Sabbatical Leave Applications Due Friday, Feb 3

Bellevue College Office of Instruction

The deadline for submitting sabbatical leave applications for academic year 2017-18 is Friday, February 3, 2017.  If you are interested in applying for sabbatical, please submit an application to the Office of Instruction (A202) on or before February 3, 2017.  Please do not submit applications via email.

The purpose of a Sabbatical Leave is to improve the professional skills of the faculty member through study, research, and creative work.  The College will receive direct benefit of such an experience through the increasing effectiveness of those persons participating in this professional leave program.  Each leave recipient, upon return, is required to submit a written report to the College President within one (1) month to substantiate her/his Sabbatical Leave activities.

The Sabbatical Leave Committee will review applications and submit recommendations to the Interim President.  The Interim President shall transmit the committee’s recommendations along with her concurrence or alternate recommendation to the Board of Trustees at the April meeting of the Board.

Please keep in mind that changes in the College’s budget circumstances may affect funding for sabbatical leaves.  Further, as in the past, decisions on sabbatical leaves may be delayed until the formulation of the College’s budget is completed.

Application forms and instructions for submission can be found in the Forms Library on MyBC.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Human Resources or the Office of Instruction.

BAS in Digital Marketing Approved

Following the September 2016 approval by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), Bellevue College has recently received approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in Digital Marketing effective April 2017.

Logo for iBIT Institute for Business and Informatio Technology
iBIT Logo

The program will reside within the College’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (iBIT), whose staff and faculty including Jody Laflen, Suzanne Marks, Kyle Barber, Dena Laney and Irene Ferrante were instrumental in  the development of the program working collaboratively with Chris Bell, Director of Applied Baccalaureate Degree Development.

Patricia James, Associate Vice President for Effectiveness and Strategic Planning and Accreditation Liaison Officer for Bellevue College helped guide the process, which resulted in the letter of approval stating that the Digital Marketing program “aligns with the mission of the College and its core themes of advancing student success, excelling in teaching and learning and building community by meeting the demands of employers as well as providing educational opportunities to graduates who are community college transfer students or technical degree graduates.”

The letter goes on to state that the Digital Marketing BAS “encompasses skills in marketing, media, content, design, web technologies, search engine optimization, mobile and social media application in addition to core marketing skills in research, visualization, and analytics.”

The program is readying a few possible courses for spring with a full launch planned for fall 2017.  For more information contact Jody Laflen, Dean, iBIT.


HSEWI programs ranked among the best in the U.S.

Two programs housed in the Health Sciences, Education and Wellness Institute (HSEWI) have been ranked among the best in the U.S according to Community for Accredited Online Schools, a national publication.

Community for Accredited Schools Online

Ultrasound is #4

Radiology Technologist is #45

Congratulations to the faculty and staff of HSEWI whose hard work and dedication continue to benefit the students in these programs, serve the needs of our community, and bring national attention to Bellevue College.

HSEWI logo


WELA meets Lieutenant Governor Habib

Rebecca Cory, Associate Dean of Instruction, is participating in this year’s cohort of the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA), the first all female cohort in the program’s sixteen year history.

Rebecca Cory and WELA cohort meet Lt. Gove Cyrus HabibAs part of the program, the group  met with Lt. Governor and former Bellevue College Foundation Board member, Cyrus Habib.

The group spent this week learning about the legislative process and the impact on the community and technical college system.  Meetings were held with trustees, presidents and legislators to learn how they interact.  Rebecca particularly enjoyed “hearing testimony on bills and thinking through how that bill, if it passes, would have an impact on the work we do on campus.”

Rebecca came to Bellevue College with an impressive background in instruction and educational leadership.  She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, NY, in Cultural Foundations of Education, with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies and a Minor in Higher Education.  She received her M.Ed. from James Madison University, VA, in Special Education: Learning Disabilities and her B.A. from Miami University, OH, in Political Science.


FACT Update on General Assessments

Image from SLOA website

The FACT team is hard at work piloting the General Education Assessment plan.  Faculty may remember that we are shifting the historic SLOA assessments to an assessment of General Education outcomes in each class that claims them.

Video by Art Goss

During summer of 2016 a team of faculty met regularly to select the best tool to collect our new general education assessment outcome data.  After reviewing five vendors, the team decided that the tool we already know, Canvas, is the best one. This ended the research phase, and moved us into the pilot phase of this project.

Fall quarter the FACT team worked to lay the foundation, in Canvas, for the assessment protocol. And this quarter (Winter 2017) faculty representatives of FACT and other allies (want to be one? contact Caroline Leffall) are working to pilot the process in their classes. The team is working on a common rubric for faculty to use, as well as protocols for implementing other rubrics, and welcomes input on the rubric drafts. The team is also working to create instructions for faculty for how to use Canvas for this purpose.

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Faculty Assessment Coordinating Team (FACT)

The plan is to do a larger ramp-up/pilot in the Spring, and implement this process campus wide in Fall 2017.  If you have questions, please direct them to the FACT chair Caroline Leffall.


Fulbright Scholar to Visit Bellevue College 2017-18

James Riggall from Tasmania, Australia is an expert on Human/Computer Interaction, virtual and augmented reality, entrepreneurship and makerspace.  As a Fulbright Scholar, James will visit Bellevue College for the Fall and Winter quarters of the 2017-18 school year. 

Photo of James Rigall
James Rigall Fulbright Scholar

Among other things he will teach in the Institute for Business and Information Technology (iBIT), guest lecture in Communication Studies, work with the faculty and staff in the Library Media Center and RISE Learning Institute to help build the Collaboratory and future makerspace, and collaborate with the Pacific Science Center in Seattle and the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery in Tasmania to create a joint exhibit where museum goers in each location can share a virtual reality experience. He also will work with the Bellevue Boys and Girls club, TESLA high school in Redmond and the Rainer Scholars.

The Office of Instruction thanks the following key players for their efforts in this project:

  • Bruce Wolcott, Adjunct Instructor, Arts & Humanities, Communication Studies
  • Brandon Lueken, Grants Coordinator, Effectiveness & Strategic Planning
  • Michael Reese, Director, RISE
  • Vivienne McClendon, Dean, Library Media Center
  • Gita Bangera, Dean, RISE and Interim Vice President, Instruction
  • Rebecca Cory, Associate Dean, Instruction

Others assisted and supported the project:

  • Jody Laflen, Dean, iBIT
  • Maggie Harada, Dean, Arts and Humanities
  • Katherine Oleson, Faculty and Program Chair, Communication Studies


DOD’s become IDO

The group formerly known as Directors of Operations (DOD) at Bellevue College are now functioning under the more inclusive and descriptive name of Instructional Division Operations (IDO).  This cross-division working group is a collective of Division Operations Directors, Program Managers, and Administrative Assistants who meet monthly and work collaboratively in support of Instruction and Division operations.

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IDO provides leadership and management of the divisions’ daily operations.  The group shares best practices, trains staff, solves problems, participates with instructional leadership in strategic planning, implements Bellevue College policies, and contributes to a collaborative, inclusive working environment that promotes student success and teaching and learning excellence.

IQOps- Instructional Quarterly Operations logoWith the knowledge that no ONE of us is as smart as ALL of us,  this academic year, IDO convened a college-wide group of operational leads called Instructional Quarterly Operations (IQOps).  Representatives include one FT Faculty Member and staff from Administrative Services (Public Safety, Catering and Events, Finance, Campus Operations), Equity and Pluralism, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Institutional Advancement, Information Technology Services, Economic and Workforce Development, and Effectiveness and Strategic Planning.

In support of Bellevue College’s Strategic Plans, IQOps will come together on a quarterly basis with the goal of building community, sharing information, and most importantly collaborating proactively to ensure the smooth delivery of instruction at Bellevue College.

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