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Update Documents

on January 29, 2011 in College Planning | Comments Off on Update Documents

College Priorities

Chancellor Communication:

Legislative Updates:

Compensation Study:

Workforce and CPD:

Data Reports:

Faculty Load – Compensation Study

on August 13, 2010 in College Planning | Comments Off on Faculty Load – Compensation Study

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

on August 13, 2010 in College Planning | Comments Off on Salary Adjustment – August 13, 2010

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.



College Community Day Logistics

on February 10, 2010 in College Planning | Comments Off on College Community Day Logistics

Good Morning!

As we draw closer to our “College Community Day,” I am excited to move forward with another first for San Jacinto College….the entire college community involved in the strategic planning for the future of the College. 

Let’s talk logistics. On February 16th, all College Community Day activities will take place on the Central Campus.  The college-wide meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. in Slocomb Auditorium. But before you come to Slocomb Auditorium, you will need to check-in at the appropriate designated location, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Please note that the check-in locations are split by the alphabet.  These stations will not only serve as the distribution point for morning check-in to get name tags, agenda packets, and breakfast;  but they will also be where you will pick up your  lunch.

The check-in locations designated by last name are as follows:

A-E         Kaleidoscope Room/ILC

F-L         Music Building

M-R       Health Science Building

S-Z         Newton Student Center

After the morning session, a boxed lunch will be provided for attendees.  Just go back to your designated check-in location, pick-up your lunch, and find a place anywhere on campus to relax.  The afternoon activities will begin at 1:15 p.m.  Each attendee will be assigned to a focus group. The location of your focus group will be found in your agenda packet.  At 3:30 p.m., we will gather back in Slocomb Auditorium for the wrap-up session.

I also want to give you a heads-up on the seating at Slocomb Auditorium.  We will be at capacity in the auditorium.  You will need to plan that you will be sitting next to someone and that all rows and seats will be occupied. As you fill the auditorium, please go to the center of the aisle and don’t leave empty seats.

Again, all College Community Day activities will take place on the Central campus. If you are not familiar with the Central campus, here is a link to a Central campus map on our website.  If you roll your mouse over the various buildings, you will see the building name:

See you on the 16th!



Annual Priorities

on February 8, 2010 in College Planning | Comments Off on Annual Priorities

Please click on the link below to access the College Annual Priorities:

San Jacinto College District Annual Priorities 2009-2010

College Community Day – February 16, 2010

on February 8, 2010 in College Planning | Comments Off on College Community Day – February 16, 2010

Good Morning Everyone,

We are quickly approaching our College Community Day and I am looking forward to spending time with all of you and discussing our College strategic plans.

I am posting three documents for your review.  Please look over this information so you can be prepared to give input.

Thank you,


College Community Day -Agenda

One College Vision


Environmental Scan Report 2010

Strategic Plan – 1 26 10 updated #2