Education Briefs: Colorado Mountain College adds two bachelor’s degrees
THIS WEEK IN SUMMIT SCHOOLS
Monday, May 25
Memorial Day, No school students/teachers
Tuesday, May 26
Central Admin Office, Board of Education meeting, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27,
The Peak School, open house, afternoon
Thursday, May 28
Dillon Valley Elementary, fifth-grade promotion ceremony, 2-4 p.m.
The Peak School, open house, afternoon
Friday, May 29
Summit Cove Elementary, Muddy Coyote, noon to 4 p.m.
Two more bachelor’s degrees will be offered through Colorado Mountain College starting this fall.
The degrees received approvals this month from the college’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.
The bachelor of applied science in leadership and management will be offered at CMC locations in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Edwards.
This degree is known as a 2+2 degree, which means students must first finish an associate of applied science degree in a specific career and technical emphasis from a regionally accredited school with 60 credits minimum before being admitted to the bachelor’s degree program.
Students will also need to complete certain lower-division courses before enrolling in more than 15 upper-division courses.
The second degree, a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in elementary education, will be offered at CMC locations in Glenwood Springs and Edwards.
The degree is a dual-endorsement program, in both elementary education as well as culturally and linguistically diverse education, to meet the needs of classrooms in the 21st century.
The program is designed for students entering as freshmen to accommodate extensive in-classroom training. Up to 60 specifically designated credits may apply to the program because CMC participates in the statewide transfer program for this degree.
These two new degrees join three other bachelor’s degree programs currently offered at the college in business administration, nursing and sustainability studies, as well as more than 100 associate degrees and certificates and hundreds of non-credit and lifelong learning courses.
Information sessions regarding the education degree will be held at CMC in Edwards Tuesday, June 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and CMC at the Glenwood Center on Thursday, June 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information, go to coloradomtn.edu/programs/bachelor-of-applied-science or coloradomtn.edu/programs/elementary-education-bachelors-degree or call 1-800-621-8559.
Silverthorne Elementary raises supplies for cancer center
Students and staff at Silverthorne Elementary have been gathering cleaning supplies for the last two weeks for Brent’s Place, a housing facility in Denver for children undergoing cancer treatments and their families.
The ongoing cleaning supply drive is in honor of Anthony Torres, a first-grader staying at the facility for the next six months as he goes through his third bone marrow transplant, said Corina Kaskey, a literacy resource teacher who has worked with the 7-year-old Silverthorne student.
“This is crucial for him, which is why we decided to do something,” she said. “It’s his only hope right now.”
Students have brought supplies and some have video-chatted with Torres, who Kaskey said was focused on logging his reading when they spoke recently.
“He wants more than anything to be back in school,” she said. “No 7-year-old should have to go through anything like this.”
Parents and other community members can bring in cleaning sprays, wipes, paper towels, hand soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, garbage bags, dishwasher detergent and other cleaning supplies through Friday, May 29.
The class that collects the most cleaning supplies will win a pizza and ice cream party. For more information, call Corina Kaskey at (970) 368-1622
CMC approves new sexual misconduct policy, releases draft budget
The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees approved revised policies on sexual misconduct, approved a lease for a building in downtown Rifle and held the first public hearing on the college’s 2015-16 budget.
At a board meeting in at the CMC Edwards campus Friday, May 15, the board approved policies on reduction in force for faculty and sexual misconduct, which was developed in consultation with the college’s elected faculty senate and college leadership before being forwarded to the board for approval.
Over the past year, all college policies have been reviewed, updated or revised as needed, and brought to the board of trustees for approval.
The sexual misconduct policy takes into account changes in required compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act – most notably in definitions of sexual misconduct, harassment and violence, as well as requirements for prompt and equitable investigations and remedial actions in the event of any reports or complaints.
Over the next seven months, college staff will develop procedures that support the policy and train employees and students.
The board also unanimously approved or accepted six faculty requests for sabbaticals, quarterly financial reports, a new course fee for one culinary class, a revised purchasing and contracts policy and the 2015-16 budget for the board of trustees (which is separate from the college’s operating budget). The board’s budget for next year of $64,620 is the same as it has been for the current year.
Also during the meeting the board held the first public hearing of CMC’s proposed budget for 2015-16, which has total operating expenditures of $59.5 million.
That draft budget is available for viewing on the college’s website and at all of the college’s locations. To download the document, go to http://www.coloradomtn.edu, and then choose the pull-down menu for “About,” click on “Board of Trustees” and then “Budget & Audit.”
Or go directly to http://coloradomtn.edu/about-cmc/board_of_trustees/budget_audit/.
The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget at its June 18 and 19 meeting at the CMC campus in Spring Valley, Colorado, as part of a regular rotation of meetings throughout the college’s 11 learning locations.
Colorado’s standardized tests will be shorter, easier to administer
Colorado students and schools will see some relief from standardized testing next year.
The PARCC Governing Board, made up of state education commissioners and superintendents, voted recently to reduce total test time for the English language arts and math tests by about 90 minutes for each grade. The board also agreed to consolidate two testing windows into one window near the end of the school year.
This year’s PARCC testing was done in two parts: the performance-based component in early spring and the end-of-year component in late spring.
“This is a move in the right direction,” said state Education Commissioner Robert Hammond. “As long as we have the PARCC tests in Colorado, we need to listen to our educators, parents and students and adapt as necessary to ensure that the test are as easy as possible to administer while protecting accuracy and reliability.”
Next year the testing time for students will be reduced by 90 minutes overall (60 minutes for math; 30 minutes for English language) and test unit times will be more uniform. The two English language and two math testing windows will be consolidated into one.
Approximately 540,000 Colorado students in grades three through 11 took the PARCC-developed tests in English language arts and math this spring. Overall, five million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia completed PARCC assessments this year.
The tests are part of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) system that also included Colorado-developed science and social studies tests this year.
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