Sept 5, 2013
Future Academic Senate Meetings
October 31 (?)
Student Success Committee:
AAAG met yesterday. Lots of talk about census date and the importance of certifying rosters and dropping students in a timely manner. This year, census date and the last day to drop to get a refund are all aligned. Also reports from Marty about Incompletes: Incomplete grade is only for students who could not, for good reason, complete a course. They are not for students who received an F, a C, or any grade they're not happy with. Also, you may not make deals with students to take the class so that your class will make. You may not have a student sign up for one class and actually participate in another. These are some of the things that Marty and A&R are dealing with.
College Council last met in August, at which time it changed its meeting times from the first and third Tuesdays to the second and fourth Tuesdays so that it would meet *after* AAAG (first and third Wednesdays) rather than after AAAG.
At its August meeting, it approved the budget and recommended that the S/P present it to the board of Trustees. I believe Loren Walsh and Stephanie Perkins voted against it.
Board of Trustees
At the August board meeting, the board accepted--with a heavy heart and quite reluctantly--the deficit spending 2013-2014 budget. Rick Johnson spoke eloquently of how reluctant he was to vote for a deficit spending budget for the second year in a row. Marilyn Gustafson said something that I hadn't recognized, but should have. That the transition year of Presidents was essentially a lost year in determining a way to reduce or eliminate the deficit spending. So it's clear that the board does not want to see a deficit spending budget again.
I presented to the board the SLO plan that was approved here back in April and approved by all advisory groups and the College Council in the spring.
I congratulated Maury Vasquez on his excellent job at flex days. I mentioned that up to that point in time only three administrators/management and zero board members had filled out the flex day survey. Those numbers are now up to eight and one, respectively.
Basic Skills Initiative
From Tracie Catania:
"I think the MLC instructional specialist position (BSI funded) definitely helped with our success rates. A lot of other things happened during this time period as well (like the move to the bigger MLC space, mandatory assessment for math, etc.). It would be extremely hard to prove that any single event caused the increased success - too many variables, no control group, self-selecting participants, etc.
I was not
surprised to see that Math 261 stood out from our other classes. It was not
the BSI cohort tracking tool that brought this to our attention - it was the
MLC data analysis I did with Rosaleen's help earlier in the spring semester.
Math 261 has the lowest success rate, and MLC use has the greatest effect
in this course. The math department discussed this during our flex day SLO
reflection time. We came up with some possible explanations and plans for
interventions in this course. We think the problem is real, but not caused
nor cured by any single thing. "