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HRSPC (10/11/17)

The following discussion took place at the October 11, 2017 meeting of the Human Resource Services Planning Council:


• Center for Urban Education Conference
Several Palomar employees, representing different areas of the College, attended a recent two-day conference focusing on equity in faculty hiring at community colleges. The Palomar group is currently working on an Action Plan and will give a presentation on it at an SPC meeting upon completion.

• Employee Recognition Programs
The faculty recognition event was reinvented last Spring. The result was a very successful event with a greater number of participants. HRSPC members were asked to think about ways to improve recognition events for the other employee groups.

• Professional Development Plan
The PD Committee is currently working on a Professional Development Plan, which is required per California Education Code. The Committee is also in the process of carefully reviewing the responses from a recent survey that requested employee training needs.

• Standing Reports

Benefits Committee:
The Benefits Committee is working to produce a benefits survey. The College switched to a new plan through SISC effective January 2016 and the Committee is interested in finding out from employees what their experiences have been thus far.

EEO Advisory Committee:
An orientation (training) was presented to members of the EEOAC at their October 5th meeting. This group is responsible for the development of the Palomar College Equal Employment Opportunity Plan; a requirement of Title 5 §55305.

Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Human Resource Services Planning Council Website:

Human Resource Services Planning Council (HRSPC)


HRSPC (9/27/2017)

The following discussion took place at the September 27, 2017 meeting of the Human Resource Services Planning Council:


  • VPHRS Search

A new VPHRS has been selected and is expected to begin working in mid-October after the October Governing Board meeting.

  • Accreditation Update

Planning Council Involvement:

The Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) has been meeting and discussing different ways to include Planning Councils in the accreditation process.  One idea is the ASC could delegate work to the Planning Councils so they’re more involved in the process.

Recommendations Relevant to HRS:

  • Improve and expand Title IX, VAWA/SaVE Training Programs for all District employees.
  • Develop a Professional Development Plan.


  •  Reclassification Activities Update:

The classification study for the Classified unit (350 individual positions) began in 2013, was completed, and then implemented in early 2017.  There were 25 classified employees who submitted requests for reclassification per the process outlined in Article 10 of the Agreement between the District and the CCE.  There is another smaller group of 12 employees whose positions, which were reevaluated during the classification study, are being reviewed for possible reclassification under Article 10.  Reward Strategy Group (RSG) will soon be conducting a full scale study for all AA and CAST positions, including Deans & VP’s.

  • New Semester EEO Reminders:

In accordance with Title 5 regulations, information regarding EEO policies and procedures is provided to all employees via email each semester.  HR handles all complaints of unlawful discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Palomar employees are responsible for reporting any complaints or allegations to the HR office.  Basic information and instructions on how to file a complaint are available by following the link on the front page of the Palomar College website titled, Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act.



New learning management software, Cornerstone, was rolled out for professional development at the beginning of the Fall semester; HR is considering utilizing the software for the purpose of training/onboarding new faculty and staff.

Open Enrollment:

In October 2017, all employees will have the opportunity to make changes to their health benefits and flexible spending accounts.  All changes will become effective January 1st, 2018.

North & South Centers:

Staffing needs are being discussed for the new North Center in Fallbrook and South Center in Rancho Bernardo.  These new Centers, expected to open Summer 2018, will generate FTES for the District.


Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Human Resource Services Planning Council Website:

HRSPC (9/20/16)

The following discussion took place at the September 20, 2016 meeting of the Human Resource Services Planning Council:


  • Orientation
    Michelle Barton presented an overview of the Palomar College Governance Structure, explaining the value of participatory (shared) governance, participation, and communication.  She provided information regarding the Comet Information Exchange (CIE), a website where summaries from all Palomar College planning councils and numerous committee meetings are represented, making it easier for people to get information about the campus’ shared governance.  She reported an Accreditation Team follow-up site visit is expected in mid-October.
  • Staff Training and Development Committee Discussion
    Kelly Falcone reported Assembly Bill 2558, passed in September 2014, established the Community College Professional Development Program and funding  will be allocated to community college districts that provide professional development opportunities for both faculty and staff.  An adjustment is needed to the Palomar College Governance Structure so a new committee can be formed and a Human Development Resource Plan can be developed.  The Staff Training & Development Committee and      Professional Development Committee will likely be merged to create this new committee.  (There was some discussion about representation on the new committee.)  New Software will need to be identified and tested.
  • Classified Unit Classification Study
    Shawna Cohen reported the Class Study was officially approved at the September 13th Governing Board meeting.  HR is in the process of notifying classified employees with information about new classifications, titles, and salaries.
  • EEO Funds Allocation for 2016-2017
    Shawna Cohen reported Palomar Community College is one of 55 districts that provided the Chancellor’s Office with an EEO Funding Allocation report that will result in the funding of $60,000 to be used towards EEO initiatives. An electronic copy of the report will be provided to committee  members.
  • EEO Plan Review
    Shawna Cohen reported the Palomar College EEO Plan 2016 went through a first-ever peer review process.  While there were a few suggested improvements, the review team appointed by the Chancellor’s Office found the Plan to be exemplary, one of the best in the state, and a model for other districts.  An electronic copy of the review will be provided to committee members.
  • Other
    The new compressed calendar has created some scheduling conflicts, resulting in the need to find a new day and time for the regularly scheduled meetings of the HRS Planning Council.  Committee members were asked to bring their calendars and suggestions to the next meeting.Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Human Resource Services Planning Council Website: