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1 Academic Senate 101 You Make It Happen! Catherine Cox President Mission College Academic Senate August, 2007 Adapted from ASCCC 101, presented at the ASCCC Faculty Leadership Institute, June

2 Mission College Academic Senate Mission College: Catherine Cox, President Senators 2 from Divisions with <12 faculty 1 from Divisions with >11 faculty

3 Mission College Academic Senate Responsible for “Academic and Professional Matters” - Title 5 §53200 “Ten Plus One” Board policy is to “rely primarily” on the Academic Senate in all eleven areas. Appoints all faculty to committees

4 Ten Plus One "Academic and professional matters" means: 1. Degree and certificate requirements 2. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines 3. Grading policies 4. Educational program development 5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success 6. District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles

5 Ten Plus One 7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self study and annual reports 8. Policies for faculty professional development activities 9. Processes for program review 10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development Plus one: Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate.

6 Mission College Academic Senate Standing committees report back to the Senate regularly and operate by authority of the Senate. Standing Senate Committees Curriculum Distance Education Technology SLO’s

7 Role of Senators Communicate with division faculty and gather input of faculty on issues. Bring issues to the Senate. Keep informed on external issues affecting the faculty Attend Area meetings and Plenary Sessions when possible.

8 Resources for Senators Senate Rostrum Mission College Senate office Files of ASCCC publications Files of past Senate activities, minutes, resolutions, etc. Senator’s binder Should be updated annually Outgoing Senators should turn in to office

9 Resources for Senators MCAS website -

10 Resources for Senators ASCCC website –

11 The Big Picture Where does our Senate fit in the

12 The ASCCC (State Senate) The ASCCC is the Governance body representing ALL California Community College Faculty Over 120 Member Senates (“Local Senates”) 14 elected Executive Committee members Task Forces and Advisory Groups Standing and Ad Hoc Committees The ASCCC has two major roles: Represent Faculty statewide Inform Faculty and any others

13 ASCCC The ASCCC represents Faculty at all of the System Office councils and committees, the BOG meetings, and many other legislative efforts. Legislative advocacy is a critical role YOU can help with.

14 ASCCC: Plenary Sessions The semi-annual Plenary Sessions are the means by which the body (statewide faculty – that’s US!) interacts with the ASCCC. There are information sessions: Breakouts Session breakouts are generally crafted by the ASCCC committees, but any good ideas will be considered. Formal interaction: Resolutions Informal interaction: Networking and Socializing Keynote engagements: General Sessions

15 ASCCC: Plenary Sessions What do attendees do? Get input from the local Senate Delegates vote that input at Plenary Session Carry the results and other info back to the local Senate Share Rostrums and Updates locally Attend breakouts, become informed, share information locally

16 ASCCC: Plenary Sessions If you attend Plenary Sessions but are not a delegate, volunteer to be an election teller at least once. Attend the Area Meetings whenever possible Generally 2-3 weeks prior to Plenary on a Friday Attend breakouts, become informed, share information locally Socialize with others and network, network, network!

17 ASCCC: Volunteers Needed The ASCCC’s Standing and Ad Hoc Committees: Each Committee has roughly 6 members, including a Chair. The Chair is usually an ASCCC Exec Member. Committees usually meet monthly, with some in- person meetings and the rest via CCCConfer. The ASCCC Executive Committee meets in person monthly (but has lots of cross babble, s, and phone conversations between meetings).

18 ASCCC: Resolutions Can come from any faculty member. 2 ways – through local Senates, or at Plenary. Are voted upon by delegates at Plenary Sessions. Are acted upon by the ASCCC Executive Committee and Standing Committees.

19 ASCCC: Resolutions Area Meetings are held before Plenary Sessions. Allow refinement of resolutions. Allow for input from local Senates. Resolutions can be presented directly at Session Specific format used for writing ASCCC resolutions – available from Senate office or President.

20 Why is this important? Generally, all actions, research, positions, and activities of the ASCCC are directed by the body through resolutions. The resolutions are then carried out by the ASCCC Committees, the Officers, and the Executive Director.

21 ASCCC Institutes Based on resolutions, the ASCCC holds various Institutes: Faculty Leadership Institute Curriculum Institute Vocational Faculty Leadership Institute Teaching Institute Accreditation Institute SLO and Assessment Institute Fall and Spring Plenary Sessions

22 The System Office (SO) Similar model to local Board of Trustees: Board of Governors (BOG) oversees Chancellor, Vice-Chancellors, and SO staff activities. Consultation Council is an executive, all constituent body that advises the Chancellor.

23 The System Office Consultation exists due to Ed Code. Consultation is in policy in Standing Orders of the BOG. Implementation is laid out in the Executive Orders of the Chancellor Consultation Council membership includes: Students, Faculty, CEOs, CIOs, CBOs, CSSOs, CHROs, org reps from 8 CCC organizations and the Chancellor.

24 The System Office Generally, nothing decided at Consultation Council is binding. Items with full concensus (eg., Math/ English graduation requirement) tend to be well received by the BOG. Academic and professional matters will rely primarily on the ASCCC input.

25 The System Office The System Office has several divisions: Executive Finance and Facilities Planning Educational Services Governmental Relations and External Affairs Legal Affairs Student Services Technology, Research & Information Services

26 The System Office The Chancellor has 13 plus advisory committees: The ASCCC has faculty reps on most of these.

27 Questions? ?


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