College Council -- February 22, 2013

Quick Jump to Sections: Strategic Goals Discussion, Collegewide Discussions on Core Values/Strategic Plan, Accreditation, Centennial Year Celebrations, Achieving the Dream, 100% Tobacco-Free Campus, Next Meeting.

Strategic Goals Discussion

The first hour was devoted to one of the projects in the strategic focus of the college. The second hour of the meeting was a regular business meeting. This meeting's project part was about the facilities and infrastructure projects. This is a change from the original schedule since a number of facility items have to be coordinated with the district and approved by the Board of Trustees and put in state queues, so we need to get campus plans developed in March. The revised College Council work plan (PDF download) is now posted on the College Council site in the new Committees site (ignore the warning about the security certificate that comes up when you click the link). The revised work plan now includes the linkages to the Accreditation Recommendations from ACCJC. 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:

Link to the PowerPoint slides for the Facilities and Infrastructure presentation. The facilities and infrastructure long-range plan is being reworked to make sure it is connected very clearly to the Educational Master Plan and it will take us through the next 20 years. The funding sources will be the state capital funds, SRID (Measure G local bond), BC101 (collected from out-of-state students), GUI (general fund), and grants. The facilities master plan is made of two parts: first is new construction & major renovations and second is the (often-put off) scheduled maintenance needs. The major projects in the first part are SAM (with about $10 million from the state and about $4 million from SRID + other local sources), SAM East [from the east side of SAM to the sidewalk (?) for about $600,000 to $1 million], and physical infrastructure replacement such as our gas and water lines (around $4.1 million) and chillers (around $3 million). They are trying to schedule the physical infrastructure work to mesh with work that must be done for ADA compliance in our accessways. TES (Thermal Energy Storage---huge water tank next to the library) is expected to go online in mid-March (finally!). In the scheduled maintenance category are the painting and other work on the Humanities/Admin/Language Arts buildings and this summer will be painting and other work for Business/FACE/Fine Arts, and door replacements in Admin/Student Services/Campus Center buildings. The campus is consulting with a security firm on how we can improve our facilities to better protect ourselves in the event of a campus shooting. Other projects in the physical plant area include the $1 million needed to replace our parking lots with some of the money to come from the increased daily parking permits (now $5/day) and eventually staff parking fees.

The facilities/infrastructure plan includes our virtual (digital/computer technology) campus needs. Because of the nature of digital technology both with simple wear&tear and obsolescence, the computers and network infrastructure should be on a 3 to 5 year replacement plan. Well, we're dealing with much older equipment than that, of course. If we actually stuck to a 5-year replacement plan, it would run us at least $500,000 every year (more likely closer to $1 million/year). Funding for our digital needs will come from GUI, grants, state capital funds, SRID and other local sources such as the bookstore. The digital enhancement over what we have now include improving our wireless coverage from the current 50% to 100% of the campus. Improving coverage means more than just putting more transmitters because all of those transmitters are ultimately tied to physical wires for the data and power. Note that there is a difference between coverage and capacity. Think of coverage as providing a road to a place while capacity deals with whether the road is a narrow dirt road or a 4-lane paved road or a 8-lane highway. We'll work on improving coverage first and then slowly build up our capacity but it is expensive (one network switch is about $2000 and there are MANY switches on our campus). In the faculty computer topic, we're considering the issue of desktops vs. laptops vs. tablets.

We also heard from Athletics Director Ryan Beckwith about the private fundraising campaign to renovate Memorial Stadium including the installation of synthetic grass and new track surface like that installed at world-class facilities. The updating of Memorial Stadium is expected to increase usage of the stadium by external parties and, therefore, increase revenue to the college general fund. An easy way to donate to the campaign is to text "go gades" to 50555 (or the number may be 5055) to give $10 to the campaign.

Collegewide Discussions on Core Values/Strategic Plan

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. The first two items need to happen in the March/April timeframe and the third needs to happen in the first part of the fall semester. We need your help! If you can help be part of the team facilitating these discussion, please contact Corny Rodriguez or Sonya Christian. We certainly need your input when the collegewide discussions are held.


Bakersfield College is one of the very few colleges in the region covered by our accrediting agency (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) to be "re-affirmed" in our accreditation. This is the highest level of approval they give out. Our sister colleges, Cerro Coso and Porterville, and one of the community colleges in Hawaii were also re-affirmed. Other colleges in the ACCJC area are "on warning", "show cause", or other lower levels. However, we were still given recommendations that we must attend to and report back to ACCJC by October.

Here's the timeline for Bakersfield College to prepare its report in response to the ACCJC Recommendations.

Centennial Year Celebrations

The Centennial logo is now set. The first of the centennial year events will be at this April's GardenFest. Other events include a community gathering in August with free cake, hot dogs, and drinks. There will be a Centennial Ball at Lloyd's Hangar (at Meadows Field Airport).

Achieving the Dream

Discussions are underway to team up with Achieving the Dream to improve our student success. Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a national nonprofit about a decade old that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. They will help the college do this by re-mapping our student data so that we can hone in on particular groups of students (more focussed than the usual ethnic groupings or first year student group data we already have) to find out what obstacles prevent disadvantaged students from succeeding and what programs atually help them succeed and follow cohorts of student groups through the years ("disaggregating longitudinal cohort data"). Our college president is especially interested in ATD's "predictive analytics" feature that is the use of student data we already have in systems like Moodle and Aleks, etc. to "improve placement strategies, adjust advising and instruction to better meet student needs, predict when interventions will be needed, and to do all of this work at scale." (from Sonya Christian's February 16, 2013 blog entry) Over 200 colleges in 15 states are part of the ATD movement.

Sonya managed to persuade the ATD Senior Vice President, Carol Lincoln, to give us a break on cost if we partnered with Cerro Coso, Porterville, and Taft College for three years (we need a Sonya to get Congress to come to agreement on the federal budget). Each college would pay $37.5K per year to get the expertise of ATD researchers to re-map our student data and train the district institutional researchers and lead faculty in how to pull the cohort data and develop good research questions and analysis in the student success area. ATD is not a software package but a group of experienced institutional researchers, data coaches, and advisors with extensive experience in helping colleges find out what helps and hinders student success. The colleges that have really succeeded in the ATD network are those that get the training and paradigm shifts at the "practitioner level", i.e., faculty in the classroom. The research framework and re-mapped data will stay with us. Please look over information on the ATD website carefully and give me your feedback on whether or not you think this would be a wise investment.

100% Tobacco-Free Campus

In a recent campus vote on the smoking policy on campus that was held through InsideBC and well-advertised, a majority of students and a majority of staff voted in favor of a 100% Tobacco-Free campus. At College Council we were presented with the proposed 100% Tobacco-Free campus policy from SGA and we were told that we would vote on it at the next College Council meeting March 1st. The Academic Senate is voting on this on Wednesday, Feb 27th. Any feedback you want to give me or your Academic Senate rep would be appreciated.

The vote tally was:
Students 2680 for 100% no smoking (=55%) and 2190 for designated smoking areas on campus
Staff 154 for 100% no smoking (=70%) and 67 for designated smoking areas on campus.

Next meeting

Next College Council meeting will be March 1st. First hour is training on ARCC data and SLO/Assessment---you're invited!

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Last updated: March 8, 2013

Document author: Nick Strobel