College Council -- February 1, 2013

Quick Jump to Sections: Safety Training Presentation, College Council Priorities & Work Plan, Accreditation, Budget, Technology @BC, Next Meeting.

Safety Training Presentation

Marketing & Public Relations Director Amber Chiang and Public Safety Sergeant Chris Counts talked about the need for emergency training of all campus personnel including refresher training such as our annual Great ShakeOut and campus fire drill. Several years ago many of us took an online course through Homeland Security/FEMA on the Incident Command System (ICS). That was ICS 100HE level. We'll be needing to do an upgraded version of that called ICS 700 because it is required by FEMA in order to get FEMA money in the event of a disaster. Stay tuned for information on when we'll need to do that online course. The disaster that Bakersfield authorities are most concerned about are Lake Isabella Dam breaking (recall the big multi-agency drill on that scenario that was in the paper the day before). In all projections of a dam break we'd be safe on the campus but as campus employees, we'd be expected to help manage at least 100,000 people living on campus for emergency shelter. Here's a link to a summary of the various ICS training levels.

With each campus-wide drill, campus safety learns what things work and what things need to be improved. For a shooting incident campus safety is looking at a warning system that would work with our fire klaxons. Apparently it is possible to have them send out different tones with the right hardware. That equipment and also configuring our classroom doors so that they can be locked from the inside takes money. If we spend money on that, then something else in our aging physical infrastructure will have to be put off. Let me know what you think about that. One resource mentioned for preparing for an active shooter incident is the video "Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes". One place I found the video was Texas Tech Univ but others can be found by a google search of " 'shots fired' training video" and finding ones not hidden behind some access code.

College Council Priorities & Work Plan

College Council will identify priorities for the next 18 months to make the work of the college more meaningful, visible and measurable. Building upon the planning information all gathered in one place in the Strategic Focus Document, the College Council agenda will be restructured to allow for training in how to use the data in the data strands [(SLOs/Assessment data in Curricunet, Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC), Operational Data, and Perception surveys such as the campus/district "climate" surveys and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)] and then exploring the strategic projects that will be how we implement the college's strategic goals listed in the Strategic Focus Document. The first hour of College Council will be devoted to the training and the second hour will be regular College Council business. College Council is an open meeting and campus employees are welcome to join us in the training times. Most are at 8:30 on Friday except for two listed in the schedule below:

Here's a link to the document with the schedule and more details about the projects.

College Council will also be facilitating collegewide discussions in the next 18 months on three major areas: 1) updates on our strategic plans and determination of what are our core values; 2) "Who are We?"; and 3) reorganization of the college.

Accreditation

We're still waiting for the formal, public report from our the accrediting agency (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). ACCJC lists a summary of their actions on their public "Actions on Institutions" page but I can't find where they would publish their individual college reports, so we'll just have to wait for official word from "on high".

Budget

With Prop 30 funding our expected deficit in our budget for the current fiscal year is about $1.2 million which is a little better than the $1.6 million I heard several months ago if Prop 30 passed. We need to make the community aware that Prop 30 did not give us a whole bunch of extra money---it was simply to have the cuts be smaller (lesser of two evils). Prop 30 is just a partial backfill (just 34%) of cuts over the past several years.

We don't know yet if there will be any layoffs. There will certainly be reassignments in managers (administration) and classified staff. Faculty reassignments will happen in the context of the transfer degree (AAT/AST) and program viability to streamline degrees to reduce required units and improve our cost/FTES. Courses that don't lead to a transfer degree in departments that have the transfer degree already or in the works will very likely not be offered in order that faculty can devote their time to those courses that directly lead to the transfer degree.

Student daily parking permits have already been increased and the SGA has put in their support of the proposal to raise the semester student parking fee to $50. Staff parking fees are being considered.

Technology @BC

We began a discussion of improving the use of technology in our classrooms and in college operations with presentations by Todd Coston (IT Director), Bill Moseley (BMIT chair and classroom technology guru), and Leah Carter (new dean of CTE and former online instructor for many nutrition courses). Technology is all around us and faculty use technology in instruction or their campus work already such as InsideBC including Course Studio or Moodle, Microsoft Office, email on Outlook/Exchange, work order form submittals via the campus website, and audiovisual equipment including data projectors. There are also a number of so-called "Web 2.0" type of technology tools being used by some faculty. A lot of tools available out there but often the tools are just a re-packaging of old methods that have been passed down through the generations (e.g., lecturing from PowerPoint slides instead of overhead transparencies which in turn is a repackaging of lecturing from pictures drawn on a black board). Our college president, Sonya Christian, is putting a priority on staff development that focuses on training all faculty on knowing what tool to use in the right way. A group of faculty and administrators are being sent to the Sloan Consortium's conference on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning in April. The group will be developing a work plan to bring the lessons learned there back to campus to improve how we use technology in the classroom regardless of the mode (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) and thereby increase student engagement with the content of our classes. Increasing student engagement will certainly lead to improvement in our student success rates. The Sloan Consortium conference is nearby (Las Vegas), relatively inexpensive, and soon (April). Another recommended conference to consider is ISTE that happens every year in June but there are no plans at present to send people to San Antonio, TX for this year's conference.

There are also investigations underway of "Open Educational Resources" including the requirements of SB 1052 signed into law in late September. SB 1052 requires the determination of 50 courses taken by the most lower division students and the creation of state-sponsored digital open-source textbooks for those courses that students can purchase for just $20 for hardcopies or download for free. See this SB 1052 site for more details about that. (I don't think astronomy is on that list.)

Eventually, the college will also address the more effective use of technology in our administrative services and operations.

Next meeting

Next College Council meeting will be February 22nd at 10:30 AM.

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Last updated: February 4, 2013 (updated link to Strategic Focus Document)

Document author: Nick Strobel