With funding in short supply, Sauk continues to guard its future by funding quality educational programs and support:
Technology: Sauk’s commitment to supporting the use of technology in the classroom is evidenced through the Information Services and Instructional Technology Department (IS/IT). As the reliance on technology has increased, Sauk has invested in support of the hardware, software and staff necessary to establish an exemplary level of access for students, faculty and staff. Examples of academic support for technology include the following:
Nine staff positions support the use of technology in the classroom and for educational support functions.
38 technology-enhanced classrooms (86% of all lecture classrooms) equipped with a ceiling-mounted projector, wall-mounted speakers, and an instructor console that contains a computer, document presenter, and DVD/VCR player.
375 computers available for student use in classrooms, labs, Learning Assistance Center and Learning Resource Center environments.
Technical and instructional support for 350 online and on-campus courses (via WebCT, then Blackboard, and now Moodle).
The Instructional Technology Center, a small, private lab where faculty can work on class projects alone or with IS/IT staff assistance.
Total spending on technology equipment and software used for instructional purposes has averaged over $170,000 per year during the past five years, as illustrated in Figure 2iii below:
Figure 2iii: Technology Spending
Source: Sauk Business Office
Facilities: The Sauk campus plays a vital part in fulfilling the Mission of the institution. In acknowledgement of this importance, the Strategic Directions address its maintenance and improvement in objectives related to Goal #5: “The college will pursue programs to improve the physical campus environment”:
Identify and implement activities to improve sustainability (Objective 5.1)
Redesign the campus for better utilization, efficiency, and handicap accessibility (Objective 5.2)
Improve, upgrade, and remodel instructional spaces (Objective 5.3)
Improve campus aesthetics (Objective 5.4)
Sauk is continuously looking at how the current campus can be adapted to meet the future needs of students. Over the last ten years, construction projects have been relatively small, commonly limited to partitioning rooms or improving accessibility, because Illinois’ capital funding has been difficult to obtain. The State of Illinois funds construction projects for educational facilities through the Resource Allocation and Management Program (RAMP) process. Schools submit projects for review and inclusion in the program. Sauk currently has an approved $3.6 million remodel and refurbishment of the natural science laboratories near the top of the list. This project has been waiting for funding since 2000, but the state has not released any funding for capital projects for several years.
Sauk is required to have a current master plan on file with the ICCB. The 2007 ICCB Recognition Report recommended that the college conduct a more comprehensive master plan than the internally generated plan written in 2005. In response, Sauk took action to create one:
In 2009 Pauline and Associates was contracted to review current building usage and future needs and to recommend building changes that would best meet current and future needs of the college.
The recommendations were submitted to the Board of Trustees in June 2009.
In February 2010 the Board of Trustees hired Wight and Company architects to take the results of the Pauline space study and to prepare a comprehensive master plan to prioritize and provide initial budgets for capital projects to change the building to meet future needs.
The master plan was presented to the Board of Trustees at the September 2010 board meeting.
Present plans include utilizing funding bond monies to begin building renovations according to the priorities listed in the 2010 master plan. As a result, Sauk’s technology wing remodeling is scheduled to be completed during phase 1, which will be underway during fall 2011, and the science lab remodeling will be accomplished during phase 2.