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OCTOBER 2021 • No. 12 

CVHEC Members Moving Forward 

Greetings Colleagues and Partners,
 
I welcome you to enjoy our October Central Valley Higher Education Consortium  Newsletter.
 
You will note that we have highlighted some of the good work that is happening at the College of Sequoias in the southern part of the valley.
 
They used Mini-Grant funds to host an Equitable Teaching Institute that engaged 10 faculty in an innovative four-week interdisciplinary cohort-based summer learning session to study equitable pedagogy and how to apply it to gatekeeping courses, a perfect example of how Mini-Grant funds can support faculty learning toward equitable teaching.
 
Innovative efforts are also taking place with UC Merced and community colleges in the valley to enhance the number Central Valley transfer students to the university.  
 
On Nov. 4, we will join with member institutions UC Merced, Bakersfield College and Merced College for the launch of the first phase of our new Transfer Project and unveiling of its Program Pathways Mapper that will help make the transition for our community college students more efficient. This project is unique in California and UC Merced is the first and only UC campus that is working closely with community colleges to improve the transfer process. 
 


If you’d like to attend this day-long event that will feature breakout sessions on the new process, be sure to see the article for registration links.
 
In our new monthly “What the CV-Hec is Happening” Blog, which premiered in our last issue, we feature a guest blog from the California Acceleration Project by College of Sequoias Prof. Jamie Moore, a teacher in the statewide Puente program, discussing how she uses oral history to transform the research assignments in her first-year composition classroom.
 
Dual Enrollment continues to be a focus as an equity strategy for Central Valley students, and in this edition, we take a look at Dural Enrollment students we are interviewing for a new video currently in production that will showcase the successes in dual enrollment in our region.
 
Enjoy your reading!
‘Charting Better Maps to Degrees’

Historic UC Merced Transfer Pathways with Bakersfield, Merced Colleges launches Nov. 4
 
A hybrid convening at the University of California, Merced Nov. 4, “Charting Better Maps to Degrees,” will launch the historic UC Merced Transfer Pathways initiative between three Central Valley Higher Education Consortium member campuses and demonstrate how the new Program Pathways Mapper can revolutionize positive outcomes across enrollment, completions and equity for students. 
 
The pilot transfer project and the hybrid in-person/virtual event are the result of a $500,000 grant from the California Educational Learning Lab to Bakersfield College, Merced College, and UC Merced for the development of 2+2 transfer maps that streamline and guide the transfer of community college students to the University of California system. 
 
UC Merced Chancellor Juan Muñoz will be joined by Bakersfield President Sonya Christian, Merced College President Chris Vitelli and CVHEC Executive Director Benjamin T. Duran. Also speaking will be Dr. Craig Hayward, dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Bakersfield College and  Wayne Skipper, president of Concentric Sky.
See Transfer Mapper Launch
Mini-Grant Success Stories – College of the Sequoias

 COS Equitable Teaching Institute supports
faculty learning toward equitable teaching
NOTE: For the past three years, CVHEC Mini-Grants have been awarded to member institutions in support of CVHEC’s mission to increase degree attainment rates. We are highlighting how our member institutions’ innovative uses for the grants are positively impacting students.  
 
The Equitable Teaching Institute at College of Sequoias this summer engaged 10 faculty in an innovative four-week interdisciplinary cohort-based summer learning session that studied equitable pedagogy and how to apply it to gatekeeping courses at COS thanks to a $7,500 Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Mini-Grant.

The ten faculty selected a different gatekeeping course and examined ways to reduce equity gaps for that
 

 
specific course. This occurred in two phases over four weekly themed sessions led by project coordinators Megan Baptista and Matthew C. Nelson, COS English professors.
 
The Equitable Teaching culminated with the ETI Faculty Presentation Showcase Aug. 11 as part of the college’s Faculty Development Workshop Series attended by over 40 faculty colleagues during Fall 2021 Convocation Week.

At the culminating showcase, the ETI participants shared their findings, proposed changes and new pedagogy insights, reported Nicole Bryant Lescher, Far North regional coordinator for the California Community College Success Network (3CSN) who served as observer for the project’s first phase in June.
See College of the Sequoia's Mini-Grant
Dual Enrollment Success Story: Celeste Galván of McFarland
From one end of the valley to the other, the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium spotlights student dual enrollment success stories. Like Nataly Frias featured in our first story in September, Celeste Galván of McFarland earned an associate degree at age 17 before she even graduated high school, marching alongside thousands of other Bakersfield College students at the commencement ceremony in Memorial Stadium in 2018. 
 
Then just two years later, after transferring to Fresno State, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in Liberal
Studies in May and now, at age 19, she is enrolled in the credential program at California State University, Bakersfield while serving a teacher internship at a nearby elementary school. All three institutions are CVHEC members.

In high school, Celeste participated in a BC pilot program, Early College, at the Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano that provided students with the opportunity to complete an associate of science in agriculture business from BC by the time they graduated from high school. 
See Dual Enrollment - Celeste Galván
CVHEC Guest Blog:  What the CV-HEC is Happening

Jamie Moore, professor of English at CVHEC-member institution College of the Sequoias in Visalia and a teacher in the statewide Puente program, was featured by the California Acceleration Project in its “Notes from the Field” blog with her entry, “Transforming The Research Paper: Using Oral History To Center  Students' Voices And Communities.” She also is a doctoral student at CVHEC-member University of California, Merced studying pedagogy and faculty development.  CVHEC proudly presents this as our “What the CV-hec Is Happening” guest blog feature this issue.
 
COS Puente Prof Featured in CAP Blog for Her Oral History/Research Paper  

By Jamie Moore
College of the Sequoias English Dept/Puente Program
 
“How do you teach English when you talk like that?”
 
The question, sardonically asked of me by a colleague, was meant to challenge the ideas in a workshop I was co-leading about language justice and narrative writing in composition classes. I remember pausing in my explanation, smiling even, being so familiar with this question and having worked through the imposter syndrome I had long internalized around this assumption about my speech, which is often layered with African American vernacular dialect.

As much as I don't want to admit it, the questioning remains a visceral experience, an attack on my body, belonging, and voice. It was an experience I had in professional contexts that I knew many of my students also had in their classrooms. 
See CVHEC Blog
CVHEC Member News 
REMINDER: CVHEC SUMMIT UPDATE

Due to the uncertainly of the pandemic and the new variants, the CVHEC Board of Directors has decided to postpone our annual Policy and Legislative Summit (originally scheduled for December 2-3, 2021) until spring 2022.  We are eager to welcome all of our friends and partners next year. Stay tuned and stay safe. Thank you.
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