College Council -- September 16, 2011

Quick Jump to Sections: Classified Staff Convocation, Accreditation, Budget, KCCD Strategic Plan, Student Success, Construction, Other Things, Next Meetings.

Classified Staff Convocation

In what I think is the first time ever, the classified staff had an "Opening Day" on September 12th from 7:30 to 8:30 AM. All those who attended really appreciated the chance to gather together. The classified staff will have another convocation January 6, 2012 from 8 to 9:30 AM. There was discussion on holding an Opening Day at a time when ALL employees could get together. It can't be the Friday before fall semester start since students are flooding the campus at that time looking for information about their classes and the classified staff need to be on hand for them. We may hold Opening Day on a Monday or Tuesday of Flex Week before the semester start or on two Fridays before semester start. Just possibilities right now.

Accreditation

A call has gone out for an editor for the college's Self Evaluation Study whose major work will be between December 6, 2011 to (at latest) February 7, 2012. The editor will receive the compiled Self Evaluation Study that contains all of the individual reports from the various sub-committees and revise the report so that it all reads as if from a single voice and has consistent content. The editor can receive either 0.2 reassigned time or a $4000 stipend for the job. If you are interested, contact Rebecca Mooney (X4455), the Self Evaluation Committee chair. Job description for the self evaluation report editor (select the link to download the Word doc).

Budget

The last draft of the budget decision-making criteria was released at the end of May after some wordsmithing by the Academic Senate Executive Board but apparently had not been formally approved by College Council. So there will be one last opportunity for a final review before they are formally approved at the next College Council meeting. Any thing in the criteria need tweaking? A Word doc version is also available.

There was also some wordsmithing of the Budget Committee charge to clarify membership but no substantive changes. The final version will be posted when it is made available. The one on the Budget Committee website is the version from January 10, 2011 and is what is currently in the Annual Program Review document.

KCCD Strategic Plan

The KCCD Strategic Plan determines the future priorities and pressures we'll face as faculty from the administration so we need to be have some feedback on it before it is finalized. Below are the strategic objectives. What do you think? Give feedback to Corny Rodriguez, our Senate President, with a "CC" to me before September 21st. You can also send feedback to Greg Chamberlain, Jennifer Marden, or Sue Vaughn who sit on the districtwide Consultation Council that developed the plan and will create the final draft after getting feedback before sending it on to the Board of Trustees. The hope is that the following objectives are measurable and will provide baselines for measuring progress after that.

Goal 1: Become an exemplary model of Student Success

Goal 2: Create a collaborative culture and a positive climate

Goal 3: Foster a comprehensive and rich learning environment

Goal 4: Strengthen personnel and institutional effectiveness

Goal 5: Maintain financial stability

Goal 6: Respond to community needs

Link to the full plan (Word doc) and link to Sept 6th strategic plan work group minutes (Word doc)

What do you think? Let Corny Rodriguez , Greg Chamberlain, Jennifer Marden, or Sue Vaughn know before September 21st.

Student Success

Well, we did talk about the concern of using course completion as our metric leading to the possibility of grade inflation and lowering standards. Greg Chamberlain and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg said it was the assumption of all involved in the discussion of student success at the district level that standards and rigor would be maintained and that faculty would not be evaluated on student successful completion rates. While tenured faculty have some security of that status to be able to maintain quality, the non-tenured and adjunct could have more pressure to fudge things from misguided administrators or trustees if safeguards are not built in. Greg and Nan are now aware of the concern. [Opinion: Personally, I'm not concerned about Greg going into the mode of education as a business, but I'm just a little concerned about those at the district-level and some of our business-CEO types on the trustees. Greg has said that before he totally retires, he wants to go back to teaching.]

Construction

For the Simonsen (SAM) project: dirt will be moved starting mid-December and is expected to be finished 18 months after that. However, all construction estimates should be multiplied by 1.5 to 1.8 for unforseen problems. Simonsen is funded by state bond money approved long before latest state budget crisis and no general fund (operating budget) monies are being used for it.

Other Things

Next meetings

First and third Fridays of the month at 8:30 to 10:30 AM.

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Last updated: September 16, 2011

Document author: Nick Strobel