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* All-campus meeting touches on budget, accreditation and campus internationalization

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Shoreline Community College Trustee Roger Olstad listens during the May 11, 2012 all-campus meeting. More photos

Shoreline Community College will receive less money from the state in the coming fiscal year, is moving ahead with a key strategic effort to better serve students and preparing for an accreditation visit in October.

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Those were the subjects of the May 11, 2012 All-Campus Meeting conducted in Room 2308 and webcast via Elluminate. The meeting was taped and will soon be available for viewing.

Accreditation

First up was Norma Goldstein, Humanities Dean and leader of the accreditation preparation effort.

“We will have a mock visit on June 6 in preparation for the real thing in October,” Goldstein said. She is preparing informational meetings between mock-visit reviewers and college employees to help get ready for October. “The mock visit is one day. In October, they’ll be here for two-and-a-half days.”

Accreditation is an intensive process of institutional self-study and peer evaluation. Following this institutional review, a committee of peers selected by the commission conducts a comprehensive onsite evaluation.

Since its founding in 1964, Shoreline has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The commission is instituting a new process for accreditation with the intent of better measuring any particular college’s performance against its stated goals. While not the first, Shoreline will be one of the early adopters of the new process.

Goldstein outlined some of the five chapters or standards in the accreditation process, which include:

  1. Chapter 1/Standard One: Mission
  2. Chapter 2/Standard Two: Resources
  3. Chapter/Standard Three: Planning
  4. Chapter 4/Standard Four: Assessment
  5. Chapter 5/Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment

Each chapter or standard is applied against Shoreline’s efforts in those areas. For example, the commission doesn’t say what a college mission must be, but rather measures how the college is meeting the mission it sets for itself. Each chapter or standard is completed sequentially, then compiled and reviewed as a whole.

Campus internationalization

Social Sciences Dean Bob Francis and Larry Fuell, Director of Global Affairs, presented an update on the work of the Campus Internationalization Leadership Team (CILT).

Francis spoke of creating a roadmap for the effort. “This is not a top-down directive, this is a shared vision,” he said. “This is an acknowledgment of what we already do.”

Francis said the effort rests on four pillars, including:

  • Internationalizing the curriculum
  • Deepening student interaction
  • Enhancing employee competence
  • Building community relations

“We’re doing all these things now,” Francis said. “The goal is to be more intentional about what we are doing.”

Based on a report delivered in April to the college Senior Executive Team, CILT will now put in place an implementation group. The group’s general charge will be to suggest ways to move ahead on the four pillars.

Budget

Yes, the headlines say the Legislature didn’t cut higher education. No, that’s not the case, according to information presented by Daryl Campbell, Vice President for Administrative Services.

The true bottom line, Campbell said, is that the college will receive about $1.25 million less from the state in 2012-13 than in the current fiscal year which ends June 30. And, while it is also true that the Legislature and State Board of Community and technical Colleges have approved a 12 percent tuition increase, not all of that money comes to Shoreline.

“The Legislature says that is an offset,” Campbell said. 

However, statewide data shows a drop in overall college enrollments, attributed to the slowly improving job market and the fact that slashed budgets have left colleges with fewer class offerings. In addition, the State Board is skimming 2 percent of the tuition increase to pay for a new computer system called ctcLink.

The state gives money to Shoreline based on a static number of full-time equivalent students (FTEs), not tied to actual headcount. Campbell said that under the anticipated allocation, Shoreline would get about $3,500 a year from the state for each FTE. With the most recent increase, a full-time student will pay about $4,000 a year in tuition. “We are seeing a significant shift to the backs of students,” he said.

“The truth is, we are getting 4 percent less in discretionary funds and 27 percent less in non-discretionary funds,” Campbell said. “For the coming year, Shoreline will not take general budget cuts. There may be less in some areas, but those decisions haven’t been made yet.”

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