April

Got Associate Degree Equivalency Guidelines?

At the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’ 2011 Spring Plenary Session, Resolution 10.11 “Associate Degree Equivalency Guidelines” for hiring faculty to teach was passed. This resolution reminded us that many local districts and colleges struggle in some disciplines with determining equivalency to the minimum qualifications for an associate degree and that eminence and equivalence to general education and general education coursework is a real and challenging issue for California community college faculty across the state.

Modeling the Relevance of the Boss

"The dozen or so times I've seen him, I've marveled at the obvious; his energy, powerful voice, under-appreciated guitar playing, engaging personality and songwriting. But this time -- thinking back over the two hour and forty minute concert - I was struck by his relevance. Despite being 62 years old and having created 17 albums over forty years, he's more relevant than ever," (Blog entry by Andy Beaupre about Bruce Springsteen's new Wrecking Ball tour, March 28, 2012).

10 + 1 Myths?: The Misrepresentations and Uninformed Perspective of Robert Shireman and California Competes

At a meeting of the Association for California Community College Administrators in February, Robert Shireman of California Competes continued his attack on participatory governance as it has been implemented in the California community colleges. Consistent with his earlier writings and presentations, he misrepresented the actions of local senates and continued his misinterpretation of regulations and the writings of others.

Did you know:

Dear Julie,

Now that you have created your two associate degrees for transfer to be compliant with SB 1440 requirements, should you be creating more degrees now that more TMCs are out there?

Accreditation Teams

Given all the recent announcements regarding colleges on sanction or warning, did you know that the Senate has a resource for local senates in the area of accreditation? As a new service to local academic senates, the Accreditation Resource Teams will provide a direct and custom-made response to the needs of local academic senates concerning issues around the 10+1. This resource is separate from and in addition to the multi-college plenary sessions, institutes, and regional trainings provided by the Academic Senate.

Facilitating Difficult Budget Discussions

In these tough budgetary times, academic senate leaders can find themselves in the middle of some challenging, emotional discussions about class offerings and programs. Trying to address a budgetary shortfall, especially when a crisis develops rapidly, often pits faculty member against faculty member. Tension between colleagues is high, trust is low, and the ability to move forward can come to a stand still.

Senate Budget

The California state financial situation has been quite challenging recently, and, unfortunately, the situation will most likely continue to worsen, at least in the near future. The focus of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has been to maintain academic and professional standards to the greatest extent possible and to offer planning support for those colleges and districts struggling with budget reductions. Unfortunately, the Academic Senate is not immune from budget reductions either.

Julie's Inbox

Question: What is the legal or official requirement regarding the review cycle for curriculum? My college reviews all courses on a six year cycle, but I am told that other colleges do their reviews more frequently.

Implementing Prerequisites: A Response to SSTF Recommendation 3.4

In January 2012, the Board of Governors accepted the 22 recommendations included in the final report of the Student Success Task Force (SSTF). Many of these recommendations remain controversial and will continue to spur both discussion and opposition, and implementation of several of them will require either legislative or regulatory changes if indeed they are eventually implemented at all.

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