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RichmondCC Board of Trustees Approves Emeritus Status for 5

Jun 6

June 6, 2018 – Richmond Community College’s Board of Trustees approved emeritus status to two retired faculty members, two retired staff members and one staff member who will be retiring at the end of this month.

Receiving emeritus status are Chris Auman, former psychology instructor; Carol Gibson, former Department of Nursing chair; Sherry Byrd, former Director of College and Career Readiness; Marvena Rush-Wall, former Director of Student Services - Scotland County; and Carolyn Bittle, Dean of Learning Resources, who will be retiring at the end of June.

To earn emeritus status, an employee must have provided 20 years of full-time service with the College.

Summer Enrollment

The Board also received a report on summer semester, which hit an all-time high for student enrollment. For the first time during the summer, students could apply for Pell grant money to pay for summer classes. Other factors for increased summer enrollment are more online and hybrid classes and more transferable classes that university students coming home for the summer can take.

Graduate Survey

The Board was provided results from the Graduate Survey the College conducts every spring semester. RichmondCC received high marks from students about advising, student activities, instruction, career preparation and program completion.

Student comments from the survey included:

  • “RichmondCC has a great campus environment with an incredibly amicable staff and faculty. I also knew who to talk to for help and always received it.”
  • “I really enjoyed my learning experience at RCC. The instructors and help centers were great in assisting me in getting the education I was pursuing. Keep up the great work, RCC, and thank you for an awesome experience.”
  • “I recommend everyone coming to RichmondCC due to its friendly professors and the ability to help you increase your opportunity for a career.”
  • “Having the opportunity to take college courses at RCC before entering a university will definitely help me in the long run.”

The survey also allows the College to collect information on where students are going after graduation. Nearly half its graduates from 2018 are either transferring or planning on transferring to another college or university to further their education. According to the survey, 24 percent of graduates had already accepted full-time or part-time employment.

“The Graduate Survey is a great way for us to measure what we’re doing and what we need to be doing to better serve future students at RichmondCC,” McInnis said.

Fall Semester

The College is currently enrolling students for fall semester. While every day at RichmondCC is considered a “registration day,” the College will be holding a Financial Aid, Scholarship and Scheduling Day on Wednesday, July 18, to help people complete all the admission steps for fall semester. On July 18, people can meet with counselors and faculty to get one-on-one help with everything from starting the FAFSA process to completing a scholarship application to registering for fall classes.

“As the comments on our Graduate Survey indicate, our goal is to provide individualized attention and show each and every one of our students that we care about their success,” McInnis said.

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