Weeding out the jargon.
Pikes Peak is trying to move away from educational jargon, strange acronyms and misleading names and toward more clarity.
OASIS is now ACCESSibility Services
CP&A is now Advising & Testing
AVP is now Career Start
Public Safety is now Campus Police
Here are some explanations about the name changes and what they mean:
OASIS had been an acronym for (Office of Accommodative Services and Instructional Support), a committed group of professionals dedicated to assist students with disabilities to self-advocate for equal access with their academic environment.
Their mission remains the same. But the old name wasn't necessarily intuitive. The new name, ACCESSbility Services, spells it out a little more clearly.
Their contact phone number -- (719) 5024905 -- is still the same. However, here are some of the changes to note:
- Location at CC: A130
- New Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org = Please begin to use our new email address as the old one will no longer be available next week.
- All testing instructor forms, training requests, interpreter requests, and all other online forms will be routed correctly without a hitch
- We are continuing to work on updating the website
ADVISING AND TESTING
Two departments at Pikes Peak Community College – Career Planning & Advising and Testing – have merged to form a new department: Advising & Testing - in an effort to more efficiently and effectively serve students and staff at PPCC. These two departments have always worked very closely together to support the enrollment of new students at the College and a more intentional alignment of the departments into a single unit will serve to streamline this experience for students. The two services have long shared space at the Rampart Range and Downtown Studio campuses and with the remodel of the Student Services area at Centennial Campus the two services will be co-located at all three service providing campuses.
What does this mean for staff? In the coming weeks staff in Advising and Testing will be cross trained in areas that make sense for reducing barriers to student enrollment and overall engagement with the institution. Advisors will “live” on the Testing side of the department to provide immediate advising responses to students preparing to test or seeking clarification on which classes they have tested into. All staff will be able to aid in student registration and Advisors will be able to evaluate and document test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) and enter those into Banner just as Testing staff have done in the past. We will move to a more “paperless” environment and faculty will no longer have to spend time filling out documents when they drop off a “make-up” exam – but instead will fill out simple web-based form prior to giving us their exams to administer.
Most importantly; what does this mean for students? Students will be served in a more efficient manner. Testing Advisors will be able to provide timely responses to assessment results that will allow students to avoid long lines during peak registration in Advising. All staff will be using SARS to schedule advising appointments as needed and students will be able to use SARS to schedule their Accuplacer assessment remotely. Students will no longer share their pre-enrollment assessment results with a professional advisor only to be told to take them to Testing for entry in Banner – as all advisors will now have this training and capability. And more students will find that they do not need to take an assessment –unless it is to try and enter at the college level. Pre-test advising by Testing Advisors will make “effective assessment” a meaningful term and the students who most desperately need pre-college level courses will be advised into those in a timely manner.
A great deal of planning and intentional development is taking place to ensure a full and complete integration – one that achieves the vision of the President for Advising & Testing no later than July 1st – just in time for the fall 2017 peak registration period. The cohesion achieved and the seamless transition that students encounter will hopefully be a model for other services trying to move beyond their silos and fences to better serve the mission of the institution – Students Succeed at PPCC.
This program has been inspiring high school students to start exploring career opportunities, start gaining knowledge and skills toward students’ career goals, and start earning college credits and certificates for 45 years. The update of the name coincides with making the program concurrent enrollment based, instead of a high school credit program with some concurrent enrollment. The new name is much more current, and will help us communicate the change to concurrent enrollment.
Since PPCC has a Colorado Police Officer Standards and Testing (POST) certified law enforcement agency that is fully operational and self-sustained, it is important that there is no confusion with the name given the department.
All members of the department share as equal partners in our efforts to serve the College community and work cooperatively with others to build a first class, results-oriented culture by providing community-oriented policing solutions, communication, and services anywhere, anytime, bringing differentiated, cost-effective solutions to the College community quickly and with quality through a diverse team of energetic employees with the talent and skills necessary to sustain the department.
It is important for everyone in the community to understand that we are not a security agency and that we are here to provide police services for the safety of the college.
The title “Public Safety” is often confused with security who are not able to handle police related issues. Nationally there is confusion with reporting when using the term public safety.