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Standard 5.19 April 24, 2024

Senate Standard 5.19
In the Standard this week:
– Senate Meeting May 10 – Call for Agenda Items
– Academic & Student Affairs Council (ASAC): 
–Out for Comments: AR 5.0401.03 Library Services Material Selection 
– Faculty Needed for Blackboard Ultra Subcommittee
– Faculty Evaluations: A Call to Action
– Student Course Evaluations Spring 2024: Improving Response Rates
– Balancing Act: Student Parents In Higher Education Workshop
– Mental Health First Aid Training Session
– In Case you Missed It

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Senate Meeting May 10 – Call for Agenda Items
We are holding a Faculty Senate meeting on Friday, May 10, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. If you have any items you want to be considered, please send them my way at [email protected]
Academic & Student Affairs Council (ASAC): Out for Faculty Comments
The Academic & Student Affairs Council (ASAC) has one item posted for comment.
Item one: Revised Library Services Material Selection AR 5.0401.03 

This is an update to the current AR regarding Library Services Material Selection.  The changes are to update outdated language to current modern terms.

Library Services Material Selection- Comment Form

Both items can also be found on the ASAC website.

Please submit all comments no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
Blackboard Ultra: Faculty Needed
As part of the work of the Blackboard Ultra Transition Committee, we are forming a subcommittee to examine best practices in the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) and develop recommendations across all instructional modalities for minimum usage of our LMS. This group will be working throughout the summer, so we are requesting summer availability. If you are interested, please fill out this short form.
Faculty Evaluations: A Call to Action
Call to Action:  Please participate in this survey by May 15th to let the FDEC Student Course Evaluation Workgroup know what you think of the proposed evaluation questions for ACC’s various “lecture-based” courses (LEC, DLS, ONL, HYD, HYC, FLX). OIRA (Office of Institutional Research and Analytics) will analyze your responses, along with information from student focus groups and the pilot student course evaluation surveys being administered this spring, to help us significantly narrow down the total number of questions in the survey.  For more information on the revisions visit the Google site Student Course Evaluations: Proposed Revisions

There will be several presentations on the new faculty evaluation process throughout this and next year.  The first two sessions are planned for Summer Session 1: Wednesday, June 12th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, June 21st from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Join the Zoom meeting here.)

Please contact  Marcus McGuff at [email protected] or Gale Spear at [email protected] for questions on the proposed course evaluation questions or faculty evaluation.
Student Course Evaluations Spring 2024: Improving Response Rates
The Office of Faculty Evaluation would like to request your support in promoting them among your students and share some tips with you on how to increase response rates. Please review this memo for some tried-and-true methods that other faculty members have had success with. Thanks for helping spread the word so we can collect valuable student feedback and increase response rates. We appreciate your assistance.

For questions, please contact Ya-Shih Shen, [email protected]
Faculty Evaluation Specialist, 
Faculty Evaluation Office, TLED 
Workshop: Student Parents in Higher Education
Student parents represent 28% of the ACC student population and they need all our support.  Kristan Hennessy, a current ACC Student Parent in the Nursing program, is presenting a training session to shed light on this population’s common struggles and barriers, help clarify institutional and federal policies, and offer ideas for building a more inclusive environment for all ACC Student Parents.

The training module will be held  May 10 virtually and in-person at HLC in building 2000 room 1550 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Go to to register for the workshop.

Here is their flier.
Mental Health First Aid Training Session
There is a Mental Health First Aid training session at Eastview Campus on May 22nd. Professional Development credit will be offered!Here is the link.

For questions, please contact Dr. Manuel Zamarripa, LPC, BC-TMH (he/him/el), Regional Dean – Mental Health Counseling
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 512-223-0182 
In Case You Missed It
Webinar Series: Supporting Mental Health of Diverse Parenting Students

Students of color who are also parents make up a sizable portion of the student body of community colleges. They also face a unique set of challenges and stressors that often go unaddressed, creating significant barriers to graduation.

This interactive webinar series aims to improve the understanding of the complexities facing parenting students of color so that faculty, staff, and providers of student services can better address their mental health needs and support their path to graduation. Participants will walk away with strategies and best practices to establish a more inclusive classroom environment and campus community.
One Session Left
Apr 26, 2024 11:00 AM: Strategies for Success
Register here.

Teaching and Learning Academy The Teaching and Learning Academy is a four-course program based on evidence-based teaching strategies, reflective practice, and teaching innovation. The program is designed to support faculty in a cohort model in which faculty learn from each other by exploring the scholarship, art, and passion of teaching. Faculty who complete the TLA get 15 hours of professional development credit, a $1200 stipend, and a digital badge. Apply here

Out for Comment: Administrative Rule 4.0300.10 Dual EmploymentThe Administrative Services Council (ASC) has proposed changes to this AR and is distributing a draft for comments from ACC stakeholders. Please review it and make comments as you see fit.

4.0300.10  Dual Employment
The draft is available for viewing and adding comments here (deadline April 26, 2024):