Dean of Learning Resources
The Learning Resources Division seeks to foster the potential of each student at Sacramento City College by providing resources which assist them as they navigate toward their goal. We provide educational materials, physically and online, we help students find items that further their learning, and we assist them in understanding the content contained in these resources.
We live in an increasingly digital world where the emphasis continues to shift from traditional print to web based materials, and face-to-face instruction to an online environment. Learning Resources, at every level, looks to connect our students with instructional materials, in any medium, and to comprehend the content they contain. We have computers and a wireless network to provide access, staff in the library and academic computing labs to help navigate systems and secure relevant material, and staff in the Writing and Tutoring centers to explain the content.
The personal connection is a critical part of the Learning Resources environment. Faculty and staff provide both individual services as well as group instruction. Our facilities provide quiet study spaces, tables for collective study, and rooms for group projects. We deliver services both in person and online, both of which are needed for student success. We are expanding online tutoring services this year to provide greater access to our online students, as well as those who have challenges making it to campus for tutoring in person.
In the Library we provide books, articles, and movies that assist students in exploring assignments, and develop their thoughts on a wide range of topics. The collection provides materials related to diversity, sexuality, religion, and other topics which invite students to explore their lives and develop their own world view. Librarians teach information literacy, assisting students to navigate and identify valuable information in an ever increasing volume of available materials.
Affordable access to instructional materials is critical to our student’s success. The Library is expanding its textbook reserves, so that students who have challenges purchasing a text can check one out for a few hours, or days. Learning Resources is also working closely with instructors to find Open Educational Resources (OER’s) they can use, and thereby remove barriers to completion caused by the increased costs of textbooks.
We partner with faculty across all the disciplines at the college, and support online learning through our distance education department. We support instructor engagement of students through the use of leading edge instructional design.
The future success of our students require that they are able to identify and engage resources which support their learning, both today at Sacramento City College, and in their future educational and job endeavors. Learning Resources identifies resources students need for success, we get students connected with these resources, and we help students comprehend the content of these resources.
Dean of Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering
The Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering (MSE) Division includes the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering. The division serves approximate 6,500 students per semester, teaching essential skills in Mathematics and offering associate degrees in Mathematics and Engineering. Many of our students take advantage of tutoring that is available in our Math Lab and guidance can be found in our Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Center.
The Mathematics Department offers 392 sections of Math and Statistics per year on the Main Campus, at the West Sac Center, and at the Davis center. The sections are distributed as follows: 260 sections of Developmental Math and 132 sections of Transfer Level Math.
The Engineering Department offers 15 sections of classes per year on the Main Campus. The primary focus of the Engineering Department is to provide freshman and sophomore level engineering courses for students preparing to transfer to four-year institutions for the completion of a bachelor degree in the engineering field of their choice. Engineering students can also complete an associate degree in one of four areas, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, General Engineering, and Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering.
The mathematics and statistics department has been successfully running what we call the “Second Chance Program” for students who almost but didn’t quite pass Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra or Elementary Statistics. After four days of tutoring the students get a second change at passing their final exam. The instructor of record use specific criteria to select students for referral to the program. Many students have saved an entire semester by not having to retake a math class.
Several faculty have adopted open source (free) textbooks under the AB 798: College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 for community and state colleges grant. This extends the work by other faculty who have previously adopted open resources. In addition, the department in conjunction with the Learning Resource Center is expanding the textbook lending pilot program for Math 27/28 to Math 34 and Math 100.
Previously, the mathematics and statistics faculty have been scattered across three buildings. Lack of frequent daily contact has hindered the communication and cooperation within the department. After years of planning and hard work, the math faculty is finally gathered under one roof on the third floor of Rodda North. The math faculty looks forward to the “water cooler” discussions and cooperation that will result from being in the same physical location.
The mathematics and engineering department in cooperation with MESA have had a regular weekly meeting called “Project Lab” which is like a Maker-space or Hacker-lab. Students bring in and work on their own projects. As a result of skills learned working on a student developed Arduino micro-controller project, one student obtained a technology based job to support his way through school. Through creating hands-on projects faculty and students are working with local community start-ups and high tech companies to help students get internships and jobs in their fields of interest.
The division and department continue to support the Los Rios and California effort to offer online and computer assisted education. Students such as single parents or those with full-time and changeable work schedules often cannot attend traditional community college classes. The MSE division offers online classes (only exams in person), hybrid classes which are part online, part traditional, and computer assisted where students meet in a classroom where each student has access to a computer.