The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, August 27, 2020 for their first meeting of this academic year.

President Moreno joined the meeting initially to acknowledge the committee’s work and to field any questions members may have.  Incoming SPARC Tri-chair and Academic Senate President Leigh Anne Shaw welcomed new members and reviewed the committee charge.  To learn more information about SPARC please see SPARC overview

Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones presented the final fund 1 budget for Skyline College.  She noted highlights and risks of the State budget and college projections for the next two years.  Despite COVID 19, the college’s allocation increased slightly this year. SPARC had previously recommended that any new monies be used for one-time expenditures given the uncertainty of future allocations and the State budget.

Dean of PRIE Ingrid Vargas led the discussion of the Tentative recommendations of the Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) Task Force subcommittee of SPARC.  The Task Force committee shared their proposals to redesign the process.  SPARC members broke out into smaller groups to discuss and reconvened to review their input collectively.

Further input will be gathered from the Academic Senate and SPARC member constituents.  A final recommendation will be made at October 8, 2020 SPARC meeting and presented to the College Governance Council, who in turn will make a recommendation to the President.  If accepted, training on the new process will begin in spring 2021. Programs would use the new process for Program Review beginning in fall 2021.

Next meeting will be tentatively held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:10 pm.

Article by Judy Hutchinson

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