Whereas, Many faculty are required to complete a minimum number of professional development or Flex hours each term or year, and art of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’ (ASCCC) mission is to foster “the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters,” a mission it achieves through an infrastructure that includes various committees and a wide-array of events intended to inform, engage, and listen;
Whereas, The ASCCC Professional Development College (PDC) consists of online professional development opportunities tailored to meet the needs of faculty and others in the California Community Colleges and covers many of the same topics that are presented during college-hosted Flex sessions;
Whereas, Allowing the use of attendance at ASCCC events, participation in ASCCC committees, and completion of PDC coursework and modules to meet Flex obligations will enable full-time and part-time faculty to choose from an array of experiences and materials that can provide on-going, relevant, and timely professional development and may be accessed when it is convenient and necessary instead of only relying on professional development opportunities during designated college professional development or Flex)days; and
Whereas, Although Resolution 12.01 F16 called for a review and update, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office’s Guidelines for the Implementation of the Flexible Calendar Program has not been amended or updated since April 2007;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to re-evaluate activities in the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Flexible Calendar Program to include ASCCC events, committee work, activities, and PDC courses and modules; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local academic senates to work through their local processes to allow faculty to use ASCCC events, committee work, activities, and PDC courses and modules to satisfy their required professional development or Flex obligation.