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Redesigning Community Colleges

Sonya Christian and Davis JenkinsThe Redesigning Community Colleges event took place on February 18th, 2016.

An Introduction by BC President Sonya Christian

Let’s seize the day…..

In California the legislature and chancellor’s office are “all-in” with both funding and expectations, and as never before we are focused on student completion, student success, and student equity. Our work and outcomes are more visible than ever before, illuminated by a flood of data – success rates, placement scores, multiple measures, scorecards, disproportionate impact, in 60 units or less. And then there is the Associate Degree transfer legislation. A lot happening in California. What an opportunity!

“Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success” is written for educators – a thinking person’s invitation to meeting our challenges with relentless clarity. Six chapters by Bailey, Jaggars and Jenkins present a practical survey and distillation of work that ranges from the economics of curricular redesign to the cognitive science of default decisions, from the challenge of serving the unprepared to the politics of committee structures. They deal with it all.

Chapter three is on “Rethinking Student Instruction” and briefly touches on the skills, concepts and habits of mind essential for students, learning how to think and learning how to learn. But as much as anything the authors model for us the skills, concepts and habits of mind essential for us – the spirit of inquiry, and the willingness to adapt and change if it improves student learning.

The thesis of the book is surprisingly direct: reaching the levels of student success we all hope to achieve will not come without re imagining and reintegrating the full breadth of community college experience.

While the words are simple, the gauntlet that authors Bailey, Jaggars, and Jenkins throw down is not. Redesigning America’s Community Colleges tackles all aspects of community college operations, from instruction to budgeting to personnel to processes -- and none of the advocated changes will come without some measure of blood, sweat, tears, and sleepless nights on all of our parts.

Through their work, the authors have triggered a wave of energy, a mindful re-visioning of how we support student success, at Bakersfield College and on other colleges across the nation. It is in this spirit that I welcome all of you to this summit at Bakersfield College.

Let’s seize the day!


Keynote Speaker: Davis Jenkins

Dr. Davis Jenkins is a research professor and senior research associate at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He has worked with colleges and states across the country to find ways to improve educational and employment outcomes for students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Davis’s research and thinking have informed the development and spread of innovative approaches to improving student success, including career pathways, adult technical bridge programs (such as Washington State’s I-BEST), and guided pathways to success (GPS). Together with Thomas Bailey and Shanna Jaggars, he is the author of Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success (Harvard University Press, 2015), which is based on CCRC’s research on strategies for improving student completion and learning. He is currently leading research projects aimed at improving the effectiveness of 2- and 4-year institutions in enabling community college transfer students to earn college degrees and on identifying strategies for helping students enter a program of study suited to their interests and aspirations. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in religion from Princeton University.

Jeff Archibald

Jeff Archibald serves as the Vice President of the Academic Senate at Mt. San Antonio College and has been a Professor in the Department of Communication since 2000. For 12 years, Jeff coached Mt. SAC’s award-winning Forensics program, leading the team to six community college national championships. Jeff has a BA in Government from Cornell University and a MS in Communication from Illinois State University.

Kristen Barnes

Kristen Barnes is President and CEO of Kern Community Foundation, and President of Kern Real Estate Foundation. Ms. Barnes has 30 years of leadership experience in a unique combination of public and private accounting, education and philanthropy. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Barnes served as Director of the Paramount Agriculture Career Academy and Executive Director of the Grimm Family Education Foundation. Ms. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a master’s degree in education from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a clear California teaching credential. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Barnes has spent a large portion of her adult life involved in Kern County philanthropy and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for California Health Science University.

Kimberly Bligh

Dr. Kimberly Bligh has a Bachelors in Psychology, and a Masters and Doctorate in Education/Curriculum and Instruction. Kimberly has been an educator for 30 years. She is the Chair of Education, Title V Director, and Summer Bridge coordinator. Her doctoral studies focused on success strategies that promote retention and success in pathways for community college students. Kimberly has played an integral role in many state, district, and campus initiatives and committees such as Title V, basic skills redesign, Curriculum Committee, FCDC, C6 Grant, Achieving the Dream, and the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways project.

Dr. Jill Board

Dr. Jill Board became Cerro Coso Community College’s eighth president in July of 2010. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington. Before becoming president, she had served Cerro Coso Community College for 20 years in various leadership roles in Student Services, ultimately serving in the position as Vice President of Student Services. Currently President Board is appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Academic, Student & Community Development and regularly participates on WASC/ACCJC A Jill Board ccreditation Evaluation Teams.

Lesley Bonds

Lesley Bonds is the Director of the Student Success and Support Program and serves as the AACC Pathways Team Lead at Bakersfield College. A native of Bakersfield, she completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and earned her masters degree in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. She spent several years as a Career Counselor and Student Employment Coordinator for Scripps College in the Claremont Consortium prior to joining the Renegades in April 2015. She is passionate about increasing access and completion for First Generation students and students of color.

Clayton Fowler

Clayton Fowler is the 2015-2016 Bakersfield College Student Government Association (BCSGA) President. Before being elected President, Clayton represented the Allied Health and Fire Technology department as a senator (2014-2015) for BCSGA. He is a third year political science major and plans to transfer to either UC Davis or a CSU. Clayton believes strongly in one of Bakersfield College’s core values, community; he has tried to instill this in every event and initiative that BCSGA is a part of. It’s time that we put community back into community colleges.

Janet Fulks

Dr. Janet Fulks has taught at BC for 22 years in the Biology Department. She has been involved in the biology department, the union, and senate. She has served as chair of Biology, on the SLO, program review, curriculum, budget and many other committees. Her statewide senate work includes Basic Skills Initiative (BSI), curriculum issues like C-ID and CB 21, and educational metrics like the CCC Scorecard. Janet’s passion lies around student success. Recently, she has worked with the local high schools and statewide initiatives to create a better assessment, placement and transitions for new first time, first generation students.

Matthew Garrett

Dr. Matthew Garrett is a historian of twentieth-century American history. After undergraduate training in education and teaching experience at the secondary level he completed advanced degrees in American history at the University of Nebraska and Arizona State University. His research and publications center on Native Americans and ethno-religious identity and his monograph, Making Lamanites, received the 2015 Juanita Brooks prize for best book manuscript in Mormon history. Dr. Garrett joined the faculty of Bakersfield College in 2010 where he continues his research and teaches United States and Native American history. He also advises student clubs and serves in professional associations.

Suzanne Gripenstraw

Suzanne Bresina Gripenstraw is serving as Interim Dean of Language Arts, Mathematics, and Sciences at Butte College. She has worked in developmental education for over 20 years. As a long-time member and current co-chair of our Student Success Committee, Suzanne has been deeply engaged in the work of the Basic Skills Initiative. She looks forward to the possibilities Guided Pathways can provide for our students.

Scott Guth

Scott Guth has been a math professor at Mt. San Antonio College for 26 years. He has been teaching Statway since its inception, and working as a writer and planner of Statway curriculum materials. He is the author of two math textbooks.

Craig Hayward

Dr. Craig Hayward is an educational researcher who is embedded in the California Community College system through his work at Irvine Valley College as the Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation. As a Senior Consulting Researcher for the RP Group, Craig has been involved in statewide initiatives including the development of the Student Success Scorecard (2012), the Basic Skills Cohort Progress Tracker (2011), and the Transfer Velocity Cohort Report (2010), all of which are available to the public on the Chancellor’s Office Data Mart. His current work with the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) research team and the AACC Pathways Project builds on his previous work to show that properly valuing high school transcript data can markedly improve placement accuracy, decrease student time in remediation, and improve overall institutional throughput rates. Craig received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University as well as a Master’s degree in Social Ecology and a PhD in Human Development from the University of California, Irvine. He has taught statistics, research methods, and psychology to graduate and undergraduate students.

John Hetts

Dr. John J. Hetts, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Data Science at Educational Results Partnership. Building on twenty years of experience in instruction and research in higher education, his work focuses on identifying untapped potential in educational data. His work on predictive modeling of student placement into and performance in foundational courses as the Director of Institutional Research at Long Beach City College won the 2012 RP Group Best College Research and the 2014 ACCCA Mertes awards. He received his doctorate from UCLA in Social Psychology with a specialization in Measurement and Psychometrics and holds a B.A. with Distinction and Honors from Stanford University.

Katherine MacKinnon

Dr. Katherine MacKinnon is the Student Success Coordinator at Butte College, where she manages the Basic Skills Initiative and co-chairs the Student Success Committee, a campuswide collaboration among faculty, staff, administration, and students. Dr. MacKinnon holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (Northern Arizona University) and an M. S. in ESL (Georgia State University), and has taught English, Reading, and ESL at various levels and post-secondary institutions in the US and South Korea. She is also the primary author of the Universal Design for Learning webpages at Butte College, www.butte.edu/learning/udl. Her special areas of interest include universal design for learning, the use of information technologies in Katherine MacKinnon instruction, and digital literacy.

Carrie Roberson

Carrie Roberson is an instructor for Child Development & Family Relations (CDF) and also serves as the President of the Academic Senate for Butte College. Carrie’s educational endeavors include obtaining an AA in Liberal Studies, a BA in Liberal Studies/ Child Development and a MS in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum & Instruction. Carrie’s professional goal is to provide students with opportunities to create realistic and successful visions for themselves within their educational experiences.

Don Sciore

Don Sciore, Associate Dean of Instructional Services at Mt. San Antonio College, began his community college career as an animation instructor in a newly developed cohort learning community at Mt. SAC back in 1997. Don has a BFA in Illustration, MS in Education/ Instructional Design, and animation studio experience that offers a creative edge to managing learning pathways.

Nick Strobel

Nick Strobel is the professor of Astronomy at Bakersfield College. He is a member of the Budget Committee and Curriculum Committee and has other leadership roles in his 20 years at Bakersfield College. Strobel is the author of the “Astronomy Notes” textbook and website. Outside of work, he is an active member of Wesley UMC and enjoys attending concerts and plays in which his two high school daughters perform or create sets.

Terrence Willett

Dr. John J. Hetts, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Data Science at Educational Results Partnership. Building on twenty years of experience in instruction and research in higher education, his work focuses on identifying untapped potential in educational data. His work on predictive modeling of student placement into and performance in foundational courses as the Director of Institutional Research at Long Beach City College won the 2012 RP Group Best College Research and the 2014 ACCCA Mertes awards. He received his doctorate from UCLA in Social Psychology with a specialization in Measurement and Psychometrics and holds a B.A. with Distinction and Honors from Stanford University.

Samia Yaqub

Dr. Samia Yaqub was appointed Interim Superintendent/President of Butte-Glenn Community College District effective July 1, 2015. She previously served as the Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development since 2011. Dr. Yaqub has provided leadership for academic programs, services, and resources, as well as economic and workforce development programs at Butte College in her role as Vice President. Dr. Yaqub received her doctorate in education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. She also holds a master’s degree in English from CSU, Chico and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Davis.


Master Presentation


Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate, CCRC

Pathways Research in California

  • John Hetts, Senior Director of Data Science, Educational Results Partnership
  • Craig Hayward, Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation, Irvine Valley College
  • Terrence Willett, Director of Planning, Research and Knowledge Systems, Cabrillo College

Implementation Panel

Janet Fulks, Biology Faculty, Bakersfield College

Don Sciore, Associate Dean of Instructional Services, Mt. San Antonio College

Scott Guth, Math Faculty, Mt. San Antonio College

Katherine MacKinnon, Student Success Coordinator, Butte College

Nick Strobel, Astronomy Faculty, Bakersfield College


Part I


Part II

Buy the Book!

Redesigning America's Community Colleges book coverThe book "Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success" is available for purchase in the BC Bookstore for $35.

You can find out more about the book at http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/publications/redesigning-americas-community-colleges.html. You will also find a link to purchase the book at Amazon.

The authors have also developed resources for those who don't have time to read the book, available at http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/publications/redesigning-americas-community-colleges.html.

Co-hosted by Butte College, the College Futures Foundation, and Irvine Valley College

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