Jacksonville College Board of Trustees Report
The Jacksonville College Board of Trustees met on Saturday, May 11, 2019 following the May graduation ceremony. Since 2015, when Jacksonville College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer a completely online associate degree, the College has seen steady growth in the area of distance education. At graduation May 2019, the College awarded the Associate of Science degree to the first two completely online graduates. Jacksonville College awarded a total of 98 associate degrees in the 2018-2019 academic year.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, Jacksonville College reported an unduplicated enrollment of 1,145. The 2018-2019 academic year unduplicated enrollment increased by 18% to 1,397. Enrollment for Jacksonville College remains strong with 552 enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester and 499 in Spring 2019. Short terms show a consistent growth from an average of 222 students in the previous two summer terms to an enrollment of 340 in the current summer term.
Jacksonville College is preparing for its decennial Reaffirmation of Accreditation review by SACSCOC in 2020. The College submitted the Compliance Report to the Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee in March, and will submit a Focus Report to the On-Site Reaffirmation Committee in September. Additionally, institutions are required to submit a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of the reaffirmation process. Jacksonville College’s QEP is “Going the Distance with Distance Education.” The On-Site Committee will visit the college campus on October 21-25, 2019, to finalize their compliance review.
The College is a member of the College Consortium, an entity that provides a platform for cooperative course sharing among private institutions via distance education. Jacksonville College is a teaching member of the College Consortium and leads the Consortium in the number of agreements with member institutions. At present, the College has agreements with 14 member institutions.
The student life theme for the 2018-2019 academic year was “Captivate,” based on 2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB): “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” To enrich students’ lives, Jacksonville College implemented a new program called “Life-Groups.” These Life-Groups serve several different purposes. The initial purpose is to allow our diverse student population to intermingle and bring students together to form bonds with their classmates that may not be formed otherwise. A second purpose of these groups is to keep our students informed about news happening on and off campus that affects their lives both directly and indirectly. Finally, we use these groups to enrich our students’ lives spiritually by giving them faculty/staff leaders who facilitate discussions based on Chapel services topics such as gender, abortion, and salvation. As with everything at Jacksonville College, we use our Life-Groups to challenge minds and transform lives through meetings and discussions and by encouraging spiritual and mental growth.
Jacksonville College is proud to report a financial net gain for the 2018 fiscal year. Our auditors reported a $69,686 change in net assets as of year-end December 31, 2018. This net gain is due to several factors. Over the past 18 months, the College has gone through a recalibration and stabilization period to cut over $800,000 in operational, personnel, and scholarship/discount expenses with the consulting assistance of the Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation. Intentional efforts have been placed on donor development and student recruiting. The new venture with the College Consortium has allowed Jacksonville College to fill open seats and enroll students from across the nation into online courses taught from a biblical worldview, generating $153,000 in additional revenue to date. Year-end gifts from individual donors, BMAT churches/associations, and the SBTC of over $400,000 attribute to the net gain as well. The College has also paid off 33% of long-term debt year-to-date.
The Board is thankful for the many miles that Dr. Smith travels to promote Jacksonville College. He promotes the mission of the College as he travels: Jacksonville College exists to provide a quality education from a biblical worldview that challenges minds, transforms lives, and equips students for servant leadership and lifelong learning.
The C. R. Meadows Building got a facelift for Fall 2019 thanks to the generosity of friends of the College. Red Springs Baptist Church gave a donation to pay for new LED lights in the hallways and in some classrooms. JC Board member Carole Lybrand and her husband, Bennie, provided the funds for laminate flooring in the hallways and paint for the walls and doors.
In the JAG Store, volunteers pr