GISS – Los Angeles Community College District 2016, Mission College, Sylmar, CA

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Over 90 participants—Board members, faculty, staff, students and administrators

A total of over ninety (90) participants from the leadership of the Los Angeles Community College District, (LACCD) including its constituent colleges, attended the GISS – LACCD 2016 held in two parts October 19–20, 2016.  The first part was both a scheduled public Board session for two hours followed by a closed executive session for two hours with all seven members of the LACCD Board of Trustees and the Chancellor on October 19, 2016, at the LACCD Educational Services Center in Los Angeles.

Of the ninety (90) participants attending this institute, 13 were LACCD Trustees, the District Chancellor and College Presidents. Remaining participants were District and College administrators and administrative staff, Faculty Senate and Faculty Union leaders, Classified Staff Union leaders, and Student Government Association leaders.


Springboard to Strategic Planning

Entitled Springboard to Strategic Planning, the GISS – LACCD 2016 was designed to engage District and College personnel to promote a districtwide student success agenda in their strategic planning processes. Participants reviewed data and key indicators of student success, equity and completion, developed key questions to improve student outcomes, explored high impact policies and practices and change dynamics to enhance student success, and shared goals of college plans to prepare for development of the District’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.

Los Angeles Community College District (9 colleges) engages in GISS institute!

Los Angeles City College leaders review college data.
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College leaders not only dressed alike, but they also worked in unison.
Intense conversations were an important part of the institute.
Valley College leaders, including President Erika Endrijonas, develop college goals and commitments.
The institute posted key questions and comments from participants.
Earic Dixon-Peters, VP of Student Services at Pierce College, comments on Board goals shown on the screen in the background.
Board member, Sydney Kamlager, center, who welcomed participants, listens as Narcisa Polonio makes a key point.
Los Angeles City College leaders have some courageous conversations about student data.
Los Angeles Southwest College leaders work with Interim President, Denise Noldon on college plans.
City College Dean of Institutional Research, Anna Badalyan, represents the College’s goals, flanked by Student Equity Coordinator, Jeffrey Nishimura.
Harbor College spokesperson, ASO president, Andres Aquino, Jr., presents the college’s plans.
Velma Butler, President AFT 1521A Staff Guild, advocates for professional development for all employees.
East Los Angeles College spokesperson, Armida Ornelas, Faculty Guild AFT 1521 Chapter President, highlightstheir college’s plans.
Don Gauthier, District Academic Senate President spoke on behalf of Educational Services Center table #1.
Pierce College leaders all contribute to posting college and district goals.
Pierce College’s leaders speak out and post a series of plans and commitments at the institute.

Colleges included:
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Educational Services Offices
  • Los Angeles Mission College


  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Pierce College
  • West Los Angeles College



GISS California 2016 in Action

Hosted by Solano Community College, GISS-Northern California 2016 participants pose during an activity.
Celia Esposito-Noy, president of Solano Community College, welcomes participants to her college for the Northern California GISS 2016.
College of the Redwoods Trustees and President Keith Snow-Flamer stop for a quick picture as they discuss their student cohort data and district profile.
Yuba Community College District Chancellor, Doug Houston, center, works with trustees and campus presidents, Michael White, president of Yuba College and GH Javaheripour, president of Woodland Community College.
Solano trustees work collaboratively with President Esposito-Noy as they review their action plans.
San Joaquin Delta College trustees discuss their student success agenda with their president Kathy Hart, fourth from the left.
Northern California GISS 2016 participants participate in an activity as preparation for developing their student success agendas.
San Joaquin Delta trustee Teresa Brown wears her GISS bag while showcasing the college’s action plans at the institute.


Empowering trustees and CEOs (chancellors/superintendent-presidents) with tools to promote policies and create accountability measures to increase student success and completion in their districts, the following institutes have been held every year in California since 2013. 


GISS- Northern California 2016

Twenty-nine participants from five of California’s Northern/Central community college districts attended the GISS-Northern/Central California 2016 held March 17-18, 2016, at Solano Community College in Fairfield, California. Attending the two-day event were trustees, district chancellors, campus presidents and a vice president of student services.

Participating in the GISS to welcome the CEOs and trustees of Northern California’s community colleges was Dr. Larry Galizio, President and CEO for the Community College League of California, which provided financial support as well.

During the institute, participants reviewed California workforce education and skills gap profile and examined individual college’s scorecard data in addition to reviewing their board self-assessment and equity plans.

california-stateParticipating colleges and districts included:

  • College of the Redwoods
  • Merced College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Solano Community College
  • Yuba District
    1. Yuba College
    2. Woodland Community College

2016 Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA:

The GISS is going back to Northern California in 2016 at Solano Community College on March 17 and 18. Registration is now open.
Please contact Dr. Norma Goldstein This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 202-775-6488 or Mia Settle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 202-470-4191 for more information.

Click Here to access the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office site to see the detailed methodology used for college profile metrics.


Chancellor Dr. Cindy Miles engages with Grossmont-Las Positas CommunityCollege trustees

2015 Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA:

Forty-seven (47) leaders from nine districts participated in an equity-focused GISS at Grossmont-Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA, on September 24-25, 2015.

Participating districts included:

  • Allan Hancock
  • Chabot-Las Positas
  • Grossmont-Cuyamaca
  • Long Beach
  • Merced
  • Mira Costa
  • Solano
  • Southwestern
  • College of the Siskiyous



2014 Chabot College, Hayward, CA: 

Leaders from 3 community college districts gathered at Chabot College in Hayward, CA for GISS training on March 14-16, 2014. Participating districts included: Chabot-Las Positas, Hartnell, and San Jose-Evergreen. 


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2013 Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA:

Over 29 leaders from six community college districts in southern California convened at Long Beach City College for a GISS institute on October 31 – November 2, 2013.

Participating districts included:
  • Coast
  • Grossmont-Cuyamaca
  • Long Beach City
  • Mira Costa
  • North Orange County
  • Southwestern


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Contact Norma for more information about a GISS institute for a state or a state system at or call 202-775-6488