Welcome to the Current Issues Page.
Below, you will find a series of issues that the Academic Senate has chosen to deliberate over
as well as relevant links to these issues. If you have additional information about
these or other topics of Senate concern, please email either of the Senate Co-Vice
Presidents, Lance Heard or Kelly Rivera.
Fall 2020 Virtual Classrooms
This Fall 2020 semester, Mt. SAC is participating in providing a virtual education. The Senate has prepared a guideline for instructors teaching synchronously. Please see the attachment for more information on Guidelines for Synchronous Online Instruction.
This week, the Senate Executive Board gathered to discuss propositions from the Community College Chancellor's Office regarding guidelines for EOPS Programs. Acting on behalf of the Full Senate, the Senate Executive Board passed Resolution 19-03 Opposing the Community College Chancellor's Office's Proposed Changes to the Implementing Guidelines for EOPS Programs. The Resolution was passed in support of several Mt. SAC students and administrators joining students and administrators of other institutions next week in Sacramento to advocate for more representative EOPS Program guidelines from the Community College Chancellor's Office, and more transparency in the decision making process.
To read more on Resolution 19-03, please visit this link.
With gaining concerns about the ways in which the Mt. San Antonio College commits to having a smaller environmental footprint and contributes to a more environmentally friendly campus, the Academic Senate approved Resolution 19-02 In Support for Actions to Ensure Implementation of the Climate Action Plan. The Senate recognizes the urgent need to implement standards already set in the Climate Action Plan, and urges that these standards come into effect.
Resolution 18-11: In Support of Our Transgender Students
Provided to the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees just yesterday, December 12, 2018, Resolution 18-11 In Support of Our Transgender Students highlights the Academic Senate's recommendation to support the safety and inclusivity
that the Mt. SAC Pride Center gives to LGBTQ+ students each day, despite recently
proposed changes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to change the
already-accepted definition of gender in federal programs.
To read this resolution, please visit the following link.
Dual Enrollment Resurfaces
The Academic Senate shares the following articles in trying to assess DUAL ENROLLMENT practices by Mt. SAC.
- Contesting the Space Between High School and College in the Era of Dual-Enrollment, College Composition and Communication (Tinberg & Nadeau, June 2011)
- (Re)Envisioning the Divide: The Impact of College Courses on High School Students (Taczak & Thelin, September 2009)
- Early-College Programs Rethink High Expectations (Butrymowics, August 2010)
- Pasadena City College Program Suspended Over Who's Teaching It (Guzman-Lopez, February 2018)
- Findings From the Early College High School Initiative: A Look at Best Practices and Lessons Learned Regarding a Dual Enrollment Program (National High School Center, March 2007)
- For additional details on the history of Dual Enrollment at Mt. SAC, please visit "Previously on Dual Enrollment," here.