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President's Notes


Feb 5, 2015

 

24th Annual Lobo Hall of Fame

Honoring Dave Clemens, among others

March 7

mpcfoundation.org/news/24th-annual-lobo-hall-of-fame/

 

Elections of Division Representatives -- All division chairs have been notified at the last AAAG meeting

Terms that end in Spring 2015; there are no term limits.

Senate Representatives must be elected by March 1 of each year.

Life Science

Creative Arts

Social Science

Physical Education

 

Election of At-large Representatives

The Academic Senate will oversee a campus election of two at-large seats.

 

At-large -- Heather Craig

At-large adjunct -- currently vacant

 

Election of Executive Committee members

Will occur at the second meeting in March.

Both newly elected and "old" Academic Senate Representatives may participate in the election

Positions are:

 

Aside from the implied duties, the main job of the Executive Committee is to approve the agenda.

  

Elections of Representatives and Officers.

 

College Council -- January 27

Endorsed a Community Services board policy to be forwarded to the S/P to be presented to the board.

 

Heard the same AB86 Adult Ed Regional Plan that we will hear today.

 

AAAG

Heard about a long list of under-enrolled courses

Heard an update from the SLO Coordinator about progress on Instructor Reflections.

 

ASCCC

ASCCC President's Update:

 

Spring Plenary is April 9-11.

Planned topics for general session include the Obama Plan as well as the BOG Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy.

 

Sponsoring regional faculty meetings for the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy.

Solano College Feb 27

Palomar Feb 28

Clovis College March 13

It would be great to send a faculty member to one of these.

 

On the Obama Plan: 

On January 9, 2015, President Obama announced his new America’s College Promise proposal, which includes, among other things, making the first two years of community college tuition free for “responsible students”—those who “attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their program.”  Full details of the proposal can be found here. While many of the details of the president’s proposal are very attractive and are consistent with ASCCC positions, including the concept of eliminating tuition fees, other aspects of the plan are cause for concern, such as his featuring of Western Governors University as a positive model and the requirement that states must “allocate a significant portion of funding based on performance, not enrollment alone.”  Much discussion of the president’s proposal will take place over the next few months, and we will hope that the more problematic aspects will be addressed.  The Academic Senate will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on developments. 

 

More details on all of these