2013-14 Unit Plan
MESA

Mission Statement

The Butte College MESA program is dedicated to supporting and increasing the number of under-represented and educationally/economically disadvantaged students obtaining degrees in the calculus-based fields of mathematics, engineering and the sciences.

Program Description

The program is based on a rigorous academic plan that uses various components to guide and support students majoring in many technical fields. The program’s components help build an academically-based peer community to provide mutual student support and motivation. MESA forges a community of learners based upon academic achievement and acts as a bridge to aid students in making successful transitions in their educational pursuits. 

Program components have included: Student Center, Academic Excellence Workshops, Professional Development Workshops, SEP and Transfer Counseling, Career Advising, Industry and University tours, EDUC 10 and Study skills counseling. The MESA support staff consists of a director and a 50% time dedicated permanent clerk.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

There is a continued need to identify key faculty as well as leaders within the program participants to assist in the development and implementation of specific student success components, such as the Academic Excellence Workshops. 

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment

    Strategy 2

    There is a need to identify and create collaborative activities that can be implemented with faculty and staff on campus as well as key departments.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment

    Strategy 3

    There is a need to continue to prioritize the implementation of on-campus internship opportunities for MESA students, as well as, to explore and create internship opportunities in the local community.

    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment

    Strategy 4

    MESA is in need of a full-time professional clerical staff member. Having full-time clerical assistance would impact the recruitment, and retention of students, as well as, consistency of services offered to students. Ideally in the future, college resources would be allocated to make this possible as the terms of the MESA Grant do not allow for the required funds necessary for this expenditure.

    Initiatives
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment

    Strategy 5

    There is a need to identify an advisor who is able to develop SEPs specifically for MESA students as a cohort.  Due to high unit major requirements, general education modifications, class impaction, the increasing cost of education as well as the changes in financial aid eligibility a dedicated advisor would provide the consistent guidance necessary to assist MESA students to maximize each semester and to complete transfer requirements as timely as possible.

    Initiatives
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment

    Required Resources

    i. Physical Facilities

    Overall, the program has outgrown its current location. The physical resources provided to MESA at one time were adequate for most of our physical needs; this is no longer true. With the rate of growth MESA has experienced over the past two years, it is very common to fill the space to capacity. MESA students have struggle with not having enough chairs to sit it, quiet space, and/or meeting and workshop space within the Center. It is important to assess the space usage to determine current and future needs.

    ii. One-time requirements

    None

    iii. Ongoing requirements

    MESA continues to prioritize collaborative relationships with the campus as a whole, but specifically with faculty from the math, science, and engineering departments.  One outcome as a result of collaboration with the departments is the development of three applied research internship projects (BWELL, RHAB, RGEN), involving 15 MESA students, that focus on developing research and professional skills through faculty and professional mentoring. The Butte College office of the Dean of Math, Science and Distance Learning generously awarded $10,500.00 last year for the BWELL Project and those funds continue to be utilized for phase 2 for the 2012–2013 academic year.  This type of support, both the collaborative effort and the financial assistance, is important to create viable and essential learning opportunities for MESA students. 

    As previously mentioned, MESA is in need of a full-time professional clerical. Having full-time clerical assistance would impact the recruitment, and retention of students as well as consistency of services offered to students. Ideally in the future, college resources would be allocated to make this possible as the terms of the MESA Grant do not allow for the required funds necessary for this expenditure.  Other community colleges are known to provide matching funds for clerical assistance for their MESA Programs. It is important to note that after providing the cost of a required minimum half-time clerical the Program budget is left with an approximate amount of $17,030 to fulfill the remaining requirements.

    Current Revenue Stream

    Butte College MESA receives $50,500 in funding via Student Success Funds from the University Chancellor’s Office of the President for the 2012 -2013 academic year. This amount represents a total of 38% reduction over the past five years. In addition, the grant requires the Program to have a clerical assistant but does not allow the required funds to maintain a full-time position. Currently $33,470 of the $50,500 is designated for a half-time clerical. this leaves $17,030 to fulfill the remaining program requirements. The Program’s goal is to serve 100 students during the year. During the 11/12 MESA served 102.

    There are no other ongoing revenue sources. Besides previously mentioned awards for the 2012/2013 academic year, also received one-time funding from the EPA P3 (People, Prosperity, Planet) Phase Two Grant in the amount of a $72,000 to be utilized for research on the RHAB Internship. In addition, most recently, December 2012, MESA was awarded a one year grant from Constellation Energy in the amount of $25,000, with a match challenge to raise an addition $25,000, for two internship projects REGen (Rice Energy Generation) and SEA (Solar as Alternative Energy).

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes MESA Personnel Special Programs Clerk 12.237.619.1.090100 52120 $0.00 $33,470.00 The 50% matching funds for this position would improve the recruitment, and retention of students as well as consistency of services offered to students.
    Total(s) $0.00 $33,470.00