Several goals were reviewed by College of the Siskiyous trustees as part of the school’s “Vision of Success Alignment” during last week’s meeting, and president Stephen Schoonmaker announced the school has joined the North State Together program.

Several goals were reviewed by College of the Siskiyous trustees as part of the school’s “Vision of Success Alignment” during last week’s meeting, and president Stephen Schoonmaker announced the school has joined the North State Together program.

To meet the program’s launch requirements, the Cradle to Careers Siskiyou Fiscal Sponsorship was created through the College of the Siskiyous Auxiliary Foundation, Schoonmaker explained.

The five-county support organization supports efforts to improve education in Trinity, Tehama, Siskiyou, Shasta, and Modoc counties. Schoonmaker said Siskiyou County is the last county to join the organization, and that joining will make Siskiyou County eligible to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding toward education.

Goals

The board approved the second reading of the COS Institutional Master Plan, a document that’s required by the chancellor’s office. The plan deals with processes and procedures connected to institutional effectiveness. In the same vein, the board unanimously approved the college’s local goals for vision of success alignment.

Goal one involves COS increasing the number of students earning a certificate or degree by 20 percent. Goal two deals with increasing the number of students transferring to a four-year institution by 35 percent. Goal three strives to lower the average number of units for degree completion to 79, and goal four involves maintaining the percentage of students from career and technical education programs receiving employment closely related to their field of study at higher than 75 percent.

The final goal is to reduce the equity gaps in performance metrics by 40 percent, with an additional goal for full elimination of equity gaps by the end of the 2026-2027 academic year.

Schoonmaker thanked those who helped to draft and finalize this Institutional Master Plan.

The board considered and approved the Equal Employment Opportunity Multiple Measures report for 2018-2019. This multiple measure report is required by the Chancellor's Office in order for community colleges to receive funding for EEO programs. Last year the college received $50,000 in funding, which has been in use for the Diversity Project with the National Equity Project.

Scholarships

Director of Public Relations and College Foundation Dawnie Slabaugh announced that the COS Foundation Scholarship Committee received 36 applications from students across Siskiyou County. She added that 28 students received awards, totaling $32,400 to Siskiyou County residents.

Other business

Few board members had reports, but board of trustees representative Debbie Derby did note that she attended the free Vanguard Drum and Bugle performance which was open to the public earlier this summer; she thought the performance was great. President Stephen Schoonmaker announced that he was the keynote speaker for the Epic High School graduation, which is part of the College’s partnership with FIELD.