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November 19, 2020 - Vision in Action No. 12

The Vision in Action will not publish next Thursday, Nov. 26. It will return the following Thursday, Dec. 3.
We wish you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving holiday.

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System Guidance/News

The Public Policy Institute of California this week released a report on the implementation of AB 705 at California community colleges, finding the landmark reform “broadened access to college composition (transfer-level English) and transfer-level math, allowing more students to successfully complete these gateway courses. [The] analysis also shows that colleges have made significant progress in boosting access to gateway courses among Latino and African American students in particular, though notable racial equity gaps remain.”

You can find a summary at this link and the full report here. Tomorrow PPIC researcher Olga Rodriguez will present findings from the new report, and a panel of experts – including Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support Aisha Lowe - will discuss how to further advance student success and equity in the AB 705 era. The webinar is Friday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. Register at this link.

Join us for the next Chancellor’s Office system webinar on Wednesday, December 2 at 9:00 a.m. If you haven’t already done so, you can register for the webinars at this link. Previous webinar recordings are available on the Vision Resource Center.

Registration is now open for the virtual 2020 California Community Colleges Veterans Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, December 8-10. Join faculty, administrators and staff from across the California Community Colleges, California State University and University of California systems to share information and best practices for supporting our student veterans. Learn more and register at this link.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support Marty J. Alvarado this week released Memorandum ESS 20-400-003 CVC Course Exchange – Preparing for Student-Centered Cross Enrollment. This memo highlights the technical and administrative steps for colleges to better position their institution to support students cross enrolling in courses offered in the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Course Exchange.

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page and the Chancellor’s Office Communications to Colleges section for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

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Online Instruction/Webinars

Registration is open for part two of the Guided Pathways workshop, “Redesigning with Career and Equity in Mind,” on Friday, November 20 from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Register at this link.

The California Counseling Network, a community of practice sponsored by the Career Ladders Project, is hosting a series of Counselor Roundtable zoom sessions. Each session is an opportunity to gather with fellow practitioners from colleges and high schools and engage in conversations that matter and support our work with students and colleagues. The next session is Friday, December 4 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and the focus is Teaching Counseling Courses: Engaging our students in a virtual reality. Register at this link.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is pleased to present this December an online seminar series called The Future of Learning: An Equity-Minded Approach. The series is presented in partnership with the California Community Colleges, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, the Pacific Postsecondary Education Council and the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges. The webinars will be held on December 2, 3, 7 and 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration is now open. Click here to view the event website.

Student Supports

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24-hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Items of Interest

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising against traveling for Thanksgiving, saying the safest way to celebrate is to do so at home with the people you live with.

Heading into holidays, US COVID-19 testing strained again.