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April 2009

  1. 1. In the Loop CCC BSI 2009 BUSINESS NAME http://cccbsi.edulounge.net SCVN PILOT APRIL 20, 2009 COLLEGES Sacramento/Central Valley Network  Butte College  American River College Nancy Cook, Sacramento/Central Valley Network Coordinator ncook@sierracollege.edu  Sacramento City College On the left are the pilot col- coordinators will facilitate Then in March, I sent a let-  Cosumnes leges that have committed to efforts in the local regions, ter of introduction, the for- River College 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 Merced College Central Valley Network! greater statewide network. Institute brochure to all pilot colleges.  What is the Network all Fresno City College about? The Sacramento/ During March-April, I was Central Valley Network is privileged to visit six of the  Reedley one region in the inaugural pilot colleges to explain College 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 geles, Sacramento/Central they would be interested in details will be forthcoming Valley, and San Diego). These piloting the Network. later.
  2. 2. PAGE 2 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 blog.  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. Student Stories “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 ncook@sierracollege.edu 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?‟” Next Steps Peter Senge  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