September 29, 2019

ESL Task Force

Last year, an ESL Task Force was formed to explore different ways to provide support for students in transfer-level coursework whose native language is not English. Although CR’s Adult Education program offers non-credit ESL courses throughout the District, CR is lacking credit support for students taking credit coursework. The task force has recommended that English language learners be directed to newly-created sections of the ENGL-1A support lab (ENGL-1S) that are specifically designed to support students in transfer-level composition who are working to develop English proficiency.

This approach complies with AB 705 and recent guidelines issued from the Statewide AB 705 Task Force. The task force hopes to offer this support in spring 2020. I want to thank the task force members for their thoughtful work and dedication to students: Peter Blakemore, Nicole BryantLescher, Kristy Carlsen, Cathy Cox, Laurel Jean, Ken Letko, George Potamianos, Manuel Saavedra, and Margaret Talcott.

Planning & Resource Requests

The Program Review Committee (PRC) is about to tackle a new challenge. In addition to reviewing each program’s plans, they will also rank the plans associated with resource requests. Those rankings will go to Executive Cabinet, and in consultation with IT and Facilities, the group will identify resource requests to fund. The process was revised with the goal of tying rankings more closely to a program’s planning and assessment efforts and to make more timely funding decisions. I am confident PRC co-chairs Heidi Bareilles and George Potamianos will see that this new process is a success.

Getting Ready for New Online Bookstore

Faculty will receive an email this week with instructions for submitting textbook adoptions for the spring semester. I urge you to submit your book adoptions as soon as possible! This will be the first time that our new bookstore is acquiring books and course materials for CR, and the sooner they can begin finding what we need the better. Timely adoptions will also ensure that students can order books online in enough time to allow for delivery to their home or campus. Ashley Mitchell is CR’s Manager of the Bookstore and Dining Services and she will assist faculty in the adoption process.

Fast Fact

Transfers by year

To a CSU or UC

2016-17: 314

2015-16: 254

2014-15: 269

To an Out-of-State Institution

2016-17: 77

2015-16: 130

2014-15: 172

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