Last weekend, I participated in the Governance Institute for Student Success sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). MCCCD was represented by five of the seven Board members, the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, and nine college presidents. Most of the Arizona community college districts participated with a board/leadership team. During one of the sessions, nine practices of highly effective colleges were shared. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you that PVCC consistently engages in all nine of the identified practices – I’ve paraphrased them below.
- Leaders and faculty pay continuous attention to progress on the student success agenda;
- A culture of evidence and inquiry is pervasive in tracking student learning and success data with strong support of the Institutional Research unit;
- There is strong collaboration between faculty, staff and the community in support of student learning and success;
- Planning and budgeting are aligned with the student success agenda;
- A sense of urgency drives the student success agenda;
- Policies and practices are developed with a sustained focus on student learning and success;
- Faculty and staff professional development is valued for all;
- The student success agenda is aligned with accreditation criteria; and
- Student success interventions are informed by and adopted from proven effective practices.
Your collective work – whether it is on the Strategic Planning Steering Team (SPST), College Leadership Council (CLC), unit or division leadership, or the Budget Development Steering Team (BDST) – is very much appreciated. It is rewarding to know that our good leadership work is aligned with national best practice – but more importantly that our efforts do increase student learning and success. Thank you.