2013-14 Unit Plan
Communication Studies

Mission Statement

COMMITMENT STATEMENT: We strive to be the community college of choice for students and colleagues seeking attainment of educational, professional or personal goals related to the discipline of Communication Studies. 

NEW Vision Statement
The Butte College Communication Studies program seeks to engage students through relevant and significant learning opportunities, and a diverse array of communication skills and courses grounded in current discipline research, toward the achievement of certificates and degrees and the goal of nurturing active, critical and ethical participants in a sustainable society, both locally and globally.

New and Improved Mission Statement
The Butte College Communication Studies program offers lower division courses designed to culminate in AA degrees and/or Certificates that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. The courses are structured to develop personal growth, professional communication, and critical thinking abilities with the objective of enhancing intercultural, interpersonal and public communication skills.


Program Description

Philosophy on the importance of oral communication: The Discipline of Communication Studies believes that oral communication skills are central to success in any endeavor. Consequently, we uphold the value of our basic course, Public Speaking, and encourage all full-time faculty in the discipline to teach at least one section of this course every term. 

Philosophy on the importance of professionalism: We also believe that as professionals in the field of communication studies, it is essential that we provide leadership by example for our colleagues and our students. Therefore, it follows that we make every effort to treat one another respectfully and professionally at all times, while handling issues, concerns, and challenges within our department.  As firm believers in a team approach, we are committed to the notion that our colleagues are professionals regardless of full or part-time status (Adapted from Job Announcement, 2008, Overview section).

About the program: The Communication Studies program at Butte College prepares students for transfer to a baccalaureate major in Communication Studies for the California State University. In addition, this program offers vital communication skills that are in demand by virtually every company and organization. Students with a degree in Communication Studies are prepared to succeed in numerous professions; in fact, many studies cite "effective communication" as the number one skill in demand in today's workplace. Students majoring in Communication Studies explore communication theories and skills needed in our complex world. These include: oral and written communication, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, gender and communication, intercultural awareness and sensitivity, and effective group interaction, among others. We offer two degree options.

AA Degree in Communication Studies
The Associate in Arts (AA) in Communication Studies degree is intended for students who plan to earn an AA degree in Communication Studies in support of career or other academic endeavors or who plan to specifically transfer to CSU, Chico.

AA-T Degree in Communication Studies
The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies or similar major at a CSU campus. 
	(This section adapted from BC 2012-13 Catalog)


A HISTORY OF PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST

We are innovative and involved: From Diversity Days to our own Gratitude Project, from Academic Senate to BCEA and PFA, Communication Studies faculty are active contributors to our campus culture-- leading by example in and out of the classroom, the six full-time and 14 associate faculty support student success in a number of ways. 

First, we received Chancellor’s Office approval in spring 2009 and offered the only fully-articulated AA degree in Communication Studies in the North State. As of December 2011, we received Chancellor’s Office approval for the Communication Studies AA-T degree as well, leading the way for college compliance.  Now totaling 156 students with an academic program declared in the CMST major as of spring 2013 (Student Term Alpha Report accessed 2/4/2013), compared to just six students as of spring 2010, our strategic efforts, excellence in teaching and diverse curriculum are deserving of recognition. Beyond the growth of our program in terms of declared majors, student success can be measured by the 20 students who have earned AA degrees since its inception! (Program Review Report accessed 2/1/2013). Greatly advancing this charge has been the reinstatement of our Intercollegiate Speech Competition Program, a required course for the AA degree, and option for the AA-T. It provides students with the unique experience to participate in one of few competitive intercollegiate academic programs at the college. Further, this specific program continues to greatly enhance our alliance with CSU, Chico, and provides a wonderful showcase of student learning outcomes via live performances, such as the well-attended fall 2012 Fireside Debates series, and the Afternoon of Words and Performances. The interpersonal and direct connection to CSUC is evidenced in part by such examples as the coaching internships of Kelsey Caldwell and Scott Lazcko, and by the ongoing support the CSUC team grants us. Students who have successfully participated on the speech and debate team at Butte migrate to CSUC with the benefit of established relationships with students and faculty and those same students in return welcome the next generation of Butte students.   This transfer pathway has inspired us to begin exploring this avenue with local high schools. 

Second, we provide courses mandated as general education requirements for the California State University system. These core classes, Public Speaking and Group Discussion (GE area A1-Oral Communication) and Argumentation and Debate (GE area A3-Critical Thinking), place the discipline in the forefront of the transfer education portion of the college’s mission. In tandem with this role, our diverse course offerings meet requirements for a variety of general education transfer areas such as: Intercultural Communication (GE area D3-Ethnic Studies), Oral Interpretation of Literature (GE area C1-Arts), Gender and Communication (GE area D4-Gender Studies), and Interpersonal Communication (GE area D7-Interdisciplinary Social/Behavioral Science). Additionally, several other degree and certificate programs from a variety of disciplines require Communication Studies courses. Additionally, several CTE programs such as CSCI, Ag, and Welding to name a few, are actively engaging in dialog about the importance of oral communication competency for their students. 

Further, the Communication Studies discipline also supports student access in a number of ways. Based on a student-centered approach to our schedule, our discipline offerings are student-friendly. (Modality—face-to-face, Learning Community, Honors, online and now hybrid; frequency—fall, spring, winter (when permitted) and summer; locations—Main Campus, Chico Center, Glenn Center, hybrid and online; times and days—8:00 am to evening). Beginning fall 2010, two strategic changes were introduced. First, with “efficient scheduling” in mind, we eliminated block MWF classes. Second, to support College Connection, we modified course days/times in order to ensure the students and our colleagues in that program a “home” in LRC 107. In fall 2011, we aided the CSUC grant-funded Chico Rural Teacher Pathway (CRTP) for at risk students by adding a Public Speaking class specific for this cohort and in fall 2012 and spring 2013 added other classes by request! We continue to aid our International Program by adding Intercultural Communication classes for that cohort when called upon. Throughout the turbulent challenges to section scheduling that budget restrictions have necessitated, we strive to be student-centered and faculty-friendly. We do so while mindful of key access initiatives:  to offer Main Campus late afternoon and evening sections, to offer online and hybrid modalities, and to maintain a Glenn County presence.   

Our ongoing commitment to student success, collegiality and a spirit of cooperation has positioned us to be able to provide last minute class additions to support student access. Most recently we added several “last minute” sections of transfer GE A1 for spring 2013. As a result, and in conjunction with the growth of our program to support the AA and AA-T degrees, our section counts have increased from 42 in spring 2009, to 55 sections in spring 2013. 

Despite the challenges of adding last minute sections we were happy to do so in order to increase our section offerings since, in spring 2012, we had to eliminate two sections. The growth of our program necessitated trading some sections for others in order to accommodate new courses required for our degrees, but we have been keenly aware of the transfer GE area A1 bottleneck, as it impacts nearly every transfer student. Despite our best efforts and administration’s awareness and quick action with the last minute section additions this spring, we anticipate a continued challenge in general and a specific hurdle for students in the CMST program. First, there is a net loss of 85 seats for 2013 compared to 2009.  The following chart shows the decline based on section pedagogical caps including winter, summer spring and fall terms. Second, the popularity of our program continues, as noted in the chart below with the growth of declared majors from 6 at the inception of our AA degree to 156 currently. 

 GRAPHIC MISSING!


Additionally, analysis depicted by the graph below of the number of days prior to the start of the term that sections close, reveals that greater numbers of students are populating CMST sections earlier and fewer students are waiting to enroll (MOAR report, accessed 2/1/2013).  When combined with other data, such as the increased numbers of declared majors, and the spring 2012 student behavior report which showed that 303 students had successfully completed or were enrolled in 3 or more Communication Studies classes up from 141 students in spring 2010 (Wim McSpadden special report spring 2010 & 2012), a case could be made that program specific student demand will also increase, making the 85 seat decline in GE area A1 more ominous. We must be cautious that while we are feeding the GE A1 monster we don’t accidently starve the CMST program overall. 
 
GRAPHIC MISSING!
Oddity noted: Fall 2012 on day -11 16 sections closed; spring 2013 late added sections


Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Full-time faculty hire:

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Program growth and student demand, value and need for oral communication skills, pending full-time faculty retirement, faculty leadership and campus involvement--Communication Studies is at the forefront of student access, success and achievement. CMST is actively engaged in moving from excellent to exceptional. Maintaining this momentum requires human capital. (See full-time faculty one page hiring rationale Fall 2012 for further elaboration).

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

    Administrative support:

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Full-time involvement needs full-time support! It stands to reason that the more active a department is in all manner of campus life, from student access/success activities to campus-wide leadership and culture, the more active the support staff. Thus, it follows, given the incredible activity and leadership roles of the Communication Studies program faculty and students that our support staff, currently shared with other highly active programs, ought to be reinstated to 12 months. (See English and LEAD Unit Plans for additional rationale).

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    Marketing and Outreach:

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    We continue to see program growth and student success in part as a result of our strategic marketing approach and we would like to expand or initiate the following: Communication Studies Celebration Day, including awards for outstanding CMST students, Gratitude Week, brochure development, website development and maintenance, Great Debate coordination and increased student participation, cohort program with CTE programs, speech and debate high school outreach and Spanish language curriculum development.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 4

    Curriculum and Schedule:

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    One of the most pervasive needs for job seekers, found in virtually every job announcement, is effective communication. Hence, in fall 2011, introductory notions of aligning a cohort-based Communication Studies program with career-tech programs spawned. After further discussion with the Communication Studies discipline faculty, agreement was reached to pursue a pilot program. Several CTE programs have expressed keen interest, including CSCI, Ag and Welding. Noting the challenge of limited seats and the meteoric growth of our program, we seek funding to support 1 cohort specific section addition for fall 13 to address this innovative program. Developing a Spanish language Public Speaking or Small Group Discussion class is also on the horizon and we seek a stipend for an associate faculty to develop the curriculum and coordinate it within the existing structures. According to the 2011-2012 Butte College Demographic Snapshot, “The Hispanic demographic is the fastest growing in the service area and is projected to grow from 14% to 24% in Butte County and from 33% to 41% in Glenn County by 2050.” Additionally, following the success of our participation in the fall 2012 “Great Debate” (see Student Success Committee minutes December 2012) in collaboration with CSUC, we will again be participating in spring 2013. This supports “deep” student learning, and aligns us with CSU Chico directly, providing a very visible and truly authentic learning outcome and collaborative pathway for our transfer students. The changes to our curriculum specifically adding the “public events” component per the C-ID requirements for CMST 12 and the research on student retention and success for this pedagogy with CSUC Public Speaking and Small Group Discussion classes make an enticing argument for further expansion. Thus, this is a timely and relevant opportunity and we seek funds as follows: Allocate stipends similar to athletics Track and Field to provide for the 13 different events within forensics and to accommodate the growing emphasis of public spheres pedagogy. TRACK AND FIELD HEAD COACH 7,714.95 TRACK AND FIELD ASSISTANT COACHES (3) Assistant Coach-Level I 3,047.82 Assistant Coach-Level II 2,341.77 Assistant Coach-Level III 1,170.89 (PFA contract) 1) Stipend the forensics director/coach to equal that of head coach status regardless of full-time or associate faculty status (see disparity between amounts in BCEA and PFA for further revelation). 2) Stipend 2 assistant coaches, level I and II, for individual events. With 13 different events and a competitive season from August to April and coordination of public events, this is a must for health, safety, and sanity—not to mention student success! 3) Stipend an associate faculty coach level III to coordinate the Great Debate, and outreach to local high schools. Finally, we are asking for increased funding for Supplemental Instruction. The SI program, coordinated by April Hennessy in CAS, has been shown to increase student success in our Argumentation and Debate course by an entire percentage point! In order to continue this support and success for our students, we are requesting funding for the Center for Academic Success that will be earmarked for SI Leaders in just two of our CMST 14 courses. The expense per SI Leader is $4,550 per year. This amount will benefit the growing numbers of students entering our program, provide opportunities for our outstanding student leaders as they become SI leaders and will aid in higher GPA attainment for students looking to transfer to CSUC.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 5

    Technology:

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    As electronically mediated communication becomes more the norm than the exception, current technologies must be available to our faculty and our students. One area of growing importance to our assessment practices calls for sustainable methods. Following the assessment pilot in fall 2012, we see this level of technology available for our assessment needs as increasingly critical. Furthermore, we need to develop a webpage, a face book presence, and other social media current in our discipline but our full-time faculty are tapped-out in terms of time and commitment, and our wonderful administrative assistant is taxed with multiple complex functions of also being support for two majors departments-LEAD and English. A recent addition to our team is an associate faculty who is a former IT professional and is willing and able to aid our department in these areas. We request a stipend to fund development and training related specifically to Communication Studies and technology. Further, a dedicated computer lab or dedicated computer lab time for our students is an area in need of investigation that could stem from the same stipend and faculty. 1) Stipend for assessments using sustainable technologies and training ($250 per semester) 2) Stipend for mediated communication and student contact, web maintenance and training within CMST discipline ($250 per semester) As noted each year, Tom Grothe is deserving of the online faculty development stipend!--even though he developed and taught his online class before the stipend was officially offered. This is a faculty stress issue and can easily be resolved by doing the right thing. Finally, the department chair continues to request a new computer. And, in addition, a computer is needed to outfit a dedicated office space for the director of forensics.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 6

    SLO’s and Assessment:

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    In addition to creating sustainable methods via technology for assessments, the unique practices of assessing oral communication demands sessions for rubric discussion, norming to standards, and finally, assessment teams. Thus, stipends for associate faculty are needed for participation in this time consuming but worthwhile effort. Additionally, for the purposes of ongoing assessment of oral presentation classes, new equipment for recording student work is needed. As noted above, a stipend is needed to streamline sustainable methods of assessment using current technology.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    Stipend for SLO/Assessment/ sessions for associate faculty ($100 x2 per faculty at 6 associate faculty= $1200). Budget allocation for regular meetings and special sessions ($15 per head x 10 =150 x 8 per year= $1200). Current technology e.g., video cameras and related equipment ($900). SI leader funds ($4550 x 2=$9100). New Computer for full-time faculty/chair ($2000). Section addition for CTE pilot cohort ($ 3000). Dedicated office space for director of forensics Squad room for forensics team meeting and practice space Office computer for director of forensics ($2000). Assistant Coach-Level I (3,047.82). Assistant Coach-Level II (2,341.77). Assistant Coach-Level III (1,170.89) Stipend for director of forensics ($7966). Full-time faculty hire ($87,500). Reinstate administrative support to 12 months ($800). Stipend for Spanish language curriculum development ($500). Section addition for Spanish language cohort ($3000). Stipend for sustainable assessment technology expertise ($500) Stipend for mediated communication maintenance and training ($500). Communication Studies Celebration Day ($300). Increase the CMST budget to allow for brochures, Gratitude Project, and teaching supplies ($750).

    Current Revenue Stream

    The Communication Studies Program has no revenue streams. It is completely dependent upon the Butte College General Fund and the support of benevolent administrators.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Communication Studies Operating Expenses Director of Forensics Stipend 11.000.611.1.150600 51490 $0.00 $7,966.00 The Intercollegiate Speech Competition Program, is a required course for the AA degree, and option for the AA-T. It provides students with the unique experience to participate in one of few competitive intercollegiate academic programs at the college. Further, this specific program continues to greatly enhance our alliance with CSU, Chico, and provides a wonderful showcase of student learning outcomes via live performances, such as the well-attended fall 2012 Fireside Debates series, and the Afternoon of Words and Performances. The interpersonal and direct connection to CSUC is evidenced in part by such examples as the coaching internships of Kelsey Caldwell and Scott Lazcko, and by the ongoing support the CSUC team grants us. Students who have successfully participated on the speech and debate team at Butte migrate to CSUC with the benefit of established relationships with students and faculty and those same students in return welcome the next generation of Butte students. This transfer pathway has inspired us to begin exploring this avenue with local high schools. However, we need expertise to profit on behalf of our students that our full-time faculty do not currently possess. However, there is a major disparity in stipend amounts between the full-time and associate stipend but the work is the same. The season runs from August through April. There are 13 different events, students to travel, and coach and be responsible for, paperwork, and local events such as the Fireside Debates. When compared to 'other' coaching stipends, it's clear this is an error and needs correcting.
    2 Yes Communication Studies Operating Expenses Assistant Coach-Level I 11.000.611.1.150600 51160 $0.00 $3,047.00 Similar to the Track and Field coaches, with 13 different events, more than one coach is needed and compensation in alignment.
    3 Yes CMST Personnel 11.000.611.1.150600 51100 $0.00 $96,956.00 Single Page Criteria-Based Rationale for Communication Studies Full-Time Faculty Hire: December 10, 2012 We seek one full-time hire for Communication Studies with an emphasis in forensics. This request is supported by student access, success and achievement and by the following administrative criteria: Pressing need for full-time leadership in a program - Maintaining core programs and services in an increasingly resource constrained environment. As a result of Chancellor’s office mandates for improving student success and achievement rates, in combination with initiatives such the Student Success Task Force, the already impacted General Education requirement for oral communication (A1), is guaranteed to increasingly become a significant road block for students. The Hart Research Associates (2010) survey of 302 employers, conducted on behalf of the AACU, noted that employers will place a “greater emphasis on hiring four-year graduates.” Beyond the CSU transfer requirement of oral communication that every student must complete, the value of communication competencies is also required by many other programs and for good reason—employers. The Hart survey noted “areas in which employers’ feel that colleges most need to increase their focus.” Communication studies outcomes are among the top 6 (#1 Written and oral communication; #2 critical thinking and analytical reasoning; # 3 the application of knowledge and skills in real-world settings; # 4 complex problem-solving and analysis; #5 ethical decision-making; #6 teamwork skills). The result is increasing demand hindered by limited access, an increased bottleneck in an already impacted program. In addition to the access limitations, we face additional challenges of fulltime faculty to student ratios. Although we are blessed to have fabulous associate faculty colleagues, the research fully stipulates that full-time faculty involvement early and often, vastly improves student completion, success and achievement. With the pending retirement of full-time faculty, Dr. David Payne, in the next couple of years, we face decreased effectiveness in this area. Compounding the challenges noted above is the mixed-blessing of the increasing popularity of the Communication Studies major. As noted in our Unit Plan of January 2012, since its inception we have increased from 6 students to well-over 100 declared in the major. The “Wim McSpadden Student Behavior” report for CMST shows, as of spring 2012, more than 300 students had completed or were enrolled in 3 or more CMST classes (up from 95 students reported as of spring 2010). In the fall of 2012, the department surveyed students enrolled throughout all CMST courses. Of the 340 respondents, more than 74% noted taking a CMST course for GE transfer, nearly 7% declared CMST as their major; nearly 17% noted it was required for their program of study, and over 13% self-reported high-degrees of communication apprehension. These goal-oriented and challenged students are more likely to seek full-time faculty mentoring, advising and guidance. Furthermore, our highly successful Forensics Program draws goal-oriented students within our program and attracts undeclared majors like flies to honey! And the attention and support of the “Mother-ship,” CSUC, cannot be underestimated. The recent change in curriculum of record for the forensic program emphasizes student success and persistence in what SLO guru, Mary Allen, calls “deep learning” (e.g., competitive tournaments statewide, and local public events such as the popular and well-attended Fireside Debates and the CSUC Great Debate). Whereas forensics was once thought of as an elective, it is now a vital link for our majors and for the overall mission of the institution. Forensics is a demanding program running from August through April, with 13 different events to coach, local events to plan and execute, and a host of other administrative tasks ranging from budgeting to student-travel and safety, outreach and recruiting. A program requiring this level of expertise and commitment ultimately requires full-time leadership. Communication Studies is at the forefront of student access, success and achievement. In addition to the arguments above, please keep in mind some of the many other initiatives we actively support including Learning Communities, Supplemental Instruction, International Program, and the Chico Rural Teacher Pathways. And, this does not speak to the influence and involvement of the CMST faculty in all areas of campus governance, culture and leadership. CMST is actively engaged in moving from excellent to exceptional. Maintaining this momentum requires human capital. We ask for your continued support in these student access, success and achievement endeavors by granting us a full-time faculty position.
    4 Yes CMST Equipment New Computer 11.000.611.1.150600 56411 $2,000.00 $0.00 As Christie Trolinger exclaimed, "you need a lap top that doesn't weight 80 pounds!" That is true but even more importantly, I need one that is not as old and glitchy. I believe my last computer was in 2008/9 when I became the coordinator. In addition to my CMST jobs, I also have Academic Senate and CC Group work so a machine that is reliable is very desirable for all of us.
    5 Yes CMST Personnel ? Reinstate administrative support to 12 months 11.000.611.1.150600 52000 $0.00 $800.00 The estimated amount needed to cover full restoration would be $1722.40 in salary and $388.56 in employer tax & benefit costs; grand total of $2110.96. Split among three departments LEAD, ENGLISH and CMST, some of the most active and innovative programs on campus, it's a good investment.
    6 Yes CMST Operating Expenses SLO Assessment Stipends for Associate Faculty 11.000.611.1.150600 51490 $0.00 $1,200.00 The unique practices of assessing oral communication demands sessions for rubric discussion, norming to standards, and finally, assessment teams. Thus, stipends for associate faculty are needed for participation in this time consuming but worthwhile effort. ($50 x4 per faculty at 6 associate faculty= $1200).
    7 Yes CMST Equipment Computer & office for director of forensics 11.000.611.1.150600 56411 $2,000.00 $0.00 Computerized tournament entry, printing out student paperwork related to tournament and team related matters, maintaining records, writing PR, communication with colleagues ...this should also come with its own office.
    8 Yes CMST Operating Expenses Assistant Coach Level III 11.000.611.1.150600 51160 $0.00 $1,170.00 Following the success of our participation in the fall 2012 “Great Debate” (see Student Success Committee minutes December 2012) in collaboration with CSUC, we will again be participating in spring 2013. This supports “deep” student learning, and aligns us with CSU Chico directly, providing a very visible and truly authentic learning outcome and collaborative pathway for our transfer students. The changes to our curriculum specifically adding the “public events” component per the C-ID requirements for CMST 12 and the research on student retention and success for this pedagogy with CSUC Public Speaking and Small Group Discussion classes make an enticing argument for further expansion. Thus, this is a timely and relevant opportunity and we seek funds as follows: Allocate stipends similar to athletics Track and Field to provide for the 13 different events within forensics and to accommodate the growing emphasis of public spheres pedagogy. TRACK AND FIELD HEAD COACH 7,714.95 TRACK AND FIELD ASSISTANT COACHES (3) Assistant Coach-Level I 3,047.82 Assistant Coach-Level II 2,341.77 Assistant Coach-Level III 1,170.89 (PFA contract)
    9 Yes CMST Operating Expenses Operating budget 11.000.611.1.150600 54300 $0.00 $1,100.00 Communication Studies, with 6 full-time faculty and 14 associate faculty only has $1367.00 in our operating budget. We seek an augmentation so that we can order brochures, host the Communication Celebration Day and other recruitment strategies, continue our Gratitude Project, AND also order teaching supplies. What a shame when a long-time and extraordinary faculty member had to ask if our budget had enough to order needed learning materials from the print shop because they were in color.
    10 Yes CMST Operating Expenses SI leader 11.000.611.1.150600 51390 $9,100.00 $0.00 The SI program, coordinated by April Hennessy in CAS, has been shown to increase student success in our Argumentation and Debate course by an entire percentage point! In order to continue this support and success for our students, we are requesting funding for the Center for Academic Success that will be earmarked for SI Leaders in just two of our CMST 14 courses. The expense per SI Leader is $4,550 per year. This amount will benefit the growing numbers of students entering our program, provide opportunities for our outstanding student leaders as they become SI leaders and will aid in higher GPA attainment for students looking to transfer to CSUC.
    11 Yes CMST Operating Expenses Assessment technology and student contact 11.000.611.1.150600 51490 $0.00 $1,000.00 As electronically mediated communication becomes more the norm than the exception, current technologies must be available to our faculty and our students. One area of growing importance to our assessment practices calls for sustainable methods. Following the assessment pilot in fall 2012, we see this level of technology available for our assessment needs as increasingly critical. Furthermore, we need to develop a webpage, a face book presence, and other social media current in our discipline but our full-time faculty are tapped-out in terms of time and commitment, and our wonderful administrative assistant is taxed with multiple complex functions of also being support for two majors departments-LEAD and English. A recent addition to our team is an associate faculty who is a former IT professional and is willing and able to aid our department in these areas. Another faculty is piloting the use of facebook in her classes. We request a stipend to fund development and training related specifically to Communication Studies and technology. Further, a dedicated lab or dedicated lab time for our students is an area in need of investigation that could stem from the same stipend and faculty. 1) Stipend for assessments using sustainable technologies and training ($250 per semester) 2) Stipend for mediated communication and student contact, web maintenance and training within CMST discipline ($250 per semester)
    12 Yes CMST Operating Expenses ? Budget allocation for regular meetings and special sessions 11.000.611.1.150600 51490 $0.00 $1,200.00 Associate faculty contributions are a big part of the success of our students and our program. We meet often and without a budget to pay our valued colleagues, we downplay there attendance.
    13 Yes CMST Equipment Assessment technology 11.000.611.1.150600 54300 $900.00 $0.00 Current recording equipment for assessment is needed for student success and for program level outcomes.
    14 Yes CMST Operating Expenses CTE cohort section 11.000.611.1.150600 54300 $3,000.00 $0.00 One of the most pervasive needs for job seekers, found in virtually every job announcement, is effective communication. Hence, in fall 2011, introductory notions of aligning a cohort-based communication studies program with career-tech programs spawned. After further discussion with the Communication Studies discipline faculty, agreement was reached to pursue a pilot program. Several CTE programs have expressed keen interest, including CSCI, Ag and Welding. Noting the challenge of limited seats and the meteoric growth of our program, we seek funding to support 1 cohort specific section addition for fall 13 to address this innovative program.
    15 Yes CMST Facilities Squad room for forensics team 11.000.611.1.150600 54300 $2,000.00 $0.00 A space similar to the journalism room or the MESA room is needed for the forensic team. CSUC has a squad room with computers and lockers. We are just asking for some space and one computer.
    16 Yes CMST Operating Expenses CTIS Classes Taught in Spanish 11.000.611.1.150600 51490 $3,500.00 $0.00 $3000 for a cohort class pilot and $500 for course development stipend for associate faculty. According to the 2011-2012 Butte College Demographic Snapshot, “The Hispanic demographic is the fastest growing in the service area and is projected to grow from 14% to 24% in Butte County and from 33% to 41% in Glenn County by 2050.”
    17 Yes CMST Operating Expenses Assistant Coach-Level II 11.000.611.1.150600 51160 $0.00 $2,341.00 13 events...public spheres pedagogy....need the help.
    18 Yes CMST Operating Expenses CTE pilot work 11.000.611.1.150600 51490 $500.00 $0.00 Coordination will be needed, specific assessments and methods of data collection determined and executed.
    Total(s) $23,000.00 $116,780.00