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College of DuPage District #502 Board of Trustees (2 year term)

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What do you see as the mission of a community college?

In light of the college's negative publicity over the past few years, what system of regular and transparent evaluations of the president and senior management team will you put into place?

How would you try to engage and gain students from the outlying areas of the district?

What experience do you have at vetting/understanding a public budget?

What is your five-year vision of the college?

The College's official Mission Statement is the following: "the mission of College of DuPage is to be a center for excellence in teaching, learning and cultural experiences by providing accessible, affordable and comprehensive education."
The College already posses a multi-tiered system of faculty and staff evaluation. One of the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees is to annually evaluate the President of the College (Policy No. 5-15 and 15-210). Under Policy No. 15-225, the President is charged with the responsibility of annually evaluating the College's vice president and other administrators designated as direct reports to the President. Policy No. 15-250 spells out that an administrator's performance will be evaluated annually by the College President or the appropriate supervisor. Faculty evaluation procedures are spelled out in Policy No. 15-315 and the collective bargaining agreement. Classified employee evaluation procedures are enumerated in Policy No. 15-400.
The College has already addressed the concern of commuting distances to the Glen Ellyn campus. As stated in the COD FACT BOOK 2015-2016, "In order to create a greater presence in the community, making programs and services more accessible to District 502 residents, College of DuPage operates four strategically placed sites in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville, and Westmont." If demand warrants and financing was available I would certainly be amenable to the establishment of additional off campus sites.
My experiential background contains the following past services relevant to the vetting/understanding of a public budget: * Twenty years of service in various administrative capacities in Illinois public higher education between 1969 and 1989 at Northeastern Illinois University, Governor's State University, and Triton Community College * Member of the CMAP Policy Board for suburban Cook County between March, 2008 and August 2012 * Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Commissioner, Treasurer, and member of the Executive Committee between November, 1995 and July, 2007 * Village of Elmwood Park Village Trustee and Deputy Village President between November, 1975 and August, 2012 * Village of Elmwood Park, Member, Board of Education, District No. 401, between April, 1971 and April, 1974
The College needs to maintain its position as the primary college district residents can rely upon for high quality education. In order to fulfill this obligation, the College must offer cost effective educational opportunities and facilities for transfer education, technical education, developmental education, continuing education, specific business training, and cultural enrichment during the course of the next five year planning period.

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