“Forging the Future Through Innovation”

Articulation: Building Algebra Skills and Equity: Grant project awarded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to improve the pre-algebra, beginning and intermediate algebra skills of students in the HECCC region by focusing on faculty-to-faculty articulation and best teaching practices inclusive of K-16 mathematics faculty collaboration.

Business Collaboration and Articulation Conference: Sponsored by HECCC to enhance the faculty productivity within the business instructional divisions, expand cooperative faculty-to-faculty efforts and heighten awareness among faculties and administrators.

Community College Leadership Certificate Graduate Program: A graduate certificate program in community college leadership that will produce a knowledgeable and diversified pool of qualified leaders in community college education. This program is to be offered beginning Spring 2002 by CSU Stanislaus, in cooperation with HECCC, utilizing a combination of distance education and traditional delivery systems.

Consortium Articulation: The articulation officers annually update and electronically maintain the following official HECCC articulation equivalency matrixes: Associate in Arts/Science Degrees, California State University General Education (CSU GE), Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), California Articulation Number System Course List (CAN), and prerequisite courses for Associate in Science degree nursing programs.

Dual Admission Agreement: An agreement between the HECCC community colleges and CSU Stanislaus to simultaneously admit entering college freshmen to both institutions.

Electronic Transcript: To facilitate and streamline the transition of students from one member institution to another electronic transcripts are utilized among the HECCC institutions.

Grow Your Own Faculty: Project addressing the critical statewide need to increase the number of qualified California Community College instructor applicants, particularly applicants from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this project is to recruit, retain, and educate a diverse target group of community college students through a supportive, seamless higher education program and thereby create a local, enthusiastic, qualified, diverse community college instructor pool.

Increasing Access to Education Through In-Home Instruction: Planning grant which seeks to expand distance education access by identifying the specific needs for educational cable television programming in the HECCC region. This project includes negotiation with local cable companies to dedicate channels for local educational use as they convert to digital signals, thereby increasing distance-learning opportunities to a larger number of potential students, especially those in remote, isolated geographic areas.

Marketing Survey: Joint survey conducted in 1998 to assess community attitudes toward HECCC community colleges and CSU Stanislaus to formulate the development of marketing plans for the HECCC institutions. The survey results would then be utilized by each campus to: (1) increase campus visability, and the visability of HECCC, in terms of the advantages of attending community college and transferring to CSU Stanislaus; (2) increase student enrollment; (3) increase donations; (4) increase political support; and (5) improve campus image.

Mathematics and Science Teaching Scholar Partnerships: A joint K-16 grant to address the critical lack of qualified K-12 science and mathematics teachers made possible with the support of the National Science Foundation. The regional partnership project enhances student learning and best practices through collaborative efforts of CSU faculty mentors, undergraduate students, and practicing K-12 teachers to enrich the instructional mathematics and science K-12 content.

New Student Survey: A stratified random sample mail survey of first-time freshmen and new transfer students was developed, conducted and analyzed to obtain perceptions and opinions regarding institutional image and initial experiences. Each member institution was provided with two reports: campus-specific and regional. In addition, members were provided with an electronic file of their campus data for further local analysis and reference in order to better meet the needs, expectations, and goals of incoming freshman and transfer students.

Reciprocal Agreement:
The four community colleges within HECCC accept each others graduation requirements, including competency requirements for graduation, in lieu of their local requirements for the AA/AS degree. A formal document, with the official college seal, is forwarded to the receiving campus along with the official student transcript. Students who are reverse transfers from CSU Stanislaus and follow the CSU General Education Pattern for graduation, will receive credit toward the AA/AS degree at the community college for courses taken at Stanislaus.

Staff Development Committee: Classified staff campus representatives serve a two-year term on a joint planning committee and are trained to plan, organize, and facilitate an annual three-day retreat. The twelve-member committee experience provides for staff development in: agenda development, minutes responsibilities, meeting protocol and facilitation, group organizational skills, brainstorming, and team building.

The HECCC sponsored retreat has been conducted at Asilomar Conference Center, in Pacific Grove, California for the last ten years. The goal is for each staff member, at each institution, to participate in the retreat one time. Therefore, annually, sixty (60) first-time retreat attendees, have an opportunity to experience consortium group communication, explore basic leadership skills and develop problem-solving techniques in a non-threatening environment.

Student Website: The website, which is under construction, will be utilized to market student transfer by sharing articulation information with students in the HECCC region.

Teacher Preparation and Reading Grant Partnership: The members collaboratively crafted separate institutional community college grant applications, thereby maximizing fiscal resources for teacher preparation project funding in the HECCC region. Each of the participating institutions was funded for three years with an annual campus budget of $350,000. As previously planned, members moved forward to operate cooperatively with CSU Stanislaus School of Education to encourage community college students to pursue teaching careers and to improve K-12 reading skills. In addition, the program seeks to recruit high school students, prepare them academically while at the community college, and assist them to successfully transfer to CSU Stanislaus for a the purpose of completing their B.A. and teaching credential.