Technology

Inevitability of the Computer

Whereas we live in the age of the "inevitability of the computer,"


Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend to local senates that they work with their college president and local boards to ensure technological access for the faculty and their college, including, but not limited to:
a. a computer in the office of every faculty who wants one,
b. an-up-to-date technology plan for the campus, including plans for cascading and renewing computers,
c. training for faculty in the use of personal computers,

Distance Education Regulation Enforcement

Whereas many districts are not complying with the reporting and other requirements of Title 5 as they relate to distance education,


Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Board of Governors to enforce the current distance education regulations, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Board of Governors to deny funding for distance education to districts not complying with the Title 5 Regulations on distance education.

Technology Maintenance and Software

Whereas technology and alternative modes of delivery systems are increasing rapidly, and

Whereas colleges are increasingly opening student computer labs and providing computers in other locations on campus,


Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend that the Chancellor's Office allocate sufficient funding to the colleges for the maintenance and repair of computers, networks, and other related equipment used by students in instructional classrooms, computer labs, libraries, subject matter laboratories, and other locations, and

ICAS and "Face-to-Face" Requirement

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge its President to work with senate presidents of UC and CSU and other four-year representatives on the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) in order to continue the discussion of regular personal contact in distance education.

Effective Instructor-Student Contact for Distance Education Courses

Whereas the faculty of the California community colleges have been leaders in innovative curriculum and have been dedicated to the quality and accessibility of that curriculum, and

Whereas the faculty of the California community colleges have been dedicated to the crucial role of instructor-student contact in the learning process and the right of faculty to determine the nature and effectiveness of that interaction,

Regular Personal Contact

Whereas there is a need for delivering instruction in alternative formats particularly through technology mediated instruction, and

Whereas the language of the Title 5 definition for regular personal contact for distance education transferable courses is restrictive, and

Whereas there is an ongoing challenge to increase access for students with a variety of learning styles,

Web Sites/Home Pages

Whereas the year 2000 is quickly approaching, and

Whereas the possibilities of electronic communication are expanding and improving at a rapid pace;


Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to increase and improve communication through the electronic medium by:
a. Assisting and encouraging local senates to help their colleges develop a college web site,
b. Assisting and encouraging local senates to develop a local senate home page with links to the State Senate, the Board of Governors and the Chancellor's Office,

Discipline Communication Through the Internet

Whereas technology exists for faculty to easily network through the Internet, and

Whereas discipline faculty would benefit from networking with other faculty, and

Whereas instructors could share teaching methodologies, research, staff development, input into model programs and other areas;


Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend to the Executive Committee that means for discipline dialog be established using the Internet capabilities for use such as posting information on the Academic Senate Web site and e-mail distribution lists.

Title 5 Guidelines

Whereas a number of community colleges are beginning to offer courses by alternative means of delivery such as two-way interactive teleconferencing and telecourses, and

Whereas there are established guidelines in Title 5 regarding implementation of courses by distance learning, and

Whereas there are districts where faculty and administration are in need of specific guidance as to the requirements of these guidelines;

Critical Thinking Courses

Whereas the intersegmental course review committees at CSU and UC have been working to establish the list of courses certifiable for transfer under the IGETC pattern, and

Whereas the IGETC Implementation Committee has established that Summer, 1993, is the last time the existing two-course pattern will be accepted as fulfilling the critical thinking/English composition requirement, and

Whereas English departments in California have worked on courses of study and syllabi and submitted them to the Intersegmental Committee, and

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