February

The New Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy: An Overview and a Call for Participation

In January of 2012, the Student Success Task Force published its final report with recommendations that would impact in multiple ways the California Community College System.  In September 2014, Chancellor Brice Harris announced that by Fall 2015 the system would have addressed all 22 of these recommendations and was thus in a position to embark on another state level policy initiative.  Therefore, at its November 2014 meeting the Board of Governors commissioned a new Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy to examine workforce preparation education in California.

Preparing Faculty to Teach Online

Interest has increased in recent years regarding the expansion of access to courses through the growth of online[1] education offerings.  During the Great Recession and with subsequent reductions in course offerings, policy makers and politicians viewed the expansion of student access to higher education through increased online education offerings as a cost-efficient panacea for the access problems that California college students in all segments faced.  In the 2013-14 state budget, the California legislature authorized funding for the Online E

Automatic Awarding of Degrees and Certificates – Considerations for Local Senates

With the current state and national focus on student completion, colleges are exploring ways to increase the number of degrees and certificates awarded annually to students in order to demonstrate that their students are completing their educational goals.  While our students may have other goals besides earning a degree or certificate, the reality is that policy makers and legislators have emphasized the importance of students earning degrees and certificates.  Since policy makers influence legislators, and because legislators hold the purse strings, colleges need to demonstrate to the pub

Unraveling the Mystery of Statewide Appointments

One of the core pieces of the Academic Senate’s mission statement is that ASCCC “fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns.” While the members of the Executive Committee act as representatives in statewide discussions, the executive committee cannot fulfill this mission alone.

Professional Development: A New Chapter?

Those of us who have been in the California Community College system for several years are familiar with the fluctuations that happen in our budgets.  While the great recession of the past five years has been unusually difficult, faculty are well aware that one of the first things to be cut from college budgets is almost always professional development.  Recent events, however, seem to indicate an increasing recognition that professional development for faculty, as well as the rest of the college community, is an essential element of ensuring that students receive the best educational oppor

Changes in Traditional Student Makeup and Recent Budget Cuts

The Equity and Diversity Action Committee (EDAC), which was reinstated in Fall 2014 as a standing committee of ASCCC, has been charged with responding to Resolution 13.07, “Changes in Traditional Student Makeup,” from Spring 2010. The resolution is predicated on disproportionate impact through the budget cuts on historically underserved students in the community college system. The Resolves are as follows:

Previews of Coming Attractions for Spring 2015: Many Paths, Many Voices

Fall 2014 was a very busy time in the California Community College System, with significant work taking place on AB 86 and Adult Education planning, Student Success and Support Program and Student Equity Plan development, the California Open Educational Resources Council, and the statewide technology initiatives—Online Education (OEI), Common Assessment (CAI), and Educational Planning (EPI)—among other programs and initiatives.   Spring 2015 promises to be even more intense, with all of the 2014 initiatives continuing and a number of new efforts set to launch.  The amount of work may feel o

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