Evidence Based Selection Process (EBSP) Update (*slightly revised)

We’re happy to provide this update on our work to implement EBSP for our staff positions.  Our last update was mid-April, 2021….so here are updated facts for you.

Our HR Project team began implementing in October 2020.

–We started with an announcement and video to the Strategic Leadership Team in October, 2020.

–We’ve conducted 8 EBSP virtual training sessions…and 87 employees have attended and learned about this important process.

–We’ve completed ten subject matter expert sessions for all ten of our job families.  The subject matter sessions validated all of the job analysis work that was done during our project team’s cohort sessions.  Thank you to all of the subject matter experts who participated.

–We currently have 34 active EBSP searches at the moment.

–We completed 48 searches through EBSP. We’ve had hiring activity in 8 of the 10 job families thus far.

–Of these 48 searches, 29 resulted in internal promotions.  Of the 29 internal promotions, 10 of these promotions were employees of color…34% of the total.  This promotion statistics exceeds our last workforce statistics report that you saw in the September BOT meeting (26.4%)

–The balance of the 48 completed EBSP searches were external hires.  Of the 19 external hires, 8 of the external hires are employees of color…42% of the total.  This new hire statistic exceeds our last workforce statistics report (33%)

–One of our recently promoted employees provided a testimonial on their EBSP experience….Denise Jones, Coordinator of Student Success and Retention…

“I had a wonderful and slightly nerve racking (on my part) experience during the hiring process. Also, I found it to be very beneficial and efficient because I realized the evidence-based selection process wants to ensure that the candidate will meet the necessary requirements for the position.”

–One of our hiring managers provided a testimonial on their EBSP experience:

Gary Ebels, Professor and Department Head, GRCC Criminal Justice Department:

  • The EBSP system is really efficient and allows the Hiring Manager (with the help of the HR Representative) to focus on hiring the best person for the position they lead.
  • The EBSP process eliminates the challenge of finding time on other search committee member schedules to meet and review.
  • It puts the position directly in the hands of the person who knows the position, culture, and needs.
  • I applaud and support GRCC for adopting and implementing this process.
  • Maybe not strength or challenge, but I included my Associate Dean as an observer in this process. We followed the guidelines and I offered to put her comments in the interview form. The advantage was that the AD was my supervisor who needed to approve my recommendation. Because she had observed my interviews and we shared the same thoughts of all the candidates, it took her just “seconds” to approve my recommendation to move this to an offer.

Training sessions are offered once per month.  Anyone is welcome to come and learn about EBSP…training session registration information is found on the website. *One of our recent training participants shared this comment: “This new process is very objective and it is the best process in my 40 yrs in education.”

–A special thank you to Dr. Pink, the Executive Leadership group, hiring managers and the HR project team…you’ve been so supportive of our learning, design and implementation of EBSP.   

–Our next step with EBSP is to collect more feedback on the hiring process.  New hires and hiring managers will be provided a survey (it’s called “post-hire survey”) to get more feedback on the experience and quality of hires. 

–If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Cathy Kubiak, Exec Director of Human Resources.

Cathy Kubiak ~ Exec Dir of Human Resources

ODEI honors PRIDE OUTside the Box: Monday, October 11, Bri Serrano

All events are at Noon (EST) and virtual
RSVP: tinyurl.com/GRCCequity

𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟭
Indigenous People’s Day, Latino Heritage Month, & National Coming Out Day

Latin𝑿: Unpacking the experiences of transgender and non-binary communities.

𝗕𝗿𝗶 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗼 is a first-generation student, neurodiverse/Latinx/ trans/ masc/ non-binary, and queer scholar of intersectional transgender studies.

Per the speaker’s request, the event will not be recorded.

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) – Monday, October 11

NCOD is a day of celebration where we honor those who have the courage to stand up and stand out as their authentic selves, while continuing to fight for those who cannot do so safely. Come join GRCC as we celebrate authenticity as well as the official “coming out” of our newest College Action Project, the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team!

The purpose of the new CAP 3.4 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team is to establish GRCC as a college of choice by providing a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive experience for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, and the larger GRCC Family. We are official and we are fighting for inclusivity.

The event will be held Monday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of RJF Hall on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza. We look forward to seeing you there and welcome any questions you have about the new CAP!

We also want to highlight our community advocates and partners: Grand Rapids Pride Center, StandOut, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation.

Human Rights Campaign resource: Celebrate National Coming Out Day with HRC!

Learn about FMLA

Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Now’s your chance to learn more! Please join us to learn more about FMLA and what this employment benefit offers to eligible employees.

Enroll in FMLA: What’s in it for you? by visiting the Professional Development tile of your Online Center account.

CTE Sessions & Workshops still available in October

~ Promoting Equity Pt. 2

~ Gen Ed Course Review & Curriculog

~ How Do You Handle: Chronic Tardiness and Academic Dishonesty

~ Navigate & Academic Advisement

~ How Do You Handle: Students who Monopolize Discussion or don’t Engage in Discussion and Confrontation or Heated Discussion 

~ Classroom Observation Training 

For descriptions and instructions on registration, click here.

GRCC In the News, 10/11/2021

GRCC to build Secchia Piazza

10/7/21 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College is adding a new piazza to its culinary program.

GRCC creating new space for Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

10/7/21 WZZM

The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education is gaining a new piazza thanks to a gift from the late Peter Secchia and his family.

Grand Rapids Community College Veterans Center


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Grand Rapids Community College volleyball coach wins 400th career match

10/8/21 MLive

Grand Rapids Community College volleyball coach Chip Will earned his 400th career victory Thursday night after his team rallied to beat rival Muskegon Community College in five sets.

GRCC, Muskegon Catholic Central, Oakridge celebrate major victory milestones

10/8/21 FOX 17

WEST MICHIGAN — Several West Michigan teams are celebrating huge milestones.

… Meanwhile, Grand Rapids Community College’s Coach Chip Will celebrated his 400th career win Thursday in a volleyball match against Muskegon Community College. GRCC says the Raiders are now ranked 7th in the country with a 12-win streak to boot.

Broadway Grand Rapids Executive Director Mike Lloyd Stepping Down

10/8/21 Broadway World Detroit

Mike Lloyd, Executive Director of Broadway Grand Rapids will retire December 31, 2021. He will have served exactly 12 years. Calling it “the perfect moment for new leadership,” Lloyd said, January marks the opening of a new season with near-record season ticket sales and a line-up of shows “that can’t be beat.”

… While these are” thrilling measurements” of success, Lloyd said he was just as proud of the special program BGR instituted to bring economically disadvantaged students into the theater through the Seats4Kids program providing an opportunity many would never have considered. And, he hopes BGR will also continue to offer “partnership opportunities” to other valuable institutions in the community like Grand Rapids Community College, Paws with a Cause or the Red Cross who have raised funds in joint promotions with visiting shows.

New GRCC Veterans Center connects students with support services, ‘people with shared experiences’ in military

10/10/21 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — A new space where student veterans can relax, be themselves and get “the best possible service’ to support their educational goals is available on the Grand Rapids Community College campus, Army veteran Patrick Coleman said.

West Michigan chef, GRCC alum fighting to end child hunger with new Grand Rapids restaurant

10/10/21 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan chef is on a mission to fight food insecurity here at home and around the world.

… (Chef Chris) Wessely, who’s from West Michigan and a Grand Rapids Community College alum, says he wants to be an asset in his community.