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Bienvenidos ! CALSA Summer Institute. Access, Achievement & Accountability: Hot Topics in a Climate of Ambiguity Francisco C. Rodriguez MiraCosta Community College District [email protected] July 21, 2010. Discussion Points. California Community Colleges P-12 Issues

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bienvenidos calsa summer institute
Bienvenidos! CALSA Summer Institute

Access, Achievement & Accountability: Hot Topics in a Climate of Ambiguity

Francisco C. Rodriguez MiraCosta Community College District

[email protected]

July 21, 2010

discussion points
Discussion Points
  • California Community Colleges
  • P-12 Issues
  • Our Story: MiraCosta College
  • Lessons Learned
ca student characteristics
CA Student Characteristics
  • Almost all local students
  • Most are part-time (66%)
  • Most are female (56%)
  • 80% of students work
  • Average age varies
  • Demographic Profile
    • White 37%
    • Latino 30%
    • Asian/Pacific Isl. 16%
    • African American 9%
    • Native American 1%
latina o community college ceos in ca 2010
Latina/o Community College CEOs in CA: 2010


  • Rita Cepeda, San Jose/Evergreen CCD
  • Raul Rodriguez, Rancho Santiago CCD
  • Sandra Serrano, Kern CCD


  • Leo Chavez, Sierra CCD
  • Ben Duran, Merced CCD
  • Ted Martinez, Jr., Rio Hondo CCD
  • Eloy Oakley, Long Beach CCD
  • Jose Ortiz, Allan Hancock CCD
  • Mark Rocha, Pasadena City College
  • Francisco Rodriguez, MiraCosta CCD

College Presidents

  • Rosa Carlson, Porterville College
  • Richard Duran, Oxnard College
  • Peter Garcia, Los Medanos College
  • Betty Incla, Berkeley City College
  • Erlinda Martinez, Santa Ana College
  • Marvin Martinez, LA Harbor College
  • Judith Miner, Foothill College
  • Ernest Moreno, East LA College
  • Monte Perez, Moreno Valley
  • Juan Vasquez, Santiago Canyon College
california public education1
California Public Education
  • Largest K-12 enrollment and educates one in eight public school students in the United States.  
  • More residents—and students—than any other state. California’s K-12 enrollment is over 6 million, nearly 2 million more than Texas, the next highest, which has just more than 4 million students.
  • California schools have a majority of “minorities,” with Hispanics/Latinos making up the largest student group (50%).
california public education2
California Public Education
  • More than one in five children in California live in poverty
  • Nearly half of all K–12 students participate in the federal free lunch program.
  • One quarter of K–12 students are English learners. 
  • Funding and staffing levels lag behind other states.
  • Consistently fallen below the national average in per-pupil expenditures, ranking 41st in 2007–08, according to the National Education Association\'s (NEA) Rankings and Estimates 2009–10.
california public education3
California Public Education
  • Hispanic representation in the early childhood population is larger than all other minority groups combined.
  • In 2006, Hispanics represented 23% of the population under five years of age, while blacks, Asian, and Native Americans combined equaled 19% of the population.
  • Source: Digest of Education Statistics, 2007, NCES, 2008, Table 16
california higher education
California Higher Education
  • Latinos of traditional college-age are less likely to be enrolled in college. In 2006, 24% of Latinos 18-24 years old were enrolled in degree-granting institutions, compared to 33% of black, and 41% of white students.
  • Latino male representation in higher education has declined. In 1976, Latino males represented 55% of Latinos in higher education, but in 2006, that figure had dropped to 41%.
  • In 2003-04, Latinos were more likely to receive federal aid (50%) than the combination of all racial/ethnic groups (46%).
  • Sources: Digest of Education Statistics, 2007, NCES, 2008, Table 195; NCES, Institutional Postsecondary Education Data Survey (IPEDS) 2005-06;
p 12 issues1
P-12 Issues
  • Accountability Movement
  • Achievement Gap
  • Anti-Immigrant Sentiment
  • Charter School Movement
  • Chronic Underfunding from State
  • Collective Bargaining/Unions
  • Crisis in Public Confidence
  • Demographic Shifts
  • English-language Learners
  • Facilities Needs
p 12 issues2
P-12 Issues
  • Leadership Turnover: Retirements & Succession Planning
  • Overregulation
  • Public School Financing
  • Poverty of schoolchildren
  • Rising Heath & Benefit Costs
  • School Board Politics
  • Students’ Course of Study: STEM
  • Surviving the Recession
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Testing to the Standards
  • Voter Fatigue (State & Local)
calsa 2010 conference theme
CALSA 2010 Conference Theme

How do you survive in a time of crisis?

What are some strategies to weather the storm?

from my observation the best
From my observation, the best …
  • Are comfortable with ambiguity and are resilient
  • Are thoughtful, decisive and possess a sense of urgency
  • Are vociferous educational advocates
  • Articulate persistent optimism
  • Build top administrative teams around them
  • Engage with the community and view them as value-added
  • Make difficult decisions in difficult times
  • Never lose sight of the importance of developing good teachers and administrators
  • Provide consistent leadership and vision
  • Receive solid support from the board of trustees
  • Speak the truth
miracosta college student population
MiraCosta College Student Population
  • Average class size: 30
  • Students
    • 14,300 students enrolled in credit classes
    • 2,300 students enrolled in noncredit classes
    • 4,500 students enrolled in fee-based programs
  • Female—57%
  • Male—41%
  • 50% Students of Color
  • Average Age—27
challenges opportunities1
Challenges & Opportunities
  • Governance Model
  • Accreditation
  • Employee Contracts
  • Budget
  • Campus Climate
  • College leadership
  • Board Development
  • Community Relations
big audacious goals
Big, Audacious Goals
  • Accommodate and serve record number of students
  • Build trust and stability
  • Minimize layoffs
  • Maintain fund balance reserve of 8-10%
  • Reduce our expenditures
  • Sustain access to quality education and services
our road map
Our Road Map
  • Achieve cooperation and support from governance and employee groups
  • Coordinate strategic communications plan
  • Face the Brutal Facts
  • Focus on educational excellence and student success
  • Invite and include, dialogue and debate
  • Plan for the future
  • Set targets for reductions
  • Sustain support from board
the results
The Results
  • Accommodated 15% growth in students
  • Accreditation reaffirmation
  • Created new academic programs
  • Growing public confidence
  • Increased legislative presence in Sacramento
  • Invested in “growing our own” & professional development
  • Not a single layoff of permanent staff
  • Reduction of $5M in operating expenses for FY10 with ending fund balance reserve of 10%
  • Stable and competent leadership
  • Strong employee group relations
lessons learned1
Lessons Learned
  • Deploy strategic communications
  • Focus on organizational climate and culture
  • Focus on relationships
  • Reduce – Redirect – Reaffirm
  • Use the power of your influence, not the influence of your power
lessons learned2
Lessons Learned
  • Derive consensus on what excellence looks like at your school
  • Focus on building social capital and trusting relationships
  • Know your strengths and guiding principles
  • Listen
  • Understand that our diversity is value-added
lessons learned3
Lessons Learned
  • Always focus on what is best for students
  • Be in it for the long term
  • Never forget the mission of public education
  • Reflect on why you were called to this noble profession
  • The public gives us two things: their money and their trust
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Lead with Passion and Humility
  • Seek Balance in Your Life
  • Remember Los Cuatro C’s: Courage, Conviction, Cultura y Coraje
  • Give your very best all the time