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Student Support Services
The institution provides student support programs, services, and activities consistent with its mission that promote student learning and enhance the development of its students.

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Narrative
 

Northeast provides a program of student services that “will facilitate the educational, career, personal, and social growth of students” (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 9). Northeast provides support services for students through a variety of services and programs on the main campus. These services include the following: Enrollment Services (including Recruiting, Admissions, Placement, Advising, Registration, and Graduation), Financial Aid, Guidance Services, Bookstore Services, Records/Transcripts/Grades, Student Life, and Security. A variety of appropriate student services is offered at Northeast at New Albany off-campus site and Northeast at Corinth off-campus site, which is a long-term, educational facility offering twenty-five (25%) to forty-nine (49%) percent of degree programs.

The overall responsibility for the student services program at all locations of Northeast Mississippi Community College is under the direction of the Dean of Student Services (Kenneth Pounders). Mr. Pounders has thirteen (13) years of experience at Northeast and served as Division Head of Allied Health prior to becoming Dean of Student Services (Kenneth Pounders, Vita).

ENROLLMENT SERVICES (Admissions/Records)

The department of Enrollment Services is led by the Associate Dean of Student Services/Enrollment Services (Robert L. Gibson) who also serves as the Registrar for the College, including the off-campus sites. Mr. Gibson has six (6) years experience at Northeast for a total of twenty-two (22) years experience in higher education (Robert L. Gibson, Vita).

Admissions

The College recruits students from a five-county district that includes Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union counties, by advertising through the College website, in state and local media, by direct mail, and by onsite visits at local high schools. Students that wish to learn more about the institution may access the College website and online documents including the student catalog, the student handbook, and course schedules. Students may also request a print copy of these publications by contacting personnel in the office of Enrollment Services on the main campus or the directors of Northeast at New Albany off-campus site and Northeast at Corinth off-campus site (Northeast Publication Webpage). The Associate Dean of Student Services/Enrollment Services is assisted in the admissions process by three (3) full-time staff members.

Students applying for admission to the institution must submit an application by downloading the application from the College website, submitting a paper application, or by applying in person at one of the campus sites. Prospective students may also request forms via email at admitme@nemcc.edu. Admission standards are identical for students entering programs delivered at the off-campus sites and for students entering programs taught at the main campus. Admission policies of the institution are found in the Northeast Student Catalog (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 19-28).

Northeast has an open-door policy for admission. During the spring 2008 and fall 2008 semesters, the institution received 4,171 applications; 2,982 individuals completed the application process and were accepted for enrollment. Of these applicants, 2,183 matriculated at the institution (Pounders-Email-Applicants-23 February 2009).

After meeting the admissions requirements, students are mailed an acceptance letter. This letter lists the student’s major, advisor’s name and advisor’s office number and email address. The role of the faculty advisor is to assist in planning the class schedule, provide up-to-date information about careers, refer students to proper sources for assistance, encourage students in their efforts to be successful, and approve academic programs for graduation. Students are encouraged to contact their advisors any time they need assistance. The advisor is available to conference with the student during each semester via email, telephone, or in person (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 33; Advisors Handbook 2008-2009).

Students who apply for admission are invited by mail to an orientation on the main campus (Student Orientation, Advising & Registration Brochure, July 2008). The dates of the orientation are posted on the College website. The students at Northeast at New Albany off-campus site and Northeast at Corinth off-campus site may attend orientation on the main campus or utilize a virtual orientation available through the “Counseling Center” webpage on the Northeast website (Northeast Distance Learning Webpage). In the summer of 2008, 916 entering freshmen attended an orientation session (Pounders-Email-Orientation-23 February 2009).

When students are admitted to the College, their ACT scores are reviewed to determine if specific academic skills need to be improved. Students with ACT sub-scores below a scale set by the institution are required to participate in diagnostic testing and placement. Accuplacer is the diagnostic testing tool used to determine appropriate class placement. Accuplacer testing is offered on both the main campus and at the Northeast at New Albany off-campus site. Because of Northeast’s commitment to under-prepared students, those with academic deficiencies are enrolled in developmental classes or referred to the Counseling Center to complete the Accuplacer testing (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 22).

During the fiscal year 2007-2008, the Residual ACT was given to approximately 550 students. The Accuplacer was administered to 696 duplicated students to determine if they should take developmental classes. The following table details course placement determined by the Accuplacer results (Residual ACT Report 2008; Residual ACT Report 2007; Residual ACT Report 2006; Accuplacer Course Roster Report August 2007-July 2008):

Course

Number of Students

ENG 1103 (Introduction to Composition)

165

ENG 1113 (English Composition I)

25

MAT 1203 (Beginning Algebra)

359

MAT 1233 (Intermediate Algebra)

129

MAT1313 (College Algebra)

18

Total

696


The office of Planning and Research annually assesses the success of the Developmental Studies Program by compiling a report which examines passage rates and ACT scores for students who took the Accuplacer placement examination and those who did not. This report is prepared for math and English developmental studies courses. The results for MAT 1103, MAT 1203 and MAT 1233 in the Fall 2007 semester are shown below with another semester of mathematics and two semesters of English appended (Developmental Studies Report Math Fall 2007; Developmental Studies Report Math Spring 2008; Developmental Studies Report English Fall2007; Developmental Studies Report English Spring 2008):

MATH 1203, 1233, 1313
Fall 2007

Passage Rates

OVERALL
MAT 1203

WITH ACCUPLACER
MAT 1203

WITHOUT ACCUPLACER
MAT 1203

Total Students: 514

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 357

Passage Rate: 69.5%

Average ACT: 15.68

Total Students: 293

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 205

Passage Rate: 70.0%

Average ACT: 15.84

Average Accuplacer: 37.98

Total Students: 221

T
otal Students with A/B/C/D: 152

Passage Rate: 68.8%

Average ACT: 15.48

OVERALL
MAT 1233

WITH ACCUPLACER
MAT 1233

WITHOUT ACCUPLACER
MAT 1233

Total Students: 355

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 224

Passage Rate: 63.1%

Average ACT: 16.80

Total Students: 213

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 128

Passage Rate: 60.1%

Average ACT: 16.59

Average Accuplacer: 56.46

Total Students: 142

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 96

Passage Rate: 67.6%

Average ACT: 17.06

OVERALL
MAT 1313

WITH ACCUPLACER
MAT 1313

WITHOUT ACCUPLACER
MAT 1313

Total Students: 482

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 324

Passage Rate: 67.2%

Average ACT: 19.47

Total Students: 165

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 98

Passage Rate: 59.4%

Average ACT: 16.62

Average Accuplacer: 56.24

Total Students: 317

Total Students with A/B/C/D: 226

Passage Rate: 71.3%

Average ACT: 20.67




















































Assessment data support that students who successfully complete the developmental studies sequence have an overall success rate comparable to those students who enter without academic deficiencies.

As a continuing follow-up to the admissions process and to ensure successful integration to the College, during the fall and spring semesters, a day is set aside exclusively for advising. This “Advising Day” is offered to allow currently-enrolled students a convenient time to see their advisor, register for the next semester, and ask questions or express concerns they may have. Advising Day is offered at the three (3) Northeast sites and the dates are published in the college calendar (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 3; Course Schedule Booklet Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2008, 5; Northeast Class Lookup Webpage).

Registration for classes may be completed at the main campus or at the off-campus sites. The Office of Enrollment Services offers onsite registration at the Northeast at New Albany and the Northeast at Corinth off-campus sites before the beginning of each semester. The directors of the off-campus sites and counselors are also available to assist students with the onsite registration (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 3).

Fees are payable before the beginning of each semester. Fee payment may be made by cash, check, money order, credit card via the “Tigerline” link on the Northeast webpage, or by calling the Northeast Business Office. Fee payment may be accomplished at the Northeast at New Albany and Northeast at Corinth off-campus sites during scheduled registration days. Tuition and fees may also be charged to completed, authorized financial aid by visiting or calling the Business Office (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 69).

Records

The Records Office is charged with maintaining the confidentiality and security of student academic records, including both hard copy and electronic versions. Documents are scanned utilizing a digital imaging system before being placed in the file and secured in a vault. Student records are created in the Admissions Office. Completed files for enrolled students are permanently maintained in the Records Office. Active student records are maintained in a location in the vault separate from inactive records. Permanent records are maintained and stored at the main campus, only. Northeast houses 3,108 (Spring 2009) active student records and has 58,383 inactive student records dating back to the College’s founding in 1948 (Pounders-Email-Records-23 February 2009).

The institution has an official policy on the release of student records. This policy is located in the Northeast Student Catalog and on the Northeast website. Official transcripts are released upon receipt of a written and signed request from the student provided that all College obligations have been met. Transcript request forms are available online or in the Records Office. Students may request transcripts via fax; however, telephone and email requests are not accepted (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 61; Admissions & Records Homepage).

Current students, both on the main campus and the off-campus sites, may access unofficial transcripts through the secure website Tigerline (Northeast Tigerline Transcript Webpage). Students may print a copy of their transcripts, view and print class schedules and grades, as well as use the Curriculum and Advising Program Planning (CAPP) software. CAPP enables students to see degree requirements completed in association with their declared major. CAPP offers a “What if” analysis for those students undecided about a major. Additionally, students may pay tuition, view any holds on their records, verify current mailing addresses, and find contact information for their advisor on Tigerline.

Students can apply for graduation on dates specified in the College Catalog (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 3). Students are required to complete a graduation application and pay a graduation fee. Applications are available in the Record’s Office and may be mailed upon request.

The Records Office is open daily from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Associate Dean of Student Services/Enrollment Services is assisted in the records process by two (2) full-time staff members.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Department administers assistance programs from the following categories: academic scholarships, performance scholarships, athletic scholarships, foundation scholarships, and governmental assistance programs.

The department provides governmental financial aid to all students according to their eligibility and administers the programs in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. During fall 2007, spring 2008, and summer 2008, $8,134,093 in governmental aid was distributed to 5,376 students (duplicated) (Financial Aid Awarded 2007-2008).

Northeast participates in the following federal financial aid programs for student assistance with the disbursement amounts for each program indicated: Federal Pell Grant ($4,715,877), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) ($79,311), Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership program (LEAP) ($13,565), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) ($136,092), Federal Work Study ($155,197), and Federal Family Education Loan Program ($2,620,995) (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 45-58; Financial Aid Awarded 2007-2008).

Students may also apply for state, institutional, privately-funded, and foundation programs. State programs include the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant Program (MTAG) and Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). MTAG was awarded to 830 students in the amount of $341,475 and MESG was awarded to 12 students in the amount of $21,960 in 2007-2008. Institutional scholarships based on participation and/or competition were awarded to 1,304 students in the amount of $1,368,199 for 2007-2008. Agency and Foundation scholarships were awarded to 724 students in the amount of $1,221,443 (Financial Aid Awarded 2007-2008).

For fiscal year 2008, 3,012 students representing 72% of the student body received some form of financial aid. The total dollar distribution was $10,723,735 (Prather-Email-Financial Aid-23 February 2009; Financial Aid Awarded 2007-2008).

Financial aid/scholarship information and applications are available to students at the main campus and the off-campus sites through the College website; by mail at 101 Cunningham Boulevard, Booneville, MS 38829; by phone; by email at finaid@nemcc.edu or in person by visiting Estes Hall on the main campus (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 45-58).

The Financial Aid Department consists of a director (Janice Prather) and four (4) full-time employees. Mrs. Prather has twenty-nine (29) years experience in student services with twenty-eight (28) in financial aid. The Financial Aid Office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the fall and spring registration weeks, the director or a member of the financial aid staff is available at the New Albany location. A financial aid representative from the main campus is available at the Northeast at New Albany off-campus site every third Tuesday of the month. Financial aid representatives also accompany recruiting staff on high school visits to assist with completing financial aid applications. Financial aid workshops are offered at the main campus, Northeast at New Albany, and Northeast at Corinth off-campus sites during the summer months (Janice Prather, Vita).

Guidance and Counseling Services

The Department of Guidance and Counseling offers educational and career guidance counseling, personal and social counseling, tutorial services (individual and group), assistance for special needs students, and job placement services. Testing services are provided including ACT (national and residual), Accuplacer (student placement test), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Career Report, MVTI Career Report, Learning Style Inventory, Holland Self-Directed Search, and Choices (career selection). Focused workshops include time management, study and test-taking skills, resume building, interview skills, as well as, GPA calculation (The Counseling Center Brochure).

During the fiscal year 2007-2008, approximately 1,600 students were assisted through counseling services. The Residual ACT was given to approximately 550 students. The Accuplacer was administered to 696 duplicated students to determine if they should take developmental classes. The following table details course placement determined by the Accuplacer results (Residual ACT Report 2008; Residual ACT Report 2007; Residual ACT Report 2006; Accuplacer Course Roster Report August 2007-July 2008):

Course

Number of Students

ENG 1103 (Introduction to Composition)

165

ENG 1113 (English Composition I)

25

MAT 1203 (Beginning Algebra)

359

MAT 1233 (Intermediate Algebra)

129

MAT1313 (College Algebra)

18

Total

696

The student can find information describing the various guidance services in the Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, the Student Handbook 2008-2009, and the Counseling Center link located under “Departments” on the Northeast website (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 42-44; Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 38-42; Northeast Counseling Center Webpage). The department is under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist (LCMHT) (Joey Williford), who is assisted by five (5) full-time counselors, one (1) part-time counselor, and one (1) administrative assistant. Mr. Williford has two (2) years of experience at Northeast and twelve (12) years experience in mental health counseling (Joey Williford, Vita).

Counselors are available on the main campus Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and are available for crisis intervention on call. During the fall and spring registration week, a counselor is available each night at the Northeast at New Albany off-campus site. During the regular semester, a counselor is available two (2) nights per week at the Northeast at New Albany off-campus site. A counselor is also available at the Northeast at Corinth off-campus site one (1) day per week. Counselors can be contacted by email at counselingcenter@nemcc.edu, online through the Northeast website, by telephone, or in person in the Counseling Center located in Waller Hall on the main campus.

Guidance and counseling services information is posted on bulletin boards at all campus locations. The Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009 includes the telephone number and email addresses of the Director of Guidance and Counseling Services and lists all of the services of the division (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 38-42). From the Northeast homepage there are links for the off-campus sites. The Northeast at New Albany and the Northeast at Corinth off-campus site webpages contain information on advising, career services, access to career planning and college planning websites, a college orientation presentation, information on how to choose a major, access to tutoring, disabilities application, job placement information, and testing services (Northeast Homepage;Northeast at New Albany Homepage; Northeast at Corinth Homepage).

Tutorial services are available at no cost for students at the main campus and both off-campus sites. Tutorial applications are available from counselors at the main campus and both off-campus sites. Computer laboratories at the main campus and Northeast at New Albany off-campus site utilize computer-aided tutorials and basic skills development software. Tutorial links are available on the Counseling Center Webpage (Northeast Counseling Center Webpage; Student Support Services Application /Contract).

Assistance for students with disabilities is available by contacting counselors at the main campus or the counselor at the off-campus sites. The webpages for both off-campus sites contain contact information and a Disabilities Resource Guide. Students may also contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Officer (Dean of Student Services) in person, by telephone or by email. Self-identification is initiated by accessing a copy of the online “NEMCC Disabilities Application” on the College website or a copy may be obtained from the information stand at the Northeast at New Albany and Northeast at Corinth off-campus sites, from the ADA Compliance Officer in Estes Hall, or from the Counseling Center in Waller Hall on the main campus. Students with verified disabilities are assigned to a disabilities counselor for development of a reasonable accommodation plan (Disabilities Resource Guide; NEMCC Disabilities Application for Services, Example, NEMCC Disabilities Accommodation Plan, Example).

Students at the main campus and the off-campus sites are assisted in job placement services while enrolled and at graduation. Fifty-five (55) enrolled students requested information about part- and full-time employment during the 2007-2008 academic year (Students Requesting Job Information 2007-2008). Applications for employment consideration are placed in display racks in the Counseling Center and at the off-campus sites with instructions either to mail or to fax applications to the Office of Student Placement. Students at the off-campus sites are also made aware of job announcements through email announcements.

A Workforce Investment Network (WIN) Center provides convenient, one-stop employment information and classroom presentations on personal assessment, career, and employability skills within the Northeast at New Albany and the Northeast at Corinth off-campus sites. These centers work together to provide services needed by the unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers. These services include labor market information, job referrals, training assistance, assistance with job applications and resumes, and career counseling.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Northeast complies with the federal equal opportunity and civil rights requirements. Students at the main campus and the off-campus sites are subject to the same college regulations and have the same rights. These rights and regulations are published in the Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009 and are available to all students in hard copy or on the College website. This handbook is reviewed and revised annually. Suggested changes are submitted to the Executive Vice-President for approval. The last update occurred in the summer of 2008 (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 72-73; Northeast Publications Webpage).

Student complaints and grievances are handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Northeast Student Handbook. This handbook is distributed at orientation sessions, is given to dormitory residents, and is available online and by request in the Office of Dean of Student Services. Annually, faculty and staff receive copies of the Northeast Student Handbook at the opening of school faculty and staff meeting (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 52-54).

Library and Learning Resources

The purpose of the Library/Learning Resources Center is “to provide resources in various formats to support the instructional programs of the community college; to give instruction on the use of reference books, computer programs, and other library resources; and to provide assistance to the community beyond the confines of the College” (Five-Year Strategic Planning Document 2008-2013, 52).

Students enrolled in English Composition I (ENG 1113) are required to complete library orientation units. The librarian demonstrates the use of the online catalog and online databases for library orientation units in ENG 1113. Students have hands-on experience using computers to do research during the orientation sessions. Public Speaking (SPT 1113) students also receive formal instruction in securing information for informative and persuasive speeches. Other classes may request library instruction as needed. In addition to the formal instruction, the librarians assist students and faculty with personalized bibliographic instruction and research.

The library on the main campus is staffed by a head librarian (Glenice Stone) and three (3) full-time librarians all of whom hold a Master’s in Library Science and one (1) library assistant with an associate’s degree. Mrs. Stone has 14 years experience at Northeast as a staff librarian and one year as director of the library (Glenice Stone, Vita). There is a part-time librarian at Northeast at New Albany off-campus site who also holds a Master’s in Library Science. Currently, library services assistance at Northeast at Corinth off-campus site is offered online.

Bookstore Services

Northeast’s Bookstore stocks all textbooks required by instructors for their courses. Books may be ordered from the Bookstore by phone, purchased online from the Northeast Bookstore at www.nemccbookstore.com, or purchased at the Booneville main campus Bookstore (Northeast Bookstore Webpage). The Bookstore is open daily from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Bookstore offers extended hours of operation during the first week of each semester. The Bookstore is staffed by a manager (Mitchell McBride) and two (2) permanent staff, along with seasonal employees. Mr. McBride has served as manager of the Northeast Bookstore for twenty-five (25) years.

STUDENT LIFE

Student Publications

The BEACON is the authorized weekly electronic newspaper of the College. It is prepared and edited by students with a staff advisor. The paper follows standards set by the Mississippi Community/Junior College Press Association. Students may access the publication via the Northeast Homepage (Northeast Publications Webpage).

Athletics

In 2008-2009, Northeast offered intercollegiate athletics in the following sports with the indicated number of participants: football (52), men’s basketball (15), women’s basketball (14), baseball (26), women’s fast-pitch softball (14), men’s and women’s tennis (14) and men’s golf (11). Of the total student body, 4.7% participated in intercollegiate athletics during fall 2008 and spring 2009 (Team Roster 2008-2009). All sports are governed by membership in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the National Junior College Athletic Association. During FY08, Northeast awarded $303,426 in athletic scholarships from institutional funds (Athletics and Fine Arts Scholarships FY08). Northeast’s athletic program is under the supervision of the Athletic Director (Ricky Ford) who is assisted by nine (9) full-time employees with coaching and non-coaching responsibilities, three (3) part-time employees with coaching and non-coaching duties, and one (1) full-time athletic trainer. Mr. Ford has twenty-eight years experience at Northeast working in admissions, records, financial aid, counseling and athletics. He has served as the athletic director since 2006 (Ricky Ford, Vita). The FY09 annual operating budget of this program is $1,239,825 (Budgets FY09, 25-27).

Northeast’s co-educational cheerleading squad, composed of twelve (12) students, is also under the direction of the athletic department and the members are chosen by a panel of judges during tryouts in the spring of each year (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 3; 56-58).

The intramural sports program at Northeast, under the direction of the Associate Dean of Student Services/Student Activities (Angie Langley), provides opportunities for participation in the following sports: basketball, tennis, flag football, softball, volleyball, and 3-on-3 basketball. During the 2007-2008 academic year, 341 students participated in these activities (Pounders-Email-Intramurals-23 February 2009). The Associate Dean of Student Services/Student Activities is assisted by four (4) individuals who are full-time to the institution but part-time to the intramural program. Mrs. Langley has eight (8) years experience at Northeast working as Tech Prep Coordinator and Dean of Continuing Education (Angie Langley, Vita). The intramural program is funded through the general student services budget.

Northeast operates a fitness facility in the Burgess Activity Center which houses strength-training (15) and cardiovascular (10) equipment for men and women. The fitness center is under the direction of the Dean of Student Services and is funded through the student services budget.

Frank and Audrey Haney Union

The Frank and Audrey Haney Union was designed to provide a place for recreational, social, cultural, and educational programs for Northeast students. The Haney Union is designed for student enjoyment and relaxation. The Haney Union houses the bookstore, game room, cafeteria, ballroom, student newspaper office, student government offices and several conference rooms. The game room contains pool tables, ping-pong tables, video games and aerobic-fitness equipment for men and women (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 8).

Gaye Roden Carr Aquatic Center

The aquatic center features an outdoor, olympic-size swimming pool and a shower/dressing room area. Programmatic activities include both student and community use. The aquatic center is staffed by certified lifeguards and is open June through August (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 8).

Musical Groups

The Tiger Marching Band is a 200-plus-member marching band that performs at football games, parades and other events throughout the Southeast. An indoor Drumline performs at area competitions, local high schools, and other events. The Tiger Dancers are a 48-member dance squad that performs with the Tiger Marching Band. A twelve-member Tiger Pom Squad performs for home basketball games, high school exhibitions and other events on and off the Northeast campus. The band is an academic activity offered for credit under the direction of a band master (Bryan Mitchell) who is a member of the faculty of the Division of Fine Arts and is assisted by one (1) full-time and one (1) part-time staff member. Mr. Mitchell has two years experience at Northeast and assisted with the marching band prior to becoming the band master. During FY08, Northeast awarded $288,492 in band scholarships from institutional funds. Northeast has invested in approximately 146 musical instruments totaling more than $160,310, and $74,600 in uniforms (Athletic and Fine Arts Scholarships FY08).

Northeast offers a country music group, “Campus Country,” a complete country band with singers, instrumentalists, and sound technicians. Campus Country entertains at festivals, high schools, and other events (Campus Country Showtime Schedule). An average of twelve (12) students are involved in “Campus Country” annually. The College awarded $26,917 in scholarships from institutional funds in 2007-2008 (Athletic and Fine Arts Scholarships FY08; Rains-Email-22 February 2009).

The Jazz Band consists of students who perform a variety of pop and jazz styles of music throughout the year for various school and community functions. The Jazz band performs at an annual Jazz Band dinner. There is an average of twenty-five (25) students involved in the Jazz Band (Rains-Email-22 February 2009; Jazz Band Program)

Membership in the following two (2) musical ensembles is offered to students: The Northeast Chorus and the Northeast Chamber Choir (Chamber Choir and Chorus Fall Concert, 6 October 2008). Participation in the Northeast Chorus averages 80 to 100 students with 25 to thirty 30 of these students also participating in the Northeast Chamber Choir. The College awarded $29,126 in scholarships from institutional funds in FY 2008 (Athletic and Fine Arts Scholarships FY08; Rains-Email-22 February 2009).

These musical groups are supported by a line item budget allocation in the general budget of the Fine Arts Division and are under the direction of a member of the Fine Arts faculty.

Cultural Activities

The Art Gallery located in Anderson Hall exhibits art work from current and former Northeast students as well as area artists. Exhibits are free and open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. during the school year.

Northeast’s theatre department is an inclusive production ensemble emphasizing several diverse aspects of theatre – besides that of acting. Students are given the chance to express their creativity in a nurturing and constructive environment. Each year, Northeast theatre produces either full-length or one-act plays during the fall semester and a full-length play or musical during the spring semester. Both theatre scholarships and classes are open to all who show the desire to participate. The chosen plays are suitable and relevant to the college student and the surrounding community. These productions are supported by a line item budget allocation in the general budget of the Fine Arts Division and are under the direction of a member of the Fine Arts faculty (Northeast Theatre “Working” Poster; One Act Plays 2008; Northeast Theatre Webpage).

The following special events in which students can participate are held annually: Beauty Pageant, Homecoming, and Spring Fling Week (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 58-61).

The Cultural Arts Committee is composed of Northeast faculty and staff interested in the arts. This committee has partnered with the Iota Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to coordinate some cultural arts offerings. The committee chooses topics appropriate to collegiate education which will provide enrichment opportunities for Northeast students, faculty, staff, and the local community.

The following are examples of the cultural arts offerings for the past three (3) years:

    • Man’s Relationship to Nature. The Cultural Arts Committee presented a series of three (3) lectures focused on this topic: “High Water Everywhere! The Great Flood of 1927,” “The Delights and Dilemmas of Nature: The Challenge of Environmental Ethics”and“A Brief History of Wetland Restoration in Mississippi and Opportunities for the Future”
    • Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power. Phi Theta Kappa presented the following four satellite seminars on campus in the fall semester of 2006: “Gender and Power in Relationships,” “Money Talks: Lobbyists and the Power of Money in Washington,” “The Iraq War and its Consequences in the Middle East,” and “Lessons Learned from My Grandfather”
    • Racial Reconciliation. The Cultural Arts Committee presented a series of exhibits and lectures focused on this topic: “Emmett Till Exhibit,” “Emmett Till Case: The Murder That Changed America,” “Building Beloved Communities: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, From the Civil Rights Movement to Today,” “Building Bridges of Reconciliation,” and Race Relations Today and Possible Changes for Tomorrow” (Cultural Arts Summary 2006-2008).

 Student Organizations

Northeast is associated with twenty-two (22) student organizations that provide opportunities for students to enrich their academic experience. The purpose of the organizations includes recreation, occupation-specific interests, politics, religious affiliation, scholarship, and community service. Each student organization has a charter and a faculty/staff advisor (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 55-67).

The Student Government Association (SGA) plans activities for students, holds student discussions, presents student suggestions to the faculty advisors and/or members of administration, and acts in an advisory capacity to students. Upon enrolling in Northeast, each student becomes a member of the Student Government Association and a participant in the obligations, benefits, and privileges conferred thereby (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 67). The SGA is responsible for elections as outlined in the Student Government Association Constitution Article IV (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 68-70). Students are informed of upcoming elections by flyers and by postings on the website. Ballots are available online the day of the elections for all students. Students are encouraged to participate in school-sponsored activities.

Cultural and social information is provided to students by several means. Announcement flyers are posted in buildings on the three (3) campus sites, information is sent by email, and information is posted to the website and/or Blackboard. Student life information is published in the Northeast Student Handbook, which is available in print and online (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 55-73). SGA and student life activities are planned and supervised by the Associate Dean of Student Services/Student Activities with the assistance of the Director of Event Planning and Housing.

Housing

Northeast provides comfortable and safe residence halls for students who wish to live on campus. The College has five (5) multi-level residence halls for men and women students: Murphy Hall and Mississippi Hall (women’s residence), Wood Hall (co-ed), and White Hall and Yarber Hall (men’s residence). Each facility is equipped with furniture and offers phone and wireless internet access. White Hall and Murphy Hall have two bedroom suites with connecting baths that accommodate four (4) students. Yarber Hall, Wood Hall, and Mississippi Hall have single units with a bath accommodating two (2) students. Students should be enrolled full-time to reside in a residence hall. All residents are required to purchase either a fifteen (15) meals per week or a nineteen (19) meals per week meal ticket (Northeast Student Catalog 2008-2009, 62). Each residence hall is staffed by a full-time proctor. The proctor or a substitute is available on call twenty-four (24) hours a day. In the fall semester of 2008, 732 students were housed in the Northeast residence halls which is an 89% occupancy rate (Coggin-Email-20 February 2009).

Student identification cards and pictures are made both on campus and at the Northeast at New Albany off-campus site. Students are required to display their identification card while on campus. This identification card admits students to athletic events, the Burgess Activity Center and other campus-sponsored events (Northeast Student Handbook 2008-2009, 9; 46).

Security

The purpose of the Northeast Mississippi Community College Campus Law Enforcement department is to provide a safe and secure environment for the learning and extra-curricular experiences for students, faculty, staff, and visitors while upholding state and federal laws and the rules and regulations of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Northeast employs two (2) categories of law enforcement personnel: police officers, who have graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy, and security officers, who are trained but non-ceritified. The Campus Law Enforcement staff for the main campus consists of four (4) full-time police officers; three (3) full-time security officers; three (3) part-time police officers; and three (3) part-time security officers. The Campus Law Enforcement staff for Northeast at New Albany off-campus site consists of two (2) part-time security officers. Northeast at Corinth off-campus site is staffed by four (4) part-time security officers. Security personnel at the off-campus sites are present when faculty, staff, and students are present. Selected buildings on the main campus and the two (2) off-campus sites are equipped with video security systems. Campus Law Enforcement is under the supervision of a Chief of Police (Harold D. Bearden). Chief Bearden has seventeen (17) years of experience in law enforcement, with three (3) years at Northeast. Campus Law Enforcement is funded as a department within the student services division (Harold Bearden, Vita; Harold D. Bearden, Professional Certificate).

Evaluation and Assessment of Student Support Services

Full-time employees are surveyed annually regarding the College’s programs and services by the Campus Climate Survey. Employees are asked to mark responses ranging from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree” to “No Opinion” on forty-three (43) positive opinion statements. The results are reported on a 5-point Likert scale. Respondents are also asked to rate each program or service ranging from “Strongly Satisfied” to “Strongly Dissatisfied” to “No Opinion.”  The results are reported based on a 5-point Likert scale. Items related to Student Support Services activities are shown below with results for the past three (3) years (Campus Climate Survey, January 2008).

Item

Rating Fall 2007

Rating Fall 2006

Rating Fall 2005

Northeast students are provided with high quality student services.

4.10

4.09

4.20

I am aware of the student peer tutorial services available in the Counseling Center

4.28

4.19

4.26

Northeast students are provided with high quality instructional support services

4.25

4.17

4.18

I have referred students to the student peer tutorial services

4.11

3.88

4.01

Northeast students are provided with high quality student services

4.10

4.09

4.20

Records Office (Enrollment Services)

4.32

4.30

4.18

Admissions Office (Enrollment Services)

4.21

4.17

4.11

Recruiting

4.00

3.90

4.00

Financial Aid Office

3.76

3.77

3.82

Orientation

3.99

4.13

4.10

Student Peer Tutorial Program

3.95

3.92

3.97

Counseling Center Services

3.94

3.89

4.00

Job Placement Services

3.62

3.54

3.82

Learning Resources/Library

4.43

4.40

4.26

Bookstore

3.80

3.97

3.93

Student Government and Student Activities

3.68

3.45

3.70

Housing/Dorms

3.50

3.09

3.35

Campus Security

4.11

4.13

3.99

During the spring semester, students who have taken classes at Northeast at New Albany or Northeast at Corinth off-campus sites are asked to complete the Northeast at New Albany Student Survey or the Northeast at Corinth Student Survey. The purpose of these surveys is to evaluate course content, materials, instructors and services. The instruments use a 5-point Likert scale with opportunity for open-ended comments. The results are analyzed by the Office of Planning and Research and disseminated in newsletter format. Items related to Student Support Services activities are shown below with results for the past two (2) years (Institutional Research Review-Off-Campus, June 2008).

New Albany Rating

Corinth Rating

Item

Spring
2008

Spring
2007

Spring
2008

Spring
2007

Admissions/Entry Procedure

3.89

4.06

3.88

4.20

Course Registration Process

3.70

3.90

3.78

4.01

Business Office (Billing and Fee Payment)

3.75

3.62

3.72

3.99

Advising

3.54

3.58

3.48

3.79

Financial Aid Information and Services

3.38

3.75

3.42

3.77

Counseling Services

3.58

3.62

3.51

3.80

Library Services

3.74

3.71

3.60

3.84

Bookstore Services

3.67

3.31

3.53

3.73

Safety and Security

3.71

3.88

3.75

4.15

Sophomore students are asked to evaluate educational support services by completing the Survey of Student Opinions. This survey is administered during graduation practice held in May of each year. This survey assesses the student’s level of satisfaction with programs and services and the student’s perception of the importance of these programs and services. Students also rate environmental factors along with the student’s impressions of the college experience. Respondents are asked to rate each program from “Strongly Satisfied” to “Strongly Dissatisfied” to “No Opinion.” The results are reported using a 5-point Likert scale. Items related to Student Support Services activities are shown below with results for the past three (3) years (Survey of Student Opinions, July 2008).

Item

Rating
Spring
2008

Rating Spring
2007

Rating Spring
2006

Academic Advising/Course Planning Services

4.30

4.28

4.27

College Orientation Program

4.11

4.05

4.06

Availability of your advisor

4.34

4.32

4.38

Value of the information provided by your advisor

4.35

4.29

4.30

Accuracy of college information you received before enrolling

4.25

4.05

4.21

General Admissions

4.22

4.06

4.19

General Registration Procedures

4.19

4.05

4.15

Billing and Fee Payment Procedures

4.05

3.92

4.07

Financial Aid Services

4.11

4.13

3.95

Availability of Financial aid information prior to enrolling

3.97

3.87

3.96

College Sponsored Tutorial Services

4.05

3.92

3.95

Personal Counseling Services

3.93

3.94

4.05

Job Placement Services

3.72

3.85

3.84

Career Planning Services/Vocational Guidance

3.86

4.01

3.97

Opportunities for Student Employment

3.94

3.93

3.99

Library/Learning Resources Center Facilities & Services

4.44

4.37

4.38

Study Areas

4.22

4.06

4.19

College Bookstore

4.05

3.86

4.14

Cultural Programs and Activities

4.06

3.69

3.93

College Sponsored Social Activities

3.86

3.70

3.85

Opportunity for personal involvement in college activities

4.05

3.86

4.12

Student Government

3.89

3.85

3.98

Personal Security/Safety at this college

4.23

3.93

4.08

Audits of service area performance provide quantitative evidence of the Student Support Service’s achievement of its primary goals and functions. Each student support service area formulates goals which support the purpose of each unit, then develops and implements procedures to evaluate the extent to which goals are achieved. Performance audits completed for student support services areas include such measurements as tutorial services provided, recruitment activities, response times for financial aid requests, job placement rates, library and learning resource collections and intramural activities offered (Five-Year Strategic Planning Document 2008-2013 with 2007-2008 Annual Institutional Effectiveness/Assessment Plans, 194-213).

 

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