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Category: March 2019 Newsletter

AB 705 – March 2019

New English, Math and ESL Pathways

By Cindy Anfinson, Melinda Carrillo, Leanne Maunu, and Shauna Moriarty

The AB 705 workgroup has been meeting twice monthly to implement AB 705 by Fall ’19. Both English and Math classes have been mapped (see maps below) to streamline the pathway as required by AB705. English 50 and 50A will no longer be offered starting Fall ‘19.  Students will be placed into English 100 or English 100+ (which is English 100 and English 49, the co-requisite course).

All mathematics courses numbered 53 and below will no longer be offered starting Fall ‘19. Students will be able to take Math 56 & Math 6, Math 56, or Math 60 for intermediate algebra.  Unless a student has never had intermediate algebra, they will not be placed into these courses. Students may be placed into Math 120 & Math 20 (Statistics co-requisite support) or Math 120. Students may also be placed into Math 110 & Math 11 (College Algebra co-requisite support) or Math 110. The Math Department will also offer a Math 100 with support (Math 1), and a Math 130 with support (Math 13).

ESL has created courses and streamlined its pathway to meet the AB705 mandate of ESL students successfully completing English 100 within 3 years. The AB705 workgroup is working on issues including messaging to current students, programming the new placement rules, and figuring out how to actually link co-requisite courses, among other issues.

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Communication and Professional Development – March 2019

Guided Pathways Workshops Well-Attended

By Kelly Falcone, Wendy Nelson, and Justin Smiley

The 316 employees who have attended Guided Pathways Professional Development trainings account for 597 completed trainings!  We were very happy to see every employee group represented in the GP training which included: 138 PT Faculty, 129 FT Faculty, 28 Classified Staff, 16 CAST/AA, and 7 Short-Term Employees.

To begin engaging the entire college in Guided Pathways, the PD Office offered several workshops at the Fall 2018 plenary.  In the Fall our Guided Pathways training began with two pre-plenary days facilitated by two GP experts, Dr. Maria Hesse, Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships at Arizona State University (ASU), and senior research scholar, Dr. Davis Jenkins.  At our all-college plenary we had an amazing keynote by Dr. Pedro Noguera who helped us to see how GP would help us to reduce equity gaps at Palomar College.  After hearing from these amazing academics, employees were invited to attend an “Introduction to Guided Pathways” workshop. At this workshop the GP team shared with the college what GP is, why we are doing it, and some of the actions we would be taking.

Continuing with the focus on Guided Pathways throughout the Fall semester, the GP team led additional “Introduction to Guided Pathways” workshops and offered 10 Coffee Talks to provide an opportunity for employees to have informal conversation about GP.  In addition to this, the GP team offered to attend department meetings to provide information about GP and answer questions.

Guided Pathways continued to be a focus of our Spring 2019 All-College Plenary.  Dr. Rob Johnstone, from the Center for Inquiry and Improvement, led two workshops and a keynote talk.  Dr. Johnstone helped us begin our institutional conversation about Meta Majors.  During the first week of school we continued the discussion about Meta Majors by again inviting GP scholars to visit the campus.  Dr. Maria Hesse, from ASU, and Dr. Camille Newton, from Maricopa Community College District shared with us how they developed Meta Majors and how they collaborated to develop a pathway from Community College to University.

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Mapping & Meta Majors – March 2019

Mapping & Meta Majors

By Kelly Falcone, Wendy Nelson, Travis Ritt

Department Chairs and discipline experts created 200 degree and certificate maps during the fall semester.  Counselors will review the maps this spring to ensure that general education and degree requirements are correct. The maps will be available to students during the fall semester. The maps will also be used to help the College create its Meta-Majors through analysis of shared courses across degrees and certificates.

Meta Majors are educational programs that have related courses and/or requirements. They include courses that meet academic and/or industry requirements across several disciplines and specific programs of study. Meta majors help students identify a program pathway that aligns with their interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. Enrollment and completion of meta-major courses guide students through initial foundational requirements and into more specific programs of study.

Please consider taking our Introduction to Meta Major Survey. In this survey you will review the work done by a few colleges who have already designed and implemented Meta Majors.  Please take a few minutes to see what these schools have done and give us some feedback about what you like and disliked. To complete the survey go to:

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Palomar Pathway “Wins” – March 2019

Our Guided Pathways plan outlines five years of actions that we will work on in order to transition how we think about a student’s experience at Palomar to be one where the students’ needs are our primary concern.  We would like to highlight some of the quick “Wins” we have achieved thus far in our implementation.

The first “win” involves innovative scheduling at our new Education Centers in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook.  In order to better serve students, block scheduling (classes scheduled around students’ needs to facilitate on-time completion) has been used to develop a clear semester-by-semester course pathway to help students obtain their degree or certificate in a timely manner.

Another great “win” that occurred in the Fall ‘18 semester was in our Fire Academy.  Forty Fall ‘18 and Spring ‘19 Fire Academy recruits turned in paperwork to receive a “Certificate of Achievement.”  What does that mean?  All recruits who complete the Fire Academy program will be “Certified!” What did Fire Academy do differently?  They handed out certification applications to every Fire Academy recruit and were completed in class. The applications were then collected and sent in with their Evaluations package. This Spring semester, they are going to hand out the application to all classes for students who anticipate completion of certificates or degrees, and expect to have 99% recruits certified. They will continue to collect and send the documents to Evaluations as a packet.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE “WINS” from Fire Academy and other departments who are proactively guiding students to completion.