April 8, 2019 - Welcome to spring term!

Apr 8, 2019, 09:55 AM by Kirk Fryrear
Happy start to spring term! In typical Oregon weather, we've had rain, hail, sunshine and cold temps all in one day.

I took some time off for spring break to get some projects done at home and clean the garage, so not too exciting. I'm looking forward to my first spring term and all of the celebrations to come.

NWCCU mid-cycle evaluation

Perhaps the biggest news of the past week is we had a successful mid-cycle accreditation visit. The mid-cycle visit takes place three years after the full-scale, seven-year visit and is focused primarily on assessment. We will get the formal findings in the next couple of months, but in the meantime, the visiting evaluators were positive about the progress we have made toward assessment and particularly commended the work done by Elizabeth Carney with the faculty and Melissa McFarland for leading the work with service area assessment. A big shout-out to the Accreditation Steering Committee and to everyone who has had a part in the assessment process!

Oregon Presidents Council

April 4 and 5, I was at Chemeketa Community College for the monthly meeting of community college presidents. We had updates on the legislative bills impacting education, reports from the state IT Director and the Distance Learning Committee. We also discussed a recent state poll and how it positively shows support for tax revenue for community colleges.

Commissioner Martha Schrader

I recently met with Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, who is a longtime supporter of CCC. This was the first time we have had a chance to meet. She also had not been through the Industrial Technology Center, so I toured her through that building and updated her on the rest of the activities happening on campus.

Tape Up Tim

The first day of spring term, our chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, held a fundraiser where they sold strips of duct tape. The goal was to see if they could tape me to a wall. I have to admit I wasn't sure they would sell enough for it work. As you can see in the video here they sold a lot of tape and, spoiler alert, I stuck to the wall. Happily, I was able to break out of the tape. I'm not sure how much PTK raised but from the amount of tape used it was quite a bit.

Taped-Up Tim Cook on the wall with Cougie

Legislative testimony

On Tuesday of spring break, several of us from CCC, including Josh Henson, James Logan, Board of Education member Betty Reynolds, and student Anna Lever testified at the Ways and Means subcommittee on education. You can see the entire hearing here, we start our testimony about the 30-minute mark.

Editorial in Portland Tribune

Mt. Hood Community College President Lisa Skari and I met with the editorial board for the Portland Tribune a couple of weeks ago, and the result is the editorial below supporting community colleges as a great return on investment. I encourage you to read it if you have the time.

I look forward to seeing you on one of our campuses this spring.

With gratitude,

Tim