Kaskaskia College began its first of a series of Community Engagement Meetings with a gathering at the college’s Vandalia Campus on Tuesday, June 12.
The meeting kicked off a round of open community forums with the Board of Trustees Chairman John W. Hawley and KC President Dr. Jim Underwood. The forums will continue in the coming weeks, with meetings scheduled for Greenville on June 26 and Salem on July 10.
“We are interested in hearing from our communities,” Underwood said.
“We want to continue a dialogue between the college and those it serves. These meetings give community members access to Mr. Hawley and myself directly.
“This is important so that we can share the college’s mission and vision, and hear directly from our citizens how we can better serve their needs.”
Attendees received a booklet produced especially for the forums. In it are details of the latest available statistics on the college’s attendance, costs, student success and growth, among others, in direct comparison with other area institutions.
The booklet also outlines KC’s mission statement, core values and history.
Some facts from the booklet include:
• KC was recently ranked in the top 20 community colleges in the nation, and No. 2 in Illinois, based upon its graduation and transfer rate over a three-year period.
The ranking was conducted by Collegemeasures.org on behalf of CNN Money.
• KC is currently tied for the seventh-lowest tuition rate in the state.
• Every resident of District 501, the college’s district, is within 15 miles of a KC Education center or campus.
• Of KC grads seeking employment, 92 percent are employed.
The booklet also breaks down attendance, sections taught and credit hours earned for both campuses and each education center individually.
“This information shows that we are fulfilling our expectations of bringing high quality and low cost education to our district,” Underwood said.
“We want to give best value to our students by balancing affordability with very high quality instruction and services.”
Kaskaskia College continues to grow. From fiscal years 2001 through 2011, KC grew by 73.2 percent.
The college is currently engaged in a round of capital improvement projects, which will include expansion of the Trenton Education Center, and Nashville Education Center; renovation and expansion of the Crisp Technology Center; and new construction of a nursing facility and an agricultural facility on the main campus.