Transfer degrees to be discussed in district board meeting

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Possible policy changes and mural at this college also on the agenda.

By Bleah B. Patterson

Trustees are set to discuss transfer degrees and vote on naming Dr. Robert Zeigler President Emeritus in the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Room 101 of Killen Center, 201 W. Sheridan.

The board is also expected to vote on a mural for the exterior of McAllister Fine Arts Center.

Students from Palo Alto College in opposition of transfer degrees are expected to speak during the citizens-to-be-heard section of the meeting.

Jo-Carol Fabianke, vice chancellor of academic success, gave the board a presentation on transfer degrees, formerly dubbed “generic degrees” by students and faculty, during the Oct. 21 district Student Success Committee meeting.

Transfer degrees will remove concentrations, or major specifications, from printed diplomas in Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees to all students who began this semester.

Trustees are expected to discuss possible compromises in executive session, such as allowing “transfer degree in …” with the specialization to be printed on the degrees to appease students and help students who apply for competitive scholarships upon entering a four-year university.

Dr. Robert Zeigler retired as president of this college in August after spending the majority of his professional life here.

He was a history professor at this college and served on many committees and councils including Telecourse and Faculty Senate before becoming interim vice president from 1994 to 1995, vice president from 1995-1996, executive vice president until 2002 and finally president from 2002 until August.

You can read more about Zeigler’s life in The Ranger’s article, “Zeigler through the ages.”

Trustees are also planning to vote on a $70,000 contract with Blue Star Gallery to craft a mural themed “Movement” on the east side of McAllister Fine Arts Center, according to the board agenda.

Trustees will also vote on updates to environmental and health policies districtwide, keeping them up to date with local and federal laws.

Registration for citizens-to-be-heard is open to the public from 5:30-6:25 p.m. at a designated kiosk outside Room 101.

The full agenda is available at


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