Dr. Jannett JacksonOn Monday, November 30, Skyline College hosted a Partnership Resource Team (PRT) made up of community college professionals from around the state as part of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) administered by the State Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness Division. College representatives joined the PRT to discuss specific areas of interest identified for technical assistance, including integrated planning and resource allocation, enrollment management, and distance education. Members of the PRT were specifically chosen based on their experience and knowledge in one or more of these specific areas.

The PRT, which was chaired by Dr. Jannett Jackson, Chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas District, recognized that Skyline College is a high functioning institution and approached their work with that as a starting point, looking for ways that the College could improve and build upon its solid foundation of innovation and success. Throughout the course of the day, different individuals were invited to provide insights to the PRT based on their area of responsibility in the College. Academic Senate President Kate Browne, Classified Senate Vice President Alana Utsumi, and Associated Student President Dennis Zheng joined for discussions about integrated planning and budget and the role of College governance. Experts from Skyline College’s Distance Education program and CTTL also joined for discussion about quality online instruction.

The PRT will make two additional visits to Skyline College in the Spring semester to provide observations and feedback. Their involvement with the College will make available up to $150,000 in state grant funds to support improving institutional effectiveness.

 Article by Aaron McVean