OCTOBER 12, 1993
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.
M. Grant Christensen, President, Linda B. Rosenthal, Secretary, Roy C. Amrein, Member, Donald R. Campbell, Member, Nancy Stein, Member
William Waechter for Paul A. Elsner , Bertha Landrum for Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Dan Whittemore, Ron Bleed, Janice Bradshaw, Raul Cardenas, Larry Christiansen, John Cordova, Art DeCabooter, Stan Grossman, Homero Lopez, J. Marie Pepicello, Phil Randolph, Linda Thor,Arnette Ward, John Waltrip
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President
President Christensen called for a motion convening an executive session, notice having been previously given.
MOTION NO. 8143
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that an executive session be convened. Motion carried 5-0.
The meeting recessed at 6:01 p.m.
The work study session reconvened at 7:03 p.m.
(I-A)STUDENT TRACKING SYSTEM - Bertha Landrum introduced Mary Day who provided information on reports, almanac, institutional research data bases, and the future of student information systems. Approximately 800-850 federal and state reports are produced annually, many in response to compliance issues. Mary Day reviewed the cross-sectional data and provided a history of the statewide student tracking system, noting that not all indicators of student success are available from computer data. Retention/persistence, completion of intended goals, and transfer information can be obtained from the data files. Nancy Stein requested clarification of terminology. Linda B. Rosenthal commented on changes in student goals and data input with the system is in place.
Ms. Day indicated that improvements in data retrieval methods will be made in the future and that the systems will become more user friendly. Information about middleware was provided. Donald R. Campbell asked how data can be used to determine what educational improvements should be made. Bertha Landrum noted that the emphasis on quality has made the importance of student data more apparent. In response to a question from Linda B. Rosenthal, Phoenix Union High School is still included in this project.
(I-B) ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE - Bertha Landrum introduced Gail Shay, Gateway Community College faculty member. Ms. Shay gave a presentation on English as a Second Language (ESL) including demographics nationally and in the Maricopa County Community College District, ESL student profiles in the Maricopa County Community College District, ESL student performance, current issues and innovations, and recommendations from the ESL Subcommittee of the MCCD English Instructional Council.
Ms. Shay introduced members of the ESL Subcommittee who were present: Marie Galleti, Barbara Shovers, Jerry Cervantez, Pearl Williams, Jane Camp and Blair Liddicoat. A video of ESL students was shown. Evangelina Olea, a former ESL student at Glendale Community College, spoke about her experiences with the program. Current issues include problems resulting from mandated testing for assessment and determination of ability to benefit for financial aid. Recommendations included: trying a creative approach to serving this population, including flexibility in registration timing and scheduling; finding/creating new advertising techniques/ways to reach the very large market of potential students; offering TOEFL preparation classes; establishing an approved program of study for international students; and creating more scholarships to allow greater access for financially disadvantaged students.
In response to a question from Linda B. Rosenthal, courses include credit and non-credit offerings. Nancy Stein inquired about the number of students in the program and the classes offered. Five thousand students participated in the program last year, and classes included reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocational language skills. Gail Shay noted that one in 12 individuals in Arizona do not speak English in their home. Linda B. Rosenthal asked about the need for increased funding for additional classes for an increasing number of students needing them. Late registration poses problems for the program including the cancellation of classes.
(I-C) THE ARIZONA STUDENT SUCCESS PROJECT - Quentin Bogart and M. J. Price, Arizona State University, reported on the major findings of the Arizona Student Success study. This was a comparative study of community college transfer, four-year college transfer, and native university students, as well as selected data focusing on students transferring from the Maricopa Community College District to four Arizona universities. Statistics relating to gender and age, ethnicity, student objectives, educational expectations, satisfaction, programs, grade point averages, student success, factors used in selecting transfer college, family income, and swirling groups were provided. Dr. Price noted that potential benefits from the study may be better coordination and better advising for students. Copies of overhead projection materials will be provided for members of the Governing Board. Mrs. Stein asked about the source of funding for the research.
The meeting adjourned at 8: 37 p.m.
Linda B. Rosenthal