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Flex Learning Options for Workers

FINAL REPORT

Thanks to the input of the FLOW workgroup and public comments, the final NCHEMS report outlining four options for FLOW implementation can be found here.


What is "FLOW"?

In the spring of 2017, Governor Jerry Brown asked California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to establish a community college that exclusively offers fully online degree programs to make college more accessible and affordable.

Since then, the Board of Governors has adopted Vision for Success, a document which calls for the community college system to better serve working adults in order to meet California’s workforce needs.

In order to address these challenges, Chancellor Oakley convened a workgroup to develop a plan to provide three to five options that enable the community colleges of California to better deliver on student success goals, including online opportunities. With a delivery deadline of November 2017, the work group is co-chaired by CCC Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Digital Futures Van Ton-Quinlivan and Cerritos College President Jose Fierro and has representation from the Academic Senate (ASCCC) and other system representatives.

This endeavor is called "Flex Learning Options for Workers", or FLOW. Chancellor Oakley has defined the target population for the proposed options as "adults with some college and no certification" as well as "working adults with vocational needs" to enable them to earn certifications that lead to better workforce outcomes.

In order to meet the November deadline established by the Governor, we have engaged the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to work with the system stakeholders and online thought leaders to develop these options. The Kresge Foundation is providing funds to underwrite NCHEMS’s participation thanks to the outreach of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Success Center.

Evidence and options for the FLOW project are outlined in the draft document posted here. Public comment was open from November 8 to 22, 2017. Thank you to all who responded and provided feedback.

The scope of work for the group includes the following:

  • Identify those whom the California Community Colleges are not currently serving well through traditional education delivery models.
  • Identify online education models that will reach these students and best facilitate their completion of useful credentials.
  • Determine how the California context factors into the creation of possible options, including existing models.
  • Identify three to five options along with pros, cons, and associated challenges.

The Working Group

The following individuals have been invited to serve on the workgroup to help develop these options:

Cheryl Aschenbach
Co-Chair, OEI Steering Committee, ASCCC Executive Committee member, Professor of English, Lassen College
Cheryl's Bio

Cheryl Aschenbach
Co-Chair, OEI Steering Committee, ASCCC Executive Committee member, Professor of English, Lassen College

Cheryl Aschenbach

Cheryl Aschenbach is an English professor and Academic Senate President at Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA. She is also an elected representative for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) where her work has focused on noncredit, basic skills, curriculum, online education, open educational resources, and assessment.

Carlos O. Turner Cortez
President, San Diego Continuing College
Carlo's Bio

Carlos O. Turner Cortez
President, San Diego Continuing College

Carlos O. Turner Cortez

Dr. Carlos O. Turner Cortez, PhD, presently serves as the President of Continuing Education with the San Diego Community College District. He most recently served as Dean of Academic Pathways, Workforce Development, and Student Success and Acting Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College. His research interests center on the role of educators and administrators of color in the historical development of American social welfare and education policy. He is also an expert in the area of promoting equity and access in urban education through literacy and policy initiatives.

Anthony Culpepper
Chief Business Officer, Glendale Community College
Anthony's Bio

Anthony Culpepper
President, San Diego Continuing College

Anthony Culpepper

Dr. Culpepper’s experience covers a variety of business structures. He is an experienced Executive, Academician, and Administrator. His background includes over 25 years of executive experience in both corporate and academia; profit and non-for profit models. Currently, Dr. Culpepper is the Executive Vice President at Glendale Community College.

Dr. Culpepper holds several degrees; Ed. D of Organizational Leadership (Pepperdine University); Executive MBA (Graziadio School of Business and Management); BS (CSU Dominguez Hills); AA (Long Beach City College).

Chris Ferguson
Principal Program Budget Analyst III, California Department of Finance
Chris' Bio

Chris Ferguson
Principal Program Budget Analyst III, California Department of Finance

Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson is a principal program budget analyst at the California Department of Finance, where he supervises the office’s analyses of issues related to community colleges and K-12 school facilities. He has worked at the Department of Finance since 2007, with roles as an analyst responsible for various education programs including the development of the Local Control Funding Formula. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Riverside, and a master’s degree in economics from Wichita State University.

Jose Fierro (work group co-chair)
President, Cerritos College
Jose's Bio

Jose Fierro
(work group co-chair)
President, Cerritos College

Jose Fierro

Dr. Fierro has extensive instructional experience in both face-to-face and online environments, having taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multiple institutions. He has developed curriculum for several online and hybrid courses in the natural sciences and has presented at multiple educational conferences on the topic of faculty development for online teaching and the institutional strategies necessary for online programs to succeed. Dr. Fierro earned his D.V.M. from the University of Applied Sciences in Bogotá, Colombia; his M.S. in Leadership and Management of Educational Programs from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona.

Sandy Fried
Executive Director, Success Center, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Sandy's Bio

Sandy Fried
Executive Director, Success Center, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Sandy Fried

Sandra L. Fried is the Executive Director of the Success Center at the Foundation for Community Colleges. Ms. Fried has worked in public policy for more than 28 years, focusing primarily on higher education policy and advocacy in both the State Assembly and the University of California. A native San Diegan, Ms. Fried graduated from UC Davis with degrees in history and economics.

Jory Hadsell
Executive Director, Online Education Initiative (OEI)
Jory's Bio

Jory Hadsell
Executive Director, Online Education Initiative (OEI)

Jory Hadsell

Dr. Jory Hadsell is currently the Executive Director of the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI). The OEI, managed through a grant to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, is a collaborative effort for the CCC to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses. Prior to this role, Dr. Hadsell served as Chief Academic Officer for the OEI, as well as in leadership, faculty, and support roles within the Los Rios and Sierra community college districts.

Judy Heiman
Principal Analyst, California Legislative Analyst's Office
Judy's Bio

Judy Heiman
Principal Analyst, California Legislative Analyst's Office

Judy Heiman

Judy Heiman is a principal analyst at the Legislative Analyst’s Office, California’s nonpartisan fiscal and policy adviser. In this role, she provides analysis and recommendations to the state legislature on postsecondary education, focusing primarily on issues related to California Community Colleges. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Education in Virginia and senior budget and policy analyst at the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. Judy has an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She is an Associate of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

Jennifer Hernandez
California Department of Labor
Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Hernandez
California Department of Labor

Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer serves as the Associate Secretary for Farmworker and Immigrant Services at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. She has spent much of her career working on farmworker and labor issues. Prior to joining the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Jennifer worked for the National AFL-CIO where she served as regional director. She has extensive background in the non-profit and advocacy community working with farmworker and immigrant communities. Jennifer is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she holds a Bachelors in International Politics and Law; and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Raymond Kaupp
Associate Vice President of Workforce and Career Education, Foothill College
Raymond's Bio

Raymond Kaupp
Associate Vice President of Workforce and Career Education, Foothill College

Raymond Kaupp

Dr. Ray Kaupp is Associate Vice President of Workforce and Career Education at Foothill College. He comes to the community college arena following a 20+ year career in technology, at Apple and as a startup executive at Digital Impact, BroadWare, and several other Internet technology companies. Dr. Kaupp’s research on the equity implications of community college online implementations has been widely cited, most recently in Bailey, Jaggars, & Jenkins’ Redesigning America’s Community Colleges (2015).

Ross Miyashiro
Vice President of Student Services, El Camino College
Ross' Bio

Ross Miyashiro
Vice President of Student Services, El Camino College

Ross Miyashiro

Ross Miyashiro is in his 32 year in higher education; serving 16 years in the California State University system and 16 years in the California Community College system. For the last three years Ross has served as the Vice President of Student Services at Coastline Community College. Ross's prior positions include Dean of Enrollment Services at Long Beach City College, Associate Director of Transfer Services and Student Programs at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Director of Academic Advising at CSU Monterey Bay, and Admissions Counselor and Upward Bound Counselor at CSU San Bernardino.

Joe Moreau
Vice Chancellor of Technology & Chief Technology Officer, Foothill-De Anza College District
Joe's Bio

Joe Moreau
Vice Chancellor of Technology & Chief Technology Officer, Foothill-De Anza College District

Joe Moreau

Joseph Moreau has held a variety of higher education leadership positions, and in 2012, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Technology for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Joseph has served on the boards of a number of organizations including the California Community Colleges Chief Information Systems Officers Association, the SUNY Faculty Advisory Council for Teaching and Technology and currently serves on the Educause Board of Directors. Joseph also serves as the executive sponsor for California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative.

Lissette Y. Padilla
Academic Advising Specialist II, West Hills Community College District Lemoore Campus
Lissette's Bio

Lissette Y. Padilla
Academic Advising Specialist II, West Hills Community College District Lemoore Campus

Lissette Y. Padilla

Lissette Padilla hails from a small rural town in the CA central valley called Avenal. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Merced in Sociology. I am a first generation Mexican American and the first in my family to graduate from a university. Being a student and a member of the central valley, I understand the difficulties many students face and I strive to provide equitable access to all the resources available. I consider myself a champion for all students.

Michelle L. Pilati
Co-Chair, OEI Consortium, Professor of Psychology, Rio Hondo College
Michelle's Bio

Michelle L. Pilati
Co-Chair, OEI Consortium, Professor of Psychology, Rio Hondo College

Michelle L. Pilati

Dr. Pilati is a past President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and a professor of psychology at Rio Hondo College where she has been faculty since 1999. From 2014 - 2016 she served as the Chief Professional Development Officer for the Online Education Initiative. At the national level she has pursued her interest in online education, serving as an Editor for MERLOT (www.merlot.org) and was a founding Editorial Board Member and served as Co-Editor of its peer-reviewed journal, JOLT.Dr. Pilati earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology at SUNY Albany. She completed her doctorate in psychology at UCLA.

Meridith Randall
Associate Superintendent, Instruction & Institutional Effectiveness, Chaffey College
Meridith's Bio

Meridith Randall
Associate Superintendent, Instruction & Institutional Effectiveness, Chaffey College

Meridith Randall has been a Chief Instructional Officer (CIO) in the California community college system for 17 years and has served as President of the statewide CIO organization twice, most recently in 2016-17. She began her career in community colleges as an English instructor at Palau Community College in 1993, eventually becoming Dean of Academic Affairs there. In 2000, she joined Mendocino College as Associate Dean and was promoted to Vice President of Educational Services before leaving in 2012 for Shasta College. In July 2016, she became Associate Superintendent at Chaffey College, an Aspen Award finalist. During her career, she has been an Accreditation Liaison Officer for four different institutions; served on six visiting accreditation teams; participated on state advisory committees for dual enrollment, institutional effectiveness and online education; and has supported the development of multiple career technical education programs. Currently, her college is moving forward with zero textbook cost and guided pathway initiatives. Ms. Randall has a Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, a Master’s Degree from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from New York University School of Law. She lives in Fontana with her husband Remeliano and has three sons who are making their way in the world.

Vince Rodriguez
Vice President of Instruction and Acting Vice President of Student Services, Coastline Community College
Vince's Bio

Vince Rodriguez
Vice President of Instruction and Acting Vice President of Student Services, Coastline Community College

Vince Rodriguez

Dr. Vince Rodriguez has been at Coastline Community College since 1998 and worked as a classified employee, instructor, and administrator. During his years at Coastline, he provided leadership at each of Coastline’s learning centers and spent many years overseeing a Distance Learning program that accounts for over half of the enrollments at the College. He is currently the Vice President of Instruction at Coastline Community College. Dr. Rodriguez grew up in Orange, California. He graduated from Orange Coast College and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Distance Learning and Adult Education. In 2011 he completed his study related to retention of online students while earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach.

Karen Surratt
Student and Sole-Proprietor of Karen's Heritage Day Care
Karen's Bio

Karen Surratt
Student and Sole-Proprietor of Karen's Heritage Day Care

I am a sole proprietor of an in-home child care facility, "Karen's Heritage Daycare". Reading and Beyond - Fresno Bridge Academy has help me to grow personally in which they have helped me to build my confidence and self-esteem.

While enrolled in the program, I was able to go back to Fresno City College and receive my Child Development-Associate Teacher Certificate. I became a licensed provider on June 17, 2017 and opened my business the next day. I am at full capacity and looking forward to expand my business to a larger facility. The new license would allow me to have twelve under age six and two school age children.

Treva Thomas
Member, OEI Consortium, Distance Education Coordinator, Lake Tahoe Community College
Treva's Bio

Treva Thomas
Member, OEI Consortium, Distance Education Coordinator, Lake Tahoe Community College

Treva Thomas

Earned an Associate of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from Lake Tahoe Community College; then transferred to California State University, Sacramento earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; followed by earning a Secondary Teaching Credential from Sierra Nevada College. Taught high school for 4 years and then at Lake Tahoe Community College to teach for the Business Office Administration Department. Completed an MBA at National University, and now teaches in the Business Department. Served as secretary and vice president for LTCC’s Academic Senate. Currently serves as the single-point-of-contact to the Online Education Initiative and is the distance education coordinator for Lake Tahoe Community College.

Van Ton-Quinlivan (work group co-chair)
Vice Chancellor Workforce & Digital Futures, California Community Colleges
Van's Bio

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor Workforce & Digital Futures, California Community Colleges

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Van Ton-Quinlivan is a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven track record for driving large-scale organizational change. In her role as Executive Vice-Chancellor of Workforce & Digital Futures at the California Community Colleges, she oversees the workforce mission and education technology portfolio of California’s 114 community colleges, the nation’s largest higher education system.

She holds degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Georgetown University.

External Experts

The following individuals will be offering insights:

Jay Box
President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Jay's Bio

Jay K. Box
President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)

Jay Box

Dr. Jay K. Box was named the second president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) on November 19, 2014. He is a community college graduate and has more than 30 years of experience in community college leadership.

Dr. Box has a history of leadership within KCTCS, having served as the president of Hazard Community and Technical College from 2002 - 2007, followed by being named KCTCS vice president. In 2009, he was named chancellor and served in that role until being selected president of the System.

Prior to joining KCTCS, Dr. Box served as a vice president at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

Dr. Box received an associate degree from Howard College, a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University, a master’s degree in education from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in educational administration, higher education/community college specialty from Baylor University.

Adrian Sannier
Senior Technology Fellow, Arizona State University
Adrian's Bio

Adrian Sannier
Chief Academic Technology Officer for ASU Online; Professor of Practice in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Engineering at Arizona State University

Adrian Sannier

Adrian Sannier is part of the ASU team pursuing an ambitious program of general education reform that Inside Higher Education called "ground zero for data-driven teaching in higher education", combining Big Data, social networking, and evidence based instruction to drive better student outcomes at scale. A signature part of this initiative is the Global Freshman Academy, offering learners anywhere in the world the opportunity to complete a Freshman year for free, paying for college credit when successful.

Previously, Sannier was Senior Vice President for Product at Pearson, where he helped forge the partnership between ASU Online and Pearson. Sannier also served as CIO at ASU, and was the Stanley Professor for Interdisciplinary Engineering and the Associate Director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State University.

Spencer Stewart
Chancellor, Western Governors University, Nevada
Spencer's Bio

Spencer Stewart
Chancellor, Western Governors University, Nevada

Spencer Stewart

Dr. Spencer Stewart serves as Chancellor of WGU Nevada, an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state.

As Chancellor, Spencer has guided WGU Nevada through its first two years of operation. Under his leadership, the University has increased its enrollment to over 2,500 students, making it Nevada’s fastest growing institution of higher education. During this same period, over 750 students have graduated from the University.

Before joining WGU, Spencer spent 14 years building Nevada State College, Nevada’s first four-year college, representing the establishment of a middle - or state college - tier within Nevada’s public system of higher education.

Spencer earned a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.

Additional experts will be interviewed and listed in this space as those interviews take place.

For more information, contact CAworkgroup@nchems.org.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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