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Update – November 4, 2015

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Community!

Happy November 4th!!  What a relief that November 3rd (Election Day) has past!!

If you haven’t seen the election results for the region, I encourage you to take a look.  You can get the Harris County results at http://www.harrisvotes.com/ElectionDayresults.aspx

Based on the current figures, voters in the San Jacinto College District have given their approval for the College to move ahead with a $425 million bond measure to fund new construction and renovation projects throughout the college district. The 2015 bond program, known as San Jac Tomorrow, received 68% voter approval with over 25,500 votes counted.  Read the rest of this entry »

Update – October 19, 2015

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community,

Today is the start of early voting in Harris County.  Early voting continues through October 30th and election day is November 3rd. Our San Jacinto College bond referendum (San Jac Tomorrow as we are calling it) will be near the end of the Harris County ballot.  We have been mailing out to residents within our taxing district quite a bit of information about San Jac Tomorrow.  Please take a look at the bond materials on our college website at www.sanjac.edu/bond.  It is important that college employees understand the bond program in order to respond to questions and informational requests. If you have a question on the bond, feel free to submit it at http://www.sanjac.edu/form/ask-question and you will receive a response. Also, encourage your friends, neighbors, and students to learn more about the bond program, to submit questions if they have a concern, and to vote in the election. Read the rest of this entry »

Update – September 17, 2015

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Community,

As we move into the heart of the semester, I hope all is going well! I have two items I want to highlight with you.  First, I am sending you information about meetings I will be holding on each campus and at the administration building in two weeks.  Secondly, we just received information on our College rankings by Community College Week, and I would like to share those rankings with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Update – August 21, 2015

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community:

I hope you are staying dry on this wet day!  Today, I want to give you updates on the 2015-2016 budget, fall enrollment, and San Jac Tomorrow.

  1. On Monday evening (August 17th), the Board of Trustees approved the 2015-2016 budget.  Reduced appropriations from the State and increased unfunded State benefits had a negative impact on our overall budget.  Luckily, the College’s tax base is strong and the increases in that base provided the estimated additional revenue required to limit budget cuts.  Also, the budget is based on a projected enrollment increase of 1.5%.  At this point, the budget is fluid because we are waiting for the final decision on property tax values needed to complete our taxation calculations, and because enrollment is still in process (see below for more on enrollment).  Expense dollars were repurposed within budgets, and approvals for new budget requests were limited, due to uncertainty about resource streams. Included in the budget was a $2.4 million compensation pool to cover full-time employee merit raises. Read the rest of this entry »

Update – February 10, 2015

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Good afternoon San Jacinto College Community –

I am writing this update from Washington DC where I am attending the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit and will be meeting with many of our federal legislators.  Yesterday, I participated in a work session with representatives from the Department of Education and approximately 25 community college leaders from across the country. Our discussion was on the proposed national college rating system which is intended for roll-out during 2015-2016.  The proposed system is for 4-year and 2-year degree granting institutions, and the ratings will categorize institutions as high performing, low performing, and those falling in the middle.  Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – August 10, 2011

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

The Economic Environment and Our Response

This past week has been a roller coaster with our country’s debt structure, credit rating, and stock market. The Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and I are evaluating the potential impact this uncertainty may have on the College, and we are generating ideas and options about how to proceed if we need to change course (i.e. investment strategies, enrollment implications, etc.).  If you have any ideas you want the SLT to consider, please let me know. Our employees are always an innovative source of new ideas and solutions, and I welcome your input. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – June 13, 2011

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

Happy Monday! We are well into the summer term, and so far we show increases in both enrollment and construction at all three campuses.  And both those increases sure add extra excitement this summer!
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Weekly Update – September 26, 2010

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College –

Well, we are into autumn and I do feel a slight change in the weather!! Hope you are enjoying the week-end!!

On Tuesday, the Board Building Committee and the Board Finance Committee met in preparation for the October 4th Board Meeting. At the Building Committee meeting, we discussed the status of all construction projects (and there are many).  We have moved into the child care centers at North and Central, and the punch lists are being worked.  The name of these facilities will change slightly to reflect our focus on not only child care and development but also on education and the family nucleus.  These centers and lab schools are absolutely beautiful. Open houses will be scheduled, so watch for updates. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – November 15, 2009

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Three days of this past week were spent working with the San Jacinto College’s Achieving the Dream coaches, Dr. Byron McClenney and Dr. Brad Philips.  McClenney is the project director of the national Achieving the Dream initiative. He’s had a 43 year career as an educator including 33 years as a president/chancellor at several community colleges including the Community College of Denver, Kingsborough Community College, and Alamo Community College District. Phillips is the founder and Executive Director of Cal-PASS, an initiative that collects, analyzes and shares student data in order to track performance and improve success from elementary school through university; more than 6,800 schools and colleges participate in Cal-PASS. I am thrilled that the College has their expertise working with us.

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Weekly Update – August 23, 2009

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We kick off the new semester tomorrow, but many of you know that better than I do, with all of your class preparation time and your efforts in advising, assisting, and enrolling students. Thank you for your dedication and extra efforts and time!  While the newness of this semester will continue throughout this next week, let’s not forget that our focus and attention on students must continue through the entire semester. We each have a role in retaining our students and assisting them in pursuing their educational goals.  Remember “Just One More” will make a difference! 

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