President/Superintendent's Office for the Ohlone Community College District
Ohlone is preparing for a March 2014 Accreditation visit. Progress on the Self Study is moving at a good pace. Dr. Jim Wright, VP Academic Affairs gave me the following report as of March 2013:
Our Self-Evaluation process for March 2014 is well underway after more than a year of preparation. We have eleven Learning and Assessment Teams working on evaluating our adherence to the Accreditation Standards, including a team conducting a Focused Assessment on Distance Education. We aim to have a complete working draft of the Self-Evaluation Report ready this summer for governance review in the fall. Our goal is to have the Self-Evaluation Report approved by the Board in November for submission to the Commission in January 2014.
In November 2010 the Ohlone College District passed a $349 million General Obligation Bond, Measure G, which will allow the college to repair, upgrade, and replace facilities on the 40-year-old Fremont campus. This is a summary of the progress on Measure G projects.
Gilbane/EIS was selected to work with the College as the Bond Program Management Firm. They have been instrumental in all of the following:
- The College has approved the District Facilities Master Plan (PDF), and the Educational Master Plan, and the Technology Master Plan (PDF) is nearing completion, all of which are guiding the planning process.
- The College has hired the master architects, the firms of Cannon Design and Anderson Brulé Architects, which have been actively engaged with College collegial groups in developing a timeline and planning priorities for the core academic buildings on the Fremont campus.
- The College is currently in the search process for the Master Landscape Architect firm, as of the beginning of March 2013.
Several smaller projects are underway or have been completed. These include:
- A one-megawatt solar energy collection field on the Fremont campus, activated in August 2012, which in addition to reducing our power consumption, will result in a $1 million rebate from PG&E.
- Solar panels over parking lots are under construction at the Newark campus.
- A $10 million Technology Endowment was established to create a long term source of funding to integrate new technologies and equipment into the curriculum as technology changes.
- A number of smaller projects related to accessibility and safety have been completed or are in progress. These projects, and other information about the bond, are described on the Measures A & G website.
I am proud of Ohlone's programs and facilities, its opportunities for students, and its student successes. Again, welcome to Ohlone.
Gari Browning, Ph.D.
Ohlone Community College District
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