March 2016

governance at a glance

In this issue:


DVC officially meets all of the accreditation standards

On February 5 the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) notified DVC that our accreditation status is REAFFIRMED without any outstanding issues. This is the first time since 2006! Congratulations to all – and thanks to ALO, Ted Wieden.

The visiting team's report, our Follow-Up Report, and the action letter from the ACCJC are available on the DVC website accreditation pages. Thanks to everyone who participated in the preparation of the Follow-Up Report and in meetings with the visiting team.

DVC recently submitted to the Commission a list of new certificates and degrees that have been developed over the past two years. This spring the Accreditation Advisory Group will be reconvened to begin work on the Mid-Term Report, which will be due to the ACCJC on or before October 15, 2017.

Strategic Plan Implementation Workgroup

The college continues to support the development and implementation of selected innovation activities designed to implement the Strategic Plan. There is a focus on initiatives with potential for institution-wide impact such as the First Year Experience, the student athlete support program, and the scheduling committee's discussions about pathways.

The SP workgroup is also working with College Council (CC) to develop a census of activities supporting student completion, persistence and success on pathways into the college, through the college, and out of the college.

A CC forum attended by over 70 faculty, staff and administrators considered a census of enrollment management activities largely focused on pathways into the college and priorities for further work suggested.

Finally, DVC will present lessons learned from the implementation of the Strategic Plan at the Academic Senate of California Community College’s annual conference on March 17 in Sacramento.

Governance Committee and Council Reports

Governance meetings are open to all members of the campus community and all are encouraged to attend. For up-to-date information on governance and the various documents, please visit our new governance website.

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College Council (CC)

The council hosted an Open Forum on the Measure E Program Plan on January 20 and endorsed a revised version of the plan at its meeting on February 3.

CC hosted another Open Forum on February 10 that was attended by more than 70 faculty, staff, administrators and students. Forum participants from San Ramon and Pleasant Hill campuses discussed and prioritized college-wide enrollment management activities.

For more information, please visit the College Council website.

Current Chairs: John Freytag (faculty) and Lesley Agostino (classified)

Research, Planning and Evaluation Committee (RPEC)

RPEC continues to work on promoting an inquiry-based culture at DVC. Currently RPEC is working to develop an evaluation tool that could be used to support the evaluation of activities in many areas of the college.

RPEC, in conjunction with District Research, continues to review practices that research shows can have a high impact on student learning and success.

Finally, RPEC is working with the First Year Experience team and the Kinesiology Division to develop evaluation methodologies for innovative student support practices in these areas.

For more information, please visit the Research, Planning and Evaluation Committee website.

Current Chairs: Ted Wieden (management), Catherine Machalinski (faculty)

Program Review Committee (PRC)

PRC has begun reading the written reports that have been submitted.  While working through these reports over the next two months, the PRC will be examining resource requests, noticing trends, and being mindful of outcomes and processes.

For more information, please visit the Program Review Committee website.

Current co-chairs Laura Cremin (staff), Obed Vazquez (management).

Budget Committee (BC)

The BC continues to redefine itself while working on the review and analysis of current operating budget allocations for all college units. The college has designated the Biology and Kinesiology departments to participate in a pilot of more in depth analysis of unit operating budgets.

The BC is working on the 2015-16 annual budget plan. The committee is also discussing possible ways of centralizing some college purchases to increase cost savings to the college.

For more information, please visit the Budget Committee website.

Current chairs: John Nahlen (management), second chair, Bret Peppo (faculty)

For the charges and functions of the above committees, please visit the links to each committee above.

All DVC constituencies, including our students, can access our governance committee minutes and agendas through the public website.