Academic Senate approves request to participate in presidential hiring as well as new general education framework

The Academic Senate approved a recommended framework for its participation in the selection of the next president during a special meeting on Friday, July 19. Senate representatives submitted a draft version of this framework to the Board of Trustees at their July 15 special meeting.

In the framework, the senate highlighted the importance of involving faculty, students and administrators throughout the selection process. It states the senate is “uniquely qualified to represent many stakeholders, as its members include faculty (teaching and non-teaching), students and appointed administrators.” They recommended the trustees use a framework that models those advocated by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the American Association of University Professors, emphasizing a “collaborative and transparent” process.

Senators also approved a recommendation to the provost to bring together Core and Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements to create consolidated general education, beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. LCC is committed to helping its graduates gain four valuable Essential Learning Outcomes: knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrated and applied learning. To gain these ELOs, depending on their chosen degrees, students will successfully complete either five general education courses or, for certain transfer-oriented majors, around nine or 10 general education courses from the statewide MTA.

To be clear, this change does NOT get rid of Core. Rather, it brings Core and the MTA together in the same collegewide list. Any course currently on Core will automatically be part of the consolidated general education. This change is meant to make general education requirements easier for advisors and students to navigate. Questions? View further FAQs here.

The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Administration Building Boardroom. Everyone is welcome to attend.