The Canyons Completes Monday Report

The Monday Report is a campus-wide communication that alerts the community to the Canyons Completes work being completed throughout the school year. Check in weekly to see what else is coming!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Support Student Success

Get Involved

  • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week:
    • Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2 meets Tuesday, September 10 in MENH-343 from 3:00 - 4:50 pm. Students, faculty, staff, managers, and administrators are welcome.
  • Annual (IE)2 Retreat

    • Our annual (IE)2 retreat took place on June 28, 2019 with over 50 people in attendance (faculty, staff, administrators, and students were present).
    • Attendess participated in interactive activities facilitation by English Department Chair, Alene Terzian, that focused on:
      • Acknowledging the bright spots and identifying things that can cause Canyons Completes to go "off path"
      • Discussing the importance of clear communication around Canyons Completes Efforts
    • A student panel provided input on the elements of Student Success Teams what would be helpful to them.
      • (IE)2 retreat student panel led by Alene Terzian

    Upcoming Events

    • August 9 is Welcome Day. This new event will welcome new students and their families to campus. There will be conference workshops at 9, 10, and 11 am on a variety of topics including financial aid, how to be a successful student, how to read a syllabus, and more. This will be a required event for Canyons Promise students (there are over 1,000 students expected). Community members are also welcome to attend.

    Did You Know...

    • A recent Guided Pathways survey administered to COC faculty and staff found that just over half of respondents indicated that they wanted to be involved in the Welcome Day event (note: a total of 238 individuals responded to the survey item).
  • It Happened

    • It happened! The first ever Cougar Palooza cebebrating students, student success and and accomplishments from our Canyons Completes efforts attracted approximately 100 faculty, students, and staff on May 14. Everyone had fun viewing the latest Canyons Completes efforts, including the Mobile App, Student Success Teams (conceptual design), Welcome Day, Equity-Minded Practitioners, Adult Learners and much more. The afternoon was filled with music provided by DJ Anthony Morris (COC Program Advisor), food, prizes, and fun. Thank you to everyone who attended and/or helped set up the event.

    Upcoming Events

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Mapping and Meta-Majors Workgroup

        • The next Mapping and Meta-Majors workgroup meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22 from 12-1:20 pm in BONH-241. Please RSVP to Faculty Liaisons Erika Torgeson or Tara Williams so we can have an accurate count for food.
      • Equity-Minded Practitioners Workgroup

        • Equity-Minded Practitioners will hold their next and final meeting of the semester on Thursday, May 23 from 2:30-4 pm in CHCS-201. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.
      • Annual (IE)2 Retreat

        • Save the date for the Annual Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2 Retreat. The retreat will be held from 9 am to noon in UCEN-258. If you did not receive a meeting request via Outlook, please email Daylene Meuschke to be added to the Outlook Invite.
      • Welcome Day

        • August 9, 2019 is the launch of our new Welcome Day. This new event will welcome new students and their families to campus.  There will be conference workshops at 9, 10 and 11 am on a variety of topics including financial aid, how to be a successful student, how to read a syllabus, etc. This will be a required event for First Year Promise students (approximately 500-600 students). Community members are also welcome to attend.
      • Career Day

        • October 26, 2019 is Career Day. This event is designed to give current high school students an opportunity to see what classrooms and labs look like and get a taste for what the college campus and experience will be. Students will enroll through EventBrite and register for sessions.
  • LEAP Guided Pathways Solution Teams

    • On May 10, the LEAP Guided Pathways Solution Teams presented their solution team projects. To see the presentations/proposals and supporting documentation that has been done during the LEAP year, you can take a look here.

    Cougar Palooza

    • Please join us on May 14, 2019 from 3-5 pm in the Honor Grove as (IE)2 brings you: Cougar Palooza!--Celebrating Students and Student Success. There will be food, music, displays, prizes, a photo booth, and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Instructors, please inform your students about this exciting event.

    May the Data Force Be with You

    • A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was no way of accessing and analyzing data. Each number was mined through hours of sweat and toil. Flash forward to the future: we at College of the Canyons possess the Data Force.
    • Canyons Completes' final story of the Data Labs trilogy will take place on both Thursday, May 16 from 3 - 4:30 pm in the Tech Center (BONH-106), and Friday, May 17 from 10:30 - noon in MENH-343. This Data Lab will focus on accessing internal data through reports, briefs, and Tableau.
    • Please RSVP to Loni McGown by Tuesday, May 14. Space for the Thursday Data Lab is limited to 24.
  • LEAP Guided Pathways Solution Teams

    • On May 10, the LEAP Guided Pathways Solution Teams will be presenting their solution team projects from 9 - 11:35 am in the UCEN-325. Please join us as these team members present their innovative solutions to help our students clarify a path, get on a path, stay on a path and ensure learning.

    Cougar Palooza

    • Please join us on May 14, 2019 from 3-5 pm in the Honor Grove as (IE)2 brings you: Cougar Palooza!--Celebrating Students and Student Success. There will be food, music, displays, prizes, a photo booth, and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Instructors, please inform your students about this exciting event.

    May the Data Force Be with You

    • A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was no way of accessing and analyzing data. Each number was mined through hours of sweat and toil. Flash forward to the future: we at College of the Canyons possess the Data Force.
    • Canyons Completes' final story of the Data Labs trilogy will take place on both Thursday, May 16 from 3 - 4:30 pm in the Tech Center (BONH-106), and Friday, May 17 from 10:30 - noon in MENH-343. This Data Lab will focus on accessing internal data through reports, briefs, and Tableau.
    • Please RSVP to Loni McGown by Tuesday, May 14. Space for the Thursday Data Lab is limited to 24.
  • Cougar Palooza

    • Please join us on May 14, 2019 from 3-5 pm in the Honor Grove as (IE)2 brings you: Cougar Palooza!--Celebrating Students and Student Success. There will be food, music, displays, prizes, a photo booth, and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Instructors, please inform your students about this exciting event.

    Welcome Day

    • August 9, 2019 is the launch of our new Welcome Day. This new event will welcome new students and their families to campus.  There will be conference workshops at 9, 10 and 11 am on a variety of topics including financial aid, how to be a successful student, how to read a syllabus, etc. This will be a required event for First Year Promise students (approximately 500-600 students). Community members are also welcome to attend.

    Career Day

    • October 26, 2019 is Career Day. This event is designed to give current high school students an opportunity to see what classrooms and labs look like and get a taste for what the college campus and experience will be. Students will enroll through EventBrite and register for sessions.
  • Let's Celebrate

    • Save the Date: Please join us on May 14, 2019 from 3-5 pm in the Honor Grove as (IE)2 brings you: Cougar Palooza!--Celebrating Students and Student Success. There will be food, music, displays, prizes, a photo booth, and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Instructors, please inform your students about this exciting event.
    • College of the Canyons will be hosting all our of our new students at a Welcome Day on August 9, 2019. We will be hosting workshops, tables and booths, information sessions, and fun for all of our students and their families to come and learn about being a student at College of the Canyons. We hope you will join us for this day to welcome our students to our campus. For faculty, this will be the first Friday of FLEX.  If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Gina Peterson or Jasmine Ruys.
  • They're Coming

    • During March, over 1,000 local high school students visited College of the Canyons to get a campus tour and get assistance with their matriculation steps.
    • To see more updates about the fabulous work our Outreach department is doing, including Peer Advisor Dians's rap with students during the high school visits, follow them on Instagram.

    Starfish/Retention Solutions

    • The Retention Solutions implementation team has made presentations to the Schools of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities; Visual and Performing Arts; Math, Science, Health Professions; EOP&S, ASG, and Academic Senate to help update students, faculty, staff, and administrators on the status of STARFISH implementation and take questions.

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Second Data Literacy Lab

        • Have you ever wondered how to sift and dig through data and find pertinent information effectively? Then you’re in luck! This month’s Data Lab will focus on diving into the data that’s available through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office DataMart J. Following the success of the first Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways) Data Literacy Labs, we’re expanding your options by adding a second session so you don't miss out.
        • Session A will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 3-4:30 pm in the Tech Center (BONH-106). Please note that space for this session is limited to 24. Session B will be held on Friday, April 19 from 10:30-12 pm in MENH-343. Make sure you come get the dirt on these data and stay for some delectable Earth Day-themed treats. Please RSVP to Loni McGown by Tuesday, April 16. If we reach capacity, we'll schedule other repeat sessions.
  • Infusing Student Voice into Guided Pathways Efforts

    • A few members of the (IE)2 (Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness) team (Vida Manzo and Preeta Saxena, Senior Research Analysts, and Catherine Parker, Research Analyst) showcased how student focus groups have informed the Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways) work. These analysts presented the meta-majors and schedule of classes focus group work in a poster session at the 2019 Research and Planning Group’s Research Conference on April 3. The posters were designed by Graphic Multimedia Design student, Marty Pfeiffer.
    • Three presenters, from left to right, Vida Manzo, Catherine Parker, and Preeta Saxena, stand posing with their hands on their hips with a poster made by a Graphic Multimedia Design student titled "Making a Better Schedule of Classes for Students"

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2

        • (IE)2 meets Tuesday, April 9 in MENH-343 from 3-4:50 pm. Students, faculty, staff, managers and administrators are welcome.
  • It's Coming

    • We are in the process of building out the new Canyons Completes website to help improve our communications about Canyons Completes. This new website will house all the Canyons Completes updates provided at various meetings and committees on campus, presentations on and off campus, Guided Pathways resources and much, much more! Stay tuned...

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2

        • (IE)2 meets Tuesday, April 9 in MENH-343 from 3-4:50 pm. Students, faculty, staff, managers and administrators are welcome.
  • Starfish/Retention Solutions

    • The Faculty Liaisons, Julie Johnson (History) and Collette Gibson (Math), visited the Schools of Math, Science, Health Professions; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts to share the plans for implementation of a retention program to support student success using the Starfish platform. Meetings are scheduled this spring for the School of Business, School of Humanities, School of Kinesiology/Physical Education, and the Associated Student Government. The workgroup meets during the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in Bonelli 241 @ 12:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Contact Paul Wickline for more information.

    Leading from the Middle

    • The Leading from the Middle team of five attended a three day convening at Cal Poly Pomona to explore change leadership, learn about the guided pathways projects and progress of 12 other California community colleges, and work on a plan to help lead Guided Pathways efforts.
      • Paul Wickline, Interim Associate Vice President, Educational Pathways
      • Erika Torgeson, Guided Pathways Faculty Liaison, Counseling
      • Tara Williams, Guided Pathways Faculty Liaison, Chemistry
      • Preeta Saxena, Senior Research Analyst, Sociology adjunct
      • Debbie Small, A & R Administrative Assistant, Classified Professional Development Committee Lead
    • This is a yearlong, statewide academy that focuses on leadership and developing a culture of inquiry within the framework of Guided Pathways. The academy will consist of three in-person meetings and year-round coaching and peer support for each college team. Outcomes are clustered in three major categories:
      • Leadership Development
      • Team Collaboration and Leadership
      • Leadership in the Context of a College Initiative

    Guided Pathways Steering Committee

    • The Guided Pathways Steering Committee meets monthly to discuss the status of current projects. The team met on March 20th and talked about strategies for creating effective academic pathways for students and integrating these pathways into the website redesign.

    LEAP Pathways

    • Mark Perna, motivational speaker and author of “Answering the Why”, presented an engaging session with the LEAP members on Friday, March 15 on effectively reaching the younger generations and shared some draft Career Trees developed by College of the Canyons faculty. Earlier in the day he met with department chairs as part of the Instructional Advisory Council meeting. Friday’s time with Mark Perna is one part of the college’s multi-part engagement with Mark to develop Career Trees and program copy points to help students explore and identify their education and career paths.

    Gathering Student Voices

    • At the March 15th LEAP session we had an opportunity to gather more feedback from students regarding how they got connected at College of the Canyons, who has helped them along their path, things that were not helpful that could be improved and get input on the work the Solution Teams are doing. Highlights from the student comments included:
      • Helpful Resources

        • First-Year Promise (FYP), My Academic Plan (MAP), Counseling, Canvas, Athletics, and TLC.
      • Helpful Faculty/Staff

        • Counseling faculty through Counseling courses, including career exploration, and the FYP faculty
      • Areas for Improvement

        • Campus maps (currently many are faded), building signage (outside and inside), access to counselors. One specific comment about signage on buildings was that Hasley Hall says “North Commons” on the outside of the building which is confusing to students.
      • Suggestions for LEAP Solution Teams

        • Success Teams need to ensure that they oversee a manageable number of students so that students can easily get help when needed.
        • The multicultural center being proposed through the Equity-Minded Practitioners team should consider naming it something that invites students into a gathering space like the “Melting Pot” and serve coffee. The students also suggested that the center should include art and other décor that reflects multicultural traditions but suggested it being promoted as a gathering space for students to connect.
  • Leading from the Middle

    • A cross-functional team attended the first of three sessions as part of a year-long training through the RP Group’s Leading from the Middle Academy to advance the college’s efforts on Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways). This team includes Paul Wickline (Interim Associate Vice President, Educational Pathways), Tara Williams (Guided Pathways Faculty Liaison, Chemistry), Erika Torgeson (Guided Pathways Faculty Liaison, Counseling), Preeta Saxena (Sociology adjunct, Senior Research Analyst) and Debbie Sall (A & R Administrative Assistant and Classified Professional Development Committee Chair). Among many goals for the team at the first convening (March 14-16) was to:
      • Develop a collective understanding of what it means to be change agents.
      • Learn ways to effectively reframe the Guided Pathways messagee in a more receptive and engaging way.
      • Identify strategies for helping folks move from an external to internal motivation for doing the work of Guided Pathways.
      • Identify strategies for expanding the folks in the "middle" to help lead the Guided Pathways work from wherever they operate within the organizational structure.

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts.
      • Retention Solutions/Starfish

        • The next Retention Solutions/Starfish (formerly Early Alert) Workgroup meeting is on Wednesday, March 20 in BONH-241 from 12:30-1:30pm. Please RSVP to Lisa Raigosa so we can have an accurate count for food.
      • Guided Pathways Classified Council

        • If you’re a classified staff member interested in being part of the Guided Pathways conversation, you’re invited to join us for monthly conversations reserved for our classified professionals. These opportunities for dialogue are held the fourth Thursday of every month from 10 - 11 am. The next meeting is Thursday, March 28. If you're interested, please contact Jasmine Ruys.
      • Academic Roadmap Meetings

        • As part of the Mapping & Meta-Majors workgroup efforts, we will be hosting a series of meetings with faculty to revisit the 2-year academic maps and identify necessary revisions so we can make these available to students. Meetings will take place from 8:30 am - 12 pm (location TBD) on Friday (April 26, May 3 and May 17).  All interested faculty are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lisa Raigosa.
  • Learning, Learning and More Learning

    • A cross-functional team will take part in a year-long training through the RP Group’s Leading from the Middle Academy to advance the college’s efforts on Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways). This team includes Paul Wickline (Interim Vice President, Educational Pathways), Tara Williams (Guided Pathways Faculty Liaison, Chemistry), Erika Torgeson (Guided Pathways Faculty Liaison, Counseling), Preeta Saxena (Sociology adjunct, Senior Research Analyst), and Debbie Sall (A & R Administrative Assistant and Classified Professional Development Committee Chair). The team will focus on the following objectives between March and October 2019:
      • To create a cohesive trained team who can support the implementation of guided pathways locally.
      • To continue to support the creation of equity-minded professionals.
      • To develop our Student Success Teams including defining the scope and responsibilities of the Data Coaches.
      • To implement early alert and retention program and integrate it with the Student Success Team.
      • To implement improved communication (to both internal and external stakeholders).
      • To ensure strategic profressional development is planned and implemented and supports the Guided Pathways paradigm shift.

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2

        • (IE)2 meets Tuesday, March 12 in MENH-343 from 3-4:50 pm. Students, faculty, staff, managers and administrators are welcome.
      • Mapping and Meta-Majors Workgroup

        • The next Mapping and Meta-Majors workgroup meeting is on Wednesday, March 13 in BONH-241 from 12-1:20 pm. Please RSVP to Faculty Liaisons Erika Torgeson or Tara Williams so we can have an accurate count for food.
  • Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Retention Solutions/Starfish

        • The next Retention Solutions/Starfish (formerly Early Alert & Intervention) Workgroup meeting is on Wednesday, March 6 in BONH-241 from 12:30-1:30pm. Please RSVP to Lisa Raigosa so we can have an accurate count for food.
      • Guided Pathways Classified Council

        • If you’re a classified staff member interested in being part of the Guided Pathways conversation, you’re invited to join us for monthly conversations reserved for our classified professionals. These opportunities for dialogue are held the fourth Thursday of every month from 10-11 am. If you're interested, please contact Jasmine Ruys.
  • Conscious/Unconscious Biases Series

    • One of the major efforts of Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways) at College of the Canyons is developing Equity-Minded Practitioners. In support of this effort and the College’s commitment to equity and inclusion, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a three- part series on Conscious/Unconscious Biases starting next week with “The Hidden Mind: Discovering our Biases”. The session will take place Wednesday, February 27 from 1-3pm in Canyons Hall-201.

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meeting focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week. The next Mapping & Meta-Majors Workgroup meeting is on Wednesday, February 27 in BONH-241 from 12-1:20pm. PleaseRSVP to faculty liaisons Erika Torgeson or Tara Williams so we can have an accurate count for food.
  • Early Alert & Retention Workgroup

    • Early Alert & Retention workgroup meets Wednesday, February 20 from 12:30-1:20 pm. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Raigosa.

    (IE)2 Celebration

    • At last week’s Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2 committee meeting, we raised a glass of bubbly (sparkling cider) to the many accomplishments of the group, which included opening The Hub, Improving Communications to Students through scheduled email and text communications, purchasing Starfish as the platform to manage our Early Alert & Retention efforts, Peer Check-Ins (phone calls to students who don’t return), Increased Access to Noncredit by development of over 30 courses and adding two new off-campus sites in the community, and much more!
    • a group of committee members from IE quantity squared raising glasses of sparkling cider and smiling toward the camera for a toast
  • Student Success Begins in the Classroom

    • The Spring 2019 Convocation included many breakout sessions focused on supporting student success in the classroom and started with a student panel. The word cloud below illustrates some of the things students said helped them be successful, including things like feeling connected, participating in classes and experiences that are interactive, getting help from faculty and staff (e.g., advisors and special programs like EOPS, MESA and Athletics).
    • a word cloud created by a student panel on 1/28/2019, using words like "support, learn, lead, interactive, help," etc. to reflect what they need to support a healthy learning environment.

    Get Involved

    • Join us for upcoming meetings focused on Canyons Completes efforts this week.
      • Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusive Excellence (IE)2

        • (IE)2 meets Tuesday, February 12 in MENH-343 from 3-4:50 pm. The focus of this meeting will be on where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed with Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways). Students, faculty, staff, managers and administrators are welcome.
      • Mapping and Meta-Majors Workgroup

        • The next Mapping and Meta-Majors workgroup meeting is on Wednesday, February 13 in BONH-241 from 12-1:20 pm. Please RSVP to Faculty Liaisons Erika Torgeson or Tara Williams so we can have an accurate count for food.
  • IEPI Workshops

    • Learning, learning and more learning! We’re sending teams to the upcoming Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) workshops on Guided Pathways (February 4) and Connecting the Dots (all about data on February 13).

    Get Involved

    • There are two exciting projects underway that are open to anyone who wants to participate. Please consider attending one or both of the workgroups focused on Meta-majors and Starfish (Early Alert & Retention).
      • Mapping and Meta-majors meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 12-1:30 pm in BONH-241 (Please RSVP to Tara Williams and Erika Torgeson).
      • Starfish (Early Alert & Retention) meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 12:30-1:20pm in BONH-241 (Please RSVP to Paul Wickline and Lisa Raigosa).
  • Work-Based Learning

    • Experiential/work-based learning and the ability to articulate learning outcomes is essential for graduating students. At a recent administrative retreat, panelists from local businesses underscored the importance of “real world” experience and the ability for students to be able to articulate and demonstrate their learning by saying certificates are “value add”, students need a portfolio to show their work, the certificate needs to be accompanied with evidence of what they student learned and real world experience needs to accompany the piece of paper.

    California Guided Pathways Institute 5

    • A team is headed to Institute 5 of 6 for the California Guided Pathways Demonstration Project this week. This institute will focus on Ensuring Students are Learning and Progressing Along the Pathway. The team headed to the Institute includes Nicole Faudree (Student Learning Outcomes Co-Coordinator), Tara Williams and Erika Torgeson (Guided Pathways Faculty Liaisons), Paul Wickline (Interim Assoc. VP, Educational Pathways), Ryan Theule (VP, Canyon Country Campus and Grants Development), Jasmine Ruys (Assoc. VP, Enrollment Services), and Daylene Meuschke (Assoc. VP, Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness).
  • Guided Pathways Campus Visits

    • The Guided Pathways Faculty Liaisons, Erika Torgeson and Tara Williams, are headed to Valencia Community College in Florida this week to learn what they have done to establish their institution as a leader in Guided Pathways. We look forward to learning a lot from their visit and using the information to advance the College's Canyons Completes efforts.

    Lunch and Learn

    • Lunch and Learn during the Spring 2019 Faculty Professional Development Week: we have many opportunities to hear what's happening with Guided Pathways (referred to as Canyons Completes on campus) and how you can get involved and help shape what we're doing to better serve our students. Lunch will be provided, so please sign up through Frontline Education so we can ensure that we have enough food.
  • Canyons Completes Posters

    • Get them while they last! We have new posters highlighting where we've been and where we're headed with the Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways) efforts. If you would like one for your office, please contact Jasmine Ruys.

    Basic Needs Survey

    • Coming in early Spring 2019, the Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Office, in collaboration with Michael Joslin--Associate Vice President of Student Services--will be administering a survey to assess housing and food insecurity amongst our students.
  • Starfish and Early Retention

    • We have a team of five going to Santa Rosa Junior College-Petaluma Campus for the Hobson Starfish training this week.
    • We're delighted to announce the selection of our Faculty Liaisons for the Retention Solutions Program (formerly known as Early Alert & Retention): Collette Gibson (Math) and Julie Johnson (History).

    LEAP

    • The LEAP Solution Teams have been assigned and hit the ground running. The Solutions Teams are setting up site visits and calls with other community colleges who have promising Guided Pathways practices to inform our Canyons Completes efforts.
  • Canyons Completes

    • ​Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decidions and prepare them for future success. The highlighted workgroup of the week:
      • Implement Peer Check-ins

        • Examples include phone calls to applicants who apply but don’t register, at-risk students, students registered in the fall who didn’t return in the spring. Team lead: Kari Soffa.

    LEAP-ing onto the Path

    • Rio Hondo College and Los Angeles Trade Tech conducted panel discussions about their Guided Pathways activities during the LEAP session on Friday Nov. 30. Approximately 60 people were in attendance.
  • Canyons Completes

    • ​Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decidions and prepare them for future success. The highlighted workgroup of the week:
      • Improve Communication to Students

        • Electronic, in-person and print notification of important dates, deadlines and other important information (e.g. drop dates, petition to graduate, etc.) to help students throughout their time at College of the Canyons. Team lead: Jasmine Ruys

    LEAP onto the Path

    • You are invited to the next LEAP ONTO THE PATH session on Friday, Nov. 30 when two colleges participate in panel sessions to share their promising Guided Pathways efforts:
      • Rio Hondo College - 9:45 - 11 am; Discussion of Starfish Early Alert Program and Student Success Teams.
      • Los Angeles Trade Technical College - 12:45 - 2 pm; Discussion of how and why office and classroom spaces were physically moved to group classes and services within meta-majors.
      • You are invited to stay for group discussions following each panel session. RSVP to Leslie Carr if you can attend.
  • Canyons Completes

    • ​Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decidions and prepare them for future success. The highlighted workgroup of the week:
      • Enhance Non-credit Program

        • Aligned with the Innovation and Effectiveness Plan developed through the college's partnership resource team process. Team leads: Wendy Brill-Wynkoop and John Makevich.

    LEAP Focuses on Canyons Completes

    • The College’s Leadership Education in Action Program (LEAP) on Oct. 26 launched this year’s program focused on advancing the efforts of Canyons Completes. Close to 50 participants will work on solution teams to advance existing efforts or needs related to the Canyons Completes efforts, including Equity-Minded Practitioners, Adult Learners, Experiential Learning, Student Success Teams, In-Reach (communication to faculty and staff), Communication and Promotion (to students), Welcome Day, and Early Alert & Retention.
  • Canyons Completes

    • ​Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decidions and prepare them for future success. The highlighted workgroup of the week:
      • Develop Equity-Minded Practitioners

        • Professional development for faculty and staff, including addressing implicit bias and helping faculty and staff develop a college mindset that supports Canyons Completes. Team leads: Cindy Stephens and Karen Carr.

    Faculty Town Hall Meetings

    • All faculty are invited to participate in Guided Pathways Faculty Town Hall meetings. Please mark your calendars for open discussions 1 to 2 p.m. Monday Nov. 26 in Bonelli Hall 330, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Mentry Hall 246, and 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in Mentry Hall 342. The meetings, hosted by Faculty Guided Pathways Liaisons Tara Williams and Erika Torgeson, are designed to allow faculty to have open discussions with colleagues about Guided Pathways.

    Starfish for Early Alert System

    • The work on implementing Starfish for our Early Alert system has started. If you are interested in being part of the launch, please contact Paul Wickline.
  • Canyons Completes

    • ​Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decidions and prepare them for future success. The highlighted workgroup of the week:
      • Mapping and Meta-majors

        • Helping students get on a path, stay on a parh, and reach their educational goals. Team lead: Rebecca Eikey.
        • Understanding Student Perspectives on Meta-majors: Members of the Canyons Completes Meta-majors workgroup just concluded the first round of discussions about meta-majors with faculty. This week the Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Office will engage student voices through eight focus groups. Approximately 200 students will have an opportunity to inform the work the college is doing to improve the student experience and support through meta-majors.
      • Early Alert and Retention Solutions Team

        • The implementation team for the Starfish Retention Program will meet with Hobsons representatives to begin making plans for the rollout of the new retention platform and program to increase student retention and success. The meeting is scheduled at 10:00 am Wednesday, November 7 in the Tech Center (BONH-106).
  • Canyons Completes

    • Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decisions and prepare them for future success. The highighted workgroup of the week:
      • Increase Career Exploration

        • Includes presenting students with career clusters to help them make more informed major choices; workshops; outreach to students with educational goal of Liberal Arts and Sciences, etc. Team leads: Alisha Kaminsky and Gina Bogna.

    Student Services Classified Council

    • The first meeting of the Guided Pathways Student Services Classified Council was held on October 23 with 14 classified staff representatives. This new group will serve as the liaison between classified staff in Student Services and the Canyons Completes leadership team. The vision is to expand it to include classified staff representing Academic Affairs.

    Associated Student Government

    • The ASG has been busy promoting activities to help students feel "directed, focused, engaged, connected, nurtured, and valued" (the six redefined factors for student success). Stay up-to-date- with the ASG on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and INSTAGRAM.

    Join a Workgroup Team

    • New Workgroup Teams (IE)2 are about to get started. If you are interested in the workgroup designated for the creation and implementation of Student Success Teams, please contact Jasmine Ruys. We hope to get started in November.
  • Canyons Completes

    • Canyons Completes, our Guided Pathways framework, creates a highly structured approach to student success that provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns to promote better enrollment decisions and prepare them for future success. The highighted workgroup of the week:
      • Re-Engineer Early Alert Program

        • Combined outreach program to students for behavioral, emotional, and academic needs. Team leads: Sonny Requejo and Paul Wickline.