KCTCS Board of Regents Approves 2010 Legislative Agenda, President McCall Requests No Bonus Or Salary Increase

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved an agenda for the 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly today during its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. The agenda supports the vision, mission and strategic goals of KCTCS, along with the 2008-2020 Plan for a Competitive Commonwealth that is designed to transform the state’s economy by focusing on workforce education, college and workforce readiness, and transfer education.

Dr. McCall's vision and leadership is one of the primary reasons KCTCS is transforming the lives of Kentuckians and the state's economy

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved an agenda for the 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly today during its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. The agenda supports the vision, mission and strategic goals of KCTCS, along with the 2008-2020 Plan for a Competitive Commonwealth that is designed to transform the state’s economy by focusing on workforce education, college and workforce readiness, and transfer education.

In other action, the board voted to extend KCTCS President Michael B. McCall’s contract an additional year and acknowledged the achievement of all objectives outlined in his evaluation plan. At the request of Dr. McCall, the board did not consider offering a salary increase or bonus.

“Dr. McCall’s vision and leadership is one of the primary reasons KCTCS is transforming the lives of Kentuckians and the state’s economy,” said KCTCS Board of Regents Chair Thomas Zawacki. “We are extremely fortunate to have an individual of his stature and ability at the helm of this organization.”

The 2010 KCTCS legislative agenda has two primary components: the biennial budget request and legislative priorities. The KCTCS biennial budget request calls for the legislature to maintain the 2009-10 base funding without any further reductions. Additionally, it requests approximately $8.2 million dollars be secured for the maintenance and operations of new facilities opening in the 2008-2010 and 2010-2012 biennia. The request also includes funding for two strategic initiatives totaling $8.8 million that would allow KCTCS to provide the remedial education services and online dual credit programs that are needed to assist the state in meeting its educational attainment goals.

One of KCTCS’ legislative priorities is to take the lead on eliminating the barriers students face when transferring to Kentucky’s public universities by supporting legislation that comprehensively addresses the issue by creating a seamless postsecondary system. The 2010 KCTCS legislative agenda can be found at http://transform.kctcs.edu.

Additionally, the KCTCS Board of Regents received positive results from the organization’s annual independent financial audit for fiscal year 2008-2009. The opinion issued by Crowe Horwath LLP, a top 10 U.S. public accounting consulting firm, was an “unqualified opinion,” the highest audit opinion offered by public accounting firms. KCTCS has received an unqualified opinion every year since its inception. The board recorded in the minutes its appreciation to Dr. McCall and the KCTCS staff for their diligence in managing the system.

Other action taken by the KCTCS Board of Regents included:

  • Ratification of 54 new KCTCS occupational-technical certificates and diplomas;
  • Approval of two new programs including:

o Associate in Applied Science in Apprenticeship Studies for Gateway Community and Technical College,
o Diploma in Industrial Maintenance for Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College; and

  • Approval of 6,757 candidates for credentials (certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees) between August 6, 2009 and October 22, 2009. These include:

o 3,845 candidates for certificates,
o 632 candidates for diplomas, and
o 2,280 candidates for associate degrees.

The next KCTCS Board of Regents meeting will be held on March 12, 2010 at the KCTCS office in Versailles.

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