Report to the Community
2015 Report to the Community / Financial Report
The success of San Jacinto College students and employees was on full display this past year. From local, regional, state and national awards and recognitions, to passing a $425 million bond referendum to fund much-needed renovations and new facilities across the College district, the success of San Jacinto College never ceases to amaze me. I tell people every day that I am honored to be the Chancellor of San Jacinto College and that I have the best job in the world. The stories you will read about in this year’s Report to the Community are just some examples of why I feel that way.
Our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to the success of our students and the success of our communities. We understand the vital role we play in meeting not only the workforce demands of our region, but in helping students complete what they came here to start. I am proud to say that for the 2014-2015 academic year we awarded 6,156 certificates and degrees. That is a 129.5 percent increase over the 2006-2007 academic year and an increase of 966 credentials over the prior year.
That incredible completion increase is a direct result of our laser focus on student success. San Jacinto College is one of 30 community colleges nationwide to have been selected for the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Project, a partnership to build capacity for community colleges to implement a pathways approach to student success and college completion. I’ve often said that if our students don’t succeed, we don’t succeed.
This Pathways Project will help us scale up student success initiatives already in place that are working – those in which we are seeing great results – and will allow us to re-evaluate initiatives that are not as successful. This is important work for us that will guide many of our decisions and actions in the future.
There has been tremendous change in higher education across our state and country since I began my tenure as Chancellor more than seven years ago. That change has had a financial impact on San Jacinto College, but I am proud to say we have a Board of Trustees that is dedicated to fiscal responsibility. We have prioritized and repurposed both operational and capital dollars to help us navigate that change. You can see that change on our campuses with the creation of nine new buildings, with one more under construction, plus five more with major renovations. And more change is on the way as we begin work on the new buildings and renovations from the $425 million bond referendum, “San Jac Tomorrow,” approved by voters in our district in November. This will allow us to build centers of excellence to help further meet the workforce demand in our region, and provide an entry point to higher education for students who wish to move on to four-year colleges and universities.
That change can also be seen in our enrollment. Since 2009 we have seen a College-wide enrollment increase of 3 percent with about 30,000 credit students each fall semester. We are also serving a younger population, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college, and our student body reflects the communities we serve with more than 50 percent of our population of Hispanic origin. Our retention rates have increased from 83 percent in fall 2007 to 91 percent this past fall, meaning 91 percent of our students are completing their courses, meeting the requirements of the classes that our faculty are teaching and progressing to the next level. This is incredible progress!
I mention these things because this is who we are. This is why we do what we do at San Jacinto College. This is why our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and administrators are so incredibly dedicated to ensuring our students succeed. We see the results every day and I hope you will as well.
Thank you for your support and your partnership!
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College