Monday, November 13, 2017

DCCFA 40th Anniversary Convention a Great Success!

The DCCFA 40th Anniversary Convention, held on November 10, 2017, was a resounding success.

To kick off the festivities, Dr. Ken Alfers and Dr. Fred Newbury provided a presentation on the history and milestones of the DCCFA over the past 40 years. Ken and Fred stressed the importance of understanding the history of the Association and highlighted many of its key achievements of the past four decades.

The Convention also featured guest speaker Richard Moore, Executive Director of TCCTA, who discussed concerns regarding Guided Pathways, the THECB 60x30 plan, and Dual Credit enrollments, as well as the importance of membership in TCCTA and ongoing faculty involvement.

The proposed 2017-2018 DCCFA budget was passed by unanimous consent.

The proposed dues increase was also unanimously approved by the membership. Dues will be $90 per year, starting in Fall 2018. This change is reflected in the revised DCCFA Bylaws, located here: http://www.dccfa.info/constitution.html

The minutes of the Convention, the President's State of the Association address, and the Standing Committe reports are all posted on the DCCFA website: http://www.dccfa.info/DCCFA_Minutes_2017.html

Once again, the Convention ended with a wonderful reception hosted by the El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute, which featured delicious hors d'oeuvres, hot foods, desserts, and drinks.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

DCCFA Nov. 10 Pre-Convention Update 3

The Faculty Council again extends its invitation to members to attend the DCCFA Convention, and peruse the previous updates with information relevant for the convention.

Here is a link to the proposed agenda for the convention.

Here is the link to Pre-Convention Update #1, from Wednesday, Oct. 11. Most notably, Pre-Convention Update #1 includes the proposed 2017-2018 DCCFA budget, posted 30 days in advance of the convention, in accordance with the DCCFA bylaws.

Here is the link to Pre-Convention Update #2, from Wednesday, Oct. 25, in which the Council offers a vision for the future of DCCFA, including a proposal to revise the bylaws to increase dues to $90 beginning with the Fall 2018 membership drive, posted more than two weeks in advance of the convention, in accordance with the DCCA bylaws.

Finally, here again is the invitation to the convention:
DCCFA 40th Anniversary Convention
Friday, November 10, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m.
WHO:
Faculty Association Members
WHAT:
A special presentation honoring the past achievements of the DCCFA, our present DCCFA regular Convention business, and a look forward.
Guest Speakers:
Richard Moore, Executive Director of TCCTA
Beaman Floyd, Higher Education Lobbyist
Dr. Ken Alfers, Faculty, Mountain View College
WHERE:
Dallas County Commissioners Court
(in the Dallas County Administration Building)
411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Parking/Transportation:
Several lots are available close to the building, nominal fee for parking.
DART Rail: West End Station
 Reception
5:00-7:00 p.m.
MENU:
Hors d'oeuvres along with delicious hot foods prepared by the famous El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute, plus an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
WHERE:
El Centro College
 801 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Dining Room, C100
Parking Information:
Several lots are available close to ECC; nominal fee for parking.
DART Rail: West End Station
Sponsor:
Damian Caruso, K.W. Gutshall & Associates
Please RSVP for the Reception 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Faculty encouraged to enroll in the THECB email distribution link


With all of the information flying at faculty from multiple directions, it can be difficult to make sense of what is happening at the local, state, and federal levels. It also can be difficult to understand the often conflicting expectations from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) on one hand, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) on the other hand.

In addition, so many faculty report that they have difficulty managing the volume of email they receive.

However, those faculty who wish to remain apprised of official information from the THECB, may nevertheless wish to register for the THECB’s email distribution list, at the following link:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nov. 10 Pre-Convention Update 2: Council offers vision for the next 40 years, proposes Bylaws revision to increase Fall 2018 dues

DCCFA President Bill Hammerschlag has promulgated a proposed agenda to adopt at, and to guide, the Nov. 10 annual DCCFA convention. Having been founded in 1977, this year marks the 40th annual DCCFA convention.

Reflecting on 40 years of institutional memory, the Council has articulated a vision for the next 40 years, and wishes to share that vision with the members gathered at the Nov. 10 convention.

Included among the recommendations is a proposal to increase dues, beginning with the Fall 2018 membership drive, from the current $75 per year, to $90 per year.

Members are encouraged to review the proposed convention agenda, the proposed 2017-2018 budget (which was posted on Oct. 11), and the vision statement, which includes the proposed language to revise provisions of the bylaws governing the dues structure.

For additional context, please refer to the Oct. 11 Pre-Convention Update, with standing committee reports.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Core Curriculum Review Committee Formed to Study Proposed Changes to 090 Component Area Option, and Proposal to Remove Non-Science Major Science Courses from the Associate of Science Degree



At the October 16 meeting of The Instructional Leadership Team (TILT), the Academic Vice Presidents and the Faculty Council agreed to re-convene the Core Curriculum Review Committee (CCRC) to study a proposal to revise the 090 Component Area Option of the Core Curriculum, and a proposal to remove “Non-Science Major” science courses from the Associate of Science degrees, in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board removing courses from the DCCCD Core beginning in Fall 2018.

Specifically, the THECB has expired Math 2342 and Math 2442 from the ACGM, and thus those courses must be removed. Second, and more significantly, the THECB has mandated that first year foreign language courses and sign language courses may not be included in the DCCCD Core Curriculum. This effectively means that, absent changes, students entering the DCCCD in Fall 2018 or thereafter would only be able to take a Speech class (SPCH 1311, 1315, or 1321) and a Physical Education course (PHED 1164), to complete the 090 Component Area Option of the DCCCD Core.   Of the 15,894 DCCCD college students who completed the Core Curriculum in 2014, 2015 and 2016 academic years, only 3,251 (20%) completed the Core with a Speech course—80% of the students took other courses that are now not able to be used to meet Core 2014 requirements in Fall, 2018 and later catalogs.  With the only option to complete the Core with Speech and Physical Education, it is projected that many fewer students would choose to complete the DCCCD Core and thus complete an Associate degree. Despite the data above, it could also mean that students will opt to compete the Core with us, using the only courses available to them in SPCH and PHED. This would push course need beyond our capacity.

Given these two possibilities, TILT agreed that the CCRC would be co-chaired by Shawnda Floyd, Vice President of Instruction at North Lake College, and Matt Hinckley, President of the Eastfield College Faculty Association. Floyd has served as a member of CCSST from 2014-2016 and has extensive experience working with the Guided Pathways initiative whose work will inform the CCRC. Hinckley co-chaired the Core Curriculum Steering Team from 2011 to 2014, and the Core Curriculum Review Committee from 2013 to 2015, and also has worked with Guided Pathways.

In keeping with the process and membership standards set by previous CCRCs, the CCRC will be composed of one faculty member from each of the nine Learning Categories of the DCCCD Core, plus one faculty member from each of the pre-Core disciplines of Learning Framework, Computer Literacy, ESOL, Developmental English, and Developmental Math. The CCRC will also add additional STEM, Allied Health, and CTE faculty to form a subcommittee to study the recommendation for the change to the AS degree. Faculty will be invited to participate by the co-chairs, and will be chosen to ensure a broad and diverse spectrum of perspectives, disciplines, longevity, ethnicities, and that all seven colleges, are represented. The co-chairs will use technology to ensure that faculty commitment to this initiative is not overly burdensome or time-consuming. To augment the knowledge base available to the CCRC, the CCRC will also include the following individuals: Nancy Faris, District Director of Academic and Student Records; Anna Mays, Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Policy; Joyce Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Education, Meredithe Greer, District Director, Curriculum Management; Don Perry, Executive Director, Compliance & Policy Formation & THECB Liaison; a Core Objective Assessment expert from one college; and an instructional dean with significant Core Curriculum experience from one college. Executive Vice Chancellor Justin Lonon will serve as ex-officio to the CCRC.
Charges to the CCRC:

The CCRC will be charged to:

1.            De-emphasize concerns over individual disciplines, colleges, and enrollment patterns, in favor of a global and network approach focused on student success and preparing students to succeed in transfer and in the workforce, to take a broad view of the organic whole of the Core Curriculum to develop, and provide opportunities to assess the student attainment of, the six Core Objectives (critical thinking, communication, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, social responsibility, and personal responsibility);

2.            Review research materials provided by the District Office for Educational Policy, including 60x30 Goals, and the Guided Pathways initiatives;

3.            Review foundational, philosophical, and historical documents and perspectives for the 2009 and 2014 Core Curricula and Core Revision process, including relevant AAC&U principles for general education learning and assessment.

4.            Review THECB requirements for the Texas Core Curriculum and study emerging trends from the THECB and other public Texas community colleges and universities.

5.            Conduct information gathering efforts electronically from discipline committees and faculty at all seven colleges to obtain broad stakeholder input, and consider input from major Dallas County employers provided through the Office of Workforce Education;

6.            Provide a set of recommendations for the 090 Component Area Option, and the inclusion or exclusion of non-science major science courses from the AS degree prior to January 29, 2018, for the Vice Presidents Council and Chancellors Staff to review and approve in advance of submission to THECB for possible adoption in the 2018-2019 DCCCD catalog. The CCRC is not to recommend any changes to any of the Foundational Component Areas of the Core.

In the coming days, CCRC Co-chairs Shawnda Floyd and Matt Hinckley will work to identify and recruit a broad and representative sample of faculty, with no less than two and no more than four faculty from each college, to populate the CCRC. The CCRC tentatively will convene for a first meeting on or around December 1, 2017, and a second meeting on or around January 19, 2018. Stakeholder District discipline committees should expect to receive charges in early December. Questions can be directed to Anna Mays, Shawnda Floyd, or Matt Hinckley . Academic Vice Presidents also can provide background information to their respective faculty.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Official DCCFA Convention Invitation



DCCFA 40th Anniversary Convention
Friday, November 10, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m.


WHO:
Faculty Association Members

WHAT:
A special presentation honoring the past achievements of the DCCFA, our present DCCFA regular Convention business, and a look forward.

Guest Speakers:
Richard Moore, Executive Director of TCCTA
Beaman Floyd, Higher Education Lobbyist
Dr. Ken Alfers, Faculty, Mountain View College

WHERE:
Dallas County Commissioners Court
(in the Dallas County Administration Building)
411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202

Parking/Transportation:
Several lots are available close to the building, nominal fee for parking.
DART Rail: West End Station

 Reception
5:00-7:00 p.m.

MENU:
Hors d'oeuvres along with delicious hot foods prepared by the famous El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute, plus an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

WHERE:
El Centro College
 801 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Dining Room, C100

Parking Information:
Several lots are available close to ECC; nominal fee for parking.
DART Rail: West End Station

Sponsor:
Damian Caruso, K.W. Gutshall & Associates

Please RSVP for the Reception
(Outlook invitation to follow)