NCCC seeks to improve success rates among minority students | Newsletters

MAT RESNICK

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Members of the Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees received data on student diversity and inclusion at Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Dr. Sarah Robb, vice president for student learning, informed administrators that NCCC academic achievement rates for minority students, as displayed through disaggregated data, were lagging in areas of enrollment, retention, and degrees compared to the five-year all-Kansas average. community colleges.

Average Hispanic student enrollment at all community colleges in the state is double that of NCCC, at 14 and 7 percent, while the retention rate is 59 percent statewide and 49 percent at CCNC. The statewide graduation rate for Hispanic students is 14% and only 6% at NCCC.

Black student enrollment registers at 10% statewide and 7% at NCCC. Black student retention is 4% lower than the statewide figure of 44%, while black student graduation is 7% in Kansas and 5% at NCCC.

The disaggregation data for white students presented by Robb is well above the state average in terms of enrollment (74-61%) and degrees (82-65). White student retention is three percentage points lower than the state average, at 58%.

“We’ve always disaggregated the data by race to see how we’re doing,” said NCCC Chairman Dr. Brian Inbody.

“In this case, we’re really looking more at retention and education completion — and that shows we have some work to do with some of our different groups.

“We’re doing very well with some, but with others it’s time to look at what we’re doing and how we can improve those scores.”

Regarding the topic of lower scores for minority students, Inbody noted that not all students enrolled at NCCC are seeking a degree from the school.

“Some students come here to get an associate’s degree,” he said. “Others are here for a year to take courses and then go to university to save money. It’s a success for us, it’s not a ‘stop-out’. It’s someone who came here with one goal – to take courses – and left with those courses successfully.

Inbody anticipates that the school’s Hispanic population will increase in the near future.

“Hispanics are the fastest growing group in America, so we expect that number to increase over the next five to 10 years,” he said.

The school received a checklist from the Association of Community College Trustees outlining procedures that could help with diversity and inclusion. Robb touched on a few of these areas, including a review of policies around hiring practices, such as reviewing candidate-related job descriptions and evaluating CEO performance. In addition, a review of minority contracting and bidding policies is recommended to determine if changes are needed.

“It’s a great way to start — looking at what you’re doing with your policies, hiring (and) support services, and doing things that specifically cater to those groups,” Inbody said. “We’re going to start with that list and go through it, and make sure we’re doing everything we can.”

Beverage contract

In other business, the administrators renewed the beverage contract with Pepsi Bottling Group. NCCC renews its exclusivity rights for its soda supplier approximately every five years. The current soft drink agreement entered into force on July 1, 2015 and expired on June 30, 2020, but was extended on an annual basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total funding over the 5 year term of the contract was $59,750.

Offer specifications were sent to both Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Inbody, who has worked at the school since 2003, said it was the first time he remembered Coca-Cola responding with an offer. The school’s money, however, was best maximized with Pepsi, which also includes the popular drink Dr Pepper.

NCCC receives $12,500 from Pepsi for sponsorship/payout rights, and would receive $0 from Coke. The college also receives $3,750 from Pepsi for its track and field-heavy Gatorade kit, $1,500 in marketing funds from Pepsi, and $2,000 in product support from Pepsi.

Estimated sales commissions were nearly $9,000 higher for Coke, while rebates were also expected to pay better dividends than Pepsi, bringing Coke’s total variable funding to $13,799 compared to $3,110 for Pepsi. . Pepsi’s total fixed funding over the 5-year period left Coke in the dust – $19,750 to $2,750. Pepsi also beat out Coke in total funding – $22,860 to $16,549. Pepsi has also added a donation for a dashboard ad.

Inbody recommended that directors accept Pepsi’s 5-year proposal.

“This is Coke’s first time bidding, and we were happy to get it,” Inbody said. “Competition usually results in better prices and better products. In a side-by-side comparison, it made more sense to go with Pepsi.

As the school’s longtime supplier, Inbody said Pepsi has the inside lane. Pepsi’s commission numbers were based on hard data about the college over the past five years, while Coke’s were just guesses.

“Coke wasn’t our supplier, so they had to do estimates,” Inbody said. “The number of cokes provided seemed to be quite high compared to the amount of soft drinks consumed here. We felt that even though the number is quite high on their offer, we didn’t think we would sell enough Cokes to reach that number. »

The directors have approved the following in the staff:

• Resignations: Jordan Burton, Assistant Director of Residence and Student Life; Brady Garrison, Assistant Baseball Coach and Residence and Student Life Coordinator; Teka Piper, educational consultant in talent search; Bobbie Forrest, Construction Technology Instructor; Lorraine Kuzen-Stephens, Library Clerk; Brianne Lint, softball coach; Lindsey Donovan, STARS Transfer/Career Advisor.

• Hiring: Andrea Fredricks, Assistant Bookstore Coordinator; Dee Steinbach, Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork Coordinator; Aaron Dowsett, Men’s and Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach; Kimberly Luebbering, Director of STARS.

• Luka Kapkiai will continue to lead the Applied Science Division for two more academic years until June 2024.

Harry L. Blanchard