The Academic Services Council has been focusing on several topics this winter, including WEPA, library services, quiet study space options for students collegewide, and changes in the winter session schedule.
This winter, the Academic Services Council will obtain more information about WEPA and the Instructional Materials Affordability and Accessibility Guidelines. The Council met in February with the Director of College Libraries and Information Services, and the campus Library Directors, who provided council members with information about library services, as well as an opportunity to discuss constituent concerns.
The Council encourages members of the College community to join us this spring at an upcoming meeting. We are planning a “meet and greet” outreach reception before our meeting on Thursday, April 24 at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. We also hosted a reception at the Gaithersburg Training Center in February and are hosting a reception at the Germantown Campus in March.
The Faculty Council has had three meetings this semester. The Council continues to receive and fill committee assignments as requested. The Council has staffed 10 committees including the General Education Transform and Restructure Committee, the Online Catalog Implementation Committee, the Late Registration Implementation Committee, the Advising Committee, the Calendar Committee, and the Academic Appeals Committee. The Council also named a focus group for Work Group E within Academic Restructuring. Page Whittenburg was confirmed as the newly elected Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Harry Zarin was confirmed as the Council Secretary replacing Corey Newman who had to resign from the Council due to a course scheduling conflict.
A motion was adopted by the Council regarding a statement to be included on all college syllabi:
Important Information Link
In addition to course requirements and objectives that are in this syllabus, Montgomery College has information on its web site (see link below) to assist you in having a successful experience both inside and outside of the classroom. It is important that you read and understand this information. The link below provides information and other resources to areas that pertain to the following: student behavior (student code of conduct), student e-mail, the tobacco free policy, withdraw and refund dates, disability support services, veteran services, how to access information on delayed openings and closings, how to register for the Montgomery College Alert System, and finally, how closings and delays can impact your classes. If you have any questions, please ask your professor. As rules and regulations change, they will be updated and you will be able to access them through this link. If any student would like a written copy of these policies and procedures, your professor will be happy to provide them. By registering and remaining in this class, you acknowledge and accept these policies.
Additional information regarding the above mentioned motion will be forthcoming.
The Germantown Campus Council had a timely and relevant discussion about safety and security on campus at its March meeting. Other topics included Chartwells catering (informational presentation), honoring our PT faculty, and governance procedures and elections. We will hold two meetings in April (the second for officer elections). Consider coming to the next meeting.
Because of a weather-related closure, the Operational Services Council was unable to meet in February. Presentations and activities planned for that month have been rescheduled for future meetings.
The Staff Council is moving forward with the planning of Staff Enrichment Day (SED). SED is scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Priscilla Walker (email@example.com) and Chiquita Manago (chiquita.managomontgomerycollege.edu) are co chairs of the planning committee that makes this day possible. The committee is looking for volunteers and workshop proposals. Please contact the co-chairs for ways to volunteer, help with the planning of this event, additional information about proposal due dates, and/or other ways to get involved.
At our last Staff Council meeting we discussed the Taleo system, staff eligibility to participate in governance, and the upcoming election of officers. Staff members are encouraged to contact Staff Council with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an effort to increase participation by WD&CE students, the council distributed a governance elections flyer, designed by Beth Mole, which was targeted to WD&CE students. The flyers were posted in the WD&CE customer service areas, classrooms and also distributed electronically to program staff for further circulation . The Taleo Profile Concerns document, developed by the WD&CE council, was presented to the College Council in February meetings and to the Staff Council in March. Feedback from other councils was also received by e-mail. These discussions will be consolidated into one document for presentation to HR with an invitation to discuss these concerns. In March, the council discussed the use of e-cigarettes on campus and sent recommendations to Dr. Cain regarding a policy. Most members thought e-cigarettes should not be allowed on campus although this recommendation was not unanimous. Also in March, the council considered revisions to the eligibility requirements for WD&CE students and faculty who wish to serve in governance positions.