Daily Archives: October 18, 2019

50th Anniversary Gala

GalaIn celebration of Skyline College’s 50th Anniversary this year, the college is hosting the Legacy of Achievement Gala Fundraiser on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m in the Farallon Room, Building 12.

Funds raised during the event will benefit the Promise Scholars Program and the President’s Innovation Fund (PIF). Don’t miss out on a night of commemorating Skyline College’s accomplishments and developments with a four-course dinner, live music and a cash bar!

Here are the ticket details for the event:

  • Faculty/Staff: $150/person | $250/VIP
  • Community Members: $200/person | $300/VIP

The VIP reception will start at 6:00 p.m. featuring an exclusive Meet & Greet and open bar.

The event is black tie optional. Reserve your tickets today by visiting skylinecollege.edu/50 or contacting Cherie Colin at (650) 738-4346 or colinc@smccd.edu.

Article by Marie Kyla Perez

Donate to the 1st Annual Classified Senate Student Scholarship Drive!

The Classified Senate is excited to report that as of this week, we’ve raised $550.00 for the Classified Senate Student Scholarship. The funds raised during this drive will give Skyline College students access to a quality education. Students will be able to use the funds to pay for tuition, fees, books and other expenses as they achieve their educational goals.

If you have not done so already, please consider helping us to reach our goal of $1,500.00. We ask that you donate a minimum of a $15.00 one-time donation. PLUS – All those who donate $25 or more will be entered to win a Hydro Flask and a few other prizes from the Skyline College bookstore! Every dollar counts! The scholarship drive will continue through October 31, 2019. Raffle prize drawings will be held on November 1, 2019.

Please note: This scholarship drive will be replacing the Classified Senate’s yearly See’s Candy fundraiser. While we’re sad to see that fundraiser go, we’ve found that in recent years we were unable to meet our fundraising goals. This new fundraising model will allow us to ensure that 100% of your donations will be placed directly towards the student scholarships.

If you are able to donate towards our 1st Annual Skyline College Classified Senate Student Scholarship to help provide students a better access to higher education, please DONATE ONLINE.

Your generous contribution to support our students is greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact Sherrie Prasad.

Article by Sherrie Prasad

SPARC Meeting Update

The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

The committee’s first topic was the new Fund 1 Budget Allocation, which is comprised of approximately one percent of Skyline College’s projected funds for fiscal year 2019-20. New funding is available in categories for new faculty full-time equivalent (FTE) hiring, new classified professional full-time equivalent (FTE) hiring, innovative strategies support, general operating and discretionary funds, and instructional equipment. At the last meeting on September 26, 2019, in groups, members finalized three budget scenarios that they brought back to their respective areas for discussion. Members submitted their votes at the October 10, 2019 meeting, following an opportunity to collect feedback from their constituent group.

The budget presentation can be viewed here. Scenario two was selected to be recommended to the College Governance Council meeting on the October 23, 2019 for their discussion and vote to recommend to the Interim President.

On a separate agenda item, Tri-Chair Ingrid Vargas, Dean of Planning, Research, Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness, shared enrollment trends data with the committee. The presentation documents can be viewed here.

From fall 2009 through fall 2019, the enrollment for all three colleges within the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) has been gradually declining. However, Skyline College has the largest enrollment of the three district colleges with 9,260 students enrolled as of the fall 2019 census date.

Following are enrollment trend highlights at Skyline College from fall 2009 through fall 2018:

  • Enrollment by student types (continuing students, returning students, first-time transfer students, special admit students, and first-time students) decreased in all types, except special admit students and first-time students. This trend is most likely due to an increase in dual enrollment, Middle College, and the Promise Scholars Program.
  • Enrollment by age shows an increase in the 19 or younger age group and a decrease in students aged 35 and older.
  • Enrollment by ethnicity decreased in all ethnic groups, except multi-race and Hispanic/Latinx groups.

Next meeting is Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6, Room 6-203.

Article by Judy Hutchinson