The fourth annual Occupational Leadership Seminar was held this year in San Diego at the Islandia Hotel on April 3-4, 1998. The Occupational Leadership Seminars are the result of an initiative of the Bay Region Consortium in conjunction with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. The purpose of these seminars is to give faculty an opportunity to attain the knowledge needed to stay on the cutting edge of educational needs in their fields, share successes with others, and develop relationships with colleagues from community colleges around the state.
A number of curriculum concerns were discussed in the liaison group during the year, including curriculum alignment, review of certificates, definition of programs, compliance monitoring, and the role of the Chancellor's Office in curriculum oversight. The level of staffing in the Chancellor's Office affects the curriculum approval process, curriculum quality and the oversight process. The group acknowledged that the level of staffing is inadequate to carry out all of the curriculum functions. Possible Title 5 changes will be needed to deal with recent changes in curriculum.
Two papers, "Stylistic Considerations in Writing Course Outlines of Record" and "Good Practices for Course Approval Processes" were adopted at the Spring, 1998 Session. The paper on stylistic considerations included these topics: writing the catalog and course descriptions, stating the goals and justifications for the proposed new course such as degree, general education and transfer functions served by the course, and listing the learning outcomes expected of students.
Western Governors' University (WGU), like LA smog on a hot August afternoon, is spreading across the nation's post-secondary educational horizon. Embracing the latest technologies for distance education, WGU was designed to bring quality post-secondary programs via distance education modes to the folks in Utah, Colorado, and other states where mountainous terrain and long distances between college campuses make traveling to schools difficult.
You've probably heard by now that the system has received $100 million in funding for the Chancellor's proposal, "Partnership for Excellence."