Suggestion Box

The purpose of this page is to allow students and community stakeholders to have a voice in the continuous improvement process at Central Community College. While employees may use this avenue, direct communication or questions to peers and supervisors are encourage for more immediate and detailed responses. All suggestions and comments should be in the spirit of collegiality and improvement.

  • Comments or suggestions that use offensive language may be discarded.
  • Comments or suggestions for improvement that involve specific individuals or departments should be submitted to that individual or department supervisor, not the suggestion box.
  • In the spirit of continuous quality improvement, proposed solutions to any suggestion that involves a problem or difficulty are encouraged.  
  • Anonymous submissions may not generate a public response, but will still be read and acted upon when feasible.

Comments and suggestions that meet these criteria and follow-up responses will be posted below for at least 90 days following their receipt.

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01.30.19 - Adjunct Pay

Comment/Suggestion

Currently, adjunct faculty in my department are not paid at the end of January for Spring semester classes. It's a strain on personal budgets having to wait until the end of February to receive first compensation-- especially this semester when we have already taught four weeks of classes (January 7 - February 1). How might payments be redistributed for some compensation in January?

Response

Comment From Dr. Matt Gotschall

Due to the large number of adjuncts and opportunity for course cancelations or reassignment even after the semester begins, our payroll, supervisory and human resources systems provide the most accuracy when using assignment contracts that provide equal scheduled payments throughout the semester.  While we apologize if this was not explained to all adjuncts prior to the start of the semester, hopefully you will find some satisfaction in May when you will get an entire equal payment, but classes ending after the first week.  

08.30.18 - Temperatures in the buildings

Comment/Suggestion

The college is concerned about the ecology but continues to keep buildings so cold employees wear sweaters, wrap in blankets, use heating pads and use space heaters. Some students are wearing winter coats inside. When you are sitting IT IS COLD!! Save money and energy. Adjust the air conditioning so it is bearable.

Response

Comment from Marcie Kemnitz

Thank you for making us aware of the temperature issues. Central Community College’s HVAC system is complex and utilizes a web based program custom made for each system, area, and campus. There are a few things that play a role in how the system works and what its limits are. We try and keep the temperature at 72 degrees in the summer and 73 degrees in the winter. With the web based controls they have a built in differential. This differential ranges from 1.5-3 degrees offset. So sometimes the system won’t start heating or cooling till the temp raises or lowers in the area a couple of degrees. At times this could take several hours. Some of the systems we have the fan on continuously to help with air exchange and keep the room from being too stuffy. So you may hear the fan running in your area but it doesn’t necessarily mean the system is heating or cooling at that moment. We have several different types of systems on this campus. There are geothermal heat pumps these systems are located in the H&S addition, Administration building, and the new entryway and offices. We have roof top units (RTU) these are in the rest of the main campus and CIT building. We have air to air heat pump systems which are located in the OTA area, some of the small conference rooms, and some of the data rooms.

Because of these complexities, it is a challenge to keep everyone at a temperature they feel most comfortable. However, please reach out to Rob Briseno in facilities to address your specific area if a persistent problem.

07.11.18 - Group Long Term Care Insurance

Comment/Suggestion

If the college hasn't already, I'd like to suggest they look into what's available for Group Long Term Care Insurance.  . It sounds like this can be done at no cost to the college and may present a valuable benefit for employees. For larger businesses, offering long-term care insurance as a workplace benefit can be an integral part of your strategy to recruit and retain the best talent, contain costs, and enhance employee productivity. Offered as a voluntary benefit, this protection can provide significant and potentially life-changing benefits for your employees without cost to the company.

Response

Comment from Angela Davidson, Benefits Manager

The college used a consultant recently to evaluate the potential of offering group long term care insurance along with other services.  At that time, the recommendation from the consultant was to not have the offering.  As we do each year though, we reevaluate the potential for new benefit offerings and will continue to have group long term care insurance as one of those items.  The college does post information for employees about services being offered in the areas of additional insurance at our HR/Payroll sharepoint site.

07.10.18 - Cafeteria suggestion

Comment/Suggestion

The athletes would appreciate having an pasta option, just a simple noodle and marina sauce available daily

Response

Comment from Dr. Kathy Fuchser 

Thank you for your suggestion. A Food Service Committee with membership from across campus will be organized this fall in order to provide suggestion and feedback about dining options on the Columbus Campus. Look for more information during the Organizational Fair to be held during Welcome Week.

07.02.18 - Payroll deduction

Comment/Suggestion

I would like to see the college include a payroll deduction for the NEST 529 plan.  It would be helpful in saving for a loved ones college future.

Response

Comment from Joel King and Matt Gotschall

With a few exceptions like United Way, CCC Foundation and Community Health Charities that have been college-supported workplace deductions for decades, CCC has resisted expanding such requests as this becomes very difficult when we try to implement it.  For example, one deduction can be sent to multiple banks / accounts and possibly change more than annually. 

06.25.18 - New hires

Comment/Suggestion

When you send out an announcement of a new hire it would be helpful for us visual learners to have a picture to go with the name.

Response

Comment from Chris Waddle, Vice President of Human Resources

At this time, new employees have their pictures taken when they come to the HR office to complete their paperwork.  Oftentimes, the supervisor has already made the announcement about the new hire.  We do appreciate the suggestion and will look at option for including the pictures in other places like the Campus Connections or a monthly announcement from the HR office on the hires made that month.

06.25.18 - Taking Fridays off

Comment/Suggestion

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/taking-fridays-off-why-its-good-for-business/  Just and informational segment I heard yesterday and  found interesting in light of the decision made to not have Fridays off this summer....Seems we might have been on the cutting edge for happier and more productive employees and we may have taken a step backwards.

Response

Comment from Matt Gotschall

I saw the original airing of this story as well, and mentioned to my wife, that I bet I’ll be getting an email, so thank you for not proving me wrong!  It was an entertaining news story, but also note the comparison was for the afternoon off vs the whole day off.  The examples given also did not mention the potential vacation accumulation rates or other differences (like closure between Christmas and New Year) that occur throughout the year.  So I hope we have still been able to maintain happy and productive employees at CCC, and by the looks of the parking lots on many Friday afternoons, many employees are still enjoying that time away to make for a longer weekend!  Thanks for the note.