Board Highlights January 2015

January 23, 2015

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved the Student Equity Plan and heard updates about the early state budget proposals and enrollment growth management during its regular meeting on Jan. 22, 2015.

The regular meeting, which is typically held the second Thursday of the month, was held later to allow all employees to return for the new semester. At the request of the city of San Jacinto, the Board authorized the college to fly the flag at half-mast on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 to honor Sultan, the police dog who was shot and killed in the line of duty this week by a suspect barricaded in Hemet.

The Board approved the Student Equity Plan. The plan’s goal is to ensure that the college is effectively serving its entire student body population. The intention is to increase access, success, transfer, completion of degrees and certificates and transfer rates, specifically for student groups who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. 

The Board also heard a presentation on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $113 billion state budget plan for 2015-16 and its impact on community colleges. Vice President of Business Services Becky Elam called the budget “one of the best community college budgets” but cautioned the board that this was the first blush and there will be changes between now and the May revisions.

Elam told the board that MSJC should receive its tentative 2015-16 budget in June and will be asked to consider a final adoption in September.

The Board also heard an update on enrollment growth management from Interim Vice President Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Dean Brandon Moore, Interim Director of Institutional Research Nik Mesaris and Associate Dean of Planning/Institutional Effectiveness/Grants Rebecca Teague.

The Board will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 29. 2015 at the Menifee Valley Campus for a special work session to discuss legal requirements related to Measure AA and other topics. See the Work Session Meeting Agenda

The Board agreed to reschedule February’s meeting to Feb. 26, 2015 as more than one member will be out on college-related business during the regularly scheduled meeting.