Institutional Software and Hardware for Reporting Data

Whereas many California community colleges are seeking new institutional software/hardware packages and programs, and

Whereas a variety of software/hardware companies offer a variety of services to the California community colleges, and

Whereas the Chancellor's Office will be requiring more and more information for accountability, and

Whereas a system-wide approach to such software/hardware concerns could save individual colleges millions of dollars because of shared training, expertise, and opportunities,

Campus Guidelines

Whereas California community colleges provide students with access-to-life skills, and

Whereas the ability to understand and utilize information technologies is now a vital basic skill for students, and

Whereas technology is becoming an increasingly important tool to enhance instruction as well as student services,

Resolved that the Academic Senate adopt the document "Guidelines on Minimum Standards for College Technology," and

Faculty Professional Development in Technology

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is intended to have a significant role in collegial consultation on "policies for faculty professional development activities" (Title 5, 53200(b)), and

Whereas rapid technological change has sometimes led to extraordinary reliance on the expertise of college personnel not involved in teaching, such as computer technicians and other personnel from administrative support services, and

"Technology in Education: A Summary of Practical Policy and Workload Language"

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopted the Fall 1999 position paper "Academic Freedom, Privacy, Copyright and Fair Use in a Technological World" that affirmed positions of academic principle in the application of technology to education, and

Whereas there was a call for a further paper to provide a summary of specific language that might be useful in the protection and implementation of such principles,

District Technology Plan

Whereas community college districts are receiving funding this year for local technology planning,

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to take an active role in their district and/or college technology planning processes.

Adequate Funding for Technology

Whereas the cost of high quality technology, including training and maintenance, requires a greater level of funding than is provided through Proposition 98 funds, unless funding for other essential programs is eliminated or drastically reduced, and

Whereas sources of funding other than Proposition 98 funds could supplement Proposition 98 funds used for technology, and

Addressing Expectation of Student's Technology Skills

Whereas students come to California community colleges with diverse levels of ability and knowledge in technology, and

Whereas students need to know what technology skills are expected in order to make wise decisions prior to enrollment,

Resolved that the Academic Senate investigate the issues related to and explore options to address the match between student expertise and faculty expectations regarding students' technology skills, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate hold a breakout at a future session regarding these issues.

Internet Blocking

Whereas the issue of blocking access to Internet sites is being addressed at many campuses around the state, and

Whereas the community college mission is designed to stimulate students' critical thinking skills and to foster an open educational environment, and

Whereas community college plays an important role of fostering democratic policy and the expansion of free expression in the marketplace of ideas, and

Whereas some colleges nationwide have been involved in legal action after blocking software failed to perform satisfactorily,

Intellectual Property Rights

Whereas intellectual property rights and future use of courses is an area of great concern to faculty developing technology mediated or online courses, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has recently published two major position papers in this area, and

Whereas those papers recommend that faculty establish policy and/or contract language that provides protection that goes beyond the legal minimum pertaining in the corporate world,

Email Privacy

Whereas Email privacy in faculty-to-faculty and faculty-to-student communications is an area of great concern to faculty, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has recently published two major position papers in this area, and


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