2010 Spring Plenary Session

Event Dates

2010 Spring Plenary Session was held April 15-17, 2010 at SFO Airport Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, CA.


I look forward to seeing you at the Academic Senate’s Spring 2010 Plenary Session. It is probably obvious why the theme “Changing Climate” was selected: the climate in our state and on our campuses could not be more erratic. The changes are seen in the students we serve, the funding we receive, the multiple and sometimes competing demands from the workplace, the reduction of student services, and the unprecedented need for seats in our classes. Even the mission of the community colleges is in question today. Our committees have planned breakouts to inform and support the work of local senates and to stimulate discussion of key issues facing our colleges and the entire system. You will see there is surely something of interest to everyone in this program. I am delighted that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Brian Murphy, President of De Anza College and a keen observer as well as participant in the evolution of the California Community Colleges. He will provide perspective and context for the difficult conversations we are holding locally and statewide, as we face the growth of some programs and services, while others shrink. Thank you for joining with other faculty as we face together the changing climate in California’s Community Colleges.

Jane Patton, President

Presentation Materials



7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Registration/Delegate Sign In

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Candidate Information Session

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Consultation Council Meeting

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. FIRST BREAKOUT SESSION

  1. Staff Breakout: Understanding the Brown Act and Parliamentary Procedure
  2. Encouraging Civic Engagement in Our Students
  3. And You Thought Getting Rid of the 50% Law was a Problem...
  4. There is No Equivalent to the Associate Degree
  5. Equity and Action: A Tale of Two Papers
  6. New Delegate Orientation
  7. Textbook Affordability

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. SECOND BREAKOUT SESSION

  1. Staff Breakout - Tool Kit
  2. What's Changed and What Needs to Change in Title 5?
  3. BRIC, CLASS, EAP, and ALC – Establishing the Senate Role in Data-Driven Decision-Making
  4. Minimum Qualifications Equivalency Training
  5. How Can Your Campus Improve Its Support of the Non-Traditional Student?
  6. 10 + 1 Empowering Local Senates
  7. Rolling Thunder: Managing the Future of the Faculty Development Committee

11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. FIRST GENERAL SESSION

Call to Order / Adoption of Procedures State of the Senate Keynote – Dr. Brian Murphy, President of De Anza College

2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. THIRD BREAKOUT SESSION

  1. Senate Resources at Your Service
  2. Follow Up Discussion with Dr. Brian Murphy
  3. The Centralized Assessment Delivery Pilot Project
  4. Student Competencies: Global Changes?
  5. Hot Topics in Accreditation
  6. Increasing Faculty Participation and Leadership
  7. California Community Colleges and the "Transfer Degree"

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. SECOND GENERAL SESSION

Pre-requisite Panel Discussion | Presentation

4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Resolution Writing

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Discipline Hearings

6:00 p.m. Resolution and Amendments Due

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Candidate Orientation

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. President’s Reception

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

7:30 a.m. Registration / Delegate Sign In

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. THIRD GENERAL SESSION Election Speeches

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Area Meetings

12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. FOURTH GENERAL SESSION

Lunch Resolution Presentation

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. FOURTH BREAKOUT SESSION

  1. Doing Prerequisites Right
  2. Surviving The Budget Crunch: A Discussion with Local Senate Presidents
  3. From Nominations to Outreach and Recruitment
  4. Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs
  5. The Future of California Community Colleges
  6. SACC Hot Topics – Introducing the Curriculum Inventory

2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. FIFTH BREAKOUT SESSION

  1. Data for Senate Leaders
  2. Conversation With the President
  3. Academic Senate Foundation
  4. New Rules for Prerequisites
  5. When do we Want the State in Local Control
  6. Transfer and Articulation Strategies

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Resolution Amendment Breakout

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Officers Candidate Forum

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Final Delegate Sign In

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. FIFTH GENERAL SESSION

Announcements Elections Resolution Voting Begins

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Secretary’s Report Treasurer’s Report

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fifth General Session (continues)