Office of Instruction - September 16 2018

New Curriculum Approved
CR’s curriculum committee just approved a few new courses I thought were noteworthy:

  • Colonial Latin American History
  • Modern Latin American History
  • Tiny House Construction

The Latin American history courses are offered at HSU and satisfy HSU’s Area D general education requirement. These courses will help expand CR’s multicultural and diversity offerings for students.

Several departments are working together to teach different aspects of sustainable design centered around tiny houses. In addition to the construction technology department teaching students how to build the tiny house, the art department has developed a course to teach students how to design the interior using green design principles, and the welding department is developing a course to teach students to build the trailer needed to transport the tiny house. This kind of interdisciplinary collaboration is exciting!


New Funding Formula Webinar

Over 1,000 stakeholders from across California’s Community Colleges participated in a webinar the Chancellor’s Office held last week about the new funding formula. The student Success allocation, which will constitute 10 percent of the 2018-19 funding CR receives, is determined by giving points for each successful student outcome as follows:


Student Success Allocation—Measures

All Students

Associate degrees for transfer granted


Associate degrees granted (excluding ADTs)


Credit certificates (16 units or more) granted


Completion of transfer-level mathematics and English courses within first academic year of enrollment


Successful transfer to four-year university


Completion of nine or more CTE units


Attainment of regional living wage



Each point is worth $440, with additional dollars per point for Pell recipients. Point values will increase for the success metrics through 2020-21 while the base funding per FTES will decrease.


Planning for New Creative Arts Building

Last Friday, faculty and staff met with the architect designing the new Creative Arts building. The current plan (keep in mind that plans can change rapidly) is for the new building to be built where the baseball fiend is currently located. The architect received detailed input about the instructional needs of the building, and the plan is to alter some functions and space to better meet the needs of the college in the future.


Bookstore Update

At the request of President Snow-Flamer, George Potamianos and I will be leading a group to make a recommendation about the best ways the college bookstore can meet student and faculty needs. Thanks to the following people who have agreed to take part: Mickey Jarvi, Mark Renner, Wendy Riggs, and student representative Tanner Hooven.


Fast Fact

CR Student Outcomes & New Funding Formula



AA Awards: 442

AD-T Awards: 77

Certificates of achievements awarded: 122

Transfers to 4-year: 439

Students earning 9+ CTE units: 709

Students passing transfer-level English & Math in 1st year: 56

Students attaining wage: 853


Source: Chancellor’s Office simulation using MIS data

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