Santa Monica College

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Santa Monica College
Santa Monica College seal.svg
Former names
Santa Monica Junior College
(1929–1945)
Santa Monica City College
(1945–1970)
Motto
  • Humanitas
  • Veritas
  • Munus
(Latin)
Motto in English
  • Friendliness
  • Truth
  • Service
Type Community college
Established 1929
Academic affiliation
CCCS
ACCJC
Budget $574.1 million (2016–17)[1]
President Kathryn Jeffery
Academic staff
2,023
Students 30,830 (Fall 2016)[2]
11,315 full-time
19,515 part-time
Other students
3,396 non-credit
Location Santa Monica, California, United States
34°01′00″N 118°28′15″W / 34.0168°N 118.4707°W / 34.0168; -118.4707Coordinates: 34°01′00″N 118°28′15″W / 34.0168°N 118.4707°W / 34.0168; -118.4707
Campus Urban
38 acres (15 ha)
Newspaper The Corsair
Colors Blue and white
         
Nickname Corsairs
Mascot Pico the Corsair
Website smc.edu
Santa Monica College logo.svg

Santa Monica College (SMC) is a public two-year community college in Santa Monica, California, United States. Founded as a junior college in 1929, SMC enrolls over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study, although initially serving primarily pre-college high school students, the College quickly expanded its enrollment to educate college-age students and non-traditional students with the primary intention to transfer to a four-year university. Today, two thirds of students at Santa Monica College are enrolled part-time, with over 2,000 employees, SMC is a major employer in the Greater Los Angeles Area and has a significant impact in the region's economy.

Occupying the entire Santa Monica Community College District, SMC is the only public institution of higher education in Santa Monica, the main campus, located on Pico Boulevard, is the college's largest location. The College operates five satellite campuses across Santa Monica.

SMC is the leader in California's 113 community college system in transfers to the University of California, since 1929, SMC has provided job training, educational opportunities and cultural enrichment through its radio station KCRW (89.9 FM), the Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center and lifelong learning through distinctive programs such as its Emeritus College for older adults.

History[edit]

20th century[edit]

Santa Monica College opened in September 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College with 7 faculty members and 153 students in classes held on the second floor of Santa Monica High School. Comprised primarily of high school students, it was originally part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Despite the ensuing Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Great Depression, the school's enrollment increased to 355 in 1930 and 600 in 1931; in 1932, the College moved to the vacant brick Garfield Elementary School building on Michigan Avenue. The building was declared unsafe following the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and classes moved to tents and bungalows on the Garfield site, which students nicknamed Splinterville.

In 1940, following a number of failed attempts to relocate to a larger property, the school purchased 6.18 acres on Pico Boulevard for $10,197. In 1945, the junior college changed its name to Santa Monica City College,[3] the Pico Boulevard and 17th Street campus opened on January 18, 1952 to 1,200 students. The college's first bond measure was passed in 1946 for the construction of Corsair Stadium, which began in 1946 and was completed in 1948; in 1969, the college secured its own governing board under the creation of the Santa Monica Junior College District. In 1970, the school changed its name from Santa Monica City College to Santa Monica College.[4][5]

Financial crisis[edit]

Santa Monica College experienced a financial crisis in 1972 when the state of California changed the age of majority from 21 to 18, since the state paid $40 more per unit of attendance of minors than adults, the change cut SMC's budget in half. Additionally, state funding for community college students in California went to the student's home district and not the college's district. SMC had a contract with the City of Los Angeles to finance students from Los Angeles but since one third of SMC students were from districts outside of Los Angeles the city would lose even more funding, as a result, Los Angeles planned to cancel its financial compensation contract with SMC. The college consequently sent termination letters to all faculty and staff, effective September 1972, the crisis was halted on March 8, 1972 when the California State Senate passed a bill temporarily exempting community colleges from the financial effects of the change in age of adulthood. On March 21, 1972, the college renegotiated its contract with the City of Los Angeles and rehired its faculty and staff.[6]

In 1980, the college built a new library and transformed the previous library building into the Letters and Science Building.

21st century[edit]

In 2012 Santa Monica College received national attention due to a controversial plan to create a two-tier system of education in which more "popular" courses would be offered at higher costs. Protests at a board meeting immediately following the plan's proposal led to several students being pepper sprayed. A report on the event resulted in an officer's dismissal, the report also faulted several members of the protest for provoking officers.[7] Some people exclaimed "We got pepper sprayed! We won" after the incident.[8]

Incidents[edit]

On April 23, 2013, a bomb threat caused the College Fair on campus to be evacuated, the culprit was not discovered.[9]

Santa Monica College campus boardwalk

On May 4, 2013, an SMC student, Tian Lu, committed suicide by jumping off the parking structure, this was the first time in the college's 84-year history that a student committed suicide on campus.[10]

On May 16, 2013, an SMC student threatened to shoot up the school, the threat turned out to be harmless, and the student was apprehended at the psychological services department.[11]

2013 shooting

On June 7, 2013, a killing spree occurred in Santa Monica that left a total of five people dead, including the gunman, and injured five others, the incident started several miles off-campus before the gunman traveled to SMC and entered the College's library, where he was later fatally shot by police. School officials put the campus on lockdown as Los Angeles Police Department officers, including SWAT, cleared the campus. Local law enforcement stated that they did not view the incident as a "school shooting" because the incident started off-campus.[12]

Organization and governance[edit]

Santa Monica College is the one and only college of the Santa Monica Community College District, a constituent community college district of the California Community Colleges System (CCCS). The district is governed by its seven-member Board of Trustees and its various officers including the Superintendent/President,[13] the district territory includes Santa Monica and Malibu.

The trustees are elected at-large from registered voters within the district for four years. A student trustee also participates in Board meetings as a non-voting member and is elected by the students for one year, the Board appoints and supervises the Superintendent/President and sets district policy.

The Superintendent of the Santa Monica Community College District/President of Santa Monica College has delegated authority to set rules and regulations for the district and Santa Monica College, the Superintendent/President is accountable to the Board, and all other officers are accountable to the Superintendent/President.[14]

The student government, Associated Students, is governed by its Board of Directors according to the Associated Students Constitution.

Campus[edit]

SMC Quad with the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) building in the background

SMC's main campus is located at 1900 Pico Boulevard and is the college's largest location, the College operates five satellite campuses across Santa Monica:

  • Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr.
  • SMC Performing Arts Center & Music Academy, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street
  • Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart St.
  • Emeritus College, 1227 Second St.
  • Airport Campus, 2800 Airport Ave

Academics[edit]

The Santa Monica College Arts Mentor Program provides certain students in the fine and applied arts with graduate-level training by professionals in their specialized fields.

Santa Monica College offers a variety of occupational certificate programs, including accounting, fashion design, office information systems, and the Academy of Entertainment Technology (which offers certificates in interactive media and animation), the college also offers logistics and supply chain programs at AAS and certificate level.[15]

Santa Monica College is ranked number one among California's junior colleges in transfers to the University of California,[16][17] University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount University.

SMC is one of few community colleges that has a superconducting magnet which is used in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy instrument.[18]

Accreditation[edit]

Santa Monica College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Athletics[edit]

Pico the Corsair at Homecoming 2010

Santa Monica College fields 16 sports which compete in the Western State Conference, the mascot for SMC is Pico the Corsair.[19] Pico the Corsair derives his name from Pico Boulevard, one of the four main streets which form the exterior perimeter of the campus, he sails on the ship the Lady Sixteen with his pet Pearl the Parrot while carrying his Sword of Silberkraus.[19][20] The Lady Sixteen and Pearl are named after 16th street and Pearl Street respectively.

SMC fields both men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, swimming, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. SMC fields men's teams in American football, and women's softball, soccer, and tennis teams.

Santa Monica College football played undefeated seasons in 1958, 1966, 1980, and 2015

Santa Monica College won the Junior Rose Bowl, the unofficial National Championship, in 1958 against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on December 13, 1958.[21][22]

Santa Monica College Football is the defending two time conference champion, for the years 2011 and 2012.

Corsair Field (4,850) built in 1948, is home to football and track and field. The field was the starting point for both the men's and women's marathon events for the 1984 Summer Olympics held in neighboring Los Angeles.[23]

Corsair Pavilion (1,600) is home to men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, as well as the Hollywood Fame of the American Basketball Association

The Santa Monica College men's volleyball team won the national intercollegiate volleyball championship each year from 1961 to 1966, except for 1965, when it lost the title to UCLA.[24]

Student life[edit]

Demographics of student body (Fall 2015)[25][26]
Student California U.S. Census
Black 9.2% 6.5% 13.2%
Asian 15.7% 14.4% 5.5%
Non-Hispanic White 27.5% 38.5% 61.7%
Hispanic (of any race) 39.0% 38.6% 17.7%
Native American 0.2% 1.7% 1.2%
International 11.2% N/A N/A
Other/Unknown 7.4% 3.7% 2.8%

In the fall of 2015, there were 33,964 students enrolled at SMC. Of these students:

  • 37.4% are full-time.
  • 62.6% are part-time.
  • 52.8% are women.
  • 47.2% are men.

The average age is 24.1 years.

  • 19 and younger: 30.7%
  • 20 to 24: 41.2%
  • 25 to 29: 12.8%
  • 30 to 39: 8.7%
  • 40 to 49: 3.5%
  • 50 and older: 3.1%

Santa Monica College is the home of KCRW (89.9 FM), a public radio station, broadcasting throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County area with an estimated 450,000 listeners.[citation needed] The station is the broadcast home of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

As part of its hands-on media curriculum, the college produces its own weekly, student-run newspaper (both in print, and online) called The Corsair, the newspaper began as The SaMoJaC and was published every two weeks before being renamed The Corsair in 1945.

Big Blue Bus Line 10 departing Santa Monica

SMC students who pay the $19.50 Associated Students fee at registration have unlimited access to the Big Blue Bus lines across Santa Monica and its adjacent neighborhoods, including a line on Lincoln Boulevard that accesses Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016-2017 Adopted Budget Report" (PDF). Santa Monica College. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Fast Facts Fall 2016" (PDF). Santa Monica College. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Santa Monica College: A Community's College". Santa Monica College. Fall 2004. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  4. ^ Yan, Ellen (1989-11-12). "Santa Monica College Shows Some Cheek in Looking Back on 60 Years". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  5. ^ https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=CRS19891018.2.4
  6. ^ https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=CRS20011121.2.16.1
  7. ^ "SMC Review Panel". 
  8. ^ "Future of Contract Ed Uncertain". The Corsair Online. April 13, 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Vejar, Alex (2013-04-23). "Bomb threat at SMC, all clear". The Corsair. Santa Monica. Archived from the original on 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  10. ^ Barajas, Vanessa; Crumblish, Henry (2013-05-07). "SMC student commits suicide on campus". The Corsair. Santa Monica. Archived from the original on 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  11. ^ Moss, Elizabeth; Yapkowitz, David (2013-05-16). "Suspect detained on campus, taken into custody". The Corsair. Santa Monica. Archived from the original on 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  12. ^ Wilson, Stan; Levs, Josh; Martinez, Michael (2013-06-09). "Santa Monica shooting victim dies, bringing toll to 5". CNN. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  13. ^ Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Community College District
  14. ^ Policy of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Community College District § 2110
  15. ^ Logistics Programs
  16. ^ Jenn Garbee; Nancy Gottesman; Stephanie M. Helper; Colleen Dunn Bates; Margery L. Schwartz (2007). Hometown Santa Monica: The Bay Cities Book. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-9753939-2-5. 
  17. ^ "CCCD: D-Mail". Cccd.edu. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  18. ^ "SMC Students to Intern at Nation’s Top Laboratories". Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  19. ^ a b "Pico op Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  20. ^ "File:Santa Monica College Masscot Pico the Pirate and his Sword Silberkraus.jpg". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  21. ^ Junior Rose Bowl
  22. ^ "1958 JUNIOR ROSE BOWL CHAMPS TO BE INDUCTED INTO SMC SPORTS HALL OF FAME". Smc.edu. 1958-12-13. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  23. ^ 1984 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 97–8.
  24. ^ Rodrigo, Arambawattage (1981). The History of Intercollegiate Volleyball in the United States from 1895 to the Present Day (PDF) (Ph.D.). The Ohio State University. pp. 51–74. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  25. ^ "Fast Facts, Fall 2015" (PDF). Santa Monica College. 
  26. ^ See Demographics of California and Demographics of the United States for references.

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