The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Carla Grandy, Director of Guided Pathways and Comprehensive Redesign shared with the committee the Guided Pathways Scale of Adaption Plan. In fiscal year 2017-18, the State Chancellor’s Office provided funding of $797K over a period of five years to the college to implement Guided Pathways and Comprehensive Redesign initiatives. The college is charged to complete the Guided Pathways Self-Assessment on progress and to submit the report to the State by March 1, 2020. Of note, the college is at the “Planning to Scale” or “Scaling in Progress” on nearly all metrics. The final report will go to the Board of Trustees for their review and approval at the February 26th meeting. See Guided Pathways Essential Practices: Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment for additional information.

Tri-chair Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones and Manager of Finance and Operations Paul Cassidy presented the college mid-year budget review. At the October 2019 SPARC meeting, the committee made a recommendation to the College Governance Council for the allocation of new Fund 1 monies for fiscal year 2019-20. Those recommendations were approved by the President and have been incorporated into the current year budget. Preliminary budget scenarios for fiscal year 2020-21 will be discussed at an upcoming meeting.

Last year, purview over the program review process transitioned from the Curriculum Committee to SPARC. To continue discussion about the committee’s role in the program review process and to consider whether improvements are needed, members approved several motions. The motions are as follows:

  • Recommend to develop improvements to the current program review process.
  • Recommend a 6-month pause to the Comprehensive Program Review report and presentation at the conclusion of the spring 2020 cycle, to allow for implementation of any approved changes to the review process. Curriculum review will continue on its current cycle.
  • Recommend SPARC Tri-chairs develop some scenarios as to how to proceed with revising the current program review process and timing and bring back to SPARC for review.

The SPARC agenda and committee information can be found online.

Next meeting is Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6, Room 6-203.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

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