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On the table

On the agenda for Monday, March 25, 2013

:AP 4025:  Philosophy and Criteria for Associate’s Degree

AP 4260:  Prerequisites and Corequisites

ALSO:  First reading of AP 5055 ENROLLMENT PRIORITIES – to be handed out at the meeting

Don’t forget to take a look at the District’s shared governance handbook if you get a chance…

Past policies (partial list):

AP 3900  Time, Speech and Manner

AP 4100:  Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates (legislative copy)

AP 4100:  Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates (clean copy)

On the agenda for Monday, November 26:

(AP 5055 hasn’t gone away…stay tuned; the APs/BPs 5010, 4025; 4260; 4255 – see below – are now on the consent calendar and can be placed back into discussion by anyone – see below).

There is a resolution from our State Academic Senate that we may wish to affirm.  It reads like this:

1.0       ACADEMIC SENATE

1.01     F12      Support and Advocacy for Regulatory Mechanisms That Ensure Faculty Recommendations on Academic and Professional Matters are Given Their Fullest Consideration

 Whereas, AB 1725 (Vasconcellos, 1988), the omnibus bill that created the modern framework for the California community college system, stated among its aims that

The people of California should have the opportunity to be proud of a system of community colleges which instills pride among its students and faculty, where rigor and standards are an assumed part of a shared effort to educate, where the hugely diverse needs of students are a challenge rather than a threat, where the community colleges serve as models for the new curricula and innovative teaching, where learning is what we care about most;

and recognized the importance of faculty involvement as professionals in college governance and decision-making by asserting that

It is a general purpose of this act to improve academic quality, and to that end the Legislature specifically intends to authorize more responsibility for faculty members in duties that are incidental to their primary professional duties;

Whereas, Education Code §70901 guarantees “faculty, staff, and students the right to participate effectively in district and college governance, and the opportunity to express their opinions at the campus level and to ensure that these opinions are given every reasonable consideration” and recognizes the special areas of faculty expertise by ensuring “the right of academic senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards”;

Whereas, Title 5 §53200 operationalizes the primary recommending responsibility of faculty in the area of academic standards by requiring local governing boards to determine whether to “rely primarily upon” or “mutually agree with” the recommendations of the academic senate with respect to specified academic and professional matters, while Title 5 §53203 ensures that ultimate decision-making and responsibility remain with the elected governing board regarding all faculty recommendations; and

Whereas, The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities, the gold standard by which colleges and universities are compared with respect to shared governance, states that

The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. On these matters the power of review or final decision lodged in the governing board or delegated by it to the president should be exercised adversely only in exceptional circumstances, and for reasons communicated to the faculty;

and the California community college system of participatory governance and its affirmation of faculty primacy in academic and professional matters is highly consistent with the AAUP statement;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges affirm its support for the current participatory governance structure defined by AB 1725;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support ways to enhance shared decision-making and collective responsibility for improving student learning and success; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose modifications or amendments to Title 5, Education Code, or other directives that impede the primary authority of academic senates to recommend with respect to curriculum and academic standards per Education Code and the AAUP definition of the faculty role in community college governance.

Contact:  Phil Smith, American River College, Executive Committee

Adopted by Acclamation, Fall Plenary Session 2012

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AP 5055  has no current revision that meets state law.  Stay tuned.  It was passed out at DCAA but reasons are becoming more difficult to relate as days go by.  DCAA did not discuss this item but simply sent it forward for review as is.  If we have time, we can discuss it.  The State Chancellor’s office has yet to issue instructions regarding implementation, but there are appear to be two options (only one of which will work at OC – or even districtwide – analysis needed).  (We don’t have open enrollment policies for all classes, we have enrollment caps).

For the following AP/BP’s, you’re going to have to scroll through the DCAA agenda, since they didn’t send the documents out separately:  you’re looking for AP/BP 5010 (Admissions and Concurrent Enrollment page 8 of 39 and following); AP 4025 Philosophy and Criteria for Associates Degree and General Education page 14 of 39; BP/AP 4260  Prerequisties and Corequisites (page 17 of 39); AP 4255 Disqualification and Dismissal page 29 of 39).

VCCCD Integrated Planning Manual (don’t spend a lot of time on this first reading; we are current revising our OC part – or, I should say, I am writing a first draft of a new OC part which will then go by VP Bush and the President; just take a look at the District Part).

Here’s an ASCCC article on Program Discontinuance that’s very pertinent.  This article gives data on what’s being cut statewide, and allows us to look at our own mix of programs inside the larger state picture.

Archives

from September 24:  here is the District’s Participatory Governance Handbook.  The page also has a link describing the District’s Committees.  Also of interest would be 2012’s Board Goals

We also have a final response to the Accreditation Commission regarding the recommendations given to the District.  Since the three colleges are accredited and the District is not, the responses had to come from the colleges.  The primary response was written by DCAP with input from all three colleges.  All three colleges have the same response, except for the part known as the “College Impact Statement.”  The Commission recently asked for a new document called a Functional Map, so here are those documents:

Oxnard College Accreditation Response (Has been before you in many drafts)

Oxnard College Impact Statement

Functional Map (NEW)

These documents regarding Human Resources  came for a first reading at our September 10 Senate meeting. Most of them are typo fixes or no change; I’ll try and summarize whatever other changes there are in the agenda as we go through them.  You can see an outline of them in the agenda.

I really did look them over. One interesting change is that the policy gives the Board great discretion in terminating a manager and then rehiring them (if qualified under Ed Code) for a teaching position. Managerial contracts can be up to 3 years, but are currently 1 and 2 years.

These next four documents were given out (and emailed one week before) our August 27 Senate meeting.  Second vetting was on September 10:

BP 6200  (Budget preparation)

BP 6250   (Budget management)

Accreditation Response (Second Draft of District’s Accreditation Response, including Special Concern)

Note that in the two budget documents, not much new is said except that VCCCD has a policy of following the law. Jim Merrill found what appears to be a typo on BP-AP 6200 (the percentages regarding the reserves are changed in the BP, but not in the AP). Note that the District is no longer requiring quite so much reserve. Something new from that same document:

Budget development will consider statutory requirements including but not limited to things such as compliance with the 50% law, the district’s full-time faculty obligation number, and funded Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES).

and

Revenue associated with growth will be budgeted in the year following the year in which the growth was actually earned.

There’s an emphasis on participatory governance, which is good to see.

On these Board Goals and Objectives, the main thing that happened is the that the list got smaller, as they accomplished some of last year’s goals. Also, the word “comparable” was substituted for “uniform” course systems at the three colleges.

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These documents regarding Human Resources will come for a first reading at our September 10 Senate meeting. Most of them are typo fixes or no change; I’ll try and summarize whatever other changes there are.  You can see an outline of them in the agenda.

I really did look them over. One interesting change is that the policy gives the Board great discretion in terminating a manager and then rehiring them (if qualified under Ed Code) for a teaching position. Managerial contracts can be up to 3 years, but are currently 1 and 2 years.

Proposed Revisions to our Oxnard College PGM

Several revisions are proposed.  The Senate already approved the replacement of LOT as a standing committee rather than a PG committe, as well as the placement of Student Success as a PG committee rather than a standing committee.

Here are the resulting attempts at drafting new pages for the PGM:

Student Success (now a PGM committee)(second reading)

Learning Outcomes Team (now a standing committee and subcommittee of Curriculum) (second reading)

Campus Use and Development (first reading)(incorporates Technology Committee)

 

 

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