First Wednesday Reports
Is it fall already? Even if we don’t have a federal
government this week, multi-hued pumpkins of various
shapes and sizes are appearing at the grocery store.
Congratulations to newly elected 2013-2014 Planning,
Review, and Budget Committee (PRBC) co-chairs Sandra
Genera and Ken Grace, who follow in the
(metaphorically) giant footsteps of last year’s
chair, Jan Novak. This hard-working group is
undertaking a number of key initiatives this
academic year, including a review and updating of
the College’s Mission Statement and a continuation
of our strategic planning process as we review Unit
Plans through the Program Review Process with
reference to our strategic goals and objectives. Our
sage Accreditation Liaison Jim Matthews is in
attendance at each PRBC meeting, a significant fact
as we move into this next accreditation cycle. One
important theme emerging from last year’s PRBC work
is resonating this semester through the convening of
the Presidential Taskforce on Learning Communities,
chaired by Dr. Jeanne Wilson and Deonne Kunkel.
Someone asked me if the Taskforce was “by invitation
only”! ALL College shared governance committees are
open to all. Come on by.
Another theme across the Colleges and District is,
of course, the set of legislative mandates rolled
out across the State by the Student Success Agenda.
Dean Matt Kritscher and Interim VPs Wagoner and
Shimada attended last week’s Student Success Summit
in the Capitol and debriefed with administrative
staff and classified and faculty reps about updates
on new and forthcoming legislation. At the October 1st
Board Study Session meeting Vice Chancellor
Kingston, our own Articulation Officer Jane Church
along with LPC Interim President Jan Noble gave an
update to the Trustees on Student Success
developments, with a focus on the new Transfer
Degrees (per SB 1440) at both campuses. Jane did us
proud, and kudos again, to Jane and the many faculty
leads who worked on our new transfer degrees. A
number of Trustees raised important questions about
the larger State agenda, and to what degree it
alters the community colleges’ missions under the
Master Plan. It was a good discussion.
Second Level interviews take place this week for our
permanent VP of Academic Services, and the committee
to screen the Foundation/Development Director
position is in place and getting started with their
process. As we emerge from a period of deep
austerity across the State (into what I’ll
characterize as a period of “lesser austerity”), we
badly need to restore functionality to any number of
areas starved by recent years of drought.
Among many other important roles, we need a
web master and we need to provide faculty support in
the process of aggregating SLO and related
“accountability” data. At this month’s College Forum
(yes, we are still looking for a date that
works!!!), VP Connie Willis and I will be presenting
the College’s Adoption Budget for scrutiny and
review by the College community. It should be
interesting. I’ll soon be presenting
recommendations for administrative organization
recommended by admin staff over the summer, as well
as the recommendations of the Classified Senate
regarding classified hiring at PRBC, the Senates,
and College Council.
Our annual Law and Democracy Lecture was
well-attended and continues a tradition of civic
engagement that is deeply meaningful to the College
and community. Ditto our ongoing Faculty Lecture
Series which highlights some of our home-grown
brilliance. On October 15th the Board of
Trustees will meet in regular session here at Chabot
with a special presentation by Dean Vo-Kumamoto on
recent developments in the MESA Program. Before the
Board meets, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony
for our newly updated Automotive facility, with a
number of old friends and luminaries in attendance,
including, it is rumored, some of the BMW brass
themselves (who I hear are pretty thrilled about the
program.) Onward and upward into autumn!
October, 2013 (PDF format)
First Wednesday Report:
September, 2013 (PDF format)
Spring 2013 Message from the President
Spring Semester 2013 on firmer budgetary ground than
we have stood as a college
college system in
A number of us attended a
debriefing in Sacramento last Friday (an
Chancellor Walters seems to know every mover and
shaker in the State) and heard much good news
related to the apparent
stability expected to be achieved
through Prop 30 and a slow-but-steady recovery of
the California Economy.
I will be sending out a more detailed report
on Prop 30
projections and new legislative mandates later
this week as we start to assess and plan for their
potential impacts on Chabot.
birthday was celebrated
in our PAC at
an inspiring event sponsored by the City of Hayward
(and orchestrated with her usual elan by our own
Mayor Mike Sweeny presided over the event,
which was attended by many community luminaries.
Some highlights included the
School Concert Choir and orchestra, Griot and
Diane Ferlatte (who took us back to the voting booth with Fanny Lou
Hayward Senior Line Dancers (wow!), and a moving
rendition of Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech by
Tommy E. Smith, Jr.
I gave a
shout out to Chabot's programs which support Dr.
King's vision of the "beloved community" including
Daraja/Umoja, Puente, EOPS/TRIO, Striving Black
Brothers, the Child Development Center, and our Law
and Democracy Program.
We'll be doing more to publicize this event
around the campus next year. You don't want to miss
Chabot administrative staff hosted a well-attended
luncheon in honor of classified professionals. A
number of speakers, including
classified and faculty leaders and admins,
reflected on the crucial work of classified staff,
as well as the burdens they have faced
years of the recession.
Naomi Parke served up a fabulous buffet (as always), supplemented by
various admins "signature dishes", and
DJ "Doc" Shultz spun the vinyl (metaphorically speaking).
It was pretty cool.
Neighborhood Collaborative grant work proceeds
with the selection from a number of finalists of a
Promise Neighborhood Coordinator this week funded
through the grant.
The Law and
Democracy Program received grant support for
classes through a collaboration with the venerable
Project (which educates about civil rights and
the constitution.) Congratulations to
on their expanding political and social justice
Two meetings of note will occur
this week: On
Friday, January 25 at 8 AM the Chabot Planning,
Review, and Budget Committee (PRBC) is having a
half-day planning retreat. This group of classified,
faculty, administrators, and students has really
rolled up their collective sleeves during fall
semester, meeting for over 40 hours of "real talk"
guided by their intrepid chair, the amazing
At 12:30 on Friday the
Budget Study Group will meet to consider a new
allocation model for the District. This should be a
very important discussion.
Senate is sponsoring a series of community
presentations this semester by Chabot faculty on
areas of their expertise.
Check out the line-up on posters around the
campus, which includes
and Michelle Sherry on parenting, our own bones
and stones expert
Giovanola; Don Plondke on Global Warming,
on the development of the Interstate Highway System,
and the cosmic guru
on understanding the cosmos.
Finally, if you haven't seen it
yet, check out the newly refurbished
it will knock you out. The design elements that have
gone into this renovation are exemplary.
Dean Tram Vo Kumamoto and faculty for thinking through a beautiful
marriage here of form and function.
See you around the campus.
Have a great first week!
November 2012 Message from the President
I finally got on the road for a few days to
attend the annual Community College League of
California (CCLC) annual conference in LA last week.
And (dare I say it?) it was inspiring---even for an
old cynic such as myself who has too often seen
conferences as less about information and more about
self-promotion. This was different.
It was good to meet so many people devoted to the
community college mission, to learn what's happening
around the State, and to see halls full of people
who represent California's rich diversity.
New State Chancellor Bryce Harris and League
Director, the intrepid Scott Lay, each made some
compelling points that I'll try to summarize below.
With the passage of Prop 30 and the steady, if slow,
State economic recover, the Legislative Analysts
office (LAO) is predicting "growth" for public
systems from kindergarten through grade 14 these
next years. Good news, for sure!
But are we really talking "growth"?
Put into context, a better term would be "partial
1. There are about 2.4 million community college
students in California. Prop 30 will allow the
statewide Community College system to add about
20,000 students (great!)
2. But over the last decade we have TURNED AWAY
1/2 MILLION STUDENTS, while the average class size
has increased by 17%---largely due to the compassion
and commitment of faculty and staff who have been
willing to educate students for whom we are not
3. During this period, the State has undergone a
great demographic shift. In 1980, 60% of California
Community College students were white; in 2008, 68%
were students of color. So at the same time that the
system has been forced by chronic underfunding to
"ration" education---we are failing to serve many
students who have been historically the most
3. On a world scale, we have declined as a
country over the last decades from 3rd in the world
in college graduates to 10th.
Our collective challenge---across the system---
is to reverse these trends.
Finally, State Chancellor Harris also allowed in
his wry way (he grew up in Oklahoma and sounds a bit
like Will Rogers), that he is a little tired of
hearing how "we ought to be more like a business".
General Electric converts lumps of steel into either
toasters or freezers, but we've been "converting"
living, aspiring human beings with child-care
issues, work schedules, healthcare needs, etc. into
graduates, skilled workers, teachers, and
entrepreneurs for over 50 years---too often in a
resource-starved environment. Given the new
Chancellor's record of accomplishment over decades
in the Los Rios District, and his decision to come
out of a brief retirement to lead the system, I
think we are lucky to have him.
Last but not least: kudos to Matt Kritscher and
ValJean Dale for an excellent and interactive
presentation on the SHIFT program and job-focused
service programs in general.
Hope you had a GREAT THANKSGIVING!