24% of New Students at MCC Fail at Least One Course

A couple of years ago, I heard a story on NPR’s “Fresh Air” about how a Brooklyn community college had increased passage rates significantly by instituting a program called “Success Coaches.” An advisor was assigned to follow individual students through … Continue reading

MCC Capital Program Goes from $42 Million to $63 Million to $35 Million to $22 Million

Former McHenry County Board President Ron Parrish is quite pleased with what administrators offered up Thursday night to solve the science and health science facility deficiency. “Wonderful,” was his first comment after the presentation by newly-installed President Clint Gabbard. “This is … Continue reading

Recommendation for MCC Tuition Hike, Infrastructure Fee Imposition to Finance Campus Improvements

Dr. Tony Miksa, McHenry County College’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs recommended a $5 per credit hour tuition hike, plus a new $10 infrastructure fee for next year’s students. Currently, students are charged $101 for tuition, plus a $9 … Continue reading

MCC Set to Tax to the Max

Since McHenry County College was scheduled to hear the recommendation of its finance guy Bob Tentua last night, I thought I’d spread some warm fuzzies about my and other taxpayers’ appreciation that the Board had kept last year’s tax burden … Continue reading

$1,875 and Good-Bye

I attended the meeting of the McHenry County College Board tonight because of the following agenda item: ACCEPT AND APPROVE DR. SMITH’S NOTICE OF INTENT TO RETIRE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2015, AND GRANT DR. SMITH A POST RETIREMENT STIPEND … Continue reading

MCC President Scheduled for Post-Retirement Stipend

Next Thursday’s McHenry County College Board meeting will consider giving outgoing President Vicky Smith a “post-retirement stipend.” It is nowhere near as large as the Golden Parachute that ex-President Walt Packard was granted, but it did surprise me. Here’s what … Continue reading

MCC President Tries to Insert Herself in Trustee Election

At the end of March, the McHenry County League of Women Voters held a candidates’ night for McHenry County College Trustee aspirants. At the meeting, one, Karen Tirio, said Concerning tuition increases, Tirio said her attendance at meetings gave her … Continue reading

MCC President’s Secret Evaluation Tuesday

There are three items of significance on Tuesday night’s 6:30 meeting of the McHenry County College Board: PUBLIC COMMENTS Three (3) Minutes Per Person or Less PRESIDENT’S REPORT CLOSED SESSION A. 120/2(C) Exception #1, Personnel (President’s Evaluation) Previous boards have … Continue reading

MCC’s Smith Not Going to Cuba

Well before President Barack Obama’s announcement that relations with Cuba were being warmed, the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board sent the following email to presidents of her member colleges: From: Karen Anderson [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, October 21, … Continue reading

MCC Board Picks Architect

After a long and secret retreat, the McHenry County College selected the architectural firm of Demonica Kempter Architects (DKA). (Fortunately, I brought three newspapers and a new science fiction novel to read while waiting in the hall.) The firm was … Continue reading

Board Winnows Down Architectural-Space Utilization Firms to Two

There was no official vote taken, but preferences were expressed after three Architectural Services-Space Utilization applicants made their pitches to the McHenry County College Board Thursday night. The three finalists were Holabird & Root Wight & Company Demonica Kemper Architects … Continue reading

Selection of MCC’s Architectural/Space Utilization Expansion Consultant

Never let it be said that the McHenry County College administration makes it easy to write an article based on its documents. In the bid specifications for Selection Criteria A selection committee, made up of two (2) Trustee members, President, … Continue reading