LINKS V Bay Area: The Transformational Toolbox

Welcome to LINKS V@the Crowne Plaza, Foster City!

Outcomes for the Day:

  • An understanding of how 3CSN’s curricular and institutional redesign initiatives can assist your campus in its student success efforts.
  • Access to resources and engagement at a deeper level for increasing student completion.
  • Network building and mutual support across the region, state, and nation.
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 Plenary Panel Guests

Rob Johnstone holds a dual appointment as the Research & Planning Group of California’s Senior Research Fellow as well as Dean of Research & Planning at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif.

He is currently project director of four major initiatives:

Completion by Design – building on the work of BRIC (see below) and working closely with the Community College Research Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RP’s CBD work focuses on helping community college practitioners explore, gain insight from, and act on real-world completion data.

The Aspen Prize – In Fall 2011, RP conducted site visits and developed assessment reports for the ten colleges that are finalists for the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This new recognition is designed to help change the way community colleges are understood, bolster effective leaders, and enable institutions to learn more effectively from their peers.

Bridging Research, Information and Cultures – a Hewlett Foundation grant that is working to evolve the use of research and evidence at the practitioner level on community college campuses, via technical assistance/consulting, professional development, and support for facilitating economies of scale in institutional research.

Student Support Project – This Kresge Foundation-funded study strives to articulate how student support, both inside and outside the classroom, can be delivered in a cost-effective manner so that community colleges can narrow the achievement gap for Latino and African-American students and enable more students to achieve transfer, a degree and/or certificate.

Through his RP Group work and as an independent consultant, Dr. Johnstone has worked closely on a variety of projects with dozens of community colleges in California and across the country. Further, while at Foothill College as chief academic officer, he served as a board representative for the League for Innovation in the Community College and worked closely with the other 19 League board colleges across the country. Dr. Johnstone has enjoyed a national audience for his work through a host of invited presentations, special sessions, and keynote sessions at a variety of national conferences and national webinars. Dr. Johnstone also served as a strategic consultant in industry prior to joining the community college system and brings this unique dual perspective of working at the senior management level in both industry and higher education to his work.

Sugie Goen-Salter is a Professor of English Composition at San Francisco State University and directs San Francisco State’s First-Year Composition program. She teaches graduate courses on integrating reading/writing, composition and reading pedagogy, theory and research methods, She has published in the Journal of Basic Writing, (“Integrating Reading and Writing: A Response to the Basic Writing ‘Crisis,’” and “Critiquing the Need to Eliminate Remediation”) and in The CATESOL Journal, “Working with ‘Generation 1.5’ Teachers and Learners.” She is also co-author of a chapter in the recently published volume Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to US-Educated Learners of ESL edited by Mark Roberge, Meryl Siegal and Linda Harklau.


Pat James is Dean of DE at Mt. San Jacinto College, part of the California Community College system, and is known state-wide for developing quality procedures and policies that have been adopted by many California Community Colleges. She is the recipient of the Technology Focus Award from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in recognition of quality program and course design for DE. Pat served as co-director of the @ONE project and lead designer in its Certification program for five years.   She’s consulted with several districts for DE program planning and has done considerable training activities for online instructors and administrators. As a faculty member, Pat taught multimedia production online to college students for nine years, building and teaching her own courses. In the past few years she has been developing an international students online program and hope to continue to build international partnerships with educators wanting to incorporate California’s quality program precepts into programs around the world.

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