Issue 23: Colleges on the Brink


By Ed Shenk, Editor

For this edition, the overview includes a comment on the tough economic times that have pushed colleges to the brink. The variety of articles included in the fall edition are on leadership, shared resources, changing students on probation, data driven research, and a review of a book on Transfer. The issue ends with an editorial on categorical programs. Challenging times demand leaders who can face the college and keep hope alive. Enjoy!




A Message from the Association Board President - A Test of Leadership

 By Celia Esposito-Noy

In this message from the CSSO Association Board President, Celia Esposito-Noy, outlines the challenges for community college leaders in addressing the significant cuts resulting from the state allocation reductions and offers some hope. She also outlines the efforts of the CSSO Association to address these dynamic changes.

Partnerships: An Economic Recession Survival Strategy
By Duane Lowe


Can community college districts share resources as a strategy to survive the upcoming fiscal debacle?  This provocative article discusses this concept with the intention of inspiring the community college faculty-members, administrators, and trustees to consider innovative resource sharing arrangements.  


An A+ way to Reach More Troubled Students during These Troubling Times

 By Penny Skaff

Since the inception of formalized education there have been two lists, the “Dean’s List” and the “Academic Probation List.” At Saddleback College we are working hard at moving the latter group back on track. In these difficult economic times all community college campuses have to find creative and cost saving ways to serve their students. At Saddleback College, we are attempting to say, “No to the F!”

Latent Class Analysis of Survey Data Dealing
With Student Attitude toward Faculty Classroom Behavior

 By Joseph Adwere-Boamah


The purpose of this article is to illustrate the use of Latent Class Analysis (LCA) of survey data to identify distinct groups or clusters of students based on their responses to a set of questionnaire items. Using this analysis may help colleges to identify favorable classroom behavior and student feelings towards the class. (I moved this out of the paper for the abstract.


Book Review: Community College Transfer Guide By Don Silver

Reviewed by Gabriela Borcoman

 Community College Transfer Guide by Don Silver is an easy to read and easy to understand “manual” for community college students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution. Topics like choosing the institutions, a major, taking the right courses, and the importance of knowing policies governing the process are presented in the book. The importance of planning and counseling is emphasized in every chapter. The potential transfer students can follow the step-by-step format and go through the process at a faster pace than otherwise possible. The author provides worksheets to be used by the students, making it easier to keep on track. This is a book that every student with the intention of transferring should read.



Categorical Programs –Why do we have them?  Why do we want them?  Why do we need them?

 By Audrey Yamagata-Noji

The writer analyzes the impact of deep cuts and modified regulations to categorical programs. The cuts appeared to be targeted against programs that provide a lifeline of support to the neediest students enrolled in California community colleges and ask is this the best way to insure service to the low income and at –risk students who need this help desperately to succeed.