Thursday, February 21, 2013
* Shoreline receives accreditation reaffirmation
Shoreline Community College has received notice that its accreditation status is reaffirmed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
“I’m very pleased that the commission has again acknowledged what a wonderful college Shoreline is and the fine teaching and learning that occurs here,” President Lee Lambert said. “Shoreline has been continuously accredited since it was formed in 1964. Being reaffirmed by the commission is a wonderful foundation as we prepare to mark our golden anniversary and to take us into the next 50 years.”
In the letter conferring accreditation, NWCCU President Sandra Elman noted:
“The Commission commends the College's demonstrated resilience and dedication to excellence by maintaining its focus on students and collaboration given several years of significant budget and staffing reductions.
“Moreover, the Commission applauds the College for its planning, service and attention to detail in the daily operations of its campus facilities resulting in an attractive, well maintained physical plant which provides for a comfortable environment for students and employees.
“Further, the Commission commends the College's Board of Trustees for their participation in helping set the future direction and transformation of the institution through involved, active engagement in the campus and surrounding community.
“The Commission is pleased to note the College's stewardship in creating financial reserves policies that are necessary components in ensuring financial strength and fiduciary integrity. Lastly, the Commission finds noteworthy the College's development of innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships that have led to excellent workforce programs, services and degree options for students.”
The decision came after a visit by a team of evaluators in October, 2012, and then an interview in January by the commission with Lambert and other college officials.
“The commission also saw areas where we can improve,” Lambert said. “That’s OK; we are always working hard to get better and we welcome their perspective.”
Those areas include: Review alignment of the mission, core themes, current institutional initiatives and financial emphases; fully implement new planning and assessment processes that have already been developed; make sure that operational policies are reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees; make sure that the Board of Trustees reviews appropriate and needed audits; look to restore services that were cut due to unprecedented state budget cuts; ensure that assessment indicators are aligned with college goals.
The accreditation process recently changed to an ongoing, seven-year cycle during which an institution reviews and addresses the five “Standards for Accreditation.” While there is significant overlap, in general Standard One is done in year one, Standard Two in year three, and Standards Three, Four, and Five in year seven.
The five standards for every institution cover:
- Mission and core themes
- Translation of #1 into assessable objectives supported by programs and services
- Appraise the potential to fulfill the mission
- Planning and implementation to achieve and assess the desired outcomes
- Evaluate efforts to fulfill the mission and assess sustainability as a viable institution.
This was Shoreline’s first time using the new process and the entire seven-year cycle was compressed into about 18 months.
“Our faculty and staff did a phenomenal job in preparing a huge amount of work for the October visit,” Lambert said. “Now, we can use what we’ve learned and get in sync with the new accreditation process to make Shoreline an even better college.”
Friday, February 15, 2013
* Student housing project takes next steps
The current Shoreline Community College soccer field and track is the proposed sight for a 400-bed student housing facility that would be built with private funds.
The proposed privately funded student housing project at Shoreline Community College is taking significant steps forward.
On Wednesday Feb. 13, 2013, officials from the college, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the state Attorney General’s Office and the investors met to discuss details of the proposal.
“I believe the meeting went very well,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said. “(SBCTC Executive Director) Marty Brown seemed supportive. I think he saw the vision, not just for Shoreline, but the larger possibilities, too.”
On Thursday, Feb. 14, immediate neighbors to the college and other interested parties were mailed a notification required under Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). That notice says the college intends to amend previous planning documents adopted in 2003, 2006 and 2011 to include the proposed housing project. The notice also says that the proposed housing project won’t have significant environmental impacts not already addressed in the previously approved and adopted planning documents.
The SEPA notification and related documents are available for public review 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the college Administration Building, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133.
The housing proposal came to the college from David Lee, a local resident with business ties in China. The project would build a 400-bed student housing facility on what is now a soccer field and track at the north end of the campus. Under a Memorandum of Agreement signed Dec. 9, 2012, David Lee and the investors would build and operate the facility at no direct cost to the college. The investors would lease the ground for the building from the state, with those lease payments going to the college.
“Shoreline has a number of programs that attract students from out of the area, including nursing, dental hygiene, automotive and our well-deserved, university-transfer reputation,” Lambert said. “Also, our internationalization initiative is bringing globally competitive skills to our domestic students and more international students to our campus.”
Lambert said the housing, which could be open for fall quarter of 2015, would be available on a first come, first-served basis.
“Housing at community colleges is becoming more and more common,” Lambert said. “This project will benefit students, the community and come at no cost to taxpayers.”
Windermere Real Estate Broker Marguerite Knutson, who is working with David Lee and the other investors, attended Wednesday meeting at the SBCTC office in Olympia. “I’m very encouraged by the response we got,” Knutson said.
Shoreline Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell identified the next step: “We will begin working with the Attorney General’s Office to craft the ground lease and incorporate advice we heard Wednesday.”
And then comes the approval process by the City of Shoreline.
Campbell said the college has been working on getting a Master Development Plan (MDP) ready to submit to the city for some time. Now that the proposed housing project’s SEPA document is finished, the college will be required to host two public meetings, one to gather comments and input from the community and a second to show how the college has responded to those comments and input.
“We are working with our consultants to prepare for those meetings and publicize those meetings,” Campbell said. “We will publicize them just as soon as we know the details.”
Once those meetings have occurred, then the college can submit the MDP to the city. The document would then wend its way through reviews by city planning staff, the Planning Commission and, ultimately, the City Council.
“This is an important project for the college, our students and the community,” Campbell said. “We welcome the opportunity to participate in the appropriate city processes. We are anxious to work with city government and our neighbors to make this the best project it can be for all concerned.”
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
* Shoreline hosts Moroccan delegation
|Members of the Moroccan delegation and officials from Snap-On and NC3 stop for a photo in the Snap-On Innovation Center at Shoreline Community College. More photos
University and government officials from Morocco got a good look at the interplay between education, government and industry in the U.S. during a three-day visit to Shoreline Community College, nearby cities and local businesses.
“My sense is that it was a very productive visit,” said Susan Hoyne, Dean of Science at Shoreline. “With the help of our partners, we were able to show how public higher education, government and business work together to meet needs.”
The group, from Oujda in eastern Morocco, included elected officials, business owners and directors and faculty from the university in the city, Universite’ Mohammed I Oujda, and the university’s technology institute, Ecole Supeieure de Technologie (EST). Also accompanying the group were representatives from Snap-On Corp. in Morocco and North Africa and the U.S.-based National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). Shoreline President Lee Lambert is board chair of NC3.
“We understand the need to tie education to employment,” said Moulay Hafid Kanzi Belghiti, general manager of an engineering and distribution firm in Casablanca. Belghiti also served as primary translator for the group who were more comfortable speaking French. “Now we need to see how it is done.”
After introductions and a roundtable discussion with the college, Snap-On and NC3 on Monday, the group went to Shoreline City Hall for a presentation by City Economic Development Director Dan Eernissee.
“We’re working closely with the college on a strategy of place-making,” Eernissee told the group. “We’re moving the city from a place you drive through to a place you don’t want to leave.”
Eernissee outlined two specific programs with the help of Mark McVeety and Tony Doupe from the college.
McVeety teaches a business class and delivers a program called the Business Accelerator under a contract between the college and the city. “The idea is to offer high-quality information to business owners, but really anyone, about how they can do their business better,” McVeety said. The program offers free one-on-one business counseling, business mentoring and business plan development. It also offers weekly workshops on various business-related topics.
The city is also working with the film and drama program at the college, which is under Doupe’s direction. The partnership has already opened a film office on the campus to help bring film-industry work to the city and the college. The effort has had some early success. “Our goal is to become Hollywood North,” Eernissee said.
Doupe added that Shoreline can be a strong draw. “The city and college offer wonderful filming locations such as parks, streets and neighborhoods,” Doupe said. “The city is making it easier and less expensive to have access to those locations, which brings film companies and sales tax revenue they bring. The benefit for the college is that our students then get access to work on those films, which makes our program more attractive to more students.”
A member of the Moroccan group, Fatima Zahra Zahroudi, Ph.D., asked why Eernissee picked the film program. Zahroudi is a faculty member and helping to build a program in mechatronics at EST, the technology institute.
“First, it was just looking to see what strengths the college had, and then matching those with what the city could offer,” Eernissee said. “It wasn’t just luck, we looked to see what each of us ha and how we could build on those things.”
From Shoreline, the group went to Lynnwood City Hall to hear about how government infrastructure can support economic development. Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough said that despite encompassing just 8 square miles and with 36,000 residents, the city also accounts for $1 billion a year in retail sales tax.
“We take advantage of being at the crossroads of I-5 and I-405,” said Lynnwood Public Facilities Director Bill Franz, who also showed the group the city’s state-of-the-art traffic control system. “We have about a million cars a week on Lynnwood’s streets.”
On Tuesday, the group toured the automotive, manufacturing and clean energy programs on Shoreline’s campus before heading off for tours of the Lynnwood Honda dealership and the Museum of Flight at Paine Field in Everett.
From Shoreline, the group was scheduled to leave Feb. 13 for Gateway Community College before returning to Morocco.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
* Moroccan delegation to visit Shoreline
A group of nine government and university officials from Morocco will visit Shoreline Community College and the Seattle area Feb. 9-13.
The visit is part of a grant-funded project involving the U.S. State Department’s Higher Education for Development program (HED), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and two U.S. colleges, Shoreline and Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisc.
The Moroccan delegation includes members of the country’s parliament, several business sectors and higher education from Universite’ Mohammed I Oujda/Ecole Supeieure de Technologie (EST) in Oujda, Morocco.
The goal of the project is to establish a sustainable automotive technician training program at EST using a “train the trainer” approach. A year ago, instructional personnel from the three U.S. colleges traveled to Oujda to first assess the existing facilities and faculty and introduce U.S. diagnostic standards and training.
“This is a great opportunity to build on our relationship with Morocco,” said Susan Hoyne, Dean of Science at Shoreline. Hoyne visited Morocco in 2011 on the first leg of the project.
Now on the second leg, this group from Morocco is coming to the U.S. to see the programs at Shoreline, Gateway and Francis Tuttle. In addition, the Moroccans are scheduled to see and learn about other areas of interest including economic development, public-private partnerships on infrastructure and entrepreneurship.
In addition to a roundtable discussion and tour of Shoreline college facilities, the group is scheduled to visit the Shoreline City Hall for a presentation on economic development and government partnership with business and higher education. The group will also visit the City of Lynnwood for a presentation of public infrastructure and its support of economic development.
From Shoreline, the group will go on to Wisconsin and the Oklahoma before returning to Morocco.
Other partners in the project include Snap-on Corp., Education for Employment ,Washington D.C.; Business Educational Partnership Group, Oklahoma City; and the Association for Career and Technical Education, Alexandria, VA.
Friday, February 01, 2013
*Incidents prompt review of safety efforts
Shoreline Community College is taking steps to help make the campus a safer place for students, employees and the public.
In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting incident in Connecticut, President Lee Lambert asked the College Council to discuss and recommend actions regarding campus safety. The Council, which includes representatives from all campus constituencies, met twice in January. The discussions were wide ranging, touching on issues from firearms on campus and arming college security personnel to mental and emotional health.
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At the Jan. 29, 2013 meeting, the Council decided that more substantive recommendations should wait for the arrival of a new director of Safety and Security, anticipated for sometime later in February, according to Stephen Smith, Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs.
Then, on Jan. 31, 2013, an incident off-campus provided those at the college with a fortunately uneventful reminder that emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime and preparation and awareness are important at all times.
The incident began about noon at a home near the college where, according to police at the time, a home-invasion, armed burglary had occurred and three male suspects were at large in the area. With uncertainty about where the apparently armed suspects might be, the decision was made to secure the campus to the degree possible. Soon after, police advised the suspects had likely left the area and the campus was returned to normal operations.
At a debriefing meeting the next day, Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said the college can use the incident as a learning moment. “We have an Emergency Management Response Plan,” Campbell said of the revised plan that was adopted a year ago, Jan. 29, 2012. “On Thursday, we saw some things that went well and some areas where we need to, and will, improve.