In the Loop
CCC BSI 2009
APRIL 20, 2009
Sacramento/Central Valley Network
Nancy Cook, Sacramento/Central Valley Network Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
On the left are the pilot col- coordinators will facilitate Then in March, I sent a let-
leges that have committed to efforts in the local regions, ter of introduction, the for-
helping build the Network. while at the same time pro- mal invitation to pilot Net-
Welcome to the Sacramento/ viding connections with the work, and the Leadership
Central Valley Network! greater statewide network. Institute brochure to all
What is the Network all
about? The Sacramento/ During March-April, I was
Central Valley Network is privileged to visit six of the
one region in the inaugural pilot colleges to explain
Success Network, created to activities of the larger Net-
support professional learning work, discuss benefits of
in California community col- piloting the Network, show
leges. CCC BSI 2009, building a visual representation of
on previous BSI successes, In order to get started with building the Network, and
Together We Can!
plans to integrate what has building the Network, coordi- provide a college checklist.
already been accomplished nators from the four regions, The seventh college will
with a new pilot, growing into along with Leadership Insti- receive a site visit in early
a self-sustaining, statewide, tute instructors, started plan- May.
professional learning Net- ning curriculum and other During site visits, it was a
work intended to promote logistics in November 2008. joy to participate in the
student success. This will Since then, the BSI team has excitement, enthusiasm, and
allow faculty, staff, and admin- met for several other plan- commitment to Network
istrators to share and build ning meetings, all geared to- building emanating from
upon existing knowledge ward linking each activity into basic skills committees and
while at the same time creat- a cohesive whole. leaders.
ing opportunities for transfor- On March 10, BSI 2009 held In order to maintain this
mation. Foundational to this its first Steering and Advo- tremendous momentum,
Network are evidence-based cacy Committee meeting to the SCVN decided to have
knowledge building, inquiry, discuss plans, concerns, suc- its first regional meeting on
capacity building, direct train- cesses, and challenges for Monday, May 18, from
ing, and resource develop- building the Network. 10:00am to 3:00pm at
ment. To build the pilot Net-
During February-March, con- Merced College. Ten to
work, coordinators have
tact was made with pilot col- fifteen faculty and adminis-
been assigned to four specific
leges in the Sacramento/ trators from each college
locations (Bay Area, Los An-
Central Valley region to see if are invited to attend. More
they would be interested in details will be forthcoming
Valley, and San Diego). These
piloting the Network. later.
Keep Your Campus in the Loop
How can you involve your campus in the Network?
Send a campus-wide email announcing your college’s and your Basic Skills Committee’s
commitment to helping build the Network and facilitating student success. Include this
newsletter in your email and ask the campus community to connect with one another
and colleagues across the region and state by making online comments on the SCVN
Make sure your college Academic Senate, Student Senate, and other committees are
informed about and supportive of the SCVN and larger Success Network.
Add a link to the Success Network web site to your college home page, your Basic
Skills Committee web site, and your local Academic Senate web site.
Ask your campus community to provide ideas on the SCVN blog for components
they’d like to see in the Network.
“A shared vision is
not an idea…it is
rather, a force
Have a student story on your campus you‟d like to share?
in people‟s hearts…
Send a brief write-up about the student, along with a student picture and contact infor-
at its simplest level,
mation—both yours and the student’s to
a shared vision is
the answer to the
We will include Student Stories on our SCVN blog so that all of us can share in our
question, „What do students’ achievements.
we want to create?‟”
Attend the Sacramento/Central Valley Regional Workshop at the Hilton Arden West
Hotel on April 30—May1. If you are unable to attend the workshop in your region,
check the Regional Workshops at Canada College and in LA.
Complete the online survey at your next Basic Skills Committee meeting.
Consider what you’d like to accomplish at the SCVN regional meeting on May 18.
Email ideas to Nancy Cook.
Consider sending a college team to the Tillery Institute in August at UC Berkeley (this
year’s information not yet available online).
Encourage campus-wide participation in the SCVN blog where you’ll connect with col-
leagues, build community and camaraderie, and share successes and challenges.
IN THE LOOP CCC BSI 2009