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*Next round of cuts could be deeper

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SCC staff members Angela Hughes, Colleen Taylor and Angela Atkinson, dressed for Halloween, listen to VP Daryl Campbell talk about budget challenges.

  

A clear request

 

SCC President Lee Lambert asked for some specific help as the college starts planning for the next round of potential budget cuts.

“Help us define transparency,” Lambert said. A Budget Committee report this past spring cited transparency in the process as an issue. “I want to address your needs, but help us know what those looks like to you.”

Feedback was taken at the meeting on slips of paper that will be transcribed and forwarded to the Budget Committee. Also, an anonymous e-mail feedback option will be available by Monday, Nov. 2, at  http://intranet.shoreline.edu/budgetcommittee/

If state budget cuts play out as they now appear, Shoreline Community College and the rest of the state college system are in for even tougher times ahead.

 

“We are at, or close to, the tipping point,” Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell told several hundred college faculty and staff members at the Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 all-campus meeting. “It’s different now and we’ll have to take a longer view, a more strategic view.”

 

In his presentation, Campbell outlined the financial challenges ahead as it relates to the state budget. State payments to SCC account for approximately 60 percent of the college’s overall budget of about $37 million..

 

“In June, the state forecast a $1 billion shortfall,” Campbell said, adding that SCC’s piece at that point was projected to be about $550,000. By September, the hole had deepened to $1.8 billion, he said.

 

In addition, Campbell said that staff at the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges analyzed the potential impact on the system and for SCC should voters pass the Tim Eyman-backed Initiative 1033.

 

“When all that’s considered, just like last year, we’re looking at a range of potential cuts,” Campbell said. The range without considering I-1033 could be $1.35-2.7 million (6-12 percent). With I-1033, the range could jump to $2.3-3.8 million (10-16.8 percent).

 

Campbell noted that SCC would likely be more sensitive to future cuts, given the five years of successive reductions the school has endured. The cuts over the past years average $1.1 million a year, he said.

 

While an exact target is impossible to know now, Campbell said there are steps to be taken, including planning for a wide range of reduction targets and involving College Council and the Budget and Strategic Planning committees. In addition, the college constituencies can help establish criteria and guidelines for any potential reorganization or restructuring that may be necessary, help set a timeline for action and help define a transparent process.

SCC/Jim Hills

 

*Lambert talks about change at all-campus meeting

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Dressed for Halloween as Star Trek's Capt. Kirk, SCC President Lee Lambert gestures during the Oct. 30, 2009 all-campus meeting.

 

All together

 

In response to a question at the Oct. 30 all-campus meeting, SCC President Lee Lambert said that state budget cuts could force a longer look at consolidation and collaboration in the community and technical college system.

 

“It’s no secret that UW Bothell would like the entire campus they now share with Cascadia,” Lambert said. "We just hired David Cunningham, from Lake Washington Technical College, as our new workforce dean to replace Berta Lloyd. I’ve had talks with (LWCC President) Sharon McGavick about possible areas of collaboration.”

 

Lambert also said that meetings with state lawmakers and other officials have occurred and are scheduled to discuss cross-campus collaboration ideas.

Change coming to the world of higher education isn’t an “if” question or even a “when,” according to SCC President Lee Lambert.

 

The real question, Lambert said at the Oct. 30, 2009 all-campus meeting is, “How?”

 

“I’m hoping we will try to shape these things that are coming,” Lambert said during his presentation.

 

“Things are happening at the local to national levels and money is being thrown at them. You can engage these things or try to stand as a barrier. I believe if you stand as barrier, you’re not going to win. I’m not saying you’ll win if you do engage, but wouldn’t you rather have a say? I would.”

 

Lambert noted that President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative calls for $12 billion invested in community and technical colleges over the next10 years and increasing the number of Americans attending college by 5 million by 2020. He cited the accountability project jointly funded by the Gates and Lumina foundations that has eight colleges across the country looking at establishing trackable performance criteria. 

 

SCC has its own example of the national conversation in the Gates funded National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) grant. That project is showing how national certifications can be integrated with existing programs, in SCC’s case, the CNC machining program.

 

Lambert presented information from NAM that outlines the challenge for the U.S., including many baby-boomers retiring, global competition and many of those targeted by President Obama’s plan facing education barriers.

SCC/Jim Hills

*Dave Cunningham new Dean of Workforce & Continuing Education

CunninghamDave504[1][1].jpgDave Cunningham is the new Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education at Shoreline community College.

 

“Shoreline is a major community college in the state, has terrific programs already in place and innovative leadership,” Cunningham said Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. “Shoreline is a leader in partnerships, with the work that Don Schultz has done there. Getting an opportunity to work with all those people, who wouldn’t want to come there?”

 

Cunningham's own pedigree is pretty impressive, including eight years as dean and other workforce-related positions at Lake Washington Technical College and 14 years at North Seattle Community College. He is the president of the state Workforce Educational Council.

 

Besides workforce experiences, Cunningham is well-versed in accreditation and grants.

 

“While it was a team effort, I was heavily involved with Lake Washington accreditation effort, which we’ve just completed,” Cunningham said. In his current position, he is Lake Washington’s lead for grant writing and major grant administration.

 

His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, which explains the still-noticeable brogue, attended both Edmonds Community College and the former Washington Technical Institute and has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Washington.

 

Cunningham said one of main reasons he wanted to come to SCC was for the positives that change can bring. “My experience has been that when you change the situation, creativity can break loose in new ways,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

 

Cunningham’s first day at SCC is scheduled for Nov. 16.

SCC/Jim Hills

*Trustees set goals for coming year

The targets for the coming year are clear following action Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 by the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees.

A unanimous vote at the regular board meeting set the goals for the both the board itself and those of President Lee Lambert. The process of establishing such annual goals is a result of the board’s work that began a year ago to move toward a new model of policy governance.

“(Trustee) Shoubee (Liaw) did much of this work, along with the addition of efforts at the board retreat last week,” Board Chair Roger Olstad said. Trustee Dick Stucky added: “Shoubee did a wonderful job.”

Liaw acknowledged the comments, but gave credit to her board mates. “We had some very, very good discussions,” she said.

The Board goals are:

  • Initial implementation of Board of Trustee policies
  • Develop and finalize the President’s evaluation instrument
  • Develop and finalize the Board of Trustees evaluation instrument
  •  Advocacy (Local, State, Federal)
  • Role of/relationship to the Foundation

The President’s goals are:

  • SCC will implement the BOT-approved policy governance framework.
  • SCC will complete Standard 1 of the new NWCCU accreditation framework.
  • SCC will begin and complete work on Standard 2 of the new NWCCU accreditation framework.
  • SCC will complete a written progress report on Recommendation 1 from the Fall 2007 Interim Evaluation report
  •  SCC will continue to develop and cultivate relationships leading to increased resources for its mission and strategic plan
  • SCC will continue to strengthen its financial position and management of its budget in a fiscally responsible manner.

“Thanks to all of you,” Lambert told the Trustees. “At a time when there is much discussion about how to move toward accountability, you said we’re going to stand up and be accountable now.”

Policy governance, also known as the Carver model of governance, is designed to have the board set goals and then empower the organization to meet those goals. Evaluation and accountability for both the board and organization are key factors in the model.

SCC/Jim Hills

* State budget outlook changes again

The circumstances surrounding the Washington state budget as it impacts community and technical colleges appear to be changing … again.

 

When the state accepted federal stimulus package money, it agreed to not spend less in certain areas than was spent in 2006. One of those areas is higher education and one result is that additional cuts contemplated at the state level for 2009-10 fiscal year were put on hold.

 

“But, we thought that just meant any reductions would just be delayed and we’d be facing two-years worth of cuts in one year, 2010-11,” said Daryl Campbell, Vice President for Administrative Services. “Now, it doesn’t appear that’s how it will play out.”

 

Campbell said that he and other CTC business officers heard new information at a recent meeting of the Business Affairs Commission.

 

“It turns out the 2006 reduction limit does apply in 2010-11,” Campbell told members of the College Council at the Nov. 20, 2009 meeting. “While that sounds like good news, it doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be any budget reductions; it just means they would be limited to some extent.”

 

That limit could still be pretty devastating, Campbell said at an earlier meeting of the President’s Senior Executive Team.

 

The state is facing a projected $1.8 billion budget shortfall, based on continued declines in sales tax revenue. In doing the trickle-down math, that could mean an $80 million deficit to higher education. If that burden is shouldered equally, SCC’s share could be about 12 percent of the current budget. If the same formula that was applied this past year is used, the impact could be about 6 percent or $1.2-1.3 million.

 

Another potential monkey wrench for the state budget could come if voters pass Initiative 1033, the Tim Eyman-sponsored measure that would limit government revenue growth. If I-1033 passes, Campbell said state Office of Financial Management officials are predicting more cuts would be needed.

 

“However, the 2006 spending limit requirement may protect (higher education) against I-1033,” Campbell said. “We just don’t know what would happen.”

* SCC's Spindrift wins national award

Spindrift2009Cover.jpgThe 2009 edition of Spindrift, Shoreline Community College’s art and literary journal, has been awarded first place in a national literary magazine competition sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA).  The award is given to only those colleges who have received first place awards at regional juries.  

 

Spindrift has been an annual source of pride for Shoreline Community College,” said Literary Editor Lucy Weiland, who commented that the staff worked diligently to get the job done right in spite of many challenges. 

 

The anthology, a collaboration of works of student, faculty and regional and national contributors, has won many regional awards from CCHA in past years; in the last five years alone it has earned three first place awards and two third place awards.  The Pacific-Western Region includes Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii.

 

“Although this year, Spindrift is recognized by the Community College Humanities Association as the best community college literary magazine in the nation,” said Deborah Handrich, faculty co-advisor, “in my opinion, the award reflects all the hard work of every student involved in Spindrift in the last five years.”

 

This year the judges noted several things that called attention to Shoreline’s anthology. The cover image submissions were solicited only from students and this year’s edition offered more work of first-time published students than previous editions.  “These two factors are perhaps the most important categories in the national competition,” said Handrich.  This year’s cover was designed by Sean Sherman.

 

First published in 1966, not long after Shoreline opened its doors, this year marks the college’s 43rd year to publish Spindrift.  The journal is designed, edited and produced by students, and is printed on campus as a training project for the Visual Communication Technology (VCT) Program.   

 

“Spindrift gives the student staff a real-world opportunity as a staff person producing a magazine,” said Handrich.  “They must manage submissions from all over the nation and build a cohesive book that expresses student life and a connection to a greater community.”

 

The 2009 staff included Lucy Weiland, literary editor, Kisa Nishimoto, managing editor; Ian Louthan, design and art editor; Elissa Foster, asst. art editor; and Phyllis Rae, Kelsey Toberg and Triana Collins, literary assistants.   Faculty advisors were Deborah Handrich and Christine Shafner.

 

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* SCC, state, facing budget cuts again

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administrators asked the College Council for help in determining how the college should approach what appears to be another round of serious budget cuts.

 

“What should the process be for the coming budget restrictions?” said Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell in prefacing remarks about the budget (See related story). With what looks like at least a $550,000 hill to climb and the potential of it becoming a $3.5 million mountain, Campbell said that some level of restructuring would be needed and there are two general paths.

 

“Natural attrition is one option,” Campbell said at the Oct. 6, 2009 meeting. The approach involves not replacing people as they leave and allowing that to define the college. “It’s conservative, but requires funds to make the transition, the glidepath if you will.”

 

Campbell said the college is financially healthy, but that current reserves could be quickly exhausted if attrition didn’t match the need for cuts.

 

“Another option is to re-evaluate the entire college, look deeply into the strategic plan, and shift people and resources to revenue-generating programs,” Campbell said. “It’s a more entrepreneurial approach, higher risk, but also the potential for greater reward.”

 

Faculty member Tasleem Qaasim, a new member of the College Council, expressed sentiments reflected by a number of members. “I don’t see how attrition works. I like it, but don’t know how that helps,” Qaasim said. “I’d like the state to be thinking how community colleges can be more entrepreneurial, but don’t know. And then, how does the idea of academic excellence stay true to itself and make money?”

 

SCC President Lee Lambert acknowledged that the questions were difficult, but that state appropriations based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students remain the number one revenue source. “But it isn’t just one answer, it’s lots of thing, fundraising, grants and contracts, FTEs, all coming together,” Lambert said.

 

Lambert said significant savings could come from colleges working together to consolidate some “back office” functions, but that the state system isn’t organized to make that easily possible.

 

Council members discussed various campus involvement options that included the council itself, budget and strategic planning committees, a task force aimed at gathering outside information or perhaps a new, smaller group.

 

“(The President’s Senior Executive Team) will take this, talk to the budget committee, and bring it back to college council,” Lambert said. “I want to have something for the trustees at their next meeting. The longer we delay, the more time we lose for process.”

At the first College Council meeting of the 2009-10 academic year, Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell outlined the full spectrum of potential budget circumstances facing Shoreline Community College.

 

One thing was clear: It is a very broad spectrum.

 

“The reports from the (State Board of Community and Technical Colleges) and the state Office of Financial Management indicate that the state revenues continue to slide,” Campbell said at the Oct. 6, 2009 meeting. “How far they slide, combined with a number of other factors, means this college could be facing additional cuts in amounts ranging from about $550,000 to as much as $3.5 million.”

 

A key difference between this year’s brewing budget storm and the 2008-09 challenge is a condition tied to the state’s acceptance of federal stimulus money. Even though cuts may seem prudent to make right now, the state’s pledge to not drop below 2006 spending levels on education make that impossible. The cuts made this past fiscal year already put higher education perilously close to the 2006 threshold.

 

“That may seem like good news, but all it really means is that we’re looking at having to make two-year’s worth of cuts in one year,” Campbell said. He added that state board officials did look into an exemption from the stimulus-money requirements, but were turned down.

 

Campbell pointed out that state budget forecasts are still declining. A $482 million projected shortfall in June added another $278 million in September and the hole is expected to get deeper with the November numbers. Adding to that is the fact that federal stimulus money, of which SCC has received $540,000 as its share, is scheduled to go away in 2011.

 

Those factors add up to about a $1.3 million problem for Shoreline, Campbell said. But wait, there’s more.

 

State initiative maven Tim Eyman successfully put I-1033 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The official ballot title for I-1033 reads: “This measure would limit growth of certain state, county and city revenue to annual inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue increases. Revenue collected above the limit would reduce property tax levies.”

 

Campbell told the council that while it is not clear what specific impact I-1033 might have at Shoreline Community College if approved by voters, the general direction for state government is presumed to be a further reduction of revenue. A fiscal impact statement from the Office of Financial Management says, “The initiative reduces state general fund revenues that support education; social, health and environmental services; and general government activities by an estimated $5.9 billion by 2015.”

 

According to media reports, two polls, by Rasmussen Reports and Elway, show I-1033 resonating with voters. The Rasmussen numbers show 61 percent definitely or probably in favor of the initiative while Elway puts it ahead 46 percent to 22 percent, 32 percent, undecided

 

Projecting worst-case scenarios for the economy and passage of I-1033, Campbell said the budget challenge for Shoreline could reach $3.5 million. The entire college budget is about $40.2 million, of which just under $24 million comes from state appropriations.

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* LA theft cancels Warhol show at SCC

warholwantedposter.jpgA theft of Andy Warhol art in Los Angeles has also stolen a chance to see the iconic artist’s work at Shoreline Community College.

 

“We were well on our way to hosting this wonderful show, but heightened security concerns and costs just make it impossible for the college at this time,” Norma Goldstein, Dean of Humanities at Shoreline, said.

 

The show scheduled for Oct. 26-30 at SCC was to have included 11 portraits by Warhol, 10 of famous athletes from the ‘70s, and one of the man who commissioned and owned the works, Richard Weisman of Seattle.  In an unusual coincidence, the art stolen Sept. 11, 2009 in California was also owned by Weisman, taken from a home he owns in Los Angeles.

 

Not only was the owner the same, the art was same, too.

 

Perhaps the best-known name in pop art, Warhol often created more than one original of the same work. In this case, the series included multiple sets of silkscreen portraits including Muhammad Ali, Chris Evert, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dorothy Hamill and former football star turned "Trial of the Century" defendant O.J. Simpson.  A media report from 1988 indicates that the September theft in LA isn’t the first for the collection, saying 18 were reported missing that year from a New York warehouse. Most were recovered by Weisman and family members, the report says.

 

Weisman had insured the set in LA for $25 million and in 2007, he put up for sale a complete set of "The Athletes" for $28 million through Martin Summers Fine Art Ltd., according to Mark Durney of www.arttheftcentral.blogspot.com. An unidentified person has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the return to the works stolen in LA.

 

“Richard generously offered  ‘The Athletes’ to show at the college,” Goldstein said. “However, as the college was working with the insurance company, it became apparent that the extra security measures required at this time were just too expensive. Richard has become a good friend of the college. He has offered to share his experience as an art collector and patron with our students and we’re very pleased to be able make that happen.”

 

A collector of fine art and observer of the art world since the ‘60s, Weisman was born to the role. His mother, Marcia Weisman, was one of the founders of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. His uncle, Norton Simon, built the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif. Weisman also wrote a book, “Picasso to Pop: The Richard Weisman Collection,” and available at http://picassotopop.com.

Jim Hills/SCC