HSAMCC – Update

Progress Updates

  • During May and June, construction work and activities included the following:
    • All underground storm, plumbing, electrical, drainage, and water lines under the building were completed.
    • Underground waterproof and dampproof activities completed.
    • All concrete footings and slab on grade were completed. This was a major milestone for the project.
    • Protection board over slab on grade where finishes call out for polished was installed for the 1st floor.
    • Site electrical conduit on North of building for lighting and other power needs was installed.
    • The infiltration pond at the Greenwood lot was mostly completed. This pond will eventually collect stormwater from the site, allowing the silts to settle before making their way back to Boeing creek.
    • Progress of the stand-alone mockup for the exterior of the building continues to take shape.
    • Structural steel arrived, was organized, and installation began in late June. This was also a big milestone for the project and is the critical path for the project.
    • Site electrical underground work on road East side of the project and towards the PUB has begun creating rerouting for traffic and temporary road closures.
    • Interior signage and donor sign design progress continue to evolve.
    • Furniture design and selection of products also continue to make progress.
    • Next few months the project will continue to work on structural steel and major structure activities. The next big milestones for the months ahead include:
      • Pouring concrete floors for L2 and L3.
      • Roof structure completion.
      • Kickoff meeting to begin discussions for move logistics of the buildings that will be demolished in Phase II.
  • The critical path and the completion date tracking for a Summer/Fall 2023 building completion.
  • Notices regarding road closures, loud work, shutdowns, or interruptions continue to be shared with the Faculty and Staff, and the College’s campus neighbors.
construction site photos
construction site photos

COVID-19 COMMUNITY VACCINATION EVENT

Join us at Community Day Center for Children for a community vaccination event! Vaccination is free, no insurance is required. We will have all approved vaccines at this event for anyone 6 months old or older. Limited Appointments Available.

LOCATION: Community Day Center for Children 165 22nd Ave Seattle, WA

DATE: Thursday – August 18th TIME: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Masks and social distancing required.

Filming on Campus!

The campus was alive with actors, extras (including our own film students), and HBO & Warner Bros. staff who were filming a TV series on campus this week. A huge thanks to all those who made it possible, including Business & Administrative Services, Classroom Support Services, Communications & Marketing, Facilities, the Film Department, Human Resources, Nursing/Health Occupations, Rentals, Safety & Security, and the STEM Division. Washington Filmworks, a non-profit organization that promotes the film industry in Washington State, interviewed President Jack Kahn and Film Professors Tony Doupe and Duygu Monson about this high-profile event.

interview with Jack Kahn
movie set on shoreline campus
Jack Kahn with film students and crew
film crew and students
room with extras for filming
makeup artist
film crew at night

Fiscal Stewardship and Accountability Share Point site

College community,

Good morning.  In keeping with the College’s commitment to transparency on the budget and other financial matters, I am pleased to announce the completion of a new Share Point site called Fiscal Stewardship and Accountability.  This site, which is available to all faculty, staff, and administrators, will centralize into one, easy-to-find location a wide range of important budget and fiscal reports, including:

  • The approved annual operating budget and most recent cash reserve report.
  • Monthly budget status reports, reflecting year-to-date revenues and expenses.
  • The most recently completed Consolidated Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and state audit report.
  • PowerPoint presentations used throughout the year as the budget is developed.
  • A copy of the Budget 101 presentation.

I will be working with the Strategic Planning and Budget Council in the fall to identify other documents to add to the site.  You can also send suggestions directly to me. 

I hope you find this information useful.  If you have any questions or would like a budget presentation for your work team, please let me know.

Thank you.

Bob Williamson

Acting Vice President for Business and Administrative Services

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Avenue North

Shoreline, WA  98133

rwilliamson@shoreline.edu

Fraudulent Student Accounts

Dear Campus Community, 

Since the late spring quarter, diligent faculty, staff, and administrators have identified potentially fraudulent student accounts enrolled in classes for the summer and fall quarters. We know this has caused stress on:

·         Students who were artificially limited in available class offerings and potentially locked out of necessary classes. 

·         Faculty and Advisors who navigated classes that appeared to be full, although they knew some of the students enrolled were not actually attending.  

·         Staff and Advisors who sought to support real students trying to enroll in full classes and understood there was a problem. 
 

What we know so far: 

A preliminary investigation has revealed patterns in these potentially fraudulent accounts which appear to be generated by automated software (i.e., “bots”) using Shoreline’s application system. These “students” are admitted to the college and then register for classes, typically for those without any pre-requisites. Shoreline’s Office of Institutional Assessment and Data Management (IADM) has created an initial report of “suspect” accounts based on the identified patterns, which revealed 240 potentially fraudulent accounts enrolled in the summer quarter and 831 enrolled in the fall quarter. 

The motivation behind this activity appears to be financial aid fraud, in particular emergency aid funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We also know that this type of fraudulent activity has affected community colleges throughout Washington and nationally. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is aware and is working to gather information from all area colleges about the patterns of enrollment and possible security and business process measures that can be implemented state-wide to minimize the threat of this type of fraud. 
 

Actions taken so far: 

A Shoreline Fraud Investigation Team, which includes staff from eLearning, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, IADM, Student Support, and Technology Support Services (TSS) was created and moved quickly to respond. Their first priority was to identify all fraudulent accounts enrolled in the fall quarter and then drop them from classes to free up spots for legitimate student enrollment. As a result, the College dropped the first-tier of 239 fall quarter students, whose accounts fit identified patterns of fraud, on Monday, August 1. Additionally, the team has identified and is assessing a second-tier of 100 fall quarter students and will – most likely – drop them on Thursday, August 4. 

The Fraud Investigation Team will continue to review the remaining 492 suspect accounts to verify whether they are or are not legitimate. They are also developing additional procedures to automatically identify and shut down these fraudulent accounts, drop them from classes, and prevent any disbursement of financial aid. The College will also report these fraudulent accounts to SBCTC, and in cases where any fraudulent accounts received financial aid funds, to the Office of Inspector General
 

Looking ahead: 

While the Fraud Investigation Team continues to develop a process for a full review of fraudulent student accounts enrolled in fall quarter, they will also review, investigate, and take appropriate action on suspect student accounts enrolled in summer quarter. 

The process for a full review of these fraudulent accounts will be based on the following: 

·         Effort 1: Communicate with the State Board to identify automated system-wide mechanisms to flag these students before we process their applications. Shoreline’s Acting Director of TSS Gavin Smith is coordinating this effort. 

·         Effort 2: Create a fraud review report to help the College proactively identify fraudulent accounts before they can register for classes and apply for financial aid.  

·         Effort 3: Identify a list of ‘red flags’ that can be used by faculty and staff to identify fraudulent accounts that may be currently enrolled in classes and eventually remove them from these classes. 

How can I help? 

The Fraud Investigation Team is confident that the students dropped from classes on August 1 and who will be dropped on August 4 are not real students. However, if a student reaches out to you because they were incorrectly dropped, please advise them to contact Enrollment Services at enrollmentservices@shoreline.edu   

If you suspect you may have fraudulent student accounts enrolled in your class, please contact support@shoreline.edu with the subject line Fraudulent Student Account. Please include the following information in your message: 

·         Student name(s); Student ctcLink ID(s); Course name(s); ctcLink class numbers; and why you think they are fraudulent 

Please look for additional information as we continue to learn more and adjust the process. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Rovner, Chippi Bello, or Joe Chiappa at support@shoreline.edu. Thanks to all of you who have done your own research on this issue, alerted your supervisor and/or colleagues, and for the support you provide every day to our students. 

Sincerely,

Phillip J. King, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Learning, Equity, and Success

Shoreline Community College

pking@shoreline.edu

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