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* Ideas flow at president/faculty-staff meetings

President/faculty meetings

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

  • Mathematics
  • Automotive & Manufacturing

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • Advising & Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • English
  • Dental Hygiene

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • History
  • PE
  • Women’s Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication
  • Music
  • World Languages

Friday, Oct. 21

  • Art
  • VCT
  • Drama
  • Humanities
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Technology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Over the past few w eeks, Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert met with groups of faculty, both full- and part-time, and classified staff. The purpose was to share his thoughts regarding Shoreline Community College in these trying times and hear the concerns and ideas of others.

“I was heartened by the spirit of innovation on our campus and I’d like to share some of the great ideas and thoughts that came from those meetings,” Lambert said.  “I will ask administrators to review and add to the list.  It is also my hope that departments, divisions and units will actively discuss the ideas and thoughts to determine which, if any, can be implemented in a reasonable timeframe.”

Lambert said deans and directors would be available to help prioritize and bring forward those ideas as well as those that may require additional resources.

Lori Yonemitsu, Lambert’s executive assistant, was able to attend many of the meetings in order to note the ideas shared in the meetings. The list and notes below reflect what Yonemitsu was able to capture.

“As we progressed through the meeting schedule, I was able to become clearer in my articulation of what I see as the necessary balance between the virtual and the face-to-face worlds,” Lambert said. “I believe we must have both; a vision I’ve tried to consistently share.

“I believe a healthy future for both our students and the college includes vibrant learning opportunities in both the physical and virtual environments. I will do everything I can to see that both are successful for the sakes of our students.”

Lambert thanked everyone who participated. “Thank you all for your work and commitment to our students. These are difficult times, but when we stay focused on the needs of students, we are focusing in the things that help all of us,” he said.

Lee’s comments/ideas

In a majority of the meetings, the group asked Lee to share his ideas, which included:

  • Partnerships
    • Blackboard and  Developmental Math Courses
    • Pearson and Basic Skills Courses
  • Other models
    • Carnegie Project (Mentioned in meeting with math group)
    • College of DuPage
    • WGU
    • University of Phoenix
  • Differential tuition
  • Reducing costs to students
    • Virtual environment and through volume may cut costs by $500
  • We need to move quickly, the current reductions cannot be stopped. Any plans now are for 2013-15.

Faculty and staff ideas/thoughts

  • Cutting courses not directly tied to a degree or certificate (electives, for example)
  • Cutting out PE and Athletics
  • Renting facilities (to youth sports programs, for example)
  • Holding sports camps
  • Renting out spaces not fully utilized (Snap-On, Hunter, Hyundai, Kia spaces, for example)
  • Offer contract training
  • Team teaching (“bump up to 30”)
  • Degree audits
  • Paid workshops to the community in Myers-Briggs assessments, for example
  • Ensure full-time faculty adhere to advising responsibilities
  • Increasing service learning and tutoring (creating practicums in math and ABE)
  • Volunteer opportunities for high school students to tutor students in ABE and ESL (Americorp position?)
  • Courses in a virtual environment for the prison population and those in rural communities
  • Online Criminal Justice program
  • Continuing education for teachers needing the hours to maintain teaching certificates
  • Faculty clinic day
  • Training students how to learn online
  • Finding a partner (other than Blackboard or Pearson) to develop and “home grow” programs
  • Working with partners (such as Blackboard or Pearson) to come up with agreed upon services
  • Develop a game development company on a micro scale
  • Use Autodesk
  • Corporate partnerships with companies that have training needs
  • Short-term certificates in a virtual environment for international students
  • Changing the scheduling of class
  • Upside down degrees
  • Creation of an institute in the virtual environment
  • Strengthen and/or develop articulation agreements
  • Using video courses – “Is there a line?  Who is really doing the teaching?  Me?  The person in the video course?”
  • Training prospective international students in a virtual environment for increasing their chances of getting into a college or university in the United States.
  • The Arizona State University/Hitachi model: preparing employees in industry for relocation to a position at corporate location in the United States
  • Developing an MBA preparation program
  • Developing a business transfer degree for marketing to Chinese students in the areas of Clean Technology, Telecom, Transportation
  • Offering webinars
  • Renting the campus out as a location for films
  • Creating video for websites
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Theater camps
  • Considerations for associate faculty who teach at multiple campuses


  • Sacrificing pedagogical integrity
  • If we move too quickly, quality suffers
  • The propensity for cheating in the Virtual World
  • Different students work better in different modalities
  • Some classes are better suited to a virtual environment than others.
  • Afraid of having to “dumb” things down
  • Barriers to moving forth in an entrepreneurial manner (be it internal or external barriers)
  • Not enough time to develop ideas


  • A template or toolkit for exploring partnerships with industry
  • Guidelines on how to do this
  • Training from those who have successfully moved to teaching online
  • Helping “non-tech” types learn “tech”
  • Marketing of programs
  • Absolute need to maintain quality
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