The 29th Plenary Session of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges was held from October 30 to November 1, l997 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. During that session, 105 Faculty Delegates, along with six (6) members of the Board of Governors, the Chancellor and portions of his staff, students and staff of the community colleges, reviewed and collaborated on the major academic, legislative and institutional issues facing the community colleges. There were 86 resolutions presented to the Plenary Body, of which 63 were approved.
The Academic Senate, along with representatives from the Chancellors Office, University of California, California State University, and other public and private education institutions in California, is part of Governor Pete Wilson's design team for the California Virtual University (CVU). The design team is charged with proposing to the governor a blueprint for serving the needs of California students and employers through emerging technology-enhanced educational programs and distance education.
The First Report Cards that Assess Community College Vocational Education programs will be disseminated March 31, 1998.
SB 645 (Johnston), The Job Training Report Card bill was signed into law October 11, 1997. Under this law the State Job Training Coordinating Council (SJTCC) is responsible for oversight of employment and training programs at the state level.
The Fall Plenary session approved a number of resolutions around the issues of technology. The Executive Committee, through the Technology Committee, put forward a paper entitled "Guidelines for Good Practice: Technology Mediated Instruction." There are a series of recommendations concerning good teaching, applicable to any form of teaching, but with an emphasis on the use of technology mediated instruction. We encourage faculty and curriculum committees to read and incorporate these suggestions for good practice across the curriculum.
Your state Academic Senate provides a great deal of support to you as a local faculty leader. One of our major goals for this year is to enhance that support even more. As a local faculty senate leader, it is vital for you to start off on the right foot.
The Chair of the Senate's Affirmative Action/Cultural Diversity Committee, Edith Conn, is also a member of the Chancellor's Task Force on Faculty and Staff Diversity and Development.