Renegade Roundup October 11, 2014

I decided to post my all-campus communication called the Renegade Roundup. You can find previous Roundups on my website at

Here is the Oct 14, 2014 Renegade Roundup:

Sonya Christian Original Lane Photo

Sonya Christian

We are wrapping up the seventh week of the fall term and BC is definitely buzzing with classes, services, activities, performances, shows, events, ……  We truly are our community’s college.

 Big News

Last week, Governor Brown signed the community college baccalaureate degree pilot program into law. BC will be proposing a Baccalaureate of Applied Science (BAS) in Industrial Automation and Design.  Liz Rozell, Jason Dixon, Sean Caras, and Klint Rigby are taking the lead with the content.  Anthony Culpepper is helping with the ACCJC substantive change process.  Michele Bresso and Cindy Collier are researching and reviewing the activities at the state level to position our application in the most competitive manner.  We will be doing a work session with the Board of Trustees at their November 12th Board meeting in Delano.


Enrollment Update

enrollment report oct 1 2014

Since our last update, Bakersfield College enrollments continue to grow. Looking at the October 1st enrollment report, it is clear that the efforts made by Instructional departments in adding more sections and taking more students per section as well as the Student Affairs departments hosting several events for students to complete the core matriculation services have paid off.  BC’s FTES numbers for Fall climbed another 116 since my last Renegade Roundup.  We are at 99.6% of our Fall FTES target.  “However, Fall 2014 FTES districtwide accounts for only 96.7% of the fall term target.  Comparatively, Fall 2013 FTES at this time was 99.3% of the eventual term-end FTES.  Thus it appears we may not reach the fall FTES target.  The chart below provides a snapshot of the annual target and a look at what we may need to plan for in Spring 2015.” (Source: IR Report, Oct 1, 2014)

The table below shows the recalculated targets for Spring 2015.

spring 2015 revised target oct 1 2014


Pre-Law Pathway:

On October 2nd, Bakersfield College launched our pre-law pathway for students interested in legal careers with a program orientation and information session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. This program will provide a recommended program of study for students, and upon graduation from Bakersfield College, if the students maintain a certain GPA and meet certain criteria in their academic standing with a required baseline LSAT score, they can enroll in law school at a number of prestigious institutions, including University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. If you know of a student who might be interested, please connect them with educational advisor Jessica Garcia at 395-4473.



Learn at BC

Just a reminder that we have a series of learning opportunities for faculty and staff.

Title IX and Clery Symposium on Oct 17th, Friday, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon:

The profile of Title IX issues has been raised significantly in the last year with both legal and political activities proliferating the national dialog.  Here is a one-minute video clip, an example of a series of PSAs launched by the White House regarding this topic.

BC has had a team researching the legal issues as well as developing a plan to raise the visibility on our campus as well as across the district.  The launch of these discussions will be on October 17th, from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Levan Center.  This symposium is in alignment with our Learn@BC! initiative and therefore is open to other colleges in the region. Thanks to Manny De Los Santos, Kristin Rabe, and Todd Coston, we will be live web streaming as is becoming the norm for these conferences.  I have asked President’s Cabinet, College Council, and FCDC to make this a priority.  I ask all of you to register for the whole symposium or part of it.  Click here to register


Learning Outcomes Conference on November 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The national and state-wide conversations in higher education has been focused on degree and certificate completion and accountability.  In the frenzy of these discussions, we in academia must keep the focus on learning—what knowledge skills and abilities do our students gain when they complete their time with us on college campuses.  Have we collectively reflected and responded to the questions: What does an Associate’s degree mean? What does a Baccalaureate degree mean? Register now for the whole day or part of the day at  Faculty, consider an alternative assignment so that you can participate in this conference.  This conference will also help us with our accreditation work related to SLOs, PLOs, and ILOs.


Construction Update

Construction certainly is a part of life at Bakersfield College this semester. I am concerned when I hear reports of staff and students crossing construction barriers. Those barriers are important and essential to safety, and I ask you to be vigilant in observing the safety protocols as well as remind students to do so. Pay close attention to construction updates sent out regularly, and share them with the students, other staff and community members who are on campus.


Mark your calendars

October 16, 2014: The Great California Shake Out

October 17, 2014: Clery Act & Title IX Symposium

November 17, 2014: Conference: Learning Outcomes 2014

December 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015: Winter Closure

January 14, 2015: Spring 2015 Opening Day at Delano Campus.  You can either car pool or tune in from the Panorama campus.  Amber will send out information on carpooling to Delano.

February 5, 2015: Technology Conference. All day

April 23, 2015: Equity and Inclusion Second Annual Conference

May 6, 2015: Chicano/Latino Commencement

May 7, 2015: Honor Reception

May 8, 2015. Friday. Spring 2015 Closing Day

May 15, 2015, Friday. Commencement at 7:00 p.m.


With Renegade pride and collegiality,



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