2021 tentative budget available for viewing

The 2021 tentative budget is now available in Colleague for viewing. Requisitions for purchases and blankets can now be entered. The tentative budget will be placed on public display at the July board meeting. A balanced budget will be presented as required by the LLCC Board of Trustees.

Some things to know about this year’s budget:

  • FY21 budget includes board approved increases in salary and benefit allocations. HR will send notification to staff regarding current approved salary increases.
  • The State of Illinois approved a budget for FY 2021 which includes an appropriation to community colleges.
  • The final documents from the FY21 Planning & Budgeting Process, including approved Tech Fee & Perkins appropriations will be available at a later date. We will send a separate notice when they are posted.
  • Additional adjustments may be necessary between now and the adoption of the final budget at the September board meeting.
  • Budget transfers will not be processed until the final budget is approved by the board, and those adjustments are made in Colleague. HOWEVER, if you do not have the necessary funds in your lines to process a payment or PO, a budget transfer MUST still be prepared and submitted to the budget office. Once the transfer is received and reviewed, we will override the account and will process the transfer once the final budget is online.

It is imperative that departments review their budgets during the year as you make purchases to ensure you are operating within your budget. Directions on running Colleague general ledger reports (ACBL, GLBR, and GLBS) are located on the LLCC Finance Department SharePoint page. Please familiarize yourself with these reports as they will help tremendously in managing your budget appropriately. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact LLCC Finance.

LLCC cuts online fees in half for fall

LLCC has reduced the online class fee by half for the fall 2020 semester.

“Cutting the online fee by 50% can save students hundreds of dollars in these uncertain financial times,” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president. “As always, we will provide our students with a quality, affordable education this fall.”

Hundreds of additional online classes have been added to the fall schedule. Students taking online classes will pay LLCC’s low tuition and fees plus the half-price online fee of $19.87 per credit hour.

LLCC online classes allow students to access all course content from their homes with no set meeting times. LLCC has offered online classes for 23 years and was named a top online community college in Illinois by the 2020 Guide to Online Schools.

LLCC is also offering face-to-face, remote and flex classes this fall, which carry no online fees. Remote classes are delivered via Zoom or other technology and meet at set times. Flex classes are a combination of face-to-face, online and remote learning.

Accounts for students who have already paid the full online fee for fall will be readjusted. Current students can check their account information online via Logger Central. New students are invited to visit www.llcc.edu/getting-started to view enrollment steps. Financial aid is still available to those who qualify.

Proctorio training sessions July 22 and Aug. 12

LLCC Faculty,

LLCC has licensed Proctorio, a remote proctoring service, to support your online testing needs this academic year. Proctorio is a secure monitoring platform that integrates with Blackboard and Canvas and only works within the Chrome web browser.

Proctorio works within the learning management system to monitor online test takers for suspicious behavior. The system is available to support all online, remote, and flex classes as needed with no additional cost to students.

Faculty members are not required to use Proctorio to deliver online exams, but for those faculty members who would like to have online exams proctored, the system is now available within Blackboard and Canvas (for those faculty who are in the Canvas pilot program).

Proctorio also provides 24/7 support to faculty and students from within the Proctorio system. This support is provided through live support chat or direct access to the Proctorio help and support center.

For specific information on Proctorio at LLCC please visit our LLCC Proctorio page.

AIeL will be hosting two live training sessions with Proctorio representatives prior to the start of the fall 2020 semester. The dates and times for these training sessions are:

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at 1 p.m.

If you are interested in attending either of these training sessions, please email dawn.townsend@llcc.edu and include which day you would like to attend. You will then be emailed a confirmation with the link to the Zoom meeting.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about Proctorio please feel free to reach out to andy.mitkos@llcc.edu or becky.parton@llcc.edu.

Nominate a deserving colleague for KUDOS!

Lincoln Land Community College KUDOS: Key or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding ServiceKey or Unique Demonstrations of Outstanding Service award nominations are now open! They will be accepted through Thursday, July 23. Nominate a deserving colleague by filling out the online submission form. Please use a Chrome or Firefox browser when completing this form. The KUDOS awards will be announced Thursday, July 30.

The KUDOS awards are an informal way to recognize the special contributions — small and large — made by faculty and staff that create the positive environment that is LLCC. Brighten someone’s day. Say, “Thank you! Great job!” by nominating that person for a KUDOS award!

Exploring and Engaging Equity video series

Equity-Conscious Practices. Equity Conscious Community College Pathways. Support for CC-ALL is provided by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The Campus Climate Team is sharing one video a week from the Office of Community College Research & Leadership’s Exploring and Engaging Equity Video Vignette Series — a valuable, free and conveniently accessible professional development resource on equity. OCCRL’s videos show topics of critical importance that aim to foster student success and equitable outcomes. If you missed last week’s video, you can still access and view Episode 1: Equity-Conscious Practices. The second episode focuses on identifying equity consciousness gaps. Watch the video to learn how to make equity a priority to attain equal outcomes by using data-informed decisions that are grounded in equity consciousness.

New LLCC scholarships available

Did you know that you can choose where your money goes when you donate to the annual faculty and staff campaign known as LEAGUE which stands for Leaders Establishing Gifts Underwriting Education? You can designate your LEAGUE gift for the Pay It Forward student emergency assistance fund, LEAGUE grants, the greatest needs of the college, the general scholarship fund or for one of these newly established scholarships:

  • Stand Together Scholarship (black students with financial need, any major)
  • Sam Germann Aviation Scholarship (powerplant and aviation mechanics majors)
  • Lorie Anne McDonald Scholarship (education majors),
  • Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship (nursing majors)
  • Kevin Cory Scholarship (past/present members of the Central Illinois Boys & Girls Club, any major)
  • Judith L. and Donald T. Anderson Scholarship (agriculture majors).

It’s not too late to make your annual gift to the LEAGUE campaign. To date, more than 100 faculty and staff have contributed over $40,000. Email or call the LLCC Foundation at 786-2797. For more information on designating your gift, please contact Barb Eades, at Barbara.Eades@llcc.edu or by phone at 786-2255.

SharePoint tech tip: Sync files and folders

Just like with OneDrive, you can sync the files and folders in your department group site to your office computer. When you sync your files and folders, you can access your documents without going to the web, and can be set to always available on your computer, even when you’re offline.

Set-up sync

Access your department group site in SharePoint that you want to sync files from, and select Sync in the menu bar above the files and folders on the Documents section.

Note: If your browser asks for permission to use OneDrive, confirm that it’s OK.

If prompted, sign in to OneDrive with your LLCC email address to start syncing your files and finish OneDrive setup.

Work with your files in your file system

Once synced, your group site files and folders appear in File Explorer under the name of your organization, or if using a Mac, in Finder.

Each group site will appear in a separate folder under the Lincoln Land Community College drop-down in File Explorer or Finder.

Copy or move files from your computer to the group site right from your file system.

To check the status of your files, choose folders to sync/stop sync, or manage other sync settings, select the blue OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification area or Finder on a Mac.

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Three reasons to take online classes at LLCC

Dr. Carmen Allen, professor of computer science, shares three reasons to take online classes at LLCC, and Cheyenne Kesselring, recent LLCC grad, recommends, “If you’re thinking of taking online courses for college this coming semester, I 100% recommend looking no further than LLCC for your needs.”

LLCC is a leader in online education and was recently named a top school for online learning by the Guide to Online Schools in its “2020 Best Online Community College Rankings by State.”

Registration for fall classes is underway. More information on online courses is available at www.llcc.edu/online.

In the news

Laurie Rhodes, director, LLCC Child Development Center, was interviewed yesterday by the American Association of Community College’s (AACC’s) Community College Daily about how the pandemic has affected child care centers, student parents and center staff and about the college’s plans for the center this fall.