2017 Report to the Community
Message from the Chancellor
This has been a year for San Jacinto College and our students, faculty and staff to shine. I know I say it often, but I am truly humbled and honored to serve as Chancellor of San Jacinto College. The work that our faculty, staff, and administration undertake every day to put our students on pathways to rewarding careers is nothing short of remarkable.
The year started off with the announcement that the Aspen Institute awarded San Jacinto College with the Aspen Rising Star award, making us a top five community college in the country – out of more than 1,100 colleges. What an amazing accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of our entire community. This award is not something that we sought; rather, our number one goal is student success. Our people are committed every day to ensuring that our students complete what they start at San Jacinto College, and the Aspen award recognizes that dedication and commitment.
Over the summer, we learned that four of our students were selected to conduct cancer research at the University of Iowa. As part of the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program, these talented students received the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside top-tier professors and students from four-year universities for two months. Eight students in total were selected for the program, and half of them came from San Jacinto College! What an exciting opportunity this was for our faculty and students. I am so proud of how they represented our institution.
This fall, Professor Matt Lewis was named the 2017 William H. Meardy Faculty Member of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). If you know Matt, you know he was very humbled by this recognition. But the work he is doing at San Jacinto College is raising the bar for community college education at the state and national level. He has taken an active leadership role in ensuring that San Jacinto College continues to keep student success at the forefront. He was one of several faculty members who developed the nationally recognized Acceleration in Mathematics (AIM) program and has helped design the College’s SmartStart program, which is the result of rethinking how we bring students into the College in pathways cohorts and prepare them to successfully complete their goals in accelerated timeframes while maintaining rigor in the classroom. Matt is quick to point out that these projects were led by a group of faculty and staff working together. Although he received the award, he makes the point that this award is accepted on behalf of all of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to develop new initiatives to help students meet their educational goals.
These are a few brief highlights from this year. There are many, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading more about them in this year’s Report to the Community. At San Jacinto College, we are guided by eight core values (see page 1 for a complete list of those values), and this year’s Report is a reflection of each of those values.
Thank you for your continued support of San Jacinto College, our students, our faculty and our staff. Community colleges are making a difference in the lives of students not just here in our region, but around the state and country. And that is not more evident than right here at San Jacinto College.
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College