Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds July Meeting

JULY 15, 2009, Creston, IOWA — The Southwestern Community College board of directors met via telephone Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 8:15 a.m.

During the meeting, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, told the board of directors the college administration has been researching the feasibility of building additional on-campus housing facilities on the Creston campus. 

Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, spoke about concerns with the amount of housing currently available to SWCC students and said it can be detrimental to recruiting if on-campus housing is not available for students. Thompson stated there is already a waiting list of approximately 20 individuals for on-campus housing for the fall 2009 semester.  Thompson said in a recent housing survey, 72 percent of SWCC students surveyed said SWCC is in need of addition housing facilities. 

Following Thompson’s report on housing needs, Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, explained potential funding possibilities for the building.  Krejci has been looking in-depth at funding options such as revenue bonds and is confident the new facility would cash flow similar to SWCC’s most recent housing facility—the Spartan Suites, which was built in 2005. 

Tom Lesan then spoke to the board about what the housing facility will look like.  Lesan said the college administration is looking at a 72-unit, three-story, apartment-style facility similar in construction to the Spartan Suites.  The building will likely be located on the rise just west and a little south of the Spartan Suites, making the facility visible from Townline Street.  Lesan is hoping construction could start as soon as fall 2009 with the facility being completed for occupancy during the 2010-11 school year.

Crittenden explained to the board no action was immediately necessary on the housing topic, and said more information will be on the board’s August agenda.

Thompson reported on the college’s summer enrollment.  During the summer 2009, the college has had an increase of nine students from summer 2008.  The nine students translate to an increase of 34 credit hours.

In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Suzanne Carlson, SWCC nursing instructor.  Advertising for Carlson’s replacement is underway with the hope of having a new instructor in place for the start of the school year.

In other business, the board approved the college’s dues of $3,126 to the Higher Learning Commission, SWCC’s external accrediting body.