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Wed, June 19

Response 'slow' to Yavapai College community survey

CLARKDALE - With what is hoped to be more than 100 responses from the Verde Valley's education-minded citizens, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee decided Wednesday that it will devote a large portion of its July 13 meeting to reviewing the responses - and deciding how to present the findings to the Yavapai College District Governing Board, according to committee Vice Chairman Bill Regner.

The board advisory committee also decided Wednesday to extend the time for gathering completed questionnaires through the end of May.

According to the draft minutes from Wednesday's meeting, College Board Member Al Filardo said response to the questionnaire has been slow.

In an email to The Verde Independent Friday, Filardo said, "I expressed my disappointment with the VVBAC because I expected each member to turn in around 20 responses each as they indicated during a previous meeting.  At this point I think we have a total of 30 or so responses.  The approach based on what I can tell is reaching out via email, phone call, and face to face request to complete the form."  

Originally charged by the college's District Governing Board in November to ask what Verde Valley college students want, the advisory committee began soliciting input last month. Though the college's District Governing Board is conducting focus groups and asking most of the same questions, the advisory committee also asked participants for specific recommendations to improve higher education in the Verde Valley.

"How the committee will utilize the responses to [that question] will also be discussed at its July meeting," Regner said.

The committee also sought answers to the following questions:

• What do you value about Yavapai College?

• How does Yavapai College meet the educational, economic and cultural needs of the community?

• What are the most significant challenges facing higher education in the next five years?

• Are there particular needs and issues that you would like to see Yavapai College address?

Also Wednesday, the board advisory committee again discussed a possible recommendation to encourage the District Governing Board to hire an independent consultant to explore the possibility of an independent administrative district.

"In light of the [district governing board's] decision to decline a similar proposal from board member [Al] Filardo and supported by board member [Deb] McCasland, the committee will continue to have this possible recommendation as a discussion item on agendas for the foreseeable future in order to determine the most effective language and timing if such a recommendation was supported by the committee," Regner said.

According to advisory board member Steve King, further discussions on this matter have "been put on hold."

"We're not going to talk about it again until we have more feedback from the community," King said. "The community needs to drive this discussion more than anyone else."

In order to better serve the educational needs of the Verde Valley, Yavapai College is seeking the community's response to the following four questions:

• What do you value about Yavapai College?

• How does Yavapai College meet the educational, economic and cultural needs of the community?

• What are the most significant challenges facing higher education in the next five years?

• Are there particular needs and issues that you would like to see Yavapai College address?

Please email your responses to Albert.Filardo@yc.edu
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