COTR will reorganize our Convocation and Awards ceremonies to make it easier for students, staff and the community to participate.
The Avalanche men's volleyball team won a bronze medal at the provincial championships in February 2003.
A Student Opportunity Fund has been set up to assist students in accessing employment.
COTR supports the economy of the region, our communities and over 3,866 vendors through the purchase of goods and services.
7. COTR will foster Ministry support, pursue new revenue sources and use financial resources responsibly.
In 2001/2002 COTR raised $4,404,878 in additional revenue. In 2002/2003 COTR raised $5,311,953 in additional revenue.
This additional revenue represents almost 20% of our total operating costs.
A private/public partnership has been developed to deliver education for a Health Transition program (PN Access) that creates revenue for the College of the Rockies.
The Development Fund is in place to provide seed money for revenue generating projects. The College continues to conservatively manage its finances.
8. COTR will develop efficient systems for collecting and managing information.
The Electronic Data Exchange has been implemented and will allow us to better share transcript information with other institutions.
Online programming and services continue to grow at COTR.
A degree audit process will be implemented to assist us in the management of enrolment.
Our Institutional Research office has developed numerous new reports that we are now using for planning and reporting purposes. These include completion rates reports, application stats, head count reports, withdrawal rates, section utilization, demographic reports, etc. These reports are now being produced on a regular basis.
The Program Planning Committee has started a program review process for all College programs using a critical factor analysis process.
9. COTR will maintain, renew and enhance technology systems.
One-time funding was used to redesign the College web site.
Telebanking and Internet banking options have now been made available for payments to COTR.
WebAdvisor was implemented allowing for online registration and faculty inquiries regarding class lists and other student data.
Webfi has improved accessibility to financial information for budget officers.
Direct debit machines have been installed at all campuses to allow direct debit payment options for learners.
COTR has upgraded our online delivery software - WebCT to version 4.1. A new e-learning position has been established.
Technology and software upgrades have taken place in almost all support areas.
COTR developed a promotional campaign to actively promote financial aid and registration online. As a result COTR had the highest rate of financial aid online users in the province.
10. COTR will continue to deliver programs in the East Kootenay.
All regional campuses have remained open during a time when other institutions have closed the doors on many smaller centres.
We have committed to hosting, or have already held, community consultations at every campus in the East Kootenay.
College Board meetings will rotate to the various communities of the East Kootenay and will be linked to stakeholder meetings.
We will continue to rotate programs among the regional centres (PN, RCHS, Intro to Trades).
11. COTR will promote the unique qualities of our region in our programs and promotional activities.
Direct marketing campaigns for Trades and our online programming have been developed. We are also developing a direct marketing kit for our Tourism programs.
Direct marketing products were also developed specifically aimed at various markets: Ontario, Lower Mainland and Calgary.
COTR continues to recruit outside our region.
The release of our new COTR CD-ROM has received excellent feedback, including very positive comments from Ministry staff in Victoria.
We continue to use our banner line, adventures in life and learning, with excellent results.
College employees serve on many committees and boards that promote the East Kootenay region.
12. COTR will ensure that we operate in ways that respect our natural environment.
All campuses did a marvelous job supporting the firefighting efforts that took place around the region this past summer.
COTR Cranbrook will be supporting the expansion of the Disc Golf course.
Cranbrook Campus will continue to host its annual Clean-Up Day.
An environmental student work position has been created through the Student Opportunities Fund. – less–ZoomInfo