Update – May 11, 2018

on May 11, 2018 in Weekly Update

Good Morning San Jacinto College Community,

This has been a week of crunch time and of celebrations!  

Last Friday evening, we celebrated employees with the 27th Annual Service Awards Banquet.  This event recognized employees with 10 years to 40 years (in five year increments) for their service to San Jacinto College.   Three employees were recognized for 40 years of service (Deborah Anderson, Helen LaCour, and Michael Varnell)!  Congratulations to the 108 employees who were recognized that evening!!

This week we had visits from the Aspen Institute regarding our student success work specifically around reforming developmental education, redesigning advising, and adopting pathways.  The group reviewed how San Jacinto College is leveraging a variety of foundational structures such as leadership, institutional research, information technology, policies, and strategic finance. This work by the Aspen Institute is in conjunction with the American Institute for Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The second visit from Aspen was regarding our work force training efforts.  The interview group was interested in our industry, school district, and community partnerships, and the alignment of credit and non-credit programs.  Their major focus was in the petrochemical and maritime industries.

The most important work going on this week has been finals and the completion of the Spring Semester!  I know the stress has been high for our faculty, staff, and students, but that should be reaching a close soon.   And tomorrow we will celebrate commencement!   A few highlights about those graduating tomorrow:

*The youngest graduate earning an associate degree is 15 years old (a student who was homeschooled and started college at 13)!

*The most senior graduate is 68 years young!       

*One hundred sixty-four (164) veterans are graduating!

*Three hundred thirty-six (336) dual credit students are graduating!

*Over 70 percent of the graduates are first generation to college!

My list of shout-outs for our graduates could continue, but let me give a shout out to each one of our faculty, staff, and administrators for supporting and encouraging our students, for maintaining academic rigor and excellence (actually as our value states, “Excellence:  In Everything We Do”), and for being committed to student achievement and success!  Thank you!

I know the end of the Spring Semester marks the start of summer and the time to take a big re-grouping breath!  I feel it too, but I also know that this will be a busy summer as we conduct the summer classes, continue to prepare for the next academic year, continue construction and maintenance projects, manage operational processes such as implementing the new credentialing system and updating policies and procedures, continue to prepare for the SACSCOC On-site visit, and finalize the 2018-2019 budget.   Over the summer, there will be a variety of communications coming out to keep you informed so be sure to check the Water Cooler and your emails.

Have a great summer!

Best,
BH

P.S.  I have been asked about the status of the feedback from the conversations from College Community Day.  A taskforce has been synthesizing that information and plan to present their analysis to me soon.  We will share that information more broadly in the fall.

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