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IPC (9/14/16)

The following discussion took place at the September 14, 2016 meeting of the Instructional Planning Council:


  • Interim VP Sourbeer welcomed the group and asked for announcements. Michael Mufson mentioned the Performing Arts department currently has a Dialogue Blog regarding race relations. To learn more and participate in this discussion, access
  • Interim VP Sourbeer called for comments from constituencies. There were none at this time. VP Sourbeer asked that members encourage their departments and/or constituencies to get involved in campus discussions through the Comet Information Exchange (CIE).
  • The minutes of the August 24th, 2016 meeting were approved by unanimous vote.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer informed the council that drafts of the follow-up report have been approved by both Strategic Planning Council (SPC) and the Board. Final revisions are being made and the report is due on October 1st. Accreditation next steps will be discussed at the next meeting.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer discussed the work the Program Review and Planning (PRP) workgroup did this summer examining the PRP process and documents, and coming up with a structure for authentic program review. In this new structure, Program Review (Step 1) will be separated from Resource Allocation (Step 2). In addition, the PRP process would be over three years, with one third of the departments participating in the comprehensive review (Year 1) to allow time for sufficient feedback. Year 2 and Year 3 would be shorter update reports, yet all departments would remain continuously engaged in the PRP process. Discussion ensued regarding strengths and weaknesses in the proposed new structure with the goal of determining whether to implement this new structure this year in order to align with the timeline of the Strategic Plan. Interim VP Sourbeer asked council members to send any suggestions for changes to Suzanne Sebring, to be incorporated into a final draft of the forms and brought back to the next meeting for approval.
  • Goals – This item was tabled until the next meeting.

Standing Reports/Updates

  • Accreditation: See #IV above.
  • Enrollment: We are down about 1.5% right now. We will have a winter intersession and there have been classes added in Fast Track II. Dual enrollment is being targeted for growth. In addition, President Blake met with President Haynes at CSUSM and discussed an opportunity for Palomar to serve veterans on lower level coursework with a pipeline into CSUSM for their upper level coursework. VP Sourbeer discussed the steps taken to reach out to the former ITT Tech students.
  • SSEC: Dean Sivert informed the council that chairs were selected for each workgroup and VP Sourbeer asked that everyone look for the meeting summary on the CIE.
  • LOC: Wendy Nelson mentioned that the LOC committee looked over and commented on the new PRP process/forms.
  • SPC: Enrollment was the primary discussion at the last meeting.
  • CTEE: Dean Fritch gave an update on the Strong Workforce Initiative including the very specific data requirements associated with these funds. There will be training for faculty/staff on how to use the data. Dean Fritch and Jennifer Patel will be giving an informational presentation to Faculty Senate on Monday regarding Dual Enrollment. Barb Blanchard distributed a handout that clarified what type of courses are approved for noncredit FTES funding.
  • BSI: Dean Sivert informed the council they would not be allocating funds this year as they do not know the college’s allocation status for next year.

Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Instructional Planning Council Website:

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