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2007-2008 
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MPC Academic Senate Goals for 2007-08

 

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

 

 

MPC Academic Senate Goals

2007-2008

 

Foster academic excellence and critical thinking across the curriculum.

·      Initiate and support a series of faculty discussions called “Let’s talk about teaching”

O Topics for these discussions area many, but might include:

§           SLOs

§             Assessment

§             Instructional Strategies

§           Sabbatical Presentations

§             What the Best College Teachers Do

§             “Challenging” students

§             Basic Skills strategies

 

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

·      Collaborate with CAC to determine the best way to do this.

·      Request release time for an SLO coordinator.

·      Use “Let’s Talk About Teaching” discussions to learn how our colleagues determine what their students should be able to do at the end of a class.

·      Establish that faculty members “own” their SLOs

·      Assure faculty play a strong role on the accreditation team

·        Invite SLO experts to give guest lectures on SLO strategies

 

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

·        Send our Basic Skill representative to statewide workshops and conferences

·        Use “Let’s Talk About Teaching” discussions as a means to determine how to address Basic Skills issues on the MPC campus

·        Provide opportunity for an increase in dialog between the traditional instructional faculty and the supportive services

·        Invite Basic Skills experts to give guest lectures on Basic Skills practices

 

 

Host invigorating and engaging flex days each semester

·      Plan throughout the semester

·      Upgrade the Flex Day Committee to an Academic Senate standing committee similar in stature to the COC or the Equivalency committee

·      Set up a “template” to make it easy for future Flex Day Committees to plan for flex days

 

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

o       Faculty hiring

o       Academic Freedom

o       Administrator Hiring

o       Faculty Position Prioritization

o       Equivalency Procedures

o       Program Initiation

 

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

·      Re-establish the committee handbook that lists all committee membership and bylaws or goals.

·      Establish and use a faculty-committee data base that lists all faculty committee obligations

 

Ensure academic excellence and integrity at the Ed Center

·      Increase more cross-pollination between our Ed Center committee and the campus wide Ed Center planning committee (Executive Committee recommendation)

·      Investigate how the planning committee communicates with all the other shared governance groups on campus

  

Create and sustain effective faculty leadership

·      Send Academic Senate representatives to ASCCC conferences and leadership workshops

 

Inspire and encourage cross-disciplinary curriculum and program development

·     Communicate with MPC faculty the cross-disciplinary concepts and program ideas presented at the USIP Seminar on “Global Peace and Security in Community Colleges and the Communities They Serve,” summer 2007.

·        Develop a Program Initiation Board Policy for MPC

·        Encourage cross-disciplinary classes such as “Auto Repair Business Fundamentals” or “Business Fundamentals for Artists”

o       The measure of success should be to carve a path through the unknown and to document the pitfalls and success factors so the second generation attempts are that much more successful