By | February 1, 2024
Senate Standard 5.11
In the Standard this week:

– January 26 Faculty Senate meeting
– HR hiring committee participation
– In case you missed it:
—Workgroup on Compensation and Faculty Contracts
—Faculty Needed for New Blackboard Ultra Transition Implementation and Planning

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Senate Meeting January 26 Information

We are holding a Faculty Senate meeting this coming Friday. You can find the tentative agenda here. For all faculty attending the meeting (online or in person), please everyone do not forget to RSVP  by this Thursday at 4pm.  For Senators who will miss the meeting, please have a proxy for the meeting. I’lI update the sign-in Google form to include proxies.

I hope to see you at the meeting.

Human Resources Hiring Committee Participation
Human Resources is seeking faculty to participate in hiring for some of their positions. If interested, please fill out this survey by February 1. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Torrico or Elma Benavides.
In Case You Missed It

Compensation/Contracts Workgroup:

The workgroup on compensation and contracts is starting to meet this week.

I want to remind faculty we have an opportunity to work with the administration on improving the compensation and contractual process. Some issues we want to collaborate on:

– Revisiting the language, purpose, and timing of current faculty contracts.
– Increasing transparency in the compensation/contractual process,
– Improving timely communication in regard to generating faculty contracts and minimizing contractual errors, 
– Maximizing accountability,
– Improving ease of access to our compensation/contractual information.

I have included a google form link here for you to share your suggestions with us on how to improve the process.

Blackboard Ultra:

ACC is in the beginning stages of transitioning to a new version of Blackboard, Blackboard Ultra. Ultra is intended to be more elegant, intuitive, and easy to use, especially on mobile devices. Also, it incorporates some AI elements. 

There is a lot of work to be done before implementing this new version of Blackboard. The transition period begins now and will end with full implementation across all instruction, tentatively scheduled for Summer 2025. 

The transition team will have a lot of faculty representation and the Senate specifically has been asked to provide three faculty members to work on the Ultra transition team. If you are interested in serving, please fill out the following form.