During their Tuesday meeting, the Butler Community College Board of Trustees discussed the 2013-2015 performance agreement.
The agreement, which outlines an improvement plan for Butler, is mandated by state statutes and is managed by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR).
Butler’s performance agreement proposal was submitted to KBOR last month and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 after recommendations from KBOR and approval from the trustees.
The performance agreement must support the state’s Foresight 2020 plan, which includes the following: achieve alignment between the state’s pre-K-12 and higher education systems and continue to enhance alignment between higher education institutions; achieve participation in the state’s higher education system that better reflects the state’s demography and more fully engages adult learners; achieve measurable improvement in retention and graduation rates for higher education institutions across the state; ensure students earning credentials and degrees across the higher education system possess the foundational skills essential for success in work and life; enhance alignment between the work of the state’s higher education system and the needs of the Kansas economy; and enhance the regional and national reputation of Kansas universities through aspirational initiatives.
KBOR has tied awards of new funding to an institution’s continuous improvement in a majority of its goals. In addition to addressing the goals of the state’s Foresight 2020 plan, Butler plans to include the following initiatives in its performance agreement: maximize capacity usage in online education; increase completion numbers for African American men; increase success rate in introductory college composition course; increase completion numbers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)programs; align CTE programs with industry credentials; encourage first-time, full-time students to continue full time in second semester; and increase attainment of associate degrees through a reverse transfer partnership with Wichita State University.