Welcome to the 2017 fall semester at Los Angeles City College. I trust you all enjoyed some relaxation and had a great summer. Now it is time to once again turn our attention to operating the college, teaching classes, and working with our students to reach their academic and life goals.
While we face challenges with declining enrollments and the implementation of a new district wide student information system (PeopleSoft), we have much to celebrate. I am happy to report once again that annual degree completion is up by 15% and certificate completion is up by approximately 23% for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is due to your excellent and hard work in the classroom, the tremendous support services we receive from student and administrative services, and the outstanding quality of students at LACC. Oh by the way, we have a new website! Check it out and let us know what you think.
Many of our programs and students have celebrated receiving outstanding awards and other honors this past year. Also, the most recent licensure pass rate for our graduating nursing students is 100%. I could go on and on, but you and I know how great LACC really is. I think our biggest challenge is finding ways to communicate the greatness of this college to the community which we serve. If more people really knew the LACC story, I am convinced that we would have more students standing at the door to get in than we could physically accommodate in our facilities. So, let us continue to work together to improve our classroom experience and service to students while looking for more effective ways to market the good news of this great college.
I want to welcome to our academic community two new academic deans, Doctors Carol Kozeracki and Vi Ly. Dr. Kozeracki was recently chosen as the permanent dean of IDWG 1, while Dr. Ly was chosen as dean of IDWG 3. Please join me in welcoming them to our academic team.
While you are learning how to log on and access PeopleSoft, please remember many students have faced, and continue to face, significant challenges in registering for classes. So, please be patient and work with them to make sure they get all of the classes they need this semester. Just as the Academic Affairs website has an FAQ link to assist you as faculty in accessing the new system, the Student Services webpage also has an FAQ link to assist students. Please familiarize yourself with both of these sections so you can assist your colleagues and students in adapting to this new system.
Finally, let me say that the staff, deans, and I in Academic Affairs are here to assist and help you in any way we can. So, please do not hesitate to call upon us. This newsletter is intended to be a handbook and tool for you to use as a faculty member. I hope you will take the time to read it, become familiar with it, and use it in your work.
Let’s have a great, enjoyable, and prosperous Fall 2017 semester!