Vice President of Student Services Robert Bell has been appointed as Interim Vice President of Instruction for the spring semester after Jackie Jacobs retired from the position last month. A decision will be made later this spring on a permanent appointment to this position.
In his new role, Bell hopes to work with faculty and division deans to produce a better class schedule for students and faculty for the upcoming semesters. His goal is to coordinate between students and teachers to be sure students get the classes they need, with minimal scheduling problems, Bell said.
Another goal is to get more student and instructors services online and automated, he said. One improvements to online services Bell hopes to accomplish is intended to help instructors post students grades online, so student will not have to wait as long to find out their grades.
Bell has taken on the job for the spring semester along with his other duties as Vice President of Student services. He hopes to do his best to work with faculty and students to be sure that all thirteen academic divisions run efficiently and effectively, he said.
“Even though I’m working two vice president jobs, I am still just as available to meet with students.” Bell said in an interview on Tuesday. “On a slow day I meet with 12 to 15 students to discuss regular issues like missed deadlines, and registration problems.”
Bell is working to be sure that Student Services is trying harder to make access to counseling for incoming high school students easier. “Student Learning Services has a really talented group of managers, which is why I am able to hold the two positions,” Bell said.
Bell also said that the primary goals in this spring semester of Student Learning Services is to help meet the requirements of the Education Master Plan, which he says is a guarantee to the community that PCC will help every student reach these goals.
Bell has been at PCC for less than a year. “I used to walk the quad and no one knew who I was. Now students are always saying, ‘Hey Dr. Bell can I ask you a question?'” Bell said.
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