From the Boardroom
Midway through the fall, the Governing Board continues to address issues that affect the academic success of students and the financial well-being of the college. Included in this issue are highlights of Governing Board meetings in October.
Student Success Update
The Governing Board accepted a student success update that outlined the college’s efforts to improve academic achievement and pass rates.
The presentation detailed:
• The advancement of student online tools to help students create their own education plans.
• Increased push to get students eligible for graduation to graduate.
• A report showing that student persistence in Math and English is up overall, but outlined student groups still facing challenges.
• First-year experience programs that are being implemented, including a summer math boot camp.
Southwestern College Governing Board members are joining community college trustees throughout California in implementing a policy agenda that aligns resources and partnerships to improve student completion rates. We have committed to reviewing our board goals twice a year to ensure they are aligned to student success and the completion agenda. We are also requesting Student Success-focused workshops twice each semester to monitor progress. We understand this sense of urgency and we will bring together all available resources to improve student success.
The Governing Board will present the policy agenda and our efforts at a board workshop on Nov. 20.
Corner Lot Approval
Programing and design for the corner lot was approved 4-1. Using more than $100 million from the Prop. R bond measure, the corner lot will feature a state-of-the-art wellness center with a gym and pools and a new and improved performing arts and cultural center.
The board validated the academic and community needs for these buildings through a feasibility study, conducted by an outside firm. The wellness center construction will allow Southwestern to tear down existing physical education facilities and build a new multi-story math, science and engineering building in its place. The corner lot facilities will also create revenue generation opportunities for the college.
A team consisting of Priya Jerome, director of procurement, central services and risk management; Joe Fighera, director of food services and the bookstore; and Dean Terry Davis presented their a report on potential revenue generation activities for the college.
Since last year, the revenue generated by the college has increased by 51 percent.
The report estimated that independent revenue can significantly increase—by an estimated nearly $800,000—by 2016.
Sources of increased income include:
• Athletic Property Rentals
• Cell Towers
• Long-Term Leases
• Short-Term Rentals
• Swap Meets
• Stadium Rental and Advertising (2014-2015)
• Bookstore Revenue
• Food Service (expected profit by 2015-2016 school year)
• Wellness Center (2015-2016)