September 8, 2011
ASCCC Fall Plenary in Southern CA
Thursday Nov 3 to Saturday Nov 5 in San Diego
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. This is a very nice place to visit.
Because of other commitments, I'm is hesitant to miss
more class time.
Would somebody else like to go? Kathleen has expressed
Academic Senate Budget
Our "budget" is $1220 for the year. But all travel and
conference money have been put into one big pot. I don't think we are in total
control of this budget any more.
I have submitted a request to PVP to fund travel for one
person to each of the Plenary sessions this academic year.
Luncheon with Chancellor Jack Scott
Dear Senate President,
This email includes an invitation from Chancellor Scott to your College
President to attend a luncheon at Foothill College, Tuesday September 27, 2011,
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The invitation to the luncheon extends to local
senate presidents. After the luncheon, while the Chancellor meets with the
College Presidents, Academic Senate President Michelle Pilati will be meeting
informally with any attending senate representatives. If you would like to
attend the luncheon, please respond to this email by Monday, September 12th.
Thank you for your immediate attention to our invitation.
Academic Senate for
California Community Colleges
555 Capitol Mall
Suite 525, Sacramento, CA 95814
I attended this event when it was at MPC. Would anybody like
to go to this one up at Foothill?
Meetings in Marina?
Propose that our next meeting, Sept 22, is in Marina.
On August 19th, spirited dialog on August 16 about the budget. Slow
recognition that tough decisions need to be made and that all of us can play a
role if we choose.
Lots of talk about the medical costs and the reserve
maintained to pay for our self insurance. 2010-2011 came in $500K under
projections. Big question is why?
Ruth Osorio, an adjunct faculty member in the ESSC, was
appointed as a faculty representative to the college council over the summer.
COC took the lead on this effort.
But now Ruth cannot serve on the College Council and we need
another faculty member. An All Users has been sent.
On Sept 6, approval of the "Institutional Follow-up Report on
Recommendation #4 -- Distance Education". I abstained because we had not yet had
a second reading in the Academic Senate.
A board policy on non-motorized vehicles on campus has been
withdrawn by ASAG because of concerns about liability (mainly skateboards). The
College Council spent a long time talking about bikes on campus. There are
problems where there are narrow walkways, like near the Theater and near
Physical Education. This was information. No action was taken. I believe that
the Academic Senate decided not to review this one since it did not deal with
Academic and Professional matters.
There was discussion about the Technology Committee at AAAG.
It seems the chair of the Technology Committee, Sharon Colton, was asking AAAG
for advice on whether the Technology Committee should be big or small. At the
beginning of the summer (or end of Spring Semester?) College Council balked on
the Technology Committee's bylaws which suggested a rather big committee with
representation from all divisions/areas. I think the problem was that if
Academic Affairs gets one rep from all divisions, then Student Services should
get a rep from all their areas. It appears the Technology Committee has been
bogged down on this question ever since. I don't know what to tell ya, folks.
Recommended for approval the "Institutional Follow-up Report
on Recommendation #4 -- Distance Education". See above.
Flex Day F2011
In my very informal polling, I have heard only good reports.
Coach Ras was well liked.
No further complaints of dreariness.
Flex Day S2012
We should decide very soon on a theme for S2012 (theme or no
theme? If so what should it be? Ask for participation)
We've spoken very informally about inviting PE/Athletics to
join us in a "learning community" theme, recognizing that that's what they're
really doing in Athletics. They have a lot of expertise to share. My opinion is
that this is a good way to build on the enthusiasm generated by Mike's keynote
I had an informal conversation with Kim Shirley (PASS
coordinator) about this idea and she is very enthusiastic about participating in
ASCCC SLO Committee
I continue to serve on this committee.
I presented in an ASCCC SLO Institute breakout over the
summer, in San Diego, where I learned about how nice this area is for a
The topic was GEOs and connecting the SLO process with the
resource allocation process.
Generally well received (I think).
No ACCJC members present--they were having their own retreat
in Hawaii at the time.
MPC SLO Committee
We have a committee: Diane Boynton, Grace Anongchanya
Johnson, Fred Hochstaedter
We had our first meeting Sept 8, 2011
1. We discussed our charge:
a. write and shepherd through the shared governance process a
response to the ACCJC recommendations #1, #2, and #3.
b. Make recommendations designed to tie up any loose ends in
our SLO process/framework.
2. We agreed that in responding to these recommendations,
that we would take a holistic approach, first explaining our philosophy and then
explaining how the processes we have implemented have emerged from this
philosophy. What we would not do is go through the team report line by line
looking for all the places they mention SLOs and try to respond to each one
2. We recognized that we need a representative from
Administrative Services on this committee, so that Administrative Services can
voice their ideas in order to make this process truly institutional in nature.
Both Fred and Marty will take the lead on this.
3. Recognized that the MPC SLO Committee will soon have a
recommendation to integrate the SLO/Reflections process into all aspects of
resource allocation, including faculty position requests, emergency equipment
requests, the MPC Foundation, etc... Currently, the SLO/Reflections process is
only linked to the action plan/annual update process, and this is a process that
very few of us get any new resources from in this budget climate. The committee
talked about this in principle, and recognized that much attention needs to be
paid to the details of how this is done.
4. After hearing from Fred that he is frustrated and out of
ideas to encourage participation in this process, the committee suggested a
couple of themes for the Program Reflections session at the next flex days:
"What is really working for your students, and what is not? Where are the areas
that need improvement?" and "Reach out to somebody with whom you haven't
previously engaged in reflection process".
Meetings with Marty
An "Educational Master Plan" is coming. MPC doesn't have one.
Doug and Marty would like one.
The development of this Educational Master Plan could be
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.
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?