New Learning: Trustees and Equity-Centered Student Success

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Designed for trustees, this module discusses their role in supporting transformational change and equity-centered student success in the California Community Colleges. It covers the need for reform, such as the Vision for Success and Guided Pathways, as well as concrete actions trustees may take to help achieve those goals. Also covered are metrics that matter for student success, strategies for holding equity-centered conversations with other board members and effectively working with leadership for the benefit of all of our students

New Option: Phased Integration

California community colleges have the opportunity to integrate with the Vision Resource Center (built on Cornerstone) at no cost through June, 2021. Integration comes with many additional benefits for colleges. To ensure that all colleges can take advantage of this opportunity to integrate, we are offering a new option: Phased Integration.

In this Phased Integration path we will work with your team to set up the technical integration right away, by June 30, 2021. After that, your functional team has a year to complete a self-paced training program (with available support) and build the college portal.

Learn more about Phased Integration and attend an upcoming webinar:

Ready to move forward with Phased Integration?
Complete and submit the Phased Integration Readiness Form, and the Vision Resource Center team will reach out to schedule the kick off call!

New Learning: Welcome to the Vision Resource Center

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Gain an introduction to the Vision Resource Center, the online learning platform that offers professional development opportunities to all California community college employees. In this module you will learn to:

  • Search and explore the more than 8,000 learning modules on this platform, including Skillsoft and LinkedIn Learning training videos.
  • Join or start online communities dedicated to specific topics, where you can discuss issues and share best practices with colleagues from across the state.
  • Find and register for upcoming professional development opportunities in the Workshops and Events Calendar.

New Learning: Emergency Preparedness

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This module addresses emergency preparedness from several perspectives in the college, including college leadership, coordinating instruction, student communication, holding instructional space, facilities, risk management, college finances, student services, counseling, and public information. Users can select which perspective to view before choosing another or completing the module.

New Learning: Pursuing the Vision for Success

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This learning module offers an overview of the Vision for Success, the California Community Colleges’ multi-year plan to improve student success and close equity and achievement gaps and demonstrates how Guided Pathways is providing the structure to reach these goals.  “Pursuing the Vision for Success” reviews the Guided Pathway principles that integrate support for students, as well as the tools and resources available to supplement our work in achieving the Vision for Success, including the Vision Resource Center.

New Learning: Introduction to Noncredit Education

Supporting our goals of equity and student success, noncredit courses and programs draw new learners into the California Community Colleges who might not have otherwise considered higher education. This module introduces the basics of noncredit education in the California Community Colleges. It covers noncredit students and their goals, benefits of noncredit instruction, noncredit courses and programs, and funding for noncredit instruction.

New Resource: Equitable Placement (AB 705) Toolkit

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The Equitable Placement Toolkit provides resources and tools to assist colleges in planning for, communicating and implementing equitable placement practices. Components of the toolkit include Guided Placement, Retroactive Placement, Corequisite Support Frameworks and Data Gathering and Analysis. Users will also find a process model that outlines a continuous process of design, implementation and evaluation.

New Learning: Accessibility

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Equal access to education for all students across California includes basic accessibility of courses, instructional materials, and student services for disabled learners. Accessibility is a core component of diversity, equity and inclusion, and our accepted ethical duty as we represent all the people of California. To help faculty, staff, and administrators understand how to build accessible materials and resources for all students, the Vision Resource Center presents six new learning modules:

  • Introduction to Section 508 – Section 508 sets standards and guidelines regarding access to materials and communications for individuals with disabilities.  This module will assist in a user’s understanding of what Section 508 is and how it impacts individuals and institutions, as well as determining where and when Section 508 applies.
  • Reporting, Monitoring & Evaluation for Accessibility – Reviews the institution’s responsibility in developing the accessibility reporting process and discusses how to create a resolution process while documenting these workflows.
  • Universal Design for Learning – Explore the concept and benefits of universal design for learning and explains how it all relates to equity and disability in an inclusive environment.
  • Accessible Websites – Discusses the standards that make a website and the content accessible to a wide audience and provides resources that are available to design and test website accessibility compliance.
  • Accessible Technology – Reviews what accessible technology is and the variety of ways it is used to reduce learning barriers in campus populations.
  • Accessible Instructional Materials – Reviews various assistive technologies, who plays which role in selecting and adopting accessible instructional materials, and where to find system-wide resources to assist you in making your documents accessible.

New Learning: Maximizing Financial Aid For California’s Community College Students

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Financial aid is a critical driver for student success in the California Community Colleges. Providing faculty and staff information about the basics of financial aid bridges campus silos, while also being a means of closing equity gaps as students can get increased support in receiving and maintaining their financial aid. Maximizing Financial Aid For California’s Community College Students is a new learning module in the Vision Resource Center that is meant to help faculty and non-financial aid staff understand basic financial aid information and related support for students.

This module reviews financial aid in the California Community Colleges and covers:

  • College Affordability
  • Financial Aid Programs
  • Helping Students Maximize Awards
  • Supporting Students Through the Process

Accessing the Maximizing Financial Aid For California’s Community College Students Module

California Community Colleges faculty, staff, and administrators can access this module in the Vision Resource Center. Navigate to “Learner Home”, in the “Learn” menu of the main navigation. Type in the module title and click “enter”. Click on the module title to access the “Training Details” page, then click the blue “Launch” button to begin the module. The training will automatically be added to your transcript for future access.

New Learning: Using the NOVA Platform

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California allocates over 2 billion dollars annually to community college programs. NOVA is a centralized platform for managing these funds. NOVA’s goal is to increase student success by fostering continuous institutional improvement through data management, fund management and informed program creation.

Using the NOVA Platform is a new curriculum in the Vision Resource Center that begins with a quick introductory module to the purpose and fundamentals of the NOVA platform: what its functions are, the programs that it tracks, and the guiding principles of its development. Following the introductory module, there is a series of videos that cover creating and logging into an account, as well as how to use the platform for specific programs in the California Community Colleges:

  • California Adult Education Program Plan
  • Guided Pathways Plan
  • iPlan
  • Local Vision Goals Plan
  • Nursing Plan
  • Perkins Headcount Certification
  • Student Equity Plan
  • Strong Workforce Program Reporting

Accessing the Using the NOVA Platform Curriculum

California Community Colleges faculty, staff, and administrators can access the Using the NOVA Platform curriculum in the Vision Resource Center.

  1. Log in, and search for “Using the NOVA Platform”.
  2. In the list of search results look for Using the NOVA Platform and click on the curriculum title to access the “Training Details” page.
  3. Click the blue “Request” button. You will be redirected to your transcript, where the curriculum will now be listed as an active training. Click the blue “Open Curriculum” button to open and access the content.