Trustees Hear Report about JWCC Fall Enrollment Defying State, National Community College Trends

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees, meeting in regular session in Quincy Wednesday, November 14, heard a report about how the College’s fall enrollment is defying the downward trend of community colleges across the state and country.

President Michael Elbe shared results from the Illinois Community College Board fall 2018 enrollment report, which compares fall enrollments of state’s 48 community colleges over the last five years. Since 2014, JWCC is one of only three schools with higher fall enrollment, and one of six schools with an increase in students from last fall to this fall.

The Illinois Community College System experienced a 16 percent decrease in fall enrollments from 2014 to 2018, while JWCC increased enrollment by 1.3 percent. The state’s community colleges dropped 3.8 percent in enrollment from fall 2017 to fall 2018. JWCC enrollment moved up 1.5 percent during the same period.

National enrollment figures also show a decline in two-year college students.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), fall enrollment in two-year colleges from 2014 to 2017 declined 4.4 percent. National data for fall 2018 is still being compiled by NCES.

“Growing in today’s challenging environment is a testament to our people, the time we are investing in planning sessions and our board’s commitment to remain a progressive, growing institution,” Elbe said.  “Strategic initiatives to retain and attract more students came directly from the creativity and hard work of our faculty and staff.  We will continue to focus on our strategic plan to grow the college, because when we grow, it benefits our workforce, students’ success and the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

In other business, the board:

Proposed a portion of the total 2018 tax rate.  The total expected tax rate for 2018, which will be considered for approval in December, will remain the same as 2017 at $0.42400 per $100 Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) for property in the College’s district, resulting in a $7,159,232 levy.  Due to increases in some property values, the 2018 levy is estimated to generate $281,948 more than the 2017. The portion of the rate proposed at the meeting was is $0.36682 of the $0.42400. Funds from the 2018 levy will be distributed to the College in the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

Authorized and accepted a three-year, bi-monthly elevator service and preventative maintenance bid to Barnard Elevator of Quincy. The three-year total cost will be $25,200.

Approved a Memorandum of Understanding regarding faculty travel reimbursement in accordance with Section 7.04 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Approved regular meetings for trustees in 2019.

Approved a lab free range between $0 and $50 for the Basic Nurse Assisting course.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in Quincy.        

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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