Faculty Development

Faculty Development Funding Control

Whereas the Academic Senate acknowledges the importance of staff development to all community college constituent groups, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has expressed concern in previous resolutions regarding use and accountability of faculty and staff development and staff diversity funds, (12.04 S96 and 12.05 S96);

Staff Development

Whereas categorical staff development funds continue to be sent to community college districts, and

Whereas some staff development committees lack procedures for reporting a detailed use of funds, and

Whereas lack of responsible staff development financial reporting causes discontent,

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to require detailed financial reports from local staff development committees.

Use of Staff Development Funds

Whereas many faculty development coordinators and other concerned faculty report that several campus/district administrators have attempted to use (and sometimes have succeeded in using) AR 1725 staff development funds for activities and projects unrelated to faculty/staff development, and

Whereas they also report that even more campuses have been pressured into using AB 1725 staff development funds to supplant district funds that had been used to provide faculty/staff development programs prior to AR 1725, and

Faculty Development and Distance Learning

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to local senates that they consider staff development in distance learning methodology, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend to the Board of Governors that special funding be made available for distance learning staff development.
M/S/C DISPOSITION: Local senates, Board of Governors, 4C/SD

AB 1725 Workshops

Whereas continued education on implementation of AB 1725 topics is needed, and

Whereas neighboring colleges may be the best to facilitate the workshops and conferences on AB 1725, and

Whereas the Executive Committee is a source of information and experience,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage colleges to develop and hold workshops and meetings for AB 1725 implementation and invite Executive Committee members to participate and help facilitate such meetings.

Staff Development

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges reaffirm the staff development Resolution 11.1 Spring 1994, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to take a more proactive role in identifying faculty professional needs pursuant to Title 5 Section 53200, and

Selection of Faculty for the Faculty Vision Conference

Whereas the Academic Senate at the Fall 1994 Session voted unanimously for a facilitated faculty conference to develop a vision of future community colleges, and

Whereas this conference has been scheduled for September 8 and 9, 1995, to be jointly sponsored by the Academic Senate and FACCC, and

Whereas the deadline for colleges to apply for attendance and to designate their participants is May 26, 1995, and

9th Authorized Use

Whereas Title 5 (AB 1725) states the following: "The authorized uses of funds allocated under this article shall include all of the following:
(a) Improvement of teaching.
(b) Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills.
(c) In-service training for vocational education and employment preparation programs.
(d) Retraining to meet changing institutional needs.
(e) Intersegmental exchange programs
(f) Development of innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and program effectiveness.

Appropriateness of Flex Activities

Whereas a publication from the Chancellor's Office reported that the Chancellor's Office is considering regulations disallowing "routine academic senate activities" as legitimate flex day and faculty development activities, and

Whereas Regina Stan back-Stroud, as president, wrote a letter to the Chancellor's Office pointing out that "routine academic senate activities" should be considered legitimate flex day and faculty development activities, and

Shaping the Future

Whereas reduced funding has resulted in an emphasis upon increased productivity and reductions in programs and staffing, and

Whereas limited resources and other external forces will reshape the system in unpredictable ways, and

Whereas it behooves us to help shape the future of the community colleges,


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