By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief
On Jan. 19, Dr. Terry Britton, president of Rose State College, gave a convocation address to faculty and staff in the Special Training and Education Center. His remarks began by welcoming everyone to a new year and a new semester. It was so well attended that only standing room was available for latecomers.
Britton talked about how the college began the year with a one percent increase in graduation rate. Those statistics apply only to first-time full-time students who will graduate within three years. Britton wanted to focus, not only on first-time students, but all students as a whole.
Measure access as well as success
He emphasized the convenient “open door” policy on campus, enabling virtually anyone who wants a college education to pursue it. “How much do we value access?” Britton said, “Measure access as well as success.”
He asked what could be done to improve conditions on campus. “Do we need to build more buildings?” Britton said, “We are going to take a brand new look at the campus master plan. That involves everything from building to repairs.” A decline in recent enrollment numbers did not warrant the construction of new buildings.
Eye for efficiency
A new plan that has been adopted involves building up the campus. “We do not have adequate bathrooms,” Britton said. When the campus was built, it was done with an eye for efficiency. Buildings were made to maximize classroom space. This resulted in narrow hallways.
After touring other colleges, Britton shared his observations. One goal this year is to emulate the open lounge space available on other campuses. “Our students need naps,” Britton said, “They need a place to take breaks.”
Investing in art
One other avenue in which to beautify the campus is by investing in art. Britton wants to follow the example of OCCC, which purchases $1,000 worth of art annually. This art is then kept in an ever-increasing collection. “We need to think about something like that,” Britton said.
This year, one of the main focuses will be to make the campus a more aesthetically pleasing learning environment. This will require the addition of inspirational art and more lounge space for study or relaxation.
Dr. Terry Britton, president of Rose State College, addresses faculty and staff with his plans for the new year. Emphasis was placed on the beautification of the campus. Photo by: Tracie Bullen
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