Board adopts new mission, vision, values statements

September 21, 2017 by Anonymous

Emphasizing Northland Pioneer College’s learner-centered environment, revised mission, vision and values statements were approved by the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board during their regular monthly meeting on September 19.

Education, business and industry partners, as well as community members, joined the college's staff in preparing the revised statements. “This was a collaborative effort that reduced a multi-page statement down to simple, more easily reached objectives that fit on a single page,” noted NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout. “Our focus remains on lifelong learning, now we say so in fewer, more concise wording.”

Consolidating the purpose, vision and values statements was a task Swarthout wanted the college to complete before a new president takes office in July 2018 and the Higher Learning Commission, NPC's accrediting agency, conducts its 10-year on-site visit just four months later. The revised statements can be found on the college's website,

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The board approved the official seal used to emboss transcripts and other official documents, and a second general purpose version.

Also approved were the budget development calendar and a renewed contract with Cisco Systems to provide SmartNet technical support, upgrades and warranty services for the electronic and software components making up the backbone of the college's telecommunications systems.

Members ratified a recommendation from the Presidential Search Committee to have Holbrook rancher and former NPC Board member Bill Jeffers chair that panel. Chief Operations Officer Jason Foutz sought the board's direction on several details for the Presidential Search Profile, including salary range, basic and extra benefits and allowances. Keeping the president's office centrally located in Holbrook was the consensus of the board.

Betsyann Wilson, executive director of NPC Friends & Family, started her monthly report with a blanket thank you to many of those in attendance at the meeting for their support and participation in the fifth annual Pedal the Petrified bicycle tour ride the previous Saturday (September 16). Wilson said 250 riders participated in the ride with over $40,000 raised for student scholarships.

The supported ride and volunteers again drew excellent ratings from the riders. Petrified Forest National Park Superintendent Brad Traver is so impressed with the event he has asked if a second event could be arranged in the spring.

Wilson also explained some of the upcoming scholarship opportunities for students, including a new program for veteran students, funded by this August's disc golf tournament, and the endowed Charles Lisitzky and Martia A. Smith scholarships.

Faculty Association President Pat Lopez explained how she and other faculty members let students know about available scholarships. She tells them, “There is money on the table to help you meet educational expenses, you just need to apply.”

Faculty's involvement in the presidential search committee and approach of the staff forums has been positively received. Lopez reported faculty is heavily involved in discussion about upgrading the technology used in distance learning environments, with on-going training in the use of the teaching tools. “We also learn from each other,” concluded Lopez.

Mark Vest reported on the progress to modify shared governance, particularly absorbing the College Council responsibilities into the Strategic Planning and Accreditation Steering Committee (SPASC).

Vest thanked the board for approving the revised mission, vision and values statements. “These will make the work of the Enrollment Management Committee easier as they evaluate where NPC meets and falls short of our own and community expectations,” noted Vest.

A representative from the Higher Learning Commission will be making a required five-year Multi-Location Site Visit in late October to evaluate the equality of instruction and services available to students at all NPC locations. “Our distance delivery model helps ensure this equality of instruction,” Vest said.

NPC's TALON Project, which utilizes distance-learning technology to deliver college-level courses into area high schools, has been invited to make several presentations at national conferences. “There will be 16 high schools participating in TALON when the federal grant expires in two years,” explained Vest. “We will be exploring options with the school districts to create a Distance Learning Consortium to expand the technology infrastructure serving the rural schools.”

NPC's Chief Information Officer PJ Way added he has been working with other governmental and private partners to boost regional telecommunications services, especially for emergency services, such as 9-1-1. “This is essential to recruit new businesses and industry to the region,” Way added.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, October 17, beginning at 10 a.m., in the Tiponi Community Center on the Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd. Copies of the agenda are posted online at least 24 hours in advance. A board planning retreat will follow the regular meeting.

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