November

How You Can Support Professional Development Through the ASCCC Foundation

The mission of the ASCCC Foundation is “to enhance the excellence of the California community colleges by sustained support for professional development of the faculty in the furtherance of effective teaching and learning practices.” Educational systems are changing rapidly, and the world has been turned upside down by a global pandemic, a social reckoning on systemic racism, and a rapid switch to online teaching and support.

Development Criteria for Curriculum Approval Processes

Local curriculum review and approval is among the most complicated, detail-oriented processes on college campuses. Curriculum chairs, committee members, and administrators frequently swim in minute details of state and local regulations, accreditation standards, grammar and writing standards, curriculum management systems, and articulation requirements to make good decisions and develop compliant and reasonable curriculum processes.

Our Obligation to Equitable Hiring Practices: A Partnership Approach to Ensuring an Equity-minded Selection and Recommendation Process

“Unless we’re intentional about wanting to recruit faculty of color and then specifically weight that in the hiring process, it’s hard to imagine how we’ll get to a more diverse faculty anytime in the near future.”
— Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges [1]

INTRODUCTION

Credit for Prior Learning as an Equity Lever

Edwin served in the United States Armed Forces for 13 years, including as a member of the Airborne Division for 15 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom and one year in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also worked as a recruiter in New York City for three years. After serving his country, Edwin enrolled in a California community college and was awarded credit for his broad military training. As a result, he earned two associate degrees in one year, enabling him to save time and money and advance his career.

Academic Freedom and Equity

Academic freedom allows for “invention, scholarship, and creative enterprises that support and enrich humanity. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition” (Franke, n.d.). The connection between academic freedom and equity is fundamental. Without the rights of faculty to speak, research, and pursue diverse ideas, equity is not possible. Academic freedom allows faculty to academically challenge racist ideology and structures in the context of their expertise.

WHAT IS ACADEMIC FREEDOM?

Survey on Collegial Consultation During Guided Pathways Implementation: An Agenda for Professional Development

This article is a summary of the results of an Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) statewide survey on collegial consultation during guided pathways implementation and provides important information on where professional development may be needed to ensure broad based faculty participation.

Optimizing Student Success

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Guided Pathways Task Force paper Optimizing Student Success: A Report on Placement in English and Mathematics Pathways was approved by the ASCCC Executive Committee during the September 2020 Executive Committee meeting. The following is the executive summary from this report:

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