By | September 17, 2021
Senate Standard 3.2
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey last week to gauge faculty opinion on the September 13th return to campus.  Detailed survey data will be presented at the Faculty Senate meeting tomorrow.  The results were concordant with sentiments I have heard anecdotally from our faculty; the votes for and against return were essentially even and the opinions were expressed with similar conviction. Faculty on both sides of the issue raised excellent points about community safety and student success, and we included them both in our offerings to the administration.  I am pleased to say Faculty Senate leadership was included throughout the decision-making process and the survey data was presented directly to the Chancellor and executive administration. If you did not contribute to last week’s survey, don’t fret. All full-time faculty will have subsequent opportunities to give input as we strive to safely and effectively teach during this pandemic. 
As always, until next time, stay safe!~SamanthaSamantha Croft, Ph.D.scroft@austincc.edu
Newsworthy Information
Faculty Senate Meeting on Friday at noonAll full-time faculty are encouraged to attend the Faculty Senate meeting on Friday, September 10th, noon-1:30 pm. The link to join is on the agenda.Do you have a question for our Ombuds Amanda Dean? She will be answering questions at the meeting. Consult the agenda document for question submission.See the September FS Meeting Agenda
ACC Board Meeting on MondayThe ACC Board of Trustees meeting is on Monday at 3:00. You are welcome to attend in person or watch the live cast.  Get the agenda and live cast link
COVID Info that Faculty May Need to KnowACC’s COVID procedures are updating at a breakneck pace right now. Samantha has made a document to consolidate COVID-related information for faculty. It includes where to find information and answers to many commonly asked questions. Email her any unanswered questions. Open the document
The Faculty Senate wants to hear from youEmail us any topics you would like discussed at a Faculty Senate meeting by clicking on the Contact Us! button.
Available Opportunities 
Riverbats Bravo Award Committee Member NeededOne more full-time faculty is needed to join this award selection committee. Email Samantha Croft at scroft@austincc.edu
In Case You Missed It
General Assembly Registration Now Open!Each fall semester, Austin Community College (ACC) employees from across the district gather at General Assembly to hear key College updates, celebrate success, and help us reflect on our work. This event helps connect the dots between an employee’s daily work and the strategic plan of the College. This year’s theme, “Light Your Fire,” focuses on the role that creating purpose and belonging play in student success and our personal and professional growth.General Assembly 2021 has both online and in-person options. All ACC faculty and staff are invited to participate. Employees who attend in person must register.Learn More: austincc.edu/generalassembly
Fall 21 Faculty Guide for Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesThe Student Affairs Executive Deans created a concise reference guide for faculty to navigate student concerns that may arise. View the Faculty Guide
Meet the QEP Topic FinalistsThere will be a Campus Conversation on the new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at ACC on September 14th at 10:00 am. See videos for the four topic finalists and learn how to get involved in voting. In addition, representatives from each of the four topic finalists will join the conversation to answer questions.Watch Campus Conversations