GCCC Board of Trustees meeting

The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved a bid for remodel of the Dennis Perryman Athletic Training Room.

The bid was awarded to Dick Construction Inc.

Total cost for the project is $491,000, with $300,000 coming from grant funding and $191,000 from GCCC’s capital outlay account.

GCCC president Ryan Ruda said the remodel will be advantageous for the school.

"It will tremendously increase the educational experience that students (in athletic training programs) will have," he said. "They’re going to get much more hands-on experience ... and better educational preparation."

Board member Leonard Hitz clarified that the building originally proposed as a maintenance room will actually be for dressing facilities for visiting teams.

In other business, the board heard a report on the Essential Skills Assessment by the Student Learning Assessment Team.

The Essential Skills policy states that students will possess five essential skills: writing, oral communication, critical thinking, awareness of diversity and awareness of social responsibility.

This assessment was the first round of data and is preliminary, said Samantha Sanger, an English instructor and assessment coordinator.

The early data gave more information on how the assessment process is working, rather than how the students are performing in each program, Sanger said.

"We have learned that some of our assignments need to be re-crafted to live up to the expectations of the definitions of the essential skills," she said. "Also, some of our curriculum in our programs needs to be re-assessed in terms of the order in which students take courses or how courses in one program interact with courses in another program."

They also learned that assignments were sometimes assigned too late in the semester and didn’t allow students enough time to complete them, or it was assumed that students have a certain skill for an assignment, but there wasn’t enough support given, Sanger said.

"The most important things that are coming out of this is a culture of collaboration," she said. "We have departments now discussing within themselves what these essential skills look like within a program."