San Jacinto College
2020-2021 Annual Priorities
- Expand Our Equity Focus and Commitment: Develop an understanding through disaggregated data, inquiry, self-reflection, and analysis how existing instructional, student support, and business practices, policies, initiatives, and programming address equity and inclusion and identify any related gaps. Recommend equity-minded practices to be implemented. Build an infrastructure and integrate the equity focus and work throughout the College by:
- Creating a culture of inclusive classrooms and learning,
- Reviewing our curriculum for training the next generation of the workforce,
- Hosting and supporting courageous conversations that advance understanding and respect among members of our San Jacinto College community and in our local communities,
- Achieving equity in student outcomes by program and course for Hispanic, White, African American, and Asian students and students with socioeconomic differences, and
- Implementing strategies that reduce unconscious bias and increase diversity in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of College employees.
- Expansion of Transfer Opportunities and Awareness: Improve communication and collaboration with transfer institutions, focusing on institutions that are within the top ten transfer destinations for San Jacinto College students or those that offer exceptional opportunities for students. Review existing institutional-level articulation agreements and revise with an emphasis on benefits to students, scholarships, and program placement while eliminating transfer barriers. Create program-level articulation agreements that identify and delineate specific courses, barriers, and solutions for success within program pathways.
- Career and Workforce Pathways: Evaluate and improve career and workforce education programs to ensure that curriculum and student experiences model career and workplace culture that align with current employer demand. Strengthen employer relationships by developing structures and processes for sector advisory councils, reviewing and refreshing advisory committees, and expanding hands-on and workplace experiential learning opportunities for students. Explore and evaluate competency-based models for implementation based on employer needs.
- Holistic Student Support Design and Technology: Establish a prioritized program of systemic people, process, and technology work that results in improved student outcomes through personalized and seamless instruction and student support services that meet students’ goals, their experience expectations, and risk factors. Address and implement solutions that can be accomplished quickly and in the near term with an awareness of longer term needs and goals.
- Opening of Generation Park Campus: Enhance campus enrollment and registration by reviewing fall 2020 enrollment data to determine patterns and identify opportunities for expanding marketing and promotional opportunities to better serve existing markets while penetrating new markets. Ensure adequate recruitment of faculty and staff to meet campus needs, based on enrollment and course offerings. Continue collaborations across the College to ensure comprehensive instructional and student support services.
- Expand Our Outreach Efforts by Focusing on Creating a College-Going Culture Where One Does Not Exist: Increase and enhance outreach, access, and support for individuals in communities that have not traditionally attended postsecondary education.
High School Populations: Create strategies to address the non-college going high school graduate population by creating programs to reach elementary and middle school students, encouraging them to see San Jacinto College as a first-choice option upon graduation. Understand barriers to district student progress and where students drop out before high school completion. Design specific strategies to reach under-represented populations in high schools.
Adult populations: Identify adult populations who may need entry-level job skills, incumbent worker training, and/or career advancement competencies. Design credit and non-credit programs to meet the needs of the adult population cohorts. Create marketing and recruitment strategies for adult populations.
Harris County Promise @ San Jac Program: Continue work with Good Reason Houston and three Pasadena high schools to further develop the program. Develop and launch, in conjunction with the San Jacinto College Foundation, a campaign to raise funds for the Program. Develop systems to promote, track, and monitor participation and progress across institutions. Design infrastructure and support services to accommodate the Program.
- Positioning for the Future: Develop a plan for addressing the changes in student demand for online learning in higher education and identify ways for the College to expand its competitive advantage within its online learning region. Optimize strategic partnerships, enrollment management, technology, service efficiency, program development and sustainability, and communication plans in order to strengthen the College’s impact on the region.
- Advance a Culture of Resiliency and Sustainability: Continuously implement innovative solutions that are resourceful and agile when confronted with environmental factors affecting our region. Demonstrate agility, resiliency, flexibility, and innovation through collaboration when trying to solve challenges and proactively anticipating future challenges. Foster a continuous improvement environment for people, processes, and systems across the College focused on sustainability and aligned to increased student success.