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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:


SSEC (3/24/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the March 24, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • Conference OpportunitiesThose interested in attending any of the conferences can contact Olga at x3624.
  • Workgroups Report Out

    • Retention – Cindy Anfinson reported that their group has split into three subgroups:
    • ESL/Basic Skills Completion – led by Larry Lawson, working on:
      • Embedded tutoring workshops to be launched in fall of 2017
        • Information on funding for embedded tutors
        • 4 PD workshops in the fall of 2017 – this group will be meeting with Kelly Falcone at the next SSEC Workgroup meeting on April 28, 2017 to discuss implementation
        • Tutoring committee has a sub-group on embedded tutoring around STEM, led by Mireya Gutierrez-Aguero. This sub-group will be meeting to collaborate with them in April 2017
      • FYE and other high touch programs – led by Rosalinda Tovar, working on:
        • Restructure FYE orientation starting in fall of 2017
        • Integrating FYE with EAP, Week of Welcome, and other on-boarding activities
        • Create campus “traditions”
        • Considering an Open House event where parents will be invited
      • 6 factors of student success campaign – led by Nancy Moreno, working on:
        • Creating sample syllabi for faculty
        • PD workshop
        • Implementing the 6 factors into courses
        • Focus group for students
        • Create banners for the San Marcos, Escondido, North and South centers
        • Create videos and integrate them into other parts of the college/websites
        • Student Pathways – Rachel Miller reported that they reviewed an application around guided pathways and used it as a framework to create a readiness assessment. They used the readiness assessment to create questions/surveys to find out if members on campus are ready for guided pathways.  They also built a visualization of the timeline, based on the STEM pathway and would like to implement it by the fall of 2019.  Kathy Kailikole wrote a grant for STEM pathways and we received funding for a 3 million dollars block grant from the Chancellor’s Office in March 2017 for STEM pathways.
        • Access & Outreach – Pete Ordille reported that the following objectives were reached:
          • Creating a mission/value statement for the Veterans Outreach
          • Creating pathways for direct employment
            • Graduation at Camp Pendleton for EME students
          • Ensuring our Veterans have marketable skills
          • Legislation has been established that recognizes military training as college credit for     EME 100 – Combat Lifesavers course (required in the military).
          • Pair students up with mentors in the community
          • Fast-track them into jobs/careers
          • Counsel them regarding available benefits
          • Public safety marketing video has been created – it will be previewed on April 7, 2017
  • Integrate Updates (BSI/SE/SSSP/NCSSSP)Olga reported that the Chancellor’s office has initiated plan integration activities to combine the four categorical programs to include Basic Skills/Student Equity/SSSP and Non-Credit SSSP. The restrictions on all funding allocations are limited to: gifts, stipends, political contributions, courses that generate FTE and supplanting.  We will be creating our own guidelines for what is reasonable and justifiable for all four programs and will consistently apply those guidelines.


  • VP Sourbeer reported on the IEPI visit which took place on March 17, 2017. The visiting team gave us a lot of positive and complimentary feedback.  They will make recommendations at their next visit in April 2017 and will return again in fall of 2018.   They focused on the following items:                                          
    • Enrollment Management – Current processes and suggestions for improvement
    • Human Resources – Hiring process, hiring committees, time management, etc.
    • Communications – Shared governance and communications reaching all constituent groups
  • VP Sourbeer reported that the interviews for the VPI position are taking place today.
  • VP Sourbeer reported that the VP of HR committee failed the search. We will be bringing in a consultant and will go out again for hire.

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