Statewide Initiatives

By Dan Crump, American River College and CCL Liaison to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC)

We librarians seem to always have questions about faculty issues such as the 50% Law, the Faculty Obligation Number (FON) and the 75:25 Full-Time/Part-Time Ratio that affect us. I thought it might be nice to recommend a couple of articles from past issues of the ASCCC Rostrum to provide some background and context for librarians.

By June Turner, Palo Verde College

By Elizabeth Horan

Did you drink the “Guided Pathways” Kool-aid yet? Coastline College jumped in with both feet and wanted the “Library” to be involved. That was great, but I was pretty confused what Guided Pathways would mean at my college. Lucky things seem to be working out.

A Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley on the proposed online college: https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-New-Approach-for/242628/

Funding is available to educate Californians about Japanese-American internment and civil liberty issues. Guidelines for $950,000 in grants under the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program were released today by the California State Library. The release follows the annual Day of Remembrance, commemorating President Franklin Roosevelt’s signature on February 19, 1942 of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of civilians and others from “military zones” established in Washington, Oregon, and California during World War II.

By Rachel Arteaga, Butte College

By Meghan Cason, Los Angeles Valley College

The Los Angeles Community College District will host its first LACCD OER Summit at LA City City College on April 27th. Within the District, two colleges have received OER-related grants: Los Angeles Valley and East LA, both administered locally by Library faculty. At LAVC, Meghan Cason is coordinating AB-798 and co-coordinating a Communications ZTC degree grant. Cason plans to apply for AB-798 bonus funding in June. At ELAC, Unjoo Lee is coordinating AB-798.

By Ron Oxford, West Hills College Lemoore

Libraries are at the forefront of the Open Education movement around the Nation. California Community Colleges as well are positioned to further OER and Affordable Learning Solutions across the CCC system. Below are some examples of how:

Librarian Rebecca Nowicki has been hired as the OER Librarian at Grossmont College. The position is being funded through the State's ZTC grant program. Rebecca is very excited to be working with Grossmont's faculty; educating and assisting in the adoption and adaptation of OER in order to create ZTC pathways for our students. In addition to being a long-time user and advocate of OER, Rebecca is an avid hiker who has scaled the likes of the Andes, the Alps, Mount Kilimanjaro, and even parts of Mount Everest. Let's hope that scaling the mountain of OER is less strenuous!

Rio Hondo College Academic Senate has created a college OER committee as of Spring 2018. There will be divisional representation, one librarian has been invited to join and the library dean will be co-chair.

Additionally, Rio Hondo College, just launched the statewide Guided Pathways initiative. The brainstorming phase of this initiative has begun and progress will continue, which includes valuable librarian input.

The state Academic Senate will be having the South Regional OER workshop on February 9, 2018 and Rio Hondo College will be hosting this event.