Monday, February 23, 2009
* College sees federal stimulus package
Shoreline Community College officials got a glimpse at the size of the federal stimulus package for education and it appears to be big, really big.
Public schools in Washington, both K-12 and higher education, could receive more than $1 billion in direct federal dollars with millions more coming in additional aid to students, tax breaks, job training and new grants. And all of it intended to be spent In the next two years.
“This is an unprecedented partnership we are seeing unfold between higher education and our federal government,” Molly Corbett Broad of the American Council of Education said Monday morning during a Webcast viewed at hundreds of schools and other sites across the country.
Broad is President of ACE which co-hosted the Web-based event viewed at SCC by members of the President’s Senior Executive Team. The National Association of College and University Business Officers with John Walda, President and Chief Executive Officer, was the other co-host. The Webcast included an opportunity for viewers ask questions. Broad said the entire Webcast will be available by Wednesday, Feb. 25. In the meantime, click here to see the PowerPoint slides.
The Webcast echoed information outlined in a memo sent Saturday, Feb. 21, by Charlie Earl, Executive Director of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, about federal stimulus-package money.
In his memo, Earl outlined what appear to be the state’s slice of the federal pie and other aspects of the package, including:
- $39.5 billion (Washington’s estimated share = $820 million) in education block grants to local school districts and public colleges and universities.
- $25 billion (Washington’s estimated share = $182 million) in flexible block grants to avert budget cuts in K-12 and higher education or in other basic state services, such as public safety, services for the elderly, or child care.
- $17.1 billion for student Pell grants, increasing the maximum Pell grant to $5,350 in 2009 and $5,550 in 2010.
- The Act creates a new tax credit, the “American Opportunity Tax Credit” which will provide a tax credit up to $2,500 of the cost of tuition and related expenses paid during the taxable year.
- $3.95 billion (Washington’s estimated share = $50.3 million) for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) job training and employment services including state formula grants for dislocated worker, youth, and adult programs.
- $750 million for a new program of competitive grants for worker retraining and placement in high growth and emerging industries.
According to the presentation by ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle, the state-specific funding, known as the State Stabilization Fund, will be administered by the federal Department of Education. The problem, Hartle said, is that the DOE hasn’t yet determined how states should apply. One of the few criteria set out in the Act is the assurance that 2006 funding levels would be achieved, he said.
Earl’s memo says that state board staff is working with the Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Office of Financial Management to better understand the “funding pathways and mechanisms for these funds."
What this means for Shoreline Community College is uncertain, President Lee Lambert said after the ACE presentation.
“At this point, we will move ahead with the current timeline,” Lambert said. “We had planned for the need to remain flexible and this just points out the need to remain so.”
On, Friday, Feb. 20, Lambert and other college officials outlined the scope of potential job cuts to get to a projected budget reduction target of 10 percent (see related story). Discussions with faculty and classified union representatives are ongoing and starting March 2, Lambert is planning to have one-on-one conversations with employees who might be laid off. An all-campus is scheduled for Friday, March 6, to reveal the specific positions that might be lost.
Lambert struck a cautionary note about the federal stimulus money.
“We’re not sure what this means for the state and for Shoreline,” he said. “We heard today of the uncertainty of when and how the federal money might flow.”
Some of that uncertainty is just in the newness of the Act and President Obama’s administration, ACE’s Hartle said. “This is a huge piece of legislation with dozens and dozens of pieces,” he said. Adding to that, Hartle said, in many of the key agencies, political leadership, the appointees, are not yet in place.
There isn’t agreement, Hartle said, on whether reaching the 2006 funding levels is possible, although a waiver is possible. One analysis, he said, showed only one or two states may have a problem, However, the Governors Association said there could be more.
“The prudent thing to do is to move ahead with our plan,” Lambert said. “If we need to change at some point, we can do that.”
It appears a similar course is being charted at the state-board level. In the memo that outlines the federal program, Earl also points out that budget-cut bills signed Wednesday, Feb. 18, by Gov. Gregoire do trigger the ability to declare a financial state of emergency for the community and technical college system (see related story). Earl said the state board may schedule a special meeting in the next two weeks to decide whether to make such a declaration.
Friday, February 20, 2009
* Jobs and classes facing cuts
Daryl Campbell addresses the all-campus meeting, Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.
As many as 20 people could lose their jobs and numerous classes “washed away” if Shoreline Community College is required to cut 10 percent from the 2009-11 budget.
Q – How many people are losing their jobs?
A – At this point, 20 currently filled positions could being noticed for layoff. Another 13 currently vacant positions will remain unfilled.
Q – When would those layoffs take effect?
A – The currently identified layoffs would take effect July 1, 2009.
Q – Who are the employees being noticed?
A – The positions noticed for layoff will be shared at an all-campus meeting scheduled for March 6, after President Lambert has met individually with every affected person.
Q – Which employee groups are affected?
A – There will be layoff notices in all three main categories of employees, including administrative exempt, classified and faculty.
Q – How are the layoffs distributed across those groups?
A – The layoff notices are distributed as evenly as possible, given a long list of factors, including being able to continue the mission of the college, potential to meet current enrollment targets and the ability of already small work groups to function. In general, the percentage of cuts in each group reflects the groups’ percentage of the total campus workforce. In that a range of reductions are being planned, those percentages do fluctuate somewhat depending on the depth of the cut.
Q – How does seniority affect who gets layoff notices?
A – After a decision has been made which positions will be eliminated, contract language specifies that seniority is considered in determining who will receive a notice.
Q – Which programs are being cut?
A – Specifics about program reductions will be shared at the March 6 all-campus meeting, after the affected employees have been individually notified.
Q – What is the target number for these cuts?
A – The Governor’s budget proposes a 6.5 percent cut. However, that was Dec. 18 when the projected deficit was $6 billion. The projected deficit as of Feb. 19 is as much as $8.3 billion. At this point, SCC is anticipating being told to cut 10 percent, about $2.5 million. SCC is also looking at what a 15 percent cut, $3.25 million, would mean to the college.
Q – When will we know?
A – The target is moving due to the uncertain economic outlook and legislative choices in Olympia. The state budget, and therefore SCC’s allocation, won’t be set until the Legislature votes and the Governor signs it. While there is an end date for the Legislature, special sessions are possible. There is no hard and fast deadline for the state budget.
Q – How can we make cuts when we don’t know the target?
A – Budget reductions are not a question of if, only of how deep. The best-case scenario was the Governor’s proposed budget and even she says current circumstances make that no longer possible. The 10 percent reduction plan will get SCC into the neighborhood of the current best estimates for what will come out of Olympia.
Q – Why not wait until we’re sure?
A – Whatever budget number comes from the Legislature, it will take effect July 1, 2009. The faster the college can get to the new budget level, the more sustainable it will be for employees and students. For example, if the college were operating at 10 percent above the budgeted level for the first half of the fiscal year, it would have to be operating at 10 percent below budget for the second half, meaning more cuts.
Q – Once we get a budget and make the cuts, are we OK for the 2009-11 biennium?
A – Hopefully, but that’s not a given. No one knows for sure what will happen with the economy, which is driving these cuts. Using the appropriate procedures, the state can come back at any time and make deeper cuts, or if things get better, add support.
Q – Were things like asking for salary givebacks, shortened work week or cutting summer quarter considered?
A – Yes, virtually every suggestion was considered and the current plan is believed to be the best direction for the college. On things like salary and work-week reductions, while some employees can weather those cuts, others cannot. Also, not all of those kinds of decisions can be made at the college level. Cutting the entire summer quarter would reduce some expenses, but would also make it impossible to achieve state-mandated enrollment targets.
Q – What should we do now?
A – The process isn’t over and the influencing factors remain fluid. So, stay informed and engaged, offer your ideas and be respectful of others’ ideas. SCC still has a mission and there are thousands of people depending on the college to help them.
That sobering news was presented by SCC President Lee Lambert and the college vice presidents at an all-campus meeting, Feb. 20, 2009 in a packed PUB Main Dining Room at the college.
Lambert said the process was thorough and difficult. “I care deeply about all of you,” he told the nearly 300 faculty, staff and students at the meeting. “
Lambert said college officials focused on creating two plans, one that assumed a 10 percent cut in state funding and another at the 15 percent level. He said 10 percent of those funds equate to about a $2.5 million cut with the 15 percent level needing to cut about $3.25 million. He reminded that while Gov. Chris Gregoire had in December proposed a budget with a 6.5 percent cut all community colleges, the state’s economy has worsened since then.
“At one point, we were looking at 20 percent, but I don’t think anyone is talking about that right now,” Lambert said. “These numbers can move, things can shift. But this is the best snapshot we have to date.”
Lambert asked Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell to go through the details of both plans.
At a 10 percent cut for the 2009-11 budget, Campbell told the audience that 20 positions have been identified for possible layoff. When compared to the 2007-09 budgeted staffing levels, a 10 percent cut is actually 33 positions, but the college held 13 positions open in anticipation of the deteriorating economy (click here for Campbell's presentation).
If the Legislature decided that a 15 percent reduction is needed, Campbell said that as many as 26 currently filled positions would be cut. In that case, 16 currently vacant positions would stay that way, he said, making for a potential total of 42 fewer jobs than the 2007-09 budgeted staffing level.
In both cases, he said, the job losses are spread across all employee types, including administrative exempt, faculty and classified. By percentage, the cuts generally mirror the normal distribution of those employee types.
While applying the personnel cuts equitably was a goal, uniformity wasn’t always possible, Campbell said. Different areas have different abilities to change the way work is done and accommodate cuts, he said.
Campbell said the plan was crafted after taking into consideration as much input and as many variables as possible. In a joint meeting of the Budget and Strategic planning committees and members of the President’s Senior Executive Team on Wednesday, Campbell said that among those variables included the moving budget target, how the college would serve the same or more students with fewer resources and the potential for even deeper cuts in coming months.
Regarding input, Campbell thanked the members of the Budget and Strategic Planning committees for their contributions, including a list of “points of consideration” (click here to see list) He also noted that he and other PSET members read every comment submitted by college employees through the intranet site or suggestion boxes around campus. “We received many, many comments that were extraordinarily useful,” Campbell said.
Much of the two-hour meeting was devoted to questions from the audience.
The personnel-cut numbers focused on full-time faculty and one person asked if part-time faculty would also be affected. “They are,” Lambert said. “You will see impacts to part-time faculty and hourly employees.”
To a similar question, Vice President for Academic Affairs John Backes said that all part-time faculty couldn’t be cut because there are not enough full-time faculty to teach “the thousands of (classes) we offer here at this college.”
Backes said that more specifics on class reductions will be announced March 6 along with the personnel details, but said that “a fairly large number will just be washed away.”
A student asked what will happen to students currently enrolled in ongoing programs if their classes are among those cut. Backes said the college would find ways to fulfill its promise to those students, a certificate or degree.
Lambert said the disconnect between increasing demand for education and decreasing money from the state to meet that demand is the “looming challenge.”
“And, when someone gets laid off here and goes to file for unemployment, you know what they’re going tell them? They’re going to say go to Shoreline Community College to get training. There’s something wrong with that,” he said.
After the meeting, Lambert said he sees an injustice in having to make such cuts.
“Every day, hardworking people try to make a difference in the lives of others,” Lambert said. “To find that a few people, the greed that began in the mortgage crisis, can undermine all that good work, not just at this college but the country and the globe, it’s disheartening.”
* SCC Global Affairs Center and WP&DSS student club host brown bag discussions on global economic crisis
Is this really the worst it’s been since the Great Depression?
The first in a series of free, open-to-the-public, brown-bag discussions about the current economic crisis will attempt to shed light on that question at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Board Room at Shoreline Community College.
Under the title, “Comparing Political and Economic Circumstances at the Time of the Great Depression and Now,” three SCC faculty members will offer remarks and then facilitate discussion with the audience. Participating from the college are Ken Lawson, Dean of Intra-American Studies and Social Sciences, economist Robert Francis and Director of the Global Affairs Center Larry Fuell, a political scientist.
There will be future brown-bag discussions approximately every two weeks with experts from both on and off campus to explore aspects of the economic crisis, including:
- Social programs and marginalized populations
- International healthcare and humanitarian assistance
- Refugees and immigrants
- Business and labor
- Energy and global food supply issues
These sessions are being organized by the Global Affairs Center and the Worldly Philosophers’ & Dismal Scientists’ Society (WP&DSS) student club at Shoreline Community College. For more information, contact Larry Fuell at 206-546-4624.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
* Budget belt cinched to the anticipated notch
Two bills signed late Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 by Gov. Chris Gregoire will trim the current Shoreline Community College budget to roughly the amount anticipated in planning sessions over the past several months.
The 2009 supplemental operating budget, ESHB 1694, contains a budget reduction for the entire community and technical college system of $32 million. Gov. Gregoire proposed the same level of cuts in the proposal she unveiled on Dec. 18.
For Shoreline, that means a budget reduction of just under $1 million, according to Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell. School officials had previously identified as much as $1.25 million in savings for the year that ends June 30, 2009. SCC President Lee Lambert has said previously that if current-year cuts came in at the anticipated level, no layoffs would be necessary for the year ending June 30, 2009.
While the size of the cut was expected, the other bill signed by the governor restricts what all state agencies can do with the money that remains. The bill ESSB 5460, is also known as the belt-tightening bill. While more clarification will be needed, according to an early analysis by staff at the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the bill will:
- Limit all salary increases for 12 months, except for classified staff step increases.
- Through July 1, freeze hiring for positions supported by state funds or tuition unless they are “directly related to academic programs,” a phrase isn’t defined in the bill.
- Freeze personal-services contracts through July 1, when using any state funds or tuition. The freeze doesn’t apply when private or federal grants or local funds are used or when necessary to receive or maintain federal funds.
- Freeze out-of-state travel and training through July 1. Again, the freeze does not apply to expenditures from private or federal grants, or from local funds.
- Prohibit equipment purchases over $5,000 through July 1 when state funds or tuition are used. This freeze wouldn’t apply to equipment purchased with capital funds associated with major capital projects using certain funds.
Exemptions to the freezes can be granted by Victor Moore, director of the state Office of Financial Management, but those must be forwarded to the Legislature every 30 days and any exemption can’t take effect until five days after the Legislature has been notified. OFM will provide more detail on the exemption process in the next few days.
Even the signing of these bills may not mean the supplemental budget is set. SBCTC staff say they anticipate the Legislature will take another look at the supplemental budget after the regularly scheduled March 19 revenue report.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
* Three days of budget news ahead
These next three days could be key for Shoreline Community College.
“(Feb. 18), the budget and strategic planning committees will be meeting with PSET,” Daryl Campbell, vice president for administrative services, told members of College Council at their Tuesday, Feb. 17, meeting
. “On Friday, there is the all-campus meeting.”
Crystal ball on Olympia
Chris Reykdal, deputy executive director for finance at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, in a recent memo to college presidents gave a glimpse of what he sees as a budget scenario for the Legislature.
Reykdal said there are three significant reports coming in the next month, including:
Feb.19: Revenue forecast preview, preliminary revenue forecast for the remainder of this year and for the 2009-11 biennium. SBCTC Executive Director Charlie Earl is expected to send a system update following this report.
March 10: Revenue collection report for the period of Feb. 11-March10 which may indicate if previews are accurately predicting actual revenue collections.
March 19: The official revenue forecast for the remainder of this year and the 2009-11 biennium.
Reykdal said current thinking is that the Legislature will use the February preliminary forecast as a foundation for the 2009-11 budget development and then adjust a set of budgets based on the official March forecast.
As for a supplemental budget, the one that governs the rest of the current year, Reykdal said there appears to be a compromise on the horizon that would have the House setting the overall cut level consistent with Gov. Gregoire’s recommendations and the Senate adding some restrictive language on hiring, purchasing, travel, etc. Just when that might happen, Reykdal cautioned, is still uncertain.
And in-between, on Thursday, Feb. 19, Campbell said the entire state will hear a report from the Office of Financial Management on the condition of the economy.
All of it has to do with how the college will cope with anticipated budget cuts for the coming biennium that could range from $2.5 million to $3.2 million, reductions that are in the range of 10-15 percent of the operating budget.
College officials have been planning for cuts in that range even before Gov. Chris Gregoire announced her proposed budget on Dec. 18. Gregoire pegged cuts for the community college system at about 6.5 percent when the state budget deficit appeared to be around $6 billion. However, because some of the funding she identified doesn’t come to Shoreline, college officials looked a little higher, 10 percent. Then, because the economic trends were still declining, officials included 15 percent for planning purposes.
“The latest number I’ve been hearing is $8.5 billion,” Campbell told the council members. “What should we be planning for? It seems we’re in a good position with our planning for the 10-15 percent level.”
Even with the difficult economic news, Campbell warned that he’s worried this won’t be the end. “We have to think about, for the purposes of next year and being out of the woods, it’s not the case at all,” he said. “We could be contending with continuing budget reductions as we move through the next year.”
Council co-chair and Faculty Senate President Amy Kinsel asked Shoreline President Lee Lambert what the campus could expect to hear at the all-campus meeting, set for 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the PUB Main Dining.
“There will two stages,” Lambert said. “This Friday and March 6.
“This Friday, will be the big picture, the overall numbers but not the exact areas or the exact positions. We will show this is how many faculty, this is how many classified and this is how many administration positions will be cut.
“Then, two Fridays from now, we’ll share the actual positions tied to those lines.”
Before publically announcing which specific jobs could be cut from the 2009-11 budget, Lambert said he will meet with every affected individual. “At this point, I’m planning on announcing the cuts for the $2.5 million (10 percent) level,” he said. “If the budget comes in (worse), then we’d have time to act on the rest.”
The question in his mind and one Lambert said he’ll look to the budget and strategic planning committees for guidance is whether to announce which additional jobs might be impacted if cuts need to go deeper.
“Some people would want to know,” Lambert said, adding others have the opposite feeling.
Earlier in the day, Lambert noted that the Seattle Community Colleges have announced the cancellation of 40 classes for spring quarter. Other colleges, such has Highline which will immediately close its satellite campus, are making deep cuts to the current year budget.
“We aren’t doing that because we anticipated this and began planning for it this past summer,” Lambert said.
Campbell noted in his remarks to the council: “We’re out in front of this and continue to be, acting from a position of strength as much as we possibly can.”
Thursday, February 12, 2009
* Consul General Gives Japanese Perspective on Global Economic Crisis
Consul General Mitsunori Namba, of the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle, brought the Japanese perspective on the economic crisis and other world issues to Shoreline Community College on Tuesday, Feb 10. 2009.
Invited by SCC Global Affairs Council Director Larry Fuell, Namba spoke for more than an hour to about 150 students, faculty and campus visitors on a variety of issues. On the now-global economic crisis, he said there are similarities, and differences, to the one experienced by Japan in 1990.
On the similarity side, Namba counted irresponsible lending practices, a decline in real estate prices, a spillover to the general economy and a system-wide crisis. Namba then pointed out differences. He said the current situation has
scattered the risks, while Japan’s was more confined to commercial banks. The key difference, he noted, is that the current crisis has spread worldwide, where Japan’s was more contained.
Consul General Mitsunori Namba speaks at Shoreline Community College.
Next: Daniel Liao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, 10:30 a.m., Feb. 17, PUB Quiet Dining Room.
Check out photos of Namba's visit at http://tempuri.org/tempuri.html
On other issues, Namba quizzed the audience, asking several times for answers with a show of hands. Namba made a point of showing the degree of Japan’s international aid and support. “Japan has made significant contributions to the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
He also touched on energy and the environment.
“The most important subject at the (2008) G8 summit was climate change,” Namba said of the annual meeting of leaders from the top eight industrialized nations in the world. Japan hosted the 2008 version at the northern island of Hokkaido. He said Japan has decided “to change from an energy consumption society to an energy saving society.”
“Japan is very glad that new President Obama (has embraced the idea of) climate change,” Namba said. “We very much appreciate that position.”
Namba said that Japan has an active program to help developing countries in Africa, noting the country has funded the Tokyo International Conference on African Development for 15 years. “It is vital to start development of African countries,” he said.
Following his remarks, Namba to questions from the audience and then had a private meeting with SCC President Lee Lambert.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
* Students go to Olympia to support program
A group of students told lawmakers in Olympia that programs at Shoreline Community College helped turn their lives around. Now, they’re doing their part to save the program they say helped save them.
“I had weapons held to my head (in high school),” Zane Faamuli said in separate testimonies before the House Education Committee on Feb. 6 and the Senate Early Learning and
K-12 Education Committee
SCC student Jaime Bennett (above, left) testifies Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in support of SB 5618 before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, while fellow student Amber Bonifas looks on. In the background is Zane Faamuli.
on Feb. 9. Continuing to go to high school wasn’t an option, Faamuli said.
Faamuli, the other students and SCC administrators were there to support HB 1418 and SB 5618, bills that would establish a statewide re-engagement system for high school dropouts from age 16-21. SCC has two programs, Learning Center North (LCN) and Career Education Options (CEO) that provide re-engagement services. Through the programs, students can get a GED if needed as well as basic education and employable skills training and counseling. Students receive one-on-one case management as part of the programs.
The bills are identical and would clean up what has become a bureaucratic mess, said LCN Director Pat Johnson. Johnson was chair of the legislatively established Building Bridges Dropout Task Force. Johnson told lawmakers that the bills are a result of the task force’s work.
“This is what you asked to do,” Johnson said.
Also testifying in favor of the bills was John Aultman, from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the agency that oversees K-12 education in the state. “We support this bill and these re-engagement programs,” Aultman told the Senate committee, chaired by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell. McAuliffe signed on as a co-sponsor. The Senate version is sponsored by Sen. Claudia Kauffman, D-Covington, whose district includes Green River Community College.
The originating House bill is sponsored by Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park. Kagi, a member of the Shoreline Community College Foundation Board, became concerned this past summer when the Shoreline School District decided to no longer contract with the LCN and CEO programs.
State law requires public funding for students through the high-school level and age 21. However, a statewide average of about 25 percent of those students dropout before graduation. Some students go to alternative high schools, but many come to re-engagement programs by choice or necessity. One student said she wanted to back to her high school, only to find, “the school had a restraining order against me. The only classes they’d let me take were two self-directed online courses.”
CEO director Mariko Kakiuchi said the SCC-based programs served 678 students in 2007-08. Funding for those students now passes through school districts, but because current regulations are either murky or non-existent, more and more districts are reluctant to take the risk.
In SCC’s case, the Monroe School District agreed to act as the pass-through district for funding, but school-board members there made it clear it was for one year and one year only. If no solution is found, SCC programs may have to close, SCC President Lee Lambert told lawmakers.
Kagi’s bill, mirrored in the Senate version, would make the state’s educational service districts the pass-through agencies. The bills still let schools districts decide to either provide such services themselves or contract for service with an outside agency such as a community college.
“It sounds complicated,” Johnson told lawmakers. “But what this bill really does is take this out of the shadows and provide accountability.”
Cutting to the heart of the matter and gaining the lawmakers’ attention were the students and their stories. Besides Faamuli, other students testifying were: David Mickelbury, Taaisha Finklea, Jaime Bennett, Michelle Pinner and Kellie Baird. All were open about the circumstances that led to dropping out, their own choices and factors outside their control. Several also said that without the programs, they’d likely be in jail or dead.
During hearing before the House Education Committee, chairman Rep. Dave Quall, D-Mount Vernon, told the students, “Thank you, that was the best testimony this committee has heard.”
Monday, February 09, 2009
* Budget work continues on timeline
The current state of the Shoreline Community College budgeting process is much like the proverbial duck on a pond, in a storm, maybe a big storm: Not much to see on top, but furious paddling below.
- Jan. 30, PSET planning finished.
- First week of February, discussions with union representatives.
- Feb. 1-20, discussions with State Board of Community and Technical College officials, Budget and Strategic Planning committees and PSET.
- Feb. 20, all-campus meeting to present budget-plan overview.
- Feb. 23-27, private meetings with potentially affected individuals .
- March 6, all-campus meeting to present budget-plan details.
- May 22, a tentative all-campus meeting.
College officials say the work put forth in a timeline in January is proceeding and that they are forming a plan that will be shared at an all-campus meeting at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 20 in the PUB Main Dining Room. While much remains to be done, SCC President Lee Lambert did update College Council members at their Feb. 3 meeting.
Lambert said that the vice presidents met the Jan. 30 self-imposed deadline to share with him proposals for potential budget cuts in their respective areas. The VPs met again Feb. 2 and the full President’s Senior Executive Team got together Feb.3 to review the work. On Feb. 4, Budget Committee members heard a report from Daryl Campbell, Vice President for Administrative Services, on the general outline of the proposals.
Lambert told the College Council that in reviewing the work, it became evident that trying at this point to precisely meet specific percentage targets didn’t make too much sense. Lambert noted that virtually every factor that could impact the budget is in play, including the worsening national and state economic pictures, the ongoing legislative debate and the demands being placed on higher education. The only thing that does seem certain is that enrollment targets won’t go down along with the state funding, he said.
“We said we’d be looking at 10, 15 and 20 percent plans,” Lambert said. “Right now, we’re probably somewhere between 10 and 15 percent, maybe closer to 10. We’re not spending too much time on 20 percent. I don’t think anyone in the state is doing that.” Lambert cautioned that should circumstances change and 20 percent become the target, the required cuts “would just devastate the college, devastate the entire system.”
Because of the potentially changing percentage target, total cuts presented in dollar amounts will be part of the presentation to the campus. “We’ll be in the general range of the percent targets, close enough to adjust if necessary,” he said.
Lambert noted that all the proposals being considered include flexibility.
“We’ve starting talking to the unions, faculty and classified, and the state board,” Lambert said. “Through those discussions, it could be that what we have now won’t be what we’ll have when we get closer to the Feb. 20 all-campus meeting. One thing I want to make clear though: All areas, faculty, classified and other staff will feel the impacts. I’ve heard that some are concerned that one area or another won’t feel this. We’ll all feel this.”
Lambert also said that the proposals address the points of consideration (see story below) developed through the Budget Committee process. Also, all comments submitted in suggestion boxes around campus and through the Budget Committee’s intranet site were transcribed, reviewed and considered by PSET members.
“I think it showed that in many cases, people here on campus and these proposals are on the same page,” Lambert said. Suggestions dropped in the boxes and posted to the intranet site are being gathered and made available to PSET members.
Faculty member and union representative Karen Toreson said, “I appreciate the candor and appreciate that you’ll be using dollar amounts, sometimes it’s a little hard to deal with percentages.”
For the next two weeks, Lambert said the timeline will continue to unfold toward the Feb. 20 all-campus meeting, including talks with union representatives, state board staff, PSET and the Budget and Strategic Planning committees.
* 'Points of Consideration' for budget reduction
Budget Reduction: Points of Consideration
- Apply Standards of Accreditation when determining core services essential to the mission of a comprehensive community college.(Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 2003 Edition) http://www.nwccu.org/Standards%20and%20Policies/Guide%20for%20Self-Study/Standards%20and%20Guide.htm.
- Institutional Mission and Goals, Planning and Effectiveness
- Educational Program and Its Effectiveness
- Library and Information Resources
- Governance and Administration
- Physical Resources
- Institutional Integrity
2 Recognizing the substantial nature of the current budget reduction requirement, and in consideration of the impact of said reduction on the college’s future strategic direction, the strategic themes as articulated in the colleges current strategic plan will be used as principles to guide the budget reduction process.
3 Meet fiduciary (i.e., financial, contractual, legal and regulatory) obligations.
4 All programs/services, defined as organizational units at the College that provide academic, student, public or any other services, and all aspects of the current operation, are reviewed for possible reduction. In general, the process will:
Ø Emphasize the principle of efficiency, whereby the total cost (considered in terms of economics, educational, social, human, community, etc.) associated with a retained program does not exceed total benefit.
Ø Emphasize current and future cost-effectiveness, defined as the ‘relative cost of offering a program/service measured against the relative outcomes (i.e., impacts)’ of a program/service.
Ø Consider the positive impact that a program/service has on meeting state mandated student achievement initiative targets http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/e_studentachievement.aspx
Ø Be balanced in a way so as to meet the mission of the college
5 Make every effort to maintain basic service levels, while reducing the cost of providing those services. Consider reduction measures that will have the least impact on overall college operations, and contemplate the use of alternate entities, via contracts or partnerships, for example, that are consistent with labor contract requirements, to meet critical needs.
6 Every effort will be made to strive for position placements that, in any college reorganization, assigns responsibilities according to established knowledge, skills and ability of qualified individuals, in deference to fiduciary obligations as described in #3.
7 Treat people with respect and dignity; make every effort to minimize impact on people’s lives (e.g. early notification from the president, confidentiality, focus on positions rather than performance or persons, and data-driven decisions).
8 Maximize revenue and operating efficiency of all revenue-generating programs.
9 Make every effort to continue meeting the needs of the external work force, and consider the economic needs of the community in doing so.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
* 44 Graduate from HTC Program
It wasn’t a vacation, although it may have felt like it on occasion to the 44 students who graduated from SCC’s HTC (Hospitality and Tourism College) Program on January 30. Over the last 10 months, the students who left Japan last April to improve their English language skills, investigate career options and explore American culture, enjoyed field trips to numerous museums, beautiful sites such as Mt. Rainier and a professional gospel performance.
“The trips provided real life experiences for the students to explore the history, sports, nature and cultural variety of Washington,” said International Programs Special Programs Manager Bob Zwingli, the ESL Coordinator and an instructor for HTC.
The students were here thanks to a partnership between Shoreline Community College and TRAJAL, the largest hospitality industry training school in Japan. The program prepares students to work in hotels, restaurants, theme parks and the bridal industry. In addition to improving their English skills, these students were also here to learn about American culture and history and to prepare for their future careers.
The TRAJAL students spend half the day in the ESL classroom where they focus on speaking and listening skills. The ESL classes are taught by SCC faculty — Zwingli, Anna Maria Winters, Krisa Gardner and Heath Eriksen, who also teach in the college’s ESL program. The rest of their day is spent learning about American history and culture, career options and preparing for exams. This part of the curriculum is taught by HTC faculty Sadayoshi Nojima, Neal Colodner, Kaoru Kakizaki and Shino Hirai.
Zwingli says the SCC ESL instructors do much more than work with students on their English skills. “It’s a very full year in and above their English improvement. The program is very much project-based.” He said that he and the other ESL instructors make sure all students experience how to give formal presentations, complete research, give drama performances, participate in debates, and participate in simulations. Some students complete internships in local hotels such as the Westin, Renaissance Madison, Hilton, and Pacific Plaza. Others intern in sales positions at places like the Mariners Team Stores and Tillicum Village on Blake Island. Some spend part of their 10 months doing longer internships in Las Vegas and Hawaii.
HTC students have countless opportunities to participate in campus and educational activities. Some volunteer at the Parent/Child Center, or as teacher's aides in Japanese classes, and some join music groups, clubs, sports teams and academic ESL classes.
Another positive aspect of the program is the inclusion of Peer Activity Leaders (PALS), non-Japanese students who are employed by HTC to help out in the classroom with language development and immersion into the campus community.
“The PALS in the classroom provides learning opportunities for both the HTC student and the PAL members. They have become an integral part of the success of the program,” said Zwingli.
As many as 19 nationalities have been represented over the last seven or eight years.
Like all teachers, the HTC instructors are thrilled to see these students get involved in campus life. Many participate in campus activities and clubs, including music groups, sports teams, clubs and academic ESL classes. Some volunteer at the Parent/Child Center, or as teacher's aides in Japanese classes.
At the end of the 10-months, HTC students take the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exam – and according to Zwingli, “many nearly double the baseline score they had when they first arrived.”
“We follow the Japanese academic calendar,” says Zwingli. That’s why they come in April and leave in January. The students return home to complete their third and last year of school before moving into the workforce.
More than 1,200 Japanese students have studied ESL and U.S. Culture at SCC in the program since 1993. Zwingli and the HTC instructors enjoy hearing from former students about their careers; some even surprise them by coming back for a visit.
Friday, February 06, 2009
* State Board: "Unprecedented growth"
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Enrollments at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges have reached historic levels. With nearly 134,000 quarterly full-time equivalent students (FTES), enrollments were up more than 9,000 over last fall.
As the economy continues to deteriorate and laid-off workers look to upgrade their skills or train for a new career, community and technical colleges are serving more students this winter and they expect even more students will be knocking at their doors this spring. The system expects to end the year with 9,000 FTES over last year.
Enrollment in the Worker Retraining program—which helps pay for tuition, books and other fees for people who have lost their jobs to train in approved, high demand careers—is up 20% and expected to exceed 8,200 FTES this academic year. This would put colleges nearly 2,000 over the 6,200 FTES funded by the Legislature for 2008-09.
“In our toughest economic crisis since the Great Depression, tens of thousands of Washingtonians are seeking help,” said Charlie Earl, executive director for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “We are committed to serving them to the extent resources allow, but wait lists are long, faculty and staff are being stretched, and budget cuts are already underway.”
With a student profile that consists of 31% parents, 51% full- or part-time workers, and 10% of high school juniors and seniors in the Running Start program, two-year colleges are serving a broad demographic in a wide range of programs. Workforce education is up 9%, transfer is up 4% and online learning is up nearly 24%. The challenge will be continuing to serve everyone with limited resources.
“We are doing everything we can to focus budget cuts on those functions that do not directly impact students, but with the kind of demand we are seeing, resources are really being stretched,” said SBCTC Board Chair Erin Mundinger. “But I'm confident the colleges will keep their doors open as much as they can while still providing a high-quality education."
From the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
Monday, February 02, 2009
* SCC Global Affairs Center to host lectures on global economic crisis
The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College is sponsoring “Global Economic Crisis: Two Views from Asia,” two free lectures on the global economic crisis.
Consul General Mitsunori Namba (Consulate of Japan, Seattle) will present “Japan’s International Cooperation” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10.
Daniel Liao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, will present “Taiwan’s Recent Development and its Response to the Global Financial Crisis,” at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 17.
Both lectures will be held on the main campus of Shoreline Community College in the PUB (student union building), room 9208. Public parking is available on campus. Enter through the main gate (west) on Innis Arden Way; public and event parking is across from the bus stop. The campus is located at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, just west of Aurora Avenue and north of Seattle city limits.
The mission of the Global Affairs Center is to encourage awareness, critical thinking, and engagement on global issues. The goal is to present programs that are timely and relevant to our community partners both on and off campus.
For more information, contact Larry Fuell at 206-533-6750 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.