This year's Leadership Institute was held June 25-28 at the Doubletree Hotel in Palm Springs. Sixty-five faculty members (incoming and current academic senate presidents, vice-presidents, senators, and representatives) from community colleges throughout California attended the Institute. The focus of the Institutewas to help participants develop and apply effective leadership skills and strategies at their respective campuses.
This year the Academic Senate will recommend revisions and additions to the Disciplines List for Minimum Qualifications for hiring public California community college instructors. The opportunity to make changes and additions occurs once every three years, in accordance with AB 1725, which delegated to the Academic Senate primary responsibility for making recommendations to the Board of Governors for professional preparation for instructors in each discipline included in the curriculum.
UCLA Extension has customized a popular online certificate program for community college educators. An effective way to prepare yourself to teach an online course is to take an online course! Through a cooperative agreement with @ONE, fees for these four courses represent a 30% discount on fees paid for similar courses offered through the UCLA Extension catalog. The courses are listed in the box below.
The California Legislature and the Governor have recessed for the term and will return to session in early January, 1999. The Governor signed several bills and many more remain on his desk awaiting his signature. He had until September 30, 1998 to either sign or veto those bills currently on his desk. Included in the legislation already signed by the Governor are the Budget Bills, AB 1656 and SB 1391, which provide, along with other state allocations, the community colleges $95 million for growth in enrollment and $74 million for inflation.
In an unprecedented call for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees to adhere to Title 5 regulations by consulting with the District Academic Senate on academic and professional matters, the State Chancellor has demonstrated that the Chancellor's Office and the Board of Governors will enforce Title 5 regulations and that Boards of Trustees cannot arbitrarily bypass academic senates.
The overuse and undercompensation of part-time faculty in the California Community Colleges continues to be one of the major challenges the system faces in its efforts to provide quality education to the residents of the state.
Marine Diving Technology at Santa Barbara City College and Acquired Brain Injury Program at Coastline Community College are the 1998 Exemplary Award Winners. The programs will each receive $4,000 donated by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Four additional programs received plaques and honorable mention at the September Board of Governors Meeting in Sacramento. The Honorable Mentions are:
The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges have adopted new regulations regarding plus and minus grading. These new regulations became effective on February 11, 1998. The new regulations allow each community college district in California to decide whether plus and minus grading will be used.
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the @ONE Training Project cosponsored the first annual Technology for Teaching Institute June 15-19, 1998, at California State University, Monterey Bay. One hundred community college faculty members from around the state attended. The participants ranged from absolute beginners to those interested in learning the skills needed to put courses online.
Each year the Academic Senate nominates faculty for a seat on the Board of Governors. As you may be aware, there are two faculty members serving on the Board of Governors. Each member is appointed to serve a twoyear term which end on an alternating basis. The faculty appointments are made by the Governor from a list of three recommendations forwarded by the Academic Senate. Any college or district senate may nominate one faculty member.