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September 10
Club Rush Day is coming up!

​Hello COS Giants!

This is Nico blogging to report that there is another awesome event coming up, so let's mark our calendars! On Thursday, September 25th, Club Rush will be taking place in the quad from 10:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. This is a perfect opportunity for freshmen to get informed about all the various, fun clubs that our college has to offer, and a perfect opportunity for returning Giants to get involved and make a lasting impression at COS. Being a part of a club has a huge social benefit and getting involved teaches responsibility, leadership, and teamwork. These are all traits that colleges look for when admitting students. Do not miss your opportunity to get information about these clubs and sign up!

And remember: there is a club for everybody!

September 09
Constitution Day is right around the corner!

​Hello COS Giants!

This is Nico blogging to inform you all that there is an upcoming event to mark on all of our calenders! Constitution Day is on Wednesday, September 17th, and in celebration of this day the COS Student Senate will be displaying posters of various U.S. presidents out on the quad! These posters are student made, and brochures and possibly popcorn will be handed out to all who choose to take part in this fun and informative event! See you all there!

September 05
Your new social student ambassadors are ready to go!

​Hello COS Giants!

Three of your fellow student peers have been selected to become your new social student ambassadors! Our names are: Nico Rodriguez, Danielle Rivera, and Maria Garcia. We are all a part of Student Senate and we are all aspiring communications majors.

Nico-COS Social AmbassadorI, Nico, will be the main blogger of us. I am 18 years old and live in Visalia. This is my third semester here at COS, and I am involved with AGS. I plan on transferring to Fresno State with an associate's degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. When I have time, I enjoy getting involved with the community, playing instruments and spending time with family.

 

 

Danielle-COS Social AmbassadorDanielle has also been a COS Giant for three semesters. She plans on transferring to a UC once she's done taking classes at COS. She is 18 years old, and has an emphasis on Public Relations. She is the COS Young Democrats publicist, the AGS publicist and also the Student Senate VP. Her interests are art, poetry and architecture.

 

 

Maria Elena-COS Social AmbassadorMaria has also been attending COS for three semesters. She was a reporter for the Campus newspaper last fall, and you can usually find her working at the Student Services Office. After COS, she plans on attending a four-year university.

 

 

 
We will keep you updated with pictures, blog posts, videos and even hashtag competitions on social media! We look forward to seeing many of you other COS Giants get involved with our college, and we are all very excited to be the liaisons between you, the students, and the numerous social activities that happen within COS!

August 21
COS grad at NASA writes about her experiences

​Check out COS graduate Isis Frausto-Vicencio, who is now involved in her summer internship with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=415​

August 05
Fall semester set to start

Fall semester starts Monday.

We've got 10,289 students enrolled so far, but there's still room for you.

This link will take you directly to a pre-sorted list of classes that still had open seats as of 4 p.m. today: http://tinyurl.com/oodhc4c

June 25
Study reveals new info about student debt
According to this NY Times piece, the Brookings Institute is preparing to release a study that indicates the popular belief about student debt burden may not be accurate:



June 05
COS dean talks about summer semester on CBS47
College of the Sequoias Dean of Student Services Dean Stephanie Collier appeared on CBS47 last night to talk about our record number of degrees issued this spring and about our summer semester.

She also fielded a couple of unexpected questions about books and the difference between the weather in Fresno and the weather in Visalia:

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."

 

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