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President's Notes


May 2, 2013


Future Academic Senate Meetings

Three Academic Senate meetings remain: May 16 and 30.


College Council

The College Council has produced a revision of its bylaws, and, as a contribution from the SLO Committee, a revision of the Planning and Resource Allocation Process. It wishes to share as information its revised bylaws with the campus community. It would like feedback from the advisory groups and the Academic Senate about the proposed Planning and Resource Allocation Process (PRAP). Hey, that's a lot better than Integrated Campus Resource Allocation and Planning Process!


The important point is that the SLO/Reflections process has taken a more prominent role in how the College Council conducts its business. This is a direct result of the SLO platform endorsed here at the March 21 meeting.


The newly proposed PRAP is on today's agenda.


The first sections of the new bylaws read as follows (note highlighted sections):

1. Scope and Function of the College Council:

The College Council is the central campus body of the shared governance process for MPC. It confirms institutional support for recommendations to be brought to the Board by the President/Superintendent and leads MPC’s Planning and Resource Allocation processes. It ensures that the institution allocates resources to improve student learning, as supported by the Program Review and Reflections/SLO processes, and to maintain regulatory compliance. The College Council leads the effort to develop and periodically review the institutional mission statement and long-term goals.

The College Council will specifically:

  1. Implement and guide the Planning and Resource Allocation Process, with input from the campus community.
  2. Review and potentially revise the Mission statement and long-term goals every three years.
  3.  Receive program review reports and annual summaries of the Reflections/SLO process so that assessment results on student learning can substantively inform the Planning and Resource Allocation Process.
  4.  Make resource allocation recommendations to the S/P based on
    1. revenue information from the Budget Committee
    2.  allocation recommendations from the advisory groups, College Council subcommittees, or members of the administration/management team
    3.  information from the Reflections/SLO and Program Review processes.
  5.  Review the annual component goals from Academic Affairs, Student Services, and Administrative Services, and potentially recommend changes in accordance with the college mission and institutional goals.
  6.  Receive accountability reports from Academic Affairs, Student Services, and Administrative Services based on their component goals, and discuss their activities related to program review and/or action plans for the planning cycle.
  7.  Review new Board policies or Board policy changes and make recommendations to the President for presentation to the Board.
  8.  Review accreditation reports and recommend to the S/P their presentation to the board.
  9.  Organize open forums for discussion of important or controversial issues.
  10.  Discuss issues important to the MPC community and make recommendations or assign them to the appropriate advisory group or campus committee.
  11. Review and potentially revise the shared governance process to ensure institutional effectiveness on a regular basis.

In other news, the College Council reviewed the Classified position request process. During the discussion, College Council Co-Chair Alan Haffa asked if there was a portion of the form that asked how the classified position impacted student learning. Yes folks, my work here is done.


If you're wondering about the answer, of course there was. The SLO Committee took care of that months ago.



AAAG unanimously endorsed the SLO Platform/Direction document. Motion by Heather Faust and seconded by John Anderson. The document underwent some very minor adjustments in this process. It generated great discussion that provided an enhanced understanding of the environment that MPC and all CCCs operate in today and how we must use SLOs to help define the quality of learning at MPC. the whole process took place over three AAAG meetings and involved offerings of food including Vera Coleman's homemade sweet potato pie and smores.



Awaiting information on the Student Success Guidance Group


Contextualizing Date with Rosaleen

Due to time constraints, we've tabled further discussion on this topic until next time.