Suggestion Summary -- 9/24/07
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Registration Hunter 9/5/2007 The Refund Drop Date (and last day to add classes without an ▪ COS is reviewing the timeline for add/drops
Church instructor’s signature) should always be a weekday, rather than and for requesting refunds. Look for chances
falling on a weekend, so that students who have trouble using soon.
the automated system can get help adding and/or dropping
classes without missing the deadline to do so without penalty. It
would also be very helpful for students if the Registration Help
Line was staffed any time that the online and telephone
registration systems are in operation. If students encounter
difficulty, they can become very frustrated, and reaching a
recording saying that the office is closed and instructing them to
call back another time just causes them more stress.
Emergency Response in a Dianna 9/5/2007 I recently sent an e-mail to the Safety Committee regarding the ▪ The Safety Committee has been working on
Crisis Fauvor lack of procedures being distributed to staff, faculty and many of these issues. Look for new information
students. With the Crisis Committee having been formed two soon.
years ago and that committee having to wait for the Safety ▪ A hand-held version of safety procedures is
Committee to prepare a procedure manual, whether the being finalized.
procedures have or have not been written, instructions still ▪ We recognize that the Emergency Preparedness
haven’t been provided to staff and faculty. What are we waiting Plan needs work. Work has already begun. Look
for? At CSU Fresno, instructors advise students on the first day for progress within the next year.
of class of the exact location to migrate towards, in case of a
bomb threat, etc. So for example, the Craig School of Business
students are instructed to vacate the buildings and head towards
a park that is near the northeast corner of the campus. Couldn’t
COS provide similar information to students? Can you imagine
the bedlam that would occur if students and staff panicked and
started running towards their cars to evacuate? We don’t even
have fire drill procedures posted for students. How can we
claim in our mission statement that “students are our business”
if we won’t even provide basic safety instructions? Should a
fire or any form of crisis occur, this would probably be
questioned by the media and might place COS at risk for
Web page Linda 9/5/2007 I find it interesting that you have developed a new web ▪ The website task force is working with
Amaral connection for new ideas, when our currant COS web page is a departments who do not have active web pages.
mess. Most of my students use the web daily if not hourly. I ▪ The website task force is assigning currency
myself have learned to seek out times, dates and information responsibility for the top 3 levels of the COS
with some ease. Have you noticed there is no link to the website.
Physical Education Department? Athletics yes, but nothing to
the Department itself. The same goes to the Fine Arts
Department. Where do they exist? What about up coming
events on campus? As I clicked on the Fine Arts events Link
yesterday, it was still all last year’s information. This is the 4th
week of school. I then clicked on the ASB page and looked at
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the COS newspaper, it was dated March and there was an
Advertisement for “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. This is free
outreach and advertisement! Who is in charge of all of this?
Why is it still such a low priority? Only the individual people
that know how to do webs (Arts & Lecture) or have paid big
money such as the Athletic Department have them working.
The college has made many changes and up dates lately but we
aren’t there yet. Every Department should be provided a Web
template page and it would seem efficient and cost effective that
the Department secretary be taught how to enter data to keep
them currant. Do we have a web master? We have people that
create and build information but it seems to stop there. I feel
we need to hire someone who constantly updates and keeps
gathering information from each department and sector on
campus. We need some one proactive, creative and ambitious.
Some one to seek out the information, not sit at a desk and wait
for it to be delivered. I have been here at the college many
years and have watched many programs come and go. Year
after year events happen, some what of a tradition, but no one
ever asks for an update or information for the next time. It’s
like each and every one of us is a lonely island in a big pond.
Someone please connect the dots so we can all run smoothly
Air Hand Dryer Chris 9/5/2007 I suggest instead of having paper machines in the restrooms to ▪ This alternative was explored recently. First,
Brillhart dry our hand let’s get air hand dryers in the restrooms. With all environmental impact is minimal—a trade-off
the money we will save, we could use it somewhere else on the between reducing solid waste and using more
college that needs it, plus we could save some trees in the fossil fuels for electricity to run the dryers.
process. I work over in Student Services in the Outreach Second, dryers are not cost effective. Beyond the
Department and the women’s restroom has paper all over it cost of the units, the facility must be modified to
from people not throwing there paper in the trash. I am always add electrical outlets, resulting in a cost of $1000
picking up paper that people missed from not throwing it in the per unit.
trash. I am a big activist on saving the plant. I recycle big time.
Board Room Number Dianna 9/5/2007 Since Spring 2006, the Boardroom has been listed on the web ▪ Cabinet agreed to henceforth use the name
Fauvor and in the Semester booklets as 1I. Frustrated students wonder “Board Room” rather than 1I.
around trying to find their class location, with some mistaking
Room 1 for 1I and waiting most of the period in there, and if the
student isn’t in class the first day, the instructor has the option
of dropping them and taking someone who is in class.
Distance Learning Dianna 9/5/2007 Some Distance Learning classes have no clear-cut ▪ Academic Services will look into this. At a
Fauvor communication (on the web or in the book) for the first day of minimum, the Schedule of Classes will list the
class, which leaves the student very frustrated. Shouldn’t a email address of the instructor for the online
guideline be met to be more student-friendly? class.
Adjunct Contact Info Dianna 9/5/2007 Adjunct Instructors need to include their emails, or phone ▪ Adjunct faculty are being issued COS email
Fauvor numbers, for their students to reach them. addresses. Those who want one will also be given
a telephone extension. There will be a separate
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directory for adjunct faculty.
Faculty/Staff Lounge Velia 9/5/2007 COS should have a designated Faculty/Staff Lounge ▪ Given that such a facility is not eligible for state
Rodriguez facility funds, our choice would be to convert
existing space for this use. Cabinet did not see a
lounge as a higher priority than the uses assigned
to existing rooms.
Student fee waivers for Velia 9/5/2007 COS should give student fee waivers for employees’ families ▪ Under the law, college cannot waive enrollment
employees’ families Rodriguez fees for any purpose. Employee’s fees are
actually PAID by the college. To include family
members would divert college funds from more
Kiosk Velia 9/5/2007 What ever happened to the information kiosk idea? ▪ As the kiosk project evolved, it was determined
Rodriguez that the plans and construction would need to
meet state standards set by the Department of the
State Architect (DSA). DSA standards are quite
high, raising the cost of the project considerably.
At this higher price tag, the college just has not
pursued the project.
Uniform Campus Student John 9/5/2007 I suggest making it more of a priority to offer email services to ▪ COS is in the process of implementing student
Email System Redden all students. The benefits might justify the cost: emails. We will report on the implementation
email@example.com . 1. Uniformity - Communication with timeline shortly.
the student body would be a bit easier and more reliable. The
current system of email communication is unacceptably
unreliable. 2. Institution Branding - Every time a student emails
a friend, COS would get a small bit of advertising. 3.
Professionalism - Often times I respond to students using their
"personal" email such as firstname.lastname@example.org. I have to
explain to them that they should have a personal email as well
as a "professional email" and they should be used separately. 4.
Institution Loyalty - Offer another small perk of attending COS.
Students will have yet another incentive to stay enrolled to keep
the email address. In the past there has been talk of using
Microsoft's email for life... but I would suggest that it is
important to offer students the @cos.edu to gain maximum
Bookstore Dianna 9/5/2007 We’ve heard the buzz around campus that the Bookstore is ▪ Your ideas will be passed along to the
Fauvor losing money because of tough competition from two privately Bookstore. The major financial problems of the
owned bookstores across the street. There must be something Bookstore revolve around textbooks rather than
the Bookstore can do to make more money. All of us would other items. The Bookstore has recently
really hate to see staff being cut. We all want them to prosper. introduced several other non-book items, but we
Suggestions: Sidewalk sales with Bookstore merchandise in the do not expect the resulting increased sales to
Quad area. Sell COS coffee mugs with COS logo at the Coffee address the core financial problems of the
House, where people actually buy their coffee. Employees can Bookstore.
offer the mug instead of a plastic cup. Ask instructors to
mention the services offered at the Bookstore at the beginning
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of the semester. Services which include balloon orders, cards,
gifts, etc. Can the Bookstore sell flowers prepared by the Farm?
Maybe, the Bookstore can install a cold unit with sliding glass
doors to keep the flowers fresh. If the Bookstore lights some of
their candles, it might entice more buyers to their candle and
gift items. Offering more items marketed towards younger
adults. Have students complete a survey in class, in order to
determine what they would like to see for sale in the Bookstore.
Suggestion for Child Dianna 9/5/2007 What if the Center creates and sells videos that document the ▪ The suggestions will be passed along to the
Development Center Fauvor best practices for child care facilities with autism programs? Or Child Development Center for their
for that matter, what if the Center creates and sells videos consideration. The main issue may be the market
documenting best practices for any child care facility, not just for such video tapes.
for an autism program? Do you think that might help offset the
costs that the Center incurs for salaries, supplies, etc?
Highlighting/advertising Elaine 9/5/2007 Many of our COS instructors and staff members have received ▪ The Public Information Office is working on
faculty & staff Hord awards, been engaged by colleges and/or businesses to be the design for a community newsletter. One of
achievements keynote speakers or to teach their area of expertise, are the features will be highlighting the
published authors, etc. My suggestion is that we share these accomplishments of students, faculty and staff at
achievements with the communities in the COS district as well COS.
as the feeder high schools. This would accomplish a few
things: increase respect for what COS has to offer its students
and enhance our reputation with high school counselors and
parents of high school students so COS becomes a first choice
when selecting a college.
Staff Lounge Chris 9/5/2007 I believe that C.O.S. should have a central location dedicated as ▪ Given that such a facility is not eligible for state
Keen a "staff only" lounge, where people can congregate in a relaxed facility funds, our choice would be to convert
setting on their breaks to get to know one another and also existing space for this use. Cabinet did not see a
to gain a better understanding one another's roles at C.O.S. The lounge as a higher priority than the uses assigned
place would need to be central, so that everyone would feel to existing rooms.
welcome and compelled to stop there (near a mailroom?).
The place would need to be comfortable (maybe a few couches,
a dining table, and some vending machines and a coffee pot).
And the place should accommodate at least a few people eating
a brown bag lunch (instead of everyone always running off
campus to eat). And the place should NOT have a big
conference table in the middle of it like the FEC room, which
makes you feel like you're at yet another meeting! And
preferably, the place should exclude students (not only so that
employees feel special, but also so that certain student issues
can be discussed with appropriate privacy).
Green Campus Initiative Jon 9/5/2007 My suggestion is to start something called the “Green Campus ▪ This suggestion spurred a considerable
Blakely Initiative.” The thought is to provide financial incentives to discussion at Cabinet. While we found it difficult
employees for making “green” choices. Some examples are to find a way to pay faculty and staff for the
riding a bicycle to work (I do this 2-3 times a week), walking to “green” behaviors mentioned, other ideas
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work, carpooling, buying a hybrid car. I’m sure there are many emerged:
more examples. I am not an incredible earth minded person, ▪ Setting up a ride match service.
but I would be willing to consider options if I knew I would get ▪ Designating some parking spaces for carpools.
paid for them. You could make it just a couple of bucks a day ▪ Having the Foundation give a cash award for
for some things (like biking or carpooling) and bigger the best “green” actions by a department.
incentives for other things. There are many obvious advantages
to this type of program. It helps cut air pollution (and boy do We will continue discussing options.
we need that), the biking or walking helps promote overall
health (another very good thing), helps save money on gas, etc.
With this type of program we could make COS known as “The
Greenest Community College in the state.” Think of the good
publicity this could make.
Scheduling Faculty Linda 9/6/2007 With the increasing need to accommodate non-traditional ▪ Some of this is under the scope of bargaining
Workloads Record student schedules, it would be very helpful if the limitations on with COSTA. There has been some discussion
an instructor's scheduling could be modified. For instance, those between COSTA and the District about holding
who want to specialize in weekend classes or night classes or, office hours online, but nothing has developed
as in my case, online classes, should not be prevented from yet.
doing so by arbitrary rules about when one needs to be on ▪ There is some flexibility in the current practices
campus or the type of course load one can cobble together. This of scheduling classes, but you are right that there
isn't a matter of asking that special courses be offered; it's are rules.
simply recognition that as more non-traditional course ▪ It may be that the evolution of distance
offerings are accommodated by the campus, having greater education will create a climate where non-
flexibility in setting faculty schedules would benefit everyone. traditional schedules will be more accepted.
Channeling Energy And David 9/6/2007 1. Re-activate the COS College Radio Station. Use it or Lose it. ▪ Members of Cabinet were not well informed
Creativity Cargill Currently Visalia has two privately held Low Power FM about issues involving the radio station. We will
stations in Visalia that can only broadcast within a 5 mile radius look into this and discuss the matter at a future
of their tower. Right now COS pays for radio advertising? No meeting.
radio, no problem... ▪ Posting podcasts is feasible, but the staff time to
2. Post student produced podcasts on the COS website. The review the content for appropriateness seemed
content of the podcasts should be current information that helps daunting and probably not worth the investment.
students, i.e. What's new on campus. "How to" topics. Campus
events. Reviews of courses offered at COS. Interviews with
faculty. Community activities. Podcasts could complement
Information Booth at beginning of semester i.e. navigating the
campus, bookstore, etc. Content must pass review process
before posting. Content is by students for students...not a grade
or class, i.e. Journalism, Communications, etc.
Teacher of the Year Rebecca 9/6/2007 Over the past three years, many students have asked me ▪ Cabinet felt that a student-run teacher of the
Griffith questions related to the process of selecting the "teacher of the year award had merit. Frances Gusman will take
year" (I believe that it is referred to as a Giant Award) at COS. the idea to the ASB.
My understanding is that faculty members and members of
administration nominate the instructors that they feel are doing
an outstanding job in the classroom. The students that I have
spoken to feel that they should be part of the process and many
believe that they should be the ones that ultimately make that
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decision. I also support these students desire to change the
process. After all, they are the ones that have direct contact
with us on a regular basis and are the consumers. Although, I
respect the recognition that other faculty members bestow upon
the "winner," I feel that they aren't truly able to assess the
impact that instructors have on student's professional and
personal growth. I wonder which instructors are "making a
difference." I would love to see COS turn this process over to
Offer Faculty A 12-Month Robert 9/6/2007 Offer faculty an optional year-round, 12-months pay schedule ▪ Cabinet felt this suggestion had merit. We will
Pay Schedule Vasquez (as opposed to the current mandatory 10-months pay schedule). bring it up the next time we talk with COSTA.
The district can earn more interest on the account(s) from which
faculty salaries are drawn if more faculty members are paid
over a 12 month period. And full-time faculty members who
are the sole wage earners in their households might opt to teach
fewer summer courses: the district pays more in salaries for
full-time faculty than adjunct faculty who teach in the summer.