|Thank you to everyone who shared their “Dream Big” ideas last week. Your suggestions and comments were wide ranging. From ideas about faculty workload, learning and teaching innovation opportunities, and addressing dual credit challenges, to ensuring equitable campus facilities and securing access to resources like testing centers, your feedback on general outcomes we should be striving for and specific tactics for getting there are much appreciated! |
If you haven’t yet shared your ideas you can do so now using the Contact Us button at the end of Standard. We are also working to ensure more opportunities for sharing your ideas during this strategic planning process.
|The Standard Poll of the Week|
|Even though temperatures look to stay in the 90s for the foreseeable future, this Thursday marks the official beginning of fall. What fall activity do you look forward to each year?|
|QEP (Quality Enhancement Project)|
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. Work began on the QEP in 2021 and we are now entering into the Implementation phase. Read more about the newly chosen Implementation Team and join the (virtual) Campus Conversation with Chancellor Rhodes on October 6th at 10:00 am to learn more about the upcoming SACSCOC On-Site Visit and the QEP. (Here is a link to the live stream for the Campus Conversation.)
Employee Resource Officer (ERO) and Ombuds Campus Visits
Kelly Torrico (ERO) and Amanda Dean (Ombuds) will be visiting ACC campuses throughout the Fall term. Check out their schedule here and drop by during any of these times to say hello and learn more about the support they can offer each of us as employees. If you have a specific inquiry better suited for a private discussion, you can click on the following links to schedule a time to meet with the ERO or the ombuds individually.
|In Case You Missed It|
|Texas Pathways Institute (November 14 – 16 in Dallas, Texas)|
The next Pathways Institute will take place this fall and we are looking for dual credit, workforce, and academic transfer faculty to attend. The focus of this institute is on teaching and learning – particularly on supporting improved outcomes for our Black, Latinx, and low-income students. These Institutes provide an opportunity to analyze our own data, take stock of what is working and what our areas of opportunity are in relation to the institute theme, learn about what has been effective at other colleges in Texas and across the United States, and to create an action plan. If you have an interest in strategy and college planning, this is a great opportunity. You do not have to have previously attended a Pathways conference in order to be considered for attending. To learn more, reach out to Nancy Stano by Friday, September 23.
|Faculty Evaluation Proposed Revisions|
The Faculty Development and Evaluation committee continues its work revising ACC’s Faculty Evaluation process. As we had the opportunity to do last year, this shared governance committee is again reaching out to ask faculty to share their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Please visit the Faculty Evaluation Proposed Revisions Website to read about all of the proposed revisions along with tweaks and changes made since the spring from feedback received from faculty during Spring 2022. Please take the time to submit your feedback by October 31. You can also follow up directly with Marcus McGuff or Gale Spear.
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