The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, January 25, 2021, for its regular monthly meeting. Board members included Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Louis Kalert (Centralia), Jim Mason (Breese), and Larissa Hoffman (Student Trustee).
Laura Vahlkamp, director of KC's Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), presented the 2020 annual student satisfaction survey results. Each year, the yearly survey is developed to examine the student experience at Kaskaskia College.
Highlights of the survey include:
• 410 KC students completed the survey; the goal was to have 340 students.
• 96.77% of KC students reported that they would recommend KC to others.
• 94.62% of KC students reported that they feel safe on campus.
• 86.71% of KC students rated their overall KC experience as Excellent/Good.
Trustees also viewed the college's new 30-second commercial and five-minute documentary video prepared by Cornerstone Media, LLC. The video and commercial highlight Kaskaskia College's high-quality, affordable, and student-centric programs that prepare students to meet today's employers' needs. Both the documentary and commercial will be released to the public soon.
The board approved the Kaskaskia College Department of Public Safety's Emergency Operations Plan, which outlines the main campus and education centers' plans for emergencies, mass casualty incidents, and evacuations. The plan is available for all faculty and staff access electronically via KC's website, myKC, and the KC Connect app. Additionally, all faculty and staff must complete training on procedures in the event of an active shooter on campus.
The board approved a new full-time Retention and Online Student Success Coordinator position to lead the college in improving retention for all students regardless of how they are learning. Lastly, the board accepted resignations from Monecia Boozer (Financial Aid Specialist) and Rebecca Gossett (Purchasing Coordinator).