Wednesday, January 27, 2010
* Hansen leaves; Board funds Advancement job
The work session of Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 27, included some significant comings and goings in the Office of Advancement.
On the going side was Judith Hansen, Interim Executive Director – College Advancement. Hansen has resigned from her position as Interim Executive Director, College Advancement, effective Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. Appointed Jan. 4, Hansen, cited personal reasons for leaving.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had at SCC,” Hansen said. “While I remain excited about the direction of the college, this is a personal decision, one that I needed to make for myself.”
Hansen came to the college in 2009 in a part-time role to address grants-related needs. A former president at three community colleges, Hansen was initially working to establish a more uniform process for grant applications. The Office of Advancement leadership role had been empty since it was established in 2008.
At Wednesday’s meeting SCC President Lee Lambert thanked Hansen for her work both in relation to college grants and the Office of Advancement. “Judith has been a tremendous help to the college,” Lambert said.
While Hansen is leaving, two things are coming to Advancement: The outline of a three-year plan for the office, presented by Hansen to the trustees, and a commitment by the trustees to fund her replacement out of the board’s reserve fund.
The rarely touched reserve fund contains approximately $1.2 million, put there by a previous administration, according to Budget Director Holly Woodmansee. The college has made no contributions to the fund in recent years, she said. During the regular part of the meeting, Trustee Dick Stucky made a motion to dip into the reserve fund for the Advancement position. Following Trustee Jerry Smith’s second and discussion, the motion was approved on a 4-0 vote with Trustee Shoubee Liaw absent.
The three-year plan presented by Hansen is an outline of how Advancement would work toward promoting the college, raising its profile with the budget-related goal of reducing Shoreline’s reliance on state funding. As the college grapples with budget issues brought on by cuts in state support, Lambert has said the Office of Advancement, which includes the Foundation, must help find other revenue sources.
“Regardless of whether a specific person is here, we must move ahead with this effort to wean ourselves away from increasingly unreliable state funding,” Lambert said. “Judith helped put a framework in place, now the work must go on.”
Thursday, January 21, 2010
* SCC Master Plan Preview Set for Jan. 26
Shoreline Community College is offering the public an opportunity to participate in developing a long-range plan for the campus.
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
- 6 p.m., view informational materials;
- 6:30 p.m., slide presentation;
- 7-7:30 p.m., view materials.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26
Where: Shoreline Community College, PUB, Quiet Dining Room
Who: Open to the public
What: Preview preliminary long-range and master-plan ideas for the college.
A public viewing and presentation of preliminary proposals for the campus will be available from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Consultants from Schacht Aslani Architects, of Seattle, will show renderings and make a slide presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and submit feedback.
“We need this plan for several reasons,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “First, the city of Shoreline in 2008 adopted new regulations requiring the college and similar designated areas such as CRISTA and Fircrest to create master plans for approval by the City Council.
“Second, while the state doesn’t have any money for capital projects right now, things will change and for the college to even apply for funding, we need an approved plan.”
Lambert said a master plan doesn’t necessarily mean expanding the campus, but rather improvement to facilities, many of which are coming up on their 50th birthdays. Those improvements can help students achieve their goals and, in turn, help the community and the state. Lambert cited the rebuilt and improved library, which opened seven years ago. “The ‘library’ is now the Library Media Technology Center and is a hub of learning on campus,” Lambert said.
The most recent capital project, an addition to the Professional Automotive Training Center, didn’t even rely solely on state funding, he said. “The state gave us $2 million, Toyota gave $1 million and the local auto dealers combined for nearly another $1 million,” he said. “And, a new partner in the program, Snap On Tools, will end up giving more than the state contributed.”
The Tuesday event is intended to gain feedback before the college embarks on the official master planning process, said Daryl Campbell, SCC’s Vice President for Administrative Services. “Before we go any further, we want to talk to our neighbors and other constituencies that care so deeply about this college,” Campbell said.
This won’t be the last time for public input.
“Once we start the city’s official process, there will be more opportunities to see and share,” Campbell said. “This is just the first such opportunity.”
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
* SCC Unveils Framework for Budget Cuts
SCC President Lee Lambert will conduct a brown-bag discusison session, starting at noon, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, in the PUB Quiet Dining Room. "This is just the first of many opportunities the campus will hear and speak about what we're all facing," Lambert said.
Currently, all-campus meetings are set for March 12 and again on April 2.
- College restructure outline
- Budget, transparency criteria
- Learning centered primer
Facing further budget reductions triggered by deteriorating state and national economic pressures, Shoreline Community College officials have established a framework for making those cuts and restructure the college.
“We had been planning for state-forced cuts of about $90 million statewide which translated to the $1.5 million range for Shoreline,” said Daryl Campbell, Vice President for Administrative Services said. “We received information late this past week that indicates the state could cut another $28 million, by not funding increases in health-care costs, which wouldn’t trigger potential federal penalties.
“Using the previous formula, that means our share would be just shy of $2 million.”
In light of the new information, SCC President Lee Lambert has asked Campbell and the other vice presidents to prepare reduction plans at three levels: $1.5 million, $2 million and $2.5 million.
The framework for making cuts is also in response to a request from a joint work group of the college’s strategic planning and budget committees for an open and transparent process. “The work group did a terrific job and presented a thoughtful document,” Campbell said.
While the college will have to make significant cuts, the framework also calls for a renewed emphasis on the concepts of being learning centered.
“It is true that in many ways, we already show a commitment to being learning centered,” said John Backes, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “However, there is room for growth and, in the process, better serve our students and community.”
“The reductions we’re facing are just devastating,” Lambert said. “Combined with the other reductions we’ve sustained over the past five years, restructuring has become imperative. However, refocusing attention on the core purpose – learning – will provide directions and purpose as we move forward."
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
* SCC's MLK Day Food Drive tops 25,000 lb. Goal
SCC students collect food in front of the Fred Meyer store. See more photos.
Question: Can a group of Shoreline Community College students who find inspiration in the words and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., collect 25,000 pounds of donated food in just one day?
Answer: No, they can collect 26,233 pounds in one day, add to the total the next day and then donate it all to local food banks
“Martin Luther King Jr. Day was declared a national day of service by Congress in 1994,” said Kaelyn Caldwell, SCC’s service-learning coordinator. “What better way to honor Dr. King than to bring a community together to help others on his day?”
The project involved putting donation sites and volunteers in front of nine participating grocery stores across the north end of King County on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. While the project was coordinated through the Center for Service Learning, Caldwell also worked with SCC Veterans Center coordinator Jonathan Phillips and student Ava Munson, who serves in student government as Minister of Social Justice. A number of college administrators and staff also volunteered for the project.
Funding for effort came from the Dr. Ronald E. Bell Student Leadership Fund through the SCC Foundation.
“Local food banks and the people who rely on them are suffering. Demand is increasing while donations are not,” Caldwell said. Food banks in the Shoreline/North Seattle area have reported a 30 percent increase in the use of their emergency food services, she said.
The drive’s goal was ambitious, to collect 25,000 pounds of food. What seemed an audacious target at the start of the day began to look attainable as the donations piled up. After the 5:30 p.m. project close, volunteers brought the donations back to campus.
The total surprised even the most committed volunteers. “We gathered 26,233 pounds of food,” Caldwell said. “Surpassing our goal was really gratifying.”
The drive continued Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the school with more donations from students, faculty and staff. “This is a great example of what service learning is all about,” Caldwell said. “It’s taking the lessons of the classroom into the community, putting learning to work.”
All donations will be distributed to partnering food banks, including: Hopelink, the Greenwood Food Bank and North Helpline/Lake City Food Bank.
In October, 2007, the college joined Washington Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities to promote service learning. Washington Campus Compact has a grant from AmeriCorps*VISTA to help serve people in poverty through service learning.
SCC Jim Hills
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
* Budget-cut discussions could start soon
Shoreline Community College officials are on the cusp of discussions about how and where to make another round of cuts forced by state budget woes.
In his report at the Jan. 5, 2010 College Council meeting on college budget issues, Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell presented work done in November and December by a subgroup of the Budget and Strategic Planning committees. The subgroup developed a document, “Criteria for Restructuring and Guidelines for a Transparent Process."
“They did a really nice job,” Campbell said. “We’ve been reviewing the document, working to build objectives. We have not gone forward yet with any real substantive look at restructuring, but that will start soon, perhaps by the end of the week.”
Campbell said the document is helping to guide college officials as they look at how to make cuts at the levels anticipated for the 2010-11 budget. Campbell also outlined what officials believe those levels will be.
“The assumption had been that the state couldn’t cut more than $80 million from higher education without risking the federal stimulus money,” Campbell said. In taking the federal help, the state is obligated to spend at least to 2006 levels. All of that translated to about a $1.35 million target for Shoreline, he said.
“The budget proposed by Gov. Gregoire in December does that, sort of,” Campbell said. Gregoire proposes shifting some money between capital and operations and actually adding some spending for Worker Retraining programs. “The result is that the statewide number is now $90 million, making our share about $1.5 million,” he said, adding that the extra spending means the federal penalty isn’t triggered, even though the total reduction is more than $80 million.
President Lee Lambert told the Council that while Shoreline’s current target may be $1.5 million, it might not be enough.
“What weighs on me heavily is that perhaps the state hasn’t seen the end yet,” Lambert said. “We can hope that each year the reduction amount gets smaller, but it may be another two to three years before we get to the bottom.
“That may mean that we need to start planning now for a target of $2 million or $2.5 million.”
Lambert said that at even $1.5 million, that could mean as many as 30 positions might be cut. “We’re sitting on about 15 vacancies right now, that’s half of it, although I’m not saying it will fall out like that.”
Council member and Faculty Senate Chair Guy Hamilton asked if those 15 vacancies would drive the restructuring plan. Lambert answered that while some of the vacancies could remain open, others could become “landing spots” for other employees who might be asked to move from current positions. “We won’t know that until we see the restructuring plan,” Lambert said.
Lambert added that another possible casualty of the cuts could be pieces of the current governance structure. “We just put this wonderful committee system in place, but … can we run the college the same way with 30 fewer people?” he asked. “(College Council) is probably going to grapple with that in the spring.”
Campbell said that besides the likely $1.5 million target and perhaps the need to plan now for more in coming years, there are other strains on the budget.
“There is the technology plan, recently finished by the Technology Planning Committee,” Campbell said. “If we’re going to move forward as a college, we need to fund that plan over three years. That could mean another $1 million to $1.5 million in spending this coming year. We’d have to find that money somewhere.”
Campbell also noted that Gov. Gregoire’s budget calls for a significant reduction in state financial assistance to students. “Ted Hasse in Financial Aid has done some work that indicates the state cut could mean $1.7 million less for Shoreline students,” Campbell said. “A decision to be made is, ‘Will this college replace any of that financial assistance?’ It may be imperative to keep student FTEs the (state target) level.
“All of those things have to be figured in. And, oh, by the way, still do our strategic plan.”
Campbell and Lambert said there are wildcards in the budget deck.
Gov. Gregoire and some legislators have spoken about the need for new taxes. Campbell said that while no direct relief to higher education is likely to come from a tax hike, Gregoire has said she would reinstate her proposed cuts to financial assistance.
Lambert noted that he is on a workgroup of CTC presidents that is making a recommendation on how colleges count international students. If adopted, colleges would have some added budget flexibility.
Lambert also said there is likely to be legislation from both the House and Senate that moves colleges toward collaboration on administrative services. In a December meeting, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-36th Dist., said that he would introduce such a bill. Carlyle, a former member of the SBCTC, has outlined his views on his legislative blog.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
* Hansen to lead SCC Office of Advancement
With state support for higher education facing a continuing threat, President Lee Lambert says Shoreline Community College must take more control of its financial future.
“We have to reduce our reliance on state dollars. Tuition hikes just shift the burden to students who are already seeking financial aid in record numbers,” Lambert said. “However, we can help ourselves with a more vigorous and planned pursuit of grants, contracts and private giving.”
To that end, Lambert said he has appointed Judith Hansen as Interim Executive Director – College Advancement to head the Office of Advancement. Lambert made the announcement at the Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, College Council meeting.
“Judith came to us this past fall quarter as part-time grants administrator and her work is already starting to pay off,” Lambert said, adding that the college had gone with out a grants administrator for a number of years. “With her background and experience, Judith is a good fit for the Office of Advancement.”
Lambert said that Hansen will continue with her work on grants, take a leadership position with the foundation and oversee efforts in PIO. The move will put the Office of Advancement in a stronger position to pursue a variety of revenue opportunities, Lambert said.
Hansen said she’s looking forward to the opportunity at Shoreline.
“It quickly became apparent that Shoreline has a culture of truly valuing students,” Hansen said. “That culture, combined with the vision that this institution is working toward, make Shoreline a very exciting place to be.”
One of Hansen’s first chores will be to outline a three-year plan for Advancement at the Jan. 27, Board of Trustees meeting. Also at that meeting, Lambert said he’d ask the trustees to consider funding Hansen’s position from the board’s fund. “This would be a strong investment in the college,” Lambert told the Council members.
Hansen comes with plenty of community college experience, most recently serving as president at Southwestern Oregon Community College, in Coos Bay. Ore., for three years. While her time in Oregon ended in resignation, college board members there praised Hansen for her work in carrying the college’s message into the community and building new programs. “Judith’s strengths at Southwestern are exactly what we need here at Shoreline,” Lambert said.
Before Southwestern, Hansen was president at Independence Community College, Independence, Kan., for eight years and also served as president at Olney Central Community College, Olney, Ill. Hansen began her community college career teaching ABE, GED and ESL classes. She has also taught and counseled at Iowa Western Community College, Iowa State University, University of Arkansas, Crowder College, Pittsburg State University and Independence Community College.
Hansen served as executive vice president at Waubonsee Community College and Dean at Crowder College. She served on the National and Oregon Campus Compact, American Student Advocacy Council Board, American Association of Community Colleges Board of Director and Executive Board.
Committed to community involvement, Hansen served on the Coos Art Museum and South Coast Development Council while in Oregon. Since moving here, she has joined the Kirkland Rotary. She enjoys outdoor sports, gardening and spending time with her children Erik, Andy and Sarah and their families.
The Office of Advancement was created in April, 2008, by combining the Public Information Office and the Shoreline Community College Foundation. Since its inception, however, the office has not had a person in the leadership position. The office has been operated cooperatively between Jim Hills, interim special assistant to the president for communications, marketing and government relations, and Ritva Manchester, interim director of the foundation and director of community and alumni relations. Both Hills and Manchester will continue with the Office of Advancement.