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Academic Standards Committee

The Academic Standards Committee is a standing sub-committee of the Academic Senate and as such is charged with reviewing and recommending to the Senate all college policies relating to academic standards for students.

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Curriculum Committee

The goal of the Curriculum Committee is to provide the highest quality of education for all College of Marin students by supporting and assisting the faculty in the process of development and revisions to all approved academic materials. It is the committee's intent to maintain and improve academic standards as set forth by Title 5 regulations, the State Chancellor’s Office, and the duties as set forth by the state Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

As a subcommittee of the Academic Senate at College of Marin, we will act accordingly in both a supportive and evaluative role for the on-going development of courses and programs at the college as defined within the current board policies and procedures, specifically BP 4020 PROGRAM, CURRICULUM, AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT and AP 4020 PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT. 

For assistance, please contact the Curriculum Represetative for your area, the Curriculum Chairperson, the Curriculum Specialist, or the Articulation Officer by clicking on the links under the Committee Members list. You may also contact us via phone by referring to the extension number listed or the listing in the current College of Marin Directory.

Curriculum Committee Membership and Operating Guidelines from AP 4020:

2. Membership:
Membership of the College Curriculum Committee will be for two-year terms and will consist of the following:
a. Voting Members: One faculty member elected from each Department and Community Education; one classified member who is directly related to Academic Affairs selected by the official classified staff appointing body, and one student selected by the Student Senate.

b. Non-voting Staff Resource: The Dean of Enrollment Services.

c. Department Chairs serve as ex-officio members of the Committee and all Department Chairs are welcome to attend at all times. Particular Department Chairs will be invited to attend Curriculum Committee meetings when there are proposals originating from their department; further, Department Chairs shall be invited when proposals are presented from other departments that will affect their courses and/or programs.

3. Operating Guidelines:

a. According to the UPM/MCCD Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 8.12.2 (2004-2007 contract) Department Chairs shall: in conjunction with the department's faculty, develop and/or modify curriculum, subject to departmental and District approval as recommended by the College Curriculum Committee; and assist faculty in up-dating course descriptions and communicate these updates in writing within the department and to the appropriate instructional office(s) through recommendations of the College Curriculum Committee.

b. The Curriculum Committee Chair will be elected by voting members of the Committee.

c. Additional support will be provided by the Office of Instructional Management.

d. Curriculum Committee agendas, approved minutes and updated Curriculum Committee approval schedules will be posted on the Curriculum Committee website.

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Distance Education Committee (DEC)

The Academic Senate voted at its September 23rd, 2010 meeting to approve the formation of a Distance Education Committee (DEC) as a subcommittee of the Academic Senate that will oversee the development and implementation of distance education offerings at College of Marin.

This Committee may include at least 8 volunteer faculty appointed by the Academic Senate from various disciplines who presently offer distance education classes including Math, the Sciences, Health Education, English, Philosophy, Business/Business Office Systems or Computer Information Systems, Modern Languages, and Multimedia Studies; additionally, one faculty member with curriculum expertise, a counselor and someone from DSPS. The chair will be elected by the committee.

This committee will:

  • Develop long-term strategies for the development of distance education at College of Marin.
  • Research and make recommendations to IT and the Director of Learning Resources on the best distance education platform.
  • Provide guidelines and training in use of the new platform and if necessary, support for transferring existing courses from Blackboard to a new platform (if a change is recommended).
  • Develop protocols and consistent procedures for all faculty to use for Distance Education classes.
  • Develop and implement a method for ensuring academic integrity and student authentication.
  • Research and develop policies regarding regular and effective student contact for distance education classes.
  • Research and make recommendations to the Curriculum Committee on course outlines for distance education courses including ADA Compliance (Universal Design).
  • Write up guidelines for distance education course outlines for the college’s course outline handbook.
  • Address Student Service issues including counseling and library support. Research and report on best practices for supporting students enrolled in distance education classes.
  • Research and publish best practices for student success and retention in distance education classes. Post on DE Webpage.
  • Make recommendations to the professional development committee for flex workshops.
  • The committee will provide recommendations on selection and evaluation procedures for DE offerings.
  • The Senate will consult with UPM on applicable items.

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Program Review Committee
PROGRAM REVIEW COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
At its November 29, 2007 meeting, the Academic Senate voted to approve the creation of a program review committee that will oversee the academic program reviews for the college. In September of 2010, the Program Review Committee Charge was revised as follows:

The committee will:

  • work with the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) to create and amend
  • the time line for academic program reviews
  • monitor progress of programs going through review
  • serve as a liaison among PRAC, the Academic Senate and academic programs
  • monitor district policy and procedures related to program review and SLOs
  • provide written feedback to disciplines and programs regarding their reviews

Each member will:

  • be assigned several reviews to read in their entirety in order to evaluate the overall needs
    and requests of each program.
  • Follow up with discipline with any requests for clarification, questions and feedback
  • be given all completed sections related to his/her own committee
  • report back the Academic Senate if the committee feels a particular program wants or
    might benefit from going through a revitalization process.

This committee will be chaired by the Program Review Facilitator who will:

  • oversee the work of the committee - plan meetings, set agendas and tasks
  • oversee the monitoring of programs
  • serve as a resource in data gathering and writing of program reviews
  • follow/monitor progress of the reviews
  • work with the Academic Senate and PRAC in setting priorities and improving the
    program review process

Committee members will include the faculty chair or a faculty member from each of the senate or governance committees that review portions of the program review document. Faculty participation on this committee is voluntary.

  • Planning and Resource Allocation Committee
  • Educational Planning
  • Instructional Equipment
  • Technology
  • Facilities
  • Student Access and Success
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Two SLO Facilitators

Approved by the Academic Senate on September 23rd, 2010.

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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Council (SLOAC)

The College of Marin Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Council (SLOAC) is a subcommittee of the Academic Senate. It is co-chaired by the two student learning outcome facilitators. Additionally, it has up to ten volunteer faculty members from any of the following areas:

Math, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, College Skills, English, Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Career and Technical Education, Allied Health areas, and Counseling

Charge:
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges uses a rubric to evaluate colleges' Program Review, Planning, and Student Learning Outcomes. College of Marin must meet the proficiency level standards by 2012. With that in mind, the SLOAC will help to facilitate, evaluate and report on the achievement of the following outcomes:

•Student Learning Outcomes and authentic assessment are in place for courses, programs and degrees.
•Appropriate professional development opportunities are provided for assessing student achievement of SLOs.
•Results of assessment are being used for improvement and further alignment of institution-wide practices.
•There is widespread institutional dialogue about the results.
•Decision-making includes dialogue on the results of assessment and is purposefully directed toward improving student learning.
•Appropriate resources continue to be allocated and fine-tuned.
•Comprehensive assessment reports exist and are completed on a regular basis.
•Course student learning outcomes are aligned with degree student learning outcomes.
•Students demonstrate awareness of goals and purposes of courses and programs in which they are enrolled.

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General Education Committee

The college’s GE program has not been reviewed or revised for a long time.  We have entered the 21st century now and not only has the world changed significantly but also the skills required to survive have evolved as well.  To address this, the Academic Senate has established a subcommittee on General Education.

Charge:

  • Research and compare our GE program with GE Programs at other community colleges or four-year colleges.
  • Review and revise/update the overall framework of the General Education Program in light of the college’s GE SLOs. 
  • Review current General Education Offerings for accuracy.
  • Recommend a procedure going forward for the selection and approval of courses to count for College of Marin General Education requirements.
  • Recommend the criteria for the selection of GE courses.
  • Propose to the Academic Senate revisions to AP 4025 Criteria for Associate Degree and General Education with the above recommendations in mind.

As this is a curricular issue of major importance and as the Chairs are ex-officio members of the curriculum committee, this committee will be made up of the chair or the chair’s designee from each of the following departments. 

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Life and Earth Sciences
  • Math
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Communication
  • English/Humanities/Philosophy
  • College Skills
  • Modern Languages
  • Fine Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Business Information Systems
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Counseling
  • Library
  • DSPS

Resource persons will include the Articulation Officer, the Academic Deans, and the Vice-President of Student Learning.

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Academic Senate Subcommittees Webpage
Technical Contact: Sara McKinnon, SLO coordinator, 415.485.9411 ext. 7924