VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Friday at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System board meeting, the board heard a presentation on plans to improve compensation strategy and job classification of the system.
People from all 16 colleges have been engaged to develop an approach to begin addressing issues such as hiring practices, wage cuts, salary increases and salary scales.
“We value our employees and deeply regret not being able to provide the level of compensation they deserve,” said Lisa Desmarais, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCTCS. “We need to put a stake in the ground and do what needs to be done to attract and retain our hard-working employees. The plan we heard today is the first step towards realizing this commitment to our employees.
The board also approved updated bylaws and reduced the number of board committees to two – the audit committee and the system policy and planning committee.
Additionally, the board heard a report from Dean Dorton, an accounting firm in Lexington, who was hired to perform internal audits of the system.
KCTCS President Paul Czarapata presented his annual goals and objectives, which the board will use to assess its performance next June. The goals and objectives relate to:
- A listening tour of the 16 colleges to gather information to guide the development of a new four-year strategic plan.
- Development of the strategic plan and the KCTCS 2022-2026 action plan.
- Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the system.
- Explore ways to provide innovative academic access and improved educational models to help students acquire the skills most relevant to the current and future needs of the state’s workforce.
- Prioritize the education and training of the KCTCS mission workforce to better serve the Commonwealth.
- Promote fiscal responsibility throughout the system by creating alternative revenue streams and aligning staffing needs and working environments with post-pandemic realities and registrations.
Three Regents faculty and staff were honored for their service on the board: Angela Fultz, faculty member, Maysville Community and Technical College; Tammy Thompson, West Kentucky Community and Technical College staff member; and Mark Wells, faculty member at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Elections will be held this fall to replace those regents, who attended their last meeting on Friday.
The board also heard updates on:
- Post-employment benefits trust
- Biennial budget request 2022-2024
- Institutional advancement
- Academic and workforce services
- Administrative services report
- Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleg Computer Surplus Initiative
In other matters, counsel:
- Approved an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Apprenticeship Studies at Somerset Community College.
- Ratification of 40 certificate programs and 21 diploma programs.
- Approved 13,124 credential applications between April 10 and July 16, 2021 (associate degrees, diplomas and certificates). These credentials include:
- 9,404 candidates for certificates;
- 589 candidates for diplomas; and
- 3,131 candidates for associate degrees.
The next meeting of the Council of Regents is scheduled for December 3 at the KCTCS office in Versailles.