Education Master Plan on schedule for completionby Jan Janes on Mar 3, 2017
Gavilan College administrators, faculty and staff: the end is near!
After months of data collection, analysis and campus-wide input, the long process of updating the Education Master Plan (EMP), with new notifications and draft chapters posted weekly, is coming to a close.
When Dr. Kathleen Rose, college superintendent/president, announced the start of the EMP update, she indicated it would include the voices of all staff. The steering committee reflects representation from all campus constituencies, and the progress has been available for review and comment on the college intranet since October 2016.
As Gavilan College's new Director of Institutional Research, Peter Wruck uses
his unique skill set as former faculty, dean and administrator, harnessing
data to benefit student outcomes.
Dr. Peter Wruck, co-chair of the EMP steering committee, joined the college in June 2016 as director of institutional research (IR). In that role he has managed the moving parts, meetings, surveys and data acquisition necessary for broad based analysis. He credits the master plan consultants engaged by the college, Cambridge West Partnership (CWP), for their work.
"CWP has provided top notch data analysis, along with in depth, comprehensive external lists," Wruck said. The IR office was responsible for submitting raw data across a number of years, and IT provided MIS referential files.
CWP lead consultant Fred Trapp, who has been guiding the Gavilan EMP process, was dean of institutional research and academic services with Long Beach City College and has consulted with a number of community colleges across the state.
Beginning with the Fall 2016 kickoff presentation, constituencies across campus representing all departments have offered input. Nine draft chapters of the new EMP are available for comment on the intranet. Employees can offer anonymous feedback online, talk directly to steering committee members and/or participate in department EMP meetings.
Encouraging input, managing responses
During the week of Feb 13, CWP met with deans and department representatives across campus to review completed surveys and ask follow up, clarifying questions. The departments had submitted responses to CWP questions about internal and external drivers, classes currently being restructured, and specific needs for current and future support. One additional round of meetings for questions and feedback is anticipated.
The working schedule calls for completion of the entire draft document by April, with the final plan submitted to the Gavilan College Board of Trustees in May. Once approved, the college will revisit the strategic and facilities plans to align with the new EMP, which will guide the college for the next 10 years.
Wruck, a transplant from the upper Midwest, brings a combination of teaching, department management and institutional research experience from South Central College in Minnesota. His wife, Anne Kaduk, works for Facebook as a social science researcher. He enjoys the new challenges and the people at Gavilan. "It's big enough for diversity in the programs, and small enough to get to know and work with helpful people," he said.
Even though he is no longer teaching in the classroom, Wruck plans to use his research based skill set to affect student development in new ways. "The moving and shaking in the IR office shall continue!"