Shoreline Community College faculty and staff listen during the all-campus meeting, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.
Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert borrowed a line from the state of the union address during an all-campus meeting Friday, Feb. 10, 2011.
“We’re a college built to last,” Lambert said in his introduction, paraphrasing President Obama’s statement.
In his opening remarks, Lambert said the initiatives being put in place, expanding online offerings and services to create a virtual college and internationalizing the campus, are designed to prepare the college to meet the needs of students and the state.
Lambert and Daryl Campbell, vice president for academic affairs, spoke to two pieces of the ongoing budget discussions: the legislative uncertainties and Shoreline’s own decision-making process.
“We’re planning for a cut of about $3 million for our college,” Lambert said. “We’re hoping it will be less, but over the past several years, our projections have turned out to be pretty close.”
Lambert said it is clear the Legislature will have to produce an all-cuts budget and that they will likely send some kind of tax package to the voters. “It is uncertain what the voters will say,” Lambert said. “We can’t count on that.”
The next key piece of budget information, Lambert said, will come on Feb. 16 when the state is scheduled to release a revenue forecast. Lambert said much will depend on that forecast.
Campbell spoke about Shoreline’s process for deciding on a budget and from where in the college reductions could come.
“The Strategic Planning and Budget Committee members have submitted a draft of recommendations for the process and how we would communicate,” Campbell said. The Senior Executive Team, he said, will review the recommendations and report back to the committee and the campus.
Campbell also showed a draft timeline recommended by the committee.
“This is based on last year’s timeline,” Campbell said. “You’ll notice some question marks, but while we’re still reviewing this, I think the administration feels we can come pretty close to this timeline.”
Also on the agenda was Humanities Dean Norma Goldstein speaking about the ongoing accreditation effort, eLearning Director Ann-Garnsey-Harter giving an update on the virtual-college project and related efforts and Lambert again to speak to the international education initiative.
“We just received notice a few days ago that our accreditation has been re-affirmed,” Goldstein said. However, she reminded, the new accreditation process is a rolling calendar of continuous deadlines. The reaffirmation was part of getting Standard 1 finished this past summer. Standard 2, she said, is virtually completed and Standard 3 only needing a final review before submitting to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Standards 4 and 5 are still to come, Goldstein said. She outlined a work schedule that includes deadlines in April, May-June, August and October. Goldstein also announced upcoming work sessions open to the entire campus and set for:
· Friday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-noon
· Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
· Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m.-noon
Garnsey-Harter said a key piece of the virtual-college initiative recently fell into place with a contract signing with Campus CE. The company will provide an online admissions and registration capability available, she said. While the service will be used by all students, it is particularly helpful to online students who may otherwise never come to campus.
The Virtual College Implementation Team has established two sub-groups, one for student services and another for instructional programs, Garnsey-Harter said. The instructional group is planning to launch pilot programs this coming fall.
Besides the Campus CE contract, the student services group is moving ahead with implementing mandatory G-Mail accounts for all students. The group also worked on launching the mobile apps and a mobile Web site for the college. The apps, she said, have been downloaded nearly 1,500 times in just few weeks and by users in 21 countries from China to Trinidad and Tobago.
In speaking about international education, Lambert said it is important to remember the goal is to increase global competencies for all students, domestic and international. “A third of all jobs in Washington are tied to international trade,” Lambert said. “By helping students become globally aware, we help them and the economy.”
Lambert made note of the work being done by the Campus Internationalization Leadership Team led by Bob Francis, Dean of Social Sciences. Lambert also noted recent enrollment statistics for international students that show increased numbers for winter quarter.