Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

February 24, 2014


South Orange County Community College District   South Orange County Community College District
Saddleback College President Tod Burnett congratulated full-time faculty approved for tenure.   Irvine Valley College Vice President Craig Justice congratulated full-time faculty approved for tenure.


THE BOARD APPROVED ..................................................................

South Orange County Community College District

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, with revisions to 6.11 and 6.12. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Tenure status beginning Fall 2014 for 22 full-time faculty members.
  • Out of State travel for Irvine Valley College students to Zion National Park, Utah for a School of Physical Sciences and Technologies field study course.
  • Out-of-state travel request for up to six students and one faculty advisor from Saddleback College to attend the Phi Theta Kappa 94th International Convention in Orlando, Florida.
  • Agreement with HMC Architects for the ATEP Development Master Planning Services in the amount of $205,000.
  • Nomination of Trustee Marcia Milchiker for the OCSBA Marian Bergeson Award.
  • Saddleback College Site Improvements, Design-Build Criteria and Programming Architectural Services agreement with DLR Group in the amount of $280,000.
  • Proposed 2014-2015 curriculum revisions for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.
  • Revised 2014-2015 Instructional Material/Laboratory Fees for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.
  • Community Education courses, presenters, and compensation for Summer Session 2014 for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.
  • A public hearing and Resolution No. 14-05 to authorize an Energy Services Contract for the Irvine Valley College Student Services Center Air Handling Unit Replacement Project.
  • An Energy Services Agreement for the Irvine Valley College Student Services Air Handling Units Replacement project with Trane U.S. Inc. (DBA Trane), City of Industry, CA, in the amount of $590,010.
  • District’s Order of Priority for the Five Year Construction Plan FY 2014-2015.
  • A revision to the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar.
  • Board Policy revisions to BP-146-Chancellor Succession, BP-4040-Public Disclosure of Employee Compensation, BP-4076-Compensation, BP-4700-Whistleblower Protection, BP-5130-Financial Aid.
  • Independent Consultant Services Agreement for Business Process Change Management and Project Management Services for Strata Information Group for an amount not to exceed $500,000 for the period of February 25, 2014 through June 30, 2016 to manage complex day-to-day project management tasks for the complex multi-year HR/Financial Software System project approved last month.
  • Agreement with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., to provide construction management services through March 31, 2014, for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences project in the amount of $65,659 for a new contract total of $1,902,193.
  • Resolution No. 14-03 authorizing the use of Design-Build for the Irvine Valley College ATEP Swing Space Project and transfer $984,000 from the IVC A200 project to the IVC ATEP Swing Space project.
  • Amendment No. 2 with gkkworks to extend the contract to September 28, 2017, in the amount of $65,982 for the Saddleback College Technology & Applied Sciences Building Renovation project for a total fee of $823,907.
  • One-year contracts for 16 full-time faculty members who have completed their First Year Probationary Tenure Track Status.
  • Two-year contracts for 32 full-time faculty members who have completed their Second Year Probationary Tenure Track Status.
  • Human Resources Management Reorganization - reclassify two classified positions and one management position to streamline operations and increase efficiencies for an annual fiscal impact of less than $10,000.

PRESENTATIONS ........................................................................

A New Vision for Student Success at Saddleback College - Faculty members Bruce Gilman and Penny Skaff and student Shay Sharp discussed development of a college wide student success committee and the implementation of active student success work groups. Student success is a high priority for the college and district with support of the board. Student success has been established as a priority in the college strategic plan and district-wide strategic plan. Saddleback is evoking change on campus by concentrating on student success. Presenters highlighted history of federal and state initiatives and legislation challenging the academic senate to review its old model of success to embrace this nationwide effort. The college asked students to define student success to ensure it correlates with the college's vision. This was a collaborative effort among everyone in the college community. A student success executive committee representing all divisions, shared governance groups and student involvement meets weekly. Plans to address student success include: enhancing professional development; reviewing pedagogy and encouraging innovation in the classroom to continuously improve the student learning experience; performing a college-wide scan to understand all the student success efforts on campus; completing an online student success portal; building a student success center and creating ambassadors to help students throughout the campus; and, a freshman advantage program with face to face orientations for incoming students. My Academic Plan (MAP) workshops are taking place in counseling to ensure all students create an academic plan as part of the matriculation process. A student survey identified the need for faculty to increase interaction with students, getting to know them better. Students appreciate innovative teaching that include activities in and out of the classroom to enhance engagement. Saddleback College is committed to transformative change to advance student success.

REPORTS .................................................................................

  • Trustee Jay echoed the support provided in public comments for an athletic stadium at Saddleback College. Trustee Jemal said he also supports a stadium. He highlighted a dinner he attended at Orange County Business Counci where for-profit colleges were discussed. He wants to make sure our colleges are doing everything we can to reach out to the public to attend our colleges which offer a more affordable pathway. He is concerned about the increasing debt that students are taking on when they attend for-profit colleges. Trustee Padberg supports the stadium project commenting that these activities enhance the learning experience. She attended a Freedom Foundation award luncheon recognizing Saddleback student Dan Ahar for creating an interactive map of the Saddleback Veterans memorial bricks for donors. Trustee Prendergast attended an OC School Board Association meeting with a presentation on Gallup Polls. The results yielded that two main factors in determining success is having someone believe in you and giving you hope. He thanked our faculty and staff for creating that for our students. Trustee Wright attended the IVC homecoming basketball game and remarked that the women's game was very exciting, coming down to a floater shot in the last 8 seconds. He also attended OC School Board Association meeting and Gallup Poll presentation and found it interesting that they identified hope to be a stronger predictor of success than SAT and ACT scores. He congratulated Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College for the recent announcement that they will participate in Team Orange for the 2015 solar decathlon event sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. He attended a meeting on accreditation and is pleased that our recommendations have been fully satisfied. He mentioned a recent hospital stay where two out of three nurses were trained at Saddleback College. Trustee Lang is interested in all of the capital improvement projects. He asked how the Saddleback College Foundation is coming along in fundraising for the proposed athletic stadium. He congratulated Irvine Unified School District on their recent high national ratings for best high schools. Student Trustee Robinson attended an Emeritus Institute lecture and commented that these academic opportunities truly offer broad enrichment for older adults. He added support for all of the proposed improvements on Saddleback campus.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner congratulated 22 probationary faculty who will be granted tenure beginning Fall 2014, calling it an important step in their careers. He highlighted an upcoming federal briefing to promote the innovative work of District IT in developing student success tools. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to our district's efforts in hopes of gaining federal funding to offset costs for future development and improvements.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included:  Saddleback College has launched the Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition, which invites individuals, groups, non-profit, and for-profit entities to submit business plans that pursue solutions to complex social problems such as poverty, homelessness, environment, urban revitalization, health, and education.  Competition finalists will present their plans to the public at a presentation showcase on May 10th. Finalists from this first-of-its-kind competition will have a rare opportunity to pitch their ideas to social impact investors from across the nation, with funding possibilities upwards of $100,000. The Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Symphony performed at Segerstrom Concert Hall on Feb. 8th as part of the Orange County Pacific Symphony's Community Ensembles Festival.  On Feb. 1st Campus Police Chiefs Will Glen and Chris Wilkinson presented a 2.5 hour overview of ICS-402 Incident Command System (ICS). ASG and the Saddleback College Foundation have raised $180,000 through a matching fund campaign. Six persons or companies have provided sponsorships of $10,000 or more for this year's Gala to be held on April 12th. The Orange County Register will provide $10,000 worth of advertising for the Gala. Saddleback College was named to Team Orange for the 2015 Solar Decathlon. He congratulated Ashley Wagner, a Saddleback College student who competed and medaled in the 2014 Winter Olympic figure skating competitions.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included:On February 1, the first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) event of the year was held at IVC to serve 100 qualified recipients.  This program will continue on selected Saturdays at IVC until the April tax deadline.  VITA program offers free tax help to people who earn $58,000 or less annually. Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Rudmann for being selected for the prestigious Western Psychological Association (WPA) fellowship.  Eight officers from the Irvine Police Department SWAT Team utilized the IVC Performing Arts Center (PAC) for training exercises to practice moving quietly without detection, while clearing and securing designated areas.  Physical Science Professor Alec Sim conducted a lecture entitled "NASA and Student Success" as part of the IVC2IVC Faculty Lecture Series. Congratulations to IVC Instrumental Music Students on acceptance to the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western and Northwestern Divisions Regional Intercollegiate Band.  Presidents’ Cup Basketball Tournament took place on Feb. 7 and Presidents Glenn Roquemore and Tod Burnett served hot dogs between the games. After four exciting games, the Presidents’ Cup went to the Gauchos. IVC's Speech and Debate Team took top honors at a recent tournament; they are currently ranked 3rd in conference among all two- and four-year colleges. Irvine Valley College was named to Team Orange for the 2015 Solar Decathlon.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles' report included: The ATEP Development Master Plan process will take place during spring and summer 2014 with a final plan scheduled to go before the board in August. This new master plan will provide a framework for initial placement and infrastructure for college buildings, education partners, and commercial partners. Design and construction planning continues for the Bell Avenue extension.


IN MEMORIAM ...........................................................................

The board meeting was adjourned in memory of Irvine Valley College Student Joseph Robinson who was tragically killed in a cycling accident on Santiago Canyon Road in Irvine a few weeks ago.

VIEWING ONLINE/TV ....................................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online this week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, March 2 at 7 pm.


South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; David Robinson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations