DECEMBER 2, 2003
A monitoring session of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Ed Contreras, President
Linda Rosenthal, Secretary
Nancy Stein, Member
Don Campbell, Member
ABSENT - Gene Eastin, Member
Christine Hall for Jose Leyba
Carol Scarafiotti for Linda Thor
Alberto Sanchez for Phil Randolph
CALL TO ORDER
The Annual Monitoring Session was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by Teresa Toney, Manager of Governance & Ombuds Services.
Ms. Toney welcomed everyone present to the annual monitoring session of the Governing Board goals and explained that this session is in compliance with the monitoring directive for Board goals as outlined in policy. She further stated that both the monitoring report and the session being held were a collaborative effort between the following groups:
- Deans of Instruction Council
- Deans of Occupational Education and the Center for Workforce Development
- Deans of Student Services Council
- Diversity Advisory Council
- National Center for Teacher Education
- District Student Academic Achievement Assessment Committee
- Staff of Office of Institutional Effectiveness
- Guidance from Dr. Helfgot and Dr. Solley
Ms. Toney further acknowledged the compilation of report data and also the planning of forums and retreats during the past year on various goal topics.
II. 2004 BOARD GOAL MONITORING
Dr. Georgia Gudykunst, District Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Outcomes, came forward to speak about the 2004 Board Goal Monitoring Process. Dr. Gudykunst referenced the October 2003 Retreat on Strategic and Capital Planning during which time board goals were incorporated into the mission area and critical indicators were discussed. She also made reference to the 2003 Report on Governing Board Goals and Measures which included appendices consisting of data tables, best practices of student academic achievement assessment, and information on workforce development, student development services and continuing and community education. The report information was compiled with the assistance of the various councils and is meant to be used as a source of accountability to our communities and us.
III. REVIEW OF BOARD GOALS
University Transfer/General Education, Developmental Education, Continuing/Community Development
Dr. Jolyne Ghanatabadi, Chair of the Deans Instructional Council, provided a review pertaining to these board goals. Her presentation provided data pertaining to the following questions (data provided in attached slide reports distributed):
- What number and percent of Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) and "transfer pathway" completers transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution within two years of completing the program?
- What is the total number of new Maricopa students attending state universities annually?
- What is the number of students who transfer community college credit?
- What is the number of completed certificate or associate degrees in 2002-03?
Dr. Ghanatabadi also provided the following statistics pertaining to Developmental Education:
- 10.5% of Fall FTSE or 16% of Fall headcount are enrolled in developmental education courses. This represents a 12% increase in enrollment from previous Fall.
- 59% of students enrolled in developmental education courses are females and 41% are males. 44% are minorities and the majority are under 25 years of age.
With reference to Continuing/Community Education and Dual Enrollment, the following statistics were provided:
- 8,393 vocational and 26,996 avocational students made up the non-credit headcount.
- 934 courses in 140 locations, and 11,558 unduplicated headcount were involved in dual enrollment.
Dr. Ghanatabadi also provided information pertaining to partnerships with K-12 and examples of personal interest/development opportunities and which college was involved. She further stated that there other programs found at multiple campuses which include the ACE Program, Upward Bound, Hoops of Learning, and Urban Teacher Corp.
Kathy Kunath, Chair of the Occupational Deans and Workforce Development Council, provided an overview of the Occupational Program Master Plan developed for 2002 wherein the following priority industry clusters and infrastructure/regional needs were addressed:
- Advanced Financial/Business Services
- High Tech
- Teacher Education
- Small Business
- Public Safety/Homeland Security
With reference to Governing Board Goal #1: Students will complete occupational programs or courses with skills sought by themselves or employers, Ms. Kunath reported there were over 275,754 occupational course enrollments representing a 2.62% increase over the previous year. The completion rate was 80%.
The following statistics were provided on Workforce Development:
- 201 AAS Degree Programs
- 403 Certificates of Completion
- 604 Total Occupational Programs
- 848 Full-time nursing students
- 161 part-time nursing students
- For 2002-03 1,687 AAS Degrees awarded (11.28% increase)
- For 2002-03 7,390 certificated awarded (1.47% increase)
- Completion Challenges include diversity of student goals, students jobbing out, and failure to apply for graduation
With reference to Governing Board Goal #2: Maricopa Community Colleges will collaborate with private, public and community partners to identify and respond to recruitment, training, and educational needs, it was reported that Maricopa Colleges partnered with 372 business, industry, governmental, and public sector agencies. Over 63,445 students enrolled in partnership credit and non-credit courses. 208 partner survey responses expressed 97% satisfaction level.
As follow-up to last year:
- Tracking of certificate completers will be start next spring,
- Student Guarantee Policy is still in effect. Occupational Deans will work with Student Services Deans to include in catalog.
- Recruiting faculty to teach is difficult in the areas of nursing, automotive, and health sciences due to salaries not being competitive with real world salaries.
Future issues include:
- Make fact based decisions when establishing new occupational programs to support priority clusters, infrastructure, and regional workforce needs.
- Continue to use the program review process to assure need for and currency of existing programs
- Track certificate and degree completers
- Leverage resources with partner organizations
Student Development Services
Dr. Kay Martens, Chair of the Deans of Student Services Council, spoke about the Governing Board Goal: Students will be provided programs and services that further increase retention and support their learning, educational, and employment/career goals. She reported that the Maricopa Community Colleges are serving increasing numbers of students, using a wide variety of services (A/R, child care, financial aid, accommodations, job searches, multicultural services, re-entry programs, international ed services, enrichment programs), and helping students identify and achieve goals.
With reference to Governing Board Goal: Students will be provided programs and services that support their personal growth and citizenship development, Dr. Martens reported that opportunities such as public policy forum and leadership programs are available for student participation.
Three major concerns continue to be priorities for Student Services:
- Improving assessment of students' satisfaction with services
- Establishing a consistent process to monitor our services
- Enhancing services through technology
Questions raised during this topic were:
- What is best way?
- Are we asking the right questions?
- How engaged are students in using our services.
- New challenges include access to technology students
- Why the dropout rate?
- There need to be similar assessments for all programs and goals, as well as common way to assess.
Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld, National Director for Teacher Education Program, reported on the Governing Board Goals: Maricopa Community Colleges will work with community partners to develop programs and services to recruit and prepare students to become PreK-12 teachers to serve our communities. Dr. St. Arnauld provided statistics pertaining to total enrollments and total student represented since 1999. She also indicated that 203 education students graduated with a certificate or degree, up from 172 in 2001-2002.
Other information provided included:
- Majority of teacher education students transfer 64+ credits
- A statewide degree (AAEE) was established in the Fall 2003
- The student system will help track students
- More than 110 partnerships have been established
- In 2001-2002 a total of 885 students graduated from the state universities' Colleges of Education with previous Maricopa credits
- More than 70% are Maricopa transfer students
- Average GPA at the end of a transfer student's first semester is above 3.0
- There are more than 460 members in the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs.
Governing Board Closing Comments
Linda Rosenthal: Thanked staff for their hard work. She expressed that she hoped next year the report would be less voluminous but stated that these reports have established a baseline to track from.
Don Campbell: Stated that the reports were pretty extensive and that he felt there should be a full-day workshop to really get in depth. He also commented that a lot of problems are created by a state that says students can drop out at age 16. This needs to be changed.
Nancy Stein: Mrs. Stein echoed colleagues in that everyone provided excellent information. They were to be commended. She stated that everyone is doing a fine job reaching goals. She quoted PacifiCare's billboard message, "Caring is good but doing something is better." A Texas university's enrollment is up 80%. Why? Because people all care.
Ed Contreras: Commented on the amount of work done and the fine job everyone had accomplished. Future issues and priorities leave things ongoing. He questioned if we needed to spend more time to do it better and refine the process of self-analysis. He suggested doing this at a retreat.
The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Linda B. Rosenthal
Governing Board Secretary