G-6-3 Academic Affairs Committee (AAC)
CHARGE: The Central Oregon Community College Academic Affairs Committee advocates for instruction at COCC. This committee develops and recommends academic policy, facilitates and streamlines decision-making on academic issues, and facilitates communication across the campus community on academic issues.
Academic Affairs makes decisions within the parameters of the policy governance articulated by the COCC Board of Directors.
Primary functions of Academic Affairs:
- Coordinate long-range planning in curriculum and academic policy;
- Set academic priorities that help shape budget decisions and allocations;
- Act as the main clearinghouse/review committee for all instructional policy and procedure issues;
- Provide oversight for Curriculum Committee, Learning Community Committee, and Academic Reinstatement Committee;
- Assure that curricular decisions, academic priorities, and instructional policies are held accountable to the mission of the College;
- Communicate decisions made by Academic Affairs to other campus groups;
- Review Minutes from COCC's Curriculum and Learning Communities Committees. Minor issues may be dealt with by chair-to-chair discussions. Major issues may involve presentation by a Curriculum Committee member to Academic Affairs.
Membership, Voting Status and Terms
|Faculty At-Large (1)||Elected by the Faculty||Voting||Two years|
|Vice President for Instruction (VPI)||Automatic||Voting||Standing|
|Department Chairs Representative||Appointed by Chairmoot||Non- Voting||One year|
|ASCOCC Representative||Appointed by ASCOCC||Voting||One year|
|Curriculum and Workforce Data Specialist||Automatic||Non- Voting||Standing|
|IT Representative||Automatic||Non- Voting||Standing|
|Committee Specialist||Appointed||Non- Voting||Standing|
|Classified||Selected by CACOCC President or designee||Voting||Three Years|
|Faculty (4)*||Elected by the Faculty Forum||Voting||Two years|
|Faculty Forum President-Elect or Forum Executive Team designee when no PE is available||Automatic||Voting||One year|
|CTE Council Representative||Appointed by CTE||Non- Voting||One year|
* Four faculty members (at least 3 of whom are tenured) elected by the faculty forum, serve staggered two- year terms, with the option to stay for additional year if serving as chair in the third year. Faculty membership should represent a balance, with no more than one faculty member from any one department, with two from Transfer and two from Career and Technical Education. (CTE)
Each voting member will recuse themselves from voting on decisions in which they believe they may have a conflict of interest, including over-representation by any one department on pertinent issues.
The President of the College may appoint non-voting administrative liaisons to sub-committees or task forces.
Chair Election: The committee shall elect a new Chair by the last meeting in April, prior to Faculty Forum Elections.
Presentations to Academic Affairs:
Academic Affairs encourages presentation of all instructional issues by all campus constituents. Examples of relevant instructional issues include but are not limited to:
- Significant changes (changes of 30% or more) to programs, degrees, creation of new programs.
- Instructional policies impacting admissions, advising, curriculum, Banner, students.
- Instructional policies impacting faculty, such as academic calendars, campus-wide outcomes, block scheduling, grading policies, final exam schedules.
Discussion Items: Presenters may simply want advisory input or to notify the committee of campus discussions. These presentations do not require a decision by the committee. In these situations, the Committee may advise and/or approve support but no first or second reading is required. These situations will be noted in the Minutes. If presentations include issues not relevant to Academic Affairs, presenters will be referred to appropriate campus resources, including other committees.
Action Items: Presentations including an Action Item are required to complete and submit the following form (Form #1: Presentations to Academic Affairs Checklist) prior to being scheduled. Following the presentation, a signature form (Form #2: Academic Affairs Action Item Signature Form) must be signed by the presenter, the chair of Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Instruction (VPI) to indicate the decision has been reviewed. The presenter, chair, and VPI all receive copies of the form for their records.
Action Items may receive any of the following options:
- Approve the proposal as submitted
- Approve an amended proposal
- Vote against a propos
- Create a task force to address any issues arising as they relate to the needs and goals of the instruction at COCC.
- Appoint additional individuals to a task force to broaden the range of interests and/or deepen the levels of expertise.
- Modify the task given to a task force.
- Refer the issue to the Vice President for Instruction/Instructional Deans and/or other appropriate College Committees (such as College Affairs, Student Affairs, Chairmoot, CTE Council, Institutional Support Committee, Faculty Forum) for broader review and consideration.
Final approval and communication of Actions and Recommendations of the Academic Affairs Committee shall be subject to the policies defined in G-6-1.3 and G-6-1.4.
Recommendations made by Academic Affairs and approved by the President should be implemented by responsible parties. In addition to those presenting proposals to Academic Affairs, other parties may be involved in implementation and communications regarding action items. The table below describes individuals or groups potentially included in communication and implementation of recommendations.
Recommendations for Implementation of and Communications about Approved Proposals:
Parties included in communication/implementation
Program Director, VPI, Dean, and/or Faculty Forum
Instructional policies that impact admissions, advising, curriculum, banner, and students
VPI, other appropriate administrator, Dean and/or
Faculty Forum President
Instructional policies that impact faculty
VPI and/or Faculty Forum President
Policies that impact the larger campus
VPI, Faculty Forum President, College Affairs and/or President
In order to facilitate communication between faculty and administration, the Chair of Academic Affairs may communicate directly with the Vice President for Instruction and/or Academic Deans and the President of the College.