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Renegade Roundup – on Opening Day 2015

Sonya Christian Original Lane Photo

Sonya Christian

I routinely communicate with all employees at Bakersfield College through a message I call Renegade Roundup. Here is the Renegade Roundup I sent to campus on August 4 regarding our annual all-staff meeting called Opening Day.


It is August 4th which means fall Opening Day is around the corner. As we did the last two years, the college will be closed to the public on August 20th to give us the entire day to come together as a BC community—faculty, classified staff and administrators. Remember, during spring Opening Day we are still open to the public although there are no classes; so many of our classified staff and administrators find it difficult to attend spring Opening Day since they are providing office coverage. This makes fall Opening Day very special and therefore please plan on attending the entire day, using this time to get to know colleagues from other departments as we continue to strengthen our connections and build relationships across the campus to do the work of transforming our students’ lives.

As we prepare to greet and work with our students in 2015-2016, let’s pause and think about what we would like the year to look like. The theme of Fall 2015 Opening Day is Wonder. Could we make this year, as Michael Wesch puts it, a year of Wonder?

Wesch did two talks when he was with us:

A public lecture the evening before the conference titled: The End of Wonder and the Age of Whatever and the keynote on February 5th at the conference titled: Nurturing Wonder in the Age of Whatever.

In preparation for Opening Day and the year ahead I ask you to take time to watch these two talks. Each is about an hour long and through our day together, presenters will refer back to the big ideas presented by Wesch.

Schedule for Opening Day:

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast Burritos served by Chef Sabella and the Food Services staff outside the indoor theater.
8:20 – Gather in the indoor theater to see a photo-roll of images from 2014-2015—BC in Action
8:30 sharp – Clayton Fowler, SGA President for 2015-2016 will welcome us to the new academic year

The morning session will include our traditional items:

State of the College address
Presentations from our employee group leaders as well as the Academic Senate President
Introduction of new employees

In addition to these items, we will unveil version 2.0 of the Renegade Scorecard and BC’s strategic directions for the next three years. In order to fully appreciate version 2.0, get familiar with version 1.0 which can be found on the Bakersfield College website.
Also, the strategic planning team has maintained a detailed and up-to-date website.

Stu Witt

Stu Witt

The featured speaker of the day is Stu Witt, a local Bakersfield boy who graduated from Kern Valley High School and then went on to be a TOPGUN—remember Tom Cruise. His military career took him to sea as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot with VF-14 and as a FA-184 project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Witt is currently the CEO of the Mojave Spaceport the nation’s first inland spaceport that gave birth to the first commercial space program in the world. I met Stu when he was a member of the Kern Community College Board of Trustees. Let’s pack the indoor theater to hear Stu Witt.

Breakout sessions are being planned by the Professional Development team and will start at approximately 2:00 p.m. and go all the way until 5:30 p.m.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you on August 20th.

2015 Commencement Photos
If you were not able to join us for the 2015 commencement in May, you missed a great event. Our photographer captured all the sights and sounds, and some of the most amazing images of Bakersfield College’s class of 2015. The photos are posted online on our commencement website, along with the full video of the ceremony, and our student’s blogger’s first-person video from a camera mounted to his mortarboard. Enjoy!

Student Involvement Festival
The Office of Student Life is planning a Student Involvement Festival during welcome week activities, and all Bakersfield College departments and services are invited to host a booth to tell our students about the services you provide. This event will help students learn about our campus, and become engaged and active members of the Bakersfield College community. Community partners are also invited to participate. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Nicky Damania, or visit the Student Involvement Festival website.

Mark Your Calendars
August 4 – It’s Possible event. In one day, you can complete all of the BC matriculation steps
August 4 – Squared Away in a Day, Panorama Campus. A Veterans Event
August 13 – It’s Possible, 7:30 a.m., Delano
August 20 – Opening Day, 8 a.m., Indoor Theater
August 20 – New Student Convocation, 6 p.m., Outdoor Theater
August 22 – Find Your Classrooms Event, 7:30 a.m., Administration Building
August 24 – First Day of Fall Semester
September 2 – Bakersfield College Involvement Festival, 10 a.m., Campus Center
September 5 – Volley Ball at 10:00 a.m. in the gym
September 5 – Renegade football at Memorial stadium at 6:00 p.m.
September 17 – Alumni BBQ, 5 p.m., Fireside Room/Cafeteria

That’s all for now….. Until next time.

With Renegade pride and collegiality,

See all issues of Renegade Roundup online

Renegade Roundup: January 1, 2015

Here is the Renegade Roundup that I sent all college employees on January 1st.

Sonya Christian Original Lane Photo


Happy New Year Renegades!

Several of us have been working this last week on an application to the Department of Finance (DOF) Innovation Award. It is a somewhat unusual application in that we had to describe what we’ve accomplished, instead of the more usual description of what we hope or plan to do. As this group worked to articulate what we’ve done, a picture also emerged for me of how connected we have become as a campus community. I believe that it is this connectedness that has made it possible to do what we’ve done.

And what a year 2014 has been. I would like to share with you a sampling of our accomplishments for 2014. This is actually an excerpt taken from a larger document that I submitted to the Chancellor on December 22nd, on the State of Bakersfield College.

Fair warning: We did a lot, so this is a long Roundup.

Bakersfield College’s 2014 Year in Review

Information is organized under the six strategic goals of the college.  The goals are in the current Strategic Plan (2012-2015) which sunsets this year.  College Council has commissioned a taskforce to evaluate the work completed and to develop the next Strategic Plan (now called the Strategic Directions, SD, of the College) for the next three years 2015-2018.  The SD Taskforce completed their evaluation of each of the activities under each strategic goal.In addition to the six strategic goals, this section also spotlights some of the institutional work that was completed in 2014.

Strategic Goal 1: Student Success:

There has been a significant amount of targeted student success work this last year primarily driven by the SSSP and Equity legislation.

Multiple Measures:  In March/April 2013 BC identified 500 students who were participating in the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) program and manually moved them up a level in their writing and math placements using multiple measures.  For 2015-2016, BC will be using the Multiple Measures capabilities of Accuplacer, the current placement instrument at BC.  Accuplacer’s portability enables assessment on high school campuses and automates the multiple measures process.  In addition to multiple measures, these students went through the matriculation steps (for example: development of a Student Education Plan-SEP).  The Multiple Measures is part of the intervention components executed for this cohort that we labeled Making It Happen (MIH), and the MIH program won the California Community College Board of Governors (BOG) Exemplary Program Award which recognizes outstanding community college programs.  Only two colleges receive this award annually, so this award is a significant boost to BC’s student success work. For more on MIH, https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/making-it-happen


Equity and Inclusion:


The work on student success has been integrated with the work on equity, which is looking at the performance of all subpopulations and identifying those that are disproportionately impacted.  See table above.  We have a group working on the African American Initiative and the Latino Initiative.

Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) served over 1,000 disabled students, and each must have four “contacts” with the department—resulting in a minimum of 4,000 contacts with the service.  The department provides guidance to ensure compliance with accommodation requirements under Section 504 and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Financial Aid: Financial Aid disbursed $44,000,000 in financial aid and served over 53,000 walk-in inquiries.  In addition, Financial Aid awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships to over 680 students. The department established an electronic scholarship management system for application, selection and disbursement of scholarships, significantly reduced aid processing time so delays are less than half of previous wait times, facilitated and managed BC’s Perkins loan closeout and resolution, and established a Loan Default Prevention program that increased pre-loan counseling and reduced the amount of loans taken and reduced the loan default rate by 10%.

Outreach and School Relations:  Outreach efforts increased BC’s presence at local high schools; for example, 27 presentations were made in October 2014.  Planning metrics map outreach events, orientations, testing and advising at each service region high school.  The curriculum for orientation programs was revamped, ensuring SSSP and Title IX requirements are met.  There has been significant collaboration with KHSD.  Some specific activities include training High School counselors at BC; we had three of these sessions.  We also offered training for counselors and Assistant Principals at KHSD.

Early Alert:  Established a web-based early alert program that is customized to the college’s student support services and programs.  A faculty counselor assumed primary responsibility for managing and organizing this system, and coordinating responses and activities for each referral. Approximately 1,600 alerts were generated – many with multiple referrals for interventions and services.

Academic Pathways and Templates:   Advising and Counseling, discipline lead faculty, and department chairs generated ideal student pathways for every college academic program.   These templates have been uploaded into DegreeWorks and have poised the college to initiate online Education Planning

Curriculum: The Curriculum Committee has focused on Professional Development for committee members, faculty leads, support staff and educational administrators. Faculty leads regularly scheduled curriculum/assessment clinics to better inform and support faculty and share best practices in facilitating the curriculum review processes in order to meet state mandates (e.g., completed Student Education Plan Pathway as a required element for the approval of all new programs).  In order to better assess curriculum proposals and the impact of proposals on other disciplines, a High Unit Justification Form has been adopted by the committee.  Overall for 2013-2014, 104 courses were revised, 41 new courses developed, and 75 deleted. The committee also recommended the deactivation of 14 programs; 27 new programs, 18 of which were ADTs; and 4 program modifications. In addition, 147 courses were submitted for C-ID approval, 106 of which have been approved.  In the new academic year, since August 2014, 56 courses have been revised, 9 new courses developed, and 82 deleted. The committee also reviewed and recommended the deactivation of 13 programs (degrees and certificates) and 7 new programs, 3 of which are ADTs: Philosophy, Agriculture Business and Agriculture Plant Science.  A separate briefing paper has been developed on Degrees at Bakersfield College, which is submitted along with this document.

Educational Master Plan: This Educational Master Plan represents a collaborative effort within the Bakersfield College community to bring together key information that will guide and inform the college through 2017. A core team made up of administrators, faculty, and staff gathered documents that analyze academic areas of study for all students, including grant proposals and updates, new initiatives, instructional program reviews, and multiple sources of state, county and local data.  The 2014-2017 Bakersfield College Educational Master Plan was approved by the Bakersfield College Academic Senate on October 29, 2014, and by the College Council on October 31, 2014.


Strategic Goal 2: Professional Development:

BC has done significant work in this area.

Under the Core Value of Learning, the professional Development activities have been branded under Learn@BC! and BCLearns! Here is a sampling of the events held since January 2013:

March 14, 2014: Point or Origin Data Conference. Learn@BC! Keynote: Kurt Ewen, Institutional Effectiveness, Valencia Community College.
April 3, 2014: Equity and Inclusion. Learn@BC! Keynote: Katie Haycock, President of Education Trust. https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/conference/atd
May 9, 2014: Excellence in Trusteeship. Learn@BC! Speakers: Louise Jaffee, President of CCCT; Tim Calhoon, Executive Director of the Technology Center; Greg Stoup, IR; and Sonya Christian.https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/conference/trusteeship2014
October 14, 2014: Kern Ag Summit. Learn@BC! Speakers included: Karen Ross, California Secretary of Agriculture; Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau President; Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader; Senator Jean Fuller; and Congressman David Valadao.
October 17, 2014: Title IX and Clery Symposium. Learn@BC! Speakers: Chris Counts, Amber Chiang, Michael Chang, Staff Attorney for the Office of Civil Rights, and Ava DeAlmeida-Law Investigator for the Office of Civil Rights. https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/conference/title-ix
November 17, 2014: Learning Outcomes Conference. Learn@BC! Speakers:  Cliff Adelman, Senior Associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy; Krista Johns, Vice President for Policy and Research at the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Ron Baker, President, Baker Collegiate Consulting. https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/conference/ILO2014


Budgets: In March of this year BC hired a new Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services. Since his arrival, Dr. Culpepper has been focusing on increasing the budget literacy on campus. Several budget workshops have been held in the past eight months. The participants in the workshops have consisted of all Budget Managers, Department Heads, Deans, Administrators, Faculty, and support staff.  It should be noted that the Vice President’s position is a part of a broader reorganization plan that was accepted and approved by the College Council earlier this year.


Strategic Goal 3: Communication:

In the Accreditation Follow-Up Evaluation Report received by the College on February 7, 2014, BC received no recommendations.  In fact, the Evaluators commended BC for its communication.  Here is the Commendation:

The Team commends the College President for her enthusiasm, community spirit and speed in which she was able to bring the vast range of college services and educational programs into the conversations with local community and business leaders. As reported by one Chief Executive Officer of a local business organization, the College is now an important resource that is available to the community because the College President has taken the time to bring that message and those resources into the Bakersfield community.


Internal communications:

External communications:

  • The Renegade Report in fall 2014 was a partnership with the Bakersfield Californian with 15 weeks of web streaming shows promoting Renegade Athletics.
  • Community Leaders Gatherings:  There have been several face-to-face gatherings of Community Leaders this year to address specific issues.  These events have been deliberate and targeted to closely tie into our work related to SSSP and Equity. Here are a few examples:
  • Successfully collaborated with community members and the Renegade Football Club to restore the football field.  This partnership project served to restore confidence and build relationships.
  • Developed collaborative model to reestablish Kern High School District football games at the Memorial Stadium during Fall 2014.


Strategic Goal 4: Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology

Technology ($524,596 Mid-year Fiscal 2014-15):

Tech Pie Chart

Including summer 2014 Projects, about $371,883 has been spent on technology for general projects so far.  The nursing program replaced 100 old laptops with new laptops and also replaced a few staff and faculty laptops.  Four classrooms in the Science and Engineering building received technology upgrades.  Several new employees were hired for our Student Success initiatives and technology was purchased for them.  Both the Assessment Center and Library room 148 received new computers as part of the hardware replacement plan.  The new Performing Arts building received new phones, wireless and staff computers. Eight classrooms in the Humanities building received a technology refresh with new short-throw projectors.  Of these projects, only about 24% was funded out of the BC general fund.

There has been about $99,500 spent on ISIT requests so far.  The AG building was refreshed with technology.  One of the ASL classrooms received a new computer and short-throw projector.  Cabling was improved in the LA building.  Several large lecture halls received new projectors.  Finally the Performing Arts building received a new Mac lab.  Of these projects, only about 45% was funded out of the BC general fund.

Facilities ($21,145,158. YTD):

BC continues to move forward with catching up from the previous budget cuts that left the campus in a state of disrepair. With the last three summers behind us, the campus has seen 22.3 million spent toward maintenance, repair, grant and modernization projects. Most of these funds came from SRID bond, state funding, grants, donations and some came from General Fund.

Completed Projects
Chiller Replacement Project $2,071,000
Summer 2014 projects $120,000
TES Block Wall $57,000
North East Parking Lot Shade Structures $365,453
AG Roof Replacement ProjectPAC ModernizationNE Parking Lot Slurry SealProp. 39 Year 1 Exterior LightsSE Lab UpgradesStadium Turf Replacement

SE Forum Chair Replacement

Wrestling Room Upgrade

Business Education Office Upgrades

Campus Center Office Upgrades

Campus Wide Phone Upgrades

Library Generator Project

Pool Cover Rebate

Controls for the Pool Pump Rebate

Restroom Fixture Replacement Rebate











The campus-wide landscaping programming, sprinkler head replacement and campus wide Fire Alarm upgrades will be the main focused projects for the summer of 2015. The focus will be sustainability, safety and preventive maintenance. Facilities is working on implementing a campus lock down system.

Major construction projects include but are not limited to the new ABC Building, Language Arts Building Swing Space, Campus Center Remodel, Performing Arts Bathroom Project, Addition of Cooling to the Gymnasium, Student Services Elevator project, Maintenance and Operations building, Campus Wide Path of Travel, Practice Field Upgrade, Practice Field Lighting, New air handlers and tie in to the chiller loop for student services, Gym chiller loop tie in, Prop 39 year two exterior light replacement, AERA STEM Building, and STEM neighborhood.


Strategic Goal 5: Oversight and Accountability

The SD Taskforce’s evaluation of the 15 actions under oversight and Accountability is shown below.  In addition, this section includes brief updates on the budget and institutional scorecard.

Budget and Enrollment Management:

state of budget

The chart indicates the percentage of the budget remaining for each major department over the next six months. As indicated, each area’s remaining available budget exceeds 50% of its respective allocation of the Adopted Budget. This is an indicator that the various departments are efficiently managing and controlling their budgets. Overall, the remaining balance in the college budget represents approximately 69% of the adopted budget. It should be noted that the President’s budget includes the District Office transfer to cover service expenditures. The transfer amount is approximately $16M. If this amount is deducted from the President’s adopted budget and available balance, the percentage remaining would be approximately 54%. BC’s current reserve is approximately $4.1M, which represents approximately 7% of its operating budget 2014-15. In order to be in compliance with Board Policy, a 3% college reserve is required. It should be noted that part of the $1.1M start-up costs for the BAS program may be used from the reserves.  The College has already secured $130,000 toward this cost.

Long Term Fiscal Sustainability: 

The projected growth for the District is 2.75%. BC has used a 3.4% growth factor to project the funded FTES growth over the next five years. As a part of its strategic plan, BC anticipates the new BAS program to contribute 200 FTES to meet this growth.

FTES Projections



Events and Facilities Rentals:

BC’s strategic plan includes leveraging its newly constructed infrastructure to enhance its fiscal sustainability. The Manager of Community Relations and Events Development is a new position that has been directed towards bringing major events to campus as a profit generating enterprise unit with the model showing that in three years this enterprise unit will regularly provide a revenue stream for campus facilities and infrastructure upgrades.

 Renegade Scorecard:

The Renegade Scorecard has gone through more development this year with the addition of data elements under the four data strands of student learning, student achievement, operational data and perception data.  A paper on the Scorecard was published in the Research and Planning newsletter, Perspectives.  It can be found at http://www.rpgroup.org/content/october-2014-perspectives


Strategic Goal 6: Integration:

All of the work at the college has proceeded with significant integration among the 12 campus-wide committees and the administrative leadership.


Institutional Work in 2014:

Accreditation (https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/employees/accreditation): In May, 2014, BC began its work on the Midterm Report with an Accreditation Boot Camp.  As issues or problems have been identified, teams have worked to solve them.  The Midterm Report process has also played an integral role in responding to College Recommendation 1:  Develop and Implement Evaluation Processes to Assess Effectiveness of the Full Range of Planning Processes. Over fifty faculty, classified staff, and administrators have worked on the Midterm Report.  Final drafts of each of the fourteen sections of Standards I through IV were due in December.  The draft report will be shared with the college and the Board of Trustees’ subcommittee on evaluation/accreditation.  The report will then go through the governance committees for approval before coming to the full Board of Trustees.


Mission (https://committees.kccd.edu/bc/mission-review-team): In spring 2014, the BC Mission Review Team reviewed and modified the college mission statement using the criteria in Standard I.A. in addition to  the following local criteria:  the statement had to be easily understood, meaningful, authentic (no educational or corporate jargon), measurable, and short but information rich.  The Board of Trustees approved the statement on June 12, 2014:

Bakersfield College provides opportunities for students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds to attain degrees and certificates, workplace skills, and preparation for transfer.  Our rigorous and supportive learning environment fosters students’ abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competencies and skills in order to engage productively in their communities and the world.


Program Review (https://committees.kccd.edu/bc/committee/programreview): In spring 2014, the Program Review Committee (PRC) introduced the Comprehensive Program Review that instructional programs would complete every three years.  Approximately one-third of instructional program completed the new process in the fall of 2014.  In December PRC had reviewed 89 instructional programs and the 16 administrative or student service units (non-instructional) across the College.  It also provided information to help recommending and decision-making bodies such as the ISIT, Facilities, Assessment, Curriculum, and Professional Development committees; FCDC; College Council; and the College President in the resource allocation process.  The President’s Closing the Loop document is a response to the needs identified in the program review process.

BC in State-wide Leadership: BC is involved in several state-wide initiatives.  Examples include: Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) Steering Committee, Multiple Measure Pilot College, CAI Pilot College, Multiple Measure Steering Committee, Scorecard Steering Committee, Education Planning Initiative Steering Committee, and Online Education Initiative Basic Skills Sub Committee.


Mark your Calendars

Mark your calendars and join us for as many of these events as you possibly can. All the events happening on campus are posted online.

January 14, 2015: Spring 2015 Opening Day at Delano Campus

February 5, 2015: Learn@BC! Learning Technologies Conference. Keynote: Michael Wesch

April 23, 2015: Lean@BC! Equity and Inclusion Second Annual Conference.

May 6th, Wednesday: Chicano/Latino Commencement

May 7th, Thursday: Honors Reception

May 8th, Friday: Closing Day

May 15th, Friday: Commencement


That’s all for now….. Until next time.

With Renegade pride and collegiality,


See all issues of Renegade Roundup online

Renegade Roundup: Fall term 11th week update. November 11, 2014

You can find old versions of the roundup at https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/communications

Sonya Christian

Sonya Christian


Here is the November 11, 2014 Renegade Roundup. 

The fall semester is rolling along, and with the milder weather finally descending on the campus, students are out and about everywhere, everyday! Five more weeks to the end of the term.

 Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Last year BC geared up aggressively with the development of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs).  There was significant work put into this development by the instructional departments (chairs and lead faculty) as well as the curriculum committee.  Thank you!

You will be happy to see the results.  BC has one of the highest number (21) of ADTs in the state with Moorpark leading at 23.  See bar graph below that Janet Fulks sent me a few weeks ago.  If you enlarge the graph, you will be able to see all 112 colleges.

As of the end of October, Bakersfield College had 21 AS-T or AA-T degrees approved. A catalog addendum has been posted online containing the newest degrees. What are Bakersfield College’s 21 Associate Degrees for Transfer? Anthropology, Communication Studies, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Arts, English, Music, Theatre Arts, History, Journalism, Political Science, Administration of Justice, Business Administration, Kinesiology, Spanish, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Economics.

ADT degrees statewide

Number of CCCCO Approved AS-T and AA-T Degrees October 2014




Learn at BC


Institutional Learning Outcomes Conference

If you haven’t yet reserved your spot, you should. On November 17, Bakersfield College will host Effecting Positive Change: Learning Outcomes 2014. As we all know, the national conversation has centered on completion—how many students have completed a certificate or degree. Join us as we bring in nationally-recognized speakers and work to shift the conversation from quantity to quality, now. Faculty, consider an alternative assignment so that you can join us, and staff, work with your supervisor to arrange your attendance. Register online.

Amber and Chris Clery Symposium Oct 2014

Amber Chiang and Chris Counts

Title IX and Clery Act Symposium

Bakersfield College’s most recent Learn@BC! event was the Title IX and Clery Act Symposium in mid-October. Chief Chris Counts and Amber Chiang, our resident emergency notification team, helped colleagues from across the district better understand the aspects of the Clery Act, particularly when it comes to crime reporting, and the college’s emergency notification process. Then, the pair took the discussion to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which boosted the reporting requirements for crimes of a certain nature on college campuses.

Counts and Chiang had a few key points they want us to remember:

  • The college sends out Timely Warnings when an ongoing threat is present, or in relation to crimes of a certain nature. In addition, in the hope of protecting students and employees, Timely Warnings can be sent without good information, or before all victim/witness interviews have taken place.
  • Emergency notifications, evacuations, and drills are to be taken seriously and all students and non-essential personnel must abide the emergency orders.
  • If you see something, say something.

Chiang and Counts were followed up by two guests from the Office of Civil Rights: attorney Michael Chang and law investigator Ava DeAlmeida, who discussed Title IX in depth for our audience. They detailed sexual harassment, and explained the differences so that attendees could better understand how “yes means yes” is treated on a college campus. Chang and DeAlmeida went on to discuss the college’s role in preventing future sexual harassment, and the efforts the college can make to keep students safe when they are on campus.

You can find the two presentations, photos, the video of the symposium and more on the Learn@BC! website. If you weren’t able to join us, I encourage you to go view the materials so that you, too, will have a better understanding of these two laws and how they affect Bakersfield College.

Community Outreach Efforts

Over the last year, BC has hosted several conversations with our community leaders about student success and closing the achievement gap.  Through the Renegade Scorecard we have been able to provide our community partners with important pieces of information regarding the academic performance of our students and collaborate on potential partnership solutions to raise performance levels. On October 15th, we invited Latino leaders to campus for a breakfast conversation to discuss academic achievement for our Latino student population.

Hispanic Pipeline Proportionality Index

Pipeline Proportionality Index: Hispanic




The pipeline proportionality index created by Lisa Fitzgerald, one of our Institutional Researchers, shows that our Hispanic students are disproportionately impacted in 8 out of the 9 indicators.  See bar graph.



Their performance is below the proportionality index in the categories of: (i) transfer (ii) transfer prepared (iii) degree/certificate completion (iv) 30-unit milestone (v) persistence (vi) remedial math progress (vii) remedial English progress (viii) course success.

The Latino Community Leaders breakfast was organized by Corny Rodriguez and his team—Lisa Kent, Victor Diaz and Joanna Acosta.  If you would like to know more about what we discussed, you can see the presentations and remarks as well as photos commemorating the morning’s activities at



Professional Development Workshops

Your Professional Development Committee, led by Todd Coston, Judy Ahl, and John Giertz has been hard at work improving usability of the workshops website. To make it easier for you to see the available workshops, just visit https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/deans-administrators – you’ll still need to go to the Employee tab on InsideBC to sign up, but with this page, you’ll be able to see the upcoming offerings at a glance. Good work, team!

Delano Area Rapid Transit



Direct from Delano to Panorama Campus

Delano Area Rapid Transit has announced a Bakersfield Express bus that is coming to Bakersfield College. The bus leaves Delano three times during the day, and the fare is only $2.50! Check out the full information embedded here, and feel free to share with interested students.



Newest Roughneck Review Out Now

Bakersfield College is a place of scholarship and learning, and the best way to see all the good work our students do is through the Roughneck Review, Bakersfield College’s online journal.  The just-released Fall 2014 issue contains some terrific artwork from art professor Andrew Borrega’s art classes, as well as essays on topics ranging from utopian/dystopian literature to perspectives about the American Dream from our country’s Dreamer population. See more amazing work from our own Bakersfield College students on the Roughneck Review website.

Mark your calendars

It is a busy time of year here at Bakersfield College. Mark your calendars and join us for as many of these events as you possibly can. All the events happening on campus are posted online.

November 15th, Saturday: Final Football Game of the Year at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Stadium

November 17th, Monday: Learn@BC! Conf. on Learning Outcomes.  All day at the Indoor Theater.

November 19th, Wednesday: Volleyball at 6:00 p.m. in the gym

November 20th, Thursday: International. Around the World in 40 minutes. 12:15 to 12:55 @ SPArC

November 14th, Monday: Jazz Emsemble Fall Concert at 7:30 in the Indoor Theater

November 27th and 28th: College Closed for Thanksgiving

December 6th, Saturday: Culinary and Choral at the Indoor Theater

December 11th, Thursday: Planetarium Show. Season of Lights at 7:00 p.m.

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

January 14, 2015: Spring 2015 Opening Day at Delano Campus

May 6th, Wednesday: Chicano/Latino Commencement

May 7th, Thursday: Honors Reception

May 8th, Friday: Closing Day

May 15th, Saturday: Commencement

That’s all for now….. Until next time.

With Renegade pride and collegiality,


See all issues of Renegade Roundup online

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 https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/communications

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.  https://www.notalone.gov/

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 https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/conference/title-ix


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 https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/conference/ILO2014.  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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