DELAWARE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
President’s Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
PRESENT: Mark T. Brainard, Vice President & Stanton/Wilmington Campus Director, Frances H. Leach,
Assistant Campus Director, Stanton/Wilmington Campus; Orlando J. George, Jr., President; Gerard M.
McNesby, Vice President for Finance; Hope W. Murray, Vice President for Human Resources & College
Relations; Janine W. Reed, Administrative Assistant to the President; Brian D. Shirey, Vice President & Chief
Legal Counsel; Daniel L. Simpson, Vice President & Terry Campus Director; Ileana M. Smith, Vice President &
Owens Campus Director; Stephanie S. Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
OTHERS PRESENT: Tracy L. Bakowski, Institutional Research Analyst; Patricia A. DePlasco, Co-Chair,
Tobacco Free College Committee; Taryn E. Gassner, International Education Director; Lisa Hastings-Sheppard,
Acting Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Public Relations; Jacqueline D. Jenkins, Chair, Leadership
Development Task Force; Kimberly L. Joyce, Assistant Vice President for Educational Support; Barbara S.
Ridgely, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Judith A. Sciple, Administrative Intern;
Patricia Welsh, Co-Chair, Tobacco Free College Committee, Willard C. Wood, Collegewide Coordinator for
MINUTES: Minutes for the January 18, 2011 meeting were approved as submitted.
Mr. McNesby, Dr. Murray, Ms. Smith and Ms. Hastings-Sheppard will be accompanying President George to a
meeting with the News Journal Editorial Board Editor, Publisher, Executive Editor and their staff on February
10 to bring them up to date on the College’s Jobs Plan.
At their April meeting, Board Members will receive a listing of 2011 “Important College Dates” where their
attendance is respectfully requested. President’s council received a draft for review.
The Stanton/Wilmington Campus Mardi Gras fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2011 at
the Wilmington Campus.
AdHoc will review options to hold fall 2011 New Student Orientation and make a recommendation to the
Dr. George expressed congratulations to Stephanie Smith for the outstanding Executive Briefing she
coordinated on January 31 with the California Centers of Excellence. The focus was on Future Labor Market
Research and Responsiveness as the College plans for Delaware’s environmental workforce needs. There was a
contingent of distinguished opinion leaders throughout the state in attendance. Ms. Smith expressed appreciation
to Mr. Brainard for hosting the Briefing at the Stanton Campus.
An orientation session is being planned for the College’s new Board Chairman, Mark Stellini. He will meet with
the president and vice presidents to gain an understanding about the various major divisions of the College:
Fiscal, Personnel & Human Resources, Legal and Academic Affairs.
Dr. George expressed appreciation to everyone who helped him prepare the JFC presentation given on February
3rd - Lisa Hastings-Sheppard, Judi Sciple, Jerry McNesby, Sue Zawislak and Bob Jones.
The president and president’s council continue to closely monitor enrollment figures throughout the semester.
Headcount enrollment is up .4% over last year.
Dr. George has been asked to present a Legislative Service Award on February 15 to Congressman Mike Castle
in Washington, D.C. at a joint meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association
of Community College Trustees.
ITEM 1. TOBACCO FREE POLICY COMMITTEE UPDATE – Ms. DePlasco & Dr. Welsh
Dr. Welsh provided the following update on the status of committee workgroup activities:
Educational efforts are continuing. The final smoking cessation classes started at Wilmington Campus on
January 26, 2011 and will meet for three consecutive Wednesdays. A table was available at Wilmington
Campus to provide information about quitting smoking and about the smoking cessation classes. When
these sessions at Wilmington Campus are completed, all campus smoking cessation educational sessions
have been completed.
Enforcement efforts continue using reminder cards to be followed by written warnings for repeat
offenders. An article in Delaware Online published Monday, January 23 quoted a student at Owens
Campus who stated that students were not complying with the ban. However, campus directors, public
safety chiefs and committee members at all campuses all stated that the change has gone very smoothly
and compliance has not been an issue at this point. The chiefs recognize that the cold weather may be
helping with compliance and that they will continue to monitor as the weather improves.
Ms. DePlasco provided the following marketing update:
Stickers for outside doors have been ordered.
Signage and communication needs will continue to be assessed and appropriate actions taken.
President George said the committee has done a great job throughout the implementation process from being
proactive in preparing the College community through implementation and enforcement. He expressed
appreciation to committee members and said their charge has been completed.
ITEM 2. ADMINISTRATIVE RETREAT UPDATE – Dr. Joyce
Dr. Joyce provided the itinerary for Dr. Charlie Nutt, Executive Director of the National Academic Advising
Association, who will be a guest speaker at the Administrative Retreat scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2011,
8:30–4:00, at the Terry Campus. His administrative retreat presentation will focus on student success and
completion. He will also conduct workshops at the campuses on academic advisement March 30 and April 1.
The deans of instruction and deans of student services are coordinating the campus visits and will invite faculty
and counselors to attend. President’s council also received a draft agenda and schedule for the administrative
retreat which will include presentations, table discussions, and group activities focused on student success and
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ITEM 3. PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATE – Chief Wood
Chief Wood provided the following Public Safety update:
Human Resources Component
On track for hiring constable employees
18 positions are projected Collegewide
Stringent hiring standards
Delaware State Police Partnership – Thanks to efforts of Dan Simpson
Projected timetable for training is April 15
Amory or Storage Facilities for weapons with controlled access and video cameras
Required access control
Policies and Procedures – Delaware State Police Template
Two Tier Public Safety Department
Constable and public safety officer
Two different uniforms – both readily identifiable in the event on an emergency
President George said he is pleased with how the process has transpired and expressed appreciation to all those
involved, especially to Chief Wood for his leadership.
ITEM 4. INTERIM UPDATE ON LDP REVISIONS – Dr. Jenkins
The Leadership Development Task Force, chaired by Dr. Jenkins began meeting to conduct a program review in
June, 2010. The task force agreed to review the program by components: Program Administration, Activities,
Seminars, Mentoring, and Portfolios. An action plan was developed, sub-committees were identified, and a
timeline established. The task force members and sub-committee chairs are listed below.
Seminars Activities Mentoring Portfolios
Paul Morris, Chair David Pitts, Chair Patti DePlasco, Chair Lauretta Cooper, Chair
Carol Bancroft-Morley Dan Ehmann Chris Moody Dan Ehmann
Lisa Falkner Justina Sapna Bill Morrow Bill Morrow
Susan Looney Christy Moriarty Lisa Falkner Jackie Jenkins
Jackie Jenkins Lisa Falkner Jackie Jenkins
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The following recommendations were approved by the president and president’s council:
Develop a new acceptance & selection process for prospective LDP candidates. The process will create
two opportunities for employees to participate in LDP; self nomination or nomination by an employee
of the College. The screening committee, comprised of administrators and LDP graduates, will screen
and interview candidates to make final recommendations to the campus directors. This new formal
process will improve the selection of candidates and add greater credibility to the program. The assistant
vice president for human resources will develop the selection process.
1. Modify Activity F to require participants to serve on a Collegewide or campus planning
committee within the first year of the program to demonstrate commitment to the College
2. Modify Activity I to require participants who have previously taught a class to assist with student
support services (i.e. tutoring, advisement center, financial aid office). This change demonstrates
commitment to the student success initiative. Number of hours of participation and placement
sites for observation and participation will be developed by assistant vice president for human
3. Modify Activity K requirement to attend an Emotional Intelligence Workshop (an activity) to a
full half-day (seminar).
4. NEW - Activity P – Serve as a co-advisor of a student club or organization for one year.
5. NEW - Activity R – Require participants to complete a job shadowing activity to enhance their
knowledge of various departments of the College. This assignment will be project-driven and
replaces department presentations (previous requirement for Past, Present & Future II Seminar).
The assistant vice president for human resources will develop criteria and specificity.
1. Deliver where appropriate one LDP seminar per year via DLC, video conferencing, or WIMBA
as a “going green” initiative, to include technology use lessons.
2. Observe president’s council (LDP Activity) prior to the mock president’s council which is a 2nd
Year Seminar in November to familiarize participants with President’s Council prior to
participating in mock president’s council for greater effectiveness.
3. Modify the budget process seminar from November to January of the first year, and lengthen the
seminar to a full day closer to the budget process cycle. The full-day seminar will include a
presentation on community college finance and administration in addition to a presentation on
the College and campus budget process.
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4. Eliminate the seminar entitled “Past, Present, and Future II” (in June of the first year and March
of the second year) and replace with:
a) “Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation” to provide participants with an in-depth
understanding of this process. This seminar can be moved closer to the Middle States
b) “Situational Leadership and Strategic Thinking.” Situational Leadership is foundational
and critical when leading individuals. There is no single "best" style of leadership.
Effective leadership is task-oriented and varies, not only with the person or group that is
Being influenced, but it will also depend on the task, job or function that needs to be
5. Eliminate the seminar entitled “Creative Problem Solving” and replace it with “Organizational
Change and the Impact of Generational Differences.” CPS is offered through supervisory
training and participants can receive the training via that venue. In addition to the supervisory
training, CPS will also be addressed in the EQ seminar. Achieving and encouraging diversity
extends beyond gender and ethnicity. Just as effective use of gender and ethnic diversity
initiatives can boost the productivity and effectiveness of an organization, preparing employees to
appreciate generational differences can benefit workplace teams. Organizations with effectively
functioning multi-generational workforces have a strategic advantage.
6. Relocate the seminar entitled “Professional Etiquette and Business Decorum” from the HRM
skills seminar to the mentoring activities component.
Provide LDP participants with the highest level of mentoring available by:
1. Enhancing mentoring training techniques to enhance mentor/mentee relationships. Enhancements
to be developed by the assistant vice president for human resources.
2. Requiring mentor/mentee to meet and complete a mentoring agreement at the beginning of the
program which identifies clear expectations of each person’s role and responsibility regarding the
submission of portfolio requirements and timely completion of activities and reflection summaries
during the first and second years of the program.
3. Sharing a list of the previous class participants and campus locations for participants to use as a local
resource if desired.
4. a) Requiring a formal session at the end of the first year that mentors and mentees
attend to discuss the mentee’s completion of the first year’s goals and expectations.
Both mentor and mentee complete reflective summaries on the first year mentoring
b) Requiring mentors to recommend the continued participation or removal of mentees in the
program based on satisfactory progress in all program areas.
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President’s council asked that the leadership development task force come back to president’s council at
its April meeting with a recommendation on criteria for the selection of mentors and relative class size.
Require participants to create online portfolios using Blackboard. The elimination of hard copy
portfolios will ensure that online portfolios are available for review by the Mentor and members of
President’s Council to assess the progress of the mentee at any given time. This online portfolio will
encourage and assist participants in completing activities in a timely manner.
President George praised the Task Force for its outstanding review and recommendations of the LDP program
and to Dr. Jenkins for her leadership. A new Leadership Development class will be selected for the fall 2011.
ITEM 5. INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT UPDATE – Dr. Ridgely
On January 20, 2011 the Departments of Labor and Education released a Solicitation for Grant Applications
(SGA) for the Community College and Career Training Program (CCCTP). DOL will award $500 million to
community colleges and other eligible entities for three-year grants ranging in size from $2.5 to $5 million for
individual applications and $2.5 to $20 million for consortium applications to:
Improve retention and achievement rates to reduce time to completion
Strengthen online and technology-enabled learning
Accelerate progress for low-skilled and other workers
Build programs that meet industry needs, including developing career pathways
The deadline for grant applications is April 21, 2011.
Dr. Ridgely said an initial planning meeting was held on February 2. Committees were developed and assigned
writing tasks: needs analysis, evidence based strategy, work plan, intended outcomes and budget. Grant writers
were assigned to each committee to lend support. Stake holders will review the draft and have an opportunity to
make changes. These include employers, Department of Labor, Workforce Investment Board, labor
organizations and any other relevant education agencies such as adult education or GED programs. The
president and president’s council will be given the final draft for input prior to submission on April 18.
A fact sheet is being developed my marketing for the president’s use in his outreach to business and community
The funding announcement is expected July 1, 2011.
ITEM 6. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION UPDATE – Ms. Gassner
Ms. Gassner provided the following International Education update:
Presidential Scholarships of $700 each have been awarded to 36 students, totaling $25,200.
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Application deadline was February 1, 2011. There are several more scholarship applications to process-
prediction of around $30,000.
Study Abroad Numbers - 56 students enrolled in study abroad programs as of February 8. The
enrollment deadline was February 1, 2011.
TOTAL CAMPUS BREAKDOWN to run
1 China (B. Thorngate) 4 3-Stanton, 1 Owens 8
6-Stanton, 5-Owens, 3
2 Costa Rica (D. Ramage) 15 Terry, 1-Wilm 8
3-Stanton, 1-Wilm, 16-
3 Italy- Business (H. Madden) 20 Owens 12
4 Italy – Art History (R. Pleasanton) 11 11-Terry 6
5 Italy – Culinary (D. Nolker) 11 5-Stanton, 6-Terry 10-12
6 Russia (R. Bates) 0 CANCELLED 1/25/11 6
7 Turkey (E. Zerefos) 0 4 max
8 Vietnam (B. Barrends) 0 CANCELLED 1/21/11 4 max
Program Enrollment by Age
NUR111: Costa Rica
18-24 25-35 36-45 45+
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1 # Students
18-24 25-35 36-45 45+
CLT110: Italy (Office Admin)
5 # Students
18-24 25-35 36-45 45+
CLT110: Italy (Culinary)
2 1 # Students
18-24 25-35 36-45 45+
VSC 134: Italy (Art History)
2 0 0 0
18-24 25-35 36-45 45+
Turkey Professional Development Program –
As of this date 11 individuals are enrolled from Delaware Tech.
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ITEM 7. PLACEMENT REPORT SUMMARY – Ms. Bakowski
The Collegewide Placement Report prepared by Ms. Bakowski compiles the results of the Graduate Follow-up
Survey administered by each campus to associate degree and diploma graduates. The College surveyed 1,170
associate degree recipients and 234 diploma recipients in the Class of 2010. Ninety-three percent of graduates
were Delawareans. Award recipients received the survey in April and May of 2010. Through diligent effort and
follow-up by the college placement officers, 93 percent of associate degree recipients and 92 percent of diploma
recipients responded to the survey. While some graduates receive multiple awards, this summary focuses
primarily on the class of 2010 associate degree graduates. Dr. George expressed appreciation to Ms. Bakowski
for the thorough report.
Ninety-two percent of associate degree graduates desiring employment reported that they were employed by
the end of fall 2010. While the diploma award is an intermediate award towards the associate degree, 85
percent of diploma recipients also reported that they were employed.
Of the 855 associate degree graduates who reported that they were employed, 77 percent of those seeking
employment in their field had a job in their field of study at the College.
Where Graduates Work
The majority of the Class of 2010 works in Delaware. Eighty-three percent of associate degree and diploma
graduates reported they had jobs in Delaware while 13 percent worked in the surrounding states of Maryland,
New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Graduates reported working for 555 different employers. The top three individual employers remain
Christiana Care, the State of Delaware and Bayhealth Medical Center. Forty-seven percent of graduates
reported working for employers in the healthcare fields.
Job Placement Results in Field of Study by Program Areas
The top areas for field of study job placement for associate degree graduates are Agriculture, Industrial
Technologies, Nursing, Allied Health and Veterinary.
Average Salaries by Technology
The median salary for 2010 associate degree graduates employed full-time in their field of study was $39,821.
Graduates in Nursing, Allied Health, Industrial Technologies and Agriculture reported the highest average
salaries. It is noteworthy to mention that not all respondents reported their salary, and some were previously
experienced in their field.
Graduates Continuing Their Education
Sixty percent of associate degree graduates reported continuing their education. Associate degree graduates
reported furthering their education at 60 different senior institutions. Seventy-nine percent of diploma
graduates indicated they were continuing their education.
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College Choices of Graduates Furthering Their Education
Seventy-seven percent of associate degree graduates furthering their education selected Delaware institutions.
The top three institutions reported by associate degree graduates were Wilmington University (53 %),
University of Delaware (12 %), and Delaware Technical & Community College (6 %). The vast majority
(83%) of diploma recipients report furthering their education at Delaware Tech.
ITEM 8. WEB REDESIGN UPDATE – Dr. Sciple
Dr. Sciple gave the following web redesign update:
The content gathering phase of the website redesign has begun. Members of the Web Committee have been
appointed to each part of the new website and provided a content form and guidelines to use when meeting with
their respective groups. These guidelines include identifying who will be responsible for the content; desired links
to other relevant, "blue and green buttons;" types of photos or videos to include; and three different areas of
content specific to all pages with examples of each.
Eight initial templates have been identified to be designed by Zone 5 along with wireframes. Wireframes show
links to other pages and serve as guides for other designers; ex: header footer areas, sidebars, hyperlinks, etc. The
next blog posting should be up by the middle of February. The posting will discuss the importance of navigation
and provide a link to the navigation chart. Usability testing is anticipated in April with the launch of the new
website in May.
ITEM 9. VISUAL REPRESENTATION AND SHOWCASING OF THE COLLEGE UPDATE –
Dr. Sciple gave the following campus signage update:
The contract with Merje has been finalized, reviewed by legal and will be sent to President George for signature
as soon as revised documents have returned. Next steps include:
Site visits by Merje at each campus (will take place when no snow on ground)
After site visits, a Collegewide meeting with personnel appointed by campus directors to provide input to
Merje needed for the project. Campus directors were asked to appoint individuals from the following
areas: Administrative Services, Security, Marketing, New User (student)
Once started, Merje will present the finished project in 8-12 weeks.
ITEM 10. REVIEW OF ALLIED HEALTH & NURSING LICENSURE PASS RATES – Mr. McNesby
Mr. McNesby provided a 2010 licensure pass rate analysis for Nursing and Allied Health Programs across the
The overall pass rate for Nursing and Allied Health for 2010 is 91%. The president commended the outstanding
work of the Nursing and Allied Health faculty and staff.
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ITEM 11. SEED Update – Mr. McNesby
Mr. McNesby provided the following update on the SEED Scholarship Program being provided pursuant to
Section 376(b) of Senate Bill 310.
There have been a total of 4,180 students who have received SEED scholarships for the first five
academic years of the program;
The number of SEED students currently enrolled and still receiving the scholarship during the fall 2010
semester at the College is 1,326;
Of the 4,180 students who have received SEED scholarships, 69% (2,873) either graduated, transferred
or remained enrolled;
The current year’s cohort of 824 SEED students comes from 61 different high schools plus 13 home
schooled students. These students are enrolled in 75 different academic degree programs;
57% are female and 43% are male; and
76% are white, 23% are minority and 1% chose not to indicate race.
ITEM 12. FY2012 BUDGET – Mr. McNesby
On January 27 the Governor released his recommended budget for FY2012. The operating budget is
substantially the same as the current fiscal year with no projected layoffs for full-time employees and retaining as
many part-time positions as possible. President George said there were minor reductions in other areas of the
Recommended Budget that the College will be able to absorb in FY2012 as a result of the excellent long-range
financial planning put in place by Jerry McNesby, campus directors and campus budget committees several years
President’s council said the College’s JFC hearing on February 3 went very well and praised the president’s
presentation. He outlined the College’s top budget priorities which were not included in the Governor’s
SEED Scholarship Program
Step increases for Salary Plans A & D which also will enable the College to provide years of service
awards for Salary Plan B
Owens Campus Environmental Training Center
The College will continue its work with both the JFC and Bond Bill Committees over the next five months to
finalize the College’s operating and capital budgets.
ITEM 13. FINANCIAL PLAN – Mr. McNesby
Mr. McNesby discussed the College’s draft financial plan which will go before the Board for review at the April
Board meeting, with a request for approval at the June Board meeting. The Board Finance Committee will
review the plan in detail at a meeting scheduled for February 18.
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ITEM 14. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Mr. Shirey
Mr. Shirey said there is no new nor pending legislation affecting the College.
President George was informed about consideration by the Delaware Nurse’s Association (DNA) to introduce
legislation in Delaware mandating a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) within 10 years of graduation.
He sent letters right away to the DNA Task Force and Delaware Hospital CEOs expressing Delaware Tech’s full
opposition to any barrier that limits the ability of fully-qualified and licensed nurses to practice. Dr. George also
spoke personally with each of the hospital CEOs.
ITEM 15. UPDATE ON MEETINGS WITH NEW LEGISLATORS – Campus Directors
Campus directors gave an update on the status of their meetings with new Legislators to tour the campuses and
bring them up to date on College accomplishments and needs.
ITEM 16. DISCUSSION OF EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION EVENT & EXCELLENCE AWARDS –
Dr. George, Mr. Brainard, Dr. Murray, Ms. Smith
President’s council continues to discuss the fairest way to catch up on service recognition from the two years
when the College was unable to hold the Employee Recognition Event due to financial constraints.
ITEM 17. DISCUSSION OF GRADUATION THEMES – Dr. George
Dr. George proposed a Collegewide graduation theme and will pursue the availability of the keynote speaker.
ITEM 18. DISCUSSION OF DISCUSSION OF PAUL K. WEATHERLY AWARD – Dr. George
After discussing with Chairman Stellini, President George will propose a recipient for the Paul K. Weatherly
Award Recognizing Excellence to the Board at its April meeting.
ITEM 19. DISCUSSION OF APRIL 12, 2011 BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND EDUCATIONAL
FOUNDATION MEETINGS – Dr. George
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Stanton Campus.
Committee meetings and the annual Educational Foundation meeting will be held prior to the regular Board
Meeting. President’s council reviewed draft agendas for both meetings.
ITEM 20. REVIEW OF DRAFT MARCH 8, 2011 PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL AGENDA – Dr. George
The next meeting of the President’s council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2011. A draft agenda was
ADJOURNMENT – The meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.
Janine W. Reed
Administrative Assistant to the President
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