Who We Are: Demographic Survey of ASCCC Committee Members

At the ASCCC Spring Plenary in 2009, Resolution 1.02 Assessment of Inclusive Practices passed, asking the Executive Committee to conduct a self-study of its diversity and inclusivity practices:

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a commitment to faculty diversity in all its forms as stated in its Diversity Policy; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate values self-reflection and evaluation of its responsiveness to all faculty across the state;

Searching for an Authentic Definition of Student Success

Educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders have long debated what it means for students to be successful, and the Student Success Initiative has brought the discussion to the forefront yet again. The Student Success Task Force recommendations indicate the measures in the Accountability Report for Community Colleges, more commonly known as the ARCC Scorecard, as the basis for setting goals at both local and state levels.

Robert’s Rules and ASCCC Plenary Voting: A Q & A on Rights and Practices

As with most local academic senates, ASCCC’s proceedings at its bi-annual plenary sessions are guided by Robert’s Rules of Order Revised (RROR). Many voting delegates, from first-time attendees to long-time veterans, can be confused by or have questions about the specific rules observed at these events, the ways in which those rules are applied, and the reasons for following these practices.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC?

In the last year, interest in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has exploded, with educators and politicians around the country alternately decrying them as impersonal automatons designed to replace faculty or extolling them as the panacea to address all the ills in higher education. So what are MOOCs, and what role could they play, if any, at your college?

Summing Up: A Reflection on a Changing Focus at Community Colleges

According to recent findings in positive psychology, among the basic elements of individual happiness are love and work1. That is, happiness requires having healthy social relationships and productive, meaningful work. I’ve been blessed on both counts; all the more so because many of my self-sustaining relationships have come from those with whom I have worked and my career at one of California’s community colleges has been deeply rewarding.

Perspectives on Regionalization and Enrollment Management

At every ASCCC Plenary Session, you see some resolutions you know are going to be “interesting” and those that you expect to be relatively non-controversial. And then some resolutions take you by surprise, where impassioned debate occurs and you sometimes struggle to understand why. This was the case with the final resolution we considered at our Fall 2012 session, one that was effectively amended so as to lose its original meaning as the following phrase was struck from the final perfected and adopted resolution:

Issues Regarding Academic Credit for Veterans and Military Service Members: Doing What Is Best for Students

The rising number of veterans and military service members at our colleges has prompted a concomitant rise in services and campus resources to assist them as they transition to civilian academic life. Colleges have developed student services to deal with the numerous issues that affect veterans in particular, including academic counseling, psychological services, and financial aid counseling to name a few. Veterans’ resource services have expanded enormously to meet the needs of military service members.

Community Services Course Approval: Should Senates Have a Role?

Have you ever watched a romantic comedy where two lonely individuals meet at a community center art class? As the movie unfolds, love blossoms over shared paint palettes and muddy water. Hilarity ensues as the individuals must overcome obstacles, real or imagined, to the relationship, but nothing will keep the fated lovers apart, and in the end love conquers all. You might think that you too should take an art class; it will allow you to explore your untapped creativity, and you never know whom you might meet.

Common Courtesy and Professionalism: Do We Expect Less from Each Other than We Expect of Our Students?

Many of us can remember Robert Fulghum’s 1988 work All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The book became a bestseller due to its title essay’s simple yet often overlooked premise: our lives and our interactions with others would be richer and better if we observed the simple principles of common decency that we were taught as children.


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