Minutes of Special Meeting
September 19, 2009
The special meeting of the Cabrillo College Governing
Board was held at the Aptos Chamber of Commerce Museum Meeting Room, 7605-B
CALL TO ORDER
Item 1. Board Roles and Responsibilities, and Enhancing Board Effectiveness and Support of Student Success
Board members reviewed summaries prepared by the facilitator/consultant on the results of the constituent ratings and comments, board member ratings and comments, and a comparison of ratings from 2008 to 2009.
Successes and Accomplishments
Board members noted a number of accomplishments during the past year, including:
The board members generally work
extremely well together, are open and listen to each other and to
constituents. They are committed to the success of
Board Role in Change
Members discussed the impact of the poor economy on the college, and their role in leading change to maintain a positive culture at the college. Topics included:
Discussion included areas where evaluation indicated “needs improvement,” including:
Student services goals and program evaluation
Board meetings and interpersonal dynamics
Members reviewed the board priorities adopted at the November 2008 meeting, noting that they were ambitious and that circumstances have caused some realignment of priorities.
Board Role in Student Success
Members discussed the CLASS project and the topics covered in the August CLASS Institute. They explored some definitions of student success including: students set and achieve their goals, course learning is aligned with stated course outcomes, students expand their expectations, and they follow through to completion.
They discussed possible data and information that would help the board know whether students are being successful, including completion rates, persistence to goal, and achievement data (e.g. transfer rates, basic skills progress, etc.). They expressed a desire to learn more about gathering and using data to monitor student success.
Members reviewed the characteristics of institutions that foster student success as listed in the “Top Eight” Reasons for Achieving the Dream, noting the particular importance of #3 during budget reductions: “Planning and budgeting (including reallocation of resources) are aligned with the vision and values of a student success agenda.”
Finally, discussion included the desire to know more about and to reinforce and support practices that foster student success, such as quality teaching and student support services, tutoring, full-time enrollment, educational plans, tracking and preventing multiple drops.
DRAFT Priorities for 2009-2010
Members indicated they desired a small number of key draft priorities for 09-10.
Draft Priorities related to District Goals
Priorities for Board Functioning
Members appreciated the informal format of the workshop, the focus on student success, the highlight summaries of the surveys, student trustee participation, and the focus on board self-evaluation. Possible changes include better distribution of evaluation highlights, using the master plan, encouraging all board members to take the survey, and considering a new location.
BOARD ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES,
AND ENHANCING BOARD EFFECTIVENESS AND
SUPPORT OF STUDENT SUCCESS
The special meeting of the Cabrillo College Governing Board was adjourned at 12:00 pm.