February 8, 2021
Dear College Community,
I have some great news to share with all of you! Last week our athletes returned to campus! The first step in this return was to complete their COVID testing. This was done in conjunction with the registered nursing students and Student Health. I want to especially thank Michael Snider for his instrumental help in this endeavor. The registered nursing students administered the exams under the guidance of the testing company (Genetworx) representatives, the RN faculty, and our Athletic Trainers.
The athletes will be back on the fields this week for conditioning and are cleared for competition by SFDPH. Currently, in our division, we are the only school that has been cleared for competition. This has been a large team effort from the athletic trainers, to the coaches, to the student health center, to the allied health departments all working together to help the athletes get back on the fields. We can move mountains when we work together!
And in other great news. As a result of our mid-term report to the ASSCJ being accepted last month, we will be launching our self-evaluation process in Fall 2021, which will lead toward our Fall 2023 site visit. The College continues to be on enhanced monitoring, which was triggered by our last audit and ACCJC annual fiscal report covering FY 2018-19. Our next fiscal report is due in April 2021 for FY 2019-20. When we are able to demonstrate through our annual fiscal report that we meet certain fiscal health indicators, enhanced monitoring will be lifted. Implementing our Multi-Year Budget and Enrollment Strategic Plan remains critical as the key path toward financial stability.
Finally, the Library instructional program includes graded and non-graded online workshops, subject-specific instruction, and research consultations. These offerings have easily adapted to the remote environment. Library instruction supports student persistence and success. Fall semester 2020 students completed 7991 Library Workshops with a successful completion rate of 94%. Librarians graded 841 workshops and provided support through 546 reference consultations via chat and phone. Thank you to our entire library staff and faculty for all of their efforts. I know you will successfully provide even more workshops this semester to move our students forward.
Have a wonderful second week in February and stay safe and healthy.
Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D.