Board Report from Oct. 8 meeting

October 9, 2015 | San Diego Community College District

Trustee Bernie Rhinerson reported that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 288 (Holden), the College and Career Access Pathways Act, which expands dual high school/community college enrollments, and thanked Chancellor Carroll and his colleagues on the Board for supporting the bill.

Trustee Peter Zschiesche thanked Mesa College for the flyer he received promoting Veterans Day activities on campus.

Trustee Maria Nieto Senour reported that she is looking forward to participating in the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress, which is being held in San Diego on October 13-17.  She said the event is an opportunity to highlight the San Diego Community College District and its best practices.

Chancellor Constance Carroll reported on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors budget request for 2016-17, totaling $968.5 million in new funding.  The primary items are: $175 million for 3% enrollment growth/access; $100 million for a 2% COLA; $50 million in additional Student Success and Equity funds; $80 million for new full-time faculty positions; $250 million for an increase in base operating funds; $200 million for workforce education; and other requests.  The Chancellor said that these requests would be the basis for system advocacy.

Dr. Carroll also commented on the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, where 9 students were killed last week and others wounded by an active shooter.  She complimented the campuses and other offices for their observance of the national Moment of Silence for the victims.  She also emphasized that a districtwide effort is underway to review and update all safety procedures and equipment.

Student Trustee Igor Burgos Maron reported on various Associated Student Government activities, including preparations for the Fall 2015 General Assembly of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) by all three colleges; a successful Board meeting held at City College; the updating of club websites and planning for a student leadership retreat in Jamul, CA, at Mesa College; and Fall Fest and Club Rush events at Miramar College.


Board Actions

At its meeting of October 8, 2015, the Board of Trustees:

- Announced the following action from Closed Session: the denial of an Appeal of the Investigative Findings of a Title 5 Investigation; and approval of moving forward with the termination of an academic employee at Continuing Education.

- Heard public comments by Mesa College faculty members Anthony Reuss, Isaac Arguelles-Ibarra, Lupe Gonzalez, and Marichu Magana regarding outstanding issues under negotiation for the AFT Guild Local 1931 College & Continuing Education Faculty collective bargaining agreement; and by Mesa College Academic Senate President Rob Fremland regarding Resolution 15.9.1: Parity in Workloads for Counselors and Faculty with Laboratory Assignments, also matters that are part of collective bargaining negotiations.

- Held a campus meeting at Mesa College that included an overview and welcome by President Pamela T. Luster, Academic Senate President Rob Fremland, Classified Senate President Angela Liewen, and ASG President Igor Burgos Maron; presentations on “Opening Doors” by Dean Larry Maxey; the Summer CRUISE Program by Proyecto Éxito Director Monica Romero, Professor Rob Fremland, student Marlena Gonzalez, and peer navigator ­­­Eddie Raso Garcia Rojas; SEEDS Program by Dr. Leticia Lopez and students Julia Julima and Alex Bahena; “Breaking Down Barriers” by Deans Ashanti Hands and Andy MacNeill, Communication Studies Instructor Veronica Gerace, Dr. Leticia Lopez, Professors Pegah Motaleb and Guillermo Marrujo, and student Laronn Hill; and “Celebrating Success” by Vice President of Instruction Tim McGrath, and Dean Susan Topham.

- Approved the request to develop a campaign and program, titled “The San Diego Community College District Promise,” in order to participate in the national and state campaigns to increase community college access by making them tuition-free for eligible students.
Authorized agreements with health care agencies for use of clinical facilities by students enrolled in District health occupations programs and approved new or revised courses and programs, following comments by Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services Stephanie Bulger.
Authorized an agreement between the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and STATco to share student data from the Career and Technology Education Management Application System.

- Accepted grants from the U.S. Department of Education for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program – Title V, which is designed to expand and improve Latino student success at Mesa College, with comments by President Pamela T. Luster; from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for Cal Grant B recipients at City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges; and approved various personnel actions including the certification of short-term personnel service effective on or after October 9, 2015.

- Authorized an energy service agreement with Adroit Solar for the replacement of the heat exchanger at Miramar College; a contract with Kleinfelder, MGTL, Ninyo and Moore, and Southern California Soil & Testing for future DSA material testing and inspection services for projects districtwide; agreements with Wilcon for the implementation of a dark fiber-optic network ring infrastructure at various District sites; and ratified change orders exceeding ten percent for the Continuing Education César Chávez building and City College C Building, following comments by Vice Chancellor of Facilities Christopher Manis.

- Received a report on districtwide 2015 Veterans Day activities, with comments by Vice Chancellor of Student Services Lynn Neault.

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