Educational Policies Committee

The Educational Policies Committee studies educational issues of concern to the Academic Senate and is the standing committee that recommends educational policies to the Executive Committee. The Committee provides a forum for high-level discussion and development of Academic Senate Policy, including its effect on faculty and students. The discussions include the viewpoint of students, CIOs and union representatives. The Educational Policies Committee researches issues as required, and writes background and/or position papers where appropriate. The Committee may pass general recommendations to other Senate committees, or work with them on more detailed implementation or technical issues. New or revised educational policies of the Academic Senate pass through the Educational Policies Committee. These may include policies to be implemented either locally or at the state level, suggested positions on proposed policies or changes in existing policies, and responses to assignments given by the President or Executive Committee.

Six faculty members serve on this committee, along with one student representative and one CIO representative.
Current Members
Member Term
Juan Arzola 2022-23 Chair
Stephanie Curry 2022-23
Maria Figueroa 2022-23
Carlos Guerrero 2022-23
Julie Clark 2022-23
Chantal Lamourelle 2022-23
Christie Dam 2022-23
Justin Maung (SSCCC Representative) 2022-23
Academic Year Meetings

Meetings 2022 - 23

August 30, 2022: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom 

September 21, 2022: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

October 19, 2022: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

November 16, 2022: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

December 14, 2022: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

January 18, 2023: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

February 15, 2023: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

March 15, 2023: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

April 19, 2023: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom (Cancelled)

May 17, 2023: 12:00 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

Meetings 2021-22

September 23, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Zoom

October 28, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Zoom

November 24, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Zoom

December 16, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Zoom

January 27, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Zoom

February 28, 2022 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm - Zoom

March 28, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Academic Freedom Webinar: Academic Freedom - What is it and why is it important? - Zoom

April 25, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Academic Freedom Webinar: Equity & Anti-Racism in Academic Freedom - Zoom

May 23, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Academic Freedom Webinar: The Student Voice in Academic Freedom - Zoom (Canceled)


Meetings 2019-20

September 20th, 2019, 10:30-3:30pm Santa Monica College


MEETINGS 2018-19

September 5, 2018, Wednesday, 8:00-9:00 am, Zoom

October 5, 2018, Friday, 10:00 am -3:00 pm, Mt. San Antonio College

December 5, 2018, Wednesday, 3:30-5 pm, Zoom

March 8, 2019, Friday, 10:00 am -3:00 pm, Los Angeles Pierce College

April 15, 2019, Monday, 2-3 pm, Zoom

May 8, 2019, Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Zoom



Current Agendas/minutes


Title Session Year Sort ascending Category
Faculty Participation in the Creation of Course Enrollment Maximums for Community College Departments and Courses Spring 2022 Local Senates
Proactive Planning and Support for Articulation and Counseling Fall 2022 Articulation and Transfer
Advancing Equal Employment Opportunity Policies and Practices within Hiring Committees Fall 2022 Local Senates
Aligning Attendance Accounting for Asynchronous Credit Distance Education Courses with Synchronous Credit Distance Education Courses Spring 2021 State and Legislative Issues
Legislative and Systemic Support for Academic Freedom Fall 2020 State and Legislative Issues
Administrator Retreat Policies Fall 2020 General Concerns
Data Paper and Equity-Minded Practices Fall 2019 General Concerns
Develop Resources with Guidance Relevant to the Student Centered Funding Formula Fall 2018 Budget and Finance
Guided Pathways, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Program Planning Fall 2018 Local Senates
Update to the Existing SLO Terminology Glossary and Creation of a Paper on Student Learning Outcomes Spring 2017 Curriculum
Addressing the Needs of Students Impacted by the Changes to Course Repetition Spring 2017 Curriculum
Support Use of Sabbaticals and Other Professional Development for Open Educational Resources Development Spring 2017 Faculty Development
Evaluation and Certification of Coursework from Home Schools Fall 2017 Consultation with the Chancellor's Office
Recognition of Course Sections with Low-Cost Course Material Options Fall 2017 General Concerns
Environmental Responsibility: College Campuses as Living/Learning Labs Fall 2017 General Concerns
Effective Practices for Allowing Students to Repeat Courses to Alleviate Substandard Grades Fall 2017 Grading
Faculty Involvement in the Creation of Dual Enrollment Programs Fall 2016 Curriculum
Investigate Effective Practices for Pathways Programs Fall 2016 Curriculum
Local Senate Approval for Participation in Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) Fall 2016 Matriculation
Develop a Paper on Effective Practices for Educational Program Development Spring 2016 Curriculum
Support Expanding Dual Enrollment Opportunities for High School Students Spring 2015 State and Legislative Issues
System Handbook on Guidelines and Effective Practices for Dealing with Student Academic Dishonesty Spring 2015 Consultation with the Chancellor's Office
Allowing Faculty to Submit the “Report Delayed” (RD) Symbol for Instances of Student Academic Dishonesty Spring 2015 Grading
Re-enrollment Information for Admissions and Records Staff Fall 2014 Consultation with the Chancellor's Office
Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Fall 2014 General Concerns


Title Issue Year Sort ascending
Time to Modify Title 5 to Define Academic Freedom April 2023
Evaluating Language Proficiency for IGETC and UC Transfer February 2022
Updates on Administrator Retreat Rights April 2022
Effective Practices that Support the Transfer of Students Who Repeat Courses to Alleviate Substandard Grades April 2022
Long-Term Local Academic Senate Presidents: The Importance of a Light at the End of the Tunnel November 2021
The 4th Pillar: Guiding Questions to Focus and Define Faculty Involvement April 2019
Data 101: Guiding Principles —10 Years Later October 2019
Supplemental Instruction Revisited April 2018
Advanced Placement Examination Credit Policy for General Education April 2017
The Value of Time: Going on Sabbatical? Try OER October 2017
Dual Enrollment: What Local Senates Need to Know February 2016
Dual Enrollment and Basic Skills: A New Pathway for Students May 2016
Open Educational Resources and the California Community Colleges November 2015
Automatic Awarding of Degrees and Certificates – Considerations for Local Senates February 2015
Beyond the Classroom: Fostering Local and Statewide Engagement in Our Faculty June 2013
The Chance to be Human February 2012
Effective Practices: Part-Time Faculty and Local Academic Senates April 2012
Open Access and “Excess Units” March 2011
I Fought the Law… September 2011
Academic Dishonesty and the Faculty’s Right to Assign a Grade: A Test of the Academic Senate’s Authority January 2010
Setting Up an Institutional Review Board at Your College April 2010
The Appointment or Selection of Faculty to Short-term, Non-teaching Tasks - Why did HE get that position? April 2010
Budget Cut Blues, What Happened? December 2010
What we “know” (about) what we “need” December 2010
Grades are Valuable May 2009


Title Session Year Sort ascending Category
Going Beyond Development: Faculty Professional Learning—An Academic Senate Obligation to Promote Equity-Minded Practices that Improve Instruction and Student Success Spring 2021 Faculty Development
Protecting the Future of Academic Freedom During a Time of Significant Change Fall 2020 Professional Standards
Student Learning Outcomes Spring 2019 Curriculum
Effective Practices for Educational Program Development Spring 2018 Curriculum
Sound Principles For Faculty Evaluation Spring 2013 Professional Standards
Program Discontinuance: A Faculty Perspective Revisited Fall 2012 Curriculum
Program Review: Setting a Standard Spring 2009 Curriculum
Budget Considerations - A Primer for Senate Leaders Fall 2009
Enrollment Management Revisited Spring 2009 Local Senates
Promoting and Sustaining an Institutional Climate of Academic Integrity Spring 2007 Grading
Sabbaticals: Benefiting Faculty, The Institution, and Students Spring 2007 Professional Standards
The Role of Noncredit in the California Community Colleges Fall 2006 Professional Standards
Minors on Campus: Underage Students at Community Colleges Fall 2006 General Concerns
Textbook Issues: Economic Pressures and Academic Values Spring 2005 Students
What is the Meaning of a California Community College Degree? Fall 2005 Curriculum
The Status of Nursing Education in the California Community Colleges Fall 2005 General Concerns
Sabbaticals: Effective Practices for Proposals, Implementation and Follow-Up Spring 2008 Professional Standards
Promoting Thoughtful Faculty Conversations About Grade Distributions Spring 2008 Grading
Faculty Role in Planning and Budgeting Fall 2001 Local Senates
Instructor Advisement Spring 1985 General Concerns
Revised Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications Spring 1999 Professional Standards
Role of Academic Senates in Enrollment Management Fall 1999 Local Senates
Academic Freedom, Privacy, Copyright and Fair Use in a Technological World Fall 1999 Distance Learning
Faculty as Professionals: Responsibilities, Standards and Ethics Spring 2002 Professional Standards
Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective Spring 2002

Past members

Past Members
Term: 2021-22
Member Term Sort ascending
Luke Lara 2021-22
Erik Shearer 2021-22
Andrew Delunas 2021-22
Sharyn Eveland 2021-22
Jacky Leung (student) 2021-22
Matias Pouncil (CIO Representative) 2021-22
Robert Stewart 2021-22 Chair
Cheryl Aschenbach 2021-22
Carlos Guerrero 2021-22
Term: 2020-21
Member Term Sort ascending
Mayra Cruz 2020-21
Leigh Anne Shaw 2020-21
Darcie McClelland 2020-21
Teresa Aldredge 2020-21
Adrean Askerneese 2020-21
Andrew Nickens 2020-21
Gerardo Chavez 2020-21
James Preston 2020-21
Sam Foster 2020-21 Chair

Past Agenda/minutes