The Learning Council is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary forum that uses research, dialogue, recommendations, action, and evaluation to improve college conditions for student learning, growth, and success.
In an effort to move from theory to action, the Learning Council developed Focused Inquiry Groups (FIGS). These groups research, develop and plans implementation of new programs, strategies and polices that support the success of our students. FIGS are project-based; once the work is complete the FIG disbands.
Learning Council Partners with ASGC on Food Pantry's Spring Clean Hygiene Drive
The Learning Council is working with the Associated Students of Gavilan College to collect items for the Food Pantry's "Spring Clean Hygiene Drive." The focus is on everyday toiletries--toothbrushes, deodoarant, shampoo, etc.--that many Food Pantry customers may find it difficult to purchase. Click on the flyer below for collection sites and more information.
Learning Council Leads Gratitude Event
The Learning Council sponsored a gratitude event leading into Thanksgiving this year. A trio led by music instructor Dahveed Behroozi pl;ayed jazz standards, and members of our Gavilan community were invited to express their gratitude on paper versions of fall leaves, which were then affixed to trees drawn by Drama Department students. Refreshments were provided, and as you can see from the photos below, the response was tremendous. Read the list of Gratitudes expressed by Gavilan students, faculty, administration and staff.
The following is a list of current FIGS:Communication
The purpose of the Communication Focused Inquiry Group is to identify and provide solutions for communication needs across all Gavilan College campuses. Our membership is comprised of faculty and staff who work conscientiously to find solutions to long-term and emerging issues. The FIG has effectively completed many of the projects that were in progress at the start of the academic year. In addition to its ongoing work, the FIG also accomplished several short-term communication related tasks that emerged as critical needs, and that should have far-reaching impacts on the college and its mission.Guided Pathways
Guided Pathways are highly structured student experiences that encourage completion by:
- Establishing clear roadmaps to students end goals that include articulated learning outcomes and direct connections to the requirements for further education and career advancement
- Incorporating intake processes that help students clarify goals for college and careers
- Offering on-ramps to programs of study designed to facilitate access for students with developmental education needs
- Embedding advising, progress tracking, feedback, and support throughout a student's educational journey (Jenkins & Choo, 2014; Bailey, Jaggers, & Jenkins, 2015).
In the Pathways, we will focus on
- Educating ourselves and the campus about how pathways can be developed in order to increase student success and close equity gaps
- Participating in the shared governance process to support the development of guided pathways as a key component of Gavilan's planning process
- Bringing resources to the campus to share best practices and provide strategic assistance in this process
Habits of Mind
Habits of mind are those core skills and practices of successful students, regardless of their areas of study. Habits of Mind is not solely about students, though. It is meant for everyone on the college campus (instructors, staff, managers, administrators, etc.). Each semester, our FIG focuses on one theme or area of focus, which we think we would all benefit from by being more mindful of it. The themes of Habits of Mind, thus far, have been time management, communication, self-advocacy, and persistence.
Information and Resource
The information and resource (I&R) FIG consists of one classified staff, one administrator and one student. Collectively over the last year, the I&R FIG met to develop a way for students to obtain information and increase access to community organizations. During fall 2014 term the I&R FIG collected and compiled a comprehensive list of local community agencies that serves San Benito and Santa Clara Counties. Agencies who participated include Covered California, Outreach, Dreams & Visions, Opportunity Fund, CalFresh, Foothill Community Health Center, Gilroy Library, Project Sentinel, Peninsula Family Services and the WIC program.Veterans
This FIG is designed to promote a successful transition from military to academic life in order to ensure student success and retention in a one-stop setting for our student veterans. The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) has dedicated space that provides support and camaraderie in a safe and welcoming environment. The Gavilan College Veterans Council was formed in Fall 2011 and established as a working sub-committee of the Learning Council with the goal of fostering awareness of student Veteran’s needs for the college community, working with the Student Veterans Club in an advisory role, and assisting with the Veterans Voices Project and Events. The Council has been learning about the needs of student veterans by attending conferences and training classes, but most importantly by listening to our own student veteran's experiences on campus, both academically and socially. Using this information, the Council hopes to expand service and provide a positive campus climate for student veterans to achieve their academic pursuits.