Contact Info / Hours
Secretary to the Assembly:
Joan O'Brien
Phone: 732.906.4239
Email: jmobrien@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Raritan Hall, Rm 122
Office Hours:
M, T, W, Th: 8:30am - 3:15pm
Closed Friday
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 Contact Info / Hours
Secretary to the Assembly:
Joan O'Brien
Phone: 732.906.4239
Email: jmobrien@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Raritan Hall, Rm 122
Office Hours:
M, T, W, Th: 8:30am - 3:15pm
Closed Friday

2018-2019 Task Force Charges

Academic Standards

AS1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations submitted by your task force in 2017-2018, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
AS1819-02 Consider changing the current policy regarding registration approval for students on academic restriction to limit approval signatures to Deans or Chairs

Rationale: The catalog currently states under Academic Status/Academic Restriction that “No student on academic restriction may register without signed approval from the following: the department chair, the dean of the student’s division or an advisor in the Academic Advising Center.” In some cases, the advisors in the Academic Advising Center are not sufficiently familiar with the technical courses in the Engineering Technology Department, and possibly other departments in the Division of Professional Studies, to determine whether a student on restriction is suitably prepared for coursework, especially in higher-level courses.

AS1819-03 Consider revising the exemption policy for Developmental Reading for transfer students, so that any student who completes ENG 121, regardless of credits completed, is exempt from RDG.

Rationale: The current policy holds that transfer students are exempt from developmental reading if they completed “twelve credits of college level work with a grade of ‘C’ or better.” This policy is out of sync with how we handle students who complete Dual Enrollment ENG 121. Under our Multiple Measures framework, the dual enrollment students who complete ENG 121 are exempt from RDG.
The current policy for the exemption of the requirement for RDG transfer students is as follows:

  • Students who attended a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and completed one semester of English composition or one semester of college-level math acceptable for transfer to MCC with a grade of “C” or better may be exempt from appropriate categories of the placement test. To be exempt from the Reading Comprehension test, students must have attended a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and completed twelve credits of college level work (acceptable for transfer to MCC) with a grade of “C” or better.

According to the Registrar, the current policy was adopted at the recommendation of the Academic Standards Task Force, as the former policy required the completion of 24 college credits.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

AC1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations submitted by your task force in 2017-2018, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
AC1819-02 Review the Strategic Plan for impact on persons with disabilities.
AC1819-03 Consider the need for designated handicap parking at the circle in front of the College Center.
AC1819-04 Review survey questions included in the Institutional Research Questionnaire to determine if there are areas for the task force to address and if the current set of questions need to be revised.
AC1819-05 Review progress made through the Accessibility Work Group.
AC1819-06 Review the planned campus accessibility audit.

Bylaws

BL1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations submitted by your task force in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
BL1819-02 Investigate the feasibility of including two additional members for each category of membership to include a first and second alternate respectively, each of whom would serve one at a time as a substitute voting member when the voting member for that membership cannot attend a particular College Assembly Meeting. The first and second alternate members would not be voting members unless they are serving as a replacement of a voting member at a meeting.

Rationale: It has occurred recently that the College Assembly was not able to convene its scheduled meeting for lack of quorum.

BL1819-03 Consider adding the position of Transfer Advisor, from Career and Transfer Services, as a standing member of the Curriculum Task Force by virtue of position.

Rationale: The Transfer Advisor is functionally responsible for maintaining expertise in the ever-changing requirements that community college students must meet in order to effect a smooth transfer. Ensuring that the expertise is part of every curriculum proposal review is prudent and adds important knowledge to revisions/additions brought to the Task Force.

BL1819-04 Consider adding a delegate from Human Resources as a standing member by virtue of position on the Diversity Task Force.

Rationale: In order to accomplish some activities that have arisen as a result of charges to the Task Force, expertise in the area of Human Resources has become an important asset. For this reason, the addition of a permanent delegate from Human Resources would serve to enhance and expedite discussions and debates within the task force’s proceedings.

BL1819-05 Assess whether current College Assembly membership designations and Appendices E and F, which enumerate Administrator and Support Staff positions, align with the College’s current active job titles.

Rationale: Due to the restructuring of several positions, current lists in Appendices E and F no longer align with actual current job titles.

BL1819-06 Review the charter of the Campus Diversity Task Force to ensure that the mission reflects current requirements.
BL1819-07 Review the membership distribution for College Assembly and Task Forces to ensure equitable and effective representation across the campus community.

Rationale: Some departments, such as Library Services, may be under represented.

Campus Diversity

CD1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations submitted by your task force in 2017-2018, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
CD1819-02 Develop a survey for LQBTQ students to determine what needs/support the College can address.
CD1819-03 Create an inter-sector forum to discuss issues that LGBTQ students encounter and how to best support them.

Campus Life and Community Concerns

CL1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations submitted by your task force in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
CL1819-02 Consider the need to keep wheelchairs available on campus for emergency use.

Rationale:In the event of the necessity of a rapid evacuation of a building, an accessible wheelchair could be lifesaving.

CL1819-03 Examine the need for a full time nurse on staff.

Rationale: Students, faculty, and staff may have heath needs or questions that can be handled more expediently by full a time nurse.

CL1819-04 Investigate the need for signage on the exterior of campus buildings detailing the departments housed there.

Rationale: To clarify the location of Departments, Chairperson’s and Administrative offices. Having this additional information on the outside of the building would certainly facilitate both students and visitors on campus by recognizing what is housed within each building.

CL1819-05 Investigate and recommend some environmentally sound practices and programs that the College can implement or in which the College can participate.

Rationale: The impact of climate change and the degradation of natural resources are consistently in the news. Responding to our collective responsibility to mitigate the negative human impact on the planet, many colleges have robust sustainability programs or committees. They are charged with investigating, advising or recommending policies, procedures and practices that lessen the college’s carbon footprint and improve the environment.

Middlesex County College has made some sustainability efforts, i.e. LEEDS buildings, energy efficient indoor lighting, some recycling, but MCC has no sustainability office, committee or web presence that highlights these efforts, nor any group that helps promote additional efforts. Ideally the College Assembly could investigate how other colleges handle sustainability issues and make recommendations on what and how to implement them on this campus.

CL1819-06 Examine ways in which to reduce the amount of single-use plastics on campus.

Rationale: A recent service-learning project revealed a disturbing amount of single-use plastics in the refuse on campus. Single-use plastics are not biodegradable, are often not recyclable, release toxins as they degrade, and present an unnecessary hazard to our environment.

Curriculum

CU1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations not related to course and program approval submitted by your task force in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
CU1819-02 Evaluate all new or revised curricula and programs according to the Curriculum Procedure Manual. Make appropriate recommendations.

Educational Resources

ER1819-01 Report on the implementation status of recommendations submitted by your task force in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, approved by the College Assembly, and forwarded to the College President for Signature.
ER1819-02 Investigate ways in which to create more student engaged/collaborative seating in classrooms.

Rationale: Most classrooms at MCC have standard one-arm desk chairs arranged in rows and columns. This arrangement makes it difficult for the faculty to create collaborative learning experiences. The Task Force can investigate what seating arrangements are utilized at other colleges and how those might be implemented at MCC.

ER1819-03 Examine the need to add larger desks to classrooms to accommodate students with larger builds.

Rationale: For example, a current student in the charge maker’s class, at 6’7” and a large build could only utilize a seat normally allocated for wheelchairs.