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Oct 2, 2014


AB 86 Update

Last spring the Academic Senate passed a resolution about reports that the Academic Senate would receive about the AB 86 (Adult Education) effort.


The Academic Senate resolved:

Resolved, That the Consortia should provide the Academic Senate with the Regional Comprehensive Plans being developed, including the draft plans due July 13, 2014, and October 31, 2014, and December 31, 2014; and

Resolved, That the Final Regional Comprehensive Plan be submitted to and reviewed by the MPC Academic Senate a month before the State deadline of March 1, 2015, so that there is time to study it before voting approval or disapproval of the plan.

On Sept 25th I met with Morgan Matthews, Adult Education/CTE Coordinator, to develop a plan for the timing of Academic Senate reports from her. Here is what we came up with:

         10/31/14: Send Progress Draft to Academic Senate (same as draft to CCCCO)

         11/6/14: Present an update to Senate and discuss upcoming process/dates

         12/31/14: Send Full Draft to Academic Senate (same as draft to CCCCO)

         2/5/14: Present an update to Senate and receive feedback on 12/31 draft

So basically, we'll get the drafts when they are sent in and then have an update at the next meeting. Note that one month before March 1 is February 1. We don't expect many changes to the New Year's Eve draft during January.



College Council (met Sept 23)

The College Council entertained reports from the three areas about the Program Reflections dialog, which tried to summarize needs in various areas.


Elizabeth Mullins asked an insightful question about the College Council's ability to *do* things, as opposed to mainly receive reports and approve recommendations. This prompted a discussion that included many different divergent perspectives on what College Council used to be like in "the good 'ol days", including memories of shot guns, contentious meetings, and silent presidents. But after trading hallucinatory visions, a good thing happened.


Diane Boynton decided that maybe we should pull all the information from all of these reports together. "These reports" include, but are not limited to, the Program Reflections summaries, the student equity plan, progress on institutional goals, Ed Master Plan, Tech Plan, etc.... Then we could see which needs arise that are similar across multiple sources.


I believe this is something critical that the College Council should do, and I applaud Diane's leadership in bringing it to fruition. I look forward to reportign more to you on these developments as they happen.


AAAG (met Oct 1)

Heard a presentation about the 3SP Plan (and the student equity plan?).

Electronic Ed Plans are now available in Student Portals

There is a new Faculty Position Justification form

Heard about an Instructional Support Five-year plan


Other -- MPC's participation in the Online Education Initiative


This made the news. Monterey Herald article

ASCCC Rostrum Article (pp. 20-24) provides background, rationale, and participating colleges 


Jon Knolle is currently gauging interest from these instructors to ensure that they are willing to participate. 

From an email from Jon Knolle:

We are at a point where we need to begin selection of courses to include in our pilot effort for the Online Education Initiative. The Chancellorís office has developed a list of priority courses from which we can choose (if they are taught at our college). They have specifically asked us to have ongoing conversations with our Academic Senate about our participation and course selection. I am attaching a list of courses that they have provided and have highlighted (in green) the courses we currently offer online. 

My initial recommendation would be to prioritize the following: 

My recommendations are based on (1) the faculty memberís experience teaching online, (2) the faculty member has attended our training sessions, (3) the maturity of the online course (i.e. weíve offered it online for a while now), and (4) typical enrollment. 

Our part in the pilot is focused around Student Readiness. For the courses selected, MPC will offer them as usual in the Spring but will make certain additional resources available to students enrolled in these courses. The resources include a technology readiness assessment and orientation modules designed to help students be successful in online courses (although I plan to try to make these available to ALL of our students).

From the Herald Article:

MPC, along with Hartnell and Cabrillo colleges were chosen to test student readiness.

"We will be piloting student orientation modules that are specifically geared toward helping students succeed in online courses," Knolle said. "This pilot group will also be responsible for launching a new assessment to diagnose a student's readiness to take and succeed in an online course."

MPC already has its own resources to help students do well in online classes, Knolle said. They have an online help desk, online student orientation resources, and tips for reaching the finish line.

"Participating in the pilot will help us provide even more resources to help support student success," he said.