For the past several years, I have taught History 10, Ethnicity and American Culture, at Santa Monica College. This course fulfills both my college's and U.C. Berkeley's American Cultures graduation requirement. As with other faculty members in California's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, Santa Monica College faculty support exposing students to the comparative historical experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, European Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos and Latinas.
Student success in the compressed calendar format was the focus of a breakout session at the Fall 2006 Plenary Session entitled "Does Length Matter? The Impact of Compressed Calendars and Courses on Student Success." Members of the Relations with Local Senates Committee gathered both data and written interpretations for the comparison of student success in compressed and standard format semesters. Much of the data was collected from the California Community College System Office website by the research team at Chaffey College and used with permission by faculty on the state committee.
The Academic Senate adopted a revision to Equivalence to the Minimum Qualifications at its Fall 2006 Plenary Session. However, one topic was not explicitly covered, namely the issue of equivalency for faculty serving students in noncredit programs and courses. The intent of this article is to supplement the information in the paper with a focus specifically on the issue of minimum qualifications for faculty service to noncredit students and the establishment of equivalency when minimum qualifications are not met.
Perception: to understand or be aware of. Have you asked anyone lately what community colleges do? Have you asked them about our "vocational" programs and what type of student enters these programs? It can be a real eye opener! "It's for the students who cannot go to college"; "it's for the student who is not prepared for the college level courses" are just a few of the statements. Wheeler North's article discusses how many of our vocational fields such as automotive and nursing have changed so dramatically.
Today's automobiles are significantly more sophisticated than yesterday's nuclear reactors. The data collected and analyzed in one hour of intensive care can exceed the complete dataset collected in one year by the entire hospital 20 years ago. The ability for the police to engage in utilizing real time information technology, to apply pure scientific processes to supplement their everyday investigations, has become so sophisticated a whole new generation of television series has popped up around it.
Consult, Confront, Collaborate ???
As its recent session, the Academic Senate passed a record number of resolutions concerning the proposed accreditation standards. Other faculty organizations have also gone on record opposing the proposed draft standards, including the Community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers as well as representatives from the American Association of University Professors. The Commission currently intends to adopt a revised draft at their June 2002 meeting.
I have been in love with horses ever since I began riding as a young girl in my small hometown of Reedley, California. I am also a great fan of Monty Roberts, the Horse Whisperer. Roberts' extraordinary work pioneered an entirely new approach to horse training, and if other trainers could be said to be working within the "fences pastures" of older methods, Roberts' thinking definitely sought out the "open range." Key to his transformative method is the skill of listening and communicating according to the individual needs of each horse.
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.
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.