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					                             CBS Spring Meeting
                         Highline Community College
                               Des Moines, WA
                              April 23 –24, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT: Mike Brandstetter, Norma Whitacre, Roz Spitzer, Adrienne Lugg, Natalia
Palomino, Meg Molton, Brigitte Kidd, Mark McLean, Carmen Croppi, Karen Johnson, Darrel Mihara,
Laura Griep, Steve Washburn, Tricia Kesterson, Mihaela Cosma, Doug Emory, Jane Warthen, Olga
Fedorovski, Anne Helmholz, Maggie Stuart, Jon Kerr, Kimberly Chapman, John Frey, Elaine
Williams Bryant, Evelyn Short, Lori Griffin, Amy Metcalfe, John Chadwick, Chris Koehler, Alison
Stevens, David Gourd, Bill Sperling, Lynn Christofersen, Kathy Kuba, Crystal Ashley, Donna Miller-
Parker, Kim Ward, Debbie Reck, Marleen Ramsey, Katie Jensen, and Kerrie Abb. Geri Swope
Spokane, and Larry Ruddell.

GUESTS PRESENT: Danette Rudolph – Clark College, Susan Sandmeier and Jason Clizer –
CBC, Mary Castro – Everett CC, Rod Taylor and Jenni Martin – IEL Spokane, Joyce Kruithof –
Edmonds Community College, Cynthia Gaede – Green River CC, Christie Knighton – Highline CC,
Jenna Pollock and Jodi Novotny – RTC, Denise Vaughn and Debbie McLaughlin – SCCC, Mindy
Coslor – SVC, Allan French – SSCC, Lee Jewett – TCH, Darlene Snider — Walla Walla CC, Pam
Ferguson and Jno Hinson — Yakima Valley CC, Dixie Simmons – Instruction Commission Liaison,
Christine McRae – Corrections, and Bob Hughes – Seattle University.

ABE STAFF PRESENT: Beth Wheeler, Brian Kanes, Israel Mendoza, Kathy Cooper, Kristin
Ockert, Lou Sager, Shash Woods, and Diane McGuinn.

Additional CBS members and SBCTC staff accessed the meeting using Elluminate: (Kris Smock,
Kara Garrett)

CALL TO ORDER:
John Chadwick, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:45 P.M.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS:
John Chadwick welcomed the council members to meeting and introduced Steve Washburn. Steve
introduced, Highline Community College Vice President, Jeff Wagnitz, who welcomed CBS to the
Highline CC campus.

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Bob Hughes announced that on April 3, 2009, Seattle University celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
During their program, they recognized four individuals who have made significant contributions to
adult basic education in our state; one of those recognized was Israel Mendoza. Bob took this
opportunity to read a brief biography noting Israel’s achievements and then gave him an award to
honor him for his service.

LIAISON REPORTS:
Adult Education Advisory Council (AEAC) Report: Donna Miller-Parker reported.
Donna reminded CBS members that the AEAC’s primarily focus is advocacy for adult basic
education. She reported that the AEAC has taken two actions:

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   (1) Gave a presentation to State Board (not staff), where they recommended four principles:
        Take the long view; today’s decisions must make sense tomorrow.
        Our state’s economic future depends on how well we meet the needs of the workforce that we
         have today.
        The success of adult basic education leverages the success of other state investments in low-
         income families.
        Successful adult basic education programs play a necessary role in the ability of the college
         system to ―increase educational attainment of all its residents‖ and ―meet the demands for a
         well-educated and skilled workforce.

   (2) WTECB members attended the winter AEAC meeting which allowed for a dialogue about
       issues of common concern surrounding barriers to service for adults with ABE needs that
       arise from the current performance system. The AEAC had these recommendations:
        The WTECB and the Interagency Committee review current performance targets to assess
           how well they reflect the realities of both the economic situation and workforce
           demographics.
        The WTECB and the Interagency Committee review the regression model in order to ensure
           that it supports services to the entire spectrum of un- and under-employed adult workers who
           need to increase their skills and knowledge.
        The WTECB and the Employment Security Department ask Governor Gregoire to request a
           waiver to use the nine Common Measures to negotiate and evaluate one stop performance.

Task Force Dev. Ed. and I-BEST: Dixie Simmons did not have a report.

Career & Employment Services Liaison: Patty Triggs’ report is posted on the CBS Web page.

MINUTES:
Reminder: The Executive Committee will not be to holding a summer meeting, but CBS
committees should consider having their meetings during the summer without incurring travel
expenses.

A motion was made to approve the winter meeting minutes; minutes were approved unanimously.

CBS Treasurers Report – Geri Swope reported that the treasury balance is $3,322. It was noted
that expenses have been higher this year due to the changes in the meeting format. Not much
carryover is expected, so next year’s costs will need to be examined to see if dues need to be
raised.

BY-LAWS
Cindy Wilson opened the discussion explaining at the last meeting CBS members moved to have
the Instruction Commission (IC) consider the motion to strike Article IV section 2 from the By-laws in
regards to CBOs not being able to serve as chair of CBS. She indicated that Dixie Simmons
shared the governance request at the February IC meeting and the IC passed a motion to reaffirm
the existing governance structure for CBS. Cindy explained the structure of the IC and summarized
the IC’s written feedback.

“Instruction Commission values the work of the Council for Basic Skills, which includes representatives
of community and technical colleges and community based organizations. Recently, IC has been asked
to consider a revision to CBS bylaws which would eliminate the restriction of council president to a
member employed by the community and technical college system. The system of state-wide councils
is an important component of the communication and oversight structure for the community and
technical college system. Leadership of the council structure is an issue of governance and

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responsibility. Therefore, the Instruction Commission reaffirms the present by-laws of the Council for
Basic Skills which limit the council president to an employee of the community and technical college
system. CBOs currently have an official position in the leadership structure of CBS and are strongly
encouraged to participate.”

She informed CBS members that the Executive Committee reviewed the vote and it was
determined that 2\3 of the membership was not present to vote, so the motion did not pass.
Debbie Reck called for a ―Point of Order,‖ stating if that is the case then she believes that would
make approval of all other By-laws changes for the year also null. Although it is believed that all
other motions passed with unanimous approval, the Executive Committee will take the Point of
Order under advisement.

Other members brought up questions about CBS’ relationship to the IC and procedures that require
IC feedback. Kerrie Abb explained that CBS operates as a committee of the IC so they have final
say on what CBS can do in terms of governance. Consequently, CBS can recommend changes to
the existing By-laws, but unfortunately the IC did not approve this particular change. To further
clarify, Mark McLean read Article II, Section 1, sharing that CBS’ purpose is to assist and report to
the IC on issues affecting state, local and federally funded Adult Literacy programs… re-iterating
that CBS is subject to IC approval because they are the organization that we report to and created
CBS. He emphasized that the critical point to remember is that the CBS Chair acts as an employee
of the IC. Therefore, the action attempted by CBS at the last meeting was not approved and as a
result the by-law needs to retain its original language.

Roz Spitzer restated the other by-law motion on the table regarding Article V Section 2: “The
Executive Committee may call other special meetings as needed and cancel meetings as needed.”
Discussion followed. John Chadwick did a Roll Call to confirm that 2\3 of the membership was
present to vote. Motion passed with 39 in favor, 1 not in favor, and 3 abstentions. Three members
were absent.

John Chadwick spoke to the fact that CBS expected that the IC response would not be favorable.
He stressed that although the outcome was disappointing that CBS members should continue to
maintain their strong relationship with each other (between colleges and CBOs).

COMMITTEE MEETING REPORTS: Reports will be posted on the CBS Web page.

LOU TECH TIPS:
 Lou demonstrated where to find Administrative reports in WABERS+ and explained what each one
is for. Administrators need to review these or ask for them from their data entry person so they can
clean data if necessary. She pointed out that the spring deadline is the cutoff for the year and no
fixes can be made after the spring snap shot is taken. Also if the user has read-only access, they
will not be able to see administrative reports.

ABE STATE BOARD UPDATES:
Learning Standards: Shash Woods gave an update on the Regional Learning Standards
Institutes. Approximately 100 individuals have attended these regional institutes, and 75 more are
registered for upcoming institutes. She reminded everyone of the dates, locations, and registration
deadlines of the remaining Regional Institutes. She indicated that the institutes offer a blend of
training and information for those that haven’t had much training in Learning Standards. They have
found that the institutes have provided a team building experience for those that haven’t had much
exposure to the learning standards concepts.



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In addition, Shash applauded the Writing Cadre members for the work they have been doing on the
―Convey Ideas in Writing‖ Learning Standards. The Writing Cadre will meet next week and again in
July.

State Legislative Update-Brian Kanes and Israel Mendoza reported.
    April 26th – End of Legislative Session
    House and Senate budget negotiators are suppose to reach some agreement today on the
       2009-11 operating budget. The Senate’s version of the budget was suggesting a net 7% cut
       to our system, while the House budget was as high as 15%. It is assumed that the colleges
       are going to be allowed to increase tuition by 7% for each of the next two years and that is
       where the net % budget reduction is derived from. The cuts will most likely be a
       compromise between the House and Senate level with some belief that the bias will be
       towards the lower Senate level.
    Charlie Earl, SBCTC’s Executive Director, recently indicated that the Governor is still
       supporting only a 6% cut to higher education.
    Kim Chapman shared that she learned that the State Board will also be taking what every
       cuts the system ends up taking. Israel informed CBS that the ABE office will be making
       changes in the office to align staff around functionality rather than program titles.
    There was bill in house proposing to raise ABE tuition to $100; SBCTC wrote a fiscal note
       explaining that this proposal would be a barrier to access, and it is assumed that the bill
       went away.
 The following amendments of importance to the community and technical college system were
 adopted by Senate Ways and Means on Wednesday:

      $4 million in federal stimulus funds are provided in the Community Trade and Economic
       Development (CTED) budget for weatherization training. Funds are directed for the SBCTC
       to provide workforce training related to weatherization and energy efficiency.
      $1.5 million was added to the SBCTC budget to increase the Hospital Employee Education
       Training (HEET) grants. The program was initiated in the supplemental budget last year with
       $3 million. This proposal was included in the Governor's budget recommendations but is not
       currently in the House version of the budget.
      $3.5 million is added to the Higher Education Coordinating Board budget to restore
       maximum State Need Grant awards at private universities to the maximum level provided
       at the public research universities.

Enrollment & Performance : Achievement Points, etc.
Board Earmarks: ABE staff reminded CBS what the difference was between provisos and
earmarks. (Proviso-legislature determines what you can spend the money for; earmarks-State
Board determines what the money can be spent for.) The State Board office has completed their
review of legislative provisos and State Board earmarks (both are targeted funds) which they have
discussed with the Presidents over the past few months. The total amount of funds that have a
proviso or earmark attached to them will shrink in half (from $132.8 million to $66.5 million). This
does not mean that these particular programs or activities necessarily will be cut, or that the
performance targets associated with them have been removed. When the legislature removes
provisos and/or the State Board removes earmarks it means the funding associated with those
programs and activities become part of the colleges’ base budgets and the Presidents will have to
decide the relative priority of the programs and activities as they work to balance their local
budgets.

Given budget constraints, the legislature passed, and the Governor signed a 2009 supplemental
budget that combines various targeted enrollments into a single target. SBCTC will continue to
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distribute this detailed workbook tracking FTES consistent with the earlier biennial budget
requirements. SBCTC will combine the high-demand related targets and report a single high-
demand number for the system to OFM.

Israel conveyed that ABE base funds are not part of the rolled up target. He stressed that no one is
interested in taking money away from ABE programs, but the State Board may choose to revisit
targets in the future. If the State Board starts to see the system drifting away from what is best for
students, the State Board could elect to put earmarks back on the money. Regardless if provisos
go away, our recommendations will be keeping earmarks on those things that are critical to ABE
such as I-BEST pilots that work with developmental ed/math project; Opportunity grants; and
anything that puts money directly into the hands of students.

Achievement Points: At the end of year, colleges will be getting money for their earned
Achievement Points. ABE continues to make impressive gains in Achievement points and Israel
complimented CBS saying that the Achievement Point system continues to show the delivery of
quality instruction in the state’s ABE programs. Furthermore, if the majority of Achievement Points
continue to be made in ABE, then it would support the idea that that is where funds should flow.

$25 ABE course fee -current policy remains intact and will likely not increase. At the request of
several CBS members, Brian will send out the information SBCTC sent to colleges about the $25
ABE tuition charge when it was created, and the memorandum about whom we can serve in ABE.
(This email was sent on 4/24/09.)

Federal Grants and Extension:
There will be no new RFP; rather, all currently approved Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs are
eligible for a one-year continuation of their current program approvals, with grant amounts changed
to reflect state and federal appropriations. The 2009-2010 Grant Extension Process is currently
open in OGMS and will close Wednesday, May 13, 2009. The Master Application consists of six
brief narrative questions, the standard set of budget narrative questions, and program assurances.
These questions have not changed in seven years. The narrative responses MUST address each
of your currently approved ABE grant awards that you want to continue operating for the coming
year. There is a separate budget application, however, for each separate grant award.

Brian Kanes fielded questions regarding:

Data Performance: Obviously there are budget cuts going on, you might expect that you will be
serving fewer students over the next year—SBCTC would like to know that. It is not part of the
target, but it is part of the original application. We would like to stay informed on your performance
and be able to pull that information out of the application so we can update SBCTC’s Executive.
Director on what we are finding.

Percentages: Performance targets are required by federal legislation as well as by SBCTC. Our
federal state plan requires performance rates to increase each year at a rate of 1.02 times the
previous actual performance rate. If you have a legitimate reason to request lower rates, rather
than lower enrollments, explain the mitigating factors in the application.
What are the federal rates? SBCTC negotiates them every year with the U.S. Department of
Education; only requirement is that they need to increase every year.

How do we set targets?: OGMS does not allow for charts and tables. Directors are to submit any
mitigating circumstances as they apply to proposing lower outcomes. Explain the proposed new
targets in the narrative text for each approved program you want to continue.
How would you know what you did the second Year? From your WABERS results.
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Can SBCTC send out the program goals, charts and attainment goals for last year (application plus
1.02%) or post it to the Web site? Yes.
Missed targets are the new targets for the year? Explain to SBCTC why you missed the prior
target, and any mitigating factors, such as major changes in the population, that might keep you
from increasing your targets.
By projecting less enrollment, is that going to risk funding? No, but please explain the reason for
expecting to serve fewer students. The numbers are only for our own benefit to keep the State
Board updated.
Do we need to address State targets: FTE targets? The highly funded ABE FTE targets for
colleges were rolled up with all other college targets. The targets you need to consider in this
application are the continuation of the targets you proposed in your RFP two years ago (i.e.,
percent completing each level, etc.), FTE targets were not part of the RFP and are not part of this
extension application.

Where can we locate the final numbers from last year? Lou Sager will make the numbers
available.

WIA
ABE staff is working to influence reauthorization of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act as a
part of the Workforce Investment Act. There appears to be a lot of support for integrated models
and pathways. Congressional leaders are using our information and videos, and Achievement
Point system to support the efforts to reauthorize the law. Nationally, political leaders recognize it
as a great system.

Kathy Cooper will be testifying in Washington D.C. May 5th on the use of Washington State’s
 I-BEST model as an innovative practice for adult basic education. She will make these
recommendations to Congress:
     Redefine the purpose of Title II as student success in post-secondary education and
      progress along career pathways.
     Reform the data and accountability system to reflect the new purpose and make the data
      useful for teaching and learning, as well as accountability.
     Link a clear purpose for adult basic education and a reformed accountability system with an
      increase in funding so that adult basic education programs can expand services to the
      growing numbers of adults that needs them.

It appears that hearings on the reauthorization of the law may begin as early as next fall.

Staff also shared that they have been having conversations with the Gates Foundation and they are
also very interested in student achievement points and the I-BEST model.

Stimulus Package
Our state is expected to get $2 billion from the Stimulus Package; $55 million is going to local
WDCs. The Governor wants more training, but chose not to bypass the current system. $7 million
is coming out of Employment Security to give to WDCs who contract with colleges to support
training. ABE staff have met with WDC directors to remind them that ABE and ESL is part of that
training. WDC staff have confessed that there are huge disincentives to serve these students.

Kathy announced that the WDCs will be funding Youth Summer employment programs directed
toward 16-24 years old. The only requirement on the funds is that students have to be more work
ready than when they first started. John talked about how he was able to secure some of these
funds and is looking for employer internship sites for students.

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Workfirst Update: Kristin Ockert gave the report.
Kristin Ockert informed CBS members that the handout she provided for CBS is the same
information that WEC will get. Jim Crabbe, Workforce Education Director, plans to attend and
present information at the meeting.

In the fall of 2008, faced with a considerable biennial budget shortfall, the Office of Fiscal
Management engaged the WorkFirst partnership in a Priorities of Government (POG) process
which developed recommendations to sustain the welfare system. Consequently the Block Grant
was replaced by the WorkFirst Delivery Agreement. It is a customer-based approach where
providers gather information from partners about the characteristics of clients on the local TANF
caseload, employment opportunities and skills requirements, and other resources with which to
coordinate, and develop a local training delivery agreement that their resources can support.
Due to the shortfall significant changes were made as described below:
     The college system’s budget was reduced from $27.64M to $18.93M per year.
     Primary eligibility was established for TANF and former TANF participants only. Former
        TANF is defined as someone "who received welfare in at least 1 of the 8 quarters prior to the
        start of training, but not in the quarter they started."
     An increased emphasis was placed on performance and accountability.
     Grant amount for FY10 was awarded based on the previous two years performance
        outcomes for employment, completions, and transitions.
     Established new program guidance, funding formula and outcomes for FY 2011--funding will
        be determined by a revised outcome performance funding formula that reflects the evolving
        TANF policy developments. The SBCTC will continue to maintain a portion of the WorkFirst
        allocation in reserve, which will be allocated during the fiscal year.

Official notification of the full FY10 funding allocation will be released upon approval of the budget.
The WorkFirst Delivery Agreement was submitted through OGMS. Applications are being reviewed
and remarks will go out as soon as State Board can get them out. Following the review process,
institutions whose plans are approved will receive 100% of their entire grant on July 1, 2009.

Kristin asked for a show of hands from CBS members who participated in the creation of their
WorkFirst application with their Local Planning Area (LPA) representatives. She informed members
that the State board fought against requiring LPA members’ signatures on the application, but
encouraged in-depth conversations to explore what needs are and how resources could be used to
address them. Furthermore, she indicated that State sub-cabinet level discussions have been very
difficult regarding the role of education in WorkFirst. This prompted her to ask CBS members to
share from their perspectives how the Partner discussions went.
      Kerrie Abb, Yakima Valley CC, shared that she was a little nervous about the process at
         first, but overall felt it went really well.
      Cindy Wilson, Grays Harbor College, shared that she and her partners talk on a weekly
         basis so the process went very smoothly as anticipated.
      Kara Garrett, Big Bend CC, found some confusion with the CE process and job skills week
         conversations and initiatives that aren’t widely shared. She also reported that some
         participants felt a sense of secrecy—that the other party knew things before it had been
         shared with them; otherwise they had good conversations.

Kristin pointed out that each agency shares information according to their own internal processes.
Once we have the go ahead to make information public, we do so according to processes in our
CTC system. It seems that our processes might always be faster than those of the other agencies.
That is really an issue that only the other agencies can address.


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BUDGET REDUCTION IMPACT ON BASIC SKILLS
CBS members shared the reductions they have had to take on their campus this year and how the
programs cuts will also impact them for next year. They shared strategies on how they our getting
through the process.

FALL MEETING: Cindy asked that colleges along the I-5 corridor to please think about hosting the
Fall meeting. Shoreline volunteered to host the upcoming fall meeting. Date to be
determined.

ELECTION COMMITTEE
The previous Chairs of CBS served on this year’s Nomination Committee (Mark McLean, Donna
Miller-Parker, Bill Sperling, Kara Garrett and Gail Miulli). Positions open for election were: Chair-
elect, CBO Representative, and Secretary-Treasurer. Mark kicked off the election process by
sharing from his personal experience, indicating that serving on the Executive Committee team is a
real learning experience and an excellent professional development opportunity. He stated that the
chair position involved the most commitment and work, but there are other positions open. He
asked the members to think about how they could help serve the group in some way. CBS works
well together because people take on small roles within the group that adds to what CBS does.
Cindy Wilson announced and introduced the nominees for this year’s offices. Ballots were
distributed for members to vote. New Officers are:
Kerrie Abb, Chair-elect
Laura Griep, Secretary-Treasurer
Kim Chapman, College-Member at Large, re-elected to a second term
Lee Jewett, CBO-Member at Large

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Beth announced that PBS Reading Employability Workbooks and are
available on a first come, first served basis.

ACCESSING DATA IN WABERS+: Demonstration by Lou Sager

CASAS eTEST: Peninsula College and Yakima Valley Community College are currently involved
in the pilot test of the CASAS eTest and the use of the eTest via the Internet. Evelyn reported that
CASAS will not be making the eTest available on the Web in the near future.

Mark reminded everyone that Brian had sent out email that indicated that CASAS offered
substantial discounts for multiple sets of tests when the state puts in an order together as a system.
Anytime you submit an order for 5 units or more, you are eligible for a 20% discount, but you have
to ask for the discount from CASAS. Mark volunteered to be the coordinator to let CASAS know
who would be ordering materials.

Questions to Evelyn Short and Kerrie Abb about the eTest included:
How do I know it will be a budget savings? Explain to me why this is an economical savings and a
smart thing to do?
They gave several reasons why using the eTest is a better approach:
Kerrie: For one, it cuts labor costs as it is much faster. She said that the time it takes to give the
test is significantly less; they are able to test more students at a time with less staff. There is less
time needed to check test accuracy and to distribute, scan, and look at error rate. She estimated
that the time for testing a student was cut in ½ if you use the CAT. Furthermore, she pointed out
that not only do staff prefer it, but students prefer it as well. And with the CAT you do not have to
do any test selection for the student.

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Evelyn: She reported that they have found ways to make eTests work very effectively for them. It
is on their campus server, and instructors can access it on computers in classrooms, and in three
computer labs on campus. Some instructors take their whole class to a lab, and others arrange for
students to go individually. They even have it on computers in their I-BEST programs to make it
easier for I-BEST instructors to get CASAS testing completed. She expressed that the big draw for
eTesting is time. By combining the appraisal with the pre-test it saves staff and student time and
that is why they have found it to be a good investment. She said in time they will be able to report
on the Web-based testing, but it is too early to say much about that at this time.

What about students that are not computer literate?
Kerrie: Students who are not oriented toward computers enter answers with the mouse or letter key.
She said this method was no more foreign than a bubble sheet.
Evelyn: We have yet to have a student complain (even ESL) or request not to do the computer
testing.
What is the cost?
The software is free; you pay for each test that is being taken, not for paper test.

What about logistics?
Both Evelyn and Kerrie agreed that he eTest is easier for office staff than scanning bubble sheet,
but it is not perfect. They reassured CBS that this method doesn’t bring any more challenges than
what they faced with bubble sheets. When programs go to Web-based training, they can take
laptops for students to use to test or have them go to off- site computer labs. So in that respect,
they think that it will be easier to manage testing.

Did it affect your momentum points?
Kerrie said ―No, we implemented all about the same time, and the eTest is more accurate.‖ Yakima
did a slow roll out starting in the fall.

Alison Stevens, Seattle Central CC, told CBS that they are currently looking at using the eTest for
Orientation students (i.e. pretesting) only—by using the eTest they will avoid having to compile all
the appraisal information before or during orientation – as it will happen automatically as part of the
eTest. She emphasized that she believes it will make their CASAS/WABERS/back-up receptionist
person’s job a bit more doable. Alison conveyed that the cost of CASAS and the size of their
program are big issues, but really believed that implementing eTests for at least the pretesting part
of CASAS will help to address an even bigger issue: labor costs and shortages! She said the
program is dependent on hourly help to get through it all, and relayed how stressful the process is
for their coordinator. Ultimately, she would like to have the WABERS coordination job be more
manageable so people in that position won’t keep burning out and quitting.

ASSESSMENT OF MEETING FORMAT:
A survey was handed out to CBS members to collect their comments on how effective the new
meeting format was working.

SYNTHESIS OF KEY POINTS – Olga reported.
CBS By-laws: The Instruction Commission is our parent organization and therefore, it reaffirms the
present By-laws of CBS which limits the council chair to an employee of the community and
technical college system.

Professional Development:
 LS Regional Institutes: two out of five are left
   Learning Standards – May 14-15 at Edmonds Community College
                       – May 28-29 at Pierce College-Puyallup
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    Do not forget to register: May 4 and May 18 – deadlines for registration
   Numeracy Training Modules are available for local training.
    Seattle District will run the series this spring. Contact Shash Woods for more information.
   ABE to Credit Math Transitions:
    The groups from 11 campuses are following up on the discussions started at the February
    meeting. See the PDS Update or contact Susan Kidd for more information.
   NRS & DPI Workshops:
     Two groups: for new directors and for continuing directors
     Regional DPI workshops–tentative dates: May 20 (SBCTC), June 2 (Bellingham), June 5
               (Renton), July 10 (Eastern WA)
     Watch for registration information: it will be coming out shortly
     Pre-work for DPI – http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-abepds_datatraining.aspx
   For more information see handout: ABE PD Services Update – April 2009

Assessment:
New Assessment Policy: will be posted online by July 1st
Recommendation to Executive Committee: ―sunset‖ the Assessment committee

Technology Committee:
   Future Plans:
      o WABERS coding for online classes
      o Standards for technology
      o Change its name to eLearning
   Watch for a survey on ABE Mission Study Taskforce

Transitions:
Transitions between Adult Ed and Dev Ed: watch for an online report on promising practices
modules
Educational Interviewing Redesign Proposal: move from 3 credits to 4

WABERS+:
 Elluminate Training Sessions on WABERS+ snapshots: May 5 & 12
 Camtasia Videos: not up yet
 Manual on WABERS+: coming soon
  REMEMBER TO:
   Check student goals
   Pay attention to post-testing
   Check your Data Quality Reports monthly (not everyone can see them!)

WorkFirst Update:
WEC: next week in Wenatchee
Application Reviews: comments will go out soon
Information about the Comprehensive Evaluation changes etc. will come out soon
For more information: see WorkFirst Update handout

Grant Extension Deadline: May 13th
Let SBCTC know if you have budget cuts and it impacts your targets and outcomes
Percentage increase of level completion in ABE and ESL levels is still a requirement: 2% annually
ABE provider can change rate, but needs to explain WHY
Do not need to talk about FTE targets
Watch for Lou’s email with our federal targets’ information

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New Executive Committee Members:
Kerrie Abb - Chair-Elect, Laura Griep - Secretary/Treasurer, Lee Jewett - CBO-at-Large Member

Budget Reduction:
Net cut to the system - 6% or 7%
Enrollment Targets: no accountability (no fiscal penalty) for not meeting them but SBCTC will
continue tracking enrollment by those targets
Access & Quality: keep them in balance
Achievement Points: majority of points are made in basic skills which means more $$$
Tuition Fees Policy: watch for Brian’s email

CBS Fall Meeting: Shoreline CC

Other Announcements:
    SPSCC has a basic skills instructor position open

ADJOURNMENT:
The meeting was adjourned at noon.




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