May 5, 2011
Special Academic Senate Meeting
May 12, 2:30 in Lecture Forum 103
In conjunction with the MPC Foundation to present the Faculty
and Staff Advancement Awards
Robin is working hard to publicize the benefits of the
Faculty and Staff Advancement Awards and encourage more faculty and staff to
apply for them.
I think we should support the hard work of Robin and the
Foundation staff and attend this event.
The 2011-2014 Institutional Goals were presented to the
Governing Board by College Council Chair Alan Haffa. Discussion centered on the
goals and objectives developed and submitted by the Academic Senate:
Goal 1: Promote academic excellence and student success.
Objective 1.1: Investigate ways to articulate student success
that represent the diverse range of our students’ goals, and retain strong
academic integrity and high academic standards.
Objective 1.2: Improve student experiences by supporting the
quality of instruction and service delivery through
a. creating a framework for faculty and staff to learn, share
ideas, engage in dialog and collaborate.
b. promoting efforts to analyze the effectiveness of programs
and make improvements based on the results.
Objective 1.3: Develop and prioritize the implementation of
an online learning strategic plan that includes institutional support,
protocols, and assessment of instruction.
Objective 1.4: Develop and implement ways to
a. more effectively recruit and select excellent faculty and
b. train and mentor new faculty and staff so that they most
effectively serve students and promote learning.
Loren Steck asked about the relationship between the
statement about excellent faculty and staff in the vales statement and the
similar statement in Objective 1.4. I explained that objective 1.4 spoke
directly to our efforts to rewrite the full-time faculty hiring procedures and
now the adjunct faculty hiring procedures.
Student Trustee then Antron "Kage" Williams asked how we defined
academic excellence. It was a great question. A very nice discussion ensued,
during which I was asked to contribute since the Academic Senate had taken
responsibility for this set of goals and objectives. I offered that academic
excellence is achieved through careful selection and hiring of excellent faculty
members (our most important decision), and then efforts to mentor these faculty
members (we could do better here), and finally using our best and most serious
efforts to evaluate our faculty members, especially during their probationary
period. These are all things that the Academic Senate is directly involved in.
So my question for you is: How would you have answered
In my presentation, I addressed the board about our on-going
conversation about the politicizing of "student success" and about the
prioritization of FTES. I told them that this was a particularly hard
conversation to have, and that there was wide spectrum of viewpoints. I talked
about the various cohorts of students that we have at MPC and about the benefits
of having this diversity of experience, perspective, enthusiasm, and
life-experience in our classrooms. I talked about how I think most of us hoped
to work in a community college environment where all these students were part of
the spectrum of viewpoints we encounter in the classroom every day. I also
talked about the commitment we have to those experiencing college for the first
time and to those returning for retraining or improvement of job skills, and
that commitment weighs against what we need to do for those students that
already have degrees that are coming back to college for more "recreational"
purposes. I posed these two viewpoints as the end-members of a spectrum of
MPC Mission Statement:
Monterey Peninsula College is committed to fostering student
learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs,
facilities, and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer,
career, basic skills, and life-long learning opportunities. Through these
efforts MPC seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality
of our diverse community.
Adopted by the Governing Board, July 22, 2008
ASCCC and Student Success
Develop a Faculty Definition of Student Success
Kale Braden, Cosumnes River College, Area A
Whereas, SB 1143 (Liu, 2010) mandates that the California Community
College System “establish a task force to examine specified best
practices and models for accomplishing student success,” and the
work of this task force is already in progress;
Whereas, Myriad forces from both within and without the California
Community College System have attempted to define and suggest
measurements for student success, leading to varying understandings
and definitions of the term;
Whereas, Models and definitions developed in other states may not
transfer effectively or appropriately to the California Community
College System; and
Whereas, Community college Boards of Trustees are required to rely
primarily on or mutually agree with the local academic senate in
matters relating to student success;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
direct its Executive Committee to develop working definitions of
student success based on input from faculty throughout the
California Community College System and carry those definitions into
discussions related to SB 1143 (Liu, 2010) and other appropriate
Committee on Committees
Interim VP of Academic Affairs
All have agreed to serve except Mark, who has not yet
indicated whether or not he is willing.
It is planned that the work of this committee should be done
by Graduation Day
Permanent VP of Academic Affairs
Who should serve?
Doug has not indicated strong preferences to me. Nobody has
been asked to serve on this committee at this time.
Work this summer involves approving the job announcement. At
MPC, this has traditionally been a committee job. Doug tells me that he is
proposing only one small change from the job announcement from Fall 2010.
We could forego the committee opportunity to approve the job
description and convene this committee in the fall.
Or, we could convene a committee now to ensure the
committee's ability to review and collaborate on the job announcement.