President Margaret Hamilton
Good morning! Welcome to the 2018 Lane Community College Fall In-service Day. Our theme this year is “One Lane” to remind us that we are one college—all working together to transform lives through learning.
Before we begin today, I would like to invite Sky Schual up to the podium to start us off with a reading of her original work she selected from the Community College Moment, which is on your table. The Moment is a faculty-led journal reflecting a vision of scholarship that intersects academics, activist and community interest.
Thank you, Sky for sharing that very personal piece with us.
At this time, it is my pleasure to introduce Matt Keating, our Vice Chair for the Board of Education to offer greetings from the board.
Thank you Matt for that warm greeting.
I am very happy to be standing here after finishing my first year at Lane. When I first arrived, I was told that only half of new presidents make it through their first year. So I am happy to have made the cut. I especially want to thank all of you that helped me feel like a part of this community. I knew that transitioning a new president would be stressful for the college. If the Life Stress Scale were modified to a College Stress Scale, changing a President would probably be number one on the scale.
We all managed to make it through first year, and I believe we are stronger and more focused on helping our students graduate, transfer and get good jobs.
We are starting this year with a more positive outlook on enrollments, a new group of industry partners who want to work with us, a renewed focus on our university partners, new sustainable revenue streams and a balanced budget. And for that, I thank you.
Looking back, my landing at LCC was not without drama.
- There was a student airplane accident. The student was fine; the plane – not so good.
- We received news about a DACA Reversal.
- An anti-abortion rally rocked the campus.
- We launched a search for a new Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
But you rallied together and through it all – IT WAS A VERY PRODUCTIVE YEAR.
So let’s take a look at the year in review.
Congratulations on a remarkable year!
Let us begin our 2018 Plenary with gratitude and appreciation.
First to our Board of Education who supported Lane Community College through the transition of a new president and who went the extra mile to help our students get a quality education at an affordable price. Next to our deans, directors, and faculty- who completed program reviews, revised programs, improved student services and promoted our programs in the community. Thank you to the all classified staff who powered through department transitions, reorganizations, retirements and change. You proved you are strong and resilient and for that – we are a better college.
Finally, I wish to thank the entire in-service team, IT/Media department, food service and staff who helped put the fall in-service together. There is a special lady here who put this media production together while getting married last week. Please join me in a round of applause for one of our alumni - Jessica Braun.
The very core of an academic institution is the academic program. It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2017-18 Faculty Recognition Awards. Please rise when your name is called.
- Kim Dawson—Mathematics
- Tove Gilbert-Morgan—Health and Physical Education
- Miles Stirewalt—ABSE
- Christina Salter—Counseling
- Susie Cousar—Health and Physical Education
- Liz Novicky—Nursing
- Cara DiMarco--Women in Transition
- Deborah Hermach—Language, Literature and Communications
Please join me in giving them a round of applause.
Our classified staff work side by side with the faculty and administration to support instruction and our students—whether it is helping with recruitment, maintaining our facilities, or providing students with college services.
Please join me in recognizing our 2017-18 Employee Recognition Award winners.
Award Winners, Please stand as I say your name.
- Bob Dyck--- FMP
- Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe---Student Recruitment
- Linda Ackers---Library
- Larry Melheim---Facilities Management and Planning
- Armando Chavarin---Titan Store,
- Diego Llewellyn-Jones---Facilities Management and Planning
- Shelby Allread---English as a Second Language
- Adam Hammel---Center for Meeting and Learning
- Gee Thomas---Counseling
Please join me in a round of applause.
Each year, Lane recognizes the one individual who best personifies the mission of Lane.
Would the winner of the 2017-18 Classified Employee of the Year Award – Diego Llewellyn-Jones—please come to the podium while I tell you a little about him.
Since becoming the college’s Learning Garden Coordinator, Diego has made the garden a more welcoming place for students and the college community to learn, hang out, or pass through on their walks. His smile is contagious, and it is always there for anyone who shows up. He has a positive outlook on any situation and uses compassion to teach his art. The students speak highly of how much they enjoy working in the garden with him. Diego is an incredible employee; we are lucky to have him as part of the Lane family.
I would like to take a moment to honor colleagues who passed this year.
Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember the lives of our colleagues and friends.
- Miles Stirewalt, ABSE faculty, November 3, 2017
- Cheryl Lemmer, Dance faculty, November 25, 2017
- Diane Daudt, ESL faculty, January 7, 2018
- Don Addison, Anthropology and Ethnic Studies faculty, retired, Feb 17, 2018
- Greg Miles, Geology and Oceanography faculty, retired, July 1, 2018
- Birch DeVault, Degree Evaluator, July 3, 2018
- Rick Williams, Arts dean, retired, August 3, 2018
- Ralph Wheeler, LCC BOE 1999-2001, August 26, 2018
Last year, I shared some personal things about myself and I thought it would be fun to continue that this year. I am happy to report I passed my driver’s test and have an Oregon driver’s license. I bought a house up in Santa Clara. My daughter Lauren moved to Eugene and works in town as a social worker. My husband Ron is a substitute teacher in Springfield, joined a bowling league and is golfing his way around the state.
When I arrived, you told me where to go to have some fun and I listened to you. I have been to a Ducks game and a Beavers game; I have hiked Spencer’s Butte, seen Crater Lake, Coos Bay, Astoria, and the coast. I have seen the sea lions, and the fish hatcheries and the whales off the Yachats Light House. You did a good job of orienting me, and I thank you.
More important, I have been to Salem to talk to our legislators and continue to build relationships with our elected officials who have our best interests at heart.
And I have met with countless members of business and industry who tell me they need us to supply them with the next generation of workers.
One year in, I meet regularly with HS superintendents and statewide education officials to tackle how to improve college and career readiness so that the students that walk in our doors are more prepared.
One year in, I can report that we made significant strides with improving student transfer to our colleges and universities. The Presidents at UO, OSU, NCU, Portland University and Pacific University all stand committed to improving transfer from Lane—a place where students can complete the first two years of their four-year degree, save as much as $40,000 and have full faith in transfer.
At Lane, we say student success is at the core of everything we do, and you proved it this year.
You addressed academic quality through the achievement of full NWCCU accreditation. You addressed student access though expanding our student service hours, advising and coaching. You addressed equity through extending course date expirations in math. You addressed access through waitlists and z-coding. You addressed access and affordability by creating a payment plan at Lane. You addressed continuous improvement by providing Data Packages for program review. You shortened the time to get students’ transcripts evaluated. And you improved transfer outcomes by signing agreements with NW Christian and Pacific University.
So how do we know what is working? We measure it!
When we looked at completion of a degree or certificate or transfer to a university within 3 years in FY17, We found out we had a completion rate of 37% as compared to a rate of 46% for all of Oregon Community Colleges. We have some work to do to hit the state average of 46%.
We made good progress with Access and Equity.
We increased the use of bilingual web and print materials. We expanded Open Educational Resources and online learning. We expanded grants for special populations like veterans, and the nursing program. We created an ABS/ESL credit bridge. And we hired faculty to support African American and Native American students.
How will we know we are becoming a more accessible and equitable institution?
We will track the completion rates of our students of color. What we have found so far is that we have a significant gap in completion rates for students of color. Three year transfer/completion rates for our Hispanic students, our Native American Students and our African American Students are tracking about 10% lower than the rest of the state with significant percentage losses in our Native American population.
Our target for completion and transfer for all our students should be at least the state average.
We made a good decision to invest in our new faculty members to provide support to our students of color. We made good decisions in investing in student success coaches and degree evaluator to help all our students.
How about our affordability? How are we doing?
Cost of Attendance at LCC is $16,630 (Includes living expenses). 4,281 students receive Federal Pell aid. 2,512 students receive Oregon Opportunity Grant. 664 students receive Oregon Promise funds. 2,048 students receive some type of Institutional Aid.
Is the aid they are receiving enough?
34% of LCC students are unable to meet expenses with expected resources as compared to 44% of all Oregon community college students
WE ARE DOING BETTER than the rest of the state on affordability! But we can still do more—with OER, lower text book costs, and partnering with business and industry.
Last year, we identified our top priorities as student success, equity and access and economic impact. This year we will continue to address these priorities with more focus, intention and action. We need to work together as one college - not the Main Campus, Cottage Grove, Downtown, or Florence. Not as credit or noncredit; not degree or certificate, or even transfer or CTE. Every student that walks on our campus – whether they are here to earn a GED, take an ESL course, be a small business owner, a chef or an accountant—should be treated with the same respect and service mindset that everyone who walks in our doors deserves. And we need to remind ourselves that respect and service mindset starts internally with each other. We will serve students better if we see ourselves as one college and not groups of people categorized by labels, language, department or location.
We learned lot about equity over the past few years, but it’s time to apply our Equity Lens to all of our policies and procedures if we want to actually walk the walk of providing access and equity for students. I want to challenge all of us this year to use the “Equity Lens” that Greg and Sara taught us to put every policy and procedure through the lens and ask:
- Whose needs are we not serving?
- Who is left behind?
One of the ways to insure we are truly one Lane is to hold ourselves to be more accountable to our mission.
Who are we accountable to? First, we are accountable to ourselves. Are we doing what we say we are doing? Next, we are accountable to the community who funds us to provide a quality accessible education to the residents of Lane County. Then, we are accountable to the state of Oregon who provides funding through FTE, the Oregon Promise and the Oregon Opportunity Grant and who are using outcome measures to see if the funds they are giving us are improving our outcomes. We are accountable to the Feds who approve us for financial aid based on pages of criteria. We are accountable to our accrediting bodies who require us to demonstrate improved outcomes through a sustainable program review process. Most important, we are accountable to our students who trust us to provide them with an education and training that will prepare them for transfer or employment in a high wage-high demand job.
Our mission is a pledge that we would transform their lives through learning. We owe it to them to put their success first – ahead of everything we do.
Are our priorities in line with the Oregon Community Colleges?
The answer is YES. The 17 community colleges have all agreed to prioritize:
- Access and equity through use of the equity lens
- Improving completion and transfer outcomes through use of data analytics
- Improve affordability- through support of Oregon Promise, Oregon Opportunity Grant
Our Board of Education is fully committed to supporting our three priorities:
- Student Success
- Affordability and Accessibility- focus on access, equity and inclusion
- Becoming a Regional Economic Driver
Our job is to use intention in developing actions to address these priorities.
What is our strategy?
There is a Strategy Map on your table. Think of it as a road map for our success this year. You will hear more about these individual strategies from our vice presidents in a few minutes, but the Strategy Map will focus on our three priorities.
- Service Mindset
- Guided Pathways
- Centers of Excellence
Access and Equity:
- Focus on underrepresented and underserved communities
- Quality online program
- Non-traditional students
- Economic and work force development
- Advancement of the mission of the college to position us more securely in the community as we seek to strengthen industry partners and community support for an upcoming bond campaign and fundraising campaigns
- Commitment to data analytics (Move away from data warehousing to data analytics)
How does our organizational structure support our mission and priorities?
The Board of Education is empowered by the state of Oregon to govern the College. The Board of Education delegates authority to the president. The president relies on its executive team (Cabinet) to manage the college. The President and Cabinet seek guidance and feedback from the two major constituents of the college:
- Governance System- whose role is focused academic policy
- Leadership Team- whose role is implementation and process
The president tasks an Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee to monitor institutional outcomes – which serve as a very public report on how Lane Community College is meeting its mission.
After the break, you will hear from the vice presidents on how we will use the strategies in the strategy map, to improve our outcomes in fulfillment of our mission
At this time, I am going to ask Wendy Simmons up to the podium to lead us all in a stretch break.
In Closing –
This morning, you heard about our accomplishments, you saw a snapshot of our outcomes data, and you heard about our targets to meet our goals and priorities.
I would like to leave you with an inspirational goal to approach this year from one lane--as one college. I would like to leave you with this video from Jay Shetty regarding why Intention, Action and Attention are so critical to help us focus on student success.
Please don’t leave after the video. Paul is going to pull the names of the three winners of the door prize and give you some brief announcements.
Thank you for sharing your time with us this morning.
Have a great year!