COC Board to approve Integrated Plan for student success, equity, support

Canyons Hall at College of the Canyons (Source: COC)

A two-year plan detailing College of the Canyons’ (COC) efforts to increase student success while closing achievement gaps is expected to be reviewed by the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees Wednesday.

The 2017-2019 Integrated Student Success Plan combines goals for three initiatives from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office: Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity and Student Success and Support Program.

These three initiatives detail data about students who successfully transition to college-level math and English courses, data about 12 different student groups, and data about incoming student trends, academic or progress probation, noncredit certificates and noncredit courses success data.

In COC’s Integrated Plan, the college used campus-based research to improve student outcomes by developing goals for the entire student population as well as identified student groups.

These goals, which are expected to be completed achieved by June 30, 2019, include:

  • Increase completion and persistence through developmental courses
  • Increase the completion of degrees, certificates and transfer
  • Improve time to completion
  • Strengthen collaboration internally and with HSC districts and workforce to increase college and job readiness
  • Increase Professional Development / Growth

In the Integrated Plan, COC said it would help complete these goals through efforts with its First Year Promise Program, the Canyons Completes initiative, My Academic Plan (MAP) labs, Guided Pathways, LinkedIn, skills building, Peer Advisors, the SCV Learning Consortium, Student Career Exploration, Safe Zone Training, equity support and more.

To support these efforts, COC said it would use its college-wide steering committee, named the “Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence,” to examine, discuss and address student outcomes data, institutional policies and procedures and activities to address student success findings.

The steering committee is also expected to support the college’s three-year “Canyons Completes” initiative to improve student success, close equity gaps and identify areas of improvement.

COC is also expected to offer professional development to its staff through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to help achieve these goals.

Progress toward completing each goal is expected to be reviewed by the college annually as it evaluates student achievement metrics and milestones toward the “Canyons Completes” plan.

Overall, the budget for the 2017-2019 Integrated Student Success Plan is $8,339,810.

Annual Foundation Gifts

The Board of Trustees is also expected to accept the annual gifts given to the College of the Canyons Foundation during the fiscal year, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

These donations include cash donations, pledge payments and in-kind donations of items and equipment.

During the year, the Foundation received 1,729 cash donations totaling $1,021,168.

Specifically, these donations were spread out with $194,527.71 to academic programs, $318,102.88 to scholarships/endowments, $210,292.17 to development program operations, $297,244.83 to educational events and activities and special events, $1,000 culinary campaign.

The number is slightly less than last year, when the Foundation received 2,147 donations totaling $1,129,222, due to completion of the Culinary Arts Capital Campaign, according to the agenda.

In addition, the Foundation received 45 in-kind donations totaling $40,250.

The Foundation said it expects to see an increase in donations during the next two years due to the start of the First Year Promise fundraising campaign.

Temporary Lease

Board members are also expected to approve of a resolution that would authorize a temporary lease of property for student instruction at an auxiliary site.

The college is hoping to lease 997 square feet of space in the Santa Clarita Plaza on Bouquet Canyon Road to use for offsite instruction of non-credit career technical education and English as a Second Language courses.

This space includes on classroom, an office, a storage room and a restroom.  It also provides access to another classroom in the adjacent Santa Clarita Valley Community Center at no cost.

These temporary-use buildings are expected to be used for three years or less.  The final lease agreement is expected to be presented to the board at a later date for approval.

Additional Agenda Items:

  • Approve and ratify payments for supplementary services for full-time faculty to date totaling $19,272.44 this month
  • Approve and ratify budget transfers for September 2017 totaling in an increase of $7,871 to the Fund 11/Unrestricted General Fund and an increase of $1,010,398 to the Fund 12/Restricted General Fund
  • Approve of the quarterly financial status report for the quarter ended Sept. 30
  • Approve of the monthly financial report for the period ended Sept. 30 which resulted in increases of  $1,018,269 to the Unrestricted General Fund and the  Restricted General Fund
  • Conduct a public hearing and approve of the re-opener proposal of negotiations with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 725
  • Approve of notices of competition for the Quad 6 Relocation on the Canyon Country Campus, the Chem Lab Remodel on the Canyon Country Campus and the Boykin Hall Elevator Renovation

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