Update – June 27, 2016

on June 27, 2016 in Weekly Update

Good afternoon San Jacinto College Community,

I hope your summer is going well and you are finding a way to stay cool! As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, I want to give you an update on credentials awarded, summer enrollment, and legislative prep work.

Credentials Awarded:

One of the College’s key performance indicators is the number of credentials awarded annually. Through spring 2016, we have 4,975 total awards for academic year 2015-2016.  Through spring 2015, we had 4,292 total awards for academic year 2014-2015. At this point in time, we are up nearly 700 awards for this year over the prior year. If we maintain the same number of awards for this summer as last summer, we will reach 6,800 total awards for this year! This is absolutely amazing since last year was the first time the College awarded more than 6,000 credentials in one academic year!  This is truly a collaborative and college-wide focus, and I thank each of you for everything that you do to support our students and the completion agenda!

Below are numbers on awards for 2014-15 (certified) and for 2015-16 (preliminary) which reflect the incredible increases!!

San Jacinto College Academic Year 2014-15   Certified Awards
Award Dec-14 May-15 Aug-15 Total
















Source:   CBM009
San Jacinto College Academic Year 2015-16   Preliminary Awards
Award Dec-15 May-16 Aug-16 Total













Source:   BANNER as of 6-7-2016

Summer Enrollment:

As you are probably aware, we are in the midst of the contact hour funding cycle (base year) with the State of Texas.  That cycle started with this summer term and will continue through spring 2017. Basically, enrollment represents 90 percent of our funding from the State so it is important for us to grow at the same rate as the rest of the community colleges in terms of stable funding. The key is stable funding because it is difficult to define, “stable” in light of the State’s political climate. San Jacinto College is currently experiencing an enrollment increase over last summer.  At this time, we have increased headcount of 5.4 percent and increase contact hours by 6 percent. While we don’t know how other colleges are growing (or not), this is a wonderful increase! We definitely can see areas of growth and declines by program and campus.  We are continuing to analyze the declining areas to understand what is causing the decline. I want to thank each of you for digging into the numbers and offerings and for calling past students who haven’t enrolled this semester.  I ask you to continue your enrollment efforts.  While we know our ultimate goal is completion, we need students to enroll before they can complete.

Legislative prep work: 

While the 85th legislative session doesn’t start until January 2017, the College is already engaged in the prep work.  We have offered testimony on interim charges around funding for community colleges, success points, community college governance, and dual credit to name a few. We have also been busy meeting with legislators and their staff to ensure we are remaining a good partner with our elected officials while they are focused here in the district.  To also reach out to staff in Texas’ executive branch, Legislative Budget Board, and key education and higher education committee staff, we hosted a full day tour of San Jacinto College last Thursday. We highlighted the work we do with our partners and met several students who are succeeding at San Jacinto College.  The areas we focused on were Petrochemical and the industrial trades, maritime training, healthcare training, and then our partnerships in STEM, specifically with NASA Johnson Space Center.

There is a lot of talk in Austin about the layoffs taking place in Houston with the slumping oil prices.  We brought in Patrick Jankowski from the Greater Houston Partnership to talk about the Houston economy and paint a picture of all of Houston, including the booming east side of Harris County where we are located.  Dr. Laurel Williamson also provided an overview of the Pathways Project and highlighted how the College is doing on the key performance indicators.  It was wonderful to be able to report that we are doing very well!  If you haven’t reviewed the College key performance indicators, please visit the Exchange to review them.  Here is the link for you:


The group remained engaged throughout the day and took a lot of notes.  We are preparing the College Legislative Appropriations Request, and it was good to have the staff who write the appropriations bill for higher education at our College and seeing the work we do.

In closing, I wish you all a wonderful Fourth of July and thank you for the work you do in educating our students.

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” –James Madison


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