COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
April 12, 2007
Initiative Report - Winter Quarter Highlights
Legacy Information Systems
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:20
Members Present: Elizabeth Chen
Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative: Derek
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees Meeting on March
20, 2007 and minutes of the Special Meeting on March 24, 2007 were approved.
Birthday congratulations were extended to Toni Castro.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
- The first
Council meeting of the quarter was well attended yesterday.
Leader of the Month is Adriana Saenz who works on the Union Crew and is involved
in several committees on campus.
Budget Committee Chair Renee Reiche has led the committee into
deliberations and is on schedule for the budget process.
are under way for the quarter including Awards Ceremony on May 23,
elections, selection for this year’s Commencement Speaker, and the annual
Spring Festival on May 4. Clubs
Staff hosted a well attended Spring Club Fair.
Public Employees Association
- WPEA District Meetings have been changed to
meet on a quarterly basis starting May 15.
- Highline WPEA Chapter will continue with
monthly Brown Bag Meetings.
- Job Representatives met last Tuesday.
- After the Brown Bag Meeting on March 21 the
Job Reps met with Highline’s new Human Resources Executive Director, Cesar
Portillo, to discuss the concerns of the Job Representatives.
Highline College Education Association
She explained the importance of technology on campus and statewide
relative to teaching and learning and extended appreciation to the
administration, Jack Bermingham and Marie Zimmermann, in providing assistance
to the faculty so they have technology available and that they know how to use
The State Board has set up a task force headed by State Board Trustee, Reuven
Carlyle, to look into the use of technology system-wide. There are only two faculty who are the
deliverers of education technology of approximately 17 members on the task
force. As State Director of the Washington
Education Association Higher Ed, Ruth can appoint one faculty member to that task
force from the 13 community and technical colleges that WEA represents and two
of those colleges along with Highline are Spokane
that use technology in a very significant way in distance education. She appointed a faculty member from Bellevue because
Highline’s Marc Lentini, Senior Instructional Designer, is already on that
committee. Marc is not a faculty member but
he interacts greatly with faculty on his job.
Highline is unique because learning is not just the job of the faculty
it is the job of the institution and faculty are well supported in their technology
and the people who work in instructional technology interact in a very
important way with faculty. There is a
tendency in institutions to have silos where people don’t talk to other people and
at Highline instructional technology people talk to faculty all the time and
faculty really appreciate the hardware and software and the human element help they
get in selecting, using, evaluating, and updating technology.
Phil Droke reported.
- The Faculty
Senate voted on approved language for Associate of Applied Science Degree
which will be forwarded to the other campus committees to get further
approval before being added to the on-line catalog.
Instructor Withdrawal grading symbol will be eliminated by fall quarter
due to the miss-application and confusion involved with using it. Another way will have to be found to deal
with students that never show up to class.
Achievement is a private non-profit organization that is established by
large organizations like Boeing and KeyBank to promote free market and
economics. There are K-12 programs and
Highline got involved about 20 years ago with the grade school
program. Phil encourages his students
to volunteer to do some economics with K-6 grade school classes. The students go through an orientation
before going into the grade school classes and are required to do five grade
appropriate lessons arranged with the instructors in those grade schools
that have indicated they want to participate. There has been a lot of positive
feedback from the grade schools and the students. There are 25-30 students this quarter
participating in the program.
No Action Items.
Danette Randolph, Program Manager for Workforce Education Special
Projects, gave a presentation on the Highline Community College Opportunity
Grant Pilot Program. She explained that
during 2006 the Legislature appropriated $4,000,000 to the State Board to
create Opportunity Grants. This project
addresses two challenges: deliver aid in
innovative ways that suit the needs of populations that typically cannot access
or that do not benefit sufficiently from traditional financial aid; and to
package the aid with delivery of educational pathways that reach the tipping
point (one year of college level credits and a credential) and beyond. Ten proposals were accepted and Highline
received one of these grants for $432,000 per year for four years to fund 45
students in the Allied Health, Business, and Education pathways. Ten percent is used for administration of the
grant so $388,800 goes into student hands every year.
The target population is students living under 200% of the poverty
level and to transition them from adult basic skills, English language
learning, and former foster youth. The
Opportunity Grant has been able to assist students where traditional aid cannot
due to federal and/or state regulations.
Recruitment is done through classroom visits to current Adult Basic
Education students and current English as Second Language students on campus,
cross department education, and off campus communications with Tree House and
King County Housing Authority to identify eligible foster youth.
The grant allows for a single point of contact that is a safe
environment for assistance, one-on-one advising and mentoring, and financial
assistance for tuition, books, supplies, housing, transportation, childcare,
personal expenses or any emergency.
Baseline funding ranges from $1,800 for dependent student living at home
with no dependent children to a maximum of $4,523 per quarter with documentation
of extraordinary need. Students with
dependent children are also allowed up to $2,000 per quarter per eligible child
for child care.
Originally the grant funded 45 students but Highline is providing
service for 50 more.
- The Outreach
Department brought 450 six graders and their parents to campus for the
Seattle SCORES program on March 30.
SCORES is a non-profit organization that provides an after school
soccer program to inspire literacy in elementary school children. This was a campus wide coordinated
effort that complies with the Strategic initiative to strengthen our ties
with the community.
- The Women’s
Softball season has begun. The Lady
T-Birds games are 5-3.
- At the Clubs
Fair there are 40 active clubs, one of the largest clubs programs in the
- Tenth Annual
Unity through Diversity Week: Empowering Communities: Moving beyond
Individualism will be April 23-27.
This is a great Highline celebration with co-sponsorship among many
of the divisions on campus. Thanks
were extended to the committee members: Chair Yoshiko Harden-Abe, Natasha
Burrowes, Erin Reader, Jean Munro, Shawn McDougal, Patricia McDonald, and
Laura Manning. The schedule was
distributed to the Board. Keynote
speaker will be Dr. Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.
success story – Renee Reiche came to Highline in 2004 to pursue a
paralegal degree after being a home-maker. She served as president of paralegal organization;
is on the Students Rights and Responsibilities Review Team; is a member of
United Latino Association and is recognized as the unofficial “Mom” to the
younger members of the ULA; is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and serves as a
peer leader; and served as the chair of the S&A Budget Committee. She will be receiving her AAS degree in
paralegal and her AA transfer degree and is planning to transfer to
- This morning
36 students with five advisors and faculty are going to the Seventeenth
Students of Color Conference in Yakima.
Larry Yok reported.
- This is the
start of the budget season and Executive Staff will begin the process
the Dream Program had a very heavy data analysis requirement. The intention was that the Institutional
Research Director would chair the Data Team and when Patty James left the
College a number of people stepped in to fill that role. Emily Coates, the Interim Institutional
Research Program Manager, began the data analysis along with James Peyton,
Scott Hardin, Sue Frantz, and Arline Garcia. The Achieving the Dream coaches were so
impressed with what Highline has done with the program on campus including
writing the proposal that Highline has been invited to present that
process in Austin, Texas which Jeff Wagnitz will be doing.
Marie Zimmermann reported.
- The Junior
Achievement Program that Phil Droke mentioned in his report is one example
of an approach many faculty at Highline use called “service learning”
where they send their students out into the community to do some type of
community activity. It involves the
students in terms of learning more about their community in some way or
other and the faculty member figures out how to make that part of the
curriculum and the grading process.
- The first
meeting was held about the Center
of Excellence with representatives
from the State Board to do some initial orientation. Highline has been officially designated
as a Center
of Excellence and
next week several people will be going to a two-day session event for
people from the ten different centers in the state for more information. Highline is moving from a planning stage
to an implementation stage and what the Center will be like and the
staffing of it. Work is being done
on how to integrate the International Council that was formed last quarter
on campus to bring together people on campus that work in the
international area to coordinate some of the efforts being done.
- The Nursing
Department has succeeded in competing for a grant from Washington Center
for Nursing and received $25,000 for a simulation and community based
extended thanks to Rod Stephenson for the tremendous amount of work he has put
into coordinating and organizing the Gala on May 5, 2007. His efforts are very much appreciated.
He also extended thanks
and appreciation to Elizabeth Chen. Elizabeth and Jack Bermingham along with
another colleague will be traveling to China
next month to continue work on partnerships in Yangzhou.
It is hoped that a finalized agreement on a two plus one program will be
accomplished at two of the institutions there.
This would not have been possible without Elizabeth’s assistance.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be
Thursday, May 10, 2007.
8:00 a.m. Study
Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building
25, Board Room
ORIGINAL SIGNED MAY 10,
Elizabeth Chen, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary