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Academic Senate

2006-07 Annual Report

May, 2007

 

Executive Summary

 

The Academic Senate engaged in an active year in which we achieved many of our goals and objectives. We worked at several levels from ideology and procedures within the Academic Senate, to the faculty role in shared governance, to MPC institutional policies.

 

 In part, it was a year of reflection where we considered who we are and where we want to be. We started the year with a retreat where we started to define our goals for the year. We sharpened our self image by substantially revising our bylaws to make them more clear and straightforward. We attempted to streamline COC procedures by rewriting the COC guidelines and procedures. To ensure a strong faculty voice we wrote a memorandum of understanding with the MPCTA union, and passed a resolution supporting our striking colleagues at Hartnell. At the faculty leadership level, we sent several faculty members to Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges (ASCCC) workshops and institutes. At the institutional level we hosted the flex days and reviewed and revised portions of the board policy pertaining to academic and professional matters. We formed an Academic Senate ad-hoc committee dedicated to ensuring academic excellence and integrity at the new Ed Center. Finally, we contributed four long-term institutional goals to the College Council as part of the institutional planning process. As the year drew to a close we held another retreat to establish goals for the 2007-08 academic year.

 

The following outline details some of our goals, objectives, and accomplishments for the 2006-07 academic year.

 

1. Goals Established at the Beginning of the 2006-07 Academic Year

 

We started the 2006-07 Academic year with a planning retreat in which we developed a series of goals for the first part of the year. These goals included

 

Host Interesting and Engaging Flex Days

·         Improve MPC staff participation in flex day activities

·         Make flex day activities more relevant and interesting

·         Improve current and future flex day sub-committee effectiveness

Accomplishments:

ü      Planned and hosted spring 2007 flex days

ü      Formalized procedures for planning and hosting flex days with the Academic Senate in charge of the content of flex day presentations and the Staff Development Committee in charge of planning and executing the food and refreshments for flex days

ü      Institutionalized the refreshment budget for flex days as a line item in the MPC budget so that the Academic Senate or the Staff Development Committee does not have to hunt for funds to host flex days every year.

ü      Developed a skit about trying to improve the connectedness of the traditional teaching faculty and supportive services.

ü      Numerous attendees commented that the spring 2007 flex days were among the best in years; “There is a new and different feeling on campus,” was a common remark.

ü      Planning is currently underway for the Fall 2007 flex day; it’s easier to plan if we start early.

 

Assure Academic Excellence and Integrity at the Burgeoning Ed Center

·         To understand where we are now (with respect to Ed Center curriculum offerings) and how we got there

·         To understand how the present and future facilities affect curriculum and program offerings at the Ed Center

·         Ensure that an equitable process is developed for future planning

·         Ensure that there is faculty, Senate-appointed representation in developing an academic vision and mission statement for the Ed Center

Accomplishments:

ü      Met several times with Vice President of Academic Affairs Bill Cochran and then John Gonzalez to become updated on current Ed Center plans

ü      Appointed several faculty members to serve on a campus wide Ed Center planning committee

ü      Developed an Ed Center web site designed to share plans with a wider audience

           

Review and Revise our Academic Senate Bylaws

·         Make the bylaws internally consistent, orderly, and easier to understand

Accomplishments:

ü      Completed a significant revision of the bylaws

ü      Clarified when at-large representatives are elected

ü      Clarified which members are voting and which members are non-voting

ü      Clarified when voting should take place for division representatives and for Academic Senate officers

ü      Stipulated that the COC chair, and ASCCC representative, as well as the President, Vice-President, and Secretary are all elected by the Academic Senate as a whole, to make the election of all Executive Committee officers consistent

ü      Clarified roles of the COC chair and the ASCCC representative

ü      Changed the order of presentation so that all sections pertaining to the executive committee officers are sequential.

 

Review and Revise Committee on Committees (COC) Guidelines and Procedures

·         Develop Procedures for Placing Faculty Members on Committees

·         Improve Inclusiveness and Participation on Committee Work

Accomplishments:

ü      Revised the document describing the function, guidelines, and procedures of the COC

ü      Affirmed the need that these procedures be inclusive, transparent, consistent, and clearly defined

ü      Affirmed that the COC is a recommending body to the Academic Senate as a whole

ü      Established a goal of trying to spread shared governance committee work as evenly as possible among faculty members

ü      Affirmed the desire to collaborate with committee chairs to find faculty members well suited for each committee

 

Improve Campus Communication

·         Improve communication between faculty members and between various campus groups including faculty, administration, classified, and students

·         Improve the use of technology to assist communication on campus

·         Make mpc.edu more functional and useful

Accomplishments:

ü      Efforts by Instructional Technology to develop a new integrated web page and e-mail system superseded our efforts here

 

2. Reviewing and Revising Board Policy

 

In mid fall semester, we learned that reviewing and revising board policy would be a campus-wide goal for the year. The Academic Senate put its efforts towards Program Discontinuance (which was initiated the previous year), Faculty Hiring Processes, and Academic Freedom. The Program Discontinuance policy has been completed and will be presented to the board of trustees at their May meeting. Work on hiring processes is ongoing as of this writing. Our appointed ad-hoc committee on Academic Freedom will present their proposed policy at a Academic Senate meeting in May.

 

3. Working Towards a Strong Faculty Voice Through the Union and the Academic Senate

 

We signed a memorandum of understanding with the MPCTA, the faculty union, promising to support and collaborate with each other when appropriate situations arise and to let each other do their individual jobs when those situations arise. Specifically, we agreed that the MPCTA will appoint their own faculty member representatives to shared governance committees when the bylaws of those committees called for union representations. At the time of this writing, these committee seats consist of one seat on the College Council and two seats on the budget committee.

 

In a related action, we wrote a resolution in support of our colleagues at Hartnell College who went on strike for better wages.

 

4. Institutional Goals

 

We proposed four 3-year institutional goals to the College Council. Each of the goals included examples of possible underlying objectives

 

1. Promote academic excellence and critical thinking across all fields and disciplines.

·         “Obtain the most up-to-date and appropriate learning materials, supplies, and technologies for MPC students”

·         “Attend conferences about effective teaching”

·         “Develop and support workshops about effective teaching”

2. Foster a climate that promotes diversity throughout the institution.

·         “Sponsor workshops or discussions that highlight the strength of a diverse community working together towards common goals”

·         “Review and revise board policy to create faculty position prioritization and hiring practices completely fair, accommodating, and accepting of all people”

·          “Enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse college wide community”

·         “Develop strategies to enhance faculty diversity, including partnerships, faculty exchange programs, and intra-institutional collaborations”

3. Create pathways to success for all MPC students.

·         “Promote effective communication between student services and academic programs”

·         “Identify diverse student groups and develop strategies for the delivery of academic support”

4. Build MPC into an economic driving force for the Monterey area by supporting and developing programs that teach sophisticated, employable skills.

·         “Obtaining workforce development grants to obtain external funding”

·         “Develop technology career paths from high schools to MPC to universities”

·         “Conduct workshops on assessing workforce and training needs”

·         “Earmark sustained institutional support for developing programs”

 

5. Development of Goals for the 2007-08 Academic Year

 

·         Foster academic excellence and critical thinking across the curriculum.

·         Spearhead a faculty lead effort to articulate the meaning and value of SLOs at MPC.

·         Spearhead a faculty lead effort to establish Basic Skills best practices on the MPC campus.

·         Host invigorating and engaging flex days each semester.

·         Review and revise board policy that pertains to academic and professional matters.

·         Assure that faculty members are fairly and equitably represented on shared governance committees.

·         Ensure academic excellence and integrity at the Ed Center.

·         Create and sustain effective faculty leadership.

·         Inspire and encourage cross-disciplinary curriculum and program development.