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February 16, 2012


College Council


Met on Feb 7

Discussed Doug's 2012-2013 Planning Assumptions

Final Answer: potential $4.0M deficit for 2012-2013 that we must plan for (because we don't know if the election initiative will pass)

Planning Assumptions #5-7 seem important for the Academic Senate. The institution will look at new regulations, T5 changes, pending legislation, and results of research like Rosaleen is reporting to us and determine how to redistribute existing resources. It is a zero sum game. This is why these reports from Rosaleen are more than entertainment. 


If the initiative doesn't pass, there will be a ~400 FTES workload reduction. The institution will have to look at the items above to determine where/how to make those cuts.


There were several information only Blue Hands Form agenda items. These are for informational purposes when a new person is hired into a pre-existing position. At this point there was discussion from a couple of members about the efficacy of hiring new people (to existing positions) while the possibility of RIFs looms once again. It came to light that these committee members (not the administration) were talking about a hiring freeze. College Council Chair Alan Haffa then asked some of the folks who had been more quiet to add their perspectives to this issue. It turned out that almost everybody on the College Council was opposed to hiring freezes at this time.


Why am I mentioning this?

It is *not* to advocate for one or another deficit reduction strategy.

It *is* to demonstrate that conversations about how to deal with this situation are happening, and will probably continue to happen.


Communications from Stave Ma and the Budget Committee

I asked Steve about potential savings of eliminating the Early Spring Semester. have not gotten much of a response.

Budget committee on Feb 14 discussed the idea of eliminating the Early Spring Semester. Main idea from Celine was that early spring is not pedagogically ideal because of its short length. There was very little conviction that eliminating early spring would be a financial money saver. The money on adjuncts would have to be spent in summer to make up the FTES. Main point: this is a pedagogy argument, not a financial one.

AAAG / Adjunct Hiring Process

Discussed adjunct hiring on Feb 8, where both Doug and I presented in a manner similar to here on Feb 2. They will discuss again on Feb 22.

I have forwarded the process to VPSS and VPAS so that those areas can have a look at it if they so choose.

I presented the hiring process at SSAG last week.


Barb and I are now considering comments. We'll share any revisions with the committee and then it will come back here and to the advisory groups. We got good comments, we're going to look at some things. The process is working.


Board Meetings


Board meetings are now on Wednesday afternoons, when I have class. Could somebody else represent the Academic Senate at the Board meetings by giving a very short report?


New Senators and Elections


I am collecting names to include on a ballot for the at-large representatives. Please recruit people you think would be good and tell us to put their name on the ballot.


Bylaws state we should establish membership by March 1.


By our Exec meeting next Thursday, we'll establish a ballot. By our next meeting on March 1, we'll have the results.


Senate Officers election is at the second meeting in March; both old and new senators attend and vote.


MPC SLO Committee

A draft of the work on Program Review processes (making them more consistent and providing more explicit connections to the Program Reflections) is coming next time. Be ready.


Distance Education


NEW: I will go to the ICDE meeting on February 24 and talk about the issue we discussed last time.



As stated in the ICDE's Strategic Initiative for the Growth and Development of MPC On-Line, some of the goals are "fully on-line degree programs" and "fully on-line certificate programs".


I've spent a bit of time talking with Judee Timm and Lynn Iwamoto this week about the meaning of "fully on-line"


I think we should know and all agree on the definition of this term.


For the CAC, fully on-line means more than 50% is at a distance.

For others, fully on-line means that all instruction, i.e., not assessment, is at a distance.


My opinion is that these distinctions are important. Neither of the above definitions guarantee a truly distant student from completing our fully on-line offerings. Is that what we collectively understand about "fully on line", and is that what we want?


Late Breaking SSTF News


Possible Future Agenda Items

  1. Report from this group:

Ensure high quality instruction and services by investigating, and possibly revising, the faculty evaluation and mentoring process (Mark, Kevin, Andres, Steve)

Establish topics to be included in faculty evaluation procedures and materials. The MPCTA would then negotiate these procedures and materials at an appropriate time.

Review and possibly revise the mentoring process

  1. MPC SLO Committee work on creating a common program review format across all areas of campus: AA, SS, AS. Diane Boynton will join us. This will be an ACTION item.