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Academic Senate Goals for 2020-2021

Approved October 7, 2020

The goals of the Academic Senate for the academic year 2020-2021 will be to a) promote b) disseminate understanding about, and c) implement throughout the institution in the identified specific ways the legally defined purview of the senate, to wit:

A.   Items to agendize and complete this year.

     1.     Finish revising Faculty Hiring Policy/Procedure, with a focus on promoting more diverse hiring. (Ed Code 87360, sections a, b, c)

     2.     Revise Equivalency Policy/Procedure and complete process (College Council) for increasing size of Equivalency Committee. (Ed Code 87360, sections a, b, c; 6)

     3.     Provide annual antiracism training for the Senate. (8)

     4.     Review Curriculum Review Committee’s revision of the Curriculum Writer’s Handbook. (1)

     5.     Strengthen professional development opportunities, specifically those addressing anti-racism, EDI, and cultural competency; hiring committee members’ role in supporting the College’s efforts to diversify the faculty; hand other facultyidentified needs. (8)

     6.     Resolution on budget values based on Senate discussion. (10)

B.   In progress.

1.     Work on Black Student Union (BSU) Demands that are within Senate purview; Black Studies and Ethnic Studies Task Force work. (1, 2, 4, 10) (See C.2 – 5 for more on BSU Demands.)

2.     Expand the Academic Senate Executive Committee. (Ed Code 87360, sections a, b, c)

3.     Transition Guided Pathways to design phase; consider GP via equity lens. (1, 4, 5, 8, 10)

4.     Promote class size limits based solely on pedagogy. (4, 5, 10)

C.   District, faculty, and/or student projects & interests to support through collaboration, professional development, and/or Senate resolution.

1.     Participate in the accreditation process. (7)

2.     Support establishment of an Office for Black Student Development; take active role in Office’s student success and educational initiatives. (4, 5; BSU Demand)

3.     Participate in Collegewide discussions about funding for District Police. (10; BSU Demand)

4.     Support departments’ and disciplines’ development of comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum. (1, 8; BSU Demand)

5.     Increase the number of BIPOC faculty members at SRJC. (Ed Code 87360, sections a, b, c; BSU Demand)

6.     Hire more contract faculty members. (Ed Code 87360, sections a, b, c)

7.     Partner with the District on practices and policy regarding a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for BIPOC members of College community.

8.     Support District work to address racism across the College.

9.     Support College efforts toward restorative justice regarding equity work.

10.  Address issues related to a dramatic increase in online instruction during the current pandemic and beyond and address how this relates to the statewide course exchange.

 

 

Academic Senate Goals for 2019-2020

The goals of the Academic Senate for the academic year 2019-2020 will be to a) promote b) disseminate understanding about, and c) implement throughout the institution in the identified specific ways the legally defined purview of the senate, to wit:

Goal

Examples

1. CURRICULUM including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines

  • Discuss and possibly revise the composition of CRC; assert faculty purview in Adult Ed, Comm Ed, Distance Ed, and for-profit vendors like ELS

2. DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Study effects of AB 705 and report by April 2020

3. GRADING POLICIES

  • Debate graded grades—pluses & minuses
  • Discuss academic rigor and standards

4. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

  • Oversee Guided Pathways Program mapping and first year experience

5. Standards and policies regarding STUDENT PREPARATION AND SUCCESS

  • Study SEA categorical funds: their relationship to student success and equity and the senate’s purview
  • Discuss, debate and decide on joining the OEI-CVC (Course Exchange)
  • Shepherd the process of bringing the Waitlist/Class Size work to conclusion

6. District and college GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES, as related to FACULTY ROLES

  • Determine and promulgate the senate’s view of restructuring of the college

7. FACULTY ROLES AND INVOLVEMENT IN ACCREDITATION, including self-study and annual reports

  • Review recent accreditation recommendations
  • Designate senate accreditation leads

8. Policies for FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

  • Study and propose revisions to faculty professional development and the professional development committee

9. PROCESSES FOR PROGRAM REVIEW

  • Study and revise policy/procedure 3.6

10. PROCESSES FOR INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING AND BUDGET DEVELOPMENT

  • Identify and bring to BAC budget priorities of the senate; continue to disseminate knowledge of budget to faculty
+ 1 OTHER as mutually agreed upon
  • Study and propose revisions for faculty staffing policy/procedure & practice
  • Continue to advocate for 75/25
  • Continue to advocate for campus safety and academic freedom