Academic Standards Subcommittee

Committee Goals

The Academic Standards Committee is responsible for instructional and curricular issues related to college-wide academic or interdisciplinary program requirements. This includes but is not limited to: adjudication of student petitions pertaining to these requirements; review and oversight of interdisciplinary degrees and certificates; review and oversight of general education patterns and district requirements; and review of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other external sources of academic credit for applicability to general education requirements. The committee also serves as the reviewing and recommending body for the Academic Affairs Committee and Curriculum Committee on issues related to the implementation of college- and district-wide academic policy and procedure, evaluation of coursework from other institutions, and the application of credit from previous educational experience.

Chair Requirements

Any Member - Recommendation elected by Committee - Two Year Term

Contact Information

Mara Palma-Sanft

Committee Composition

VPI or Designee Evaluator (1) Articulation Officer
Representative Counselor (2)
CTE Faculty (1)
Instructional Faculty (2)

Committee Membership

The administrator shall be the VP of Instruction or his/her designated representative. Faculty representation shall include the articulation officer and five other faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate to include two counselors, at least one Career-Technical Education (CTE) faculty member and two other instructional faculty members. At least one classified staff representative shall be an evaluator.

Committee Procedures

The committee meets as needed, but at least twice per semester. The committee reviews all outstanding student petitions and acts on other matters related to its goals/issues at each meeting. Fifty percent of the membership plus one shall constitute a quorum. A Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) expert will be present at all meetings in which a petition based upon the educational limitations imposed by a student’s disability is adjudicated, or when requested by the student or any member of the committee. Copies of student petitions are distributed to all committee members prior to the meeting at which they are reviewed. Student petitioners are invited to address the committee during the meeting in which their petitions are considered. The committee discusses and votes on each student petition individually. Decisions on student petitions are made by majority vote. As petitions, by definition, are requests for exceptions to existing college policy, there is no inherent right to appeal committee decisions.

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