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IPC (10/26/16)

The following discussion took place at the October 26, 2016 meeting of the Instructional Planning Council:


  • Interim VP Sourbeer welcomed the group and asked for announcements.
    1. Michael Mufson invited all to the Studio Theatre on Friday night for a World Dance Event.
    2. Interim VP Sourbeer reminded those present about Political Economy Days.
    3. Wendy Nelson will be leading a workshop on Friday from 11-12 in H-107 regarding the difference between objectives and outcomes.
    4. An Active Learning Leaders Conference will be held at Palomar this Saturday.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer called for comments from constituencies. There were none.
  • MSC Mufson/Ordille to approve the minutes of the October 12th, 2016 meeting with three abstentions.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer distributed the revised SWOT analysis used to determine IPC goals for 2016-17. The council discussed the document and amended the goals. Wendy Nelson moved to approve the goals, which was seconded by Pete Ordille and approved unanimously.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer informed the group that the new PRP comprehensive forms were discussed at Faculty Senate and will go for second reading/approval at the next meeting. April Cunningham asked if there would be an appeal process if the discipline did not agree with the council’s feedback/recommendation and that has not yet been determined. The PRP workgroup will be continuing their work to finalize Y2 and Y3 forms and a timeline to be presented in draft form at the November 9th meeting. Interim VP Sourbeer asked for additional disciplines to volunteer to do the first rotation of the comprehensive program review, particularly in the CTE and MNHS area which were not yet represented. Pete Ordille volunteered to represent CTE in the first rotation.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer reviewed information about the new student payment plan which will be rolled out on October 31st for spring enrollment.
  • Standing Reports/Updates
    • Accreditation: The Accreditation visit took place on Monday, October 24th and went very well. President Blake will be sharing information with the campus community after receiving the follow-up report.
    • Enrollment: Interim VP Sourbeer reported the fall enrollment is up slightly. Spring enrollment will begin on October 31st.
    • SSEC: Dean Sivert mentioned that funding requests were considered and Olga Diaz may be working with some awardees to ensure activities align with guidelines.
    • LOC: Wendy Nelson indicated the LOC continues their work on establishing goals.
    • SPC: They are re-forming the Enrollment Strategies Task Force. In addition, SPC heard a report from Laura Gropen on the activities of the marketing firm that has completed a poll and will soon be conducting focus groups to help inform messaging for the college.
    • CTEE: Dean Fritch mentioned that her area continues work on the Strong Workforce Plan.
    • BSI: Dean Sivert mentioned that Lori Waite is looking to rethink learning communities. Kelly Falcone reported that the Basic Skills Committee is formally stating their support for redesigning classrooms using active learning strategies.
  • Announcements/Other
    • Kelly Falcone indicated that the governance structure request to combine the Professional Development Advisory Board and the Faculty & Staff Development Committee has been presented to Faculty Senate and will go for 2nd reading at their next meeting. She asked that members and their constituency groups consider how the campus might include all faculty/staff in plenary activities. Southwestern has been doing this for the last couple of years. Dean Fritch proposed the idea of offering one general session that is available to all and then AM/PM options for workshops so office coverage could be achieved while giving everyone the opportunity to participate. Kelly Falcone said we might stream the general session so groups could be divided into different locations but take part in the general session together. Dean Fritch suggested that the new Professional Development Committee look at renaming plenary using more inclusive terminology.
    • Mark Bealo mentioned that he attended a Drone Educator’s Conference last weekend and suggested hosting their next event. He will meet with Dean Fritch to discuss this in more detail. Mark will be meeting with high schools to discuss the possibility of dual/concurrent enrollment in this subject.
    • Kelly Falcone reported that the NCPDF has been discussing extended education at CSUSM in the form of an accelerated year-round program to enable transfer students to finish their degrees in 16 months. Discussion ensued regarding possible cooperation to offer an accelerated two year degree to lead into this pathway.

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

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