|What a week it has been! All of our practice pivoting and navigating through chaotic situations was again put to use in the midst of what is becoming interesting Central Texas winter weather. Even today some of our students and colleagues are without power and others are trying to navigate extensive clean up work at home. I hope that self-compassion and grace giving will help us all navigate through this storm aftermath. This Standard is full of information about current opportunities to get involved — to give input and feedback and to participate in new college wide opportunities. I hope that as you are able you will consider these options and contribute your voice! And, if there is a way you would like to be more involved in the college but don’t know if that opportunity exists, reach out to me and let’s chat about what could be possible!
|Senate Meeting: Friday, February 10
|Join us this Friday as our Dr. Monique Umphrey (Provost) and Dr. Gaye Lynn Scott (Vice Chancellor, Instruction) share updates on the Chancellor Priority work underway.
I also encourage you to share questions you have for Dr. Umphrey and Dr. Scott. Click HERE to launch a form you can use to send along the questions you hope to have them address during their visit.
|Standard Poll: ACC Chancellor
|With Dr. Rhodes’ retirement announcement, our Board of Trustees is beginning the important work of identifying our next Chancellor. What do you hope they take into consideration during this process? Share your thoughts in this Standard Poll.
|As we continue to recover from last weeks’ storms, if you or any of your students are in need of immediate support, please check our Storm Recovery/Disaster Relief Resources, call 2-1-1, or visit 211texas.org to find help.
Here are some other helpful links with resources you or your students may need during this time.
ACC & Community Resources
Disaster Relief Network
|Faculty Opportunity: Workday Student Information System (SIS) Implementation Team
|As ACC moves forward to implement the next phase of Workday, your help is needed!
To begin with, a small instructional core team of both faculty and staff who will be fully dedicated to the Workday SIS implementation from start to finish is being formed. This group will be fully dedicated to implementation activities, from attending all meetings, supporting business process reviews and mapping, helping in planning and strategy, and engaging with colleagues to make key decisions. There will be other opportunities to participate in SIS planning, but this is a great opportunity to contribute the faculty perspective to the development of part of our critical college infrastructure.
More information is available in this document. If you are interested in applying but have more questions, you can reach out to Dr. Gaye Lynn Scott at [email protected] or to Mike Midgley at [email protected].
|Faculty Opportunity: Help Conduct Student Focus Groups
|ACC’s Office of Institutional Research and Analysis (OIRA) is conducting a series of student focus groups this spring and is looking for ACC faculty & staff to serve as focus group facilitators and notetakers/technical support.
For this round of focus groups, OIRA is seeking to better understand and elevate the voice and experiences of our Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and low-income students. Specifically, the interview protocol focuses on learning more about students’ learning experiences, what motivates students to engage in learning, how peer relationships impact learning, and what encourages students to engage in academic support services.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this google form by February 10.
OIRA will host training sessions for the focus group facilitators the week of February 13; prior experience is optional. All focus groups will be conducted via Zoom and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. OIRA plans to hold the focus groups between February 22 and March 3. After the focus groups are held, OIRA will complete the analysis and write up the findings.
|Shared Governance: Help Wanted!
|Are you interested in serving on a college-wide shared governance committee? As sometimes happens as schedules and assignments change, Faculty Senate is looking for full time faculty willing to serve on the following two committees for the remainder of this academic year:
Informational Technology (committee charge and membership information available here)
Student Rights and Responsibilities (committee charge and membership information available here)
Please send your interest to Nancy at [email protected].
|In Case You Missed It:
Migration to MyACC from Online Services
|Online Services was decommissioned for faculty on January 31, 2023. Functions impacted by this move include:
Instructor Initiated Withdrawal
PreRequisite Class Rosters
Substitution and Waiver Submissions and Reviews
Full-Time Faculty Pay and Contract
To support this transition, training materials for MyACC can be found at the following sites:
MyACC Video Training page
MyACC Self Service Slides Training page
John WilsonMay, our lead IT product owner for this work, is also available to support you with individual questions you have. You can reach him at [email protected].
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