Minutes of Special Meeting


March 22, 2010




The special meeting of the Cabrillo College Governing Board was held at the Sesnon House, Cabrillo Community College District, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, California on Monday,
March 22, 2010.  Chair Gary Reece opened the meeting in Open Session at 5:05 pm.  Roll was taken; present were Chair Reece, Trustees Rebecca Garcia, Al Smith, Rachael Spencer,
Katy Stonebloom, Susan True, and Claudine Wildman.


It was moved and seconded (True/Wildman) to adopt the agenda as presented.  The motion carried unanimously.


Chair Reece asked for a moment of silence to honor the recent loss of Mary Lou Hurd, the wife of former Cabrillo president John Hurd.






There were no public comments.








Item 1. Governing Board Study Session

At the Governing Board’s request, the Instruction component presented a Study Session regarding Basic Skills, Learning Communities, and ARCC data.  Vice President Renée Kilmer welcomed everyone and introduced team members Diego Navarro, Victoria Bañales, Rachel Mayo and
Craig Hayward.  She reviewed the proposed format for the session, noting that one-half the meeting would be presentation with time reserved for questions, answers and discussion.






Item 1.a. Basic Skills Definition

Vice President Kilmer presented an overview of Basic Skills, noting that the definition of “basic skills” refers to coursework that is pre-collegiate and also defines the type of funding from the state.  She reviewed the course sequence coding for math, English, reading and ESL; assessment relative to courses; demographics by subjects, including current high school grads versus the general population, persistence to degree or transfer within six years; and retention and success rates.



Basic skills definition


Item 1.b. ARCC Data

There was a brief discussion regarding how financial aid might factor into a student’s decision to withdraw from a course.  Falling below 12 units can affect financial aid; for some students, it can be better to stay in a class and receive a failing grade than to withdraw and need to pay back financial aid. These factors can affect retention and success rates.


Trustee Spencer questioned the requirement for students to pass Algebra 2 to graduate, as many students seem to have great difficulty passing that class in one or two attempts.


Dr. Craig Hayward responded that the class is problematic and the college is looking at possible learning communities to help get through the graduation requirements.


Vice President Kilmer added that the math department is always looking at innovations in math teaching and is aware of the bottleneck at that course.


Dr. Diego Navarro responded that there is a national movement and in the Digital Bridge Academy, two research programs look promising in acceleration and contextualized math.  He added that the studies will be done in May and he will set up a special topics math course for an intensive two week program with math faculty.


Dr. Hayward reported that ARCC data reflects a 51.3% improvement in the credit basic skills rate, but data is available on the PRO website for a variety of basic skills areas.  He reviewed the processes used to shape the ACES program, from surveying faculty, up through the College Master Plan process.






Item 1.c. Learning Communities

Vice President Kilmer presented and reviewed a table showing the alignment of three learning community programs, Title V, Digital Bridge Academy, and ACES.  She noted that the grid was developed to determine where the elements, such as objective/purpose, populations, outreach/recruitments, funding, etc., intersect to provide the most effective services.


Victoria Bañales, Instructor of English and Coordinator of Basic Skills Institute, presented an overview of ACES, the Academic Community for Educational Success.


Rachel Mayo, Dean of Education Centers, presented an overview of Title V, STARS (Students Transitioning in Academics: Reinforcing Success) First Year Experience program.


Diego Navarro, Digital Bridge Academy Director and Instructor, presented an overview of the Digital Bridge Academy program.





Item 1.d. Q&A and Open Discussion

Board members thanked the presenters for their efforts, noting that it helps to know that the concerns of the Board are the same as the concerns of the faculty and administration for the students.


President King expressed his appreciation to the presenters and especially Vice President Kilmer, who led the effort.  He noted that this was Vice President Pegi Ard’s final Board meeting before her retirement and invited everyone to stay, ask questions, visit and have cake.



Q & A



The special session of the Cabrillo College Governing Board was adjourned at 7:03 pm.






                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,