SLT Profile: Curriculum Operations Support Team

Curriculum operations support team members share a common goal of supporting the work of faculty and staff in order to offer quality courses and programs to GRCC students.

The team oversees the alignment, coordination, and/or implementation of curriculum operations, including the catalog and course and program development, revision and review. They also support all curriculum-related college action projects, department action plans and teaching and learning quality model reports.

Membership represents all of the offices that support student degree completion through curriculum development:

  • Sheila Jones, Katie Daniels, Matthew Novakoski and Debbie Dewent, Instructional Support
  • Valerie Butterfield, Registrar
  • Lynnae Selberg, Counseling and Career Center
  • Jennifer Batten and Chris Johnston, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Amy Koning, Julie Parks and Pam Miller, School of Workforce Development
  • Raynard Ross, Student Success and Retention Services
  • Eric Mullen, Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
  • Paul Doane, Financial Aid and Scholarships

In the past year the team implemented the following policies:

  • Substitutions and Waivers.
  • Graduation Requirements.
  • Industry Recognized Credentials and Test Credit.
  • Challenge Exams and PLA.

The team also assisted with the development of:

  • The 2017-18 GRCC college catalog.
  • A process for accelerated program development.
  • The revision of the curriculum model policy.
  • The curricular aspects of the guided pathways initiative.

Throughout the next year this team plans to continue to:

  • Implement curriculum-related policies as they are revised and approved through the academic governing council.
  • Support the guided pathways initiative.
  • Identify ways to ensure the smooth operations of curriculum processes.

SLT Profile: Clery Compliance

The GRCC Clery Compliance Committee includes:

  • Chief Rebecca Whitman, GRCC Police Department
  • Clery Compliance Officer Robin Kritzman, GRCC Police Department
  • Cathy Kubiak,  Human Resourses
  • Billy Firn, Atheltics
  • Kathy Keating, General Counsel
  • Michael Shavey, Study Abroad
  • Eric Mullen, Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
  • Laurie Chesley, Provost
  • Jennifer Batten, Tina Hoxie, Dan Clark, Pam Miller, John Cowles, Tracy Hilty and David Selmon, Academic and Student Affairs
  • Lina Blair, Student Conduct
  • Jim Peterson, Risk Management
  • Kimberly Devries, Title IX

This committee is charged with ensuring GRCC students and employees receive all available information and resources required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, more commonly known as the Clery Act.

One of the ways GRCC meets our obligations is through the Annual Security Report and the Daily Crime Log, available online and in print at the GRCC Police Department, 25 Lyon St. NE.

The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges to report specific crimes that occur on campus, private property adjacent to campus, and on other non-campus properties as well as school safety policies. The Clery Act also requires schools to send timely warnings and or emergency notifications when there are known risks to our campus community.

“On March 7, 2013 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) was signed into law. VAWA includes amendments to the Clery Act. These changes require institutions to disclose statistics, policies, and programs related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking among other changes.” (The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security)

GRCC has a plethora of Clery Act compliance responsibilities which are housed in several departments on campus. The Clery Compliance Committee identifies the college departments which have a responsibility for some area relating to the Clery Act. The team then collaborates with those departments to update related policies, processes and procedures.

In the past year, this committee has:

  • Introduced the Clery Act as the responsibility of the college as a whole, and not one specific department.
  • Created subcommittees for sections of the college’s annual security report to place an emphasis on accurate policies and procedures, updated maps and other details.
  • Identified and confirmed Campus Security Authorities (CSA’s) and coordinated the completion of CSA online training.

The committee’s goals include ongoing education on annual Clery Act requirement updates, and facilitating a comprehensive program review which will be performed by D. Stafford and Associates. This review, specifically the gaps identified, will be the committee’s focus in the coming year.

GRCC In the News, 11-20-14

5 charts show how GRCC’s enrollment has changed over past decade

Nov. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From more minorities to a growing number of part-time students, Grand Rapids Community College’s student body continues to change, the school’s latest enrollment report shows.

Citing financial concerns, GRCC opts out of West Side tax district

Nov. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has opted out of an economic development initiative in which about $478,000 of the college’s property taxes over a 30 year period would have contributed to a corridor improvement authority on Grand Rapids’ West Side.

Cedar Springs officials ‘ecstatic’ about new college program

Nov. 17, 2014; MLive

CEDAR SPRINGS – A small group of Cedar Springs students will start their college careers while still in high school, thanks to a new collaborative effort between the school district and Grand Rapids Community College.

Public invited to watch party as local chef competes on Food Network’s ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Nov. 14, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network will feature Steven Couch a local banquet cook from Grand Rapids. Couch will appear on the show on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and the public is invited to a watch party in downtown Grand Rapids.

(Articles doesn’t mention it, but Steven Couch is a GRCC alumnus.)

Rachel Crapo joins Criminal Justice, IRP offices

Rachel Crapo

Rachel Crapo

Please welcome Rachel Crapo, the new ESP in Criminal Justice and IRP offices. Rachel’s previous higher education experience was at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS). At both of these institutions, she worked in Graduate Admissions, as a Recruiter and Communication and Events Planner at IIT and an Admission Counselor at TCS. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Saginaw Valley State University in 2009. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, seeing movies and going to the theater. She is excited to be a part of GRCC and looks forward to getting to know everyone on campus.

Photos from Coffee & Conversation

During the Coffee & Conversation hosted by President Dr. Steven C. Ender, Dominic Dorsey gave an update on his work with the Office of Accessibility; Vicki Janowiak provided a general overview of the centennial celebration and upcoming construction, and Donna Kragt talked about the HLC visit and strategic planning.

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You are invited to a Dot Voting Fair!

The purpose of this Fair is to review the recommendations for improvement from the Michigan Quality Leadership feedback team and help us prioritize the list.

The sessions are scheduled for two hours but it will only take you about 30 minutes to participate. And because its during the lunch hour, we are providing lunch and a candy buffet!

To make it as convenient at possible, we are scheduling two sessions:

  • Monday, April 29 from 11:30 to 1:30pm in the Sneden Multipurpose Room.
  • Tuesday, April 30 from 11:30 to 1:30pm in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.

YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTEND ONE SESSION! They are exactly the same.

Please RSVP by calling Lakenya at x4040. Please remember to indicate which day or location you are attending.

GRCC offers Career Coach

Since October, Career Coach, a tool that assists students and potential students explore careers and then connects them with program opportunities at GRCC, has been available on GRCC’s Web Site.  Access to Career Coach is available by clicking the Career Coach tab as it appears on our homepage. This tab will take you to the GRCC Career Coach Information Page which contains the icon for the tool.  The user-friendly web-based tool enables students to get regional career information from the GRCC website. Career Coach helps to market careers and GRCC programs.  Career Coach provides valuable information about potential wages, occupational trends, and real-time job postings, and then connects them to education and training opportunities at GRCC.  Users may access additional information on specific programs directly from GRCC’s web site.  Students can also create their own resumes with a feature called Resume Builder.

GRCC has launched Career Coach internally so that faculty and staff may share this valuable tool with students.  Career Coach is now being offered to our community as a free career exploration tool.  Once students have a goal, they are much more likely to be successful in college.  Career Coach provides the necessary information to solidify that goal.  Contact Mark Champion, Information Analyst, Institutional Research and Planning for more information.

Updates on College Action Projects

At the January 25, 2013, meeting of the Strategic Leadership Team, updates were provided for three current College Action Projects:

2.1.2 – Implement Achieving the Dream initiatives to increase the persistence, completion and transfer rates of at-risk students. (John Cowles – Champion)

5.2.1 – Strengthen the recruitment and hiring process so to attract highly qualified, highly diverse full-time and adjunct faculty. (Cathy Wilson – Champion)

5.3.4- Promote data based decision-making including the implementation of a data warehouse. (Kevin O’Halla – Champion)

College Action Project Updates from October 19, 2012 Meeting

The following College Action Projects from the GRCC Strategic Plan were reviewed at the October 19 meeting of the Strategic Leadership Team:

1.1.1 Implement strategies to increase the number of students who graduate
1.1.2 Promote faculty leadership in academic advising
1.1.3 Create and revise agreements between GRCC and 4-year colleges/universities for students seeking to transfer

GRCC’s Career Coach Connects Students to Careers and Degrees

A new tool from Economic Modeling Specialists is now available on GRCC’s Web Site.  To access this tool, click on the Career Coach icon as it appears on our homepage or search “Career Coach” to find the GRCC Career Coach Information Page.  This user-friendly web-based tool allows students to get regional career information from the GRCC website. Career Coach markets careers and programs to students by providing valuable information on how wages, occupational trends and careers connect to education and training at GRCC.  Students can also create their own resumes with Resume Builder.

GRCC is launching Career Coach internally so that faculty and staff may share this valuable tool with students.  At the same time Institutional Research and Planning is asking for feedback on how to improve the tool.  In January, Career Coach will be offered to our external partners as a free career exploration tool.  Once students have a goal, they are much more likely to be successful in college.  Career Coach helps to solidify that goal.  Contact Mark Champion, Information Analyst, Institutional Research and Planning for more information.

College Park Plaza Now Unoccupied – New offices for IRP, Communications and General Counsel

Foundation, Institutional Research and Planning, General Counsel and Communications are completing their move today to their new locations on DeVos Campus.  IRP and General Counsel are moving to Mable Engle, and Communications is moving to the first floor of the Admin Building.

Tomorrow College Park Plaza will be completely vacated and contractors will move in. Note that the College Park Plaza parking ramps, both the guest ramp off of Lyon St. and the employee ramp off of Division Ave., will be closed and unavailable for employee or guest use.