History and Mission
In Spring of 2010, the Learning Council was developed from discussions that originated in the Basic Skills Committee. The committee was organized and formal structure was put into place under the Leadership of Scott Sandler and Edward Cervantes as facilitators, and Dr. Kathleen Rose as Administrator. The Learning Council is a sub-committee of the Academic Council and, according to BP and AP, (4600) reports to both Academic Senate and the Presidents Council. Currently, the Learning Council is co-chaired by Annette Gutierrez and Doug Achterman.
Learning Council is an advisory group committed to the development, promotion, and advancement of a student success agenda for prospective and enrolled students at Gavilan College. The Learning Council recognizes that there are varying definitions of student success. Learning Council provides an in-depth forum for discussing various categories of student success, identifying existing and new pathways, and creating a campus climate unified behind the goals of student success. The Learning Council is committed to the following:
Promoting a collaborative community of inquiry, awareness, and change around learning by means of bridging Student, Academic, and Administrative Affairs.
Identifying and addressing barriers to student success to increase persistence and retention levels of the college.
Fostering and promoting opportunities for Faculty and Staff Development to meet the diverse needs of our students.
Exploring and implementing various pedagogies that meet students’ diverse socio-cultural learning needs.
Empowering members of the campus community in becoming advocates for learning.
Creating a safe, welcome, inclusive campus environment centered on student success, empowerment, and engagement. This mission is embedded in the Gavilan College mission statement and reflects the shared beliefs and values of faculty, staff, administrators and students.