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									                     WAUBONSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

To:            The College Community

From:          Dr. Christine J. Sobek

Date:          May 1, 2006

The 2005-2006 year at Waubonsee Community College has been a year of significant
accomplishments. Because of our shared dedication to the college’s vision and mission,
we have been able to enjoy many successes.

Of most significance is that you have all made valued contributions that have enabled our
students to create pathways to success. Our inspiring teaching and learning environment
continues to nurture and support the hopes and dreams of our students.

Please take a few moments to reflect on the following achievements:

        The college continued its enrollment growth trends for summer 2005, fall 2005 and
        spring 2006 – up 8.3 percent for summer, up 2.3 percent for fall, and up 3.2 percent
        for spring in credit hours as of the tenth day of each semester.

        The “Smart Women, Smart Money Financial Fiesta” program for Latinas received
        the National Council of Instructional Administrators’ Exemplary Initiative
        Honorable Mention Award.

        The college was recognized with the Gold Medallion Award from the National
        Council for Marketing and Public Relations for our outstanding 2005-06 Student
        Handbook publication.

        Waubonsee was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in
        Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the
        sixth consecutive year.

        Waubonsee received the 2005 Illinois Community College Board Award for
        Excellence in Teaching and Learning for The Outcomes Project (TOP). The TOP
        project, which strives to create a culture of evidence-based assessment that meets
        the needs of our faculty and staff, successfully implemented The Outcomes Cycle
        and The Outcomes MEASURE Model.

        Waubonsee’s Lifelong Learning Institute was the recipient of the Communications
        and Program Award from the Lifelong Learning and Service Coalition.
The Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) honored the
college with its special Longevity Award, given to MEDC members celebrating
key anniversaries in 2006.

The 40th Anniversary of the Illinois Community College System was recognized by
the presentation of a proclamation to Waubonsee by the Illinois Community
College Board at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Academic and Professional
Center in October 2005.

Waubonsee received an additional $2 million congressional appropriation for the
new Science Building from the U.S. Department of Energy to assist with the
construction of the building and for the purchase of science laboratory and
classroom equipment.

The Waubonsee Community College Foundation’s scholarship endowment
campaign, “Building Foundations for the Future,” has raised $75,000 this year. The
2005-2006 campaign focused on real estate brokers, realtors and developers as
donors. In just three short years this program has raised more than $320,000 in
scholarships. One hundred students received scholarships totaling more than
$88,000 at Student Recognition Night in April.

Waubonsee and Northern Illinois University signed a partnership agreement to
provide cooperative bachelor’s degree completion programs for students in the
areas of general studies, health and human services, nursing, and industrial

The Creating Pathways to Success: Student Recognition Initiative was introduced
at the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees meetings. Four current
students have been honored for outstanding academic achievement, significant
leadership contributions and participation in community service activities.

The Learning First! Learning Excellence Teams’ recommendations have been
implemented for late registration, repeal of student repeat fees, changes in the
refund policy, new student payment plan, developmental course recommendations
and the One-Stop Shop initiative for new students. The new Learning First!
Student Success Team launched the Student Success Project. The project’s goal is
to minimize or eliminate barriers to student success by redefining institutional
processes, procedures and policies to support pathways to success for students.
The Learning First! Steering Committee and the Collaborative Action Team were
added. The Learning First! Web page was redeveloped.

Waubonsee launched the new Learning First! publication to increase student
communication and share information about student services, events and activities.
This publication is distributed to all students in the fall and spring semesters.

A new associate in applied science degree in Health Care Interpreting was
approved, two new certificates were developed, and more than 300 curriculum
changes were made to update Waubonsee’s educational programs and to ensure our
offerings are responding to the needs of students and community residents.

The Weekend College program experienced a major expansion through the
significant increase of course offerings at the Sugar Grove Campus. These courses
supplemented an already active program at the Aurora and Copley Campuses.

Thirteen additional media ready classrooms were created on the Sugar Grove
Campus to enrich the teaching and learning environment for Waubonsee students.

Waubonsee embarked on a yearlong study to review the image of the college and to
determine a new brand and visual identity for the college. The Brand Identity
Committee conducted extensive qualitative and quantitative research in the
community and with current and former students, faculty and staff. The new brand
and visual identity will be unveiled as a part of the college’s 40th Anniversary

Waubonsee students and community volunteers recorded a second successful year
as they assisted more than 400 low- to moderate-income taxpayers through the
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) initiative. The VITA volunteers helped
to file returns that generated more than $628,000 in total refunds and more than
$272,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits for those they assisted.

Waubonsee’s Phi Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has achieved the
Pinnacle Platinum Level.

Waubonsee students earned outstanding recognition for participation in art, writing,
music, athletics and college bowl at the conference, state and national levels. The
Wrestling Team captured second place among scholarship Division III teams and
fifth place overall at the 2006 NJCAA Wrestling National Championship. This was
our team’s highest finish in college history. We also had a National Champion
Wrestler in the 133-pound weight class.

The college hosted thousands of area high school students from throughout the
college district for College Night, academic competitions, career programs, open
houses, The Waubonsee Experience and other events. The college also hosted the
NJCAA Regional Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments for the first time in
college history.

College staff, faculty and administrators are completing our second edition of
Waubonsee’s Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) Systems Portfolio.
The Systems Portfolio documents our continuous improvement and growth for the
future as a part of the college’s accreditation process. Significant progress has been
achieved on the three AQIP action projects: Learning First!, The Outcomes Project
(TOP), and the Administrative System Implementation Project (ASIP).

Implementation of ASIP is progressing on schedule. “The Banner Advantage” was
introduced to promote the enhanced features of the administrative software system.
Training and development of the Student Module have been underway for several
months. The upgrade to Banner version 7.1 software occurred, an enhanced
version of the Ad Astra scheduling system was implemented, and the online
payment system went live in early summer to process credit card and debit card
registration payments. All these tools will be available to faculty, staff and students
through the Luminis Web portal. The Luminis workgroup is currently developing
the design and content of digital resources that will help our stakeholders access
these tools.

Waubonsee faculty, staff and administrators were recognized through numerous
state and national honors, publications, exhibitions and conference presentations for
excellence in teaching, learning, program development, leadership, scholarship and
community service.

Successful Spirit Day celebrations were held in the fall and spring semesters. The
Full-Time Support Staff Handbook Committee organized the events.

Local and regional employment fairs and career skills sessions were held for
employers, employees, students and community members in conjunction with the
North Aurora Illinois Employment Training Center, the Illinois Department of
Employment Security, U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert’s local
congressional office, and numerous other governmental and community partners.
The college also hosted the International Trade Assistance and Development for
Illinois Manufacturers Conference in conjunction with the Speaker’s Office.

Several significant 2020 College Master Plan projects are underway on the Sugar
Grove campus. A grand opening celebration was held in August 2005 for the new
Campus Operations Building. The new Science Building is substantially
completed and will be ready for its first classes in August 2006. The Academic and
Professional Center is well underway. The building is expected to be ready for
classes in August 2007.

Development of the new Student Center is nearly complete, with final construction
documents expected in late May. The groundbreaking for the new building should
take place in the fall.

Necessary approvals have been secured for the traffic light to be constructed at the
south entrance of the Sugar Grove Campus. The new light is expected to be
operational by late fall.

The college’s connection to the Fox Metro wastewater pipeline is underway.
Construction will continue throughout the summer months.

       Construction has begun on a new west parking lot to be located near Building W
       and the Observatory. More than 200 parking spaces will be added.

       The Campus Master Plan, which addresses the hardscape, landscape, storm water
       management, signage and other campus infrastructure, is under final development
       for the Sugar Grove Campus.

       Several other infrastructure projects have been completed on the Sugar Grove
       Campus to meet the projected demands for water, electrical service and information
       technology that the new buildings will require.

       Architect and engineering contract negotiations are taking place for the new Plano
       Campus. Program planning and conceptual designs for the new building are being
       developed. Waubonsee held a billboard unveiling ceremony in August and a Plano
       Community Day in December to learn more about the community and its
       educational needs.

       Property acquisition continues for the new downtown Aurora Campus, with two
       more properties to purchase. Several memorandums of agreement have been
       reached with partner organizations interested in being a part of the college’s Center
       for Community Development. The college is also working with a consultant to
       further refine the planning and partnership process for the campus.

Thank you all for your commitment to Waubonsee Community College. This amazing list
of achievements is possible because of the talents and creativity of our board of trustees,
faculty and staff. It is a privilege to work with each of you as we create a future of
possibilities for our students.


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