Educational Policies Committee

The Educational Policies Committee studies educational issues of concern to the Academic Senate and is the standing committee that recommends educational policies to the Executive Committee. The Committee provides a forum for high-level discussion and development of Academic Senate Policy, including its effect on faculty and students. The discussions include the viewpoint of students, CIOs and union representatives. The Educational Policies Committee researches issues as required, and writes background and/or position papers where appropriate. The Committee may pass general recommendations to other Senate committees, or work with them on more detailed implementation or technical issues. New or revised educational policies of the Academic Senate pass through the Educational Policies Committee. These may include policies to be implemented either locally or at the state level, suggested positions on proposed policies or changes in existing policies, and responses to assignments given by the President or Executive Committee.

Six faculty members serve on this committee, along with one student representative and one CIO representative.
Current Members
Member Term
Christopher Howerton 2023-24 Chair
Erik Reese 2023-24
Chantal Lamourelle 2023-24
Kandace Knudson 2023-24
Joseph Ferrerosa 2023-24
Tamara Cheshire 2023-24
Taneisha Hellon 2023-24
Howard Eskew 2023-24
Academic Year Meetings

Meetings 2023-2024

Fall 2023

  • August 28, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm ZOOM
  • September 18, 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm  ZOOM
  • October 16, 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm ZOOM 
  • November 13, 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm ZOOM 
  • December 11, 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm ZOOM 

Spring 2024 (Tentative Dates)

  • January 29, 2024 4:00pm - 5:30pm ZOOM
  • February 19, 2024 4:00pm - 5:30pm ZOOM
  • March 18, 2024 4:00pm - 5:30pm ZOOM
  • April 15, 2024 4:00pm-5:30pm ZOOM
  • May 13, 2024 4:00pm-5:30pm ZOOM

Current Agendas/minutes


Title Session Year Sort ascending Category Status
Amend 13.04 Define Academic Freedom in Title 5 Spring 2023 Disciplines List
Amend 13.04 Define Academic Freedom in Title 5 Spring 2023 Disciplines List
Withdraw 13.04.02 Define Academic Freedom in Title 5 Spring 2023 Disciplines List
Withdraw 13.04.01 Define Academic Freedom in Title 5 Spring 2023 Disciplines List
Amend 13.04 Define Academic Freedom in Title 5 Spring 2023 Disciplines List
Define Academic Freedom in Title 5 Spring 2023 Disciplines List
Considering the Merits and Faults of Artificial Intelligence in the Community College Classroom Spring 2023 General Concerns Assigned
Resolution in Support of Academic Freedom/Solidarity with Faculty Across the Nation Spring 2023 General Concerns Assigned
Advancing Equal Employment Opportunity Policies and Practices within Hiring Committees Fall 2022 Local Senates
Proactive Planning and Support for Articulation and Counseling Fall 2022 Articulation and Transfer Completed
Faculty Participation in the Creation of Course Enrollment Maximums for Community College Departments and Courses Spring 2022 Local Senates Assigned
Aligning Attendance Accounting for Asynchronous Credit Distance Education Courses with Synchronous Credit Distance Education Courses Spring 2021 State and Legislative Issues Assigned
Administrator Retreat Policies Fall 2020 General Concerns In Progress
Legislative and Systemic Support for Academic Freedom Fall 2020 State and Legislative Issues To be Addressed
Data Paper and Equity-Minded Practices Fall 2019 General Concerns To be Addressed
Guided Pathways, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Program Planning Fall 2018 Local Senates In Progress
Develop Resources with Guidance Relevant to the Student Centered Funding Formula Fall 2018 Budget and Finance Assigned
Addressing the Needs of Students Impacted by the Changes to Course Repetition Spring 2017 Curriculum In Progress
Update to the Existing SLO Terminology Glossary and Creation of a Paper on Student Learning Outcomes Spring 2017 Curriculum In Progress
Support Use of Sabbaticals and Other Professional Development for Open Educational Resources Development Spring 2017 Faculty Development Completed
Evaluation and Certification of Coursework from Home Schools Fall 2017 Consultation with the Chancellor's Office In Progress
Environmental Responsibility: College Campuses as Living/Learning Labs Fall 2017 General Concerns In Progress
Effective Practices for Allowing Students to Repeat Courses to Alleviate Substandard Grades Fall 2017 Grading In Progress
Recognition of Course Sections with Low-Cost Course Material Options Fall 2017 General Concerns Moot
Develop a Paper on Effective Practices for Educational Program Development Spring 2016 Curriculum Completed


Title Issue Year Sort ascending
Academic Freedom: ASCCC Current Status Report April 2024
Time to Modify Title 5 to Define Academic Freedom April 2023
Effective Practices that Support the Transfer of Students Who Repeat Courses to Alleviate Substandard Grades April 2022
Updates on Administrator Retreat Rights April 2022
Evaluating Language Proficiency for IGETC and UC Transfer February 2022
Long-Term Local Academic Senate Presidents: The Importance of a Light at the End of the Tunnel November 2021
Data 101: Guiding Principles —10 Years Later October 2019
The 4th Pillar: Guiding Questions to Focus and Define Faculty Involvement April 2019
Supplemental Instruction Revisited April 2018
Advanced Placement Examination Credit Policy for General Education April 2017
The Value of Time: Going on Sabbatical? Try OER October 2017
Dual Enrollment and Basic Skills: A New Pathway for Students May 2016
Dual Enrollment: What Local Senates Need to Know February 2016
Open Educational Resources and the California Community Colleges November 2015
Automatic Awarding of Degrees and Certificates – Considerations for Local Senates February 2015
Beyond the Classroom: Fostering Local and Statewide Engagement in Our Faculty June 2013
Effective Practices: Part-Time Faculty and Local Academic Senates April 2012
The Chance to be Human February 2012
I Fought the Law… September 2011
Open Access and “Excess Units” March 2011
The Appointment or Selection of Faculty to Short-term, Non-teaching Tasks - Why did HE get that position? April 2010
What we “know” (about) what we “need” December 2010
Budget Cut Blues, What Happened? December 2010
Setting Up an Institutional Review Board at Your College April 2010
Academic Dishonesty and the Faculty’s Right to Assign a Grade: A Test of the Academic Senate’s Authority January 2010


Title Session Year Sort ascending Category
Enrollment Management Revisited Again: Post Pandemic Spring 2023 General Concerns
Going Beyond Development: Faculty Professional Learning—An Academic Senate Obligation to Promote Equity-Minded Practices that Improve Instruction and Student Success Spring 2021 Faculty Development
Protecting the Future of Academic Freedom During a Time of Significant Change Fall 2020 Professional Standards
Student Learning Outcomes Spring 2019 Curriculum
Effective Practices for Educational Program Development Spring 2018 Curriculum
Sound Principles For Faculty Evaluation Spring 2013 Professional Standards
Program Discontinuance: A Faculty Perspective Revisited Fall 2012 Curriculum
Program Review: Setting a Standard Spring 2009 Curriculum
Budget Considerations - A Primer for Senate Leaders Fall 2009
Enrollment Management Revisited Spring 2009 Local Senates
Sabbaticals: Benefiting Faculty, The Institution, and Students Spring 2007 Professional Standards
Promoting and Sustaining an Institutional Climate of Academic Integrity Spring 2007 Grading
The Role of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Professional Standards
Minors on Campus: Underage Students at Community Colleges Fall 2006 General Concerns
What is the Meaning of a California Community College Degree? Fall 2005 Curriculum
The Status of Nursing Education in the California Community Colleges Fall 2005 General Concerns
Textbook Issues: Economic Pressures and Academic Values Spring 2005 Students
Sabbaticals: Effective Practices for Proposals, Implementation and Follow-Up Spring 2008 Professional Standards
Promoting Thoughtful Faculty Conversations About Grade Distributions Spring 2008 Grading
Faculty Role in Planning and Budgeting Fall 2001 Local Senates
Instructor Advisement Spring 1985 General Concerns
Revised Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications Spring 1999 Professional Standards
Role of Academic Senates in Enrollment Management Fall 1999 Local Senates
Academic Freedom, Privacy, Copyright and Fair Use in a Technological World Fall 1999 Distance Learning
Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective Spring 2002

Past members

Past Members
Term: 2022-23
Member Term Sort ascending
Justin Maung (SSCCC Representative) 2022-23
Christie Dam 2022-23
Chantal Lamourelle 2022-23
Julie Clark 2022-23
Carlos Guerrero 2022-23
Maria Figueroa 2022-23
Stephanie Curry 2022-23
Juan Arzola 2022-23 Chair
Term: 2021-22
Member Term Sort ascending
Erik Shearer 2021-22
Matias Pouncil (CIO Representative) 2021-22
Jacky Leung (student) 2021-22
Sharyn Eveland 2021-22
Andrew Delunas 2021-22
Luke Lara 2021-22
Carlos Guerrero 2021-22
Cheryl Aschenbach 2021-22
Robert L. Stewart Jr. 2021-22 Chair
Term: 2020-21
Member Term Sort ascending
Sam Foster 2020-21 Chair
James Preston 2020-21
Gerardo Chavez 2020-21
Andrew Nickens 2020-21
Adrean Askerneese 2020-21
Teresa Aldredge 2020-21
Darcie McClelland 2020-21
Leigh Anne Shaw 2020-21
Mayra Cruz 2020-21

Past Agenda/minutes

Term 2022-23
Document Notes Term
Ed Pol Agenda 08.31.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 09.21.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 10.19.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 11.16.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 08.31 2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 09.21.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 10.19.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 11.16.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 12.14.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 01.25.2023.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 02.15.2023.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Agenda 03.15.2023.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 12.14.2022.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 01.25.2023.docx 2022-23
Ed Pol Minutes 02.15.2023.docx 2022-23
Term 2021-22
Document Notes Term
Meeting Agenda September 23, 2021 2021-22
Meeting Summary September 23, 2021 2021-22
Meeting Summary October 28, 2021 2021-22
Ed Pol Meeting Agenda February 28. 2022.docx 2021-22
Ed Pol Meeting Meeting Notes February 28. 2022.docx 2021-22
Meeting Agenda January 27, 2022 2021-22
Ed Pol Meeting Summary January 27. 2022.docx 2021-22
Meeting Agenda December 16, 2021 2021-22
Meeting Summary December 16, 2021 2021-22
Meeting Agenda November 24, 2021 2021-22
Meeting Summary November 24, 2021 2021-22
Meeting Agenda October 28, 2021 2021-22
Term 2020-21
Document Notes Term
Ed Pol 9-15-2020 meeting notes.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol Agenda 23 March 2021.docx 2020-21
Recommendationsfinal3-2-21.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol Meeting Minutes 2 March 2021.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol Meeting Minutes 9 February 2021.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol Meeting Notes 19 January 2020 .docx 2020-21
Ed Pol Meeting Minutes 15 December 2020.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol Meeting Minutes 17 November 2020.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol MInutes 20 October 2020.docx 2020-21
Ed Pol meeting notes 29 September 2020.docx 2020-21