Chancellor’s Newsletter – November 2018

YCCD Governing Board Selects Provisionally Appointed Trustee

At the October 11, 2018 Regular meeting of the YCCD Governing Board, the Board of Trustees voted to appoint Ms. Susan Alves as the provisional appointed trustee to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of longtime Trustee Xavier Tafoya.  Ms. Alves will serve as Trustee of Area 6 which includes a portion of Yolo County and a portion of Colusa County.

The YCCD Governing Board, at the September 13, 2018 Regular meeting, announced the resignation of Trustee Xavier Tafoya from Trustee Area 6 of the District’s Board of Trustees, effective September 1, 2018, and filed the resignation with the County Superintendent of schools on August 22, 2018.

Education Code Section 5091 states that when a resignation is filed with the county superintendent of schools, the community college district governing board shall, within 60 days of the vacancy, either order an election or make a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy.  Upon a provisional appointment, the person appointed to fill the vacancy holds the office only until the next regularly scheduled election for the district governing board members.

The YCCD Governing Board undertook the recruitment process to fill the vacant trustee seat within the sixty (60) day timeline.  One-time notices were published in newspapers of general circulation and in three public areas within the district.  Candidate applications were accepted until September 28th and the Board President appointed an ad hoc committee to review the application to ensure each candidate met the qualifications as prescribed by law.  The ad hoc committee also provided the Governing Board a recommendation on the specific appointment and interview process.

Three applications were received and interviews were scheduled at the October 11, 2018 Regular Board meeting held at Woodland Community College.  After completion of the interview sessions, the Governing Board nominated two of the three applicants, with Ms. Susan Alves receiving the majority of votes.  Ms. Alves will take the Oath of Office at the November 8, 2018 Regular Board meeting.

Ms. Alves has been a resident of Zamora for 27 years, and the Yolo County community for the past 34 years.  After attending Woodland Community College, Ms. Alves transferred to Chico State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and then on to Sacramento State University where she earned a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential, and an Administrative Services Credential.

Prior to her retirement from public education in 2018, Ms. Alves served in the Woodland Joint Unified School District for 22 years; 13 years as a teacher, and 9 years as an elementary school principal.  From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Alves served in the United States Peace Corps as an Environmental Education volunteer, in Paraguay, South America.

YCCD Planning Guidelines Memo

Chancellor Houston provided, in October, a Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Planning Guidelines Memo to the College Presidents and District Services Administrators.  The purpose of the memo is to provide guidance to the Colleges and District Services in developing the Fiscal Year 18-19 and Fiscal Year 19-20 plans to accomplish the YCCD Governing Board’s Goals.  The Board of Trustees is committed to achieving the Board of Governor’s (BOG) Vision for Success Goals.

The memo provides details on the BOG Visions for Success Goals, adopted by the YCCD Governing Board in August 2018 ( Resolution 18-32), the Chancellor’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 Goals established by the Board of Trustees, the new Student-centered Funding Formula, Specific Planning Guidelines, Enrollment Planning, and Full-time Faculty Hiring and Investment in Innovation.  The full memo can be found here:  FY 2018-2019 & FY 2019-2020 Planning Guidelines.

CCCCO Announces New AB 705 Pricing Package with Pearson

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office announced in October Pearson has coordinated with the CCCCO to provide a new pricing package for students for support in mathematics, statistics, English, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

The memo states “As college faculty, staff, and administrators work to operationalize the fundamental tenets of Assembly Bill (AB) 705, one of the most significant planning demands will be about how to grow and deepen support for students inside and outside of classrooms.”  The subscription with Pearson includes access to online support like “My Lab” and “Smarthinking,” an online tutoring environment.

The full memo can be read here: AB 705 Informational Announcement on Pearson’s New Pricing Package and here: Pearson Solutions for California’s Community Colleges

State Chancellor’s Office to Host a Screening of Unlikely

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will host a screening of the groundbreaking higher education documentary Unlikely.  The documentary, produced by Jaye and Adam Fenderson of Three Frame Media, takes an in-depth look at barriers of America’s higher education system and the causes behind the college dropout crisis.  The documentary draws on the values of the California Community College and Chancellor Oakley is featured in the final product.

A Sacramento Premiere and Town Hall, featuring Unlikely, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th at the Crest Theatre hosted by the Foundation for California Community Colleges.  Following the screening, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will participate in a panel discussion looking at solutions and the community college system’s Vision for Success, which places a relentless focus on ensuring students reach their educational goals.

In addition to the Sacramento Premier, Unlikely is scheduled for multiple premiers in November including a World Premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival, a showing of the film in Akron, OH, a featured city in the film, and a showing in Washington, DC hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Whiteboard Advisors.

View the official trailer here: Unlikely

District Newsletter

The District Newsletter is intended to share updates from various participatory District-wide decision-making groups, Board Policies and Administrative Procedures, updates from Cabinet, District Services, Fiscal Services, Information Technology, M&O, and Human Resources. The October 2018 District Newsletter is available here: October 31, 2018 District Newsletter

Legislative Update

Bills of Interest

Governor Brown cleared his desk of the bills that were sent to him in his final year as the Governor of California.  He vetoed 201 of the 1,217 regular session bills this year; a 16.5% veto rate and a new high over the course of his 16-year career.

OEI Online

The State Chancellor’s Office released a clarifying document on the $35 million OEI initiative that was included in the recent budget act.  The document specifies that the funding is to 1) Develop online courses and programs that lead to short-term, industry valued credentials, or 2) Enable a student enrolled in a pathway developed by the California Online Community College to seek continued education through pathways offered by an existing community college.  You can access more information here: Augmentation Funding for Online Education

The Sacramento Report provides information on additional topics such as PPIC Poll, Stackable Credentials, and more.  Read the Sacramento Report here: McCallum Group, Inc. – Sacramento Report October 29, 2018

A Visit to Germany

My thanks to the Governing Board for the vacation opportunity this past month.  My son and I “sandwiched” our trip in between a school of his and his next duty assignment which will require his immediate travel for the next six months to Europe and the Middle East.

We spent 12 days in Germany, flying in and out of Frankfurt and spending several days each in:  Bacharach on the Rhine River, Munich and the Bavarian Alps, Nuremberg, Dresden and Berlin.

Our days were filled with castle-shopping, visiting countless cathedrals and various tours of medieval, WWII, Cold War era and modern sites.

Among the many sites we toured Munich’s Marienplatz and BMW World; Nuremberg’s Kongresshalle and the Nazi party rally grounds and the Nuermberg Castle; the Dachau Concentration Camp; Dresden’s Swinger, Royal Palace and Military History Museum; and in Berlin the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, etc.  We ate and drank to our hearts content each evening and walked it all off the next day.

The Houston’s in front of the Reichstag in Berlin.









Chancellor’s Calendar

November 1 – District, College Academic Senate Leadership (DCAS) Meeting
November 2 – Meeting with Student Trustees
November 5 – Student-centered Funding Formula Webinar
November 6 – Chancellor’s Cabinet (at Museum of the Forgotten Warrior)
November 6 – Meeting with Academic Senate leaders
November 7 – YCCD Foundation Board meeting
November 8 – North/Far-North Regional Consortium Meeting (at WCC)
November 8 – Board of Trustees tour of Museum of the Forgotten Warrior
November 8 – New Trustee Orientation Session
November 8 – Regular Meeting of the Governing Board
November 14 – Retirement Board of Authority meeting
November 14 – 17 – CCLC Annual Convention (Mission Hills)
November 21 – 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday
November 28 & 29 – Scaling Guided Pathways workshop (San Diego)|
November 30 – CSU/CCC Teacher Preparation/Credentialing Summit (hosted by WCC)