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State Budget Update

July 12, 2012

Greetings Southwestern Colleagues:

Budget Update

We have a better picture of what’s in store for community college funding now that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have finalized the new state budget. One highly anticipated new development is state funding for growth and restoration of classes. For Southwestern, that translates to approximately $500,000 in additional revenue.

Of course, this new funding and much of the state budget are built on the assumption that the governor’s tax initiative passes in November. Without the passage, Southwestern faces a $4.8 million cut that we would need to implement in the middle of the academic year.

Follow the updates in this column as state projections continue to be a moving target. This column will also be a source of information on the upcoming tax initiative.

Proposition R Developments

A key component for moving forward with Proposition R New Look 2025 was finalized this month. The Governing Board approved the consulting firm that will develop a new and inclusive educational and facilities master plan. The educational master plan will be the foundation of the facilities master plan. By far, the process for creating, evaluating and distributing this Request for Proposal (RFP) was more extensive than the previous process followed in 2007.

A selection committee consisting of Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Steve Crow, Office of Institutional Effectiveness Dean Linda Gilstrap, Purchasing Director Priya Jerome and Academic Senate representatives Rebecca Wolniewicz and Diana Kelly, unanimously selected Cambridge West Partnership (CWP). The company obtained the highest score in the educational master plan presentation and tied for the highest presentation score for the facilities master plan. CWP’s experience in linking master planning to accreditation as well as being recognized for superior collaboration with all stakeholders made them the top choice.

Cambridge West Partnership’s staff consists of Founding Partner Ken Cereghino, Senior Partner Joyce Black, Associate Fred Trapp, Support Staff Ardith Richey, and Managing Director C.M. Brahmbhatt. As most of you are aware, C.M. serviced as our Interim VPBFA from November 23, 2011 until May 4, 2012.

The RFP was thoughtfully developed and reviewed by no fewer than eight people, including faculty. The leads on this project were VPAA Kathy Tyner and Director of Purchasing Priya Jerome. No potential contractor was involved in the preparation the RFP, which is in accordance with Recommendation No. 4 and Actions 8 and 9 of the Focused Special Review approved by the Governing Board on March 14, 2012. The RFP was mailed to 31 firms, with seven firms attending the pre-proposal meeting. Four firms submitted proposals and those proposals were reviewed by a six-member committee, including two faculty members. Four of the firms met the RFP’s full criteria and three were invited to make presentations.

A review of the publicly posted documents may be found on the Governing Board agenda for July 11, 2012 (http://www.swccd.edu/4thLevel/index.asp?L3=124 ). The cost of the educational master plan will be $125,000. The facilities master plan will cost $300,000 and be paid from Proposition R funds.

We are giving CWP an aggressive timeline to complete its work so that we can stay as close as possible to the deadlines we outlined in the Prop R New Look 2025 report. As a result, CWP will begin collecting preliminary demographic data throughout July and the first part of August so that it has a foundation to prepare outreach efforts to all college stakeholders when students and staff return.

This is an exciting time in the promotion of our educational mission. This process for updating our educational and facilities master plan was unanimously approved by our Shared Consultation Council, our Academic Senate and our budget committee as part of New Look 2025. I am eager to watch this process unfold and encourage all of you to participate in the upcoming forums to ensure your vision for Southwestern College is reflected in the final documents.

New CBOC Members

We welcome two new members to our Proposition R Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee this month. Israel Garza will serve as the at-large community member and Adela Garcia will serve as the business representative. A student representative will be brought forward to the Governing Board for approval in August.

Garza is a Certified Public Accountant currently employed as the Controller for Associated Students of San Diego State University. He serves on the board of several local organizations, including the South Bay Family YMCA and the County of San Diego Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board.

Garcia may be a familiar name to many, having served on the Proposition AA Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and as a member of the Southwestern College Foundation. She is a subcontractor for IBM Corp.

Both have extensive knowledge in working with budgets and both have a passion for serving the college. We look forward to their service. They will be seated at the September 19, 2012 CBOC meeting.