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
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.
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 MPC’s 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 we’re 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
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.
efforts to comply with accrediting agency mandates to
establish and assess student learning outcomes at the course program and
Facilitate dialogue of
the SLO model in looking at student
Activity: Don’t 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
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
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.