May

2016 Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award Winner: Jennifer Dorian, Faculty Coordinator, PASS; Instructor, Fresno City College

Jennifer Dorian, the faculty coordinator for Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), serves with a focus on the diverse elements of teaching, research, and coordinating in support of students preparing for and currently enrolled in humanities courses focused on reading and writing.

Prior Learning Experience for Credit: A Faculty Question

In recent months, interest has increased in prior learning experience and the provisions for awarding credit for previous learning experiences.  While no decisions have been made regarding what form this credit will take, faculty should be aware of what these terms mean and how the awarding of prior learning experience credit might impact departments and colleges. 

The 50% Law and the Faculty Obligation Number: A Proposal

[Note:  The following proposal was presented to the Chancellor’s Consultation Council in March 2016.  The proposal was an information item and no action was taken.  Discussions regarding possible revisions to the 50% Law and the FON will continue into the next academic year.  The proposal is reproduced here to keep local academic senates informed regarding current progress on this topic.]

Demystifying Model Curriculum: Intersegmental and Intrasegmental Model Curriculum

When people hear the term model curriculum, they often think of the Transfer Model Curricula (TMCs) that are used to create Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) at community colleges. The passage of SB1440 (Padilla, 2010) created the ADTs and implemented specific guarantees for students, including admission to a CSU campus with junior standing. Many articles have been written about TMCs and ADTs; this article, however, is not one of them.

Dual Enrollment and Basic Skills: A New Pathway for Students

The passage of AB 288 (Holden, 2015) on dual enrollment introduced many changes to the potential structure of dual enrollment at colleges, most of which were covered in the February 2015 Rostrum article “Dual Enrollment:  What Local Senates Need to Know.” One of the most significant changes, however, is that under the new College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) agreements colleges will be allowed to offer developmental courses in both English and math.   Under previous memorandums of understanding, instructional service agreements, and other agreements that created dual enrollmen

The QFE: What Does It Mean for Faculty and Colleges Preparing an Accreditation Self-Evaluation?

To say the future of the accreditation process for California’s community colleges has been unclear lately is the peak of all understatements. Yet even while the conversations swirl over what direction the community college system will take, colleges throughout the state are still working feverishly to create their self-evaluations for the upcoming cycle. A new aspect of that process for colleges that have not completed a self-evaluation under the 2014 standards is the Quality Focus Essay (QFE).

A Glance Behind and a Look Ahead: A Progress Report on the Structure and Goals of the ASCCC

The past two years have been full of activity, challenges, and changes for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.  In response to healthy state budgets, legislative mandates, opportunities for innovation, and pressure from external sources, the California community colleges have embarked on or continued numerous successful initiatives: the Common Assessment Initiative, the Educational Planning Initiative, the Community College Baccalaureate Degree Pilot, the Strong Workforce Taskforce, the creation of increasing numbers of associate degrees for transfer, important work in th

“AND THE WINNER IS….”: The ASCCC Spring 2015 Elections

Each year on the Saturday of the Spring Plenary Session, elections are held for positions on the ASCCC Executive Committee.  The four officer positions---president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer--are open for election each year.  Elections for the other ten positions occur on a two-year cycle--Areas A and D along with one each of the North, South, and At-Large Representatives in one year, and Areas B and C along with the other North, South and At-Large Representatives in the next year.

An Update on the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy

With two meetings completed, the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy continues to move at a rapid pace to meet its July deadline. The Board of Governors convened the task force to make recommendations that will increase completion of industry valued credentials, keep community colleges responsive to business and industry, and connect funds from multiple sources to support this effort.

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