February 2, 2012
Not much news; will meet on Feb 7
Has not yet discussed Doug's
Communications from Doug Garrison
In response to a question from Alan Haffa, Doug gave a nice
"state of the college" summary of current enrollment and budgetary issues facing
Thank you for your questions.
Repeatability or “Enrollment
Limits” - This topic is becoming
more and more confusing. There are three elements to “enrollment
limits.” The first is a set of regulations that have already been adopted but
will first be implemented per state law this summer. Those limits indicate
that a student may enroll in a credit class no more than three times if the
student has not received a satisfactory grade in the first two attempts.
The big difference now is that a “W” is considered in this enrollment limit.
This issue impacts two major groups of courses: basic skills and the arts.
Basics skills courses are impacted because it is a cluster of courses in which
students have a high frequency of not passing a course in the first one or two
attempts. The arts are impacted because students often repeat the courses
after receiving “W” because their interest may be primarily in the experience
rather than in a grade. We have many examples of transcripts showing six
or greater attempts at such courses. Rosaleen is investigating the
projected enrollment impact on both of these groups of courses. The basic skills
database is nearly complete. The arts database is much more complex, and she is
working as quickly as possible on it. Both databases include every enrollment in
each of these courses over the last three years. You can imagine the size
of the database. From this examination, she intends to offer some
extrapolated projections concerning what we might expect as an impact on our
enrollment. These data are needed to complete development of the fall schedule.
The second “enrollment limit”
discussion stems from the recommendations posed by the statewide Academic
Senate, which have now been forwarded to the Board of Governors for review.
These recommendations place strict limits on the number of times a performance
course may be taken and eliminates repeatability for PE and non-performance
courses. Once we know what the BOG intends to implement, we will be able
to project the impact. However, given MPC’s uniquely high enrollment of
older adults – the majority of whom are not pursuing a degree, transfer, or
certificate - the potential for a negative impact on the enrollments in
these areas is high.
The third “enrollment limit”
discussions is embedded in the Student Success Task Force recommendations.
The primary concern is the intention to limit apportionment only to those
courses that “support a student education plan.” We do not know exactly
what that means yet, but the potential exists for elimination of apportionment
funding for all non-credit and credit courses that do not figure in student
education plans. Probably, the most practical impact of this change will
be the necessity of developing a Continuing Education program at MPC, which
would provide fee-based, not-for-credit courses to people interested in the
experience rather than college credit in pursuit of an award. Again, once we
better understand the definitions intended in the report, we will be able to
project the impact.
Savings from Faculty
Retirements – The on-going savings from
faculty retirements have been assumed in this year’s budget. The incentive
funds were paid from one-time sources, and not all of the retirement incentives
were scheduled for payment in one year. Some faculty chose to space out
the incentive payment over a number of years. As a result, there will be no
additional savings next year. The on-going deficit for 2012-13 is approximately
Faculty Hiring –
The consideration of full-time faculty hiring is
increasingly complex. You are correct that when AAAG and the Council
reviewed faculty positions in the fall, we did not have the benefit of knowing
the Governor’s proposal or the potential impacts of the SSTF. So, it is
reasonable to give some thought to how those issues might impact faculty hiring.
As to the FON, your comments indicate that you think we have deferred it in the
past. We have not. Our current projected faculty total at June 2012 is 106, not
counting the five searches we have underway. Our obligation for November 2012 is
projected to be approximately 110; however, that projection may decrease due to
the impact of workload reductions and the apportionment deficit factor. Both of
those influences can lower our FON obligation. However, there is an option
whereby colleges can meet their FON by maintaining the percentage of full-time
to part-time faculty hours. Since there is a likelihood that we will reduce
part-time hours due to the impact of the enrollment limit regulations, our
full-time to part-time ratio will actually be enhanced, thereby satisfying the
I know these discussions become
complex, but it is valuable for people to be as informed as possible about the
issues affecting the college.
Let me know if you have
Communications from Stave Ma and the Budget Committee
(via Suzanne Ammons)
In the meantime, as per today’s conversation,
Steve asked for
suggestions on possible budget solutions that BC could
review/discuss/recommend for consideration in the face of our current $700K
deficit. Please forward your ideas on this to Steve (and
myself), prior to our Feb 14th meeting.
I continue to believe that the Academic Senate's position on
these types of questions is that because of the diverse perspectives represented
on the Academic Senate, it cannot offer a unified or consensus position on
prioritization of budget cuts.
Please tell me if I have misjudged the situation.
There was a report from the Technology Committee about
membership of the Technology Committee
Collectively, the members should represent the following
Distance learning technology
Open computer labs (Library, ESSC, etc.)
Alternative platforms and mobile computing
Adaptive technology for students with disabilities
Classroom instructional technology (smart classrooms &
instructional computer labs)
Specialized computer instruction (CTE, Auto Tech,
Staff use of technology for Student Services, Academic
Affairs, and Administrative Services
Institutional technology (data center, infrastructure,
telephone & paging, etc.)
It has been announced that Sharon Colton will be retiring in
My opinion is that the Academic Senate should place its
energy in contributing to the dialog about what we would like to see happen to
this position after August -- reorg? Same general responsibilities? What do we
Ed Master Plan Committee
New members from Arts, Science, and the community have been
added to the committee.
Community Ed Committee
Members are being added; partial list includes Alan Haffa,
Kathy Kress (older adult), Jamie Dagdigian(?), Kim Fujii, community member(s).
New Senators and Elections
Divisions for which terms end in Spring 2012
The At-large seat formerly held by Susan Joplin (term ends
Other at-large seats
Catherine will fill the Library seat; sadly Stephanie will be
Bylaws state we should establish membership by March 1.
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 response to the three SLO accreditation
recommendations is coming to you soon. Be ready.
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
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
For the CAC, fully on-line means more than 50% is at a
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
Act Bill Summary
Student Success Act Proposed Ed Code Language
Dear Local Senate Presidents - The message below and the
attachments were forwarded to Consultation Council this morning. As it is early
in the process, changes to the language are to be expected. We had planned to do
Webinars on the SSTF recommendations in the near future, but will likely
schedule some opportunities to discuss this language instead. Please look for
more information early next week.
In the meantime, I encourage you to post your questions and
I hope your week is going well,
Michelle L. Pilati, Ph.D.
President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (www.asccc.org)
Professor of Psychology, Rio Hondo College
Possible Future Agenda Items
The Art Department and the Curriculum Committee
Report from Rosaleen Ryan on potential impacts from
decreased enrollment in repeatable courses.