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PJC Regents receive clean audit, modify nursing program

Published or Revised January 27, 2021

A clean audit report for Paris Junior College and the PJC Memorial Foundation was presented to the College Board of Regents by Teffany Kavanaugh, audit manager for McClanahan and Holmes, at their monthly meeting held Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Regents also approved changes to the College’s nursing program.

“The audit report states that we’ve audited the companies’ financial statements at PJC and the Memorial Foundation,” said Kavanaugh. “The financial statements... present fairly in all material respects the respective financial position of the business activities of Paris Junior College and Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation, as of August, 31, 2020 and 2019. So that’s a clean opinion on the front end.”

Modifications to the Vocational Nursing Program and LVN to RN Program were presented by Vice President of Workforce Development John Spradling. Regents approved the changes in standards from the National League of Nursing and suggestions from the Texas Board of Nursing to shift to concept-based education. 

“The subjects would still be covered,” Spradling said, “but the student has the ability to apply that across a variety of circumstances.”

Changes to both programs include a shift from two shorter terms in the summer to a longer term of 13 to 14 weeks, allowing students to better cycle through clinical rotations.

In other business, the Regents:

“In Greenville, face-to-face enrollment is down 60 percent,” said Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President, “and in Sulphur Springs it’s down 40 percent from a year ago. That gives you an idea of how students don’t want to come in person during the pandemic; they’re scared.”

All online classes are counted as part of Paris campus numbers, Dr. Anglin explained. A national trend shows that many students who graduated from high school last May have chosen to sit out a year from pursuing higher education. 

“That can have long-term effects on the country because they don’t start,” said Dr. Anglin, “and they may never start. That will affect our workforce for years to come.”

“We have lower staffing and spend less in all but one category,” Dr. Anglin said, “so we’re pretty lean and don’t spend a lot of money, yet we still have a graduation rate that’s nine percentage points higher than our peers.”

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