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December 14, 2017

Hello, Mustangs!

Below is the newest Norco College Regular Update, aligned to the college’s seven Strategic Planning Goals. And in case you missed the first one, all Regular Update issues will be archived on the President’s webpage: http://www.norcocollege.edu/about/president/Pages/Regular-Update.aspx


Happy reading!

  • Strategic Goal 1: Increase Student Achievement and Success
    • Completion Initiative and Guided Pathways
      • The Completion Initiative team attended a statewide Guided Pathways Conference November 30 to December 2. The big focus is equity, with efforts directed at eliminating equity gaps and ensuring all students complete their program of study that leads to transfer or career.
      • All are encouraged to attend the upcoming Completion Initiative 2.0 Summit on Friday, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., location TBA.
      • Hey, Look! The ISPC, at its December 7 retreat, agreed to explore reorganization of the college around the four schools, and to explore student success, counseling, and advising teams for the four schools, using a caseload approach. This will be a big conversation, and everyone’s best thinking is needed. Please talk about the idea with others in the hallways, near your office, and around campus. Norco College will be among the first, if not the first, California community college to reorganize around meta-majors.
    • Summer Advantage
      • WOW! The 2017 Summer Advantage Report that will be released soon indicates that the Summer Advantage students in our 2013 cohort completed degrees at a rate nearly double that of their other first-time college counterparts. Within a four-year period, Summer Advantage students completed degrees at a rate of 18.5% versus all other first-time students at a rate of 9.9%.
      • Congratulations to Daniela McCarson, whose new title is Dean of Special Funded Programs (approved by the Board of Trustees on December 12). In addition to programs such as CalWorks, Trio, and Upward Bound, the “special funded programs” in Dean McCarson’s title includes oversight of the Summer Advantage program—we’re very excited about that!
  • Strategic Goal 2: Improve the Quality of Student Life
    • Creating Student, Classroom, and Faculty Spaces
      • Portables may be used to create a student “village” space (providing a home for groups such as LGBTQ, Puente, Umoja, PTK, Honors, Dreamers) in proximity to portables that will be added for classrooms and faculty offices. Dr. Oceguera and Dr. Muto are in early discussions with others, prior to the college’s researching designs and cost estimates. The concept involves an equity focus.
    • Smoking Cessation Plan
      • On January 1, 2018, Norco College becomes a smoke-free campus.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Increase Student Access
    • Early Registration
      • To support greater student access, effective winter 2018, the application deadline has been moved forward to the first Friday after the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, and the first day of winter and summer sessions. This was approved by ISPC on December 7.
    • Enrollment Management
      • Winter enrollment is strong, trending above target. This is what is needed for the college to be on target for the year.
    • High School Partnership Program
      • Batch enrollment of Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) high school seniors is being explored. The goal is to increase the college-going rate in the region by making the transition from high school to college as seamless as the transition between middle school and high school, saying to incoming students, “We’re ready for you.”
      • CNUSD is eager to expand dual enrollment to most or all of its high schools. This is also a strategy for increasing the college-going rate in our region.
    • Next Phase Program
      • Albert Jimenez is exploring GED and tutoring solutions for the Next Phase program.
      • A hiring team is being put together for the Next Phase director position. The position is made possible with one-time funding (18 months), with the goal to generate growth and funding to sustain the position and increase FTES for the college as a whole.
      • We are exploring a partnership with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) on a construction-training project. ARC already partners with institutions and organizations on construction-related training in LA prisons and has a good model.
      • Debra Mustain is exploring a CTE pathway for construction.
      • We are exploring a partnership with Pitzer College for a GED-to-bachelor’s degree pathway.
    • Veterans Education/Promise Program
      • The college received proposals for design services for Phase 1, the first Veterans Resource structure, which will be funded by $2 million from the state made possible by the advocacy of Assemblywoman Cervantes. There was a meeting on December 11 to discuss design firm candidates. Next week, five architecture firms will be interviewed, from which one will be selected to negotiate a contract.
      • A Veterans Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, Zachary Emorey, has been hired and begun work. The position is made possible with one-time funding (18 months), with the goal to generate growth and funding to sustain the position and increase FTES for the college as a whole.
      • A hiring team is being put together for the Veterans director position. The position is made possible with one-time funding (18 months), with the goal to generate growth and funding to sustain the position and increase FTES for the college as a whole.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Create Effective Community Partnerships
    • National Photonics Research Center
      • Dr. Reece and Congressman Calvert’s staff meet monthly and are working on a federal funding strategy.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Strengthen Student Learning
    • Developing Academic Programs
      • Early Childhood Education: The college, along with the Riverside County of Education, is exploring the development of a clinical site for early childhood education.
      • Social Justice: A conversation has started around the idea of a social justice program of studies at Norco College.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Demonstrate Effective Planning Processes
    • Evaluations of planning and resource allocation processes
    • Prioritization (Supplies and Equipment, Staff, Technology, Facilities)
      • ISPC has made recommendations on prioritization and reported at COTW on December 7.
    • Strategic Planning
      • The timeline for revision of the college’s strategic plan has been changed to provide for a revision of the Educational Master Plan (EMP) first. The EMP will drive all other strategic plans.
    • Technology
      • A “Quick Fix” trial program for technical support of college-provided laptops, tablets, Surface Pros, and iPads will begin January 4. Technical support service personnel will be in the College Resource Center (CRC) during college hour, 12:50-1:50, the first Thursday of each month through the spring semester.
    • Traffic
      • A parking lot assessment for signage and traffic flow has been received from a traffic engineer and will support traffic mitigation efforts for the spring semester.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Strengthen our Commitment to our Employees
    • Hiring and Personnel
      • We’re excited by new hires approved through the prioritization process. Dr. Reece distributed at the most recent COTW meeting a list of personnel to be hired, based on prioritization lists recommended by ISPC; the full list was emailed to nor-all on the afternoon of December 7. The college has been striving to be earlier with hiring this year and has achieved that goal.
    • Professional Development
      • A team from Norco College is participating in the 2018 Leading from the Middle Academy, organized by the statewide RP Group and consisting of three three-day sessions focused on Guided Pathways. The team of Quinton Bemiller, Colleen Molko, Dan Reade, Tim Russell, and Kara Zamiska will develop a two-year plan focusing on teaching/learning and professional development.
      • Faculty FLEX day is February 9. Faculty, watch your inbox for more information.
      • Spring Staff Professional Development Day is coming in January or February. This event is coordinated by staff from a staff perspective; it is a great opportunity to get together with other staff to learn about the institution and one’s role in the institution. Staff, watch your inbox for more information.




December 4, 2017

Hello, Mustangs!

Below is the newest Norco College Regular Update, aligned to the college’s seven Strategic Planning Goals. And in case you missed the first one, all Regular Update issues will be archived on the President’s webpage: http://www.norcocollege.edu/about/president/Pages/Regular-Update.aspx


Happy reading!

  • Strategic Goal 1: Increase Student Achievement and Success
    • Completion Initiative and Guided Pathways
      • We’re beginning to talk about reorganization around schools, with ideas developing through faculty leadership.
      • Meetings are scheduled with UCR for improving transfer.
      • EduNav, a digital educational planning tool for students to monitor their progress of study, is in process of working out IT details for the implementation phase.
      • All are encouraged to attend the upcoming Completion Initiative 2.0 Summit on Friday, February 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Veterans Education/Promise Program
      • Dr. Reece met with the American Council on Education (ACE) and discussed the potential for a partnership to build on the military articulation database they already have in place. Details of how to put the partnerships together are being reviewed.
      • Stater Bros. donated $5,000 and is considering a larger contribution.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Improve the Quality of Student Life
    • Athletics Plan
      • On December 19, Mark Hartley and Dr. Reece are meeting to talk about the future of athletics at Norco College. Your ideas are welcome; contact Mark Hartley or Dr. Reece or attend the meeting 12/19 at 10:30 a.m. in ST 107.
    • Creating Student Spaces
      • The Dream Team met the week of November 20; amphitheater shade structure recommendations will go in to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) which will solicit bids for the design and Division of the State Architect (DSA) phase of the project.
      • The college is meeting with an architect regarding a “village space” concept to provide a “home” to groups such as LGBTQ, Puente, Umoja, PTK, Honors, Dreamers, and others.
      • A Multimedia and Arts Center users group is going to be pulled together to talk about design updates.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Increase Student Access
    • Distance Education
      • Hey, Look! -> The Distance Education Committee is looking for a faculty co-chair to help lead this committee’s important work. There is 0.2 reassigned time for this role. If you’re interested, contact Peggy Campo.
      • The college is continuing the transition to Canvas LMS. For help or training for the transition, contact Sean Ulbert in the PDC (Lib 101) or at sean.ulbert@rccd.edu.
    • High School Partnership Program
      • Currently in process is a CCAP (College and Career Access Pathways) MOU with Alvord USD for dual enrollment.
      • A planning grant is being written for submission in December or January to the College Futures Foundation. This grant will offset some costs associated with dual enrollment and developing a larger grant proposal to the Irvine Foundation, Gates Foundation, and College Futures Foundation in fall 2018.
      • The college is in the conceptual stage of earlier enrollment. Moving up the registration date before summer will allow high school students to register for Norco College classes while they are still in school. This is one reason the curriculum submission deadline was moved to September.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Create Effective Community Partnerships
    • Community Education
      • Community Education has moved from the district level to the college level.
      • Norco College is working on launching Community Education classes in spring 2018. Any faculty interested in teaching a community education/fee-based class should contact Debra Mustain, Dean of Community Partnerships and Workforce Development, at debra.mustain@norcocollege.edu.
    • Next Phase Program
      • A director for this program is being hired on an 18-month contract using one-time money approved by ISPC and COTW.
      • CTE options for CRC are being reviewed.
      • The program continues to move toward the first cohort in fall 2018.
    • Photonics Research Center
      • Dr. Reece is preparing for the first meeting with Rep. Ken Calvert’s staff in early December.
      • The proposed photonics project continues to be discussed across campus. Dr. Reece has requested an official vote on photonics in NAS, ISPC, and COTW in spring 2018 on whether to move forward.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Strengthen Student Learning
    • SLO Assessment
      • Dr. Lee is recommending that all possible course SLOs be assessed by spring 2018.
      • Deans of instruction are offering weekly help for faculty on a drop-in or appointment basis, Thursday mornings 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the PDC (Lib 101). CTE faculty can let Dr. Fleming know, and others can contact Dr. Parks.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Demonstrate Effective Planning Processes
    • Accreditation Preparation
      • The Accreditation 2020 Steering Committee held its first meeting November 17. Look for more ISER (institutional self-evaluation report) discussion and presence in spring 2018.
    • Budgeting
      • Early in spring 2018, a budget/planning workshop will be offered as a college-wide conversation.
    • Facilities Master Plan (Buildings/Space + Landscaping)
      • Before winter 2018, a facilities charrette is planned, which will consider possibilities to inform the Facilities Master Plan.
    • Marketing Plan
      • The Marking Committee is working on revisions to the style guide.
    • Scheduled Maintenance Planning
      • Library roof replacement probably will occur after 2018 graduation.
      • By December 1, the college will submit its five-year scheduled maintenance plan to the District.
    • Strategic Planning
      • ISPC strategic planning retreat is scheduled for December 8.
    • Traffic
      • The initial report from the traffic consultant has been received and is being shared with CNUSD, who are our partners on the Third Street mitigation plan. The college is planning some immediate improvements to Third Street for spring 2018.
      • Look for a Norco College sign on Hamner in spring 2018.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Strengthen our Commitment to our Employees
    • Personnel
      • For safety preparation, the college is addressing building and floor captain roles.
    • Smoking Cessation Plan
      • Smoking cessation plan for employees will be implemented in spring 2018.




November 17, 2017

Hello, Mustangs!

What you see is the college’s inaugural Regular Update, a bullet list of developments and institutional news for our college community. This is an update of work related to the college’s seven Strategic Planning Goals. The bulletin will appear in your inbox periodically (sent from your faculty accreditation co-chair) to provide ongoing information in succinct form, along with links (when possible) to further information. Dr. Reece and Dr. Lee proposed this update to enhance transparency and encourage open communication throughout the college.


Happy reading!

  • Strategic Goal 1: Increase Student Achievement and Success
    • Completion Initiative and Guided Pathways
      • For Completion Initiative 2.0, the next step, conversations will begin in February 2018.
    • Foster Care Program
      • The idea of housing solutions for foster youth is being explored within the larger conversation about veterans housing.
    • Veterans Education/Promise Program
      • Norco College is in the process of hiring an outreach and recruitment specialist.
      • The existing Veterans Center will be redesigned to accommodate additional resources and staff.
      • RFP (request for proposal) is being sent to vendors for design of the new Veterans Resource Center.
      • The college is exploring financing options for the Veterans Resource Center and veterans housing.
      • Gaming faculty are working on articulation efforts for veterans with hopes that gaming will be ready to recruit beginning in spring 2018 for the fall.
      • We are meeting with ACE (American Center for Education), a potential national partner, on the articulation platform.
      • First national campaign to recruit veterans will launch March 1.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Improve the Quality of Student Life
    • Athletics Plan
      • Discussion is planned for December to talk about a strategy for beginning to expand athletics at Norco College.
    • Smoking Cessation Plan
      • Signage is up now showing Norco College becomes a smoke-free campus as of January 1.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Increase Student Access
    • Early Registration
      • Registration dates are under discussion. Registration may be coming earlier for all Norco College students.
      • APC will work in January to schedule summer and fall 2018 together. The ultimate goal is to schedule a whole year at once. This has implications for curriculum and catalog deadlines.
      • A new team was formed at the district level to manage effective catalog production.
    • Engineering Promise
      • The goal of the program is to recruit women and students of color to engineering pathways with all expenses paid. The college recently received federal approval to move forward.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Create Effective Community Partnerships
    • High School Partnership Program
    • Next Phase Program
      • Currently spring courses at CDC are being planned.
      • Plans are to have the first full cohort (30 students enrolled full time toward earning an AA in two years) in fall 2018.
    • Photonics Research Center
      • We continue to meet with Rep. Ken Calvert’s office, the Navy, Y.K. Bae Corporation, and other partners. The idea is still developing. A three-year NSF grant requesting $526,409 was recently submitted. The goal of the grant is to support the development, marketing, and equipment needed to support photonics related coursework. If received, the grant would be funded as of July 1, 2018. Submission or receipt of the grant would not obligate the college to proceed with photonics programming or accept the grant funding.
  • Strategic Goal 5: Strengthen Student Learning
    • SLO Assessment
      • Faculty are organizing a plan to assess every SLO in every class by the accreditation visit. Resources are being put in place to support these efforts. Dr. is recommending that all possible course SLOs be assessed by Spring 2018 in order to enable assessment data to inform program reviews being completed in April of 2018.
      • Deans of instruction will begin devoting the weekly deans meeting to working directly with faculty who would like help entering SLOs on TracDat. They will be in the PDC (Lib. 101) 9:00-10:30 a.m. Thursdays; please let them know, and they will be ready to assist.
  • Strategic Goal 6: Demonstrate Effective Planning Processes
    • Academic Reorganization
      • The new Schools suggest the need to restart campus discussions on reorganization to support the Schools as organizational entities.
      • If funding is received from recent grant proposals, the college will hire a veterans director and other personnel to support that program as well as a director for the Next Phase program.
    • Accreditation Preparation
      • Norco College’s next accreditation visit will be in spring 2020.
      • First meeting of the Steering Committee (co-chairs of all Standards for the Accreditation 2020 self-study) is Friday, November 17, 2:00-4:00 in ST 107.
    • Budgeting
      • The VP of Business Services plans a budget and planning presentation early in the spring semester.
    • Facilities Master Plan
      • Regarding buildings and space, plans are in process to conduct a strategy session (possibly by end of this term) regarding use of space.
      • Regarding landscaping, two initiatives are in the works: (1) a facilities plan review, (2) request for additional staff support to advance the landscaping plan.
    • Dream Team
      • The purpose of this ad hoc team is to create “a new aesthetic,” a distinctive look for the college.
      • Currently the group is working on RFQ (request for quotation) for a shade structure for the amphitheater.
      • The group is meeting Monday, November 20, 9:00-10:00 a.m. in IT 218.
    • Marketing Plan
      • The marketing group is moving forward to revise the marketing style guide. Initial discussions have started through shared governance, with more participation to take place during spring.
    • Prioritization (Supplies and Equipment, Staff, Technology, Facilities)
      • Planning committees (AAPC, APC, BFPC, SPC) have finished prioritizing requests. ISPC will look at these at a special meeting November 29.
    • Scheduled Maintenance Planning
      • The library roof replacement is being discussed. This will be a six-week project, dates TBD.
    • Signage
      • A workgroup is being put together to look at a campus Wayfinding program that will improve directional signage, to be funded with one-time reserve funds.
    • Strategic Planning
      • ISPC has developed a work plan for review and revision of the college’s Strategic Plan, with the revision to be completed in spring 2018 and the plan submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval in July 1018.
      • ISPC is holding a strategic planning retreat in December.
    • Technology
      • Classroom installation of podium computers is complete. TSS is visiting all classrooms to fix any problems with PPT projection.
      • Technology Committee will look at records to determine who is next in the queue for new computers in inventory.
      • The college is going to test drive an IT “quick service,” involving IT personnel physically on campus for an hour to an hour and a half once a month.
    • Traffic
      • The college has retained a consultant (RBI) to study traffic patterns to expedite traffic and safely provide for pedestrians. The goal is to have some mitigation in place by the beginning of spring semester.
      • Three proposed routes for a second road/entrance have received tentative approval from three constituent groups. We will try to wrap the costs of this project into other development projects associated with veterans and photonics.
  • Strategic Goal 7: Strengthen our Commitment to our Employees
    • Equity
      • The hiring process has been overhauled through an equity lens.
    • Hiring and Personnel
      • We are fast-tracking hiring of personnel, especially faculty, to make sure we are hiring earlier this year.
    • Professional Development
      • The new Professional Development Center (Lib 101) is open.
      • Early discussion is occurring at the strategic level of how we can coordinate faculty, staff, and management professional development.
      • Two teams are going to the Leading from the Middle training in 2018, one from TLC and one from PDC, with an eye toward developing practices for professional development that can be institutionalized.
      • Creation of a professional development budget is being discussed.