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The Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the EpiCenter.

The full agenda, supplemental materials and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 55 minutes long, are available on the board’s website. The video also is included below.

Meeting highlights included:

Success rates improve for third straight semester

Jesse Coraggio, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants, reported that initiatives to improve support for students appear to be paying off. Student success rates — the number of students who complete a course with an A, B or C — increased college-wide for the third semester in a row.

Achievement 2Even more exciting, Coraggio said, are the gains made by minority students, particularly African-American and Hispanic male students. The gap between the success of minority students and non-minority students is narrowing.

“That’s the achievement gap, and we’re starting to close it down,” he said.

Trustee Bridgette Bello asked if any one initiative is responsible for the gains.

Coraggio said he believes it is a cumulative effect of all the efforts of the College Experience: Student Success.

“I think it’s a synergy of things” including the five key areas of the College Experience, Coraggio said. “We’ve made some changes in policies as well to really set expectations for students at the front end…and we work with them through it. What happened before, we didn’t have policiess that had as much teeth and we didn’t have these conversations with students.”

The College Experience efforts, too, he said, creates a safety net for more students, identifying them right away if they struggle.

Learn more: Read the Fall 2013 Course Success Rates or watch this section of the meeting, which begins at the 26:23 mark.

Spring 2014 enrollment trends

Patrick Rinard, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, presented a look a enrollment for Spring. The number of students remained relatively steady over last spring, down less than 1 percent, though the number of semester hours students are taking is down about 1.5 percent.

Some of the noteworthy observations:

  • New students increased by 5.4 percent
  • Readmitted students increased 10.1 percent
  • Bachelor’s degree students increased by more than 7 percent
  • Developmental education enrollment decreased by 23 percent

As part of the presentation, too, Coraggio explained how deans are using enrollment data and trend data to build course schedules for 2014-15.

Learn more: Read the Spring 2014 Who’s Here Presentation or watch this section of the meeting, which begins at the 36:58 mark.

Developmental education reform update

Changes in state law, which went into effect this semester spring semester, deem students who graduated from a public Florida high school on or after 2007 college-ready. The placement and developmental education courses are not mandatory for those students.

As a result, almost 500 students are enrolled in college level courses this spring who likely would have been in developmental education courses previously.

“Hundreds of students we believe are misplaced this semester, by their own choice,” Dr. Law said. “The day of reckoning is coming over the horizon. Students who opted to go into courses where we didn’t think they will succeed, that reality is going to brush over them in the next couple of weeks. And I sustpect we will start seeing students saying, ‘How did we get in this mess?’ “

Dr. Anne Cooper, Senior Vice President for Instruction and Academic Programs, said faculty members are going to be watching especially closely for signs that students are struggling in entry-level courses this spring. “We are obviously very in tune to this issue,” she said. “The earlier we can identify those who are in need of more assistance, the better.”

Learn more: Read the Developmental Education Reform Update for Spring 2014 or watch this section of the meeting, which begins at the 46:55 mark.

Grants strong through first half of the fiscal year

GrantsJackie Skryd, Executive Director of Grants Development, gave a midterm report on the college’s grants program. So far this year, the college has recieved $8.5-million from a broad range of sources, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the Florida Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education and the Gates Foundation.

Applications are in the works for an additional $4-million in grants for the year.

Learn more: Read the details of the Grant Award Highlights or watch this section of the meeting, which begins at the 1:15:18 mark.

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The St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees on Tuesday met for its annual strategic planning session, spending much of the morning working in small groups in the Collaborative Labs with faculty and staff to pinpoint expectations and priorities for the coming year.

Three major themes emerged:

  • Online education
  • Workforce development
  • Student recruitment and retention

Online education

The college is in the midst of an evaluation and revitalization program for online education programs.

Board members said the effort needs to include how ensure students are prepared for online courses; how students in online courses can be engaged and receive the same consistent instruction and support as in-person students; and how to use online education to grow the college’s enrollment.

“We have to not just increase the programming but be sure we have a quality program going forward,” board chairman Deveron Gibbons said.

Workforce development

Board members spent much of their time discussing the college’s role in developing the local workforce and in providing the training and skills in demand for both employers and employees.

Trustee Bridgette Bello said the college does a better job than most in meeting the needs of the workforce. “But we’re still not there,” she said. “We have companies leaving the area because they can’t find the talent they need.”

All the trustees said the college needs to partner with other industries in the way the nursing program has partnered with the local health care industry. It is hard to walk into a hospital or care facility in Pinellas County and find a nurse who wasn’t trained at SPC.

“We want to know how we can re-engineer what we did with the nursing program in other areas,” Gibbons said. “We are the folks who can provide the quality person for the workforce.”

Trustee Lauralee Westine said workforce education also needs to extend to “soft skills” graduates need to be successful employees.

“What are our success rates with job placement?” she asked. “I’d like to see more of a focus, to see us taking the lead in job placement. Once they get jobs, let’s listen to employers. What skills do our graduates need that they aren’t coming out with?”

Student recruitment and retention

The college has set a goal of increasing enrollment by 3 percent a year for the next three years. To reach that goal, the board members said, the college will need to continue refinements of marketing, recruitment and retention efforts.

Vice chairman Robert Fine said it is going to take concerted efforts to determine how to achieve enrollment growth.

“Where is that enrollment growth coming from,” he said. “Is that coming from online? We’ve really got to dig deep and break it down.”

As part of recruitment, board member Dale Oliver said, “We need to talk about our successes in placing people and people moving up in the companies who are SPC grads.”

For retention, he said, the college needs to take a cue from business. The No. 1 priority, he said, “is the job you do when somebody is here and how engaged you are in making them want to come back and get more.”

The quality of the engagement needs to be analyzed constantly and frequently, he said. That’s what successful businesses do, he said. They recognize that they cannot take the attitude that “we’ve got your business. We don’t need to follow up any more. We’re good.”

Watch and listen to the entire discussion, including presentations by staff.

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UnknownSt. Petersburg College today announced that it will name its campuses in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg in honor of two community leaders who spent their careers working for educational opportunities throughout the city and the state.

Construction will begin soon on the new Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, at 22nd Street and 13th Avenue S. The 45,000-square-foot facility will include classrooms, labs and community space.

The current St. Petersburg College facility at 1048 22nd St S will be renamed the Cecil B. Keene, Sr. Student Achievement Center.

The names were approved by the Board of Trustees Tuesday morning.

Luke Williams, assistant chief of the St. Petersburg Police Department, served on the committee that made the naming recommendations.

Old-MT_SPC_CBK_final“It is only fitting to have these two individuals honored who are from Midtown, who worked for Midtown,” he said. “I knew them both personally. Being a person who grew up in Midtown, I know how important the college and education were to both of them, seeing them and their interactions and engaged actions throughout the community. The community has been made better because of their voices.”

Kevin Gordon, provost of the St. Petersburg College Downtown and Midtown campuses, called both men community icons.

“Each made significant contributions to education, St. Petersburg College and the community,” he said. “This is the perfect way to continue their legacy and uphold the vision they held for Midtown.”

Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr.

Unknown-1Mr. Jamerson grew up in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg. He was the first black graduate of Bishop Barry (now St. Petersburg Catholic) High School. He graduated from then St. Petersburg Junior College, the St. Petersburg College Police Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida.

As a state legislator representing his native St. Petersburg for 11 years, Mr. Jamerson championed education reforms. He later served as state Secretary of Labor and as state Education Commissioner.

He won a national award for his efforts to help heal tensions in his hometown following racial unrest in 1996. Though he lived in Tallahassee when he died in 2001 at age 53, Mr. Jamerson was still advocating for schools and communities in Pinellas County.

Myrtle Williams, retired associate provost at St. Petersburg College, said that when she thinks about Doug Jamerson, she thinks of his service to the community.

“What a role model he was for our young men, our African-American men and all men,” she said. “He worked tirelessly for his community.”

An elementary school in North Pinellas bears Mr. Jamerson’s name. Luke Williams said it is appropriate that his name now will appear on a college facility.

“Not only did he want to make sure our younger students had access to education, but he wanted to see that through to all stages in education.”

Board of Trustees chairman Deveron Gibbons said, “Doug Jamerson gave every bit of his heart and soul to the community. He was a real teacher. He took every teachable moment and made it a good moment for everyone else.”

Cecil B. Keene, Sr.

Unknown-2Mr. Keene also was a native of Pinellas County, who grew up in Clearwater.  dedicated his life to education, serving students in Pinellas County and throughout the state of Florida.

He advocated for those who needed help and encouragement to reach their potential and inspired those who thought an education was beyond their reach.

Mr. Keene began his education career in segregated Pinellas County schools, serving as dean of students at Gibbs Junior College from 1958 to 1965, then principal of Pinellas High until 1968 and of Gibbs High until 1971, the year Pinellas County schools integrated.

From 1971 to 1992, he worked as a counselor and special projects coordinator at then St. Petersburg Junior College, focusing on efforts to help expand opportunities for students.

Gov. Bob Martinez appointed Mr. Keene to the Board of Regents of the Florida University System in 1987, where he served until 1993. From 2001 until shortly before his death in 2008 at 84, Mr. Keene was a member of the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees.

Bernice Keene, Mr. Keene’s wife, said, “There are no words to express how thrilled and honored I am that this honor will be bestowed on my husband, Cecil Keene. It leaves me speechless.

“Education was his passion, not only for his children but for all young people with whom he came in contact,” she said. “He used to call his children’s playmates in from the street to ask them if they had read this book or that book. My entire family is grateful to the college for this remembrance.”

Luke Williams said he was one of those young people who used to play in Mr. Keene’s yard. “Mr. Keene understood that education was a means to an end for all of the children in the neighborhood and beyond,” he said.

Gibbons said he admired Mr. Keene’s dedication. “He was as committed to St. Petersburg College and junior colleges as any individual I’ve ever met.”

Myrtle Williams said Mr. Keene became her mentor at St. Petersburg College. “He really taught me what the value of community college was,” she said. “He instilled in me the desire to stay community focused and to work for all students, particularly our minority students who needed so much. “

The process

The recommendation to name college facilities is made by a committee appointed by the college president. The committee considers contributions to the college and the community.

The committee that recommended these names was:

·        Robert Fine, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
·        Tonjua Williams, Senior Vice President
·        Kevin Gordon, Provost
·        Sharon Williams, Faculty
·        Luke Williams, St. Petersburg Police Department
·        Candice Billingsley, Student Government Association Representative – Midtown
·        Dwayne McCray, Student Government Association Representative – Midtown
·        Ulysses Burden, Student Government Association Representative – Midtown
·        Deborah Boyle, Chief of Staff

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d2l-logoAfter more than a year of research, it’s official: Desire2Learn will replace Angel as the college’s learning management system. The Board of Trustees officially approved the decision on Tuesday.

The transition to the new system will take about 18 months to complete, but that is only the beginning.

“Changing the LMS is only the first part of an even bigger project, and that is revitalizing our online education,” Vicki Westergard, executive director of eCampus, Web and Instructional Technology, told the board.

More than 90 members of faculty and staff are involved in a complete examination of how online learning at St. Petersburg College should look in the years ahead. See a previous story in the Blue & White on revitalizing online education for more details.

“The larger issue is online education in general,” said Rich Mercadante, Faculty Governance Organization president. “Over summer, Dr. Law put together a white paper with some of questions we should be considering with online education.

“One of the questions he wrote really captured the spirit of what we need to accomplish: What level of learning or support should a student have a right to expect when he or she enrolls at SPC?”

President Bill Law told the board that SPC already is a leader in online education. “About 10 percent of all online enrollment in the Florida College System is done by St. Petersburg College. We are the lead dog in this. We’ve been at this the longest so our stuff is a little shopworn. It’s like every other technology, it’s a consumable. “

Learn more:

See the Learning Management System Replacement PowerPoint presented to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

Watch the Board of Trustees meeting discussion about the learning management system and online education revitalization.

Read Dr. Law’s four-page white paper on Online Course Renewal at St. Petersburg College that sets out the issues, challenges and expectations for the project.

See the Online Education PowerPoint presented by Vicki Westergard at Fall Faculty.

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The Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the EpiCenter.

The full agenda, supplemental materials and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 49 minutes long, are available on the board’s website. The video also is included here.

Meeting highlights included:

Welcome to new member

westine_webLauralee Westine joined the Board of Trustees for her first meeting. Appointed last month, she is an attorney with Lauralee Westine Law Offices PA. She has earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law and her MBA from Stetson University Graduate School of Business.

After leaving the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office in 1999, she has been zoning and permitting cell towers and other type towers throughout the State of Florida. She is the wife of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and has three children ages 24, 22 and 8.

Title III grant will enhance the College ExperienceTitle III

Senior Vice President for Student Services Tonjua Williams shared news of the $2.2 million federal grant, which will enhance and expand the student success efforts that began with The College Experience inititiative.

The key components of the College Experience: Student Success are New Student Orientation, Early Alert/Student Coaching, Out of Class Support, Integrated Career and Academic Advising, and My Learning Plan.

“With Title III, we will be able to integrate all the processes and systems which are working separately now and tie a bow around it,” she said.

Learn more:

Read the Title III – The College Experience presented at the meeting.

Watch this portion of the meeting video.

Communications and outreach plan presented

Diana Sabino, executive director of Marketing and Public Information, unveiled new strategies for personalized, relevant, timely communications to prospective students and current students.

Direct Link logoThe plan includes new initiatives, such as the Ask Maria student blog and Direct Link, a blog launched as a way to improve communications from college leadership to students, faculty, staff and the community.

It will result in a redesign of the college website and creation of an online student hub, a single place current students can go get to all the information they need that is personalized for them.

“There’s a lot of shifting thinking in how we are trying to pull this all together,” she said.

Learn more:

Read the Communications and Outreach Plan presented at the meeting.

Watch this portion of the meeting video.

Desire2Learn approved as new learning management system.

Please see the separate story in the Blue & White.

Health insurance plan approved for 2014

Please see the separate story in the Blue & White.

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The Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 17, at SPC Downtown.

The full agenda and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 10 minutes long, are available on the board’s website.

Meeting highlights included:

Approval of a construction company for the new Midtown campus

After extensive review and evaluation, the board selected Lema Construction of St. Petersburg as the construction manager for the new facility in Midtown.

The board began again on the process to choose a construction manager for the new Midtown Campus in February after a contractor’s protest discovered a flaw in the procedure for the previous selection.

Eights submissions were received the second time, and all were reviewed by a screening committee that included board member Dale Oliver, community members Ken Burke and Askia Muhammad Aquil, and Provost Kevin Gordon. The committee forwarded four firms to the selection committee, which was made up of Oliver and President Bill Law.

Oliver, who has overseen many construction projects in his career, said he is pleased with the final result. “The way this worked should apply going forward to all the projects,” he said.

President Law said the community’s involvement and confidence is key in a project like this.

The board is expected to approve a contract with Lema Construction and a project timeline at its Oct. 15 meeting.

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:52:45 in the video.

College awards almost $13-million in scholarships

The board Scholarshipsgot an update on the amount and number of scholarships awarded by the college and the St. Petersburg College Foundation.

The breakdown includes about $1.2-million in Foundation scholarships; $2.9-million in institutional scholarships for Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars, Presidential Scholars, fine arts/music students and Honors College students; and $6.2-million for Bright Futures Merit and First Generation scholarships. The rest comes from athletics scholarships, scholarship waivers and other sources.

Applications are now being accepted for St. Petersburg College Foundation scholarships. The deadline for application is Sept. 27.

The board will discuss scholarship programs at its annual planning workshop in December.

One of the issues to consider, Dr. Law said, is the timing of the scholarship selection process. “We’re working on the timing of this,” he said. “We want our best game to be on the table when families are making their decisions in the spring.”

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:34:03 in the video.

Florida State College System Foundation presents $47,030 to the St. Petersburg College Foundation for scholarships

SPC Foundation check presentation

Ken Cherven, chairman of the St. Petersburg College Foundation, accepts a check for more than $47,000 from the Florida College System Foundation for scholarships.

The Florida State College System Foundation awards more than $905,000 in scholarship funds annually to the 28 college system foundations.

St. Petersburg College received $47,030: $13,522 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships; $29,348 from the Helios Education Foundation for scholarships to first-generation college students; and $4,160 from Bank of America for first-generation college students.

Tom Furlong, SPC policy consultant and former interim president, is chair of the FCS Foundation Board. Board of Trustees attorney Joe Lang also is a member of the foundation’s board.

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Lauralee G. Westine

Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Lauralee G. Westine to the college’s Board of Trustees.

Westine, 42, of Palm Harbor, is an attorney with Lauralee Westine Law Offices PA. She has earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law and her MBA from Stetson University Graduate School of Business. After leaving the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office in 1999, she has been zoning and permitting cell towers and other type towers throughout the State of Florida.

Westine fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term that began Sept. 10 and ends May 31, 2017. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

She is the wife of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and has three children ages 24, 22 and 8.

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The St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the EpiCenter.

The full agenda and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 27 minutes long, is available on the board’s website.

Meeting highlights included:

  • A presentation by Jesse Coraggio and Pat Rinard about enrollment as of the opening day of the fall semester. The total number of students as of the start of the term was 31,650 taking 272, 900 hours. Compared to the same time last year, enrollment shows:
    • A 2.1 percent increase in bachelor’s degree students
    • A 7.8 percent increase in Hispanic students
    • A 3.3 percent overall increase in minority students
    • A 6 percent decrease in Associate in Arts students
    • A 4 percent increase in readmitted students (those who previously were enrolled at SPC but have been away more than a year)
    • A continued increase in the proportion of students who are part-time. The ratio is now 70 percent part-time and 30 percent full-time.

See the Enrollment Report PowerPoint presentation or watch that portion of the video at the 0:43:50 point of the meeting.

  • Approval of the architect for a new library on the Clearwater Campus to be jointly operated by the college and the city of Clearwater.
  • Re-election of Deveron Gibbons as Board Chair and Robert Fine as Board Vice Chair.
  • Recognition of State Rep. Ed Hooper, the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus. Hooper was unable to attend the May graduation, where the award was announced. “I can’t tell you how honored I am to receive this very prestigious award,” Hooper said. “It’s an honor I will cherish. It will be on my desk in Tallahassee when I’m there and in my Clearwater office when I’m there, proudly displaying how great your college is and how much I care about that.” View the presentation at the 0: 07:54 point in the meeting.
  • A thank you from Father Bob Swick of the Tampa Bay Veterans Association for the donation of portable classrooms from the Clearwater Campus to the the Tampa Bay Veteran’s Alliance and the Civil Air Patrol. The portables are now used for classrooms and meeting areas for the groups at the Clearwater Airpark. View his presentation at the 0:03:39 point of the video.

Patty Jones, vice president for human resources, gave the board an update on the college’s insurance plan and a preview of recommendations that will come to the board next month, including no increase in premiums or deductibles for 2014.

See the entire discussion at the 1:10:03 point in the meeting.

The next Board of Trustees meeting is Sept. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

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The St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees met Tuesday, June 18 at the EpiCenter.

The full agenda and meeting video, which is 2 hours, 8 minutes long, is available on the board’s website.

Meeting highlights included:

  • Welcome to new board member Bridgette Mill.
  • Recognition of board member Terry Brett, whose term ended May 31.
  • Approval of a partnership with LumaStream, which manufactures innovative Intelligent LED lighting systems, to bring job opportunities and hands-on manufacturing training to the Midtown area of St. Petersburg. Watch the entire presentation in the meeting video starting at 0:27:11.
  • A presentation by Dr. Anne Cooper and Dean Jimmy Chang about the effects of new legislation on developmental education and the efforts SPC is making to adapt to the changes. Watch the entire presentation in the meeting video starting at 01:01:08.
  • Approval of the Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2014-15 through 2018-19, which includes general renovations and remodeling; planning funds for a new Student Support Services building at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus; construction of a new library at the Clearwater Campus; remodeling and renovation of the Health Education Center annex; and construction at the Bay Pines site. Watch the presentation starting at 01:15:52.
  • An update from Patty Jones on the college’s social media endeavors. Watch the presentation starting at 01:23:27.
  • Heard an update on the grants program from Jackie Skryd, including the news that the college has received its first Gates Foundation grant and is the first state college to receive the Duke Energy SunSense grant. Watch the presentation starting at 01:35:52.
  • Submitted evaluations of President Bill Law and extended his contract another year, through June 30, 2016. Watch the discussion beginning at 01:49:28.
  • Recognitions of :

The trustees also met as the governing board of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and approved its budget for the fiscal year. That meeting begins at 01:54:28.

The next Board of Trustees meeting is at 8:30 a.m. July 21 at the Epicenter.

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The St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees met Tuesday, April 16, at the EpiCenter.

The full agenda and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 54 minutes long, is available on the board’s website.

Meeting highlights included:

  • The board began again on the process to choose a construction manager for the new Midtown Campus. In February, the board awarded the contract for the project but, following a protest by another company, discovered a flaw in the procedure. Rather than risk a protracted delay, the board will go through the selection process again with amended procedures.

“We find ourselves today where I think we can overcome our past difficulties, learn from some mistakes we made along the way, get the project back on track and move forward,” President Bill Law said.

Board chairman Deveron Gibbons called the new Midtown Campus “the biggest economic impact to hit this community in over 50 years…and we want to do it right.”

The board expects to have a new recommendation in about 60 days. Watch this portion of the meeting video starting at 0:28:39.

The Tampa Bay Times reported on the problem April 17.

  • Approved the Classification and Compensation study as it relates to administrative and professional employees. Watch that portion of the meeting video starting at 0:47:40.
  • Recognized:
    • Basketball player Lynae Richardson, winner of the Sandy Miller Scholar-Athlete Award
    • Women’s basketball coach Denisha Davidson, 2012-13 Southern Conference Coach of the Year
    • The Model United Nations students, faculty and staff who competed in New York City last month and placed among the top in the country
    • The team from the J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at SPC who participated in Wounded Warrior Kilimanjaro Research Expedition

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at the 0:02:32.

  • Dr. Anne Cooper and Dr. Tonjua Williams presented information about the Survey of Entering Student Engagement, which shows how the college is doing in comparison to 245 other institutions. Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:48:48.
  • Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Grey gave a presentation on the college’s Campus Safety and Security preparations. Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 1:02:36.
  • Dr. Doug Duncan gave a preliminary look at the budget for 2013-14, which the board will discuss at its May meeting. Watch this part of the meeting at 1:24:11.

The next Board of Trustees meeting is at 8:30 a.m. May 21 at the Clearwater Campus.

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