Next Week: A New Briefing
College of Marin Reaches Contract Agreement with UPM
The new contract provides a salary schedule increase of 1 percent for this year that will begin the calendar month following ratification with no retroactivity and an additional half percent (.5 percent) salary schedule increase effective next year starting July 21, 2011. The new salary schedule also will be modified to include an additional step. In addition, current health care benefits have been restructured and will be maintained with an increase in the co-payment amount.
The new agreement will be in effect from July 2, 2010 through June 30, 2013 with possible re-openers in 2012. The previous Collective Bargaining Agreement with UPM expired June 30, 2007.
Our talented and committed professors are a highly valued college resource and the District is pleased to reach this agreement.
PRIE will then disseminate these brief reports, or data nuggets, to promote dialogue and assist college planning efforts (each month, beginning in April). Possible topics may include enrollment trends, student persistence rates, degrees and certificates earned, and student and employee demographics, among others.
The monthly data nuggets will be posted to a new link on the PRIE website, announced in the President’s Briefing, discussed in the President’s Forums and College Council, and sent to governance committee chairs to be used in committee discussions as appropriate.
The first data nugget will be drawn from College of Marin data included in the ARCC 2011 Report Findings, a statewide community college report that tracks seven critical indicators related to student progress, achievement and student success.
Governance Review Council Recommendations Approved
The revised Participatory Governance System Plan and FPC committee description are posted on the Participatory Governance Web Page.
Secondly, in order to address feedback from the Spring 2011 PGS Surveys and the WASC recommendations regarding improving communication, the GRC recommended and College Council approved that all PGS Committees add a standing agenda item titled, Committee Reports. During this time, committee members will be asked to report back information, recommendations and/or actions from other committees they serve on.
Finally, at the request of College Council, the GRC recently reviewed current requirements to establish quorum in PGS committee meetings. The PGS Plan requires 51 percent of members to be present and one member from each constituency that has filled seats. Vacant seats do not count in the establishment of quorum. Although the GRC is not recommending a change at this time, the committee requests that governance committee members notify their committee chair and send a substitute if they cannot attend a PGS committee meeting so that committees can take action.
Professional Development Committee Update
The PDC also wants to remind faculty and staff that limited funds are available to support conference attendance and individual professional development needs. Faculty funding is managed by the UPM/District Professional Affairs Committee (PAC). Classified Staff funding is managed by the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness. Check the Staff Development Web Page for information regarding the process to apply for funds.
Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
College of Marin will hold the TOEFL on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students should arrive by 8:45 a.m. Students can sign-up beforehand on the sheet in Ohlone 142 or e-mail email@example.com. You may also leave a message at (415) 883-2211, ext. 8579.
Final Call: College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee Solicits New Members
Five committee members are being sought to serve on the College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Measure C bond program. The committee is seeking applications for members representing the community at large, a bona-fide taxpayer’s association, a senior citizens’ organization, and a member active in a business organization representing the business community located in the district. New members will be appointed by the College of Marin Board of Trustees at its April meeting. Applications are due March 31, 2011. Oversight committee members cannot be employees, officials, vendors, consultants, or contractors of the College of Marin. Application and application information can be found online at http://www.marin.edu/MeasureC/coc/index.htm or by calling the Office of the Superintendent/President at (415) 485-9502.
Volunteer Long Term Care Insurance Information Meetings
College of Marin will be offering two additional meeting dates for employees (and their families) to learn about the district’s new voluntary Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance. Please join our LTC Specialists to provide an overview of planning, eldercare management, and care-giving issues, as well as this new benefit program.
Meetings will be held at both campuses:
Santa Barbara City College Dean to Speak on Moodle Migration
Dr. Douglas E. Hersh, Dean, Educational Programs, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) will present at COM on April 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in Learning Resources Center, Room 53. At SBCC, he serves The Online College, Learning Technologies, The School of Media Arts, Student Technology Support, and The Faculty Resource Center; and he is credited with bringing the human touch to Distance ED in order to narrow the gap between retention rates in face-to-face programs and those in online programs. Hersh convinced Santa Barbara in 2008 to abandon Blackboard, the LMS industry leader, in favor of Moodle’s open-source platform, which he used to build the straightforwardly named “Human Presence Learning Environment."
Upcoming Job Fairs
The Annual Spring Job Fair will be held Wednesday, May 11, also in the Student Services Building, first floor. Please spread the word to any interested students, alumni, and community members. The timing of the fair is perfect for anyone interested in summer employment.
All job placement and housing services are free and open to students, alumni, and the public. The Web address for our free online job search is https://marin-csm.symplicity.com. Additional services as well as a detailed list of job fair participants are posted on the website http://www.marin.edu/StudentServices/JobPlacement/index.htm.
Local Landscapes at the Fine Art Gallery
Guest Piano Duo from London
Valeria Szervansky and Ronald Cavaye
Advanced Voice Recital
Piano Repertoire and Interpretation Class Concerts
The class will perform solo compositions by Franz Liszt, Percy Grainger, Anton Arensky, J.S. Bach and others in two concerts. Different repertoire each day.
Music for small ensembles performed by COM chamber music students, including works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Mozart, Weber, Foote, and Gershwin.
Baseball vs. Laney College
Important Information Regarding the 2011 Student Art Show
Have a great week!
David Wain Coon, Ed.D.
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