Archive for August, 2010

Weekly Update – August 29, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community —

How are you all holding up?  We are moving into the second week of classes, and I know you are busy at work and getting settled.  Currently, our unduplicated head count is up from fall 2009 by 7.5% or 2,022 students (for a grand total of 29,150), and our funded contact hours are up about 6% (this is important because we receive funding from the State on contact hours). These numbers will increase as we continue to enroll for the Take 2 (12 week classes) beginning September 20th and as we include other shorter terms throughout the 16-week semester.  Read the rest of this entry »

College Community Week – August 2010

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College Community Week – Chancellor Welcome and Conclusion

Accompanying Power Point

Good morning and welcome to the start of the fall 2010 semester. I hope you enjoyed the summer and are recharged and ready to start the new school year.  Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – August 22, 2010

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Good Afternoon San Jac!

Welcome to the fall 2010 semester!  I hope you are having a great start!  Last Monday, I welcomed back the full-time faculty and many administrators and staff. On Wednesday, I joined the activities at North campus and the social that evening. To anyone that I have missed, including those busy working in their offices supporting the enrollment, registration, testing, and payment efforts and to our part-time faculty members: “Welcome to the 2010-2011 academic year! It is going to be an exciting year!”  I know everyone is busy starting classes and getting students advised, registered, and tested; so I am keeping this weekly update short and sweet! Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – August 15, 2010

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Community —

I am looking forward to seeing all of our faculty and administrators Monday morning as we gather to kick off College Community Week and the start of fall semester.  As of Friday, August 13, our unduplicated headcount was up 15.1 percent and funded contact hours college-wide were up 13.2%, as compared to fall 2009. I know everyone is busy trying to help students get registered and ready for classes, and we know this next week will be even more wild with busy-ness. Please hang in there!! Read the rest of this entry »

Faculty Load – Compensation Study

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It’s Friday and the last day of the Summer Schedule.  I hope everyone has big plans for this afternoon!

I have two items that I want to bring to your attention and I didn’t want them to get lost in the weekly update.

The first is regarding an adjustment on the faculty loads in visual arts and engineering design graphics.  A couple of years ago, the Faculty Load Task Force provided recommendations on areas that should be considered for revisions.  During this year (2009-2010), the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) addressed a recommendation regarding the cosmetology department, and we said that other recommendations regarding visual arts and engineering design graphics would be considered during the budget process for 2010-2011.  The Strategic Leadership Team did review the work of the task force and agreed that revisions should be considered for these other two areas.  For art and visual communication, the loads have been at 24 contact hours per week, and the recommendation from the task force was for 18. The SLT approved a choice ranging from 5 three-hour lecture courses for 15 contact hours up to 4 studio courses for 24 contact hours.  In addition, there are two more load options, with one at 18 contact hours and one at 21 contact hours.  For engineering design graphics, the faculty is teaching 24 contact hours per week, and the task force recommended 18 contact hours per week.  We approved faculty loads in this area to range from 18 to 22 contact hours per week.  Both of these areas have unique courses their offerings, and approving the ranges allows for flexible options in supporting our students and faculty. The plan is for the three vice presidents of instruction (Richard Bailey, Barbara Hanson, and Toni Pendergrass) to develop the roll-out plan for a Spring 2011 implementation.   The details of the approved recommendation are attached.

The second item is regarding a compensation study that will be conducted during 2010-2011.  Over the last 16 months, I have heard concerns regarding our compensation structure from all areas of the College.  As one of the actions for the next year, the College will conduct a comprehensive compensation study.  The objectives, areas of focus, and process are outlined in the attached document.  As you will notice under the process section, I intend to create an internal council with broad representation to be engaged in the process to understand scope, philosophies, and outcomes.  I picture this council working similarly to the Planning Council which had representation from the SLT, faculty, staff, and other administrative areas. They worked to ensure that there was transparency and effective communications around their charge.  During 2010-2011, we will gather the information and then figure out what next steps are required. I have been asked, “Why are you taking this on and is it a good time?” My response is that this is an issue of significant concern, and college leadership needs to clearly understand the issues and the related impact.  As an organization, we support a culture of evidence and that applies to this area also.  We need to gather the data and information, because we cannot figure out solutions until we fully understand the issues.  

Have a great week-end!



View the Load Recommendation Report

View the Compensation Study Objectives

Salary Adjustment – August 13, 2010

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Employees —

On Monday evening, the Board of Trustees approved the salary adjustment for full-time employees for fiscal year 2010-2011.  

  1. For faculty, the adjustment will be 3%. And in line with our past practice, faculty members hired on or after March 1 will not receive the adjustment.
  2. For non-faculty, those who are evaluated at “meets requirement” will receive an adjustment of 3%. Those evaluated above “meets” will receive higher percentage adjustments and those evaluated below “meets” will receive lower percentage adjustments.  The exact percentages for these other categories will be released on September 24th.  Non-faculty employees hired during this fiscal year (September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010) will receive a pro-rata share of the applicable raise percentage (i.e. someone hired in March will receive 6/12 of the salary adjustment  to cover the period from March through August).
  3. All salary adjustments (faculty and non-faculty) will be effective for September 1st  and will be included in your September 30th paycheck.  
  4. Salary schedule band maximums will not apply for this year (i.e. if you are an employee earning near the top of your band, you will not be capped; you will receive the full percentage of your eligible adjustment).

I am very pleased that the Board approved this adjustment level, especially in light of current economic concerns and the consumer price index, which fell to 1.3% in July.  Also, according to a survey of other  community colleges in Texas, the expected raises range from 0% to 2% with a couple of colleges hoping for 3%.

The Board’s approval of our raise is a clear sign of their belief in and support of  our work, especially in the performance management system.  They understand that the faculty system is in its pilot year and revisions will be made based on input from focus groups.  We will reconvene the faculty design team that helped develop the system, plus additional members, to review feedback and make changes to the system’s processes and our timelines. The Board also understands that this is the second year for the non-faculty system and that enhancements  and changes will be considered for that part of the system, also.  This approach is part of our Plan, Do, Check, Act philosophy.  

The evaluation discussions between employees and their leaders are beginning now and will continue through September 24th.

If you have specific questions, contact Shanna Dement at ext. 6330 and Luke Cegelski at ext. 2606.



Weekly Update – August 8, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community —   

We are one week away from the start of fall semester and College Community Week, when faculty return and we look forward to the new academic year.  Actually, the newly hired faculty members return next week for New Faculty Orientation Week.  Then, in two weeks, our students return for fall classes. Although the weather doesn’t feel like fall, the pace of activity around the College definitely lets everyone know that there is plenty to do before the big start of another year!  I am looking forward to seeing all of our faculty and administrators at the College Community Week combined session Monday, August 16, and I am still trying to figure out where to be on Wednesday, August 18, for Campus Day. Each campus president—Allatia Harris, Neil Matkin, and Maureen Murphy—has been busy planning unique activities for that day.  The entire week is packed with important meetings and activities and office time for faculty and staff to do those last preparations before the start of classes August 23.  The full schedule for College Community Week will be sent out soon via email, and we will post it to our website.  Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – August 1, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

It is time to welcome in the month of August!!! And one more month of heat!!!

I was trying to think of something interesting to say about the month of August, other than that it is generally thought of as the “back to school” month, when I ran across a website with quotations for each month.  I really loved the quote for August, so I thought I would share it with you:

“Forever is composed of NOWS.” ~ Emily Dickenson, American Author

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