2013 Spring Plenary Session

The Spring Plenary session will take place on April 18 - 20, 2013 at the Westin San Francisco airport. Early registration is open now through April 5, 2013.


I’m particularly excited by our theme this time–“Rising to the Challenge: Responding to Disruptive Forces.” We wanted a positive tone to our theme but we also wanted to reflect the fact that, as so often is the case, we are dealing with multiple pressures and often pressures that effectively conflict. We’ve been feeling some of the identified “pressures” for quite some time and others are relatively new. The five “disruptive forces”, as identified by Jeff Selingo, Editor at Large at the Chronicle of Higher Education are:

  1. Completion
  2. Demographics – diversity, lack of preparation, swirling
  3. “Sea of red ink” – costs of education for families, lack of state funding
  4. Improved alternatives
  5. Value – what does a degree really mean? What is getting a degree going to mean for me?

We have already been focusing on completion and meeting the needs of our varied populations as we have worked towards implementing the Student Success Task Force recommendations. The issue of “improved alternatives” is one that has received far more attention than it probably deserves as the excitement around massive open online courses (“MOOC”s) has resulted in an over-emphasis on identifying alternative mechanisms for unit accumulation. And this creates concerns about the meaning of a degree as interest in “access” and efficiency have resulted in a focus on the awarding of units as opposed to the process of education. While credit by exam is an existing mechanism for awarding students course credit for having demonstrated achievement of a course’s objectives, is this an approach to “completion” that we can endorse and that students are seeking? If a student earns a college degree by only taking the minimum of 12 units of residency that are required in regulation, can we be confident that the student has achieved the outcomes we expect from our degree completers? We’re looking forward to discussing these issues and much more with you.

See you in San Francisco! 

Michelle Pilati, Ph.D. 

Presentation Materials

Title Breakout Time
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Regulations and Faculty Rights Regarding Student Dishonesty April 18, 2013 - 8:30am
Forging an Unbreakable Bond: Strengthening the Relationship between the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate April 18, 2013 - 8:30am
I'm New: Now, What the Heck Do I Do? Pointers for Plenary and Inclusiveness of Faculty at the State Level April 18, 2013 - 8:30am
Are you ready for Adult Education? The Governor’s Budget and LAO Recommendations April 18, 2013 - 8:30am
Changes in K-12 Curriculum and Potential Impact on CCC Curriculum April 18, 2013 - 10:00am
Senate-Union Relations-Responding Effectively to Challenges and Disruptive Forces April 18, 2013 - 10:00am
Discipline List Process April 18, 2013 - 10:00am
How Conjoint Programs Can Meet the Challenge of Offering Courses and Programs April 18, 2013 - 10:00am
Accreditation Hot Topics April 18, 2013 - 10:00am
The "Awards" - Academic Senate Recognition of Programs and Faculty April 18, 2013 - 1:45pm
Education Plans for Enrollment—How do We Meet the New Enrollment Priorities Requirements April 18, 2013 - 1:45pm
Practical Leadership April 18, 2013 - 1:45pm
Curriculum: Caution Contents are Hot (and Under Pressure!) April 18, 2013 - 3:15pm
Faculty Qualifications, Equivalencies, and Assigning Courses to Disciplines April 18, 2013 - 3:15pm
What Exactly is Happening with the Implementation of the Student Success and Support Program April 18, 2013 - 3:15pm
iLegislation: There’s A Bill For That April 18, 2013 - 3:15pm
Keynote: Bigger is Better? Using MOOC Technology in a Software Enginering Course April 19, 2013 - 12:15pm
Keynote_The Online Revolution-Learning Without Limits April 19, 2013 - 12:15pm
The Scorecard, Disproportionate Impact, and Student Equity April 19, 2013 - 2:30pm
Wait! We’re Applying for What-Local Grants Processes and Faculty Roles April 19, 2013 - 2:30pm
Here’s My Number, So Call Me Maybe: When to Contact the Chancellor’s Office and When Not To April 19, 2013 - 2:30pm
Responding to Disruptive Forces-MOOCs and Their Consequences April 19, 2013 - 2:30pm
Linking Assessment into Your Program Review and Planning and Budget Processes April 18, 2014 - 8:30am
Truths, Myths, and Assumptions-AB1725, Title 5, and Faculty Roles in Governance Past and Present April 18, 2014 - 1:45pm
Model Curriculum (C-ID Phase Two)—Certificates (low and high unit) AS Degrees and Career Readiness April 19, 2014 - 2:30pm