The College Senate met on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Thank you to our guest speakers, current student Sarar Ayache and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Heather Hill. The following are updates and reminders from the meeting.
Each senate committee has met to finalize their priorities for the 2020-2021 academic year. These priorities could shift in response to college discussions. Each committee priority connects to the college values and to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Potential Merger with Classified Staff Council
The leadership teams of the Classified Staff Council and the College Senate are considering merging these two groups. The leadership teams of both groups will be putting forth resolutions to their respective elected bodies in October to seek support for the merger. This is the first step in a multi-step process.
Required Course Elements
As the college continues our implementation of Brightspace (replacement for Blackboard), The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and Brightspace Project Management Team have created a Required Course Elements for Student Success in the Online Environment. The elements outlined will be required for all curriculum course in online, hybrid, and blended formats taught in Brightspace. Your feedback is needed. Please review and share your thoughts on the Brightspace required course elements document before the end of September.
Course Evaluation Update Team
A Course Evaluation Update Action Team is forming. Review the Course Evaluation Update Action Team project plan for this group.
Focusing on Central Piedmont’s strategic plan, the Conquer Forward Action Team has reviewed Central Piedmont and peer college best practices and data on student success and credential completion. A significant amount of this data consistently showed that students succeed more in compressed course terms compared to full-semester-length courses.
In the spring semester, the college will work with instructor volunteers to offer more 8-week format courses within a two-part term of two 8-week sessions. This will be Phase I of Conquer Forward. This will be expanded in fall 2021, with the long-term goal of having five distinct 8-week sessions throughout the year (summer, early fall, late fall, early spring, and late spring) with focused marketing, recruitment, registration, and holistic student support available for each of the sessions. The college is optimistic Conquer Forward will increase enrollment, retention, and student success. Data from the spring pilot will be reviewed and used to help inform decisions moving forward.
Come to the October College Senate Meeting
The next full senate meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20. Dr. Deitemeyer will be our guest speaker. You can submit questions for Dr. Deitemeyer in advance here. Please continue to encourage your colleagues to attend senate meetings. The Webex links to all of this year’s meetings can be found on the Meetings and Minutes page of the College Senate website.
Review Meetings Minutes
The draft of the September senate meeting minutes are available for you and others to review. These minutes are not considered final until they are approved at our October senate meeting.
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