How can local senates improve communication with their faculty, students, management, the state senate, and local boards? This was one of the topics discussed at "Nuts and Bolts II," a breakout session during the 30th Fall Session of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, which took place in Los Angeles on October 29-31, 1998.
The statewide Academic Senate Fall 1998 Session took place on October 29-31 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel. The theme of the Session was "Educational Quality and Student Success: Who are the Guardians?" The General Session speakers and the breakout sessions all addressed this theme. One of the keynote speakers was Jack Scott, member of the California State Assembly (and former President of Pasadena City College).
The Technology Committee continued the fine tradition established by previous Technology Committee Chair, Ric Matthews, of providing an ongoing variety of information and demonstrations in the Technology Room.
Laurie Burruss of Pasadena City College gave an exciting demonstration of some recent grant funded activities in multimedia. She and Karen Owen of San Diego Community College District have conducted several "multimedia boot camps" consisting of several day faculty training activities in how to use new technology and the world wide web to enhance classroom learning.
The Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at DeAnza College and the California Community College Chancellor's Office are sponsoring four colloquia called "Commitment to Diversity" based on the Board of Governors adopted Commitment statement. The conference fee includes two hotel nights, single occupancy, all meals except for dinner on Friday evening, and conference materials.
One of two papers forwarded to the plenary session from the Educational Policies Committee, Participation of Part-time Faculty on the Executive Committee of The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, was ultimately adopted by the body, but not before it had generated a great deal of heat.
There is a new phrase finding its way into the argot of postsecondary education: "Just-In-Time" education. Recent conferences and publications are replete with the term. Stanford Professor Martin Conroy mentioned this concept in his address to our Spring 1998 Plenary Session. This philosophy is succinctly described by Professor James Duderstadt of University of Michigan in the Winter 1998 edition of CAUSE/EFFECT.
Among the papers adopted at 1998 Fall Session was one from the Educational Policies Committee entitled The Future of the Community College: A Faculty Perspective.
The Fall 1998 Plenary Session featured a breakout session to collect feedback in preparation for an Educational Policies Committee position paper on academic freedom, intellectual property rights and fair use in a digital age. Janis Perry, Ian Walton, Hoke Simpson and Elton Hall initiated the discussion.
The following remarks are based on my presentation in the breakout session, "Intellectual Property Rights in a `Virtual' World." They represent the views of the author only, and by no means should they be construed as the position of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.
The explosive growth of the use of part-time college faculty over the last three decades has been well documented. Much debate has ensued regarding whether or not this extensive use of parttime faculty has resulted in a decline in the classroom learning experience provided to students. While this debate rages, the gradual erosion of the core of full-time faculty has led to the undermining of essential academic and professional activity at both the department and college level. This decline has largely been ignored but may have an even more fundamental impact on our colleges.