2003-04 President's Response to The Way Forward and Selected Accomplishments


Strengthen relationship between Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College, and District Office staff

  • Continue to participate in regular meetings with CC president and District vice chancellors to enhance communication.
  • Served as president of the GCCCD Auxiliary organization which includes district and college staff.
  • Made joint presentations with President Perri; participated in joint Academic Senate meetings and both college graduations; coordinated mutual planning processes.

Establish linkages with high schools, four-year institutions, community organizations, and business/industry

  • Continued outreach to the surrounding community through its many programs, e.g., 15th Annual Pow Wow, Native Speakers Series, Literary Arts Festival, Political Economy Week, Career Expo, Foster Care, SD Folk Heritage Society, SD Blood Bank, Adult Re-entry Program, High School Dance Day, and business and industry internships, externships, practicums.
  • Implemented the second year of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) in collaboration with the Cajon Valley Middle School, El Cajon Valley High School, East County Boys & Girls Club, and Cox Communications.
  • Graduated the second Grossmont Middle College High School class of 29 students who completed 177 credit units at Grossmont, with an average high school GPA of 3.56, and a college GPA of 2.55, with a majority enrolling at Grossmont this Fall semester.
  • Conducted outreach to high schools, four-year institutions, and tribal education centers to offer and improve articulation of courses.
  • Placed 800 students in jobs through the Career and Student Job Placement Center in companies such as Sea World, Sportservices, Ralph’s, UPS, and more.

Develop and implement a college-wide staff development plan that enhances faculty, staff and student success

  • Continued to make progress in the development of a college-wide professional staff development plan by strengthening the committee structure that plans and supports professional development for classified staff, faculty, and administrators.
  • Held the Fifth Annual College Recognition Awards Reception to recognize the achievements of full- and part-time faculty and staff, tenure, academic rank, retirees, and others celebrating career milestones and receiving special awards.
  • Presented the 2004 President’s Leadership Award to Cathy Harvey, and the 2004 Innovator of the Year Award to Tom Gamboa.


Recruit and fill faculty and administrative vacancies

  • Replaced 5 full-time, highly qualified faculty in the following disciplines and programs: Biology, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Math, and Physical Sciences.
  • Replaced 21 full-time classified staff to support programs in the following departments: ACE, Academic Senate, Administrative Services, Biology, Bookstore, Child Development Center, Evening Division, Financial Aid, Health Sciences, Health Services, Humanities, LTRC, and Operations.
  • Appointed an interim Associate Dean for Learning Resources Center to replace a retirement in that position.

Continue to integrate institutional planning and evaluation processes that incorporate college, district, and state goals.

  • Utilized the college’s existing planning processes to develop a new College Strategic Plan for the six-year period of 2004-2010.
  • Conducted academic and student services program reviews to examine in detail department/program resources, effectiveness, and outcomes.
  • Initiated a Health Professions Strategic Plan process designed to lay the groundwork for the development of a Center of Excellence in the Health Professions.
  • Received recommended strategies from the Enrollment Strategies Committee, involving faculty and staff, to respond to District/College enrollment goals.

    Increase use of technology to more effectively and efficiently serve college-wide needs, support student educational goals, and best utilize scarce resources.

  • Updated the College Technology Plan for 2003-04 the ensure support for all instructional and administrative functions.

  • Implemented an Electronic Funds Transfer process through collaboration with Financial Aid and District Accounting Departments to efficiently support financial aid students.

  • Installed a new Paragon DM100 mailing machine equipped with new technology in order to update mail processing and improve efficiency within the Mail Center.


Support the alignment of curriculum between Grossmont and Cuyamaca College.

  • Aligned close to 100 courses with Cuyamaca through the curriculum review process such as music, business office technology, English as a Second Language, etc.
  • Made significant progress in the alignment of English 110 at both colleges., and continued to support the alignment of curricula between the two colleges.

Clarify and strengthen the planning and budgeting processes

  • Created extensive budgetary information, reports, budget models for analyzing campus budget, and improved budget preparation processes.
  • Prepared budget analysis and specific budget reports, through the College Savings Task Force, in order to improve budget communication across the campus.
  • Continued to refine the Educational Master Plan process to increase the involvement of faculty in the budget development process.

Meet the college’s need for new and updated articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

  • Approved the creation and employment of a full-time counselor position with an articulation emphasis to be filled beginning with July, 2004.
  • Expanded the articulation webpage to include additional colleges and universities and to include more comprehensive information for existing schools.
  • Re-qualified 24 courses for CAN designation; approved 29 new courses for IGETC certification; and received approval for eight new courses for CSU Breadth certification.


Pursue grant and other funding opportunities

  • Established a Resource Development Initiative in conjunction with the Grossmont College Foundation to track and assist departments with grant funding needs, and provided a series of six grant training workshops for faculty and staff.
  • Developed a comprehensive fundraising approach that includes soliciting individuals, corporations, and organizations through grants, letters, giving programs, planned giving, and special events.
  • Supported and managed over 15 restricted campus departmental funds through the GC Foundation with assistance in fundraising, financial management, and legal issues.
  • Received grant funding to support the Office Professional Training Program, Regional Health Occupational Resource Center, Associate Degree Nursing, East County Career Center, and GEAR UP, along with a new grant from HRSA to support the Welcome Back Program.


Implement the College Facilities Master Plan.

  • Completed IPP for 200 Complex, Phase One—Performance Theater; preliminary plans for the Digital Arts and Sculpture Buildings, and construction of the new Main Quad and emergency vehicle road.
  • Completed the construction of the new library and the remodel of the former library into a Technology Center, now known as the Learning and Technology Resource Center.
  • Initiated internal IPP preparation of the new Parking Structure, Life Safety Road, Student Services Complex, and 400 Building Complex Remodel.
  • Began Phase One of the new Science Lab Building construction, which included the earthwork, demolition, site grading, and portions of the site utility work.

Improve the appearance and functionality of campus buildings, grounds, and furnishings and seek funding for additional facilities

  • Remodeled the 590A, B, C, E, F, L, Q, R, S, and T; 517 A & B; 582 A & B; and EOPS offices; painted interiors of 500 North, East and South classrooms, and created an EOPS patio and additional office space.
  • Remodeled the Astronomy lab; installed a walk-in freezer in Culinary Arts; and installed a separate air system for the glaze area and storage racks for the Ceramics and Sculpture programs.
  • Upgraded athletic facilities: outdoor weight training facility, drainage system on baseball field, scoreboard in main gym, repaired gym roof and skylights; and replaced pool plumbing.
  • Replaced classroom desks in Rooms 523, 524, 525, 571, 356, and installed new furnishings in the Financial Aid and Health Professions offices.

Respond to AB75 recycling regulations

  • Exceeded the required 25% recycle (trash diversion) rate state mandated for 2003 under AB75 and expanded the program.