Feather River College has a new mission statement and its trustees want to ensure that it’s implemented.
The three-sentence mission statement contained phrases that caused trustees Leah West and John Sheehan to comment.
Of the final sentence: “The College also serves as a cultural and economic leader for all communities that lie within the District …” West said, “I don’t see it in my portion of the county.”
Feather River College
“Feather River College provides high quality, comprehensive student education and opportunities for learning and workforce preparation in a small college environment. The College provides general education, Associate’s Degrees, certificates, transfer programs, and life-long learning for a diverse student population by serving local, regional, national and international students through traditional face-to-face instruction as well as distance education. The College also serves as a cultural and economic leader for all communities that lie within the District and embraces the opportunities afforded by its natural setting.”
She said that the college doesn’t maintain a presence in Graeagle, Portola or the Sierra Valley.
Trustee Bill Elliott recalled a time when the college used to rotate its board meetings through the communities and suggested that the practice could be resurrected.
Plumas Unified School District rotates its meetings and often draws a number of attendees, but that wasn’t the case for the college, which Elliott said only drew a couple members of the public.
Elliott said that the sentence “reads appropriately,” but that “maybe it needs to be enacted.”
Kevin Trutna, the interim college president, said that perhaps a report card could be built into the strategic plan that is being written so that the college could monitor whether it was interacting with the communities.
Trustee Sheehan stressed the word “cultural” in the final sentence and suggested that when the college puts on drama productions, portions of the play could be performed in the outer communities as is done for Quincy area groups such as Rotary.
“It’s something that people have got to pay attention to,” he said.
The trustees also approved a technology plan, which Trutna described as a “road map to what is most important.”
Improving the college’s website presentation and performance ranked first in priority.
Nick Boyd, FRC’s director of facilities, presented a timeline that would see 15 projects completed over the next four years, with most being addressed next year.
The timeline calls for establishing a new Internet connection, replacing the server and upgrading wireless access among a number of goals.
Some of the items come with hefty price tags, such as $240,000 to upgrade network switches.