Administrators in Our Midst: Retreat Rights and Evaluation

The unfortunate truth is that faculty generally do not think about administrative retreat rights or administrative evaluation until something goes wrong. This reactive approach is the wrong one to take with either issue because it generally compounds an already bad situation. At the Spring Plenary Session, the Relations with Local Senates Committee presented breakouts on both issues from a proactive perspective rather than the reactive stance that we too often take.

Making Sense of Accreditation

With WASC's activation of the 2002 Accreditation Standards last year, questions arose regarding the definitions of various accreditation and assessment terms as well as with the appropriate roles for faculty in the accreditation process. Though the Academic Senate was (and remains) opposed to the new standards for reasons that are enumerated in resolutions, papers and articles, the Senate has simultaneously accepted the challenge of helping the field to work constructively to achieve positive accreditation reports.

Observing Online Classes

So you're on a tenure committee and you have to observe a class being taught online. The question is, how does one "observe" a class that's out there on the Web? What do you look for? When do you observe it, and for how long? What if your own web skills are not particularly stellar; will you know what you're seeing when you see it?

It's Summer and You Have Nothing to Do

For most people summer is a time to spend with family, to rest from busy schedules, or to enhance professional skills. However, finding an event where you can accomplish all three of these objectives is at times difficult. We have an idea that might help! Each year the Academic Senate holds our summer institutes-the Faculty Leadership Institute and the Curriculum Institute.

Promises to Keep

Waning hours of officedom for academic senate leaders usually involve bittersweet moments: to tossing of redundant files and other housecleaning chores, the final bits of wisdom to savor or to share with successors, the enumeration-sometimes in formal reports-of what was accomplished and what could not be accomplished despite one's best efforts. Most poignant of all, we consider the promises we made.

Julie's Inbox

Dear Julie,

We just received great news-the local senate has finally been assigned a staff person to assist us with our work. Now what? What resources are available to help staff members do their job? What advice would you give us about tasks the staff should do to help establish the senate office? Are there any professional development activities that would provide our new staff with information unique to this job?

Hooray for Senate Staff!

Dear HSS

Academic Programs without Homes

Many colleges have certificate and degree programs that may be parentless in that they belong to no one department or division because they span a diverse organized range of courses across many disciplines. Some of these are: general education certificate patterns designed to fulfill transfer-institution general education (GE) requirements, interdisciplinary studies, areas of emphasis, and customizable certificates or degrees designed around a group of multiple discipline course offerings that meet community or industry needs.

On the Occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary of the Academic Senate

(This was presented during the Election Speeches at Spring Plenary Session)

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Academic Senate, it is appropriate to look back at our accomplishments and the founding principles of academic senates in California's community colleges, both locally and statewide. Taking stock of our achievements and our core values is a useful and informative exercise, and it helps us set the course for our future.


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