“We’re excited. I think it’s a great time of year to be here. The campus is going to look beautiful,” Cleveland State president Carl Hite said. “We’re very excited about them being here.”
Board members will be in committee meetings on Thursday with the actual board meeting on Friday. The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. All of these meetings are open to the public.
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 thoughout the state.
Hite said it “is the seventh largest system of higher education in the country.”
Hosting the Board of Regents will give the college a chance to present the highlights of the college to the board.
“There will be some additional pieces at this meeting that don’t normally take place at board meetings,” Hite said.
He noted many times board members have little time to interact with the host campus because they are in meetings. To provide opportunities, Cleveland State has set up interactive activities Thursday morning. The meetings do not officially begin until 1 p.m. Thursday.
Hite said the college has planned different classroom visits for board members to choose from starting at 10 a.m.
“One will be just visiting a classroom … so that the board can talk to students. Another will be to visit a class that is doing something unusual or exciting,” Hite said.
The college plans on highlighting its “high-tech, high-touch approach to math education” to the board members, Hite said.
“We are going to treat them as if they were students sitting in a class. We are going to give them a chance to show us how well they can do some of these exercises on the iPad,” Hite said.
This approach has been so successful for math that it is being implemented in other courses as well, according to Hite.
A demonstration is planned for the board to see how iPads and iPods are used in the classroom. The demonstration will be hands-on for the board members as they follow along on their own devices.
Members of the Board of Regents will attend committee meetings on the campus until about 4 p.m. on that day.
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 in attendance.
One aspect of the campus the college is especially excited to showcase is the renovations and additions to the technology center. There will be a ribbon cutting for the revamped facility by the governor on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a tour of the facility by the Board of Regents.
The new facility will allow space from companies to come and train employees on equipment in a classroom-lab setting, Hite said.
“Manufacturing is still a very big part of this community,” Hite said.
The Board of Regents will also enjoy the new facility during a dinner on Thursday night.
“This is part of a rotation they do around the state,” Hite said.
The Board of Regents visits two college campuses a year to hold two of its four yearly meetings.
Hite said the college was addedly excited that Governor Bill Haslam, chairman of the Board of Regents, is planning to attend. Hite said the governor is often unable to attend meetings due to his schedule.
Tennessee Board of Regents agenda: http://www.tbr.edu/about/default.aspx?id=1390