Abstract of the Self Study
As one reads the self study for Los Angeles City College (LACC), the focus the college has placed on celebrating its diversity is evident, as the steering committee decided to highlight our students on the cover and tab pages of this publication. LACC is located in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse areas in the entire world – Los Angeles. Of all the world’s cities, Los Angeles hosts the largest population of Pacific Islanders and the third largest Hispanic population. Persons from more than 140 countries, speaking 96 different languages call Los Angeles home and LACC reflects this diverse population. Diversity is not only a characteristic of the student body and faculty, but of the LACC offerings:
· A curriculum designed for transfer to a four-year university
· An associate degree and/or certificate leading directly to entrance into the workforce
· An essential skills program designed to assist underprepared students and others who seek special assistance to achieve their educational goals
Standard One: Institutional Mission and Effectiveness describes the important role the college mission statement plays in guiding planning and decision-making. The Office on Institutional Effectiveness will develop the process and timeline for a regular review and revision of the statement. To ensure that LACC learning programs are aligned with the needs of the student population several strategies are utilized: department advisory boards, program review processes, enrollment management teams, open forums to develop core competencies – all are compared to the environmental scan information provided by the office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Standard Two: Student Learning Programs and Services highlights the instructional programs and student support services that help meet the diverse needs of our student population. The college sees the value of diversity and its personal and civic responsibility to achieve a deeper understanding of students, faculty, staff and administrators’ roles as citizens of the global community.
LACC’s Core Competencies are the skills and abilities all graduates are expected to possess and are the “heart” of our student learning outcomes conceptualization, development and SLO assessment:
1. Essential Academic Skills
a. Information Competency: Critical and Creative Thinking
b. Written and Oral Communication
c. Mathematical Competency/Quantitative Reasoning
d. Technological Literacy
2. Personal Growth and Development
a. Self Assessment and growth
b. Intellectual engagement and physical wellness
c. Ethical reasoning
d. Aesthetic awareness and appreciation
3. Interpersonal/intercultural/global awareness
a. Interpersonal interaction and community participation
b. Intercultural knowledge and exploration
c. Discovering global issues
The establishment of a full-time SLO coordinator for the last four years has allowed LACC to create and build regular, ongoing and systematic procedures and practices to create, implement and assess SLOs for most courses and many programs.
The Student Services division conducts a comprehensive program review every six years and reviews progress on each of its plans every other year. This process helps Student Services identify and quantify its work with students and implements a plan for improvement that relates to achieving the college’s and division’s mission and goals, including access. The numerous support services offered at LACC are as diverse as its student body.
Additionally, LACC provides opportunities for student involvement through the Office of Student Life, which has introduced an “Explore L.A.” program. Excursions to local live theater – “The Color Purple,” tours of the MTA metro lines and other ventures give students opportunities to engage in holistic education. Students also have the opportunity to participate in student government and enjoy various celebrations of cultural and ethnic pride.
Standard Three: Resources delineates how human, physical, technological and financial resources are used to meet the college’s objectives. As of fall 2008, there were 17 deans and administrators, including the president and vice presidents. Additionally, there were 168 full time faculty, 460 adjunct faculty and 181 contract classified staff.
All LACC Faculty and administers have strong academic backgrounds and experience in the fields in which they work. The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) has a personnel Commission that determines position qualifications and establishes lists for classified service. The faculty and staff keep their skills current by continuous participation in staff development activities. The college conforms to district, local, state and federal government nondiscrimination and equal opportunity policies. LACC continues to emphasize the importance of hiring procedures that result in a sufficient number of faculty and staff that are sympathetic and sensitive to the racial and cultural diversity of the populations the college serves.
· The Learning Resource Center helps faculty and staff develop their educational technology abilities along with other professional skills.
· Each employee has access to his or her own employee record
· The institution provides adequate protection for the safety and confidentiality of all personnel documents that are kept on campus