College Council -- May 6, 2011

Quick Jump to Sections: Program Reviews, Accreditation, Budget, College Goals, Enrollment Management, AB 515 (extension courses), Other Things, Next Meetings.

Program Reviews

We had four program review presentations. For each one I give a direct link to the Program Review Committee's (formerly IEC) appraisal in the College Council public folder (you'll need to login to Outlook Web in order to download the Word docs) plus my notes.

Accreditation

An updated draft of the Annual Program Review FAQ was presented by the Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC). has developed an upgraded process of linking the Unit Plan with budget decisions. The Unit Plan will become the Annual Program Review with additional questions that look at curriculum assessments (for instructional areas) and hiring decisions. The huge six-year program review will be modified and it will be called "Integrated Program Review".

Department chairs in particular should take a close look at the updated APR draft as well as the "ISIT form" (for computer and AV media technology requests---now a spreadsheet with drop-down menus for easier data entry) that is part of the unit plan since they are the ones who have had to fill out the Unit Plans and the Program Reviews. Please send feedback to the ASC members that include Kate Pluta, Nan Gomez Heitzeberg, LaMont Schiers, and others.

 

Budget

State tax collections are coming in at about $2.5 billion above previous estimates so the deficit won't be quite as large. Unfortunately, many political observers are feeling that will mean that the state legislature will be more likely to not go along with any tax extensions and create a "smoke-and-mirrors" budget as in years past since the budget crisis is not as great. We're still planning on the doomsday scenario funding.

Budget Committee Criteria

Here's the latest draft of the criteria.

May 4, 2011 draft

With the goal of maintaining quality programs and services in all administrative, instructional, and student support areas, those making budget recommendations and decisions will use data and the following criteria.  All budget decision-makers will communicate their decisions and the rationale with the sector of the college community they oversee.  The rationale will address the identified criteria and data used. 

Statements and questions included in the discussion of each criterion are intended as a general framework rather than an exhaustive list.

College Goals

Well, we're not going to have those completed by the time spring 2011 semester ends. As of May 6th, just 43 people had responded to the college goals survey with just 80-some percent completing it. Focus groups were conducted for FCDC and the inter-club collegiate council (students). Focus groups for Classified Staff and Administrative Council still are being planned. Goals will be finalized at a summer college council meeting.

Enrollment Management

We are down 1% in Fall FTES registrations from the same point in last fall's registration. This drop is to be expected with fewer sections being offered this coming fall than last fall.

The order and approximate timing of priority registration appointments are as follows:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Note: The exact dates used for the Day 12 and 13 registrations will be modified to more equally distribute the appointments.

AB 515

Assembly Bill 515 would enable (not require) community colleges to create extension courses, an ability that the CSUs and UCs already have. This bill would authorize a community college district to offer extension courses for credit; and require that they be self-supporting, open to the public, developed in conformance with the Education Code and Title 5 regulations governing community college credit courses, and subject to district collective bargaining agreements. No General Fund moneys could be expended to establish or maintain the courses, nor would an extension program course be allowed to supplant regularly funded courses, or to reduce state-funded courses relating to basic skills. This bill would require district boards to annually certify compliance with these requirements. This bill would allow community college districts to charge students for the actual costs of the courses.

Santa Monica and Santa Clarita Community College Districts are pushing for it. Argument for: AB 515 would give community colleges more flexibility in meeting local needs, enhance student access and protect faculty jobs during this time of enrollment constraints and reductions. Argument against: By offering extension courses, will there be a higher quality “fast track” lane for students with the ability to pay? Some colleges might choose to significantly increase extension courses and “cream” the best students from neighboring colleges. The State Academic Senate is opposed to the bill because of the possibility of creating a two-tier system: students who can afford to pay will divert resources from those who cannot afford to pay the premiums (counter to the mission of the California Community College system).

AB 515 has already passed one committee (I think the Assembly Appropriations Committee) and it looks like this will pass and become law. What will it mean for the Kern Community College District?

More on AB 515:

Other Things We Need to Know

Next meetings

May 20 at 8:30 to 10:30 AM.

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Last updated: May 7, 2011

Document author: Nick Strobel