College Council -- December 4, 2009

Quick Jump to Sections: Program Review, Decision-Making Task Force, Construction, Budget, Enrollment Management, Phi Beta Kappa tutoring, Next Meetings.

Program Review

We heard presentations from EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS (all under one umbrella now), Mathematics, and Media Services. The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) explained their process of studying the various programs on campus and making their recommendations to the college president. I do not know the timeline for a response from the president's office. Below are links to the final summaries from the IEC (appraisal forms)---all are Word docs.

The IEC is in need of more members, especially faculty, to participate on the committee. If you or you know of someone who would like to find out what is happening in other departments and how the various programs fit together into a college-wide view of what we do, contact Diane Kelly (faculty co-chair of IEC) or the Academic Senate office. Faculty who are in departments that will soon be up for program review are especially encouraged to get on the committee to find out how to do an effective department self-study that is the core part of the program review process.

Decision-Making Task Force

The DMTF continues to work documenting the present state how all of the decisions are made at the college (committees, task forces, who appoints or elects who, who reports to who, committee charges, etc.). This is apparently a lot more involved and convoluted than was first thought as the task force is still working on this! Those who are on it include: Greg Chamberlain, Mildred Lovato, John Gerhold, Michael McNellis, and Sue Vaughn (I've probably missed a person or two). After the DMTF completes its work of documenting the current state of the college, they'll work on creating recommendations of how to restructure things so it is more streamlined and transparent. The next meeting of DMTF is January 11th.

Construction

There will be a public forum (Q & A) with BC's neighbors about the Photo field that will be constructed next summer on Monday, December 7th at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room.

Clarification on the PG&E lighting retrofit project: technicians from PG&E have replaced all of the analog fixtures for the fluorescent lights with digital fixtures to improve energy efficiency of the ballasts. On those ballasts with analog fixtures that had burned out fluorescent light bulbs, they replaced the bulbs too. Ballasts that already had the digital fixtures were not touched (so if a bulb was burned out in them, they were not replaced with new bulbs). PG&E also replaced any of the analog sensors (automatically turn on/off the lights in a room) with digital sensors. M&O with PG&E are now inventorying what we have in the way of outdoor lighting and HVAC motors and figuring out what is available to install on the campus that could save energy for the lowest cost. So that is still in the study stage.

The TES project has reached a snag that is now in the "legal complications" stage. There is a dispute with the performance of the contractor for the project (TRANE). Sigh!

Budget

No news from Sacramento.

There were questions raised at the November 20th meeting about the wisdom of hiring a lawyer to take care of the legal counsel issues for the district. The position is about $120,000---when we're likely to be laying off people, should we fill this high-priced position? Apparently, the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees feel that hiring legal counsel will save the district money in the long run. Here is what is in the minutes from the Nov 20th meeting so you can decide for yourself if the justification is sound enough.

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Questions have been asked of the council members why the district is seeking to hire legal counsel given the current budget climate.  Greg explained that the rationale is two-fold.  One is cost; the district hopes to significantly reduce what is now being paid for legal assistance to outside attorneys.  The second is compliance.  Timely legal advice is necessary to assure that the district is compliant with statutes, particularly regarding meeting legal mandates.  The question was raised whether a single attorney would have sufficient legal background of a nature to be able to advise the district in the broad range of areas required.  Greg answered that the vision of the board is to reduce, not eliminate, the need to outsource legal counsel.  It was asked if there are any statistics showing where KCCD ranks in terms of dollars spent on litigation.  How many districts currently employ general counsel? 

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Enrollment Management

The Enrollment Management Committee has decided to focus on three particular areas for their work in the spring. Apparently, when they look at what changes to make in one area, it results in several ripples that significantly affect other areas of the college. A lot of things are intertwined when trying to get a handle on managing our student enrollments that it is easy to get bogged down.

On first day of open registration there were nearly 3000 students who registered. That huge push on a single day overtaxed the registration system so it became a big sluggish. The students eventually got registered; it was just a bit slower per student than usual. That number of registrations in a single day at BC was more than all of the registrations at Cerro Coso and Porterville have had combined since registration started in mid-November.

Phi Beta Kappa Tutoring

Bakersfield College's local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is now tutoring and mentoring teenagers at the Bakersfield Homeless Center every other week. They could use some faculty help with this new ongoing project. If you can help, contact the SGA office at 395-4030.

Next meetings

For year 2009/10, meetings will be on 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 8:30 to 10:30 unless it is a holiday or finals week. Next meeting is either January 15th (Frida before semester start) or February 5th.

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Last updated: December 5, 2009

Document author: Nick Strobel