Encouraging students to select Southwestern College as their first choice for higher education is a primary goal this year. The Governing Board heard about our advertising and outreach activities at our January meeting. An “Invest in Yourself” ad campaign began running last semester and our peer advisors are increasing their presence around the community.
Pathway to Point Loma Nazarene
The Southwestern College district has entered into an agreement with Point Loma Nazarene University to establish a transfer program.
Students within the program will take classes together at Southwestern College after which they will be accepted to Point Loma Nazarene University.
PLNU will provide $1,000 to the Southwestern College library for each cohort and give one student in each cohort a 75 percent tuition scholarship to PLNU.
Corner Lot Update
The fitness and wellness company MediFit will provide managing and operating services for the wellness center upon its completion. The Governing Board also selected Tucker Sadler Architects to begin architectural and design services for the new performing arts center and parking structure Prop R projects.
Sexual Harassment Training
Southwestern College is committed to a safe learning environment and has contracted with We End Violence to create an online anti-violence training program for Southwestern College students.
We End Violence is an organization led by Southwestern College Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Bucholtz that addresses the fundamental causes of violence, focusing on the cultural attitudes and behaviors that allow violence and discrimination to flourish.
The program, titled Agent of Change, will use the latest violence-prevention strategies to address topics required under the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act.
Independent audit reports into Southwestern College Foundation, Proposition AA and Proposition R spending for the 2013-2014 show full compliance with Government Auditing Standards.
The three audits, conducted by Pun & McGeady, LLP, returned as unqualified, the highest grade a college can receive from an independent audit.
Other Actions taken in January:
- Teri Ashabraner, academic human resources technician, was named Employee of the Quarter.
- Revised and approved the 2015 governing board tentative study session/retreat schedule available here.
Student Equity Plan
The Student Equity Plan subcommittee has researched completion rates among all student groups and has created a plan to increase student completion. At the top of the list is expanding tutoring programs and expanding boot-camp preparation courses for incoming freshman. Additional basic skills and cultural competence training was also suggested for faculty.
The report also suggested improving targeted outreach and image-enhancing marketing to attract a diverse student population.
The Governing Board unanimously adopted the plan.
The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego gave Southwestern College a $15,000 grant to provide stipends for students in the Institute for Mexicans Abroad Fellowship Program. Students in the program will mentor fellow students during the fall and spring semesters. The district will provide $3,000 in matching funds for the program.
Other Actions Taken in December:
- Hired Dr. Leonor Perez as the Title V project director.
- Accepted a $3,000 donation from Blossom Sanger to develop at Micro Enterprise Family Child Care alumni/mentor program at the Higher Education Center in Otay Mesa.
- Approved the Governing Board goals available here.
- Approved the 2015 Governing Board meeting schedule available here.
- Elected Norma Hernandez as Board President, Nora Vargas as Vice President and Superintendent/President Dr. Melinda Nish as Secretary.