Moorpark College to add administrator

New dean of institutional effectiveness will be school’s eighth dean position

A new dean will soon be walking the campus of Moorpark College.

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a dean of institutional effectiveness position at the college during its May 8 meeting.

The community college’s eighth dean will use data and research to support Moorpark College’s strategic planning process and ongoing evaluations of student outcomes, such as graduation rates and enrollment.

“This person will oversee our research team and develop a lot of different information databases and look at trends and demographics and data points,” said James Schuelke, director of marketing and communications at Moorpark College.

The candidate will also help collect information on the college’s nearly 15,000 students to guide decisions about special programs and course offerings while assessing Moorpark College’s ability to meet the needs of students from different backgrounds.

“The value of this role is it is a deep dive into the research (numbers and figures). . . to tell us how we’re doing, if we’re succeeding or if there are challenges or things we should be mindful of,” Schuelke said.

Moorpark College officials decided to add the new dean position after a recent leadership change at the local college.

Last year, the college split its executive vice president role into two positions: vice president of academic affairs and vice president of student support. With the restructuring, the college also eliminated one of its dean positions.

But a team from the state chancellor’s office conducted an internal review of the school and recommended that a dean of institutional effectiveness be added to the its administrative team.

The position was modeled after similar ones at community colleges throughout the state, including Oxnard and Ventura colleges.

Moorpark College is in the midst of the application and interview process to fill the dean role, which officials hope will be in place at the start of the academic year in August.

The new dean will earn $121,678 a year in addition to benefits worth $45,913.

The position is expected to be financially supported by grant funding and the college’s general fund.