Transfer Day 2012

Students, faculty, staff, management, alumni, and friends, I am excited to invite you all to attend tomorrow’s Transfer Day in which we are welcoming over 80 regionally accredited colleges and universities to our campus.  Our students come to Saddleback College with many aspirations and a great deal of them seek to transfer on to our partner colleges and universities.  This is a vital component of our college mission and one of our top priorities.  You may recall that a couple of years ago the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges commended our college for creating a positive transfer culture on our campus.  We would like to expand our transfer culture by asking YOU to get more involved with transfer day by doing three things tomorrow:

  1. Please wear an article of clothing that represents your personal alma mater or from a college or university that you recommend;
  2. Please visit the quad between 10am and 1pm and stop by your alma mater if present and say hello to the representative, and maybe even tell some students why you endorse that institution; and
  3. Please encourage students to attend Transfer Day!

The following colleges and universities will be in attendance:

University of California

*UC Berkeley *UC Davis *UC Irvine *UCLA *UC Merced *UC Riverside *UC San Diego *UC Santa Barbara *UC Santa Cruz

California State University

*Cal Poly Pomona *Cal Poly San Luis Obispo *CSU Dominguez Hills *CSU Fullerton *CSU Fullerton – Center for Careers in Teaching (CCT) *CSU Fullerton – Department of Visual Arts *CSU Long Beach *CSU Northridge *CSU Sacramento *Humboldt State University

California Private Institutions

*Academy of Art University *Alliant International University *Ameritas College of Brandman University *Argosy University *Art Institute of California (Orange County) – A Campus of Argosy University *Azusa Pacific University *Azusa Pacific University – Orange County Campus *Biola University *Brandman University *Cal Baptist University *Chapman University *Concordia University – Irvine *Hope International University *Laguna College of Art & Design *La Sierra University *Loma Linda University *Loyola Marymount University *Marymount College *The Master’s College *Mills College *Mount St. Mary’s College (Nursing Department) *National University *Otis College of Art and Design *Pepperdine University – Irvine Campus *Pepperdine University – Malibu Campus *Point Loma Nazarene University *San Diego Christian College *San Francisco Art Institute *Sophia University *Southern California Institute of Architecture *Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) *University of La Verne *University of Phoenix *University of Redlands *University of San Francisco *USC *Vanguard University of Southern California *Webster University *West Coast University *Whittier College *Woodbury University

Out-of-State Institutions

*American Public University (American Military University) *American University *Arizona State University *Bellevue University *Chamberlain College of Nursing *Columbia University – School of General Studies *Johnson & Wales University *Portland State University *Savannah College of Art & Design *Springfield College *Temple University *University of Arizona *University of Hawaii at Manoa *University of Massachusetts Lowell *University of Montana *NEW*University of New England

For more information, please go to the Transfer Center website at:  www.saddleback.edu/transfer

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Transfer Day and wearing your favorite college or university gear!

Thanks for Another Successful In-Service Week

A big thanks to Professor Jane Horlings, our amazing Flex Week coordinator!

In-Service Week is always one of my favorite times of the year. It is wonderful to meet our new faculty and staff, attend the informative presentations and meetings, and see everyone back on campus. This year’s In-Service was heavily focused on what we as a college and district will be working on this year: improving completion rates. It was exciting to hear the innovative work that our faculty, staff, and management are doing to help our students complete their degrees, certificates, job training, and transfer. I look forward to continuing this discussion throughout the 2012-13 academic year.

This year we welcome 27 new full-time tenure track faculty to Saddleback.  All of our new faculty are extremely talented and knowledgeable in their fields and I can say without hesitation that Saddleback is lucky to have hired each and every one of them.  Thank you to Professor Jane Horlings, our amazing Flex Week coordinator, for once again planning a fabulous in-service that provided wonderful sessions for our new and veteran faculty alike.

Dr. David Morse, a professor of English at Long Beach City College and a member of the Student Success Task Force, presented “Faculty, Local Senates, State Senate & Student Success Task Force: We Need to Know What We Are Getting Into”

President-Hosted Events

Once again, I was happy to host three In-Service Week events – the Presidents’ Faculty Breakfast and Associate Faculty Dinner co-hosted by Academic Senate President Bob Cosgrove, and the Presidents’ Classified Staff Luncheon co-hosted by Classified Senate President Donald Mineo.

At the faculty breakfast, I was pleased to announce 27 new tenure track faculty, which is one of the largest classes Saddleback has ever hired! I would like to thank everyone at the college – especially our Academic Senate and Board of Trustees – for being so supportive of our faculty. It was great to look out into the audience and see so many people who support our faculty and college, including Marcia Milchiker, clerk of the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Gary Poertner.

It was a pleasure to welcome our associate faculty at our associate faculty dinner, a tradition that was just started last year but has already become popular. The college is committed to providing more support for our more than 600 associate faculty and the dinner was a great way for them to get acquainted with the college and the services available to them. Teresa Bear, chemistry professor (and a former associate faculty member), Christina Hinkle, political science and history associate faculty, and Patti Flanigan, dean of online education and learning resources, provided excellent information about the Associate Faculty Support Committee.

Thank you to Bob Cosgrove for presenting information about the Academic Senate at both faculty events.

At the classified luncheon, I was pleased to announce even more new hires: Fifteen classified staff were welcomed to Saddleback. Speakers at the luncheon included South Orange County Community College District Trustees Dave Lang and Dr. Jim Wright, Donald Mineo, president of the classified senate, Sara Sheybani, CSEA president, and Dr. Caroline Durdella, director of planning, research and accreditation.

At each of these events, I was pleased to present the 2012 Annual Report for our Saddleback College Foundation that highlights many of the impressive gains over the last couple of years.  For example, our foundation’s endowment has grown from $500,000 in 2008 to $5 million today—a ten-fold increase in less than four years.  The foundation has also increased the amount of annual student scholarships from $198,000 to $339,000 over this same period.  For a copy of the Saddleback College Foundation Annual Report, please click here.

 

Renee Bangerter, liberal arts professor, presents the work she has done to bridge the gap between high school and college preparedness

The Annual State of the College Report – Complete to Compete

This year, I once again presented my Annual State of the College, which includes my top 10 projects for the 2012-13 academic year. I borrowed the title of my report, “Complete to Compete,” from the National Governors Association report on the need to improve college completion rates, which has become a priority in our nation, state, and district. The United States, once the world’s leader in education, has fallen behind in the education of its citizens – a vital component of our economic well-being.  To get us back to where we used to be, improved attainment of degrees and certificates has become a centerpiece of the national conversation on education.

President Obama has called for an increase of five million additional graduates by 2020 and California’s community colleges are being asked to increase their graduates by one million by 2020. This means that here at Saddleback we must double the number of completions.  This is a monumental task that is going to take the entire Saddleback community to achieve. Recently, our state legislators established criteria for meeting the challenge to meet this goal, and state Chancellor Jack Scott established the Student Success Task Force (SSTF), which analyzed system-wide topics related to student success and developed the following eight statewide recommendations:

  • Increase College and Career Readiness
  • Strengthen Support for Entering Students
  • Incentivize Successful Student Behaviors
  • Align Course Offerings to Meet Student Needs
  • Improve the Education of Basic Skills Students
  • Revitalize and Re-Envision Professional Development
  • Enable Efficient Statewide Leadership and Increase Coordination Among Colleges
  • Align Resources with Student Success Recommendations

We are already taking these recommendations seriously at Saddleback: We have made presentations to our Board of Trustees, will participate in college-wide student success discussions, are in the process of developing student success metrics and developing strategic planning, and we continue to do the fantastic work we do each day for the success of our students.

My Top 10 Projects

Again in this year’s report I presented my top 10 projects for the coming academic year.  While the college will continue to focus on strategic planning, accreditation, and other priority projects, I will be working on these projects with diverse groups on campus: This year, they are:

1. Student Success Task Force Recommendations - We need to develop strategies for implementing the SSTF recommendations and increase student completions.
2. High School Student Success Partnerships - We need to formalize relationships with our local high schools and have already been working with our outreach department to create an innovative pilot program that will be more broadly implemented.
3.  Student Completion Metrics – If we are going to improve completions, we need to first define what that means for our college.
4. Strategic Plan – This year we will be evaluating the effectiveness of our 2010-2013 strategic plan and update the planning process in preparation for development of the next plan.
5. New Faculty Training and Development - Develop and implement a year-long support program for new faculty hires that includes training for development.
6. Alcohol and Drug Prevention - Alcohol and drug abuse is a major issue for our students and can impact their success. We will be embarking on a college-wide effort to provide awareness and support to prevent abuse.
7. Campus Safety and Emergency Planning - Working closely with our police department, we will be updating our emergency preparedness and implement recommendations.
8. Foundation Personnel - Our foundation has be performing extraordinarily well, even with their limited resources they have. This year our director and the president of the board of governors will be finding ways to fund new positions to better support their mission.
9. Learning Resource Center – The LRC is opening on Monday and we will continue to improve it as well as host a grand opening early next year.
10. Student Payment Services and One-stop Veterans Center - Currently, the payment services are located across the quad from the Student Services Center (SSC), which is not convenient for our students. We are working on a reorganization to bring the payment offices into (SSC).

Click here to view the full text of my Annual State of the College Report.

As I stated last week, our college is fortunate to have the most accomplished faculty and best staff, administrators, and managers of any community college in the state.  Locally we have the finest k-12 schools and we get great students.  We arguably have the most financially stable district in the state with a great chancellor and board of trustees.  I know that by working together we can be a model college for enhancing student success and increasing student completions, and I hope you share in my excitement about our future.

Thank you for all that you do each day for our students, college, and community, and have a wonderful fall semester!

Saddleback College Recognizes Maintenance and Facilities Staff at Dedication of New Bridge

The view of the new bridge from the LRC

Recognizing the commitment and hard work of Saddleback College’s facilities and maintenance staff, more than 150 guests attended a ribbon cutting and dedication on Friday, July 27th to celebrate the opening of the college’s new bridge that connects the upper campus to the newly-renovated Learning Resource Center. Brian McMahon, a 34-year veteran of the college and the longest-serving member of the facilities and maintenance department, was asked to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

“This event is all about our facilities and maintenance staff and the gratitude we have for the work they do each day,” stated Dr. Burnett. “At least a few times a week I hear someone mention how beautiful the Saddleback College campus looks. The staff has done a fantastic job and it shows.”

The facilities and maintenance staff pose in front of the bridge entrance

Marcia Milchiker, clerk of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) Board of Trustees, spoke at the event, “Having been a professor, I know that a clean, well-maintained campus is vital to student success. The work that the facilities and maintenance staff does has a huge impact on helping our students achieve their goals and it is important that they be recognized for their hard work.”

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Saddleback College Receives $570,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Provide Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Saddleback College’s innovative S-STEM Scholars Program has been awarded $567,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support academically talented and financially disadvantaged students who are pursuing degrees in a chosen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) major. The program, which will begin in spring 2013, will provide comprehensive support to 14-20 students each year, including scholarships totaling approximately $9,200 per student for each academic year they are in the program.

L-R: President Dr. Tod Burnett; Dr. Jim Zoval, assistant professor of chemistry; Frank Gonzalez, assistant professor of mathematics; Cathy Arreguin, grants analyst; Dr. Chris McDonald, dean of mathematics, science, and engineering

“The S-STEM Scholars program provides an unparalleled financial and educational support system that will help our students transfer to a four-year college or university and will eventually lead them to lucrative career opportunities,” stated Dr. Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “This National Science Foundation grant will make college a reality for many who never thought higher education was possible.”

“At Saddleback College we take pride in our ability to develop innovative ideas to tackle the problems associated with attracting, recruiting, and supporting students in STEM fields,” stated Dr. Chris McDonald, dean of mathematics, science, and engineering. “The S-STEM Scholars Program presents a wonderful opportunity for us to provide financial support to deserving, capable, and highly motivated Saddleback students.”

“I am very excited about the difference this NSF grant will make in the lives of our students who will be awarded these scholarships,” stated Dr. Jim V. Zoval, assistant professor of chemistry. “I am also glad that we can offer students an opportunity to participate in the undergraduate research that will be funded by this grant.”

Dr. Zoval also added, “Cathy Arreguin has contributed to every step of getting this grant, including a large part in the writing of the proposal.”

The Saddleback College Division of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering offers nine associate degree programs that qualify for the S-STEM Scholars Program – astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, geology, computer science, engineering, and marine science. Current or future students who would like to apply for the two-year program and scholarship must meet a minimum GPA requirement and show a financial need. To find out more about the program, including how and when applications will be accepted, contact Frank Gonzalez at fgonzalez@saddleback.edu.

Saddleback’s Statement of Mutual Respect and Collegial Behavior

Saddleback College is very pleased to present the Saddleback College Statement of Mutual Respect and Collegial Behavior (click the link to download a PDF version of the document) that was unanimously approved by Consultation Council at Tuesday’s meeting and subsequently endorsed by President Burnett.  Everyone at the college should be extremely proud of this effort.  This is the first statement of this kind ever drafted by our college, and it was completed in a process that was true to the very principles being drafted.  Under normal circumstances it is difficult to get consensus on a statement like this one, but this was not the case at Saddleback.  The college’s Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Student Government, and Management Team worked together over the past year in a respectful, collegial, and productive manner in discussing and developing this statement.  In addition, each of our district bargaining units reviewed and signed off on the final statement.  The outstanding support from the Faculty Association, California School Employees Association (CSEA), and Police Officers Association (POA) has been very much appreciated.

All college faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to print out a copy of the Saddleback College Statement of Mutual Respect and Collegial Behavior and display it in his/her office to show support for this important effort.  Everyone is also encouraged to emulate these principles every day and help us to continue the college’s strong commitment to our mission of student success.

Online Learning Student Success Rate Increases by Three Percent in One Year!

Thanks to all of the hard work by the entire Distance and Online Education Program Team, success rates for online courses increased by almost 3% since fall 2010. This is the largest success rate increase for any instructional method.  Success is defined by a student earning a grade of A, B, C, or Credit/Pass.

There has also been a steady increase in the number of students taking online courses throughout the last ten years. In fall 2001, 1,858 students were enrolled in online courses; this number has grown to 11,704 students in Fall 2011.

College Efforts Leading to Increased Student Success in Online Classes

How to Succeed in Online Classes WorkshopsIn Fall 2011, the program initiated a grant-funded pilot program that included a series of four-hour workshops.  Professors Claire Cesareo-Silva, Christina Smith, Elizabeth Horan, and Christina Nigrelli facilitated these workshops. In Fall 2011, there were three workshops with a total of 32 students in attendance.  In Spring 2012, they doubled the offerings to six workshops and nearly quadrupled their attendance to 123 students!

Reconfigured Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education (CIDDE) to be more conductive to faculty training.

Student Technical Support Taskforce:  In Fall 2011, a Taskforce on Student Technical Support was formed that included campus and district faculty, staff, and administrators.  In a year the task force has

  • Revitalized the Student Technical Support Website
  • Created information cards
  • Established a technical help email address (scstudenthelp@saddleback.edu)
  • Worked closely with the district to update MySite
  • Developed and implemented new associate faculty orientations in CIDDE
  • Strengthened student support in the Information Booth, Village 4 computer lab, and the IMC Lab
  • Created new student tutorials that will be launched this summer

Thank you to the Dean of Online Education and Learning Resources, Dr. Patti Flanigan, and her entire support team for helping our students succeed! Special thanks to those who supported this effort: Jane Rosenkrans, Leslie Humphrey, and Craig Connor for their support and input on the taskforce, Claire Cesareo-Silva, Christina Smith, Christina Nigrelli, and Elizabeth Horan for their efforts on the workshops, Jenny Langrell for her support as the DE faculty coordinator, Valerie Senior, Vivian Nguyen, and Thomas McKenzie for their role in faculty training in CIDDE, Dr. Don Buschè for his support on reconfiguring CIDDE, and Matt Miller for his work on the student tutorials.