The Chancellor’s Office has been undergoing an effort to integrate three programs: Basic Skills Initiative (BSI), Student Equity Program (SE), and Student Success and Support Program (SSSP). These programs were selected as a starting point for integrative efforts for two main reasons: 1) all three have the same ultimate goal of increasing student success while closing achievement gaps; and 2) there is a strong potential for overlap between and among the programs. The first step in this effort was to request a Partnership Resource Team (PRT) through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) to assist the Chancellor’s Office in creating an action plan. The next step was to draft documents that reflect the integration of the three programs. These draft documents were developed by Chancellor’s Office staff in collaboration with multiple stakeholder groups whose various perspectives provided valuable input.
On February 14th, 2017 the Chancellor’s Office sent out a memo and new expenditure guidelines for all three programs. Most significantly the new expenditure guidelines are effective immediately for all three programs; colleges will have two years to spend their 2016-17 allocation; and 2016-17 Mid-Year Expenditure reports for SE and SSSP are not due in March of 2017. On February 15th, 2017 another memo was released informing colleges of the new Integrated Plan documents: 2017-19 Integrated Plan, 2017-19 Budget Plan, and new Expenditure Guidelines (from the February 14th, 2017 memo). In addition, there will be two webinars on the new expenditure guidelines: February 27, 2017 and March 2nd, 2017; an Integrated Planning page on the Chancellor’s Office website; and future in-person workshops on the Integrated Plan documents this spring.
These integrated planning documents are the first iteration of a larger integration effort on the part of the Chancellor’s Office. In the coming months and years, we will continue to pursue additional policy changes that support the colleges in pursuing cohesive, integrated program strategies. As we pursue this objective, we welcome suggestions on how to refine this process. Colleges are encouraged to send feedback on the documents either through stakeholder groups or directly to the Chancellor’s Office at email@example.com