At the San Diego Community College District's Nov. 12 Board of Trustees meeting all Trustees reported that they attended the Continuing Education César Chávez Campus official grand opening. They expressed appreciation to President Carlos O. Turner Cortez and the staff for an excellent program and for the large turnout from the community.
Trustee Mary Graham reported that she attended the Board retreat held at the University of San Diego, which focused on a number of important issues, including safety and how police officers are trained to manage difficult encounters without using force. She also thanked Mesa College, especially President Pamela Luster, for hosting the Learning Assistance Project (LAP) event Oct. 25.
Trustee Rich Grosch expressed his appreciation for having the opportunity to speak at the Continuing Education César Chávez grand opening and highlighted the fact that most of the construction was provided by small and historically-underutilized contractors and subcontractors from the region.
Trustee Bernie Rhinerson reported on his participation at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Executive Committee meeting at which members discussed the needs of Latino students at community colleges and Pell Grants for high school students. He also reported that the Community College League of California (CCLC) Advisory Committee on Legislation, which he chairs, held its first meeting and will be focusing on reform of the Cal Grants program.
Trustee Peter Zschiesche attended an event organized by the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) on closing the skills gap, which was held at the Jacobs Center. He also requested a report on the topic. Chancellor Carroll responded that Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services Stephanie Bulger will provide a report on this at a future Board meeting.
Trustee Maria Nieto Senour reported that she attended the Trustee Advisory Council (TAC) meeting and the Board of Trustees Industry Advisory Committees Member Appreciation reception, which recognized District partners for their continued efforts. She acknowledged the efforts of Vice Chancellor Stephanie Bulger in planning and implementing this successful event.
Chancellor Constance Carroll reported on the recent national conference of the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), held in Phoenix, Arizona and hosted by the Maricopa Community College District; the San Diego Community College District was a co-sponsor. The opening keynote speaker was the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Dr. William “Bro” Adams. Dr. Carroll is a board member of CCHA and also serves on the NEH Humanities Council. One focus of the conference was to encourage more community colleges to apply for NEH and other foundation grants that currently are awarded more often than not to universities and other cultural entities. At the state level, the Chancellor reported on two items: 1) AB 288 (Dual Enrollment): Guidelines are being developed for implementing the increased participation of high school students in this program and President Obama is considering extending Pell Grant eligibility to high school students in these courses; and 2) Proposition 30: Proponents of two possible successor propositions to extend Proposition 30 tax support are meeting to consider merging these approaches into a single measure. If successful, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) estimates that this could yield $5 to $11 billion annually in additional revenue. Chancellor Carroll indicated that the SDCCD is following these developments closely.
Student Trustee Igor Burgos Maron reported on various student activities, including a leadership summit on conflict resolution and a successful "Fight for Fifteen" march at City College; a personal financial workshop, an Associated Student Government retreat, and a Thanksgiving dinner for students at Mesa College; and successful Fall Fest and Club Rush events at Miramar College.
At its meeting of November 12, 2015, the Board of Trustees:
- Announced from Closed Session the approval of the 2016-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement for the AFT Guild Local 1931 College and Continuing Education Faculty Unit.
- Approved the Board Meeting Schedule for January 2016 through June 2016; and adopted a resolution to excuse Trustee Mary Graham from attendance at the October 8, 2015, meeting of the Board of Trustees, due to a hardship, in accordance with Education Code Section 72024(d).
- Approved the 2015-16 college and Continuing Education academic calendars, following comments by Chancellor Carroll and a presentation by Vice Chancellor of Student Services Lynn Neault, both noting that an intersession will be part of the credit academic calendar in spring 2017.
- Approved new or revised courses and programs; and authorized agreements with health care agencies for use of clinical facilities by students enrolled in District health occupations and alcohol and other drug studies programs.
- Authorized an agreement with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to provide the Academy Instructor Certification Course at Miramar College; and accepted grants and from the U.S. Department of Education for the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants program districtwide; and approval to carry forward $38,536 in the 2015-2016 budget for the Federal Work Study Program districtwide.
- Approved the District’s Report of Participation in the San Diego County Investment Pool for the period ending September 30, 2015; the 2015-16 First Quarter Financial Report; and purchase orders prepared during the months of July, August, and September 2015.
- Authorized entering into contract negotiations with Ciber Inc. and/or Sierra Crestone for completion of the PeopleSoft ERP Administrative System implementation, with comments by Executive Vice Chancellor of Business and Technology Services Bonnie Ann Dowd, City College Academic Senate President Berta Harris, and Mesa College Academic Senate President Rob Fremland; and awarded a contract to HAAS Factory Outlet for the installation of a CNC Vertical Machine Center at City College.
- Approved various personnel actions including the certification of short-term personnel service effective on or after November 13, 2015; and ratified a one-year sub-contract agreement with the Armed Forces Services Corporation to provide instructional services to military personnel at the Naval Technical Training Center in Meridian, Mississippi.
- Authorized the use of the San Diego Post-Acute Center and the Tifereth Israel Synagogue as off-campus facilities by Continuing Education; awarded a contract to Chambers Inc. for the P-300 building re-roof project at Mesa College; and approved change orders exceeding ten percent to McMahon Steel Co. Inc. for the Continuing Education César Chávez Campus.
- Received reports on AB 288 (Holden), Dual Enrollment – College and Career Access Pathways Partnership, and on the 2014-15 Student Success Scorecard, presented by Vice Chancellor of Student Services Lynn Neault.