Academic Senate


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Academic Senate Goals 2012-2013


This years goals are split into two categories: institutional issues that we address every year, and those goals initiated by the Academic Senate.


1.      Institutional Issues


Feed the accreditation beast (Fred)

  Participate in writing the Mid-Term Report and shepherd it through the shared governance process.

  Recruit faculty members to participate in this process


Plan flex day events that are informative, inspirational, motivational, and/or engaging to all those that attend (Flex Day group)

  Address the lack of a chair on the Flex Day committee.


Review Board Policies that relates to academic and professional matters (???)

  Participate in the new board policy review effort to adopt a large number of board policies this academic year.


Support the continuing development of distance education at MPC (Catherine, ICDE, Fred)

  Work collaboratively with ICDE to establish a philosophy that articulates the role, scope, and meaning of high quality distance education at MPC

  Review the second ACCJC follow-up report and approve its submittal.


2.      Goals Initiated by the Academic Senate


Support faculty development and effectiveness by making enhanced use of the existing faculty evaluation process using peer-based mentorship.  (Kevin, Andres, Elias)

  Solicit best-practices from around the campus as guidelines for the post-evaluation support of all faculty, both new and experienced, in areas such as:

         course content

         new use of technology

         pedagogical strategies

         student assessment

         community outreach

         Diversity issues

         Campus service

         Pre-chair mentoring

         MPC Foundation support


  Develop a process to assist evaluation committees with post-evaluation strategies that clearly outline goals, timelines, and support for faculty that will address constructive recommendations born from the information gained during evaluation. 

  Outline a process that will be of benefit to all faculty members, as well as their evaluation committee.  It will help maintain a consistent thread of evaluation throughout all stages of our career, and provide an entry point for our next round of self-evaluation and reflection.


Continue to investigate the feasibility of instituting +/- grading at MPC (Steve-our honorary senate representative)

  Pursue investigation of +/- grading by soliciting information from students.

  Approach student leadership and ask them to do some kind of 'awareness' or 'discussion' or 'focus group' on +/- grading.

  Analyze the results of the student discussion.

Participate in improvement of technology implementations related to instruction and user-centeredness.

  Prepare a summary of past institutional discussions regarding technology concerns (e.g. Academic Senate minutes, Tech Triage survey responses, etc.) for the incoming Associate Dean of Instructional Technology and Director of Information Services to provide a context for technology concerns from the faculty perspective.

  Share the summary of concerns with the Instructional Technology and Director of Information Services.

  Collaborate with the incoming Associate Dean of Instructional Technology and Director of Information Services on plan for addressing the concerns and communicating the response to faculty.

Encourage and improve communication and collaboration between instructional faculty and student services to support student success. (Instructional and Student Services Group)

  Establish collaborative effort between instructional faculty, counseling faculty and student services staff to develop and present a pilot transfer workshop specific to a discipline or division.  The workshop will include information about SB 1440 transfer AA degrees.

  Initiate a process that explores and cultivates the sharing of SLOs between instruction and student services and programs.  Identify areas of shared aims and align strategies to meet students needs.