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IVCCD Board Report – July 8 Meeting

MARSHALLTOWN – The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors reviewed the college catalog, now in an online format. The course catalogs for both Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College are available on the website. The course catalogs provide information on all associate of arts and career and technical programs of study including fourteen new transfer majors designed for ease of transfer to the regent universities. Students are able to search using a variety of methods including career interest, course descriptions, and program names based on course descriptions, or select from an alphabetized list.

Board members also reviewed updates to the Student Handbook, which outlines the code of conduct for students enrolled in classes at the district. The handbook outlines college policies/guidelines and student engagement information. This year, the guidelines were updated to provide more detail around Title IX regulations. The guidelines are applied to people studying both in-person and online. The handbook is available online.

Board Learns About Academic and Non-Academic Assessments

The IVCCD Board heard a progress report on the Academic Assessment, which is guided by the mission, vision and values. Academic assessment teams have reviewed academic programs on the credit side. The focus is on shifting the culture from teaching and placing greater emphasis on student learning, keeping student outcomes at the forefront when creating plans.

The Board also learned about IVCCD’s new Non-Academic Assessment process which assesses operational effectiveness of systems and processes and uses results for decision-making and continuous quality improvement. Departmental assessment projects are tied to IVCCD’s Strategic Agenda Initiatives.  While the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on several departments’ ability to complete their projects this year, 38 improvement types were identified and action plans were developed to make those improvements.

Board Learns About Sale of Bonds

The Board approved the sale of the Iowa Valley Community College District $17,000,000 General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2020. UMB Bank will serve as the paying agent, bond registrar, and transfer agent.

Board Approved Plan to Provide Summer Credits

The Board learned about and approved the agreement between the District and area schools to provide summer courses for college credit. Students are able to take approved courses free of charge through the agreements with the area high schools. Schools in the agreement are AGWSR Community School District, Iowa Falls Community School District, Marshalltown Community School District, and West Marshall Community School District. The following districts have approved college-level course agreements with IVCCD for 2020-2021: AGWSR Community School District, BCLUW Community School District, GMG Community School District, Iowa Falls Alden Community School District, South Tama Community School District.

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