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April 20, 2015

Accreditation Alert

We begin our countdown to the accreditation team’s visit to Southwestern College next fall by launching and rolling out our Self Evaluation Report (SER).

Tomorrow, we will kick off the review of the report with a specific emphasis on what we have done on our 10 Actionable Improvement Plans and where we still need to go.  To see the draft, click on the Accreditation page on the website. Please join us in Room 214 at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Thursday, we’ll release the Self Evaluation Report on the webpage and in SharePoint. We’re planning a series of workshops Thursday that will review Standards IIA, IIB and IIC. You’re invited to attend sessions to review those sections beginning at 11 a.m. Please look out for global emails announcing the room locations.

Then we’ll wrap up the week with a review of Standards IIA, IIB and the technology advancements in IIIC. We expect to have the meeting at 3 p.m. on Friday. Again, please look out for global emails announcing the room locations.

Building an Inclusive College and Working Environment

Today we welcome members of our college and neighboring community to Southwestern College for the kick off of a new Strategic Planning cycle. This dialogue is a perfect backdrop to renewed conversations we are having to build an inclusive college and working environment among our faculty, staff and students.

Over the last month, an ad hoc committee has met twice to establish a framework to help guide us all in creating a systemic integration of values that support student success at Southwestern College. Those values are respect, equity, diversity and inclusion. The result of the meetings is a four-pronged approach to build this environment. To see the framework, click here

The framework is now being circulated among college constituency groups for feedback and input at the April 22 and 29 SCC meetings.

Thank you for joining me on this journey as we continue to serve our students and each other.

Compressed Calendar Begins in Fall

To continue our theme of students’ first, we are ready to begin our compressed calendar schedule in the fall. We’ll offer classes that begin as early at 7 a.m. and others that end as late as 10 p.m. to better serve the wide-ranging needs of our students.

The Most Exciting Time of Year

The celebration season begins this week with the Student of Distinction and Scholarship Awards Ceremony. On Wednesday, we’ll recognize 20 SODA winners—students who represent the passion and persistence to achieve great things.

Thanks to the Southwestern College Education Foundation, our SODA winners are each receiving $875 to assist them in their continued studies.  In total, we’ll be distributing more than $134,000 in scholarships to 137 students.

Journalism Program’s Continued Record of Excellence

Congratulations to Dr. Max Branscomb and his talented student journalists for another excellent showing at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges convention.

The Sun earned its 14th consecutive Pacesetter Award and all three student journalism platforms—The Sun, El Sol magazine and were presented General Excellence awards. Southwestern College Sun students earned 30 team and individual awards, the most of any California community college.

This caps an excellent year of awards by Sun students. You make us all very proud.

Last updated: 4/20/2015 4:32:18 PM