Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Governance of the College

Team for the Advancement of a Learning College -TALC

In the spring of 1996, Isothermal Community College made a commitment to become a learning-centered college. An early initiative was the empowerment of a committee on learning, which evolved into the Team for the Advancement of a Learning College (TALC) Leadership group.

Subsequently, taskforces were developed to respond to institutional barriers identified by faculty and staff. Since the implementation of the TALC learning initiative, taskforces have been added, merged, or dissolved as needed to accomplish our mission. During an assessment of TALC in 2010, additional taskforces were added and TALC became a part of the organizational structure. TALC was formed to seek input from the stakeholders of the college and continues to guide College efforts to keep learning at the forefront of our mission. The current structure of TALC includes the Leadership Team and taskforces.

TALC LEADERSHIP TEAM

The TALC Leadership Team supports the efforts of our Learning College journey by providing guidance for achieving Isothermal’s Learning College Principles and through the following functions:

  • Supporting and providing leadership for taskforces
  • Developing and supporting activities to keep learning at the forefront
  • Evaluating the focus and purpose of TALC taskforces
  • Collecting and assessing information to identify and address barriers to learning
  • Mentoring and cultivating leadership skills to sustain the learning college by developing a leadership training series
  • Establishing goals as part of the strategic planning process
  • Recognizing the definition of learners as students, employees, organization and community
  • Administering TALC budget as allocated by the college administration

Membership of TALC Leadership includes a Chair and Vice Chair of TALC Leadership, chairs and vice-chairs or co-chairs from each TALC taskforce, a representative from College Council, the Technology Committee Chair, the President, the Director of Marketing and Community Relations, the Vice Presidents, the Past chair of TALC and the TALC secretary. The Leadership Team meets on a bi-monthly basis. The Chair of TALC Leadership meets with the President at least once per quarter for updates and reviews. In addition to functioning as the learning steering committee, the Leadership Team maintains a timeline of significant events in our learning journey.

TALC TASKFORCES

Descriptors of a Taskforce:

  • All taskforces are associated with TALC
  • Established in response to identified learning challenge
  • Volunteer Membership
  • Evaluated as part of Strategic Planning to re-examine focus and establish continued viability
  • Establishes goals as part of strategic planning
  • Has Chair and Vice Chair or Co-Chairs

 

STUDENT TALC TASKFORCES (3)

Student TALC Taskforces were established to support our Learning College journey by providing guidance and support for student learning. The focus will be on the following functions:

  • Develop activities to keep student learning at the forefront
  • Provide leadership for student learning taskforces
  • Continually seek to identify and address barriers to student learning
  • Support Isothermal Community College Learning College Principles
  • Evaluate the focus and purpose of student learning taskforces
  • Establish goals as a part of strategic planning

Advising Taskforce

The function of the Academic Advising Taskforce is to review and support the academic advising system on our campus.  The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  The functions will include:

  • Determining areas where professional development is needed for advisors.
  • Developing a training program and professional development opportunities for advisors that go beyond the mechanics of registration.
  • Promoting “Developmental Advising” practices on campus
  • Working to ensure that advisors are informed about the advising system on our campus
  • Looking for ways to improve our advising system so that the needs of all parties involved will be effectively met. 

Student Job Placement Taskforce

Topics to be included in discussion to establish goals of the taskforce:

  • Develop resources for job placement
  • Website that connects students to jobs
  • Career path for the future
  • Career placement service

The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  

Student Retention Taskforce

Topics to be included in discussion to establish goals of the taskforce:

  • Bridge program for Adult High School/GED to curriculum
  • Retention of students to graduate
  • Student mentoring
  • Range of ages, maturity, and perspectives

The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  

EMPLOYEE TALC TASKFORCES (4)

The employee TALC Taskforces were established to support our Learning College journey by providing guidance and support for employee learning. The focus will be on the following functions:
Develop activities to keep employee learning at the forefront

  • Provide leadership for employee learning taskforces
  • Continually seek to identify and address barriers to employee learning
  • Support Isothermal Community College Learning College Principles
  • Evaluate the focus and purpose of employee learning taskforces
  • Establish goals as a part of strategic planning

Campus Life Taskforce

The Campus Life Taskforce explores activities and programs that cultivate a sense of community and promote morale among Isothermal employees.  The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  The charge and goals of the Campus Life Taskforce include: 

  • serving as a planning partner for social activities and celebrations
  • encouraging and supporting employee wellness
  • providing resources to promote personal safety, i.e. seminars, workshops
  • supporting efforts to improve campus appearance, i.e. recycling program
  • exploring ways to work with student organizations to promote

Professional Development – Faculty Taskforce

The Taskforce on Professional Development for Faculty explores and researches areas for faculty development that will enhance and/or enable our becoming a learning college. Specifically this includes determining perceived faculty needs and then determining the best source of addressing those needs. The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  

Professional Development – Staff Taskforce

The Taskforce on Professional Development for Staff explores and determines professional development activities for staff that will enhance and/or enable Isothermal in our journey to becoming a learning college. This includes determining perceived staff needs and then determining the best source of addressing those needs. The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team. 

Learning Strategies Taskforce

The Learning Strategies Taskforce explores strategies for improving learning through the following:

  • steers our efforts to train new faculty in learning strategies
  • shares cooperative learning techniques
  • serves as planning partners for newly trained faculty and staff
  • serves as a resource by demonstrating the techniques
  • meets regularly to discuss ways to support our learning efforts
  • acknowledge contributions to the learning college via the Golden Apple Award
  • implementation of  “Learning Communities"
  • explore ways to enhance learning through technology
  • serves as a resource for global education efforts

The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  

Organization TALC Taskforce

The Organization TALC Taskforce was established to support our Learning College journey by providing guidance and support for organizational learning. Initially the group will consist of volunteers that will collectively identify the goals of the group. Among the topics that have been generated for consideration are:

  • nurturing and sustaining a safe, secure, comfortable and accessible environment
  • ensuring that the campus is friendly and welcoming
  • beautification and appearance of facilities and the campus (internal and external)

This taskforce will focus on the following functions:

  • Develop activities to keep organizational learning at the forefront
  • Determine the need for taskforces in this area and recommend to TALC Leadership to establish taskforce(s)
  • Continually seek to identify and address barriers to organizational learning
  • Support Isothermal Community College Learning College Principles
  • Evaluate the focus and purpose of organization learning taskforces
  • Establish goals as a part of strategic planning

The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  

 

COMMUNITY TALC Taskforces (2)

The Community TALC Taskforces is established to support our Learning College journey by providing guidance and support for community learning. The focus will be on the following functions:
Develop activities to keep community learning at the forefront

  • Provide leadership for community learning taskforces
  • Continually seek to identify and address barriers to community learning
  • Support Isothermal Community College Learning College Principles
  • Evaluate the focus and purpose of community learning taskforces
  • Establish goals as a part of strategic planning

Cultural Events Taskforce

Topics to be included in discussion to establish goals of the taskforce:

  • Encourage community events at college - more free events
  • Need a meaningful diversity class
  • Bring speakers to campus and open the session to the community
  • Seek more of our community’s talents, wisdom etc.
  • Provide and increase opportunities for community enrichment (social, cultural)
  • Community concert series; Foundation events
  • Sponsor Poetry slam and MLK Junior cultural events

The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  

Community Connections Taskforce

The Chair and Vice-Chair (or Co-Chairs) of the Taskforce will serve on the TALC Leadership Team.  Topics to be included in discussion to establish goals of the taskforce:

  • County wide needs assessment
  • Encourage representation to county and city meetings to be part of the solution
  • Provide a room with the latest technology for meetings and forums; bring community in
  • Continue to encourage and support entrepreneurial innovation to create new jobs and attract new employers
  • Coordinate support for community events such as March of Dimes, Relay for Life
  • Encourage open house – Polk and Rutherford
  • Review role of advisory committees and make sure active

Policy No: 201-03-05