I hope you were able to get some time to vacation and rest over the summer. For myself, I had a great 10 day road trip exploring four states. I found it memorable and relaxing.
Now that we are beginning the new semester, I hope you will take the time to review this newsletter and use it as a tool and resource for your valuable work as a faculty member at Los Angeles City College.
Please join with me in welcoming the following new full-time probationary faculty who have joined Los Angeles City College beginning this fall. They are:
· Gayane Panosyan, Director of the Child Development Center
· Kathrine Hagerott, Nursing
· Gayle Stafsky, Dietetics
It has been particularly encouraging to see the progress that LACC continues to make toward improving its completion agenda. This past year certificate completions (18 units or more) have increased by 15%, and degrees by 24%. I want to commend you as faculty for playing a central role in making this happen.
The marketing campaign that began this past spring intensified efforts to improve the student experience with improved HVAC, cleaner and safer facilities, enhanced recruitment and retention efforts, along with the guaranteed course offerings for 2018‑2019 (no cancellations) are helping to improve our enrollments as we enter this year projecting growth for the first time in four years. As of today, enrollments are up 9% (comparable day) over last fall.
I want to conclude this letter with a call to action and an “all hands on deck” participation in doing everything we can do to increase enrollment and completions by creating a culture of respect that will give our students a positive experience at Los Angeles City College. Working together respectfully and with our students will make a difference. Please add every single student possible to your classes and promote enrollment in our classes in every way possible. LACC is all about student success—but students cannot succeed if they are not here.
Thank you for your valued contribution to make LACC, The City’s College.
Daniel Walden, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Los Angeles City College
855 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Office Location: Cesar Chavez Building, AD 212
Office phone: (323) 953-4000, ext. 2051