Cañada Collaborates

This website is organized to help Cañada College students, faculty, staff and administrators collaborate effectively as they strive to achieve our College Mission and ensure success for all of our students – particularly in a virtual environment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What are our strategic initiatives for 2020-21 and beyond?

Our Education Master Plan (EMP) and our Strategic Enrollment Management Plan (SEM) describe our strategic initiatives for the year.  We are in year 4 of our EMP and year 1 of our SEM.

 

Leadership Retreat

As part of the College's annual planning cycle, campus leaders convened for a 2-day Leadership Retreat on August 12 & 13, 2020 to help develop a draft anti-racist framework for the College as well as refine strategic priorities for the coming academic year.  The slides used during the Retreat can be found here;  the draft notes are here; and the list of student, faculty, and classified staff leaders and administrators who RSVP'd for the Retreat can be found here.

Working on our Strategic Priorities in 2020-21

The draft annual strategic priorities discussed and refined by Leadership Retreat participants will be presented to the larger campus community on Flex Day (August 18, 2020) and then to the Planning and Budgeting Council during their first meeting on September 2, 2020, at which time the specific actions to be taken and the groups responsible for taking them will be identified.

At the same time, the PBC will continue to implement the refined roles and responsibilities of college committees it adopted in April, 2020.  Beginning Fall 2020, Cañada College committees will be responsible for developing three-year plans which align planning objectives, strategies, and actions with the college’s Educational Master Plan (EMP) 2017-2022 goals, Strategic Enrollment Plan (SEM) 2020-2023 strategic initiatives, and integrated Guided Pathways college re-design efforts.  These plans will also help achieve the annual strategic priorities identified by the August Leadership Retreat participants.

To familiarize yourself with college-wide planning and activities, please click and review below in BLUE EMP Goals and in GREY SEM and integrated Guided Pathways strategies and actions. For further information, reach out to your committee representatives or the primary contact provided in the tabs or identified far below.   

College Goal #1: Student Completion/Success

Develop academic pathways and provide integrated support services that begin in high school, transition to college and complete with a certificate, degree and/or transfer.

Description: Create and publicize clear degree and certificate programs that remove barriers to completion in two years (SEM Goal 1)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Robinson, canvpi@smccd.edu

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction, Academic Senate, Program Lead Faculty

Description: Maintain clear, accurate degree and certificate program maps in Program Mapper, including the identification and verification of hidden prerequisites (SEM Objective 1.1)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction with Academic Senate/Curriculum Committee, Interest Area faculty and program review

 

Description: Bank old courses and degrees that we no longer offer to streamline the catalog and clarify pathways (SEM 1.1.1)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and Curriculum Committee

 

 

Description: Evaluate high unit local degrees (over 34 degree units) to optimize degree complete-ability in two years (pursue possible bachelor’s degree in Radiology Technology) (SEM 1.1.2)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and Curriculum Committee

 

Description: 1.1.3 Evaluate the differences between the local degree and AA-T and AS-T degree requirements and consider changes to local degree requirements in order to optimize complete-ability in two years (SEM 1.1.3)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)
In collaboration with the Dean of BDW, Dean of STEM, Workforce Tri-Chairs, the Director of Workforce Development and the Counseling Division

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and Counseling Division

Description: Develop and strengthen Career Education degrees/certificates that are not available at the other two campuses and/or for which there is excess demand in our service area. COVID addendum: Schedule some short-term CTE certificate programs to be complete-able in 1-2 terms (SEM Objective 1.5)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)
In collaboration with the Dean of BDW, Dean of STEM, Workforce Tri-Chairs, Director of Workforce Development and the Counseling Division

Committee/Group: Dean of BDW and Workforce Tri-Chairs in conjunction with the Office of Instruction

Description: Create an online course offer pattern that supports some 100% online degrees and publicize them through the CVC State network (SEM 1.2.1)

Contact: Office of Instruction
VPI Robinson, canvpi@smccd.edu

Nick DeMello, Distance Education Coordinator, demellon@smccd.edu

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction, iDeans

 Improve completion by developing and implementing a comprehensive college-wide approach to enrollment management, student retention, and course scheduling


Description: Create a Students-First Schedule that reduces scheduling conflicts and creates course-taking opportunities for students (SEM Objective 2.1)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

 

Description: Evaluate the current block schedule (MTWTh) and consider converting more MW blocks to MWF blocks to better accommodate high unit courses (5+) such as the new math and English co-requisite courses and enable a college hour (SEM 2.1.1)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

Description: Enable a college hour (SEM 2.1.3)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

Description: Enable a college hour (SEM 2.1.3)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

Description: Create more program options on an evenings and weekends schedule (SEM 2.1.5)

Contact: Office of Instruction and PRIE
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

Description: Create more program options on an evenings and weekends schedule (SEM 2.1.5)

Contact: Office of Instruction and PRIE
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

Description: Make better use of summers to support student completion (SEM 2.1.6)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: iDeans

Develop and implement a 2-pronged Promise Program to address ‘scholarship and academic support’ in addition to ‘personal student financial support’ to minimize the barriers caused by enrollment fees, cost of textbooks, parking fees, transportation, child care, food and housing insecurity

Description: Scale and sustain the Promise Scholars Program to fully replicate the CUNY-ASAP model (EMP)

Contact: Director of High School Transitions and Dual Enrollment, Mayra Arellano (arellanom@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Student Services (VP)

Expand and extend cohort bridge programs to students beyond their first year of study

Description: Develop, launch and sustain First Year Experience programs for each Interest Area (Guided Pathways)

Contact: Guided Pathways Steering Committee
Interest Area faculty leads
Vice President of Student Services, Manuel Pérez (canvpss@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

 

College Goal #2: Community Connections

Collaborate with Pre-K-12 to Adult School partners to promote relationships, seamless transitions, and alignment of pathways

Description: Create and scale dual enrollment opportunities for high school students (SEM 1.3.1)

Contact: Director of High School Transition and Dual Enrollment, Mayra Arellano (arellanom@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Director of Dual Enrollment and High School Transitions

 

Description: Create more robust K-14 academic pathway programs (including summer programs) (SEM 1.3.2)

Contact: Director of High School Transition and Dual Enrollment, Mayra Arellano (arellanom@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Director of Dual Enrollment and High School Transitions

 

Description: Increase the conversion of Adult Education, GED, and English Language Learners to Cañada College degree and certificate programs

Contact: Dean of ASLT: David Reed (reedd@smccd.edu)
Director of Workforce Development:  Julian Branch (branchj@smccd.edu)
ACCEL Transitions Coordinator: Janet Ramirez (ramirezj@smccd.edu)
ESL Coordinator:  Alicia Aguirre (aguirre@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Dean of ASLT, Director of Workforce Development, ACCEL Transitional Coordinator, ESL Coordinator

Description: Develop General Education and whole programs at the Menlo Park site or other off-campus location to help with access (SEM 1.4.1)

Contact: Dean of ASLT: David Reed (reedd@smccd.edu)
Director of Workforce Development:  Julian Branch (branchj@smccd.edu)
ACCEL Transitions Coordinator: Janet Ramirez (ramirezj@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Dean of ASLT, Director of Workforce Development, ACCEL Transitional Coordinator

Description: Increase the percentage of high school students from the Sequoia Union High School District coming to Cañada within one year of completing high school (SEM Objective 4.2)

Contact: Director of High School Transition and Dual Enrollment, Mayra Arellano (arellanom@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Marketing & Outreach with Director of High School Transitions

Develop and support student internships, service learning opportunities, mentorships to improve connection of students to local organizations and employers

Description: Scale the number of opportunities for Career Exploration, work-based learning and job placement in each Interest Area across all student types (SEM 3.3.3)

Contact: Guided Pathways Steering Committee
Interest Area faculty leads and counselors

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

Create a Cañada College alumni organization to promote success stories, to engage successful community members, and to explore development opportunities 

Description: Create an Alumni Network - EMP Initiative

Contact: Director of Community Relations and Marketing, Megan Rodriguez-Antone (rodriguezm@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Marketing & Outreach

Establish structures and resources to initiate and build relationships with local businesses and industries for developing institutional partnerships

Description: Align Strong Workforce Program and Career Center outreach to scale industry partners (EMP)

Contact: Director of Workforce Development, Julian Branch (branchj@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

Expand and enhance marketing of transfer and career technical education (CTE) opportunities

Description: Develop an updated marketing, messaging and outreach strategy to support the objectives of the 2020-23 Strategic Enrollment Management Plan. Include implementation plans for paper, online and social media (SEM 4.3.1)

Contact: Director of Community Engagement and Marketing, Megan Rodriguez-Antone (rodriguezm@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Marketing & Outreach

Description: Create a cross-functional, on-going Marketing and Outreach Work Group to align and coordinate outreach across the College (SEM 4.3.2)

Contact: Director of Community Engagement and Marketing, Megan Rodriguez-Antone (rodriguezm@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: President’s Office on the recommendation of PBC

Description: Engage community partners around the College’s strategic enrollment management objectives (SEM 4.3.3)

Contact: Director of Community Engagement and Marketing, Megan Rodriguez-Antone (rodrigueza@smccd.edu)
Director of High School Transition and Dual Enrollment, Mayra Arellano (arellanom@smccd.edu)
Director of Workforce Development, Julian Branch (branchj@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Marketing & Outreach, President’s Office (to take to President’s Advisory Council), Director of High School Transitions, Director of Workforce Development, ACCEL Transitions Coordinator and Workforce Tri-Chairs, ESL Coordinator and Retention Specialist

This strategic initiative is on hold during the COVID-19 emergency campus closure

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Enhance and invest in 2+2 relationships with 4-year universities. 

Description: Strengthen transfer support services, including our 2+2 agreements and the University Center (SEM Objective 1.6)

Contact:
Transfer Center Lead:  Soraya Sohrabi (sohrabis@smccd.edu)

University Center Lead:  Mary Ho (hom@smccd.edu

Committee/Group: TBD

 

College Goal #3: Organizational Development

Implement the Professional Learning Plan and establish a robust college-wide professional learning program that engages campus constituents while creating opportunities for innovative practices that support student success and promote equity

Description: Due to COVID-19 and the shift to remote instruction, provide faculty with the tools and professional development they need to serve students remotely (SEM Addendum)

Contact: Office of Instruction
Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Academic Senate, DEAC, iDeans

Description: Due to COVID-19 and the shift to remote student support services and instruction, provide staff with the tools and professional development they need to serve students remotely (SEM Addendum)

Contact: Office of Administrative Services, Vice President Graciano Mendoza, in collaboration with the District Director of Human Resources, David Feune.

Committee/Group: College Cabinet; District Cabinet

Implement Guided Pathways-like design principles to help address equity gaps

Description: Implement Guided Pathways Initiatives related to aligning students supports with clear programs of study. Initiatives include: Program Mapper, Interest Areas, Success Teams, First Year Experience, Career Exploration, Job Placement, Streamlining the Matric Process (CRM), etc (SEM Objective 3.3)

Contact: Office of Student Services, Vice President Manuel Perez (canvpss@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

 Create robust processes and support for developing new academic programs/curricula including innovations that address geographic and logistic barriers to access

Description: Create an online course offering pattern that supports some 100% online degrees and publicize them through the CVC State network (SEM 1.2.1)

Contact: Office of Instruction:  Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Distance Education Coordinator:  Nick DeMelo (demelon@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and DEAC

Description: Strategically run more courses face-to-face to create a larger and stronger sense of community on campus (post COVID) (SEM 1.2.2)

Contact: Office of Instruction:  Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Distance Education Coordinator:  Nick DeMelo (demelon@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and DEAC

Description: Strategically offer classes online to assist our “home campus” students’ attainment of their educational goals (post COVID) (SEM 1.2.3))

Contact: Office of Instruction:  Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Distance Education Coordinator:  Nick DeMelo (demelon@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and DEAC

Description: Expand the role of “hybrid” courses to realize the benefits of online while building and maintaining face-to-face community (post COVID)

Contact: Office of Instruction:  Vice President Tammy Robinson (canvpi@smccd.edu)

Distance Education Coordinator:  Nick DeMelo (demelon@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and DEAC

Promote a campus culture that fosters a climate of inclusivity

Description: Ensure all students are well connected to the College, including connections to fellow students, faculty, services, programs and resources (SEM Objective 3.2)

Contact: Office of Student Services, Vice President Manuel Perez (canvpss@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Instruction and DEAC

Institutionalize effective structures and best practices of HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institutions) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions) in order to reduce the obligation gap

Description: Align and sustain pro-active student support services with programs of study to ensure effective and timely student enrollment, retention, persistence and completion (SEM Goal 3)

Contact: Office of Student Services
VPSS Manuel Pérez, canvpss@smccd.edu

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

Description: Streamline the Transcript Evaluation Process (SEM 3.1)

Contact: Office of Student Services
VPSS Manuel Pérez, canvpss@smccd.edu
Interim Dean of Enrollment Services, Matais Pouncil, pouncilm@smccd.edu

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee, Admissions and Records

Description:

Contact: Vice President of Student Services, Manuel Perez (canvpss@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

Description: Scale the number of opportunities for Career Exploration, work-based learning and job placement in each Interest Area across all student types (SEM 3.3.3)

Contact: Office of Student Services
VPSS Manuel Pérez, canvpss@smccd.edu

Career Center Supervisor, Bob Haick
Strong Workforce Director, Julian Branch, branchj@smccd.edu

Committee/Group: Guided Pathways Steering Committee, Career Center, Workforce Tri-Chairs, STEM Center

Revise the college’s component of the Facilities Master Plan to identify and address space and facilities needs that arise out of implementing this 2017-2022 EMP

Description: Work with the District Office to update the College Facilities Plan

Contact: Office of Administrative Services
Vice President Graciano Mendoza (mendozag@smccd.edu)

Committee/Group: Office of Adminiatrative Services (VP)

 

Who is working on these initiatives and how do we make decisions?

The college is organized into participatory governance Councils, Senates, Committees, Work Groups and Operational Groups.  Initiative leads are identified in the diagram above.  College Councils, Senates, and Committees are part of our participatory governance decision-making process.  Other groups include:

Councils Senates College Committees Work Groups Operational Groups

Planning & Budgeting Council

Contact co-chairs:
Professor Diana Tedone-Goldstone and Jeanne Stalker

Student Senate

Contact: Michiko Kealoha

Academic Committee for Equity & Success (ACES)

Contact:  Professor Rebekah Taveau

Guided Pathways Steering Committee

Contact: VP Pérez

College Cabinet

Contact:  Linda Bertellotti

Instructional Planning Council

Contact co-chairs: VP Robinson and Professor Jessica Kaven

Academic Senate

Contact: Professor Diana Tedone-Goldstone

Distance Education Advisory Committee (DEAC)

Contact:  Professor Nick DeMello

Program Review Work Group (new)

Contact:  Dean Karen Engel

College Council

Contact:  Linda Bertellotti

Student Services Planning Council

Contact co-chairs: VP Pérez and Registrar, Ruth Miller

Academic Senate Curriculum Committee

Contact:  Professor Candice Nance
Professional Learning Committee
Contact:  Professor David Meckler

 

 

Divisions

  Classified Senate
Contact: Program Services Coordinator, Jeanne Stalker

Technology Committee

Contact:  Dean David Reed


 

 

iDeans

Contact:  VP Tammy Robinson

   

Sustainability Committee

Contact:  Professor Susan Mahoney

 

   
   

Safety Committee

Contact: VP Mendoza

   


How can I get involved?

For more information about any of the initiatives or participatory governance committees, please email the person identified with it for more information.