Meetings with Statewide administrators
Past-Chair, Tim Hinterberger, and I had an opportunity to meet with the President and several Statewide administrators in early August for updates on issues of concern. We gained perspective on upcoming budgetary challenges and learned of efforts to have academic program planning play a larger role in the budget development process. We were told that academic program reviews are an integral part of a newly initiated analysis of funding distribution within the System. We learned that funds from BP/Conoco Phillips are available for Sharing Scholarship and Excellence in Research & Teaching and will make those opportunities more widely known to faculty. Interim VP Saichi Oba told us about studies of needs-based financial aid, elasticity in tuition charged at the community campus level, and drop-off in retention in the junior year. There was news of cooperative efforts among Provosts in academic program planning as well as news of more restrictive university policies on transferability of GERs and admissions.
Tim and I discussed with President Hamilton the failed search for a Vice President of Academic Affairs, appointment of Interim VPRAA Craig Dorman and reiterated the need for faculty participation in conducting a second nationwide search for a VPAA next year. We were informed of Provost Ted Kassier’s appointment to the new position of Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. This renewed our concerns that SW administration continues to expand without support for a Faculty Liaison or similar position, in which faculty get release time from teaching or research commitments to concentrate on numerous SW issues and present a faculty point-of-view in SW planning efforts.
Interim VPRAA and SAVPAA
In a meeting with Interim VPRAA Craig Dorman and Ted Kassier, I sought clarification of Ted’s role as Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and ways in which he could liaise with Faculty Alliance and provide more opportunities for dialogue. We discussed the need for faculty representatives to participate in academic program planning efforts at initial stages instead of being informed of progress when substantive decisions and resource allocations have already been made. Since appointment of another Faculty Liaison has been denied, efforts are underway on a trial basis to have representatives of Faculty Alliance participate in meetings of seven SW Councils and serve on their work groups when appropriate. In Spring 2006, Faculty Alliance will evaluate the extent to which representatives’ participation has been meaningful and whether the time needed to sustain these efforts is feasible given other job responsibilities. Representatives will review documents provided by Council Chairs, voice faculty points-of-view and contribute an academic perspective in Council meetings, and then report to Faculty Alliance on significant issues.
A recent HDEP report from the
Educational Technology Team underscores the need to provide faculty with initial
and ongoing support in order to assist them in successfully transforming courses
taught in the classroom to those taught at a distance. The report will be useful in discussions with
the ETT and Distance Education Steering Board about timeframes for developing
courses, course quality, and allocation of resources. Faculty Senates are reviewing ETT’s draft
document on Supporting Students at a Distance, and the
Transcription of certificates
A SW task force undertook a
study of certificate programs in order to recommend better ways of capturing the numbers of students who complete those programs and
having data about those ‘completers’ show up in accountability measures. Community campuses provide many students with
opportunities to complete certificate programs, but Banner data may or may not
capture their successes in terms of workforce development or graduation