

This year, that recalc resulted in the windfall to FRC’s unrestricted general fund. Additionally, Scoubes reported that the college is 58 percent of the way through the school year and has expended just 54 percent of its budget.

Curriculum news

There was good news in the curriculum department as well. Dean of Instruction Derek Lerch said the college submitted 10 transfer degrees to the state chancellor’s office for ratification, five more than the department’s initial goal.

Lerch said he hopes all 10 degrees will be ratified by the end of the spring semester.

Two new certificates were also established: forensic crime scene and accounting management.

Lerch told the board about collaborating with Plumas Unified School District on planning for adult education. The chancellor’s office provided money to address adult education needs and services.

 

Student success scorecard

Feather River College received an average scorecard from the chancellor’s office. Brian Murphy, coordinator of institutional research and planning, gave the board its yearly update on student performance.

The scorecard is an accountability tool that measures student performance in clear and concise ways. Murphy said it gives an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability.

Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna added that the chancellor’s scorecard is receiving national attention, as the feds attempt to standardize student assessment across a number of areas.

All 118 California community and junior colleges are measured on students’ persistence, progress, career technical education, remedial progress and completion rate. Colleges are grouped together in cohorts using factors such as socioeconomics, budget, school size, high school graduation rates and more.

Murphy created a separate cohort of small rural colleges and compared the college’s ranking within that subset and to the state average.

The scorecard can be accessed from FRC’s homepage at frc.edu.

 

Upcoming events

March is Women’s History Month, and the diversity committee has organized a chautauqua on March 19 at the Eagle’s Nest.

The event will be similar to last year’s, which entailed a dozen or so faculty and staff dressing up as famous women in history. Students then tried to determine who each woman portrayed was by asking questions and observing the costumes.

The Quincy Star Follies, FRC Foundation’s main fundraiser, is set for May 16 – 17. Trutna said that about 20 soccer players will be performing in the show.

The week prior to the Follies, FRC will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on May 7 – 11.

English instructor Margaret Garcia will again direct and produce “Listen to Your Mother,” featuring a number of college staff and students, May 2 this year.

Just a week away, March 6, outdoor recreation leadership instructor Saylor Flett will present a mountaineering slideshow at the Town Hall Theatre.

The next board meeting will take place at Greenville High School on March 13, 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a community leaders’ luncheon, prepared and served by the GHS culinary arts class.


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