Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

January 22, 2013



Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College provided an overview of their work on Student Success Task Force Recommendation 4 to “Align Course Offerings to Meet Student Needs,” including giving highest priority for courses that advance student academic progress.  IVC Dean Kathy Werle, SC Vice President Don Busche, IVC Academic Senate President Kathy Schmeidler, IVC Faculty member Diana Hurlbut, SC Academic Senate President Bob Cosgrove and SC Faculty member Kris Leppien-Christensen discussed current efforts to align course offerings and new initiatives that are being pursued. The group discussed road blocks to success including the need many students have for remediation and basic skills, needs which are often supplemented through community education. They explained the importance of aligning courses between the colleges’ transfer institutions; scheduling coordination and funding allocation to support high demand classes; monitoring and connecting student learning outcomes for student progression as well as a student’s 2-3 year schedule; comparing majors and programs between colleges and making courses portable to other colleges; and repackaging existing courses to create new degrees and certificates. Next steps include researching student education plans, assessment results and other data to determine which courses are most needed. The colleges are also looking at external scans and labor market data to determine the needs of our community; regional high school data; and a functional wait list program within and between colleges. The colleges are working with District IT and the Sherpa project to address this need. The group concluded their presentation with this summary: “If the solution was easy and obvious then anyone could play and we would all come to the same obvious conclusion, but this is an ongoing discussion.”


Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College Presidents and Foundation Executive Committee members will present their plans to increase the success of each Foundation. Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College Presidents and Foundation Executive Committee members presented their plans to increase the success of each Foundation. SC Foundation Board President Jim Leach, SC President Tod Burnett, IVC Foundation Board President Bill Crosby and IVC President Glenn Roquemore explained the need to enhance visibility in the community and raise additional funds for student scholarships. They are hoping to grow the foundations from hundreds of thousands in fundraising per year to millions. They provided an overview of the three fundraising essentials: 1.) Leadership of college president to support college foundation; 2.) A fundraising board of directors that is affluent and influential to raise money; 3.) An adequately staffed foundation. The presenters advocated that, after studying other successful foundations, the top 10 foundations showed a nexus between an increased number of staff and higher fundraising. It was noted that high performing college foundations typically can raise about $650,000 per dedicated employee. IVC currently has one director and one senior administrative assistant and accounting is provided by college fiscal services. They are in the process of hiring a Development Associate to help with data management, research and marketing. IVC President Glenn Roquemore said the IVC foundation would grow as funds are raised to ease the burden on general funds and likely at a slower pace than Saddleback's since the college and its alumni are younger. President Tod Burnett provided overview of SC’s foundation staffing: one director, three part-time positions, and a Senior Accounting Specialist. He cited the need for a director of annual fundraising and development services, a position that would be fully funded by the foundation.

THE BOARD APPROVED .............................................................

South Orange County Community College District

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Irvine Valley College A400 Renovation and Expansion Design Build Agreement with Swinerton Builders for a total contract amount of $8,850,000.
  • Board Policy Revisions - BP-138: Recording of Board of Trustee Meetings, BP-158: Political Activity, BP-2125: Weapons on Campus, BP-3102: Investment Policy, BP-3502: Campus Safety, BP- 6105: Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates of Achievement
  • Sabbatical Committee Recommendations for 2013-2014.
  • Increase in 2013-2014 nonresident tuition fee of $190 per semester unit based on the “Fee of a Contiguous District” option; increase in the capital outlay fee to $33 per semester based on capital outlay and maintenance needs of the colleges; maintain the current $54 per semester application fee.
  • Request for Reports by Trustee Tim Jemal for an overview of mental health services provided at both colleges and ATEP; and the status of current business partnerships between the colleges (including ATEP) and the business community.



  • All trustees offered their sincere condolences to Trustee Padberg on the loss of her husband and IVC President Roquemore on the loss of his father. Trustee Jemal has a tour set up of both campuses. Trustee Milchiker attended many flex week activities including the IVC President’s welcome, the SC faculty association luncheon, and sessions on social media, internships, technology tools and fundraising. Trustee Prendergast attended the faculty association luncheon at SC and is looking forward to attending the astounding inventions event this weekend at IVC. He will also attend the second game of the Presidents Cup on Jan. 30. Trustee Padberg offered a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their sympathies. She said a scholarship will be set up in Tom Padberg’s name. She noted that all proceeds from the second game of upcoming president’s cup game will be donated in Tom’s name and she encouraged everyone to attend. Trustee Wright attended the SC faculty breakfast, a curriculum open session and a session on textbook affordability at IVC. He encouraged everyone to attend an upcoming science lecture series at SC named after former SC President Rich McCullough on Feb. 1. He is looking forward to attending the annual trustee conference in Sacramento over the weekend.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner said he is encouraged by the initial budget news coming out of the Governor’s office and noted that it appears that the deep cuts have subsided. He is pleased to see a high priority placed on higher education. Next week he will attend the annual CCLC legislative conference and state legislative visits with Trustee Marcia Milchiker, Government Relations Director Tere Fluegeman and the Orange County Legislative Task Force. He highlighted two important discussion items on the board agenda.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: Faculty In-Service held January 15-18. President Tod Burnett hosted a breakfast for faculty, dinner for associate faculty, and lunch for classified staff, where he and Vice Presidents Don Busche, Juan Avalos and Carol Hilton presented information on the budget analysis process; During in-service week President Burnett also presented the President's Award for Innovation and Leadership to deserving full-time faculty, associate faculty, management team, and full-time and part-time classified staff. In his oral report, President Burnett said that Tom Padberg was Saddleback’s #1 cheerleader. He offered the college’s condolences and said it will be an honor to start an endowment in his name. He provided copy of the college’s 2013 agenda and President’s breakfast presentation to board members. He introduced Phillis Kucharski who was named 2012 nurse educator of the year by the National Organization for Associate Degree Programs and provided her with a certificate of recognition from the college.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: Young inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade will compete on Saturday, January 26 in the 26th Annual IVC "Astounding Inventions" competition, presented by the Orange County office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and the Irvine Valley College Foundation; IVC is again hosting its annual High School Counselor Conference on Thursday, February 8, in the Performing Arts Center and throughout the campus; On Wednesday, January 30, IVC will host two seminars where Dr. Robert Johnstone will discuss how to translate the design principles and findings from recent research into action. President Roquemore’s oral report included IVC’s focus on safety and security. He honored five employees who recently secured college property in the process of being stolen which led to an arrest. He thanked Anne Akers, Angela Mahaney, Dennis Gordon, Mark Peterson, and Officer Tony Mancini with a certificate of recognition from the college.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles report included:Negotiations and meetings continue with the City of Tustin for possible land exchanges and a development agreement. The required CEQA process has begun to support these efforts; An agreement for the exchange of land with the County of Orange is being held in escrow and is scheduled to close simultaneously with the City of Tustin’s proposed land exchange; With all of the above ground building structures demolished and debris removed from the ATEP site, the District is now waiting for the required approval from the Department of the Navy before proceeding.


VIEWING ONLINE/TV...............................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 23 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; Heather Park, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations