February 7, 2013
Fred is convening and Catherine is presenting at the ASCCC Accreditation Institute this weekend at a hotel next to the SJ Airport. Fun times.
Fred will serve on an accreditation visiting team for San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia. More fun times. You too could have this much fun. It's highly recommended. Really.
We have new information from a letter from Barbara Beno on new "institution-set standards" that will involve student achievement data. Student achievement data are not SLOs. They include things like retention, persistence, grades, graduates, etc... The ACCJC is careful to say that this is NOT a shift away from SLOs. It is in reaction to USDE regulations. Catherine and I will find out more about this topic this weekend at the Accreditation Institute in San Jose.
Here's a quote from Beno's letter:
"The recent regulations require institutions to set standards for student achievement; these standards may be tailored to the institution and its mission. The regulations also require accreditors to ask institutions to assess their own performance against the institution-set standards for student achievement."
Letter from Beno: http://www.mpcfaculty.net/senate/Accreditation/BarbaraBenoUSDEStudentAchievementData_Jan31_2013.pdf
From conversations with Walt:
Walt would like to approach this requirement in a proactive manner rather than a reactive manner. He would like to create a "student achievement" segment at each board meeting where he presents information or data that illustrate institutional performance. The intent is to use the same kind of data from which MPC could develop "institution-set standards". In addition, he would like to use data that will not take Rosaleen a long to time to gather and present. I've invited Walt to talk to us next time about the kinds of data MPC might use to create its "institution-set standards" so that the Academic Senate can provide feedback.
The ACCJC met in January, and presumably read out report responding to the three SLO recommendations from the last site visit. We just learned this morning that the ACCJC will send out their "action letters" on Monday Feb 11. Looks like we'll hear just in time for Valentine's Day.
AAAG has reviewed the board policies that we will review today. That conversation led to some of the very minor late changes that I alerted you to this morning. They would like to have the chance to think about the policies until their next meeting in a couple of weeks.
College Council approved the ACCJC mid-term report back in December.
In February, the College Council approved some administrative support staff replacements and minor reorganizations. You may have recently seen the announcements for these positions from Kali.
All is quiet on the western front. Soon we will have the Spring 2013 Program Reflections documents to review and combine with the Fall 2012 reports to build our "2012-2013 Institutional Assessment Report". Walt and I will have a signing ceremony. Everyone will be invited and, as is our tradition, we will celebrate with donuts.
Fred gave the January Board report. They all wanted to know where Catherine was. Then they wanted to know where Sue was. After everybody was assured that Catherine and Sue were fine and healthy, I gave my report. There were no further questions.
Academic Senate Elections
Per Academic Senate bylaws Academic Senate elections should happen every February and be completed by March 1. There are no term limits. this year: Nursing, Library, Humanities, Business/Technology, At-Large held by Kelly Fletes, and the adjunct at-large held by Brian Brady. There are no term limits. Nevertheless, we should have elections. We'll probably hold them the last week of February for the two at-large seats. I've notified divisions where elections should take place. Current terms: http://www.mpcfaculty.net/senate/terms.htm
In other news
Dave Clemens e-mailed me this week in which he articulated concern about a lack of oversight for our Continuing Education program in terms of academic integrity, and wondering if they should create a question for the Academic Senate. Not knowing how to respond to a request from the chair of our Academic Freedom committee concerned about lack of oversight for our Continuing Ed program, I did the only thing I could think of. I asked for advice. Both the Academic Senate Vice President and the Academic Senate Secretary had similar advice: Ask for more information. So I did so. Further information has not been forthcoming. Stay tuned.