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.

People carrying letters reading FACT
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.

ido - Instructional Division Operations logo

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.

For more information, please contact

donna.sullivan@bellevuecollege.edu or chelsie.hanks@bellevuecollege.edu

SP #1  – Be Exceptional: Deliver Innovative and High Quality Educational Opportunities

1.1 – Create an organized and efficient environment where students are able to set and meet their goals

SP#5Rebuild Our Foundations: Create Effective Support Systems for a Large College

5.2 – Create uniform and efficient processes based on guiding principles
5.3 – Establish effective communication systems

Open Hours with the Interim Vice President of Instruction

Beginning Fall Quarter 2016, on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, the Office of Instruction (A202) will host an Open Office Hour with the Interim Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Gita Bangera. 

Dr. Gita Bangera on the Bellevue College campus
Dr. Gita Bangera

The Interim VPI will also hold two Open Hours per quarter in the Faculty Commons (D104).  These dates/times will appear in the schedule published by the Faculty Commons, but are anticipated to be:

Thursday, September 29, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Friday, October 14, 2:30 – 3:30 pm



Office of Instruction Staff Achievements

The Office of Instruction is proud to congratulate our staff for the following achievements:

Gita Bangera
Gita Bangera

Gita Bangera, Dean of Research, Innovation, Service and Experiential Learning Institute (RISE) has accepted the position of Interim Vice President of Instruction. Gita has already begun working with instructional leadership and our current VPI, Tom Nielsen (who will retire at the end of July after 34 years of service to Bellevue College), to develop instructional priorities for the coming year.  Gita has also been accepted to the 2016-17 cohort of the Dean’s Academy through the Center of Excellence for Careers in Education.

Rebecca Cory
Rebecca Cory

Rebecca Cory, Associate Dean, has been accepted into the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) cohort for 2016-17.

Along with Gita, Chris Bell, Director of    Baccalaureate Development, and Iulia Zavodov, Program Manager, have also been accepted into the 2016-17 cohort of the Dean’s Academy.

Chris Bell
Chris Bell


Iulia Zavodov
Iulia Zavodov
Donna Sullivan
Donna Sullivan

Donna Sullivan, Director of Operations, has been awarded the Allen Spence Employee Scholarship for 2016-17 from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

Congratulations to all! Read more about all the excellent staff members in the Office of Instruction.

News and Information from the Office of Instruction

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