Tuesday, April 09, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       April 9, 2013
FURTHER INFORMATION:          PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082


Community College Organization Hosts Noted Policymaker

Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president is the current chair of The San Gabriel/Foothill Association of Community Colleges (SanFACC), a consortium of six local community colleges:  Chaffey, Citrus, Glendale, Mt. San Antonio, Pasadena, and Rio Hondo.  SanFACC’s primary mission is to advocate for the policies and practices that ensure their students’ success and to effectively represent their institutions regarding legislative matters that affect community colleges.

On April 2, Dr. Perri brought together over 40 SanFACC superintendent/presidents, governing board members, administrators, and staff at the organization’s inaugural dinner/speaker event.  Dr. Perri arranged to have as the event’s keynote speaker Dr. Nancy Shulock, a prominent California educational policymaker.  Dr. Shulock presented the current challenges and opportunities California’s community colleges face in preparing its students to successfully complete their college education.

Dr. Shulock is the executive director of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (IHELP) at Sacramento State University and a professor of public policy and administration.  IHELP conducts research to help policymakers and educators improve higher education in California, and it also advances the importance of student success through its participation in national educational projects.

“Citrus College was honored to host our SanFACC colleagues,” said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Dr. Shulock is one of the premier educational policy experts.  It was interesting to hear her ideas.”

Also in attendance was Dr. Manuel Baca, president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and president of the Mt. San Antonio Community College District Board of Trustees who agreed with Mrs. Keith’s comments.

“This was an important event for SanFACC and for the colleges we serve,” Dr. Baca commented.  “The data and the information Dr. Shulock shared will be invaluable as we strive to help our students attain their educational goals.”

In her presentation, “Student Success in the California Community Colleges:  Performance, Policy and Practice,” Dr. Shulock acknowledged community colleges as “the linchpin in the higher education system,” and called for effective policies, advocacy and culture change that will increase student success and help fulfill California’s need for 3.5 million degree holders by 2025.

“The good news about community colleges is overriding the bad,” Dr. Shulock stated, referring to the changes in the California Community College system as a result of  recent legislative and policy reforms, such as the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act of 2010 and the Student Success Act of 2012.  Shulock described several characteristics of community college students who were successful in achieving their educational goals:  those who have the academic skills for college and career readiness; students who engage in full-time, continuous enrollment and take college level courses; students who set clear goals for college completion; and students who receive support through academic services, counseling, and financial aid.

“As college leaders, we agree that California’s community colleges have arrived at a critical juncture,” Dr. Perri noted.  “We are grateful to Dr. Shulock for speaking to SanFACC and sharing with us her wealth of knowledge to help guide us to the future.”


SanFACC Dinner

Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, (far left) Citrus College superintendent/president and San FACC chair, greets dinner event guests (L. to R.) Dr. Patricia Rasmussen, Citrus College Board of Trustees vice president; Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, Citrus College Board of Trustees clerk/secretary; Ms. Teresa Dreyfus, Rio Hondo College interim superintendent/president; Mrs. Susan M. Keith, Citrus College Board of Trustees president; Dr. Nancy Shulock, keynote speaker; Dr. Edward C. Ortell, Citrus College Board of Trustees member; Dr. Gary L. Woods, Citrus College Board of Trustees member; Dr. Bill Scroggins, Mt. San Antonio College CEO; Ms. Roseanne Bader, Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees member; and Dr. Manuel Baca, Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees president and California Community Colleges Board of Governors president.