Outstanding Basic Skills Efforts
Library & Learning Resources Division Retreat: An Inclusive Approach to Outcomes Assessment ($2,000 to the department)
Nominated by Pat Bower, Barbara Gonzales, & Dianne Rowley, the Library & Learning Resources Division held three exemplary division-wide retreats focused on connecting the outcomes assessment process and planning and improvement. These sessions provided a forum to discuss planning, means of assessment, use of results, and the opportunity to highlight outcomes-related accomplishments.
Outstanding Curriculum Efforts
The Learning Assistance STDY Discipline Committee ($2,000 to the department)
Nominated by Lori Walker, the STDY Discipline Committee faculty created Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in their Student Success courses focused on improving students’ Locus of Control, assessed those outcomes, and then used the data to create new curriculum and interventions to improve the success of Mt. SAC students.
Dr. Robert Bowen ($1,000 to the recipient)
Nominated by the Music Department and Dr. Sue Long, Prof. Bowen exemplifies the work of a master teacher through quality instruction and curriculum development, which has resulted in a trebling of the numbers of students completing the music-theory sequence and has helped to increase the transfer rates for students of music.
Outstanding Curriculum Efforts - Mt. SAC Information Competency Workshop Pilot Program
Nominated by Emily Woolery, Pauline Swartz and Nora Shea developed information competency workshops to help students “learn academic research strategies, resources, and more.” They provided Library faculty with an outstanding model of how to develop curricula and assess learning objectives, as well as how to engage colleagues in both processes.
Outstanding Curriculum Award
Evelyn Hill-Enriquez and the American Language Department
Congratulations to the Evelyn Hill-Enriquez and the American Language Department, who will receive a $2,000 award for their outstanding use of SLOs in its Accent Reduction courses. The SLOs measured students’ self-knowledge of their pronunciation strengths and weaknesses and confidence in communication. The department used the results to (a) facilitate student/instructor communication, (b) create course requirements to ensure basic pedagogical standards, and (c) used resources to establish a digital-recorder library for student use.
Personal Innovation Award
Congratulations to Stacy Bacigalupi who will receive a personal award of $1,000 from the Foundation for her outstanding leadership in SLO development in her department (Psychology) and across the campus. She was nominated by her department for her outstanding work, which included (a) providing samples to her department from other colleges, (b) leading departmental discussions on SLOs and “use of results” following data collection, (c) championing SLOs in her department, and (d) leading an “SLO Fun Day” with her co-chair, Misty Kolchakian.
Math Department recipients of the first Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence display their certificates. Professors Dolores Chavez, Heidi Parra, Gary Long, Melody Summers, Christine Sun, Cameron Troxell, Kambiz Khoddam, and Phebe Hosea. Headed by Gary, this team won the award for excellent work in teaching/learning basic skills courses and in aligning course sequences.
Specifically, their project was aimed at increasing success rates in two developmental math courses--Pre Algebra (Math 50) and Elementary Algebra (Math 51)--using two fundamental treatments: providing student access to professor-created educational math videos and proactively striving to create a sense of community. The awards were given at the Fall Convocation by President Scroggins.
The Curriculum and Pedagogy Award went to Electronics Professor Jonathan Hymer for performing excellent work at the program or course level that has led to improvements in curriculum design or course delivery.