College Council -- November 5, 2010

Quick Jump to Sections: Program Review, Decision-Making Task Force, Accreditation, Construction, Budget, Enrollment Management, Completion by Design Grant, SB 1440 Transfer Degree, Next Meetings.

Program Review: Social Science

IEC Appraisal for Social Science. It is a Word doc that will download from Outlook Wed/Exchange, so you'll need to login at the prompt. After you login, the doc will download. They have 16 FT faculty and 20 PT faculty teaching 140 sections per semester. Twenty years ago they had 70 sections/semester. All of the growth has been PT faculty teaching the extra sections. The department costs BC just 2% of the college budget but they generate 10% of the FTES funding for the college---they are a profit center for the college. They are going to get two new FT faculty members but they lost the two department assistants that were there in the Humanities building. There is now no help for students because the department office door has to now be locked. The department budget is just $1200 stretched among 36 faculty.

Future plans: they see that the percentage of the Latino population will increase. They need more FT faculty including someone to coordinate the Chicano Studies program. Richard Torres is now doing it on a volunteer basis because he is the only one with expertise in that area. The department is also requesting an additional custodian for the Humanities building and the college needs to provide some maintenance to the building because it is showing excessive wear and tear.

Information Technology Re-structure

Greg Chamberlain supports the proposal for the I.T. restructure that would have an IT manager at each college with college techs. This proposal was submitted to Chancellor's cabinet (Sandra + college presidents and vice-presidents) during the last week of October. It would maintain a college IT operation at each site, including a college IT director. The college IT director would report directly to the college president instead of through a dean (as we currently do). Each campus would have what they need for day-to-day issues. High level policy matters (e.g., computer security) and common network issues would be handled at the district. The criteria for deciding what is handled at the college and what is a district-wide issue would be: if an emergency happens, we need to have the expertise on campus to take care of the emergency (not go through the district IT).

However, one difference between Greg's understanding and what I understood from ISIT is that the district would be responsible for everything up to the plug in the classroom, i.e., the campus and district network. Apparently, one significant problem in the past is disagreement over how to handle network problems. Each campus would take care of the internal campus network and the district handled the network between the campuses and to the internet. Now the district will take care of all of the network up to the plug in the classroom. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or now as the district I.T. is stretched pretty thin with its current responsibilities.

One other possible problem with this proposal, is that before the district IT would move forward on any significant issue, all three colleges would have to agree. That would work IF all the colleges worked together well. History has shown that that is not always the case. I shared that concern from ISIT at College Council. A number of details need to be worked out and it will be discussed further at the November 9th Chancellor's Cabinet meeting.

Another concern raised at ISIT and brought to College Council is that there has been NO faculty input into this possible restructure. The faculty voice through the Technology Leadership Council (TLC) hasn't been heard from because TLC hasn't met since last May.

Decision-Making Task Force

The DMTF document underwent some revisions based on the Academic Senate's rejection of the previous version. The decision-making flowchart has been changed and the format of the committee descriptions/charge pages has been altered. There were some mistakes and gaps found in the document at the College Council meeting, so I'll wait to post the updated one once the keeper(s) of the DMTF document fixes the problems. Sometime in the remaining few weeks of the semester will be some training for faculty and staff on the decision-making process at BC using the DMTF document. Another training opportunity will happen in the flex week before spring semester.


The Accreditation Steering Committee has put together the charge for the Self Evaluation Committee (SEC) that will write the self-study report and the job description for the SEC chair. I think the senate has approved the SEC documents. A major item of the SEC chair is that the position will come with 0.4 release time as part of a full load and not as an overload for three semesters starting in Spring 2011. Link to the SEC charge and link to the faculty chair job description in the public folders. These are Word docs that will download from Outlook Wed/Exchange, so you'll need to login at the prompt. After you login, the docs will download. If these links do not work for you, please let me know---I'm assuming you all have access to the college council public folder on Exchange. If I'm wrong, I'll post the docs myself on the report website.


The solar PV field is generating power now. The Speech, Arts, Music building (SAM) is going to be worked on starting summer/fall 2011. The Fall 2011 classes that meet in SAM are going to be re-scheduled to other locations on the campus. Other facility status reports are available in the November 2nd facilities update (Word doc). After you log into Outlook Web, the Word document should download to your computer. If this link does not work for you, please let me know---I'm assuming you all have access to the college council public folder on Exchange. If I'm wrong, I'll post the docs myself on the report website.


The Budget Committee is now approved and the Senate needs to appoint faculty members to it.

Enrollment Management

We're over our cap so we have students that we're receiving no state money from. Also, the Faculty Obligation Number (FON) for the district is 47 higher than what we actually have but the state has waived that for the past two years because of the budget crisis. If you use the 75/25 ratio of FT/PT (another mandated goal in state funding regulations), that says we should have an additional 41 full-time faculty. If I heard right, the difference of 6 faculty between the FON and the 75/25 ratio amounts to $5 million.

Completion by Design Grant

Kern Community College District is applying for a grant from the Gate Foundation that will focus on improving student success in conjunction with West Hills College, State Center, and two other colleges. Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg is the campus lead on that grant. It is a $410,000 grant in the first year to be split among the colleges. Since West Hills College is lead college for us on this grant, they'll get about $200,000. West Hills has two grant writers and grant coordination personnel to take care of the accounting of the grant. This grant is to look at what processes need to be changed to improve the rate of "enrollment to endowment" (enrolling the students, getting their degrees, and then donating back to the colleges after they have achieved career success). The money cannot be used to fund what we're already doing (because what we're already doing is not working!).

SB 1440 Transfer Degree

We need to pay close attention to the course/program descriptors that have already been developed and are being developed for the transfer degree. Transfer Model Curriculum has been developed for Communication Studies, Geology, Math, Psychology, and Sociology. Janet Fulks sent all of the faculty the current draft for those degrees and here's a link to that document as well (it's a Word doc). Feedback to the statewide Academic Senate for these 5 must be received by December 1st. Give feedback to the statewide Academic Senate at and select the "Degree Review" tab. For those of you not in those five disciplines: you should still look at the draft to get an idea of what it will be like for your discipline. You can also sign up for a discipline-specific listserv to receive info about implementing the transfer degree for their discipline.

Disciplines still in the draft stage: accounting, art, biology, chemistry, child development, English, geography, geology, history, kinesiology, math, philosophy, physical education, physics, psychology, and theater. Go to the C-ID Descriptors page to look up the draft descriptors for the courses in your discipline.

Next meetings

November 19, December 3, January 21, February 4, March 4 + 18, April 1 + 15, and May 6 all at 8:30 to 10:30 AM.

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Last updated: November 8, 2010

Document author: Nick Strobel