SPARC Meeting Update

The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met for their first meeting of the calendar year 2019 on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The committee received an update on the Mid-Year Budget for the college by Finance and Operations Manager Paul Cassidy. He gave an overview of the Fund 1A (General Fund) and noted that it is projected that Skyline College will spend some of its carryover balance from fiscal year 2017-2018. He provided an early projection for fiscal year 2019-2020 using the Preliminary Site Allocation based on the fiscal year 2018-2019 Revenue Allocation Model. The San Mateo County Community College District has not yet distributed the Preliminary Site Allocation for fiscal year 2019-2020. He also presented a historical review of the Skyline College International Student Program revenues and headcount.

Karen Wong, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness and Zahra Mojtahedi, Planning and Research Analyst, provided an orientation to the CPR review process taking place in SPARC, including an overview of recent changes to the program review process and understanding SPARC’s role in the CPR process. Changes in the CPR process initiated through a task force group in 2016 supported the improved alignment of the APP with CPR. The implementation of SPOL, a strategic online planning tool, has also made the process for submitting and receiving feedback on program reviews easier and smoother.

A rubric, created by a task force within the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, will be implemented to help SPARC members to provide feedback to the CPR presenting teams. Feedback will be executed in form of appreciative inquiry, with review teams emphasizing the strengths, opportunities for improvement and solutions from within.

For further information and resources, please see the Program Review website skylinecollege.edu/programreview.

Next meeting is Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 2:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 6, Room 6-203.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

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