2017-2019 Integrated Plan - Executive Summary

Mendocino College is committed to the continued statewide efforts of integrated planning and program coordination. To support this endeavor, the Student Success Council has been created to support the successful implementation of the Basic Skills, Student Equity and Student Success & Support Program Integrated Plan. This campus-wide effort is supported by all constituent groups in our institution and was developed in a collaborative process. This executive summary provides you with information of the goals and activities that were developed by Mendocino College faculty, staff, students and administrators. Additionally, information is provided about the prior expenditures of the Student Equity program and prior goals and activities. 

2017-2019 Goals and Activities

The following are goals and activities developed by Mendocino College to be completed/achieved by June 30, 2019 in support of student success. 

Goal 1 - Increase Degree and Certificate Completion

Student Success & Support Program

  • Implement technology which assists counselors and students in developing detailed, accurate and comprehensive Education Plans.
  • Develop online and hard copy degree and certificate information which is clear and includes career information.
  • Develop follow-up services that encourage students to move on to the next semester of degree or certificate requirements.
  • Create opportunities for Counselors and classroom faculty to collaborate in discussing education planning and course sequencing.
  • Provide degree and certificate information in orientation course/workshops.
  • Begin Guided Pathways work.
  • Develop pathways from Adult Education, including non-credit to Certificate and Degree.
  • Work with high schools to develop pathways to degree and certificate programs, including offering dual/concurrent enrollment opportunities.

Student Equity

  • Identify cohorts in degree/certificate programs and provide targeted support services for equity populations.
  • Continue to Identify and monitor achievement gaps in degree and certificate completion.
  • Provide professional development which supports faculty in implementing practices and materials which promote student success and persistence.
  • Provide bilingual (English/Spanish) instructional aids in CTE courses.
  • Provide access to Lending Library items such as textbooks, calculators and Chromebooks.
  • Provide supplemental instruction in targeted population cohorts.
  • Faculty mentors available in targeted population cohorts.
  • Develop new faculty orientation that promotes equity practices.

Basic Skills Initiative

  • Provide tutoring in basic skills courses to support completion.
  • Provide information in Basic Skills and ESL courses about degrees and Certificates.

Goal 2 - Improve Transfer Rates

Student Success & Support Program

  • Provide easily accessible transfer information within the updated Transfer Center.
  • Identify a counselor or staff member who will lead the coordination of transfer related activities.
  • Continue the growth of College & University Day involvement.
  • Implement technology that will make it possible for students to track their transfer degree progress.
  • Make hardcopy information for students to obtain transfer degree information.
  • Update Transfer Center information on Mendocino College website, include current transfer opportunity and event information.
  • Develop transfer pathways from high school to transfer, including opportunities for dual/concurrent enrollment.

Student Equity

  • Do outreach for students in targeted populations about Transfer Center services.
  • Develop bilingual transfer information.
  • Develop/host workshops geared for students seeking transfer opportunities.
  • Make information available to Veterans Center, Native American Student Resource Center and other student locations on campus.
  • Provide professional development which supports faculty in implementing practices and materials which promote student success and persistence.
  • Engage in guided pathways development through an equity lens.

Basic Skills Initiative

  • Creation or mapping of pathways from basic skills courses through transfer degree programs to 4-year degree.

Goal 3 - Improve Success Rates in Below Transfer ESL, English and Math; Improve Persistence to and Through First Transfer Level

Student Success & Support Program

  • Provide Embedded counseling.
  • Provide bilingual matriculation services for off-site non-credit courses.
  • Include accelerated pathways in education plans.
  • Provide counseling services and supportive early alert to students in basic skills courses.
  • Assist students in planning for appropriate math pathway.
  • Identify and implement multiple measures in English placement.
  • Develop pathways from adult education to basic skills at the college.

Student Equity

  • Expand and improve Supplemental Instruction.
  • Provide professional development to close achievement gaps in order to increase success rates.
  • Offer paired courses to cohorts of students from targeted populations.
  • Provide faculty mentors for students navigating basic skills to transfer.
  • Integrate CCS curriculum across disciplines.

Basic Skills Initiative

  • Expand and improve Supplemental Instruction.
  • Continue to expand numbers of sections in accelerated pathways.
  • Provide Writing workshops.
  • Provide tutoring and tutor training.
  • Provide opportunities for college, k12 and adult education faculty to share curriculum, teaching strategies, and develop pathways through basic skills to transfer.
  • Provide professional development on relevant instructional strategies.

Goal 4 - Identify & Support Students Who Are On Academic Probation or in the Dismissal Process to Increase Their Persistence

Student Success & Support Program

  • Improve analysis of academic probation data to identify possible contributing factors.
  • Identify and notify students of their status.
  • Follow-Up with phone calls, emails and counseling appointments.
  • Develop a mid-semester progress report for students in academic probation.
  • Review and update as needed the academic probation policies and procedures for the institution.

Student Equity

  • Create a comprehensive resource and information program for students in academic probation, targeting disproportionately impacted students.
  • Develop support workshops for students in academic probation.
  • Promote use of lending library resources to students in academic probation.

Basic Skills Initiative

  • Connect students to writing workshop, tutoring, labs, etc.
  • Work with basic skills instructors to provide targeted interventions.

Goal 5 - Improve Access, Success and Completion for Native American Students

Student Success & Support Program

• Develop a transition program for Native American students taking them from basic skill courses to college level. 
• Partner with local Native American tribes to identify students for this program and for the growth of the program.
• Provide matriculation services at tribal education centers.
• Provide matriculation services in Round Valley.
• Provide matriculation services to K-12 and adult education when traveling to these locations (i.e. financial aid, counseling, outreach, dual enrollment)
• Provide online counseling and financial aid assistance.


Student Equity

• Provide child care services to Native American students in this newly created program. 
• Provide school supplies, calculators, textbook access, through the lending library. 
• Provide dedicated support through the Native American Student Resource Center and Outreach Specialist.
• Development of cultural and intellectual events on campus to promote cultural awareness. 
• Recognize Native American contributions to the community and our campus by renaming the main gathering place on campus to Pomo Plaza.
• Create a monument on campus celebrating Native America contributions. 
• Fund classroom and support services for students in Round Valley.
• Work with local tribes and community resources to provide transportation support to outlying areas.
• Continue to support CSC 500 computer lab every semester in Round Valley to help students with basic computer skills, CANVAS and course assignments.
• Continue support for Round Valley graduation ceremony every spring.


Basic Skills Initiative

• Provide tutoring services to Native American students involved in the transition to college level courses program. 
• Outreach and dual enrollment at adult education sites or with partner tribes.
• Encourage participation in writing workshops, learning center services, and tutoring.
• Promote accelerated pathways.

 

2017-2019 Planned Expenditures

The following are the planned expenditures for the Integrated Plan's goals and activities. 

Planned Expenditures

Object Code Category Basic Skills Initiative Student Equity Student Success & Support Program (Credit) Student Success & Support Program (Non-Credit)
1000 Academic Salaries $95,908 $122,631 $335,498 $2,500
2000 Classified  and Other Nonacademic Salaries $14,631 $140,774 $89,305 $19,186
3000 Employee Benefits $40,639 $134,902 $156,141 $8,068
4000 Supplies & Materials $1,625 $16,516 $20,095  
5000 Other Operating Expenses and Services $9,754 $67,876 $86,278 $34
6000 Capital Outlay     $30,000  
7000 Other Outgo        
    $162,557 $482,699 $717,317 $29,788


 

Prior Years' Student Equity Information

Below is an account of 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 Student Equity expenditures and prior goals. 

Accounting of Prior Student Equity Expenditures

  2014-2015  
Object Code Category Amount
1000 Academic Salaries $2,397
2000 Classified & Other Non-Academic Salaries $27,128
3000 Employee Benefits $15,475
4000 Supplies & Materials  
5000 Other Operating Expenses & Services $131,736
6000 Capital Outlay  
7000 Other Outgo  
  Program Total $176,736

 

  2015-2016  
Object Code Category Amount
1000 Academic Salaries $19,846
2000 Classified & Other Non-Academic Salaries $154,415
3000 Employee Benefits $66,798
4000 Supplies & Materials $46,788
5000 Other Operating Expenses & Services $170,977
6000 Capital Outlay $17,559
7000 Other Outgo $10,000
  Program Total $486,383

 

  2016-2017  
Object Code Category Amount
1000 Academic Salaries $49,864
2000 Classified & Other Non-Academic Salaries $96,398
3000 Employee Benefits $42,345
4000 Supplies & Materials $42,233
5000 Other Operating Expenses & Services $193,749
6000 Capital Outlay $35,000
7000 Other Outgo $23,110
  Program Total $482,699


Prior Student Equity Goals

Goal Progress

Increase access to all college services and programs for all students with special focus on targeted populations—Foster Youth, African American students, and Native American students.

A large focus of Mendocino College’s 2015-2016 Student Equity Plan involved data analysis and better comprehension of our institutional shortcomings regarding access. While an initial activity to better understand ease of access for students was to conduct USC’s Equity Scorecard, our institution decided to take this a bit further. We entered into a 2 year partnership with USC’s Center for Urban Education (CUE). This partnership led to a very comprehensive review of multiple access points for the institution. For example, a classified workgroup reviewed different access points on campus through various student services departments and provided vital feedback for continued improvement. As part of this process we have updated various campus signs with bilingual information making it easier for students to find their way around campus. While the partnership with CUE is almost over, the workgroups created during our partnership will continue to provide vital feedback to our District as we move to continue improving access at our institution.

Increase course completion rates for all students with special focus on targeted populations - Foster Youth, African American students, and Native American students.

Mendocino College’s 2015-2016 Student Equity Plan Identified these three student groups as the most disproportionately impacted. Among the activities outlined in the plan to help reduce the course completion gap were: provide students with starter kits, hire a worker for the Native American Student Resource Center and to hire an Native American Outreach Specialist. The starter kits began as an idea adapted from the EOPS program which provides students with binders, paper, pens and other supplies to help them start their academic year with some items. This idea morphed into the creation of a Student Equity Lending Library where students identified in our equity plan as disproportionately impacted could borrow textbooks for their courses. Also, this was further expanded by providing calculators and ChromeBooks for students to borrow as needed to complete their coursework. In the Native American Student Resource Center we’ve been able to provide additional resources including a part-time worker that provides assistance and linked the center with our thriving MESA program and Learning Center for Tutoring and support services. Lastly, we were able to hire a full-time outreach specialist that focuses on providing information and outreach to our Native American students, but also works with other students identified in our student equity plan as being disproportionately impacted.

Increase success in Basic Skills courses for all students, with special focus on targeted

populations—Foster Youth, African American students, and Native American students.

One of the key barriers identified for our adult students has been childcare. In collaboration with our location K-12 district and First 5 Mendocino, we have been able to provide off-site daycare to ESL students. This partnership is still ongoing and

 

Success in Basic Skills and ESL:

  • Connect Students to Learning Center Services
  • Initiate Embedded Counseling Pilot Program
  • Develop Supplemental Instruction Tutoring Pilot Program
  • Provide Student “Starter Kit”
  • Provide Evening and Off-Site Childcare
  • Investigate ESL Noncredit Student Data Issues

Increase degree and certificate completion among all students with special focus on

targeted populations—Foster Youth, African American students, and Native American students. 2% increase.

One of the desired outcomes was that “College employees will have a better understanding of topics related to multiculturalism, and the needs of populations experiencing disproportionate impact.” This desired outcome stems from having a welcoming campus environment for all students, inclusive of their different cultural backgrounds. By having a welcoming environment, students will be more likely to remain enrolled and be on a good path to complete their certificate or degree. To that end, Mendocino College has greatly increased the organization and promotion of culturally diverse events on campus. We’ve had campus celebrations recognizing the Native American community we serve, film screenings relating to the history of African Americans and had better collaboration within the institution to promote these events within our community.

Increase percentage of students who transfer to a four-year college or university for all students, with special focus on targeted populations—Foster Youth, African American students, and Native American students. 3% more students will access Career-Transfer Center Services.

After many years of having a Career-Transfer Center on campus, the center itself went from understaffed to unstaffed as we tried to better understand the purpose and function of our Career-Transfer Center. In its previous incarnation, the Career-Transfer Center was a place where students could get information about careers they could obtain with a Mendocino College certificate or degree, learn about transfer opportunities. After many discussions within the institutions, we are moving to separating these two functions. The Transfer Center will be housed within the Counseling Office so that students can receive academic advising about transfer opportunities from their academic counselors. A Career Center is in the process of being created that will link workforce development and community opportunities as well as provide a locations where students can get assistance with resume writing and the interview process.

Increase services to students on academic probation to improve retention rates among at-risk students.

The 2015-2016 SSSP plan identified students on academic probation as a group that needed additional services and support. At the time, Mendocino College had recently implemented the Early Alert system which allowed faculty to communicate with counseling services and other departments when one of their students needed additional assistance or support. However, there was no data analysis about who those students were and what other information they may need. Since the implementation of this plan, the Counseling Office and Admissions & Records coordinate efforts to identify students on academic probation at the end of every term. They then send personalized communications to students to make them aware of services available to them. All students identified through this process are encouraged to schedule a counseling appointment where their educational plan can be reviewed and updated, if needed.

 


Point of Contact
Name: Ulises Velasco
Title: Vice President of Student Services
Email Address: uvelasco@mendocino.edu
Phone: 707-467-1037