Senate brainstorms proactive ideas to move LCC forward

Academic Senators met in small groups during their Sept. 24 meeting to discuss ideas to improve the college’s long-term trajectory. President Jon Tenbrink encouraged senators to incorporate these ideas into their answers to the Academic Master Plan survey, and to submit them to the Senate to discover ideas and themes the Senate might like to work toward as a body. Specific questions senators discussed included:

  • What is your main area of concern for LCC moving forward in the next 5-10 years? What are potential roadblocks to success that you see?
  • What is one thing that LCC does that could use more financial support to make a bigger impact?
  • Is there a capital improvement that needs to be made to improve student success? If there is more than one, rank them in order of importance/need.

Also, senators discussed results from the Sept. 10 meeting’s small group discussion, focused on communication with constituents. Many discussion groups agreed that making Senate information a standing item at department or program meetings was a good way to facilitate two-way communication. President Tenbrink also encouraged senators to communicate with one another to discuss possible ideas and better understand constituents’ needs.
Other business included:

  • Welcoming returning Student Senator Amalia Gonzales and introducing new Student Senator Summer Gilliam.
  • Encouragement from Vice President Tamara McDiarmid and Business Analyst for Degree Works Zachary Foster to take the Degree Works training in the TMS. Completing the training provides administrative privileges within Degree Works, allowing faculty to better access the system and assist students. To access the training, sign into myLCC and select “Talent Management System” within the Work tab.
  • Updates from three standing committees: the Budget Committee, Student Advisory Committee and Senate Operations Advisory and Review (SOAR) Committee.
  • Approving the Curriculum Committee recommendations for course revisions to ENGL 098, CITN 245, CITN 253, CITN 256, BUSN 118, PSYC 200, SOCL 120, as well as new/revised non-credit courses NCAS 102, 103, 104 and 105. These recommendations now go to the provost for approval.

The Senate will next meet 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, via Webex. All employees are invited to attend. A link to the meeting will be included in the operations email on Monday, Oct. 4.