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Academic Senate Goals 2008-2009

Guiding Principles or Values for the MPC Academic Senate

 

The Academic Senate uses the pursuit of academic excellence and critical thinking across the curriculum as an ultimate goal for all it does.

 

The Academic Senate is the recognized voice of the faculty on Academic and Professional matters as set forth in Title 5 and the Ed Code, generally known as the 10+1.

 

The Academic Senate strives to ensure a strong faculty voice in shared governance processes

 

Accreditation.

 

Goal: The Academic Senate will assure accuracy and a well rounded perspective in the accreditation self study report with respect to academic and professional matters.

 

Activity: Academic Senate representatives will Review drafts of the accreditation self-study as they become available.

 

Activity: The Academic Senate will receive reports on progress on the self study during regular meetings.

 

Activity: Based on reviewing drafts of the report and listening to reports, the Academic Senate will offer critique and suggestions concerning pertinent topics. Examples may include types of data to consider, questions to pose concerning the data, additional constituencies or perspectives to consider, and alternative interpretations of what the data might mean.

 

Board Policy Review.

 

Goal: Faculty interests pertaining to academic and professional matters are promoted and protected in Board Policy.

 

Activity: The Academic Senate will form subcommittees to review and potentially revise board policy in those areas that are clearly within the ten plus one academic and professional matters as defined by Title V.

 

Activity: The Academic Senate will review proposed revisions to board policy, paying special attention to those areas that impact academic and professional matters.

 

Activity: Based on our review of proposed revisions to board policy, the Academic Senate will suggest further revision or rewording of board policy if academic interests need to be more clearly promoted or protected.

 

Basic Skills Initiative

 

Goal: To address the mission statement of MPC by responding to the needs of those students in need of basic skills instruction.

 

Activity: Support the efforts of the BSI Committee by communicating achievements and challenges to the wider campus community.

 

Activity: Review policies, procedures, or processes proposed by the BSI Committee to assure that they are compatible with the needs of the rest of MPCís academic community, and offer suggestions to strengthen proposals from the BSI committee if warranted.

 

Activity: Lead efforts to consider combining appropriate aspects of the efforts of the SLO and BSI committees.

 

Flex Day Planning

 

Goal: Plan invigorating, enjoyable, and beneficial flex day events that all or most MPC staff are able to attend.

 

Activity: Continue doing exactly what weíre doing by not messing with this well-oiled machine.

 

Activity: Evaluate the degree to which flex day events are utilized by the MPC community.

 

Activity: Investigate reasons why all flex day events are not fully attended.

 

Activity: Investigate pros and cons of staging a flex day event during the middle of a semester, rather than the beginning of the semester when many faculty and staff are very busy.

 

SLOs

 

Goal: Facilitate institutional efforts to comply with accrediting agency mandates to establish and assess student learning outcomes at the course program and institutional level. 

 

Goal: Facilitate dialogue of the  SLO model in looking at student achievement. 

 

 Activity: Donít let the SLO coordinator do anything stupid.

 

Activity: provide constructive critique to reports and proposals from the SLO committee.

 

Activity: Support the efforts of the SLO committee by communicating consensus values or ideas to the wider MPC community.

 

Activity: Assure that SLO-driven assessment efforts are pursued in balance with time needed for course preparation and classroom instruction.

 

Committees

 

Goal: Encourage shared governance committee participation by a wide variety of faculty.

 

Goal: Ensure smoothly operating shared governance committees.

 

Activity: Update the Committee handbook so that the scope, function, and operating procedures of campus committees are widely available for consultation.

 

Activity: Create a data base of committee participation so that we can make informed suggestions when asked to fill a committee seat.

 

Activity: Develop further ideas that will promote participation on shared governance committees as an enjoyable and satisfying endeavor for a wide variety of faculty.