General Education Outcomes Revision Underway – Biggest Change in 20 Years!

TAKE ACTION:  The revision of general education outcomes will affect all programs and students.  Be part of the conversation by signing up for one of several opportunities to provide input (Day of Learning, spring workshops, or summer institutes). 


Many of you are aware that Shoreline is well underway in a campus-wide reform called Guided Pathways (link to self-enroll: Part of that work involves reviewing and revising Shoreline’s general education outcomes, and one team, the General Education Outcomes Revision Group (GEORG) is leading this work for Shoreline.  

Why is this important? 

General education outcomes are fundamental to Shoreline’s educational experience, describing what students will know and be able to do once they have completed their program. GEORG has been discussing how revising outcomes can not only clarify how, when and whether students are gaining appropriate knowledge and skills, but also support and promote equity. In addition, it is essential that Shoreline engage in meaningful implementation and assessment of these outcomes to meet accreditation standards. 

How will this work? 

This revision process requires embracing the complexity and importance of these outcomes, and it will take time. GEORG is in the first year of a three-year timeline to revise and implement these outcomes: 

·         Year 1:  Gather input from faculty, staff, and students. 

·         Year 2:  Validate input via survey and engage subject matter experts to draft revised outcomes. 

·         Year 3:  Finalize and implement new outcomes, including assessment. 

What does this mean for me? 

Your voice is important in making sure these outcomes reflect the quality and effectiveness of Shoreline’s educational experience and resonate with Shoreline’s values. Please consider attending one of the following workshops.  

Equity-Minded General Education Outcomes: (see DOL Sharepoint):   

  • Friday, April 30:  10:00 – 11:30 AM or 1:30 – 3:00 PM 

General Education Outcomes input sessions for staff & admin (sign up here

  • Tuesday, June 8: 3:00 – 4:30 PM  
  • Thursday, June 10:  8:30 – 10:00 AM 

General Education Outcomes Summer Institute 

These paid 3-hour summer sessions will delve into the key questions around general education outcomes with participants providing guidance and direction for the structure and content of the revised outcomes. There are spaces for 32 faculty (full-time and part-time) to take part in this paid experience during the month of July. To indicate your interest and availability during that time, please complete this brief form.  

If you have questions, please contact Romina Plozza ( or Bayta Maring (, GEORG co-leads.



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.

Visit the intranet to make a referral.

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

Student Accessibility Services Info for Faculty

Hello, Faculty Friends, and Welcome to Spring Quarter!

As always, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is sending notifications to instructors who have students who have requested accommodations.

I’d also like to share our “How to Respond to Accommodation Requests” document, which describes the steps to take when a student discloses a disability to an instructor and asks directly for an accommodation. Additional faculty resources are available on the SAS For Faculty web page.

Finally, SAS is making all appointments through Microsoft Bookings now, so students can more easily set up appointments through our website. Please do not hesitate to refer students to our main SAS web page or to email questions to

As always, do not hesitate to contact me directly via email at or on Teams with any disability-related questions or concerns! 

Miranda Levy

Nominate a Student or Faculty Commencement Speaker!

The Commencement 2021 Committee would like to invite you to submit nominations for student and faculty speakers. We are looking for speakers whose journeys and/or roles on campus authentically speak to and reflect the student experience.

We will consider all nominations submitted before the priority deadline of May 7th.

Complete the nomination form and watch for more updates and information about this year’s ceremony on the Commencement web page.

Please email any questions to Thank you!

Board of Trustees Chair’s Response to Faculty Senate Council Vote of No Confidence

Shoreline Community College (SHORELINE) Board of Trustees:

Dr. Catherine Post D’Ambrosio, Board of Trustees Chair’s Response to:

the Shoreline Faculty’s Vote of No Confidence in Shoreline President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts

25 FEB 2021

Dear Shoreline Community College Campus Community,

I wish to begin my first letter to you – in my seven year tenure as a member of your Board of Trustees and as Board Chair by clearly stating my – and your entire Board of Trustees’ firm commitment and unwavering dedication to our College, to the entire Campus Community, and most especially to the Students – who entrust their education, their time, their (too often scarce) financial resources, their careers and their futures to each and every one of us at Shoreline Community College. Our Shoreline Students are the reason we are here. 

The 24 FEB 2021 Shoreline Board of Trustees meeting:

Many of you are already aware that the Board of Trustees received, carefully listened to, recognized, and heard a Constituent Report from the Shoreline Community College Federation of Teachers (SCCFT) President. The SCCFT President reported the results by the Faculty Senate Council of a vote of no confidence in Shoreline Community College’s President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts.

Our Faculty are the means by which we deliver the education that is entrusted by our students to Shoreline. The value of Shoreline’s Faculty cannot be overstated. Without the Faculty, we do not have an educational experience to provide to our Students, and without the support of Classified & Administrative Staff, the Faculty cannot effectively deliver that educational product.

Like our Students, the Faculty, the Classified Staff, the Administrative Staff and the Executive Team are ALL completely essential to the operation of the College. Your Board of Trustees has been appointed by our State’s democratically elected Governor to ensure the Washington State laws, rules, and regulations are adhered to and that we meet the educational needs of the Students who choose Shoreline for their education.

The Board of Trustees cannot effectively execute the responsibilities entrusted to us without full participation and collaboration between each and every one in the Campus Community. We must all partner and work together to keep the College moving forward and support our Students’ success. Our Students are the reason we are here.

Constituent Report to the Board of Trustees from Shoreline’s SCCFT President:

The Shoreline Faculty (as of FEB 2021) consists of 388 individual faculty members. The SCCFT President reported the results of the Faculty Senate vote of no confidence in President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts as follows:

  • 116 (of 388) faculty supported this vote of no confidence, comprising ~30% of Shoreline’s Faculty Senate.

The Faculty Senate Council provided a report to the Board of Trustees (see attached) and requested that their presentation of their vote of no confidence results be placed on the Board of Trustees’ 24 FEB 2021 agenda. I, as Chair of your Board of Trustees respectfully, but firmly declined this request as there is a constituent report for Shoreline Faculty. Your Board of Trustees has deep concerns with accepting the Faculty Senate’s vote of no confidence in President Dr. Cheryl Roberts for the following reason:

The Faculty Senate Council’s report consisted of and was based on entirely too many inaccuracies.

The Board of Trustees’ response to and position regarding the inaccurate statements articulated in the Shoreline Faculty Senate Council’s report. Herein are the facts the Board is relying on in evaluating the vote of no confidence:

  • Sound hiring practices are in place.
  • The College’s financial statements are current.
  • The College’s audits are current.
  • The Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) did not find the College had committed any Unfair Labor Practices (ULP). 
  • PERC agreed with the Shoreline Community College Administration.
  • It is the Shoreline Faculty, not the Shoreline Administration, who is appealing PERC’s decision.

Accurate facts are paramount. The Board’s patience with and ability to continue listening to the relentless issuing of constituent statements that are not based on facts actually prevents the College from moving forward during a time when it is critical that we do so. None of us can change the past, but together we can build a better future.

We are all living through a global pandemic and its requisite year-long quarantine. These are certainly some of the most difficult times the College has ever faced. All Washington State colleges are suffering, as are all US Colleges, as well as colleges around the globe. Despite this, our finances and enrollment at Shoreline are better than most. Your Board of Trustees has confidence in all of our employees – Classified Staff, Faculty, Administrators, and our President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts. 

Your Board of Trustees has immense empathy for each and every one of our College’s employees who are all working through, despite, and during these difficult and unprecedented times.

Please know that your Board of Trustees remains committed to working collegially and constructively with the President and the entire Shoreline Campus Community to serve our diverse students and community.

Very sincerely yours,

Catherine Post D’Ambrosio, PhD, RN, BSN, MSN

Chair, Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees

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