Posts Tagged ‘Veterans’

Update – November 1, 2018

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community,

I hope all of you are enjoying this cool weather as we welcome the month of November!  This is a clear sign that the fall semester is ticking down for our students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  Speaking of “ticking down,” be sure to remember that we are “falling back” this weekend, and you should check the batteries in your fire alarms.

Today, I want to update you on our SACSCOC visit and call your attention to a couple of other important happenings next week. Read the rest of this entry »

Update – July 31, 2012

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Community –

We are rounding out July and summer classes and aggressively preparing for fall. As I mentioned earlier in the month, there is nothing moving slowly for us. Rather, we are moving at high speeds to process, package, orient, test, enroll, and register 5,500 first-time-in-college (FTIC) students and another 25,000 in returning student for the fall semester. Along with these activities, we are

  • finalizing the annual priorities and budget for 2012-2013,
  • closing out the evaluation process,
  • hiring new faculty and staff to support our student success initiatives, 
  • conducting a variety of trainings including department chair and Success at San Jac, and
  • closing out the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

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Weekly Update – November 14, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

This week was busy with trips to Austin and Washington, D.C., to review legislative agenda items at both the State and Federal levels. As you have heard, the emphasis at both levels is student success and completion and how funding will eventually be tied to these outcomes. There is also much discussion around how educational institutions can achieve these goals but still ensure that educational excellence and quality are the touchstones. These are important conversations and ones that the Board of Trustees, the Strategic Leadership Team, and I take part in through our Federal and State legislatures and organizations such as AACC, TACC, and THECB.  We will continue to emphasize these discussions and keep all areas throughout the institution up to date on these important issues and initiatives. If we don’t keep educational excellence and quality as our foundation, we—students, institutions, the region, and the country—will all lose in the long run. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – May 23, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

It is funny how so many of my weeks take on an interesting theme that I really wasn’t expecting. Take, for example, this week, I started out reading a report from the SJC Veterans’ Services Task Force. This group studied the college’s efforts in supporting veterans and active military service members and what should be done in order to prepare us for anticipated increases in this student population. For 2009-2010, San Jacinto College served 1,008 individuals who accessed veterans’ benefits. According to the task force’s research, currently Harris County has 33,651 military members deployed, and 8,089 Harris county veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom have already checked in with the Veterans Administration. This number of veterans is anticipated to increase as the drawdown of troops materializes. Additionally, from a historical perspective, a larger portion (43%) of military undergraduates (veterans and active duty military) attends public two-year institutions compared to those who attend public four-year universities (21%).  I was impressed with the quality of research conducted by the task force; the innovative and low cost solutions that have been implemented; and the recommendations for a two to three year plan to better support the growing number of active service members and veterans who are continuing to return to Harris County and our service area. Read the rest of this entry »