February

Basic Skills Survey Results

Last spring the Senate's Ad Hoc Committee on Basic Skills surveyed all of the State's public community colleges to learn about practices in Basic Skills instruction, which involve roughly half of our entering students. We defined Basic Skills courses as those that are pre-collegiate, and we focused on the areas of writing, reading, and mathematics. We excluded English-as-a-secondlanguage (ESL) courses. Of the 106 surveys sent out, we collected 68, a sufficient number to establish a high probability that the results are generally valid.

Curriculum and Technology Breakout

At the 1998 Fall Plenary Session breakout on Curriculum and Technology participants were updated on aspects of using technology as a tool for communication and for delivering community college courses. Issues and concerns such as effective curriculum planning, pedagogy, and instructor contact with students were discussed by presenters Roberta Baber of Fresno City College, Ken Guttman of Citrus College, and Ric Matthews of San Diego Miramar College, who shared information on how they use technology in communication and delivery of curriculum.

Nuts and Bolts II

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.

Diversity Colloquia

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.

Participants Learn About State Budget Process

Money. Money. Money. Money. The 1999-2000 California budget proposed by Governor Gray Davis last month provided a $158 million (6.9%) General Fund increase for the California Community College system (www.osp.ca.gov/documents/finance/budget). How that amount evolved and how your college can have input into the development of the 2000-2001 California Community College system's proposed budget was the topic of a breakout session at the Fall 1998 Plenary Session of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

President's Message: "Just-in-Time" Education

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.

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