Official: Co-Lin meeting state performance goals

Published 5:00 am Friday, September 3, 2004

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College and its students aremeeting most state program performance indicators and measures, Dr.Ronnie Nettles, dean of the college told trustees Thursday.

“Co-Lin has done exceptionally well in all of them,” Nettlessaid.

Program performance indicators and measure gauge such criteriaas grade point average of community college students transferringto an institution of higher learning, faculty and staff preparationand campus safety and reported injuries.

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Of the nine areas, Co-Lin failed to meet targeted goals intwo.

One goal was to have 92 percent of Associate Degree Nursingstudents pass state board exams on the first time. Co-Lin came inat 88.9 percent.

Co-Lin President Dr. Howell Garner said the tested year, 2003,was unusual. He said the students passed on the second attempt andthe school has seen higher first-try passage rates in otheryears.

Also, at 22, Co-Lin had the highest number of reported employeeinjuries. Statewide, there were 120 reported employee injurieswhereas the goal was to have no more than 102.

Nettles said Co-Lin policy has been to report any injury,regardless of whether it required medical treatment. He said schoolofficials were considering amending the policy to include onlyinjuries that require medical attention.

At $5,512, Co-Lin was one of only four schools to surpass thefull-time student equivalent spending target of $5,107.

Co-Lin officials said some of the school’s total spendingincluded a number of factors not directly related to studentinstruction. When those were taken out, Garner said, the school’stotal was still a few dollars about the target.

In other business, Nettles offered a preliminary review ofenrollment.

“It appears numbers will be flat at best,” Nettles said. “Itdoesn’t appear we’ll have an increase.”

Nettles said the first audited enrollment totals would not beavailable until after the first six weeks of classes.

Trustees went into executive session to discuss personnel matterduring the meeting. Trustees took no action after the closedmeeting and school officials offered no details on the session’ssubject.