Shoreline Early Alert System

Dear Campus Colleagues:

As we begin fall quarter, we would like to remind you about Shoreline Early Alert (SEA).

SEA is a referral program to serve ALL (domestic and international) students on campus. SEA is designed to provide academic intervention to students encountering difficulty in the pursuit of their academic goals. We recognize that intervention is a process and may not produce immediate results. That is why it is our goal is to reach out to the student early in the quarter and connect them to the appropriate resources.


Use the SEA Referral Form rather than sending individual emails. A SEA Team member will respond to the referral within 24 hours by reaching out to both you and the student.

We look forward to continuing to work with you and to support our students!

The Shoreline Early Alert (SEA)

When to Refer
If you’ve observed factors like those listed below, and you have previously reached out to the student without seeing positive change, it’s time to fill out the SEA referral form.

Examples of student difficulties that may lead you to make a referral:
• Low test scores
• Unexplained excessive absenteeism
• Tardiness with indication of transportation or family concerns
• Pacing in an online class
• Not doing assignments
• Financial matters
• External concerns

Purpose of SEA
SEA is intended to:
• Be a positive and supportive experience for students
• Support students who may be showing or have indicated possible academic “red flags”
• Direct students to appropriate resources

SEA is not intended to be:
• Punitive, disciplinary, or a means for enforcing classroom policies (e.g. cell phone use, disruptive behavior, absenteeism associated with classroom policy, etc.)
• For behaviors of concern, please see the Behavioral Intervention Team

What Happens Next
There a series of steps that occur in order:
1. Employee submits a referral
2. SEA Team member assigns an appropriate employee to reach out to the student
3. The employee makes three attempts to contact the student
4. The employee attempts an intervention to direct the student to appropriate resources
5. The employee will follow up with referrer

Throughout this process, the referrer may contact a member of the SEA Team regarding the referral.

Make a Referral: visit the intranet at: .

If there are other concerns in the classroom that worry you about a student or if you see something questionable or concerning visit

Spindrift 2020 Now Available!

The staff of Spindrift, the annual art and literary journal of Shoreline Community College, is pleased to announce the publication of Spindrift 2020. This issue, its 54th, is a carefully curated selection of fine art, photography, poetry, short stories, essays, music, videos, and more, by contributors from all over the world. New in this year’s issue are audio recordings of a selection of literary pieces, accessible by QR code.

Normally published in May each year, Spindrift 2020 encountered significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For months it was unclear when, how, or even if the journal would be published. In a fortunate turn of events, this year’s issue was finally brought into print; many collegiate journals have not been so lucky. Our experience was distilled into the art and design of the cover, a subtle reference to the present and foreseeable future of invisible challenges and self-quarantines.

In the past, distribution channels were limited. Now, for the first time ever, Spindrift is available through a local bookstore and online (details below), so our art and literature doesn’t have to know the boundaries that we do.

Shoreline Community College Bookstore
(delivery or pickup available)

In Person

Third Place Books
Lake Forest Park Location
17171 Bothell Way NE #A101
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
(in the Literary Anthology section)

$15.00 US
9″ x 8″ (~23 cm x 20 cm)
148 pages
78 contributors
100 art pieces
43 literary pieces
7 audio links
2 video links

Tim Holsopple
Managing Editor / Spindrift

Spindrift, established in 1966, is the award-winning and nationally recognized art and literary journal published annually by Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington. It is staffed by Shoreline Community College students with the guidance of faculty advisors.

Follow-Up to the August 12 Zoom Hall Responses

Dear Colleague,

Following up on the budget questions posed at our last Zoom Hall Budget Meeting (on August 12), there were several responses that the Executive Team needed more time to research and complete. The document has now been updated with all responses and data filled in. 

Additionally, the captioned video recording of that meeting is available.

As we enter this next challenging phase of our 2020-21 budget development, I hope you will join me at our first fall quarter Zoom Hall Budget Meeting on Tuesday, September 29. You are also welcome to learn more about the proposed buget reductions that will be presented at the Board of Trustees’ special meeting this afternoon. 


Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.


2020-21 Campus Budget Updates

Dear Colleague,

Last year, the College took on and accomplished, the challenge of aligning our revenue and expenses in a pre-COVID environment. This year, we must now prepare for the unanticipated and permanent loss of state funding and tuition revenue for the 2020-21 fiscal year resulting from the enrollment declines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In these very difficult budgetary times, this expected reduction will require the College, like most Washington community and technical colleges, to become smaller and re-think how we do our work. Over the summer, the Executive Team (ET) collected additional financial data, carefully reviewed solutions identified in the spring employee budget survey, and evaluated various scenarios to determine how to make the necessary reductions with the least impact on students and employees.

We must now move forward with the painful work of reducing our 2020-21 expenses in order to stabilize our finances, noting we have elected to use some of the College’s cash balance this fiscal year to preserve employee positions while we assessed the financial impact of COVID and developed a thoughtful permanent budget reduction plan. This preservation approach means that any cost savings from personnel reductions this fiscal year will only be realized for half of the year, particularly once all Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations and timelines are honored.

Today, the College will be noticing some employees, as well as their union leaders that their positions may be changed or eliminated. The plan that has been developed proposes a variety of ways to address our fiscal obligations across all employee groups, including but not limited to, holding vacant positions open, eliminating or reclassifying positions, reducing hours, and offering limited faculty tenure buyouts. In the coming weeks and months, the College will work closely with union leadership, supervisors, and employees to navigate the reduction in force processes in alignment with collective bargaining agreements as applicable.

On Friday, September 25, the Board of Trustees will meet to hear the proposed 2020-21 budget reductions. A Zoom Hall Budget Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 29 where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes and ask questions. Another Zoom Hall meeting will take place on October 15, with the Board voting on a finalized budget at their October 28 meeting. Additional Zoom Hall meetings will take place on October 29, on November 10, and December 3.

This will be a busy — and challenging — quarter. The solemn decisions surrounding budget reductions are extremely difficult to make and are not ones any of us imagined we’d have to do. The Executive Team does not take any reductions lightly and we are keenly aware these changes will affect our colleagues’ lives and livelihoods, as well as the College as a whole.

Shoreline is a caring community, and we will need to lean on each other as we create the best course forward in these historically difficult economic times.


Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

Notice of Board of Trustees Virtual Special Meeting: Friday, September 25, 2020

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Friday, September 25, 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM with a study session. The special session will commence at 3:00 PM. 

The business to be transacted in this meeting: 

  • Study Session (2:00 PM)
    • Fiscal Updates 
  • Special Session (3:00 PM)
    • Report: Proposed Budget Reduction(s) for FY 2020-21 
    • Action: Potential Reduction in Force of Faculty Positions 
    • First Reading: Addition of Debt Reserve Procedure to Board of Trustees Policies Manual 
    • First Reading: Capital Reserve Levels Recommendation for Board of Trustees Policies Manual 

 The special meeting will take place in a virtual space to comply with government restrictions on public gathering due to COVID-19 health risks. 

 To connect to the September 25, 2020 special meeting: 

  • Via link, go to: 
  • Via telephone: Call/Dial/Key-in to one of the following numbers. Start with the first number. If you receive a busy signal or an “all circuits are busy” message, try the next number on the list:
    • (253) 215-8782
    • (346) 248-7799
    • (312) 626-6799
    • (646) 558-8656 
  • Webinar (“Meeting”) ID: 821 7899 2891 

All Board of Trustees meetings include opportunity for public comment. Due to the continual and changing information related to COVID-19 and the September 25, 2020 special meeting to be held remotely, please email public comments to the Board Secretary at by 2:45 PM on Friday, September 25, 2020. Please place “Public Comment” in the subject of your email. Public comments sent to the Board Secretary at by 2:45 PM on Friday, September 25, 2020 will be read aloud by Chair D’Ambrosio and Vice Chair Jackson. The total public comment period will be no more than thirty (30) minutes and up to three (3) minutes of each public comment received, will be read, with adjustments made if more than ten (10) public comments are received. All public comments received will be entered into the record, and attached to the minutes of the September 25 special meeting. 

The agenda for the September 25, 2020 special meeting will be posted to: