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College Council

Draft Meeting Notes

January 18, 2018

ADM 109, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Present:  Susan Cheu, Karen Chow, Christina Espinosa-Pieb, Precious Gerardo, Pam Grey, Karen Hunter, Michelle Lebleu-Burns, Rob Mieso, Anita Muthyala-Kandula, Mallory Newell, Jim Nguyen, Lorrie Ranck, Tim Shively, Marisa Spatafore, Danielle Wells (notes), Erik Woodbury (attending for Toño Ramirez)


Espinosa-Pieb welcomed Danielle Wells and Precious Gerardo to College Council. Gerardo is replacing Matt Trosper as the ACE representative.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of December 7, 2017, were approved.

Governor’s CCC Funding Proposal Update

Cheu reviewed the governor’s budget summary ( The effects of recent federal changes are unknown, and colleges are being encouraged to prepare for a possible recession, in view of typical cycles. The proposed new funding formula, subject to change, was introduced: 50% FTES, 25% financial aid need- and income-based, and 25% based on achievement. The state College Promise will be funded by Prop 98. Clarification was requested and provided on Fund 22, which is not shown on the general budget. COLA is used in places in the General Fund, but not in Fund 22.

Cheu provided a brief overview of the governor’s proposed online-only college, for which there is a proposed allocation of $100 million, with $20 million for ongoing expenses. A lengthy discussion followed, during which Shively reiterated that the online-only college is only a proposal.

Cheu reviewed the Deferred Maintenance and Instructional Equipment budget. Hunter asked whether earmarked state construction projects will be included in this budget. Cheu clarified that the fund is chiefly used for routine campus maintenance.

Cheu briefly mentioned various other state funds, including the Innovation Awards, the Clean Energy fund (Prop 39) and the Public School Facility Bonds (Prop 51). De Anza’s proposals were not awarded any Prop 51 funds. Declining enrollment will further affect De Anza’s funding. Discussions of budget reductions are occurring in the Planning and Budget Teams (PBTs).

Winter Enrollment Update

Espinosa-Pieb presented an update on winter quarter enrollment and class cancellations. Of the 1,055 students affected in the 149 sections that were cancelled, 987 students re-enrolled. De Anza’s re-enrollment percentage rate of 93.5% reflected the hard work of De Anza’s instructional deans. Espinosa-Pieb requested any ideas for increasing enrollment. Shively commented on hearing about the possibility of a faculty incentive program used to increase enrollment at Foothill College. Chow and Shively will investigate at the Chancellor’s Advisory Council (CAC) meeting and report back at the next College Council meeting. It was suggested that Newell develop a survey on class scheduling for students.

Espinosa-Pieb reiterated that class cancellations equate to job losses for part-time faculty and can negatively impact students. The necessity for the college’s $5 million budget reductions was reiterated. A lengthy discussion followed on the negative effects of economic issues and commuter congestion on enrollment. Chow and Espinosa-Pieb discussed De Anza’s dual enrollment program, including new classes offered at local high schools. Espinosa-Pieb clarified that late-start classes will be canceled a week before classes begin in response to Hunter’s inquiry.

A brief overview of the Winter enrollment numbers are available here:

Guided Pathways Update

Chow presented a brief overview of the state Guided Pathways program. She presented this self-assessment:

Chow shared an implementation plan and requested suggestions on ways to engage other groups on campus to obtain further input. Mieso suggested that the core team plan the implementation process and distribute specific actions to various groups on campus. Cheu said the minimum allocation granted is $500,000 distributed over five years. Chow said the project should be driven organically. Ranck commented on the space in this project for innovation. Complete information on the Guided Pathways workplan can be accessed here:

Open Items & Quick News

  • Mieso and Ranck submitted the integrated SSSP, Student Equity and BSI plan to the board, which approved the document. The next phase is making it operational. Espinosa-Pieb thanked them for their hard work.
  • Spatafore mentioned the board approval of a community poll on a new bond and the positive results from the poll. The next step is exploration and seeking input from members of the community.



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Contact: Danielle Wells
Phone: 408.864.8705

Last Updated: 2/22/18