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President: Ohlone is in great shape

By Wes Bowers.

Thursday, August 30, 2007—Reprinted from Fremont Bulletin.

Ohlone Community College President Douglas Treadway delivered his fifth State of the College address last Friday, and reported that the college continues to succeed in many areas.

Treadway recapped many of the accomplishments the college achieved during the 2006-2007 year, and listed some of the goals for the upcoming academic year.

"The college really is in great shape," he said. "It's a pleasure to share the accomplishments that were in 2006, and to look forward to our future."

Ohlone College President Doug Treadway.

Some accomplishments made last year included overseas relations with Australia, China and India, Treadway reported.

The college participated in a Study Abroad program with Australia. Similarly, a program with India is currently being organized, as well as a program in Mexico, he said.

Ohlone has four higher education exchange agreements with China.

Last May, Treadway and Ohlone professor Xisheng Fang met with officials of Suzhou, China's new science and technology industry park.

The result of the trip, Treadway said, was that Ohlone had been invited to participate with the Chinese and Singapore governments to develop a college training center in Suzhou.

Treadway said the city is widely considered as China's Silicon Valley, and that Ohlone was the only institution from the United States invited to participate.

Treadway said ethnic enrollments had increased at Ohlone, an accomplishment for the continued growth at the school.

Since the inception of Ohlone's 2004 strategic plan, under-represented student populations such as African-American, American Indian, Filipino and Hispanic students has increased dramatically, he said.

"As a college, we are one of the most diverse learning communities in California and the nation," Treadway said.

"It is a big part of the story of our growth in recent years in enrollment. It is also a significant factor in the challenges we face to reach high levels of reported student success at the same time as we continue to serve more and more diverse populations, many of whom are inadequately prepared to enter and persist in higher education," he added.

Enrollment overall increased as well. Treadway said that in 2006-2007, the college served nearly 19,000 students. The number was a 7.2 percent increase from the prior year.

Full-time student growth increased by 12.5 percent in the fall, and 11 percent in the spring. Full-time summer students increased by 9 percent.

Treadway said the Community College Times reported Ohlone had the second largest enrollment growth in the nation.

Student morale and Ohlone's programs were also highlighted during the address.

Last spring, Treadway said the college took a survey of student satisfaction, assessing the quality and reputation of the college. Results showed the school had more than 90 percent satisfaction, under questions like "My instructors are responsive to my individual needs," and "I have been made to feel comfortable here by staff and other students."

"This is strong evidence that all of the good work we are engaged in is paying large dividends," Treadway said. "When it comes to word of mouth advertising, the most powerful form of promotion, it is not a secret in the Bay Area that we have an excellent teaching and learning culture at Ohlone."

In athletics, Treadway further highlighted several of the college's squads making the postseason last year, including the baseball and softball teams.

The baseball team made it to the first round of the state playoffs, while the softball team advanced to the second round of the championships.

Men's basketball advanced to the state's Elite Eight tournament, and the women's team played in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Ohlone swim teams were in the conference championships, and the Coach of the Year honor went to Elizabeth Stanley.

Ohlone ended the 2006-2007 fiscal year with strong budget reserves, Treadway said, claiming a 2 percent growth funding from the state.

And with the recent state budget approval from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, colleges will receive a 4.53 percent cost of living adjustment increase.

Finally, Treadway noted that frontage property along Mission Boulevard will be leased this winter, and the school's Newark campus is set to open in January.

Treadway quoted author William Drucker in summing up the college's current state.

"The best way to predict your future is to create it," he said. "I think a lot of people in this room could write Dr. Drucker's next book for him. Congratulations to who you are, for what you do and working together, for an amazing array in 2006-07 of all that you have accomplished."

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