The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to approve the school’s annual audit and hear the latest College Action Plan Presentation.
The meeting began with President Bill Pink introducing GRCC Provost Dr. Brian Knetl, as it was Knetl’s first board meeting as a member of the GRCC administration.
Once the agenda for the meeting was approved, Vice President for Finance and Administration Lisa Freiburger approached the podium to introduce Vicki Vandenberg. Vandenberg, representing GRCC’s independent auditor Plante Moran, proceeded to present the annual audit for the college.
“I believe it’s the seventh straight year in a row with declining enrollment, and unfortunately that’s what happens to community colleges,” Vandenberg said. “When the economy is good, enrollment goes down. What you’ve been able to do, though, is be very nimble and adapt quickly. You’ve been really able to focus and keep your budget in line and anticipate some of those reductions.”
Once Vandenberg had concluded her presentation, the board approved the annual audit without any further discussion on the matter.
Following the annual audit presentation, Chairperson David J. Koetje introduced Dean of Instructional Support Sheila Jones and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dillon Carr to present the monitoring reports. Jones, Carr, GRCC English professor Megan Lockhard and Executive Director of Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies Bill Knapp all stood at the podium to update the board on three College Action Projects that they have been heavily involved in.
The three College Action Projects, or “CAPs,” that were discussed in the monitoring report were “Schedule and Program Optimization,” “Strengthen Our Systems for the Assessment of General Education” and “Expand and Improve Outcomes in Online Learning.”
Once the monitoring reports had concluded, Executive Director of GRCC Foundation. Kathryn Mullins and Director of Grant development Lisa Dopke gave a foundation update to the board.
Dopke spoke on her office’s biggest accomplishment over the last year, saying that they submitted 38 grant proposals, the highest total of grant proposals submitted over the previous three years. She said that by the second quarter of this year they expect to have already exceeded that total of 38.
“I’m always amazed when this report’s given. It seems like you’re never turned down for a grant,” said Secretary Cynthia Bristol to Dopke and Mullins, standing at the podium. “You do great work.”
Lastly, Pink gave his update to the board about some recent campus news.
He spoke of a ceremony that occurred earlier Monday morning when representatives of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and GRCC signed an expanded articulation agreement that gives GRCC pre-med students a pathway to MSU’s College of Human Medicine.
The President continued by acknowledging the $2.1 million dollar grant that was awarded to the college earlier last week. He also mentioned GRCC’s partnership with Davenport University that included a grant from the National Science Foundation. The partnership would help students advance to the cybersecurity workforce.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18 in the board library.