September 22, 2006
Dr. Ken Shipley
Office of the Associate Provost
California State University, Fresno
Thomas Administration Building, 110
5241 North Maple Ave. M/S TA54
Fresno, CA 93740
Thank you to you and Lynda Harding for meeting with the Institute members
Thursday at COS. We are looking forward to a successful partnership to offer
expanded baccalaureate degree programs to Tulare and Kings County residents.
Following are the actions agreed to at the meeting:
Demolition of the existing CSUF administration building on the COS
campus must be completed by July ’07 as part of planned construction.
CSU Fresno’s decision to sign a lease agreement for the nursing facility
from COS for $1/yr will be made by October 21 in order to take building off
the roles in the required time.
Using current lease agreement language as a model, COS will provide
minor maintenance of buildings while CSU Fresno completes needed
COS agrees to make their classrooms available for CSU Fresno use on a
CSU Fresno agrees to have cost estimates completed for remodeling by
October 5. It was suggested the plans could be tired in order to stay within
current limited budget and complete other enhancements in the future.
Bill Scroggins, COS, is modifying the CSU Fresno/Institute MOU to
include language adding COS as a third party to the agreement.
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CSU Fresno agrees to participate in a signing ceremony at the BIZ Talk
October 6 business conference, at which Dr Welty will speak. This is also
an opportunity to introduce the new administrator.
On September 18 City Council of Visalia approved $50,000 for the
CSU Fresno will hire a part time administrator through the CSU Fresno
Foundation to oversee the expanded degree program by September 28.
CSU Fresno currently offers Liberal Studies and Criminology at COS.
Everyone agreed to increase marketing of the existing programs.
An integrated plan of a reliable base of course offerings is needed in order
to build enrollment, ramping up as the market is developed. CSU Fresno
agrees to commit to the program for the long term so that the COS service
area will see this as a consistent 4-year degree opportunity.
Business core courses are the next priority for course offerings. Ideally
one business degree could be offered in the future.
Lynda Harding, CSU Fresno, is working to add social work/education and
psychology degree offerings.
CSU Fresno agrees to finalize course offerings for the Fall schedule by
The new administrator will help to recruit teachers.
Teachers will be a combination of permanent CSU Fresno faculty and part
time teachers from local communities.
The profile of CSU Fresno on COS campus must be elevated.
Signage is needed to provide more visibility for the program. CSU Fresno
will explore the cost and feasibility of signage.
Cal Trans will be approached again for a Hwy 198 CSU Fresno sign.
Course offerings will be finalized before November ’06 deadline in order to
start marketing the expanded program.
Marketing will start immediately with current COS students, Tulare County
Superintendents, business and the community.
Offering concurrent enrollment in COS and CSU Fresno will also help
market the program.
We look forward to working with CSU Fresno to make this initiative a success.
Thank you Dr Shipley for your support. We appreciate the partnership and know
this project will positively impact our workforce skills in Tulare County.
Please contact me with any questions at 559.688.3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Development Corp
cc: Bill Scroggins, COS President
Don Goodyear, Retired
Carol Carins, City of Visalia
Linda Douglass, Tulare County EDC