HLC Self Study
Chapter 3 Graphic

Second Opportunity for Improvement

“The College’s rapid expansion demands a review of the organization and the reporting functions.”

Between fall 2001 and fall 2010, credit enrollment has increased by 64 percent in headcount and by 129 percent in Full-Time Student Equivalent (FTSE). FTSE has grown even faster than headcount due to the growth in the number of full-time students attending Estrella Mountain. The explosive growth has created a need for the constant review of the Institution’s organizational structure. As funding has become available or as vacancies have occurred, Senior Leadership has examined and pursued opportunities for structural reorganization in an effort to respond to increasing student demands and needs. 

One of the primary changes is that the Institution has expanded from the three operational areas of Instruction, Student Services and Administrative Services, to the four operational areas of Academic Affairs, Occupational Education, Student Affairs, and Administrative Services. During the past 10 years, Dean level positions have been established under the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Occupational Education and the Vice President of Student Affairs. Although the positions were implemented at different periods in time, these Deans all currently have residential faculty as direct reports. 

Instructional changes include the establishment of a Division of Nursing and Allied Health as well as a reorganization of the two largest academic divisions.  Liberal Arts was divided into the Division of Arts, Composition and Languages and the Division of Behavioral Science and Cultural Studies. Math and Science is now the Division of Mathematics, Physics and Engineering and Division of Science. The most recent reorganization involves the Division of Developmental Education and the Division of Arts, Composition and Languages, which have become the Division of Modern Languages and the Division of Arts and Composition, respectively. Developmental English courses have been moved to join the composition courses, similar to the developmental Math courses that were previously moved from the Division of Developmental Education to the Division of Math and Science.

The Office of Institutional Advancement was divided into two areas: the Division of Marketing and Public Relations and the Office of Institutional Advancement.  The Office of Institutional Advancement was then redefined as Corporate and Foundation Relations and Development Operations, which is dedicated to fundraising and growing the college endowment. Reporting functions also changed. Instead of reporting to the Vice President level, Marketing and Public Relations, as well as the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Development Operations were moved to report directly to the College President.

The operational areas of Student Affairs and Administrative Services have also pursued opportunities to reorganize in response to growth.  In an era of heightened awareness of emergency preparedness, the Office of Public Safety has moved from reporting to the Director of Facilities Planning and Development to reporting directly to the Vice President of Administrative Services. The addition of a college Athletics program resulted in the restructuring of Student Life.  Enrollment and Fiscal Services have both reorganized in an effort to maximize personnel and services, with the intent of continuing to provide students with a one-stop enrollment process while integrating and expanding support for the students of the SouthWest Skill Center. 

Organizational changes have occurred at the SouthWest Skill Center.  The Skill Center moved from the operational area of Academic Affairs to the operational area of Occupational Education. In addition, the College’s Fitness Center was moved from Academic Affairs and is now officially a part of the SouthWest Skill Center within Community Education.