Academic Senate Committees


Committee and Charge


Affordable Educational Materials Committee

Affordable Educational Materials Committee (AEMC) will recommend policies, practices, and procedures about alternatives to high-cost textbooks and other academic materials, collect and analyze local data related to student success, and provide opportunities to educate faculty, staff and administrators about low and no-cost educational materials.

VVC Open Educational Resources (OER) Guide - Source for Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) grants, links to ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI), information about finding and adopting OER, copyright and Creative Commons Licensing.

MEETINGS: Tuesdays, 8-9:30am via Zoom

Basic Skills Committee

The scope and function of this committee is to support college educational programs which promote basic skills student success in reading, writing, math, ESL , tutoring, and study skills support. The BS Committee recommends, allocates, oversees expenditures of categorical BSI funding to ensure successful retention, persistence and academic success in college level transfer or degree applicable coursework for the basic skill students.
--Faculty development- professional development- for student success
--Institutional research track student success
--Have a defined proposal form and assessment instrument -evaluate student success
--Maybe matriculation policies -ensure student success
MEETINGS:  First and third Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm

Catalog Committee

The ultimate responsibility for the accuracy and the production of the catalog rests with the Instruction Office, but all decisions regarding production timeline, content, format, design, vendors, printing, and distribution are shared between Instruction and the Catalog Committee.  The committee chair and the dean (or their designees) work collegially to arrive at a product which is comprehensive, attractive, and most of all, helpful to students.  
MEETINGS:  Fourth Tuesday, 2:30-4:00 p.m. via Zoom
VVC Catalog Committee Booklet

Curriculum Committee

The purpose of the Curriculum Committee is to approve new and revised curriculum, programs and degrees, credit and non-credit and academic policies prior to submission to the District Governing Board for final approval to ensure compliance with Title 5 and California Education Code.  The Curriculum Committee provides guidance and oversight to ensure that all curriculum is sound, comprehensive and responsive to the evolving needs of our students as well as the academic, business, and local communities. 
MEETINGS:  Second, fourth and fifth Thursdays at 2:45pm
Curriculum Committee Handbook Revised 2022

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Develop anti-racism initiatives and assess their probable impact upon equity, diversity, and inclusion, and provide an advocacy role for college constituency groups, faculty, and students. Lead and advocate proactively to develop policies, processes, and practices that Include diverse faculty, perspectives, and experiences that represent our student populations.  Implement deliberate practices to ensure inclusion of all cultures, ethnicities, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion and socio-economic status. 


To evaluate applications and the appropriate supporting documentation submitted by applicants whose degrees, certificates and/or experience may prove equivalent to the state mandated qualifications for specific disciplines. Equivalency forms are available from Human Resources.
MEETINGS:  Meets as needed.

Fair Employee Relations Reps (FERS)

The FER shall insure the hiring practices and processes, as adopted by the Board of Trustees, are consistently adhered to by the hiring committee.
MEETINGS:  Meets as needed.

Graduation Requirements Committee

The purpose of the Graduation Requirements Committee is to review graduation requirements throughout the state and propose possible changes at Victor Valley College. The Graduation Requirements committee will ensure proper alignment of all graduation requirements with local and state standards and develop processes and procedures for developing and amending such graduation and transfer requirements.
Meetings: As needed/requested; minimum 1x per semester

Honors Committee

To raise the institution’s level of intellectual discussion and research, enhance its students’ lives through study and conferences and increase graduates’ opportunities and options for transfer.

Instructional Program Review Committee (IPRC)

Promote a sustainable practice of Instructional Program Review for ongoing improvement of Instructional programs. Maintain the Victor Valley College Program Review Handbook and implement the processes outlined within.  Provide support and promote integrity of the Instructional Program Review and PRAISE report process through an annual technical review.  Evaluate and revise the process of Instructional Program Review based on inclusive feedback from Instructional programs.
MEETINGS:  First and third Fridays, 12:30pm-2:00pm
IPRC Handbook 2021

Petitions Committee

Deny or accept student requests for exceptions to regulations or policies; examples: late adds, late withdrawals, unit overloads, etc. Committee interprets Title V regulations, campus policies, campus procedures, etc., and determine whether a student's "extenuating circumstances" merit a waiver of the rules in a given instance. Deliberations are confidential.
MEETINGS:  Fridays, 9:30am

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC)

The Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC), as a committee of the Academic Senate, maintains the value of academic freedom and is charged with: developing campus policy related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), and Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs); providing guidance and support to faculty and members of the campus community in the development of learning outcomes for courses, programs, and the institution; reviewing SLOs, PLOs and ILOs to ensure a uniform, high standard for assessment; and evaluating assessment policies to ensure relevant links to program review, College planning and budgeting, and compliance with accreditation standards and education policy and process.
MEETINGS: Second and fourth Fridays, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Handbook for Victor Valley College 2020