SBCTC Paper: Opportunity, Education and Washington Economic Future
Call to Order
Mike Emerson, Chair,
called the meeting to order at
Members Present:Michael Allan
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of Board of
Trustees’ Meeting, June
9, 2004, were approved.
Associated Students of HighlineCommunity
Washington Public Employees
Lisa Peterson reported.
WPEA had a meeting with Representative Dave Upthegrove at their last chapter meeting.The conversation centered on how the
state calculated the funding for schools with special programs of ABE/ESL
based on FTEs of the school.Staff
voiced their concern because not all community colleges lie in a community
with such a great number of ABE/ESL students and they felt that the state
should re-consider how they calculate special funding.
of Board officers for 2004-05.
It was moved by Michael Allan and
seconded by Elizabeth Chen that the following
be named Board Officers for the 2004-05:
Representative: Michael Allan
Foundation Board Representative:Mike
The motion carried.
Patty James, Director of Institutional Research, and Jeff Wagnitz, Dean
of Instruction for Transfer Programs, distributed to the Board the second
annual Institutional Effectiveness Report, A comprehensive Review of Progress
toward Achieving our Strategic Initiatives for the
academic year of 2002-03 and provided an update on the status of the report.
The Institutional Effectiveness Plan is an extension of our Strategic
Plan and contains indicators of success, and measures progress toward meeting
our strategic initiatives.The academic
year 2002-03 report is the aggregation of all measures for which data are
currently available and contains nearly 80% of all the indicators.The 20% are in development and will be added
to the report as time goes on.Patty James
presented the assessment work for each of the four strategic initiatives
relative to the current measures and Jeff Wagnitz
described where we are in the process.
Strategic Initiative 1—Achieve excellence in teaching and
learning—summary of findings indicated that student satisfaction with
instruction compares favorably to students at peer institutions.The persistence toward degree attainment is
comparable to the state average for full-time students.Over 80 percent of students successfully
complete academic, developmental, and professional-technical courses.Student employment placements exceed the
state average.Basic Skills (ABE/ESL)
achievement exceeds the state average.The number of safety incidents decreased.There was an increase in courses offered
through alternative delivery modes and enrollments.
Strategic Initiative 2—Enhance a college climate that values diversity
and global perspectives.The report analyses
student and employee data examining the changing diversity of the college and
internationalization efforts measured through international program exchanges
and student enrollments, as well as the infusion of globalization issues into
course curricula.The summary indicates
progress is being made in the area of diversity.The diversity of students in credit-bearing
courses closely mirrors the district population.And international student enrollments are
less predictable than they once were.
Strategic Initiative 3—Strengthen and expand the presence and role of
the college within the communities it serves.The assessment work takes existing information resources used for
baseline data and qualitative information sources from various constituencies
are under development.The summary
indicates that the Foundation contributions and grant funding reflect continued
support for the college.Highline
continues to grow in media recognition.The enrollments in Worker Retraining, Adult Basic Education, and TechPrep are meeting state and college targets, as well as
Strategic Initiative 4—Continue to foster a college climate that
nourishes the well being and productivity of the college community—assessed the
employee surveys in 2001 and 2003.The
summary of findings indicated employees perceive an atmosphere of openness;
want to be working at Highline in three years; believe the college supports
productivity, innovation, and professional development; and believe individual
contributions are acknowledged.
Sixty three percent of all of the indicators that we have currently
have been rated successfully met.
Jeff Wagnitz reviewed where we are in the
process now. The overall institutional
effectiveness measures and the development of the framework of the document
were integral to our accreditation self-study a couple of years ago.Standard One of Accreditation says that the
institution is obligated to engage in on-going planning to assess whether it is
meeting its goals and to use that information to improve itself over time.That effort at Highline has at least a ten
year history.One of the recommendations
of the visiting team from the prior accreditation process ten years ago was
that the institution needed to develop a more identifiable, more focused
planning process on campus and that resulted in the College’s first strategic
plan which came out in the mid 1990s.There
was an effort to assess achievement in that report, and in 1997 there was a
follow-up to see how many of the plans that were laid down had been
achieved.A really significant review of
the strategic plan was undertaken in 2001 and a new plan was published, about
the time that the accreditation process was getting underway.Based on the goals of the new Strategic Plan,
an excellent framework provided putting some assessment in place in time for
the accreditation visit in 2003.
In the years after the 2003 accreditation team left, it is necessary to
follow through with what we said we were going to do.The commission asked that a cycle of planning
assessment and change be accomplished.This
starts with planning and implementing what the tasks are that we are doing;
measuring what’s going on and looking at the results of the assessment and interpreting
it; making changes and changing plans; and improving the institution based upon
that.We are halfway there and are
examining how to look at these data to get something meaningful out of them
that can be used for improving the institution and figuring out exactly how to
measure things, what are used as indicators, what the right numbers are to
track, and how long it takes for a trend to emerge.
Challenges in interpretation is deciding who interprets it and when,
providing context, engendering the right culture, and re-focusing from measures
to findings.There are challenges in
terms of getting people to interpret the data and who needs to look at it and
when do they need to look at it.This is
an opportunity to improve and work on those challenges.
Laura Saunders gave an
update on construction on campus.
The grassy area in front of the library should be finished
by Opening Week.
The artwork for the Student Union should arrive some
time first part of fall quarter.
North parking lot will be resurfaced and re-striped
and closed last week of July first week of August and should be re-opened
by start of school.South parking lot
will receive more parking spots.East
parking lot will be re-striped.
Higher Ed Center is ahead of schedule.
The Student Union should open in late October and events
are being planned to take place there in the fall.
ChildCareCenter project has a marine
theme and an opening dedication ceremony is being planned during Opening
Week on Tuesday, September 14 at
Work is continuing with the developer for the
building on Highway 99 which we may be able to move into in April.
Work on Building 19 for noise abatement with funds
provided by the Port will probably begin late fall to be completed over winter
Work is being done at Federal
Way for the EarlyCollege.
Mulvany G-2 Architecture, a
worldwide architectural firm, has been retained to design the Redondo Pier
paid by the federal fund.The
construction funds need to come from the appropriation through the
legislature and HCC will need to raise the matching money.It will be a major addition to the
campus.The project came about with
Dr. Bell’s work in the legislature in Olympia
and in DC and the work of Bob Maplestone and the
faculty educating people about this project.
Other minor modifications around the campus include changing
a classroom into a conference room and offices.
Investigating energy work on campus to see what more can
be done that is cost effective.
Maintenance problems included a 12” heating water
pipe crack on Monday with 190 degree heating water and left part of the
campus without heat.
Dr. Saunders is very involved in collective
bargaining in Olympia over the
Lisa Skari reported
nationally published newspaper, Community
College Week, does a scan every year of the top 100 associate degree
producers looking at different categories including programmatic and
ethnicity.This year, out of 1300
community and technical colleges including four-year universities that
offer associate degrees, Highline was number 44 out of 100 for Asian
American students receiving the associate degree.
closed out the year with the annual campaign producing $536,000 not only
in emergency assistance and scholarship, but endowments and program
specific activities.The half
million dollar mark was made in one year and our net assets were over one
search continues for a Director for Resource Development and Rod
Stephenson has been hired for a six month interim.He has been involved with community
college foundations for about eight years at TacomaCommunity College and Big
BendCommunity College.We anticipate having a permanent person
hired by the end of the six months.
College’s logo is being examined by the design company, Hebert, to
determine if our logo represents who we are now.Part of the challenge with the present
logo and the long house is that we have expanded our cultural
responsiveness and serve many more cultures than Native Americans.For someone from the outside, we could
be perceived as a tribal college.The
marketing effort by Hebert will give Highline an idea of how we are
perceived as a campus and the logo is part of that.
Jack Bermingham reported.
Hofmann, faculty member who teaches languages, writing, and in the general
humanities program, was selected by the Fulbright Commission to
participate in a classic seminar in Italy this summer by the Fulbright
Program.One of the challenges with
the Fulbright Programs is that community college faculty are always
under-represented.This is a great
reflection on the College.
Highline faculty, Angie Caster, Barbara Clinton, and Kathy Oberg,
participated in the Community Colleges for International Development
(CCID), faculty professional development seminar the end of June.They participated in the trip to Italy
and Rome) focusing on cities
and their cultural development.One
advantage of this professional development seminar is that it pulls
together faculty from many different institutions and gives the faculty an
opportunity to interact with other community college faculty at other
institutions with strong international programs.
were extended to Laura Saunders and her colleagues in the Administrative
Services department for all the great work that they have been doing in
managing the facilities development of the construction projects, while
also continuing the normal work they do on campus.Over the last year just changing
pathways and managing people so students can get to class and classrooms
are accessible was a big challenge when you have this number of major
projects going on at the same time on campus.That worked remarkably well.People seemed to go with the flow and
enjoyed seeing the buildings develop with comments about how great this construction
is instead of saying this fence is in the way.I think that this is a real testament to
the success of the human interaction of this facilities development.
is looking forward to the partnership with CWU in the Higher Education
Center and what it will do in expanding our capacity.A joint program in the fall is being
planned where CWU and HCC faculty and their deans will get together to
talk about joint programs.
continues to have a high quality professional development unit and finished
the two weeks of Summer Institute.The staff does a tremendous job in working together with the faculty
putting together professional development programs and activities.
There will be a meeting with a number of Student
Services staff from CWU next Monday to discuss collaborative efforts in
the area of student services when they join the campus.
Carol Helgerson were received from the campus
with comments regarding commencement at the Tacoma Dome that were mostly
retreat for all Student Services staff will be on Friday concentrating on
how to be more productive and happy at work.
Planning Advising, faculty and staff are working together on the Undecided
Student Task Force.It is a
collaboration of Student Services staff members and instructors under the
There is a new
publication providing parents valuable
information about how to successfully navigate college and plan for
educational career goals.There is
a national trend that the parents of this generation’s college age
children are much more involved in their children’s college.We are trying to set up an environment
where the parents can be involved and where their child needs to move
along on their own.
The meeting was adjourned at
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees
will be September 9, 2004.