Adjunct Faculty Learning Day – 9/15/12

This is your opportunity to meet your Provost, network with colleagues, and learn more about techniques and services you can use immediately to help your students succeed. Each of four breakout sessions will be offered twice, so all participants can attend two different sessions. While this event is targeted to adjunct faculty at GRCC, it is open to full or part-time faculty members from any institution of Higher Learning.

Date and Time: Saturday, September 15, 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

GRCC Downtown Campus, Applied Technology Center


  • 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Refreshments, Networking, and Welcome by Provost Gilda Gely
  • 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Break
  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Session 1 Breakout Sessions
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Break
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. – Session 2 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Outcomes

Early Alert/Degree Works – Lynnae Selberg
After completing this session, faculty members will be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of the features & benefits of the new My Degree Path system (Degree Works).
  • Know how My Degree Path can be used with students.
  • Understand the Starfish Early Alert system & how to use it.
  • Know how to raise a flag and what to expect when a flag is raised.

Blackboard Basics – Mursulata Muhammad
After completing this session, faculty members will be able to:

  • Review and apply the steps required to create announcements, upload items and create folders.
  • Review and apply the steps required to create Gradebook items.
  • Explore best practices and discuss how Bb can be used in teaching, learning, and community building.
  • Investigate support resources available.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) – Ann Alexander
After completing this session, faculty members will be able to:

  • Identify and recognize the importance of assessing course-related knowledge and skills.
  • Participate in at least three CATs.
  • Identify at least one new CAT to be used in your classroom.

Disability Support Services – Anne Sherman
After completing this session, faculty members will be able to:

  • Know their obligations under the ADA and civil rights law.
  • Identify how disabilities can affect students in an academic setting.
  • Be aware of the role of the GRCC Disability Support Services Office.
  • Appropriately direct a student with disabilities to help them meet their needs or requests.

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GRCC in the News – 9/7/12

Student Congress Vice President recalled
By Justin Dawes | The Collegiate | Sep 3rd, 2012 | Category: News

Jeffery Noel, Grand Rapids Community College Student Congress Vice President, was recalled from his position yesterday and has filed a grievance to appeal his case. “We reviewed the constitution and bylaws,” said Sara Dorer, who is slated to take over as adviser of Student Congress in October. “We determined the recall as executed was legitimate.”  (More)