Chancellor Bruce Leslie backs down on removal of majors

Chancellor Bruce Leslie has backed down once again on one of his initiatives for the Alamo Colleges: removal of majors. The count this year for Leslie is 0 for 5:

  1. Covey 7 Habits course into the core curriculum
  2. mandatory e-textbooks
  3. Board election
  4. 12-month contract memo
  5. removal of majors

Tough year.

Here’s his latest surprisingly short mea culpa on the removal of majors, sent via email:

M E M O R A N D U M

TO:              The Alamo Colleges Family

FROM:         Dr. Bruce Leslie, Chancellor

RE:               Preliminary Agreement to Enhance Transfer Student Success

DATE:          December 15, 2014

On Friday afternoon at our regularly scheduled Faculty Super Senate meeting, we arrived at a preliminary agreement to “develop an inclusive process to promote student success specifically relating to degree completion, transfer, and majors.”  The intent of this decision is to implement the Participatory Leadership principles published recently and ensure we engage a wide variety of voices as we work together to develop student-centric solutions to the complex issues we surfaced over the fall semester and implement crucial improvements.  The Presidents and Vice Chancellors (PVC) fully endorse this collaborative plan and anticipating that the outcomes will increase student transfer and completion.

Our collective intent with the Super Senate is to reconvene in January to develop the inclusive process that will begin by mid-February in order to offer recommendations by September that will achieve our common goal of student success, with the intention of implementing any resulting strategies for Fall, 2016. The agreement includes the reinstatement of “concentrations” i.e. “majors” in the catalog and on the transcripts until our new strategies define whether and what revisions will increase student success.

I have been pleased with the collaborative nature of our discussions and am confident that this go-forward plan will yield solutions that will proactively enhance our students’ success in transfer and degree completion. I want to also commend respective Student Governments and Faculty who have supported the recent changes as enhancing students’ course transferability. We want to ensure they will continue to have an active voice in this project.

Our recent conversations certainly uncovered many levels of opportunities to improve student degree completion and successful transfer.  Thus, this agreement provides a “reset” to provide additional time to engage student, faculty, staff and other stakeholder leadership across the Alamo Colleges, and engage colleagues from our partner universities/colleges and even our employer community, all having a role and vested interest in our students’ success.

As always, I sincerely appreciate your continued dedication to, and support of, the students and communities we serve.  The excellence that is the Alamo Colleges is a reflection of the outstanding personnel we have across our District. Thank you for all you do, have a wonderful holiday and return with renewed vigor to contribute to this important initiative.

C:        Board of Trustees

Student District Council

Dr. Bruce Leslie, Chancellor
Alamo Colleges
201 W. Sheridan, Bldg. A
San Antonio, TX 78204-1429
(210) 485-0020 (Phone)
(210) 486-9165 (Fax)

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