IVCCD Board Report – November 10

IVCCD Board Learns About Academic Engagement

IOWA FALLS – Ellsworth Community College Director of Student Success, Tracy Crippin-Haake, provided an update on the early alert systems Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College use to improve student retention through timely intervention. Academic advisors and coaches receive weekly reports of students who are struggling, and those students are contacted to determine what assistance is needed to be successful. Ms. Crippin-Haake noted,” the first three weeks of the semester are the most critical, and we do not want any of our students to fall through the cracks.” Faculty have shared that the system is a game-changer and provides the opportunity to get to know the students and provide their services.

Board Approves Early Retirement

The Board approved applications for early retirement for Dr. Barb Klein and Shelly Larson. Dr. Klein is Dean of Student Affairs at Ellsworth Community College and acted as Interim Provost. She has been in Iowa Valley for 29 years. Shelly Larson is part of the Nursing faculty at Marshalltown Community College and has been with Iowa Valley for 23 years.

Board Approved Infrastructure Upgrades

The Board approved plans for infrastructure upgrades that will improve the speed and reliability of network systems. The Board also learned about planned network security improvements that will provide network protection between devices.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for December 8, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. and will be held via Zoom.