Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook sworn in to serve on state community college committeeMai Nguyen Do January 21, 2019 0 COMMENTS
College of the Canyons chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook was sworn in to serve on the Community College Student Success Funding Formula Oversight Committee on Monday, Jan. 21.
Van Hook was nominated by Assemblymember Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) and appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) to serve on the committee, which oversees the implementation of California’s funding formula to ensure it meets the needs of the state’s 2.1 million community college students. The appointment was completed in accordance with Assembly Bill 1840’s provision that mandated the Assembly Speaker appoint four members of the community to the committee.
“Dr. Van Hook, for all of her years of service, has seen, understood and embraced that unique mission that the community colleges have had and has remained committed not only to ensure that every student served by this college district receives the training that they are here to seek, but that we have full funding to ensure that those programs can be delivered,” Smith said during the swearing-in ceremony on Monday afternoon. “I know she will do her community and this state proud.”
Van Hook has been a vocal critic of the funding formula since its proposal in early 2018. She penned several opinion pieces in which she asserted that College of the Canyons would lose money and be unfairly penalized by the new formula. The college also spearheaded a letter-writing campaign in opposition to it, providing template letters that deemed the funding formula “the worst experiment in public higher education that California has ever seen.”
“I did write a lot of letters regarding the funding formula throughout the process, wrote several to Anthony Rendon during the conference committee process,” Van Hook said in reference to her criticism of the formula. “To be able to have a seat at the table, at least, to help to create the context for looking at the formula as it is and looking at how it can be made better — which is what we all have to do all the time, is look at how we can become more effective — was an honor indeed.”
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.