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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

Please attend.

 

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.

 

College Council

No report

 

Governing Board

 

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 staff.

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 Antron's question?

 

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 viewpoints.

 

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

Fall
2010
Presenter:
Kale Braden, Cosumnes River College, Area A
Topic:
General Concerns
Status: Assigned

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 venues.

 

Committee on Committees

 

Interim VP of Academic Affairs

Lynn Iwamoto

Diane Boynton

Jamie Dagdigian

Mark Clements

 

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?

Same committee?

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.