Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

October 29, 2012


IVC President Glenn Roquemore presented a plaque to IVC's Veterans center and commended Irvine Valley College on its attainment of Military-Friendly status. He also recognized IVC's marketing and publications staff for three recent National Council for Marketing and Public Relations awards.



SC President Tod Burnett and IVC President Glenn Roquemore provided an overview of the colleges' recent Accountability Reporting for the Community Colleges (ARCC) Report, a requirement stemming from legislation (AB 1417) in 2004 to provide accountability data to the state legislature. The statewide performance measurement system serves as a method of public reporting and disclosure of performance. These will change with implementation of recent legislative measures stemming from the student success task force recommendations.

Saddleback College Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation Caroline Durdella illustrated how SC outperforms the state on 5 of 7 indicators. Completion rates for CTE are on par with state performance. Her overall assessment is that SC contributes to state performance but there is still room for improvement. SC will examine their strategic planning process for improvements to meet completion agenda initiatives.

Irvine Valley College Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation Craig Hayward said IVC is a high performing college with 5 of 7 indicators ranking above peer groups, 5 of 7 showing improvement, and overall, above state average. Completion rates exceeded state performance. He said the ARCC reports provide an opportunity to examine progress and performance and make improvements. Both colleges stated that the student success task force outcomes will bring more focus to these metrics, especially in basic skills and ESL areas.



Both colleges provided an overview of Student Success Task Force Recommendation #2 – “Strengthen Support for Entering Students” and highlighted the colleges’ efforts in meeting these requirements. IVC Academic Senate President Kathy Schmeidler, Vice President of Student Services Linda Fontanilla, Counselor Robert Melendez, and Dean of Enrollment Services Arleen Elseroad highlighted ongoing efforts to make new and continuing students more successful. The first phase of the student success task force recommendation will increase access and success through effective core services such orientation, counseling, matriculation and assessment. Future phases include use of technology to guide students through planning their educational progress. IVC has successfully implemented these measures using small cohorts, now it’s time to expand these successful models to the larger student population, presenters noted. Pending Title 5 changes will eventually tie matriculation funding to performance and data measures.

SC counselor Mike Engels provided an overview of past outreach efforts, mostly focused on parents, students and professional development and how that is changing by improving the high school to college pathway to success. He highlighted a recent pilot project to improve articulation between local area high schools and SC. The pilot projected involved offering Applied Psychology 140 at two high schools, resulting in an overall 98% pass rate and 68% persistence rate. This was accomplished through outreach efforts including early application, early assessment, and early intervention for low placement scores. Once students were in class, they conducted orientation and advisement on college success habits, time management skills and development of an education plan using My Site and MAP. Added outcomes of the pilot program include permanent, focused efforts to align high school and community college curriculum, improved communication, and student to student mentorship. Using this model, students are much more prepared when they arrive on campus. Academic Senate President Bob Cosgrove added that SC is expanding this program to include all local area high schools. He stressed the need to use seasoned instructors for these efforts. Success is demonstrated in the data, he added.


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

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Acceptance of a $120,000 Career Technical Education Teacher Preparation Pipeline grant renewal from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to support the sixth year and ongoing implementation to address a shortage of Math and Science based CTE teachers.
  • Two Saddleback College transfer degrees: Associate in Arts in Mathematics for Transfer; and Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer.
  • Contract with RGP Planning and Development Services for the Preparation of an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the City of Tustin and SOCCCD Land Exchange for the ATEP Property in an amount not to exceed $112,223.
  • A CEQA Processing and Joint Defense agreement with the City of Tustin.
  • Announcement of positions and recruitment of new full-time faculty, contingent upon funding, for both colleges, for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Preconstruction Services Agreement for Saddleback College Sciences Building with C.W. Driver
    for $145,175 for the district's first lease/leaseback facilities planning project.
  • acceptance of a grant award of $567,473 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, for NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Saddleback College.
  • a resolution with Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS) to execute contracts for the approved CSEA Supplementary Retirement Plan and approve the agreement for administrative services with Phase II Systems, trust administrators.


  • Trustee Meldau noted that student veterans have communicated to him that they are looking forward to Veterans Day. Trustee Milchiker encouraged everyone to attend SC’s Chili Bowl Cook-Off on Wednesday, November 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Complex, a fundraiser to support student veterans. Fee includes chili tasting and a hand-crafted ceramic bowl. She also attended a production of Spring Awakenings at SC, which included an art opening at the art gallery. She said the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force is working with the Orange County Business Council on a socioeconomic impact study. This will be an important data-driven tool for advocacy efforts to illustrate the return on investment that community colleges provide to taxpayers, students and the community at large. There will be a report showing on the impact of all four districts in Orange County as well as an individual report for our district. Trustee Prendergast attended transfer day at SC and noted it was well attended by students. He also enjoyed attending the President’s BBQ, homecoming game and OC Teacher of the Year event. He will begin growing a mustache as part of Movember, a charity event to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Trustee Padberg attended the SC homecoming, IVC Veterans Gala, OC Teacher of the Year event (an IVC faculty member was nominated). She also attended a national foundation conference and said it provided an opportunity for colleges to share ideas on how to raise money. Trustee Wright attended the SC homecoming football game and BBQ, and enjoyed the halftime event honoring former athletes. He also attended the foundation conference, SC annual state of college event, and IVC Veterans Gala. He congratulated President Roquemore on attaining a military friendly status for IVC.  He called attention to both Veterans ceremonies on Nov. 8. Trustee Lang attended homecoming and joined Trustees Milchiker and Padberg for a meeting of the audit committee. He was happy that the district again received a clean audit, and commended business services for the fine work they do on behalf of our district. He called attention to the upcoming election, and encouraged everyone to learn about the issues and VOTE. Student Trustee Parks attended homecoming at SC and also a student government meeting. She enjoyed a presentation from the health center.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner invited everyone to attend college-wide forums at both colleges on Nov. 7. The forums will include a brief update from the Chancellor and Board followed by open discussion and Q&A. On Nov. 9, the colleges will have accreditation visits to discuss their follow up reports. He expects the visits to go well, following widespread progress made on recommendations. He called attention to the student success recommendation presentations being made by both colleges. He also noted that agenda item 6.2 approves the district's first contract for lease/leaseback services, and item 7.1 provides a report on the state chancellors requirements for enrollment priorities.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: annual State of the College and breakfast focusing on student success and improved completion rates; participation in the Great California Shakeout, the nation's largest earthquake simulation exercise;  22nd Annual Red Ribbon Resource Fair and NonProfit Career Day brought 60 agencies and non-profit employers to campus; Emeritus Institute accepted an anonymous donation of $5,000 from a current student; Graduates of the fairly new medical lab technician program had a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensure exam; Dean Terence Nelson was awarded the 2011-2012 Administrator of the Year by the California Association for Post-Secondary Education and Disability; collegewide budget presentations held.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: IVC Foundation's new campaign “Veterans Angels” raised funds for student veterans at a gala Oct. 13; Two interactive Fall Forums were held to discuss a wide range of topics of college-wide interest; The Kansas City Ballet is showcasing music composed by IVC music faculty member Dr. Daniel Luzko and his sister Nancy Luzko in a program entitled "Dancers Making Dances"; IVC marketing team wins three NCMPR awards; IVC designated as a Military Friendly School, one of a prestigious list of 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide; Debate Team Captains took on the British National Debate team on the topic: "Now is the time for worldwide veganism."


  • Business Services - Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' report included: Executive Director of Fiscal Services Kim McCord served on an accreditation team for Hawaii Community College, an opportunity to view best practices and stay abreast of accreditation standards. The RFP for the
    A-400 Design-Build Project was provided to McCarthy/Dougherty & Dougherty, Swinerton/DLR and Pankow/IBI. This RFP is different than others because project criteria must be conveyed to the Design-Build entities without architectural drawings and specifications. For this reason, the Board approved a criteria architect, a design-build consultant and design-build legal counsel to advise.


  • Human Resources - Vice Chancellor David Bugay’s report included: 37 classified employees will take part in the Supplemental Early Retirement Program for classified staff. These individuals will retire on or around December 31, 2012 and collectively represent hundreds of years of service to Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College or District Services and leave with their valued expertise and knowledge. We are working closely with our classified union for the replacement of these employees.
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, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, 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