Campus Memo for January 24, 2007
Strategic Planning Update: Implementation
You will recall that there were 12 "areas of focus" defining the four Transformational Initiatives (TIs). While every department and program worked to craft commitments in all 12 areas, there were several areas that drew the most attention and considerable symmetry among proposals in different areas. As we are all aware, despite the welcome infusion of one-time funding, it is not possible to fund initiatives in all 12 areas. We therefore sought to combine some of the areas into major initiatives that would simultaneously reflect the work already done and provide a process for crafting actual budgets and personnel proposals.
We propose, then, the following Institutional Initiatives:
In addition, there are several Foundational areas of institutional development that were clearly identified through the planning process as critical for the on-going life of the college and for the successful implementation of any Institutional Initiatives. These are:
In all areas we face the obvious: There are many more good ideas than there is funding. I will ask that our deans and directors begin conversations in their divisions, departments and programs to identify priorities among the many commitments in the areas of outreach, individualized attention to students, cultural competence and community collaborations. At the same time, we need to have a conversation across the boundaries of departments and divisions in the development of comprehensive written plans for the Institutional Initiatives, including the development of budget requests.
To that end, we propose to create Initiative Planning Teams, each team led by faculty, staff and administrator representatives. These teams will draw on the expertise and commitment of many colleagues who led the planning process last summer and fall, joined by others who have expertise in particular areas. These teams will be charged with responsibility to work with deans, directors, and faculty and staff leadership to craft concrete program and budget proposals that fund as many of the commitments to action as we can, in as creative and cross-institutional manner as possible.
Invited Institutional Initiative Team Leaders:
In addition, Margaret Michaelis will provide budget development support for all groups, while Andrew LaManque's skills will be crucial in analyzing data and integrating metrics for the cross-functional Institutional Initiatives.
I ask that these teams develop program proposals and budgets over the next several weeks. They will call on those among you who proposed CTAs in an effort to coordinate initiatives, foster collaboration rather than duplication, and seek greater clarity regarding the resources required to bring projects to fruition. They will work with the deans and directors to craft projects that meet real program needs, and they will then bring their proposals back into the shared governance process for approval.
Process and Timeline:
Jan. 22 to March 14
March 15: Comprehensive Institutional Initiative plans due to president's office
March 16-April 20: Review by Academic and Classified Senates, administrators and supervisors, DASB
April 20: Joint Planning & Budget (PBT) Teams meeting (plans will span all administrative divisions of the campus)
April 26: College Council review and vote
We will compile and distribute the four Institutional Initiative plans as a unified, comprehensive strategic planning document for the college. This strategic plan will establish goals and the metrics according to which we will judge our progress, and will animate our budget and staffing proposals for the coming year. It will also serve as the basis of the annual State of the College report.
I have been deeply impressed by the dedication and commitment of the De Anza community to the planning process, and by the intelligence and creativity of the proposed commitments. Thank you.
Professional Development Opportunities
REMINDER: This Week--Second Annual Conference on Student-Centered Learning
The free conference will feature some of De Anza's leading scholars and teachers sharing various ways they effectively engage students in learning. Faculty-guided teaching demonstrations and workshops will model successful classroom practices that celebrate diverse discipline content and classroom learning pedagogy.
The conference will also highlight Student Services and its commitment to student success. Many topics and issues, all elements of the democratically produced strategic planning initiatives, will thematically bond conference contributions from faculty and staff from a broad representation of disciplines and domains.
Refreshments and lunch will be served. PGA/PAA hours for full-time faculty or stipends for part-time faculty are available. For more information, contact Academic Senate President Lydia Hearn at extension 5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or curriculum facilitator Sal Breiter at extension 5561 or email@example.com.
ALSO THIS WEEK: Earn Your Master's Degree through Foothill's Partnership with SJSU
Time is critical: The first course meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 3403 at Foothill College. The second course meeting is on Saturday. Attendance at the first class is preferred, but you must attend the second class in order to be considered for the program.
The Joint FHDA/SJSU Higher Education Master's Degree Program is a cohort model that gives you an opportunity to earn a master's degree as you collaborate with your Foothill-De Anza colleagues. The program requires a two-year commitment, and the fist two courses--Research Seminar in Educational Leadership and Fiscal & Legal Leadership--are presented at Foothill College.
For program requirements, course syllabus, costs, registration procedures and more information, contact Foothill Dean of Faculty and Staff Pat Hyland at 650.949.7090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer-to-Peer Class Visitation Workshops
You may observe any instructor on campus (with his or her permission) even if she/he does not participate in the workshops. You must attend both workshops to get PGA credit/certificate or stipend. The workshops are co-sponsored by Curriculum Committee, the Writing and Reading Center (WRC) and the Office of Staff Development.
Note: The classroom visits are not "evaluations"; they are designed for collegial sharing and learning.
Pre-Visitation Workshop (Organizing, Planning):
Post-Visitation Workshop (Sharing, Learning):
RSVP to Mary Kay Englen in the Office of Staff Development at extension 8322 or email@example.com. For more information, contact WRC Co-Director Karen Chow at extension 5763 or firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 5763, or curriculum facilitator Sal Breiter at extension 5561 or email@example.com.
Learning Together: Building Campus and Community Partnership
"Learning Together: Building Campus and Community Partnerships" is a two-part workshop designed to promote faculty involvement in community service learning projects, followed with an implementation phase.
Workshop 1 focuses on "Exploring the Parameters of Community Service Learning." The session will include a panel of community service learning voices, discipline-based sample projects and a resource handbook.
Workshop 2 (scheduled for May 11) focuses on "Developing your Community Service Learning Project." This session will include the identification of a social problem, identification of agencies and organizations, the plan to serve and assessment methods.
The March 2 workshop will be held in the California History Center. Refreshments and lunch will be served. PGA/PAA hours (full-time) or stipends (part-time) are available. Reserve your spot by Feb. 23 through Mary Kay Englen in the Office of Staff and Organizational Development at extension 8322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact OCCE co-directors Mayra E. Cruz, extension 8215 or email@example.com, or Rowena Tomaneng, extension 8286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity Leadership Training Project: Making De Anza Work for Students
Join in this year's two days of activities from 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Ben Lomand in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a sliding scale of $35-$100 to participate. All meals and accommodations are included. PGA/PAA credit available.
For more information, contact Leila McCabe at Leilabell@hotmail.com or 408.893.4775 or Nicky Gonzalez Yuen at extension 8535 or email@example.com. The project is sponsored by the Multicultural International Center and DASB.
TODAY: Youth, Grassroots Involvement and Political Engagement
ALSO THIS WEEK: Club Day this Thursday, Jan. 25
Discounted Tickets Available for August Wilson's "Fences" in San Jose
Catalyst Faculty Advisory Committee
Changing Still Life: New Exhibit Opens in Euphrat Museum of Art
Youth Voices United for Change: De Anza's Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Other sponsers include DASB, Students for Justice, Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos Association, Outreach Office, Office of Diversity, Asian Pacific American Student Leadership, Filipino Youth Coalition, Transfer Center, and Financial Aid.
Other events that day will include a conference for East Side, San Jose and Milpitas high school guidance counselors and career technicians with Outreach Coordinator Rob Mieso.
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