December 2019

Governance at a Glance

In this issue: Governance Committee and Council Reports:

Governance Committee and Council Reports

Governance meetings are open to all members of the campus community and all are encouraged to attend. For up-to-date information and documents on governance, please visit our governance website.

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Writing teams have spent the fall term working on DVC’s 2020 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report, which is due to the ACCJC at the end of spring. The complete draft will be presented to the college during spring flex and the final draft will work through the governance structure this spring. The visiting team from the ACCJC will be on campus in early October 2020.

For more information, please visit: Accreditation website, Becky Opsata, accreditation liaison.

Guided Pathways (GP)

The work of the Guided Pathways Steering Team (GPST) continues to progress towards actualizing our Educational Master Plan (EMP) through an equity focused lens.

Some of the fall 2019 highlights of the GPST include:

  • The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) did fantastic work adding the student's voice to a number of GPST projects including work on developing branding tag-lines ideas.
  • The Connection/Entry Team worked on:
  1. developing student milestones/touch points through the first year of a student's journey,
  2. improving our web-based registration processes, and
  3. the successful implementation of AB705 in English and math.
  • The Interest Area/Communication teams integrated their work on developing student facing materials and messaging to help students make informed decisions about Interest Areas and careers.
  • The Success Team developed a student messaging plan for the 16-week term.
  • The Pedagogy Team launched the first Flex Friday workshop and are developing a Pedagogy PD track.

For the fall 2019 term, DVC partnered with Dr. Al Solano who assisted with integrated planning and provided implementation support for our work teams. The primary focus of this term has been to integrate the work of the six design teams, developing project workplans, and project-based deliverables. This increased integration of the GPST would not have been possible without the leadership, patience, and hard work of the GPST co-chairs and their teams. The new integrated approach to the GPST workflow will allow for a scaffolded implementation of our EMP over the next 2.5 years.

For more information, please visit: The Guided Pathways website, Current chair: Mark Akiyama (management)

College Council (CC) 

College Council is continuing the following work:

  • reviewing and editing DVC’s Roles, Responsibilities and Processes Handbook,
  • reviewing the Program Review Committee memberships, rubric and recommendations based on last cycle,
  • providing support and ongoing discussion on the many options for ASDVC in their Health Center Initiative, and,
  • assisting and recommending the Safety Committee conduct a safety drill.

The council also did the following:

  • approved and supported a new charge and function for Racial Justice Task Force,
  • made recommendations and approved updates for social justice mural changes,
  • reviewed the new procedure - Regular and Effective Contract Policy for Distance Education, and
  • commissioned the college-wide Professional Development Committee to update expired Professional Development Plan.

For more information, please visit: the College Council website. Current Chairs: Patrick Moe (faculty) and Jeniffer Monroy (classified)

Research, Planning and Evaluation Committee (RPEC)

In the fall term, RPEC reviewed several requests for research involving our students from both inside and outside the college. The majority of time was spent analyzing the CCSSE data and finalizing a report to be released to the college shortly. RPEC focused on creating a document that doesn't just report statistics, but presents the information from the survey as a tool for positive change for our students and college.

For more information, please visit: the Research, Planning and Evaluation Committee website. Current Chairs: Becky Opsata (management), Rene Sporer (faculty)

Program Review Committee (PRC)

The PRC has been evaluating program review processes and ranking procedures. Updates to the rubric and changes to the membership were reviewed and approved by constituent groups. The PRC has been acclimating new members to the program review process and its role in resource allocation at the college. Workshops for writers and validators were held throughout the term.

For more information, please visit: the Program Review Committee website. Current co-chairs: Florence Espiritu (faculty), Lindsay Kong (management)

Budget Committee (BC)

The Budget Committee is currently reviewing the prior year resource allocation experience and discussing ideas for refining the process. Additional discussion topics included reviewing and setting agenda for the spring, in depth budget review, accreditation review and input, and potential revision of allocation processes based on program review steering committee input.

For more information, please visit: the Budget Committee Website.

Academic Senate Council (ASC)

At its November meetings, the DVC Academic Senate heard reports about:

  • the progress of our English and Math Departments towards AB705 compliance;
  • Cranium Café, a new online counseling program;
  • the Counseling Department's proposal for interest area liaison counseling; and
  • @4CD Cornerstone, a professional development tool.

The council also discussed and provided input on:

  • the potential impacts on instruction and best date range for campus safety drills;
  • program review improvement task force recommendations;
  • a proposed new DVC procedure on Regular and Effective Contact for Distance Education;
  • Zero Cost Textbook badges and website language; and
  • strategies to increase the diversity of faculty hiring pools.

On November 12, council members from all three district Academic Senates attended the fourth annual 4CD district plenary study session and discussed faculty roles in budgeting and resource allocation processes and management hiring processes.

For more information, please visit: the Academic Senate Website. Current leadership: John Freytag, president; Patrick Moe, vice president

Classified Senate (CS)

Classified Senate has been hard at work vetting accreditation drafts and approving policies and procedures. CS is gearing up for a busy spring by planning professional development activities and preparing for elections for the positions of president, secretary and treasurer. More information about classified elections will be sent out in early spring!

For more information, please visit: the Classified Senate website. Current leadership: Marisa Greenberg, president; Jeniffer Monroy, vice president.

For the charges and functions of the above committees, please visit the links to each committee above.

All DVC constituencies, including our students, can access our governance committee minutes and agendas through the public website.