Three New Degree Programs Added by Board of Trustees
May 28, 2010
The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved offering three new degree programs beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year when they met May 25. Effective in spring 2011, the college will offer two new associate in applied science degrees, computer technician option, technical studies, and digital media production support option, computer systems support. Both will address workforce needs, and the computer technician degree will articulate with the continuing education department's computer technical solutions series. The board also approved offering the full associate in science degree in general studies, effective spring 2011, replacing the general studies option in liberal arts now in place.
Three degrees or options were eliminated, effective fall 2010. Dropped due to consistently low enrollment were: humanities option, liberal arts, associate in arts degree; and philosophy option, liberal arts, associate in arts degree. In both cases, students have the opportunity to take comparable programs in those areas. The health sciences associate in science degree was renamed health services in June 2008, but had not been dropped from the college's list of active degree programs on file with the N.J. State Commission on Higher Education.
President's FY'10 Compensation Approved
Upon the recommendation of the presidential evaluation committee, the board approved a 4 percent salary increase for Dr. Peter Mora, retroactive to July 1, 2009. The change brings the president's salary for FY'10 (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010) to $179,571 from $172,664. The agreement also included an unmatched pension contribution of $17,957 to the president's supplemental pension contribution package.
The board's presidential evaluation committee said in its report that "Dr. Mora's overall performance is characterized by high levels of effectiveness," adding that he "met all five presidential goals for FY'09 which were developed in conjunction with the Presidential Evaluation Committee."
Tuition and Fee Scheduled Adjusted
The tuition and fee schedule, effective with the summer 2010 semester and approved at the March meeting, was amended. Aviation program courses will carry a $300 per credit fee.
In Personnel Matters, the Board:
Approved these appointments:
--Elizabeth Jackson of Egg Harbor Township, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective May 26.
--William Lemons of Hammonton, department chair, business, retroactive to May 24.
--Christina Ranelle of Wildwood Crest, assistant professor, allied health, effective Aug. 30.
--Sonia Taylor of Lake City, Fla., assistant professor, biology, effective Aug. 30.
--Dr. Zhe June Xu of Sewell, assistant professor, biology, effective Aug. 30.
--Lauren Piacentine of Cape May, specialist, financial aid, effective June 7.
--Alexa Beshara of Galloway, senior technician, institutional research, effective May 26.
Approved the transfer of Mark Streckenbein of Williamstown, from director of facilities planning and management to director of facilities planning and capital projects, effective July 1.
Amended the April 27 resolution approving the retirement of Donald Nigsch, Security, to include a retirement date of July 31, rather than Sept. 30.
Designated 35 hours a week as the minimum requirement for full-time status eligibility under the NJ State Health Benefits program. The change in number of hours will apply to all employees hired after May 21, 2010, with a provision that those who work less than 35 hours a week but are eligible for benefits under existing agreements will be permitted to continue their coverage in the program. The resolution will be effective immediately, with the change in full-time hours effective July 1, 2010, or as soon thereafter as it can be put into effect.
Contracts, Purchases Approved:
--Television broadcasting equipment, Omnibus funding, Lerro Corporation, Norristown, Pa., $46,892.23.
--Entry door replacement, R. Maxwell Construction, Pleasantville, $18,465.
--Cable TV advertising, ACA marketing, Comcast Spotlight, Egg Harbor Township, $10,017.
--Copier, FY'11-'15 Division Office, operational funding, Xerox Corporation, Cherry Hill, $49,263.60.
--Collection services, Eastern Revenue Inc., Audubon, Pa., commission of 25 percent for total receivables collected, approximately $25,000.
--FY'10 auditing services, Bowman & Company, Deptford, $45,750.
In Grant Action, the Board:
--Authorized the college to seek a $687,631 FY'11 Perkins Grant from the N.J. Dept. of Education. The grant would strengthen career and technical education programs and would run July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011.
In Other Business, the Board:
--Approved the April 30, 2010, financial statement.
--Authorized the college administration to enter into negotiations with Rutgers University for a land lease to construct an academic building. Rutgers seeks to finance and build an approximately 22,000-square-foot building on the Mays Landing campus.
In the President's Report:
--Bobby Royal, dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, community affairs and security, and Tina Tartaglio, vice president of human resources at Tropicana, reported on the April 28 casino job fair for Atlantic City residents hosted at WACC. Of the 800 who attended, 75 percent were interviewed and 29 percent were hired by the casinos in attendance, Tartaglio said.
--Dr. Mora and Carmen Royal, dean of students, reported on the 43rd annual commencement, Phi Theta Kappa Day and the Rotaract Club Induction. The president praised those who supported or were honored at those events.
--Dr. Mora and Mark Streckenbein, facilities, spoke at a recent major construction projects forum sponsored by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.
The next board of trustees meeting will be held at 7 p.m., June 22, at the Cape May County Campus in Middle Township. All are welcome to attend.