Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

June 16, 2013

Appeal heard by college trustees

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — In the open forum of Thursday’s Navarro College Board of Trustees meeting, a dispute between three students and grades received by them in the nursing program were appealed.

The three students received failing grades on their final exams in May, thereby resulting in them failing the nursing course. At a point when they expected to be utilizing their new nursing certifications to procure employment in the medical field, they are instead utilizing the knowledge of educational advocate Kathy Real.

Real used the allotted 20 minutes of the open forum plus an extra five minutes to present a power point presentation on the students’ appeal. In it she stated “These students challenge their grade in one course. They love the college, love their courses, but one class did not follow Navarro College guidelines, nursing accreditation, or the student handbook.”

Real told trustees that because of a “lack of sound educational principles, the course was detrimental to student success, and the testing procedures did not comply with Navarro College procedures.”

The advocate claimed that a “wrong test” was administered on April 17, and when discovered, was not thrown out and the correct test administered. Instead, the “wrong half” of the test was given as a makeup test on the same day students were administered the HESI (Health and Environmental Sciences Institute) test, resulting in “confusion, stress and frustration — and the students felt punished.”

She further stated that the final exam did not adhere to the blueprint in the class syllabus.

Following the board’s agenda business, trustees met again in a closed session, for the purpose of deliberating the appeal by the three students.

After the closed session. Dr. Richard Sanchez, college district president, said trustees had questions about the presentation they wanted answered before issuing a decision. Sanchez said trustees will review the responses to their questions, and are expected to render a decision at the July 18 board meeting.

College Board Meeting Briefs

Consent Agenda OK’d

The Navarro College Board of Trustees approved the minutes of the May 16, 2013 meeting

Tax Abatement for Water Park

City Manager Connie Standridge and councilman John McClung made a presentation regarding the proposed new water park at Hwy. 287 and Interstate 45 (near Denny’s) and requested a 10-year, 50 percent tax abatement from Navarro College.  The board approved the request.

Tax Abatement for Guardian Industries

Kurt Christian of Guardian Industries requested a tax abatement for a new high volume fabrication line being put in at Guardian, which will employ 20 people. His request was also for a 10-year, 50 percent abatement. The board granted the request.

Item postponed to July meeting

A move to adopt a $1 increase in Out-of-District fees was tabled until the July meeting.

Update on Navarro College Police Academy

Jason Westmoreland, coordinator of the Navarro College Police Academy, gave an update on enrollment, which is steady on both Corsicana and Waxahachie campuses. In 2012 and 2013 the academy boasts a 100 percent first attempt pass rate on the police officers exam.

New Faces

Marcy Ballew gave a presentation on those who have retired or are leaving Navarro College, as well as new employees, and reassigned employees.

President’s Report

Dewayne Gragg went over calendar items for the summer, including the July 1 start date for new college district president Dr. Barbara Kavalier. Enrollment for contact hours for Summer I session showed a slight increase, while Summer II session shows a slight decrease at this time, which Gragg expects to increase before the session begins. For Fall there is an anticipated 3 percent increase in enrollment.

Waxahachie Construction project

Dr. Sanchez narrated photos of the new construction for classrooms going on currently at the Waxahachie campus.

Legislative news

Dr. Sanchez said there was no change in legislation to report.

Budget workshop

There will be a budget workshop on July 18. Dr. Sanchez assured the board the budget would be balanced by early July.



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