CCA Update from President Eric Kaljumagi

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As of March 24th

Dear CCA Colleagues:

We hope you and yours are well and are keeping safe and healthy. The last few weeks have been hectic and stressful for us all. As COVID-19 cases increase daily, college campuses have shuttered and cities are in quarantine as a statewide shelter-in-place order has been enacted. The safety of our students, all of you, and all our families is CCA’s top priority. With that in mind, please know there are numerous useful resources available at cta.org/COVID-19.

With the shelter-in-place order, we are unable to print the CCA Advocate for you. So, the March edition of the CCA Advocate is available for download HERE. You can find other articles of interest on our website, cca4us.org.

Your CCA leadership and CTA staff are continuing to provide information and resources on an ongoing basis to local leaders, including advisories on bargaining and distance learning. During this time of uncertainty, your CCA/CTA family is here. Your CCA officers and CTA primary contact staff are working remotely and are available by cell phone and email.

Although we had long planned on contacting individual CCA members on a monthly basis, you will need information more frequently during this pandemic. For now, we will connect with you as the situation warrants to provide you with news and resources. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your local president or CTA staffer. You’re also welcome to email me and CCA Vice President Randa Wahbe about anything you read in this missive.

In solidarity,

Eric Kaljumägi, CCA President – president.cca4us@gmail.com
Randa Wahbe, CCA Vice President – vp.cca4us@gmail.com

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR YOU
Among the COVID-19—related resources we are continuing to build are compilations of Frequently Asked Questions. These resources are housed on the CTA website (www.cta.org/covid-19) and can be accessed directly or through CCA’s website.

If you haven’t joined the private CTA/CCA Facebook Group, you should consider doing so. It’s a space for us to support each other and our students. Search for “CTA Teaching, Learning and Life During COVID-19” (or click on this link) on Facebook and ask to join. There is a tag specifically for community college / higher education issues. You’ll be amazed at the community and what our members are doing. You’ll also find levity here…and we could all use more of that. This group is intended to provide an online space for educators to share resources, ideas, feelings, good vibes, stories, laughs and memes.

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
The Chancellor’s Office is providing resources to support community college students who are now working in a whole new way — online only. Common questions on topics such as financial aid, transitioning from in-person to online classes, refunds on classes if students withdraw, and what to do if students don’t have a computer or Internet are answered here.  The link is on the Chancellor’s website (ccco.edu). CLICK HERE for the specific page. 

California Virtual Campus — Remote Instruction and Services Resources
Various California Community College initiatives are hosting a series of free webinars for interested faculty and student services professionals. No RSVP is required. Archived webinars are available at: CVC-OEI Instructional, Student Services, and Shared College Resources Information and HERE.

Best Practices for Virtual Teaching
Many college faculty are already used to teaching courses online. If you are a brick-and-mortar teacher, this webinar provides online teaching basics, specifically on how to create an engaging, impactful, live virtual lesson, so you can maintain that crucial personal connection with your students during this unique time.


As of March 21st

Dear CCA members:

On the evening of 20 March, Chancellor Oakley issued his first executive order under the emergency authority granted to him earlier this week.  Order 2020-01 has three parts:

1)  Allows all students to withdraw with an “EW” grade, rather than the usual “W.”  The “EW” grade does not count as an attempt and so does not affect repetition or academic probation calculations.  No paperwork is required to the Chancellor’s Office.

2)  Allows the refund of fees paid by students withdrawing after the second week.

3)  Allows colleges to count all students as of the census date, even if the courses are listed as being daily or weekly census.

Note that the first two items are permissive on the part of the college, so please encourage your college’s leadership to adopt these student-friendly provisions.

There will be a CCA conference call at 5 PM on Tuesday, 24 March to discuss what has changed at the community colleges this past month.  To join, please call (800) 914-3397 and enter conference code 47 00 965.


As of March 18th

The CCA Board has voted to cancel our upcoming Spring Conference and Council, the Creating an Effective Executive Workshop, and the Regional Diversity Trainings because of the Covid-19 pandemic threat. Elections and approval of our budget will occur using a vote-by-mail system.

If a CCA member wishes to run for a CCA position, the Declaration of Candidacy forms are available on the CCA website at http://cca4us.org/forms .  These forms are due to the CCA Office by 27 March.

Nominations are also open for representatives and alternates for CTA State Council in areas HE-2, HE-3, HE-5, HE-7, and HE-8.  The deadline to submit declaration of candidacy forms for these positions is 2 April, and candidacy forms were sent to all presidents in these areas on 5 March.  If you need another copy of the form, please make your request to president.cca4us@gmail.com.

While the COVID-19 viral outbreak is disruptive in many ways, we are blessed with communication tools that allow instruction and governance to continue.  The CCA committee and officer meetings will transition to the Zoom.us platform until further notice.  May you all stay safe until we can again meet in person.