TO: All VCCS Employees
FROM: Glenn DuBois
DATE: April 10, 2012
RE: The latest on VCCS Reengineering

Dear colleague:

Good afternoon from John Tyler Community College!

Today marks the final stop of our reengineering town hall meeting tour that has taken us to each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges and few other stops along the way, including last month’s New Horizon’s Conference.

I have learned something from each town hall meeting and I am grateful for your participation in them.

Those town hall meetings, emails like this one and our dedicated website www.rethink.vccs.edu are among the ways we work to ensure this process is as transparent and inclusive as possible. We seek your ideas in this effort and would love to hear from you.

State Board approves expanding faculty spectrum

At its March meeting, the State Board for Community Colleges unanimously approved the three new roles proposed by the Faculty Employment Spectrum workgroup: Part-Time 9-month Teaching Faculty, Associate Instructor (formerly known as Lecturer), and 10-month Teaching Faculty. The vote was the most significant State Board action on our reengineering report since it adopted the taskforce’s initial report.

The final details outlining each position and what has been approved have been uploaded to the Rethink website. For the remainder of this semester, the Faculty Employment Spectrum workgroup will investigate additional potential roles.

Reengineering was a hot topic at New Horizons 2012

Reengineering was one of the many topics at last month’s New Horizons meeting. If you were unable to attend that faculty-led session I would invite you to listen to the audio of that session and view the presentation given there.

Town Hall Meeting Schedule

As I have said throughout these town hall meetings, now is our time. Never before in my career has the community college mission been more relevant and critical to our success as a nation and to the success of individual families and employers. So many of you have shared with me how the desire to make a difference inspired you to work in our field. I feel the same way. Now is our time.

Below is one last look at the schedule of when the visits occurred.

DATE

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

TOWN HALL MEETING TIME

9/27/11

GCC

10:00 AM

10/5/11

PHCC
NRCC

9:30 AM
1:00 PM

10/26/11

SSVCC (Alberta)

1:00 PM

11/2/11

WCC
 MECC

9:00 – 10:30 AM
12:30 – 2:00 PM

11/9/11

PVCC
JSRCC

9:30 – 11:00 AM
2:00 – 3:30 PM

11/29/11

LFCC
RCC

POSTPONED/RESCHEDULED
1:30 – 3:00 PM

12/1/11

NVCC

1:00 – 2:30 PM

12/5/11

TCC – Portsmouth

12:00 – 1:30 PM

1/20/12

LFCC

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

1/27/12

ESCC
TNCC

9:15 – 10:45 AM
2:00 – 3:30 PM

2/3/12

VWCC
DSLCC

10:00 – 11:30 AM
2:00 – 3:30 PM

2/29/12

BRCC

1:30  – 3:00 PM

3/2/12

VHCC
SWCC

9:30 – 11:00 AM
1:30 – 3:00 PM

3/12/12

PDCCC

2:00  – 3:30 PM

3/14/12

CVCC
DCC

10:00 – 11:30 AM
2:00 – 3:30 PM

4/9/12

VCCS System Office

1:30 – 3:00 PM

4/10/12

JTCC

1:30  – 3:00 PM

 

A Sampling of Updates

There are more than two dozen reengineering task force work groups now at work. You can track the progress of every single one of them through the dashboard at www.rethink.vccs.edu.

Here are updates on just a few of the issues I am often asked about during my campus visits. (The numbers contained in the parentheses correspond to the workgroup numbers on the dashboard.)

(2.) Implement Developmental Education Task Force Redesign Proposal (English)
Click here to keep up with the latest work being done on this topic.

The Developmental Mathematics Implementation Support Team (DMIST) has visited more than six of the 23 colleges. This small team, consisting of mathematics faculty leaders, a K-12 representative, and system office staff members is visiting colleges to provide support, gather feedback, and respond to college questions. Reports summarizing the visits are being prepared to share with colleges. The initial visits have been successful and informative. A call with Developmental Mathematics Implementation Leads was held on February 27, 2012 to share the purpose, agenda and report template, and respond to questions.

(17.) Improve Learning Outcomes and Reduce Student and College Costs
Click here to keep up with the latest work being done on this topic.

A request for proposals has been issued to VCCS psychology faculty to  apply for $5,000 Pilot Team Grants to develop PSY 200 in one of three formats: on-campus, hybrid, or online. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to make use of this unique opportunity to be remunerated and recognized for innovative course development. For more information, contact Ruth Greene at rgreene@rappahannock.edu.

(6.) Pilot Shared Services Distance Learning Systems
Click here to keep up with the latest work being done on this topic.

This distance learning pilot led by Northern Virginia Community College provides on-line courses to its partner colleges in a seamless manner to students, and now has 10 partner colleges.  Over two semesters, NVCC has delivered courses to over 1000 students in more than 140 courses, and is in the process of developing and reviewing metrics on the success of the pilot students.

Stay Engaged

These are, again, just a few of the updates available to you on the dashboard at the rethink website.

Should you have comments or questions that are specific to the efforts of an individual workgroup, I would encourage you to email the leads of those groups. The names and email addresses of the leads are included for your convenience on the individual workgroup pages.

Of course, please feel free to send me any thoughts related to the reengineering process at rethink@vccs.edu. I look forward to reading those emails personally and passing them along to the taskforce.

Sincerely,

Glenn DuBois

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