In adopting the following goals for 2014-15, the Board of Trustees commits itself to work collaboratively to support administrators, faculty, staff and students as they complete the work outlined below.
- Maintain fiscal stability while, at the same time, re-examining the means and methods by which the College District can expand educational opportunities to meet documented community needs and provide the staffing and resources needed to fund it. The District must also continue to scrutinize programs and services to assure that they are most relevant, meeting community needs, and aligned with the Board’s Core Values and Principles.
- Examine current student success data tracked by each College to determine what common elements should be tracked, benchmarked, and assessed Districtwide. Determine what additional data should be gathered and tracked that expand upon the current national and state definitions of student success. Develop community determinants of success. Work with District researchers to develop data points that allow monitoring of program strengths and weaknesses and the progress of the Colleges in driving higher levels of success and completion.
- Explore how to better serve at-risk and place-bound students, especially in traditionally underserved populations within San Mateo County, to ensure greater participation and academic success by these targeted populations. In particular, examine how innovative dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment programs could improve access to a college education for high school students in these targeted populations.
- Begin to examine how the District can offer lifelong access to higher education for members of our community who are not on the traditional paths of transfer, career tech or remedial education, possibly through community education, contract education, non-credit programs or hybrid credit/noncredit courses.
- Provide faculty and staff development programs that will drive innovative efforts that result in new teaching and learning strategies; new classes, certificate programs or AA/AS degree programs that meet community and business needs; online teaching strategies that extend access for students; expanded Middle College, concurrent enrollment and international education programs that benefit more students; unique programs and entrepreneurial efforts that serve special community needs and draw the community to our campuses.
- Broaden global perspective and enrich our cultural and educational diversity by fostering institutional relationships abroad; attracting international students to our campuses; and offering teach/study abroad opportunities for faculty and students. Continue strengthening the collaboration of District and College international education staff in order to assure the efficiency and effectiveness of services to international students. Consider additional strategies to recruit and serve international students, including the Bridge program, camps and training. Continue to use revenue from international student tuition to expand course offerings for San Mateo County students.
- Examine the District’s hiring policies and practices to affirm that they are fair and inclusive and result in the District hiring the best candidate for each position.
- Define capital improvement program needs, including modernization, new construction, major equipment and infrastructure replacement (telephone system, network infrastructure, utility and building systems infrastructure) as well as energy efficiency projects and develop funding strategies to address these needs.
- Monitor and, when necessary, influence state legislation on a variety of issues of importance to the District, including “community funded” financial status; the 50% law; Faculty Obligation Number (FON); 55% majority on parcel taxes; baccalaureate degrees in selected areas at community colleges; authorization to choose an accrediting organization; eliminating the 11 unit cap for Middle College students; and developing a means for funding high cost programs.
- Participate in Board development activities offered locally, online or at the state level and/or federal level in order to assure that Trustees are kept current with community college issues, opportunities, and new initiatives. Assure that the new trustee participates in a new trustee orientation program and has one-on-one meetings with key individuals in the District in order to assure that he/she is thoroughly educated about the role and responsibilities of a community college trustee.
- Build stronger relationships with local cities and local school districts through joint meetings with their boards or councils; outreach and participation in joint activities. Hold joint Board meetings when there are issues of importance to both the city/school district and the College District. Invite public partners to use the College facilities for official functions. Encourage faculty to hold subject matter-specific discussions with high school faculty, as well as in-depth discussion about the Common Core standards that define expectations about what students are expected to learn in each subject matter at each grade level.
Adopted June 11, 2014