FEBRUARY 8, 1994
An executive session convened at 6:00 p.m., pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
A work study session of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 7:00 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411, West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona.
Linda B. Rosenthal, President, Roy C. Amrein, Secretary, Donald R. Campbell, Member, M. Grant Christensen, Member, Nancy Stein, Member ADMINISTRATION
Paul A. Elsner, William Waechter, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Raul Cardenas, Larry Christiansen, William Snyder/Ron Bleed, John Cordova, Art DeCabooter, Dan Whittemore, Stan Grossman, Homero Lopez, J. Marie Pepicello, Phil Randolph, Linda Thor, Arnette Ward, Joyce Elsner for John Waltrip
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Rosenthal.
No executive session was held.
Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. introduced Reuben Hinojosa, CEO of H & H Foods in McAllen, Texas.
(I-A)COMMISSION ON DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION - Rick Sheets, Rodger Slater and Mike Rooney reported on the Commission for Developmental Education. The anticipated outcome for the topic was to learn about opportunities, challenges, and future directions for developmental education. The Commission was charged with defining the direction, connections, relationships, and resources needed for developmental education in MCCD, now and in the future. The 1993 Commission for Developmental Education proposes the following definition: "Developmental education offers individuals with diverse strengths and talents the opportunity to build an educational foundation. This foundation will allow these students to improve their ability to succeed in college and be able to contribute to society. This will allow access to educational programs with employment, career and/or personal growth potential. Developmental education fosters enhancement of academic and interpersonal skills through instructional and student support services. Acquisition of academic and interpersonal skills requires students to assume a shared responsibility for learning in and out of the classroom."
Myths vs. facts about developmental education were presented. Demographics of the developmental education population were provided and effectiveness of the developmental education program at MCCCD was discussed.
Issues and recommendations were addressed. Issues include: percentage of completers, absence of data for studying student success, insufficient course section offerings, faculty professional development, need for support, and further analysis of effectiveness. Board members expressed concern about why students were not completing developmental courses, data availability, and a suggestion that the various councils meet and assess where the District is at this time. Linda B. Rosenthal thanked the Commission for its work. Paul Elsner noted Maricopa, like other colleges, is struggling with how much developmental education should be provided. It was suggested that this topic was a policy issue which should be addressed at a future meeting.
(I-B) SMALL BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES - Bertha Landrum facilitated a strategic conversation centered on small business and community colleges. The expected outcome was to review and discuss the role of MCCCD and the small business community and pose potential future directions.
An overview and background for the issue were presented and a systems approach utilized in illustrating the relationship between small business, community colleges and economy.
Results and comments were as follows:
Preparing people for entrepreneurial opportunities and to be un-and under employed.
Reaching people at home--home-based business. Home-based--isolates from a work and co-worker environment.(Back to the "agricultural type" community where each person had their role in the community). (Editor's note: a molecular structure).
-- Growth in number of smaller business companies who outsource--the 4-5 person business will need help to grow when they need to be able to function as a 50 person business.
-- MCCCD needs to be flexible and competitive to meet needs (semester/credit does not always fit).
-- Conscious desire to stay small. People now/or recently from large organizations will need help/education to operate in small organization.
-- Small will be desirable. "Get a life instead of a job".
-- Different composition for advisory councils and alternate ways of scanning needs for small business.
-- International--not just do business with other countries but be developers of businesses in other countries as well.
-- Need for cultural sensitivity beyond the economic agenda. (especially to do business in other countries)
-- Businessweek magazine--January 1994 Enterprise Issue. Get it, read it.
-- Tying all the pieces together SBDC, AAMC, SBA, SBIR, college classes. (into a system wide coherent program)
-- Small Business management may be key area. (as companies get smaller and people need to learn how to manage in smaller organizations rather than larger corporate structures)
-- Computerized network service/ala Internet. (where businesses can log onto a small business information system) (Editor's note: U.S. Chamber of Commerce has the Bitnet Network.)
-- Career transitioning training--i.e., from defense to commercial business. (Editor's note: This is a business culture issue!).
-- Provide training for small business units of larger corporations--e.g., supplier networks, product units or service delivery units.
-- Training foreign business folks on how to do business here. Look at NAFTA for some opportunities with Mexico.
-- Data driven strategies for planning for future and get data to faculty, high schools, etc. We need to be realistic about what we may have to give up in order to move to new directions.
-- The objective for most small businesses is to outsource work rather than add to the payroll. (Editor's note: This reinforces the notion of additional opportunities for small business.)
-- Start with lower grades in entrepreneurial education.
CHALLENGES, WEAKNESSESS FOR ACTING ON OPPORTUNITIES
-- Time, speed
-- Developing a marketing strategy and the structures to accomplish it. (Editor's note: Our colleges advertise "registration" and not "programs and the benefits to be derived".)
-- We need to demarginalize: good things happening on soft money or outside contracts such as Motorola University. Should be closer to the core.
-- TQM courses for Governing Board and all. Starts at the top.
-- Conduct--rather short seminars that get down to the specifics of what's needed--no time for whole accounting, management courses, etc.
-- Diverse audience need diverse offerings.
-- Are we currently cost effective in our small business credit courses. Need more information about this. (Editor's note: The head count in relation to the FTSE generated is high because all the courses included in the count except one course, are 1 credit courses).
-- Other providers--public and private are our competitors.
-- Develop a plan to get us to capitalize on the opportunities.
-- Connect the "stove pipes". (Editor's note: I think the responder meant within our college system as well as whatever we could accomplish in the community.)
-- Convener, catalyst to bring small businesses together--incubator program for small business development.
-- Co-sponsor seminars--get name out there, market!
-- Continue collaborative efforts.
-- Get involved with associations and other employment networks and bring people together, to aid in forming new "partnerships".
A brief description of AzPEN, Arizona Professional Employment Network, was provided by a member of the audience.
It was noted that the time allowed for strategic conversation appears to be insufficient.
(I-C) BUDGET, 1994-95 PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION - Proposed outcome is to gain knowledge of budget and tuition alternatives for 1994-95. Vice Chancellor Dan Whittemore stated that tuition and fees would be brought back to the Board in February or March for approval. Rufus Glasper presented the proposed preliminary budget for 1994-95, based on the proposed tuition and fee schedule. Major changes were discussed.
Dan Whittemore presented the proposed tuition and fee schedule for 1994-95, reflecting a $2.00 per credit hour increase. A chart reflected the impact of $1.00 and $2.00 tuition increases on percentages of Maricopa students. A comparison with other community colleges was also provided.
Linda B. Rosenthal and Nancy Stein expressed their opposition to the proposed tuition increased and suggested an alternative schedule be provided.
ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 9: 07 p.m.
Roy C. Amrein