STANDARD SIX: PHYSICAL RESOURCES
Physical resources, including buildings and equipment used both on and off campus, are adequate to serve the needs of the institution in relation to its stated purpose and its goals and activities. The physical environment of the institution contributes to an atmosphere for effective learning.
Standard 6A Facilities
6A.1 Space allocations are appropriate and adequate for the institutional functions served.
DESCRIPTION: The buildings on the campus are three years old and were constructed in conformance with state, federal, and local laws. Minimal storage is provided. There are 487 student parking spaces and 130 staff, guests, handicapped, and carpool spaces. The one instructional building on campus consists of twenty-one lecture rooms and fifteen labs spaces covering ten disciplines.
EVALUATION: In general, we do not have enough space to serve our constituency. There are not enough parking spaces for all staff and students. We overload the neighborhood and tend to create an adverse reaction from the community. Greater visibility of the campus police, better marking and direction signs in the parking lots will help. Ultimately, a two- or three-tier parking structure should be built.
We have insufficient classroom space, inadequate library facilities. Space for students to congregate is limited and multipurposed. Office work-spaces meet legal requirements, but some tend to be small and crowded; all provide little privacy. There is little available storage on campus. Off-campus facilities are expensive and inconvenient.
AQMD recently installed a travel and bus routing directory, which will facilitate car pooling. A mandated three-or four-day work week for faculty and staff could reduce the daily number of cars on campus and get better utilization of available parking and could minimize the cost of increased parking.
Our plans to expand library facilities have materialized dramatically with the groundbreaking for the new library on Sept. 29, 1994. The secondary effects of the new library will be space for several student services and activities, including space for students to gather. The library committees will begin meeting regularly to plan for the staffing and utilization of the building.
Plans are nearing completion for the housing of all related staff, supplies, and equipment in the new plant facilities building to be occupied by spring 1995. This on-campus occupancy will provide improved service to all college locations.
6A.2 Buildings and grounds are clean and in good repair. Maintenance and operations are conducted in a systematic, planned manner with adequate staff and support.
DESCRIPTION: There are two gardeners and one grounds keeper to maintain a twenty-two acre campus. There are nine custodians to maintain the inside of the buildings on the campus as well as four offsite locations. They also empty the trash both inside and outside on campus and off.
EVALUATION: Inadequate staffing to perform the mowing, pruning, weeding, spraying, and routine maintenance as frequently as we would like is still a concern. We tend to have slightly deferred maintenance. While adhering to the standards for custodial services, the distances between the campus, the off-site locations, and the temporary plant facilities building reduces the time available for personnel to program work efficiently and to complete their work in the time allotted.
PLAN: We plan to work with the district to broaden the standards or to increase the personnel. This will ensure the cleanliness and repair of our facilities.
6A.3 There are well-planned, adequate, and well-maintained physical facilities for off-campus programs.
DESCRIPTION: The college leases modified, manufacturing buildings, located about two miles from the campus for the physical education program and for plant facilities. Bungalows on leased property in the City of San Fernando house specially funded programs; art, music, and the Community Extension programs are housed in a multipurpose building in a local park, half a mile from the campus.
EVALUATION: The leased facilities were constructed for use as storage or light manufacturing activities. They have minimum heating and air flow capabilities and restroom facilities; spaces are not sound-proofed; and walls are not floor to ceiling, providing minimum security. Of all leased facilities, only that in the Park has adequate parking. Funds which could be used for additional classes or to enhance other student services must be directed to payment of these leases.
PLAN: Physical education needs are identified in the facilities master plan and are ready for implementation as funds become available. As the college undertakes to update its educational plan, the facilities plan will undertake to develop individual plans to either bring programs onto the campus or to improve existing off-campus facilities. Completion of a plant facilities building on the campus is expected in spring 1995.
6A.4 There is demonstrated concern for safety, security, disaster planning, and energy conservation.
DESCRIPTION: The college has 24-hour police coverage and has a disaster preparedness plan administered under the direction of the captain of safety and police services. The plan includes an emergency action plan, and calls for periodic drills and workshops for staff. The buildings were constructed to meet existing energy conservation standards.
EVALUATION: The Plant Facilities staff has improved on the energy efficiency of the new buildings through changing the lighting and light switches, as well as by monitoring the use of air conditioning during nonworking hours.
The construction phase did not include automated doors or measures to reduce noise between the first and second floor of the campus center. Subsequent to occupancy, shelving for chemicals was better secured against earthquakes, and television monitors and other audio visual equipment was secured. As a result, sensitive areas such as the biology and chemistry laboratories, as well as a significant amount of technical equipment and the buildings themselves withstood the January 17, 1994 earthquake.
PLAN: Safety and Police Services and Plant Facilities staff, along with faculty in the biology and chemistry disciplines will be attending periodic disaster preparedness and safety seminars to incorporate information received into the college plan and into procedures for handling potentially dangerous flammables.
6A.5: There is concern for health issues, barrier-free access, and environmental standards related to hazardous materials and waste.
DESCRIPTION: The campus was designed to meet the minimum state, federal, and local requirements pertaining to health, hazardous materials, and barrier-free access.
EVALUATION: Some buildings on campus do not have automatic doors for disabled persons to use. There are hazardous materials storage stations with proper equipment, located in plant facilities, receiving, chemistry, and life science. There are also hazardous materials cabinets in these areas and special pallets in the gardening area. The college passed the latest county inspection.
PLAN: State funds have been approved to install additional automatic doors in eight locations on the campus. The work should be underway in early spring, 1995. The plan also covers improvments in barrier-free access in restrooms. Safety seminars, on video, are available one day per week for all staff to watch at their convenience. There is a sign-in sheet for keeping track of staff who take advantage of this opportunity.
Standard 6B Equipment
6B.1 Equipment is appropriate for the institutional functions served.
DESCRIPTION: The instructional equipment on campus is three years old, or less, as is most of the equipment purchased for use by the Plant Facilities staff to maintain the campus.
EVALUATION: Equipment purchased for the new campus is appropriate for the institutional functions served, except in two areas. There is concern about the lack of electronic storage, as the campus has become reliant on email and other computer applications. The limited number of concentrator points available to support the administrative LAN severely restricts its ability to serve the current 300 computers on campus--fully one-third more computers and peripheral equipment than proposed during the planning of Phase I of the campus.
A second area of concern is the lack of equipment and training which currently limits the use of technology in the instructional programs.
A third area of concern is the limited availability of audio-visual equipment for instructional programs, due to the inability to fill the vacant Audio Visual Technician position on the campus. This has impacted the ability of faculty to obtain audio visual equipment for some classes.
PLAN: Plans for use of the new library will be refined over the next two years. Additionally, the college is developing a system of support staff for the Audio Visual Technician position and for the one Computer Technician on the campus. Staff in three classified positions are now spending a portion of their assignment responding to the day-to-day work requests that arrive in these two areas.
6B.2 Equipment is maintained on a regular basis and attention is given to the safety-health-security aspects of equipment operation and maintenance.
DESCRIPTION: Most of the equipment on the campus is less than three years old and either under limited warranty or considered to have a working life of several years. Equipment in outlying, off-campus sites is several years old.
EVALUATION: Some equipment is showing signs of use. With minimal funds available for maintenance contracts, the Plant Facilities staff provides repair and maintenance as needed, with an anemic budget for parts. There is virtually no money in the college budget to replace equipment.
PLAN: The college is applying for grants from the GTE Foundation to develop resources for funding equipment replacement. The Building and Grounds Administrator is visiting army bases scheduled for closure to identify state-of-the-art equipment that can replace or augment the instructional and other college programs.
6B.3 Equipment is adequately inventoried and controlled and [sic] periodic replacement is scheduled.
DESCRIPTION: An inventory system is available for equipment in Plant Facilities. Old and broken equipment was evaluated and disposed of according to the board of trustees' guidelines after occupancy of the new campus.
EVALUATION: Lack of staff impacts the ability of Plant Facilities staff to maintain the equipment inventory or to schedule periodic replacement.
PLAN: As with the Audio Visual and Computer Technician functions, the college will develop back-up support using existing staff in the Office of Administrative Services.
Standard 6C Facilities Planning
6C.1 There is a master plan for campus development, consistent with the objectives of the institution and the educational master plan.
DESCRIPTION: The college has a facilities plan developed by a subcommittee of the Mission College Planning and Advisory Council along with the educational master plan, in 1988. Both were designed through active participation by representatives of all campus constituents, over several months, and are periodically reviewed and updated. These plans were responsive to the programs and services of the college at the time of their development.
EVALUATION: Enrollment fluctuations and reductions in capital outlay funds have limited the number of students able to be served in the college's academic programs and support services. For example, available funding did not provide for art, music, physical education facilities, Plant Facilities, Community Extension, or specially funded programs to be housed on the campus. Thus, students must travel to various sites to attend classes in some disciplines, and community education; plant facilities staff must commute to off-campus sites, and convey supplies and equipment, in order to maintain clean facilities; students taking physical education classes must do so in a modified manufacturing building a mile and a half or so from the campus.
PLAN: The college is reevaluating both its educational and facilities plans. The revised facilities plan will design future facilities around the programs and activities identified in the educational plan.
6C.2 There is appropriate involvement of staff in the planning of facilities.
DESCRIPTION: The college has had a campus development committee since 1987, which has the charge for guiding the facilities plan, goals, and objectives. The committee comprises representatives from faculty, students, administration, and staff. The committee is one of four standing committees of the Planning and Advisory Council.
A collegewide committee was developed under the auspices of the campus development committee to develop a program for the permanent Library and Learning Resources Center, upon learning that state funds had been authorized. This committee was created in the spring of 1992 to develop a program for the Library, to work with consultants and architects to create plans for the building, and to participate in the equipping and furnishing of the building. The committee met many times between the first of May and the end of December, 1993, including throughout the summer, because of their commitment to this project. The committee continues to meet as needed and will be guiding the discussions and plans to staff and use the building upon its opening in early 1997. The Library Coordinator and the Campus Development Committee chair are cochairs of this committee.
EVALUATION: The Campus Development Committee is responsive to the needs of the campus and works to resolve issues for use of existing space as well as the planning of all capital outlay projects as identified in the facilities master plan. The committee is limited by state and district approvals and processes, but has the support of the campus when moving ahead on authorized projects.
The committee is also guiding the planning of the secondary effects of the new library, through participation of faculty, staff, students and administration on subcommittees and task forces to provide information to consultants and architects preparatory to bidding the remodeling work and planning occupancy of the new space.
PLAN: The Campus Development Committee will coordinate several activities related to the Library project, such as the Groundbreaking scheduled for September 29, 1994. The committee has requested staff development funds for a seminar working collaboratively as a step toward greater involvement and participation by faculty, staff, and students throughout the campus, in the planning of future phases of the college.