NLC accreditation, food vendors on board agenda

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Tobin Lofts contract will be discussed in second meeting.

By Katherine Garcia

kgarcia203@student.alamo.edu

The status of Northeast Lakeview College’s accreditation application and the possibility of changing food vendors for the district will be discussed at a regular board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Killen Center, 201 W. Sheridan.

According to a presentation of the submission timeline, Northeast Lakeview will submit an application to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) March 6.

As of January, an Accreditation Leadership Team at the college has reviewed the previous application, and internal and external reviewers also reviewed the completed application in February.

The previous application was submitted March 2014 by President Craig Follins.

Northeast Lakeview, which first began operating as its own college in 2007, first started the accreditation process in 2008.

Each year starting then, the college has submitted an application to SACSCOC but has not been successful in becoming an accredited institution.

According to an FAQ web page on Northeast Lakeview’s accreditation, www.alamo.edu/main.aspx?id=7115, the process “requires the post-secondary institution to prove institutional quality based on standards required by the regional accrediting body.”

Dr. Ann Chard, vice president of SACSCOC, emailed Follins in March 2014 on how to improve the application.

“The key is to demonstrate that you have identified outcomes for the programs, linked the outcomes to assessment measures, actually performed the assessments, and used the results of assessments for improvement,” she wrote.

The FAQ also states Northeast Lakeview is a separate college accredited through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, but since the college is not accredited by SACSCOC, it can only offer courses through this college.

The college submitted its first accreditation application to SACSCOC in December 2007, said Dr. Donna Wood, vice president of academic success.

Wood said comments from the accreditors on why the application was rejected came in March 2008.

“(Northeast Lakeview College) hadn’t gathered enough data to demonstrate evidence for compliance,” she said. “We hadn’t established processes for developing that assessment cycle.”

She said the focus since then has been on perfecting each item on the assessment, such as Quality Enchancement Program and student learning outcomes.

Any changes were made before Sunday, when the documents were formatted in Xtracs, a secure portal where the accreditation application is submitted. The final application will be submitted March 6.

The board will discuss a pre-bid for potentially changing the dining services provider.

Results of a survey sent to Alamo Colleges students, faculty and staff will be reviewed by trustees to determine preferences on cost, menu choices and variety.

The current company, Selrico Services, which has had a contract with the district since 2008, provides services at the main campuses of the district’s five colleges as well as the Southwest Campus of St. Philip’s College.

Also, District 5 trustee Roberto Zarate and District 6 trustee Gene Sprague will discuss their meetings with the Association of Community Colleges and the Community College Association of Trustees during Community College Day Feb. 3 during a visit to the state capitol.

The Alamo Community Colleges Public Facility Corp. will meet at 8 p.m. to discuss an amendment to the Tobin Lofts contract regarding a reduction in fees paid by and responsibilities of the property manager.

The amendment states the management fee will be lowered from 5 percent to 4 percent of gross revenues and will not include revenue or reimbursement from retail spaces on the property.

According to the proposed amendment, the manager of the property is not responsible for managing the retail spaces.

“Management believes the amendments to be in the best interests of the corporation and LLC and seeks board approval to execute the amendments,” the resolution document stated.

The four-story student-housing complex, located on 1415 N. Main Avenue, is a public-private partnership between the Alamo Colleges and NRP Tobin LLC.

For the complete agenda and presentations, go online to https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicMeetingMaterials.aspx?ak=1000015&mk=50145191.

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