Getting Started with Semester Conversion Rennie Schoepflin, Director of Semester Conversion CAL STATE LA
Semester Conversion: Organizational and Committee Structure Executive Sponsors-University President and Provost Semester Conversion Project Director University Semester Conversion Committee Subcommittees of University Semester Conversion Committee 1.Student Advising 2.Enrollment Services 3.Information Technology 4.CSU Cross-Campus 5.Administrative Services 6.Communications Curricular review will use existing committees within academic governance at the department, college, and institutional levels
Curriculum Conversion and Advisement: I. Operational Recommendations for submission, review, and approval of proposals for curriculum conversion II. E-advising Margaret Garcia, Associate Professor, Division of Special Education and Counseling Steven Jones, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Parviz Partow-Navid, Associate Director for Semester Conversion CAL STATE LA
Operational Recommendations for submission, review, and approval of proposals for curriculum conversion (based on Task Force recommendations) CAL STATE LA
Online Curriculum Proposal and Review: Develop and utilize SharePoint for electronic curriculum review process and tracking with proposals uploaded as Word documents; Make most recently approved course proposals available as scanned documents in the SharePoint archive (prior proposals will be available upon request from college offices or from the Office of Undergraduate Studies); Make all course proposals submitted for semester conversion available as read only documents for all faculty and staff; Cut and paste existing programs in the e-catalog program into program modification proposals and use Track Changes to indicate proposed modifications.
Training: During Fall 2013, make available to faculty training in developing proposals and using the SharePoint website. CAL STATE LA
Objections: Only Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and College EPC will be authorized to post formal objections through the SharePoint website. CAL STATE LA
Timeline: Since curriculum conversion must be completed by May 2015 to be available Fall Quarter 2016, course and program proposals should be submitted by the colleges to the Office of Undergraduate Studies for University review no later than the start of Fall Quarter, 2014. CAL STATE LA
Committee Structure: Use existing curriculum review process with appropriate support to compensate the faculty members serving on college and University committees to review the course and program modification proposals; committees would include six five-member college curriculum committees, three University committees (GES, Undergraduate Curriculum, and Graduate curriculum) with six college representatives on each committee, and EPC.
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GE Revision and the Faculty Cheryl Koos, Chair GE Revision Committee and GE Subcommittee CAL STATE LA
Institutional Learning Outcomes Knowledge: Mastery of Content and Processes of Inquiry Proficiency: Intellectual Skills Place and Community: Urban and Global Mission Transformation: Integrative Learning CAL STATE LA
Proposed General Education Learning Outcomes Knowledge: Mastery of Content and Processes of Inquiry Students who complete GE: Demonstrate understanding of the physical and natural world. Demonstrate understanding of contemporary events within political and historical contexts. Demonstrate understanding of the diversity of cultures and communities in the United States and abroad. Demonstrate understanding of ethics and social inequalities. Demonstrate understanding of a range of disciplinary ways of knowing
GE Learning Outcomes (cont.) Proficiency: Intellectual Skills Students who complete GE: Demonstrate civic literacy that would enable them to participate effectively in a democratic society. Use inquiry processes, including quantitative and qualitative reasoning and critical and creative thinking, to engage with contemporary and enduring questions. Find, use, evaluate and process information in order to engage in complex decision-making and problem solving. Read, speak and write effectively. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.
GE Learning Outcomes (cont.) Engagement: Local and Global Communities Students who complete GE: Demonstrate the capacity to engage meaningfully with diverse communities. Demonstrate understanding of how individuals affect society and the environment. Demonstrate the capacity to make well informed, ethical, and socially responsible decisions. Demonstrate understanding of the interconnectedness of local and global communities. Demonstrate literacy in the perspectives and needs of individuals and groups.
GE Learning Outcomes (cont.) Transformation: Integrative Learning Students who complete GE: Integrate academic learning with life through project-based experiences. Integrate their knowledge, skills and experience to address complex, enduring, and emerging issues.
Fall 2013 GE Revision Committee Agenda Complete draft of new GE Framework Proposal Hold town hall meetings on GE Framework draft Introduce GE Framework and Learning Outcomes to the Academic Senate
The Faculty and GE How can the faculty participate in the process? PARTICIPATE CONSTRUCTIVELY BE ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS ENCOURAGE COLLEAGUES TO BE ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS
Faculty Workload: During and After Semester Conversion Philip LaPolt, Assistant Vice President for Academic Personnel CAL STATE LA
Faculty Workload: During and After Semester Conversion CAL STATE LA
What’s My Workload? Typical faculty workload is 12 units, plus 3 units of indirect instructional activity. Under quarters, 12 units = 12 hrs per week x 10 weeks = 120 instructional hrs (x 3 = 360 hours per year) Under semesters, 12 units = 12 hrs per week x 15 weeks = 180 instructional hrs (x 2 = 360 hours per year) The academic calendar is workload neutral.
CAL STATE LA Then what’s different? Quarters: three courses x four hours per week (four-unit courses) Semesters: four courses x three hours per week (three-unit courses) 4 x 3 = 3 x 4 Per year, nine courses typically taught under quarters, eight courses under semesters
CAL STATE LA However…. Neither the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) nor University policy define the workload of faculty, in terms of WTUs. CBA: “faculty shall not be assigned an excessive number of contact hours, assume an excessive student load, or be assigned an unreasonable workload or schedule.” Flexibility in faculty assignments is therefore possible, within budgetary, scheduling, and enrollment constraints.
CAL STATE LA Achieving Flexibility Ways of reducing the numbers of WTUs assigned to faculty could include…… - increasing average class size and student/faculty ratio; - adding more large lecture classes and more very large lecture classes with TA and GA support; - additional external grant, foundation, or endowment funding of release time; and - additional general funds to supplement the instructional budget.
CAL STATE LA Workload During Conversion Faculty will receive assigned time to do the work of converting programs and curriculum. Assigned time may be used during academic quarters (classes off) and during periods between quarters and in summer (additional salary).
CAL STATE LA Basis of Assigned Time Assigned time will be based on the amount of work to be done in the department. Basic factors considered: – Numbers of undergraduate, graduate, and credential programs – Numbers of General Education and service courses offered
CAL STATE LA Basis of Assigned Time Additional factors considered: – Conversion-Plus: transformation of programs and curricula – Early completion of department approvals – Other rationale for additional assigned time
Discussion 1 Nuts and Bolts of Semester Conversion Questions? CAL STATE LA