September 22, 2011
Academic Senate Travel and Conferences
Good preliminary news. Marty wants us to go to these
meetings, and I believe PVP agrees in principle. I've been asked to submit the
Travel Request forms (same ones that have been used for years), and I have done
Meeting in Marina
We'll meet October 20 in Marina
Interesting conversation about the Technology Committee.
They're suggesting assigning faculty to this committee based on expertise, not
division. They came up with a list that included things like DE, access for
students with learning differences, mac users, instructional computer use, DOM
computer use, A&R computer use, computers in science/CTE labs, computers in
learning labs. I'm sure this is an incomplete list, but you get the idea. AAAG
also wants the Tech Committee to make Academic Affairs prioritization
recommendations to AAAG rather than the College Council. We'll see how this all
The root of why AAAG talked about this issue for over an hour
is because people are so frustrated with technology. AAAG wasn't willing to
relinquish control over these resource allocation decisions.
Flex Day S2012
ASCCC SLO Committee
Efforts to distill the MPC SLO philosophy to a wider audience
have taken the following forms:
I've volunteered to write a rough draft of an article for the
Rostrum, the state Academic Senate publication that I often refer to and put in
all of your boxes every couple of months.
I've also talked to Marty about MPC hosting a regional SLO
workshop. The purpose of the workshop would be to train SLO coordinators and
other interested individuals from other colleges.
The idea for both of these activities is to raise collective
consciousness of things like:
emphasizing the dialog
staying away from the numbers
not denigrating the thinking skills we teach by
diminishing the results to a computer program
Connecting the dialog to program review to resource
Creating as simple a general education outcome system as
MPC SLO Committee
We're reviewing program review forms from all three areas:
Academic Affairs, Student Services, and Administrative Services. The idea is
that there should be a core similarity between all of them that include some
sort of dialog about student learning. Yes, all three of them. As we approved
two weeks ago, Grace Anongchanya is representing Student Services. We're in
process of getting somebody from Administrative Services. Because of the way
that ASAG works, we've requested Steve.
Soon we'll look at all forms and processes that are involved
in allocating resources (regular action plans, emergency equipment requests,
technology requests, MPCF, etc...) and see if we can find a way to integrate the
results of the reflections process into all of them.
Current dialog about
Meetings with Marty
2011-2012 Review of Process and Procedure
I'm wondering if people would want to more consistently use
the parliamentary procedure / motions to make decisions.
It would help me determine what is really important to
This is important in giving me an indication as to what I
should emphasize when I go to AAAG / College Council / other groups on campus.
Physical Sciences response to my questions about goals they'd
like to see us address:
Technology is the biggest issue they'd like to see us
Seemingly endless waits for refreshment computers to replace
machines that are so old that we don't turn them off because they take so long
to start up.
My Site -- Your Site -- Class Site -- Whose Site is too
difficult and frustrating to use. Just give us server space.
Better support for making these websites.
We want an easy way to make website for our courses
We're interested in the ability to investigate how our
students are doing in other classes
Some of our Math adjuncts are interested in seeing how well
the lower level math students do as they move along in the sequence.
2010-2011 goals/objectives for an example.
Educational Master Plan
Flex Day Planning
Accreditation Response on SLOs
Adjunct Faculty Hiring
Politicalization of "Student Success"
Technology issues -- the Sharepoint Web Portal?