Governing Board Retreat
February 19, 2002
A retreat of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Donald R. Campbell, President
Nancy Stein, Secretary
Linda B. Rosenthal, Member
Ed Contreras, Member
Gene Eastin, Member
Susan McRae for Stan Grossman
Rosemary Kesler, FIPP
Jack Lunsford, Government Relations
Janice Reilly, Faculty Association
Debbie Thompson, Budget Office
Rachel Hollingsworth, PSA
Georgia Gudykunst, Inst. Effectiveness
Bob Bendotti, PVC
Rosemary Kesler, District Office
Ruth Unks, Legal
Doug Sawyer, SCC
Mary Vanis, Business & Workforce Development
Earl Monsour, CGC
Gloria Smith, Assistant to the Governing Board
Steve Schenk, Foundation
Jean Ann Abel, GCC
Dean Hermanson, SCC
Christine Hall, HR
Sylvia Manlove, GWC
Joe Ortiz, SCC
Dianne Johns, HR
Patti Johnson, CGCC
Lionel Diaz, Facilities Planning
Kate Dillon Hogan, Transfer & Articulation
Mike Rooney, Student Development
Call to Order
President Nancy Stein called the retreat to order at 9:00 a.m.
The purpose of the retreat was to update the Governing Board and members of the Chancellors Executive Council on the Maricopa Community Colleges Strategic Plan Assumptions and to identify emerging Strategic Initiatives and Priorities.
Introductory Remarks by Chancellor Fred Gaskin
Dr. Gaskin expressed his appreciation to everyone who has contributed to the strategic planning initiative in an effort to define "who we are" and set the stage for the Maricopa County Community College District for the next decade. Dr. Gaskin stated it is important we target where we want to be in 2002 as we plan for the bond plan election in 2004. He commented that the City of Scottsdale was not successful in their bond election because they did not define in advance where they wanted to spend the money and, as a result, the community said "no." The Maricopa Community Colleges are well integrated and the Strategic Planning Task Force has worked diligently to present the information necessary on the following three goals:
- Finalizing planning assumptions;
- Communicating assumptions to colleagues and communities;
- Setting strategic initiatives to prepare to meet the challenges ahead of us.
The Maricopa Community College District is a great system because of the people. The enemy of "great" is "good," and we need to continue to keep it that way. Former Chancellor Paul Elsner knew how to pick the right people. He had vision. People need to be motivated in order to keep them from becoming demotivated. The question is how do you keep people from being demotivated. The organization needs to ask how we achieve goals and what we are doing that is no longer necessary. It will be our challenge to look at processes that can be eliminated. Education is the economic development for the future.
Dr. Gaskin commented that the community colleges should target to meet the needs of the following job clusters:
- Bio-industry Aerospace Advanced financial/economic functions
- High tech
Dr. Gaskin also remarked that due to the transient quality of Arizona population, there is a challenge before us to keep in mind both the incoming and outgoing rate of population fluctuation.
Remarks by Dr. Rufus Glasper Regarding Strategic Planning Retreat Assumptions
Dr. Glasper questioned those in attendance whether we should continue to do things as we have done before or if we should change. The task force has embraced strategic planning and the Governing Board goals. He stated that all of this needs to be melded together and add value to all that is done. Strategic planning has not been boring; in fact, the group embraces the idea of investigating ourselves firmly. The Governing Board goals have been set to establish what we consider ends. There is a need to focus on different ideas from constituencies and allocate budget resources. Strategic planning has been looking at the links between the Budget and Institutional Effectiveness Reports. There is the ability to be in control of what is done and there is a need to analyze the data and put things in place. It is important to come to the table with new ideas and demonstrate that the Maricopa Community Colleges embrace a vision for students.
Governing Board Observations & Comments
President Nancy Stein commented that there were lots of areas being covered and that there is also a need to consider how students feel about what we are doing. Where do they want us to go? What is the trend analysis of the student? The community colleges are usually less funded in technology. There is a need to have people consider the community colleges as part of the higher education system.
Board Member Ed Contreras questioned what would happen if our growth had not been as great as it has been. The growth experienced has been superceded by our competitors and there is a need to look at how we can make our growth greater. Minorities need to be taken into account. Our products need to align with our population. Certain sectors are not going to come to us. We need to question why high school students do not come to Maricopa. Competencies are going to be the ways of the future. Employers are going to look at these, not the actual certificates. What is going to be the driving force? There is a need to align ourselves with the communities and the legislature to meet the needs of our students. We need to educate students for higher level jobs.
Board Member Don Campbell stated that short term skills training came about because we were asked to provide that. In response to Board Member Contrerascomments on the number of engineers coming from India, Dr. Campbell commented that in relation to the population numbers in India, engineers from India were few. We cannot feel inferior to our state universities. We have more institutions and enrollments than they do.
Board Member Linda Rosenthal questioned how we were going to fix the weaknesses of our system regarding resource capacity.
Reports from the six breakout discussion groups are attached.
The retreat adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
Governing Board Secretary
Governing Board Minutes