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Brian Henderson (left), assistant athletic director at Patrick Henry Community College, recognizes three of the four people who have been named to the PHCC Sports Hall of Fame: (beginning second from left) Denver Smith, Johnny Williamson and Christopher Parker. Wayne Cardwell, not shown, also was named to the Hall of Fame. (Contributed photo)
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Patrick Henry Community College Board on Monday approved offering an associate of arts and sciences degree in science/pre-BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) specialization.

The pre-BSN specialization “will expand employment and educational growth opportunities for area citizens interested in health care, specifically those interested in transferring to an accredited bachelor of science nursing program,” a board document states.

The pre-BSN specialization will serve students who have varying educational goals. It may “serve as the third year of a traditional four-year BSN program, and it may also serve to enhance the science backgrounds of students entering the nursing program,” the document states.

It adds: “The degree may also meet the needs of students who desire to pursue their nursing education with a 1+2+1 approach, which will allow for three years of the four-year BSN to be obtained at the community college.”

The nonprofit Institute of Medicine has challenged the nursing profession to transform nursing education and to increase the proportion of BSN-prepared nurses, and the Virginia Action Coalition is pursuing pathways to seamless progression from the associate degree in nursing to BSN, the document states.

The ultimate goal is that by 2020, 80 percent of all registered nurses will hold a BSN. Currently, 50 percent of nurses hold a BSN or higher, yet more than 55 percent of nursing education programs in Virginia award associate degrees, according to the board document.

Amy Webster, PHCC’s coordinator of nursing and health sciences, said the pre-BSN specialization will begin in the fall 2014 semester. She said the college already offers an associate of applied science in health technology with a major in nursing.

On another matter, PHCC Registrar Jessica M. Carter gave a report about spring enrollment. Headcount for the spring 2014 semester was 3,128, an increase of 9.7 percent over spring 2013 semester, when the headcount was 2,851, according to a board document. “Only three schools showed significant growth, with PHCC being the second highest,” Carter said. Headcount includes full- and part-time students.

Carter also said full-time equivalent students (FTEs) “are in good shape.” PHCC had 1,887 FTEs in the spring 2014 semester, compared with 1,904 in spring 2013 semester, a decline of nine-tenths of 1 percent.

FTEs are calculated based on the number of students taking 12 or more credits hours in a semester, according to previous reports.

The number of in-state students increased by 8.6 percent, from 2,777 in spring 2013 to 3,016 in spring 2014. The number of out-of-state students increased by 60.6 percent from 99 in spring 2013 to 159 in spring 2014, according to a board document.

“Out-of-state enrollment shows increases due to Hispanic enrollment, special programs and athletics,” Carter said.

The number of full-time students declined by 8 percent from 1,442 in spring 2013 to 1,326 in spring 2014. The number of part-time students increased by 27.9 percent from 1,409 in spring 2013 to 1,802 in spring 2014, according to a board document.

Carter said the increase in part-time enrollment “is a trend consistent with a better economy.”

Annualized FTE enrollment was 2,269 in 2012-13 and 2,167 in 2013-14, according to a board document.

In other matters, the board:

• Approved spending $62,441.08 for “rekeying expenditures” (changing the locks) throughout the campus, including required American With Disabilities Act upgrades.

“Over the years, numerous master keys have been distributed for use by college employees. No reliable distribution records were kept and therefore the college facilities are no longer able to be adequately secured,” a board document states.

• Named West Hall classroom 222 the Irving M. Groves Jr. and Jett Carter Groves Classroom.

“Irving M. Groves Jr. and his wife, the late Jett Carter Groves, along with their children, have been ardent supporters of (PHCC) and the students served for several decades,” a board document states. “Irving M. Groves Jr. was one of the original founders of the Patrick Henry Community College Educational Foundation, which later changed its name to the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation. The Irving M. Groves Jr. Endowed Scholarship fund was established in February 1995 with a $15,000 gift from Piedmont Trust Bank (now BB&T) in honor of Groves’ retirement as president.”

It adds: “Since the inception of the scholarship fund, numerous contributions totaling over $254,257 have been received from the Groves family and 116 student scholarships have been awarded .... Irving M. Groves Jr. served on the (PHCC) Foundation Board of Directors from 1977-78 and again from 1986-1988.”

• Heard a report that four people have been named to the PHCC Sports Hall of Fame: Johnny Williamson, athletic bus driver; Denver Smith, motorsports technology lab technician; Wayne Cardwell, budget and facilities manager and an avid supporter of athletics; and Christopher Parker, vice president for institutional advancement and senior athletic administrator.

• Parker reported that the overall number of scholarships available to students has increased greatly — from 75 last year to about 120 this year, according to Kris Landrum, the college’s public relations and marketing manager.

• Elected Barry Jarrett as chairman of the board and Becky Lovell as vice chairman for 2014-16, and recognized outgoing Chairman Eddie White.

• Recognized David Martin, former superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, as a new member of the board, and recognized Lillian Holland and Benjamin Gravely, who were completing their terms on the board.


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