President's Leadership Team Report March 3, 10, and 16, 2021

Mar 19
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Wendy McEwen, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness

Denise Kruzinga-Muro, Writing & Reading Center Lead Instructor and Coordinator Riverside Assessment Committee

Jude Whitton, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Coordinator, Riverside Assessment Committee

Riverside Assessment Committee leaders discussed the College’s General Education Student Learning Outcomes (GE SLOs) findings. All four outcomes have been now assessed as part of the cycle. Click here to view the individual reports.

Every member of PLT was deeply impressed by the quality of the content in this report and the clarity of the presentation. Most fundamentally, PLT appreciated the serious and thoughtful effort that went into the College’s effort to assess student learning and learn from that assessment.

Eyad Alfattal, Director, International Students
Director Alfatal shared with PLT recruitment strategies and retention practices executed in the Center for International Students and Programs to ensure student needs are met.

  • Despite the declining international student numbers, RCC enrollment trend for Fall 2020 is exceeds the national trend, recruiting 30 new international students, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, including travel bans and delayed visa processing.
  • The quality of the services, including timely student visa advising and workshops with immigration regulations updates for international students remains the Center’s priority.
  • Recruitment has been conducted through virtual education fairs and other remote channels.
  • The College secured scholarships to support international students from the Institute of International Education (IIE) Emergency Student Fund and other sponsors.
    PLT agreed to consider two proposed changes to current practices that help increase the recruitment and enrollment of international students. Under consideration are:
    - an increase in international agent commission
    - an inquiry into Board Policy 3030 to reduce international student application fee

PLT reviewed the following information items:

ACCJC Annual Report - Draft
PLT reviewed two of the College’s reports to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

  • The Annual Report and the Financial Report are due on April 9.
  • The College’s participatory governance bodies will review each report as an information item following established protocol.

 Partnership Resource Team Visit
The Partnership Resource Team (PRT) through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), led by Dr Bill Scroggins, President of Mt SAC is visiting RCC Friday, March 12.

  • Members of the PLT reviewed the agenda that covers:
    - Academic Support
    - Professional Development
    - Multi-Year Scheduling
  • Dr. Scroggins met on Tuesday with President Anderson in preparation for Friday’s follow-up.
  • PLT members expressed full confidence in the many leaders among the faculty and administrative ranks participating in the PRT process.

Finish Line Emergency Grant Funding
Student Financial Services and a team of reviewers from Student Services completed reviewing the 2020-21 Finish Line Emergency Grant applications. Funding in the amount of $150,000 will be dispersed to 225 students this week.

Grant Support
PLT reviewed the tens of millions of dollars in non-general fund sources that have come to the College. This growing college grant portfolio requires additional staff to increase grant support.

  • Many of these new grants including the CARES/HEERF funds include indirect costs allocations that will fund additional team members.
  • The expansion of support for grants is aligned with the both College and District strategic goals.
  • Similar increased staffing is also planned at Moreno Valley and Norco colleges.

Meeting with Unified School Districts
RCC continues to focus on expanding and strengthening strategic partnerships to increase enrollment in pre-college opportunities including California Colleges and Career Access Pathways (CCAP), concurrent enrollment, and early college programs.

To prepare for Fall 2021, RCC leaders met with the leadership in partner school districts.

Riverside Unified School District meeting attendees:

  • RCC: Interim VP Mills, Dean O’Connor, and Associate Dean Quigley
  • RUSD: Chief Academic Officer Renee Hill

Meeting highlights:

  • CAO Hill will become the new Superintendent on July 1.
  • RUSD is excited to continue its CCAP partnership with RCC and recognizes the tremendous potential of the program.
  • RUSD is also enthusiastic about the summer math institute.
  • RCC will make a brief presentation on the summer math institute at an upcoming RUSD board meeting.

Alvord Unified School District meeting attendees:

  • RCC: President Anderson, Interim VP Mills, Dean O’Connor, and Associate Dean Quigley
  • Norco College: President Green, VP Tarrant, Dean DeAsis, Director Sinclair
  • RCCD: Interim Vice Chancellor Kim
  • AUSD: Superintendent Allan Mucerino, Assistant Superintendent Sherri Kemp, Director, Equity and Access Georgina Ramirez

Meeting highlights:

  • Riverside City and Norco colleges are committed to working closely to increase enrollment.
  • The colleges recognize the strong leadership Director Ramirez has brought to the dual enrollment program and are looking forward to discussing future possibilities.
    AUSD was particularly excited about the new opportunities created by offering CCAP courses online

Jurupa Valley Unified School District meeting attendees

  • RCC: Associate Dean Quigley
  • JVUSD: Director, College and Career Readiness Roberta Pace and Coordinator, College and Career Readiness Michelle Markham

Meeting highlights:

  • JVUSD students benefited from the CCAP Kick Off event at the beginning of the spring semester, which informed students of the ways they can receive academic and student support, as well as how to navigate Canvas.
  • JVUSD is particularly interested in expanding the CCAP CTE pathways for students including in CIS and ADJ pathways.
  • JVUSD received funding from K-12 Strong Workforce to increase concurrent enrollment efforts, including providing transportation to RCC for select JUSD students in future semesters.

Legionella Update
Robert Beebe, Director of Facilities reported via email to PLT that the Legionella remediation from Wheelock Gym was completed and that all tests came back negative. It is now safe to use water in the facility. Details are included in this formal report.

Laptop Distribution Update

  • Total number of laptops checked out - 750
  • Current laptops issued - 644 (Library 382, TSS 262)
  • Overdue to be returned - 106 (Library 6, TSS 100)
  • 225 currently cataloged and available for check out

PLT considered the following policy items:

The College continues to review, spend, and allocate funds received through federal sources paying close attention to student and critical institutional needs while ensuring the safety of faculty, classified professionals, and students.

  • The first round of CARES funds are on track to be spent by the established federal deadlines.
  • The new round of CARES/HEERF funds ($24M) have been received and will be strategically allocated through our participatory governance structures.
  • Business Services is working with department heads, Deans, and Vice Presidents to complete all approved projects and get them entered into the system by the end of March.
  • Major CARES initiatives include, but are not limited to:
    - Lost Revenue (Food Services, Child Care Services, Facilities Rentals, etc.)
    - RCC Faculty/Staff computer replacements and upgrades
    - RCCD Staff computer replacements
    - Outdoor space improvements (outdoor seating/gathering spaces)
    - Academic equipment, furniture and infrastructure improvements
    - Staffing augmentations
    - Classroom/Laboratory infrastructure and technology improvements

Service Awards
PLT reviewed a proposal by Natalie Halsell, RCC’s College Professional Development Coordinator, for a possible “drive-through” in-person event for RCC’s Service Awards this year.

  • While details are still being finalized, this year’s proposed event would include recognition of service award winners from 2019-20 and 2020-21.
  • PLT supported the idea and encouraged more details to follow pending CDC changes and ongoing County gathering rules updates.

FTES by Area

New FTES targets are being established based on the trends over the past two years.  These estimates will be established by discipline (in consultation with discipline/division representatives) and will also be updated within the Budget Allocation Model for proper planning.

RTA Go-Pass Amendment
The Go-Pass program offered through RTA has been extended through Fall 2026.

  • RCCD students can enroll in the program and receive a mobile pass when registering for classes.
  • A text message with the Token Transit link is provided for use when riding the bus.
  • This partnership supports equitable access to education as well as the College’s interest in achieving environmental sustainability.
  • Staff and students will follow college and county COVID-19 safety protocols. 

PLT took action on the following items:

FTES/Enrollment Strategies
As enrollment has trended down over the last year, additional strategies to ensure student engagement and completion, especially considering our focus on equity, were discussed. Deans, department chairs and faculty are consistently considering new and innovative strategies to meet student needs.

Distribution of DRC Equipment/Technology for Students
PLT reviewed and approved the proposal presented by the Disability Resource Center to distribute needed equipment and technology to DRC students.

  • The drive-through distribution will take place in front of the warehouse on Thursday, March 18 from noon to 2pm.
  • Staff and students will follow college and county COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Celebrate Dance Proposal
PLT Approved the request from FPA and Dance to host Celebrate Dance on campus later this Spring semester.

  • Celebrate Dance is an annual performance which features Dance students as both choreographers and principal dancers.
  • This year, the Dance department created a drive-in, video integrated, live experience that will take place on May 13-15.
  • Each performance will be 45 minutes in duration and should be exciting event for the community.

Indoor rehearsal proposal
PLT reviewed and approved the proposal from Fine and Performing Arts for the Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz ensembles to rehearse in the RCC Coil School for the Arts.

  • Rehearsal will occur in the concert hall two days a week for an hour each
    - Chamber Singers TTH 2:00-3:00 pm
    - Vocal Jazz Ensemble TTH 3:30-4:30 pm
  • There will be no more than 27 singers spread out in the audience/house, following social distance and mask guidelines, utilizing only 6% capacity of the hall.

Career Networking with Auto Industries
PLT reviewed and approved the proposal from Automotive Technology to hold a scaled-down networking event with Ford and BMW industries and possibly several others.

  • The proposed plan includes setting up easy-ups, allowing students one-by-one to rotate through the employers pop-ups to network for employment.
  • At a maximum there would be ten automotive employers, which students would rotate through in groups of no more than ten students.