Opportunities to Serve State-wide in ASCCC
Faculty, both full- and part-time, are encouraged to volunteer to serve on a state-wide committee of the ASCCC. The committee charges and links to the standing committees are below. Each standing committee has a webpage which provides details about the current membership, and all current and historical publications, Rostrum articles, and resolutions developed by the committee members. The application to serve can be found on our website here. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee that one will be appointed. The Executive Committee takes into consideration our Inclusivity Statement when making appointments.
The Accreditation and Assessment Committee informs and makes recommendations to the Academic Senate Executive Committee and the faculty regarding accreditation and assessment issues. The committee supports faculty in the creation of self evaluation reports by gathering and disseminating effective practices for accreditation, institutional evaluation, and accountability. The committee distributes information regarding faculty roles in accreditation via listservs, publications, and institutes, and collaborates with outside groups to provide information to faculty throughout the state. The committee provides input to the President regarding interaction with accrediting commissions and other appropriate organizations. The committee advises the President about concerns regarding regional and federal accreditation policy and processes. Under the direction of the president, the chair and/or members of the committee provide assistance to local academic senates and the faculty in general who request assistance with accreditation and/or assessment issues. The committee gathers effective practices for assessment and supports faculty in evaluating and improving the assessment process.
The Curriculum Committee is charged to make recommendations to the Executive Committee on issues related to the development, review, and implementation of curriculum both at the college and state level. The committee distributes information through institutes, the website, and listservs, as well as senate publications. Under the direction of the president, the chair and/or members of the Curriculum Committee provide technical assistance to local college curriculum committees, academic senates, and the faculty in general. Note: Resolution 15.03 S94 charged the Senate with appointing a library science member and noted past recommendations to the Senate to appoint a counselor, articulation officer, vocational education and basic skills faculty.
The Educational Policies Committee studies educational issues of concern to the Academic Senate and is the standing committee that recommends educational policies to the Executive Committee. The Committee provides a forum for high-level discussion and development of Academic Senate Policy, including its effect on faculty and students. The discussions include the viewpoint of students, CIOs and union representatives. The Educational Policies Committee researches issues as required, and writes background and/or position papers where appropriate. The Committee may pass general recommendations to other Senate committees, or work with them on more detailed implementation or technical issues. New or revised educational policies of the Academic Senate pass through the Educational Policies Committee. These may include policies to be implemented either locally or at the state level, suggested positions on proposed policies or changes in existing policies, and responses to assignments given by the President or Executive Committee.
The Equity and Diversity Action Committee (EDAC) responds to resolutions from the session that deal with the issues of equity and diversity in hiring, equal opportunity, and cultural diversity in the curriculum. The EDAC committee recommends strategies that promote student equity and student success, including effective teaching and student learning styles and fostering a campus climate conducive to faculty diversity and student achievement. The Committee advises the Executive Committee on guidelines, laws and regulations relating to equal opportunity and cultural diversity and promotes the integration of equity and diversity issues in appropriate ASCCC activities.
The Legislative and Advocacy Committee is responsible for providing the President with background information on all legislation related to academic and professional matters. Through research and analysis, and representation on appropriate advocacy groups, the Committee will provide the President and the Executive Committee with recommendations on such legislation. The Committee is also responsible for providing legislative alerts to the local senates, identifying liaison persons to contact legislators, and providing support to local senates regarding California's legislative process as it has bearing on academic and professional matters. It is the goal of the Committee to provide the President and the Executive Committee with the resources to ensure that the Senate is recognized as the voice of authority with the Legislature and Governor's Office in the areas of academic and professional matters.
The Academic Senate Committee on Noncredit will serve as a resource to the President and Executive Committee on issues related to instruction, counseling, student services, and program development in noncredit and the role of faculty in noncredit instruction as related to governance and local participation in academic and professional activities.
The Online Education Committee informs and makes recommendations to the Academic Senate Executive Committee and the faculty regarding policies and practices in online education and educational technology. The Committee supports quality online education and the effective use of educational technology by researching issues, writing background and position papers, and making presentations at plenary sessions and other events as needed. When appropriate, the Committee interacts with Senate standing committees, advocates for policies, and proposes resolutions.
The Faculty Professional Development Committee advises the Executive Committee on policies and processes and develops papers and resources related to faculty development for local senates and others. The Committee supports local faculty development committees and provides guidance to enhance faculty participation in the areas of faculty development policies and innovations in teaching/learning strategies and practices. The Committee advocates through breakout sessions and Senate publications the importance of faculty development activities, critical issues related to student success and quality faculty teaching and learning, and of the need for appropriate levels of funding for such activities.
The Relations with Local Senates Committee serves to augment the work of the Executive Committee in its efforts to provide an opportunity to share information on issues of concern at the local and state levels. While members of the Relations with Local Senates Committee should be conversant with pertinent statutes and strategies for effective academic senates, their work will be primarily as liaisons and conduits for information and requests for assistance.
The Standards & Practices Committee is charged with reviewing, acting on, and monitoring various activities as needed and assigned by the President or the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate. The Standards & Practices Committee's activities include, but are not limited to, conducting Disciplines List hearings, monitoring compliance with the Full Time/Part Time Ratio (75/25 rule), reviewing the faculty role in accreditation, screening faculty Board of Governors applications, analyzing and reviewing suggested changes in Executive Committee policies and Senate Bylaws and Rules, and administering designated awards presented by the Academic Senate. As assigned by the President or Executive Committee, the committee chair or designee will assist local academic senates with compliance issues associated with state statutes and their implementation.
The Transfer, Articulation, and Student Services Committee is responsible for development and review of policies, procedures, administrative requirements and general information regarding counseling and library issues; discussion of current counseling and library programs; and consensus development on issues through study and research. The committee presents position statements and policy recommendations to the Academic Senate Executive Committee
The Resolutions Committee charge is to provide accurate and timely documents of the resolutions that eventually are adopted at the Senate Sessions. The process begins with Senate Committees that submit resolutions to the Executive Committee, which in turn adopts resolutions for submission to Area meetings where more resolutions may be written. A resolution document is in the packet at the Session and additional resolutions are developed there and printed at the Session. A final document for Plenary Session deliberation is prepared including resolutions and amendments.
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The goal of the CTE Leadership Committee is to better align with and support the CCCCO CTE/EWD division restructuring under the “Doing What Matters” campaign. This goal seeks to ensure that all relevant parties are connected to the processes related to CTE, are better equipped to work together as existing programs are perfected, can provide resources to develop new programs, and collaborate to meet the needs of students by preparing them for the workforce and/or advanced education. The objectives noted below are intended to both develop and support CTE faculty so they can participate more actively in leadership roles regionally and statewide. The key goal is to develop CTE faculty leaders to become informed participants in the ongoing dialog with the variety of state players.