This morning board members who arrived before the scheduled committee meetings were given the opportunity to visit classrooms and interact with students. Board members could choose to observe the following classes: medical office assistance, emergency medical services, General Chemistry II, nursing lab, college algebra or family and children services. Question-and-answer sessions were also planned in select general psychology, speech communication, marketing and cit 1601 (hardware/operating systems) classes.
“We’re very excited about them being here,” Cleveland State President Dr. Carl Hite said.
Committee meetings will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today. The actual board meeting will start at 9 a.m. Friday in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. All of these meetings are open to the public.
Tonight at 5 o’clock the board and special guests will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school’s addition to its technology center. Board of Regents members also will be hosted tonight in a dinner at the new facility.
Gov. Bill Haslam, who chairs the state board, had originally planned to attend today’s activities, including the late-day ribbon cutting; however, those plans changed due to a late-breaking development in the governor’s schedule. The historic ceremony is still on tap and a large crowd is expected.
The Tennessee Board of Regents governs the public higher education institution system of which Cleveland State is a part. This system includes six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 technology centers throughout the state. The board meets quarterly. Two gatherings each year are held in Nashville. The other two are hosted on school campuses and in technology centers on a rotating schedule.
This week’s board visit represents CSCC’s spot on the long rotation.
Cleveland State will also use the board’s visit as an opportunity to highlight ways it is using new technology to help students learn.
“We are going to treat them as if they were students sitting in a class,” Hite said. “We are going to give them a chance to show us how well they can do some of these exercises on the iPad.”
In addition to the board members, presidents of the colleges, directors of technology center and members of the Tennessee Board of Regents staff will be present for the meetings.