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Northern Oklahoma College regents discuss soccer at NOC Enid

Northern Oklahoma College regents heard a presentation on the possibility of adding soccer or moving soccer to the NOC Enid Campus from NOC Tonkawa.

Athletic Director Alan Foster presented a power point with pros and cons for either adding the program or moving the existing program from Tonkawa.

The regents will continue discussion on the matter at future meetings

In other business, NOC’s regents approved a motion that Northern Oklahoma College pays the fines from the U.S. Department of Education for failure to comply with the requirements of the Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, in the negotiated amount plus any interest payments.

Regents also tentatively approved an employee supplemental compensation policy and procedure.  The new policy allows private citizens to contribute funds to the Northern Oklahoma College Foundation to be used for a bonus for college employees.  The individual fund must be set up with approval of the NOC president before any funds are contributed.   Regents asked that the policy be approved by the Oklahoma State Attorney General’s Office.

In other business, the regents amended the NOC supplemental retirement program.  The change allows a longer window for employees to apply for the early retirement incentive program so more employees have an opportunity to take advantage of the program.

The regents also approved the college’s texting policy that will improve college faculty, staff, and coaches’ ability to contact students that are already on campus or during the recruiting process.

Also, the board approved a policy and procedure for public comments at regent’s meetings.  The policy allows for three minutes per person or five minutes per group.  In the new policy, regents will listen to the oral comments but cannot respond to the comments and any action regarding the comments will not be taken.

“NOC welcomes the public to our meetings, said Regent Chair Jami Groendyke.  “We want to keep the public comments section on our agenda but with some guidelines for public comments.”

In the president’s report, Dr. Clark Harris discussed potential legislation that draws attention to the salaries of community college instructors and how that compares to common education.  Harris said the intent is to provide raises for higher education instructors when common education instructors received raises.

Harris also discussed an open forum for NOC faculty and staff on Friday that will provide an opportunity for Harris to provide an update of the college, and share some of the recent policies approved by the regents. He also answered questions that faculty and staff have regarding the school’s cost reduction plan and other questions related to NOC.

The minutes and the financial statements presented by Vice President for Financial Affairs Anita Simpson were approved by the regents.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 17, in the President’s Large Conference Room in Tonkawa at 2 p.m.

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at