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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

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

About miracosta college

ABOUT Miracosta college

Miracosta community college district
MiraCosta Community College District

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

Projected projected expenses vs revenues
Projected Projected Expenses vs. Revenues

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

Gracias y siempre adelante
Gracias y SiempreAdelante!