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SSEC (4/14/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the April 14, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • Military Value Statement – Ryan Williams presented a Military Affiliated Students Value Statement created by the Access and Outreach Workgroup. The purpose of this presentation was to receive institutional “buy-in” in order to implement it to benefit our military population.  The statement aligns with our college values.  There was a suggestion to integrate the items that were struck out back into the statement and to be sure it is aligned with the college’s Strategic Plan.  VP Gonzales asked that this statement be updated with those changes, be presented to each constituent group for feedback and it will be brought back to the next SSEC meeting on April 28, 2017 as an Action Item/First Reading.
  • Creating a “Center for Social Justice Studies & Equity” – Ryan Williams announced that the college is beginning the conversation about creating a center for social justice and equity and they are looking for people to be involved. A sign-up sheet was sent around.  The first meeting to address this will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in AA-140.
  • Peer Mentoring and Retention Activities – Nancy Moreno presented an Orientation & Follow-Up Services update. She described our Palomar Student Pathway as follows:
    • Apply – Student Applies to the college
    • Onboarding Process
      • Clear steps to enroll
      • Discover Palomar
      • Increase access to counseling services and high impact programs
      • Increased student communication efforts
      • Online orientation
      • New student orientation & academic planning sessions
      • Week of Welcome
      • Palomar College Peer Mentors
      • Phone Campaigns
      • Admissions Support
      • Early Alert
    • FYE – First Year Experience
    • 30 Unit Mark
      • 2nd year experience
      • Increase the number of students completing comprehensive education plans
      • Barriers to success surveys
      • Increase access to counseling services and high impact programs
  • Integration of SSSP/SE/BSI – VP Gonzales reported that there was an initial meeting with the Chairs of SSSP/SE/BSI to discuss implementing SSSP/SE/BSI. He gave an overview of the integration plan, which is due to the Chancellor’s Office on December 1, 2017.  A team will meet over the summer to create a rough draft in order to meet the deadline.  A template will be brought to the next SSEC meeting on April 28, 2017.
  • Council Reading Update: Redesigning America’s Community Colleges – A Clearer Path to Student Success Chapters 5 – 6 –   Michelle Barton led the discussion on chapters 5 and 6, with the following points noted:
    • What was the take away from book?
      • We now have a Student Pathways group
        • We are establishing career and guided pathways
        • An innovation grant would help move it forward
        • More attention focused on retention and re-entry students
      • We already have the following pathways:
        • Student Education Plans
        • Instructional departments have created pathways – take a look at department pathways and build ours from there
    • How do you fully engage adjunct faculty?
      • Research model’s at other colleges

Michelle will take this information back to the pathways group.

Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council website:


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