The SRJC Compressed Calendar Negotiations Task Force submitted their final report, Spring 2013. Click on the following link to view the narrative and access the sample master template schedule for a 16-week compressed calendar, prepared by Abe Farkas, Dean III Curriculum and Educational Support Services. [pdf]
The SRJC Compressed Calendar Task Force, established spring 2009, was initially sponsored
by the All Faculty Association and the Academic Senate to research the design and impact of
compressed calendars at community colleges throughout California with the intent to
implement best practices at Santa Rosa Junior College. The District joined the project in
December 2010 to continue the research and develop a potential model for implementation.
Compressed Calendar Negotiations Task Force Duties: The second phase of the project begins spring 2011. An MOU [pdf] was signed between AFA and the District December 9, 2010 and states that the task force will:
- Investigate various models for implementing compressed calendars, especially
successful models from other community colleges in California.
- Conduct study visits to other colleges in California where the compressed calendar
has been successfully implemented.
- Review research on pedagogical impact on students, as well as impacts on student
life, student success, retention, and persistence.
- Develop at least one model (and perhaps alternative models) about how the
compressed calendar might be implemented at SRJC.
- Consult with the Academic Senate, the Calendar Committee, and other constituent
groups, and make recommendations to the AF A and District negotiating teams. It is
understood that these recommendations are not binding on either group, and are
provided for consideration only.
- If possible, arrive at recommendations to the negotiating teams by consensus. In any
case a vote will be taken. Those members of the task force who disagree with the
recommendations may submit a minority opinion.
AFA/Academic Senate Compressed Calendar Task Force: The first phase of this project was completed December 2010. The following work was completed:
- Identification of campuses that have implemented compressed calendars (fall 2009).
- Research the literature surrounding compressed calendars including a variety of
schedule configurations; identification of relevant sections of California Ed Code;
budget implications; contract issues; successes and drawbacks of compressed
calendars as experienced throughout the Community College system (fall 2009).
- Distribute and present reports and other relevant materials to as many constituent
groups across the District as possible (fall 2009).
- Engage in dialogue and solicit feedback from instructional departments, deans,
Administration, AFA, Academic Senate, Petaluma Faculty Forum, Department Chair
Council, SEIU leadership, Classified Senate leadership, Academic Affairs, Board of
Trustees, Associated Students (fall 2009 through fall 2010).
- Identify potential challenges and benefits of implementing compressed calendar at
SRJC (fall 2009 through fall 2010).
- Write and distribute “Voter’s Guide” to help faculty, staff, and administration
participate in District-wide survey (spring 2010).
- Develop and implement survey for faculty, staff, and administration to determine
preferences for compressed calendar at SRJC (spring 2010).
- Develop and implement survey for students to determine preferences for compressed
calendar and continue to solicit feedback from Associated Students about best
practices (spring 2010).
- Expand task force to include representatives from relevant constituent groups across
District (fall 2010).
- Schedule site visit to Ohlone Community College to conduct interviews, gather
information, and evaluate impact of compressed calendars on student retention,
student success, curriculum adjustments, and other relevant matters (fall 2010).
- Identify and examine additional alternate calendar models for potential
implementation at SRJC (fall 2010).
- Develop and maintain web pages to support ongoing dialogue about the project