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Chaparral 2018-2019: 27.2 Senate Update

Senate Update

by Piper Rooney
Academic Senate President


In the spirit of the harvest issue of Chaparral, let us celebrate reaping what we’ve sown: Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Michael Ritterbrown, in collaboration with the Released Time/Extra Pay committee, approved two new positions in spring semester to support the adoption – and adaptation – of the Guided Pathways framework on our campus: The Guided Pathways Counseling Coordinator, and the Guided Pathways Classified Coordinator. Those two positions have been advertised, interviewed, and – by the time you read this – appointed. Let the games begin! Our new Coordinators join Dr. Tom Voden in his work as Guided Pathways Coordinator to increase the reach, understanding, and embrace of this endeavor. Think Kama Sutra.

The “Implementation of Guided Pathways” is one focus of four planned for the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Plenary in Irvine this November 1st through 3rd. Many of you will remember Janet Fulks’s keynote address at Faculty Institute Day in September; she is one of the ASCCC’s Guided Pathway chief liaisons. Her discussion of program mapping – and her home college, Bakersfield’s pioneering of Program Mapping software – has been very encouraging for our GP work groups. The ASCCC also provides a bounty of Guided Pathways resources on its website.

The full four for focus at the statewide Plenary will include initiatives and legislation affecting areas of academic and professional matters. This year’s concerns, according to John Stanskas, ASCCC President, are:

  • Strong Workforce Program recommendations regarding equivalency to minimum qualifications and credit for prior learning;
  • Diversification of faculty;
  • Implementation of Guided Pathways; and
  • Efforts to meet the stipulations of Assembly Bill 705

Although Governor Brown has given us a few parting gestures we won’t soon forget – the fully-online 115th community college, a crazy new “student centered” funding formula, and AB 705 – he only vetoed a few bills of concern to Senate before packing his bags, such as AB 310 – part-time office hours, and AB 1935 – student tutoring.

He signed AB 1786 and SB 1071 to expand credit for prior learning, and he extended the pilot baccalaureate program, SB 1406.  As we know, he also endorsed AB 1805 which requires that we publish and evaluate our placement policies. This will be important as we document the effects of AB 705 on our students’ success. 

Of course, it all starts over again in the new year when the legislative slate is wiped clean and we begin a fresh two-year cycle. Sow now, or forever hold your peace. Vote next week, for “whoever sows injustice shall reap calamity.”


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