Senate policy revisions passed at December board meeting

By Michael Piwowarski, news editor.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – This month’s board of trustees meeting at Delta College saw the approval of a senate policy revision, which reflects a change to the associate dean model.

In a statement made to the board of trustees, college president Jean Goodnow said that the associate dean model will be implemented effective Jan. 1, 2019, and that four associate deans have already been hired, with one position left to fill.

Senate policy revisions consist of changing the position “division chair” to “academic associate dean” in a total of 25 policies.

Implementation of the new model has received criticism from various faculty members for moving away from the shared governance model, which is a system that allows financial, academic and other operations to be decided by the board, faculty and administrators.

Diane Middleton, vice chair of the board of trustees, made it clear at the meeting that Delta is going through with this implementation as the next logical step in making changes and improvements to the college.

“We need to determine how to best change what we’re doing, and that includes what we’re offering and when it’s offered,” stated Middleton. “It’s certainly not enough to simply construct [new learning centers] and think that [new students] will come. […] Every business must change over time to survive and to thrive.”

After much discussion, the motion was brought to a vote, and passed 6 to 1. A separate motion to revise Senate Policy 8.060 on Academic Graduation-Certification Requirements also passed by the same vote margin.

The 2019 board meeting schedule was also approved at the meeting, with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Room B151. To find out more information about the board of trustees, inclyding who the members are, visit www.delta.edu/board-of-trustees.

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