Minutes from December 11, 2012 Open Meeting-CSUSB

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Don Averill, Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Erin Brinker, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Richard Hart, Lowell King, Ralph Kuncl, Ed Lasak, Temetry Lindsey, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Lou Monville , Tomas Morales, Charlie Ng, Tom Nightingale, John Prentice, Susan Rice, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Shelli Stockton, Phil Waller, Stan Weisser and Ray Wolfe.  

Guests: Pam Langford, Mayor Pat Morris and Frank Reyes

Announcements:  1) Both offices of Congressmen Miller and Calvert will be contacted regarding appointments in Washington, D.C.  IA members are asked to leverage relationships to assist in scheduling appointments in DC.  

M/S/P: Minutes from December 4, 2012

Paul Shimoff introduced Dr. Tomas Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino. America’s new national crisis is one of too many students coming to college unprepared.  In math remediation alone, over $250,000 is spent annually by Cal State San Bernardino.  Despite increasing resources being devoted to remedial education, college graduation rates are far below what the region, state and country need.  At least 63% of U.S. jobs will require a college education by 2017.   

The average college attainment rate in our state is 30%.  Riverside and San Bernardino, however, only have a 19% attainment rate. There is a direct correlation between unemployment and education levels, so it is no surprise that the Inland Empire also has the highest unemployment rate at 11.6%.    Our area will continue to face economic and quality of life difficulties with less than 20% of our population holding college degrees.  The Inland Empire needs to produce and retain more college graduates to fill and attract higher paying, knowledge-based jobs. 

A report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) offers a comprehensive approach to improve college readiness through collaboration.  Public and state universities need to work together and lead the effort in the community to pull together the critical mass to address this crisis. The report also documents the importance of intervening at various points along the pre-high school continuum. Local partners will include P-12 school systems, PTA, community and faith based organizations, businesses, agencies, families and legislators.     

College readiness includes the following three domains:

  1. Academic Readiness-students have the knowledge and skills to handle, without remediation, the content and requirements of first year college classes.
  2. Personal Readiness-students have the “mindset” and “disposition” to obtain a college education.
  3. Social Support-Students have familial support or other source of social support to succeed. 

Quality preschool is the single most important factor in preparing at risk students for elementary school.  High quality pre-school education has long lasting positive effects and is associated with higher rates of high school graduation, college attendance and college graduation. 

Over time, the Inland Empire will have more college graduates to fill and attract high paying jobs.  Additionally, college students will no longer require remediation and will graduate more quickly reducing costs for families and the state.

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned 8:22 a.m.