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February 20
4 COS students prepare to work with NASA, another lands two-year summer internships with NASA

NASA-logoFour College of the Sequoias students have been selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars and will work with NASA engineers and scientists this month,l and another student has won a presigious summer internship with NASA for the next two years.

David Berlin (math/science major from Mt. Whitney High), Jon Sosa (engineering major from Redwood High), Devin Bisconer (engineering major from Tulare Union High) and Nick Morley (math major from Exeter High) will spend three days at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where they will work with NASA personnel on Mars rover proposals.

The National Community College Aerospace Scholars program consists of two primary components: 

  • Interactive web-based activities, including:
    • Twenty hours of pre-work online,
    • Online interaction with participants and NASA engineers.
  • On-site experience at NASA including:
    • An exploration team project directed by NASA engineers,
    • Briefings by engineers and scientists,
    • Tour of NASA facilities through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Nick was featured in this piece in the Foothills Sun-Gazette:
http://www.fsgnews.com/article/education/2014/02/12/euhs-grad-takes-off-for-nasa/

Jon was interviewed on KTIP radio.

Former NCAS participant, Isis Frausto has been selected as a NASA Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Scholar. This scholarship lasts for two academic years and includes two summer internships at the et Propulsion Laboratory.  She will be conducting research in a Astrobiogeochemistry Lab. 

February 10
Accreditation sanction reduced from "show cause" to warning

College of the Sequoias received its action letter today from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The commission has removed COS from “show cause” status, noting COS’ hardwork and decreasing the severity of sanction to warning.

The commission had a range of actions it could take:

·         Revocation of accreditation (the most severe and in effect an order to close),
·         Continuation of “show cause,”
·         Probation (a less severe sanction),
·         Warning (the least severe sanction).
 
Moving from “show cause” to full reaffirmation was not a realistic outcome. It takes at least a year to show the commission that new systems and processes are sustainable.

“We again want to say thank you to our students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and administration for all your hard work and commitment to COS,” COS Superintendent/President Stan Carrizosa said. “To be removed from ‘show cause’ is one of the greatest moments in college history, and perhaps more importantly, the genuine and extensive team effort and institutional culture change to COS 2.0 are the lasting results of this incredible transformation.”

 

COS 2.0 is the metaphor the college has used during the past year to describe its journey of improvement and organizational culture change – a transformation into a data-driven institution working within an ongoing cycle of self-assessment and self-improvement.

 

COS’ work is not complete, of course. Three recommendations must be further pursued and a follow-up report issued by the college Oct. 15. The recommendations cover planning, research capacity and evaluation of processes.

 

“In order to fully meet these recommendations and related standards we must follow our new model and complete the annual cycle for integrated planning to demonstrate the integration of institutional planning, resource allocation, implementation and re-evaluation,” Carrizosa said. “We must demonstrate use of our increased research capacity by compiling and providing data to guide institutional planning and resource allocation, program review and assessment, and decision-making for institutional effectiveness.

 

“Finally, we must demonstrate that we complete our annual cycle of systematic evaluation of our decision-making and budget development processes and use the results of those evaluations as a basis for improvement.”

 

The commission will send a visiting team following the Oct. 15 submission of COS’ follow-up report.

 

By way of comparison, Cuesta College, with whom COS consulted extensively during the past year, was placed on “show cause” two years ago. Cuesta improved from “show cause” to warning last year and was fully reaffirmed in this most recent round of commission actions.

 

You can view the report from the accrediting team that visited COS in November and the commission's action letter here: http://www.cos.edu/Accreditation/Pages/default.aspx

 

February 08
COS gets early notice, removed from "show cause" status

COS received early notice that the college has been removed from "show cause" status.

College of the Sequoias is expecting its action letter from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges on Monday; however, we received early notice electronically that COS has been removed from "show cause" status.

An email from the accrediting commission said: "During the visit the team met with faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Trustees members, students, and community members, and found all constituency groups to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and committed to the success of the College and its students. The team also examined documents provided...and observed campus facilities. The team found the College to be welcoming and fully engaged in the accreditation process, and the team appreciated the work that the College has done to address deficiencies and prepare its Show Cause Report. The team commends the College for its many accomplishments in responding to the recommendations of the 2012 External Evaluation Team Report…"

There will be a district forum Monday to share the details with faculty and staff. A public statement and details will be shared publicly at 3 p.m. Monday at the Ponderosa Building on the Visalia campus. We will also stream that public announcement on www.cos.edu.

Throughout the accreditation process we have always shared with the public everything we know as we know it. We are doing that now and look forward to providing more details when the action letter arrives Monday.

"On behalf of our district administration and Board of trustees, we want to thank our COS faculty, staff and students for their hard work and immeasurable contributions to our improvement efforts over the past year," COS Superintendent/President Stan Carrizosa said. "This is the best outcome we could have hoped for and truly a historical moment in our college's history and we could not have achieved such great success without this determined team effort."

 

January 10
Watch today's convocation assembly

COS Superintendent/President Stan Carrizosa addresses the college today at spring convocation.

http://youtu.be/gcpQWtLSnaM

January 06
Enrollment up for Spring 2014

​Headcount enrollment is up for the Spring semester. We're at 9,631through Jan. 5 compared to 9,501 through Jan. 5, 2013.

What does that mean for you? Simple: If you haven't registered for your classes you better get on it.

Although heaqdcount enrollment is up 1.4 percent over last year, class enrollments are up more (30,376 = 2.6 percent over last year) and units enrolled are up even more (96,066 = 3.8 percent over last year).

You can always go to cos.ed/openclasses to find those classes that have open seats.