The Ohio Faculty Senate of Community and Technical Colleges (OFS) is an autonomous body composed of faculty representatives chosen by the faculty from each of the two-year public institutions of higher education in the state of Ohio. The Senate is recognized as the official voice of the faculty at two-year, public institutions and serves in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Board of Regents. The Senate exists to ensure that faculty in community and technical colleges in Ohio play a leadership role in the ongoing evolution of innovative, high quality education by:
- Ensuring that faculty have an informed and welcomed voice in institutional and statewide deliberations related to educational issues.
- Advocating aggressively for quality in every facet of academic operations in community and technical colleges.
- Identifying unmet educational needs of Ohioans, and recommending revisions to existing programs and/or proposing new educational experiences to meet those needs.
- Providing an effective forum for the discussion of issues relevant to Ohio’s community and technical colleges.
Goals (September 1998)
Goal #1: Insure that full-time faculty have an informed and welcomed voice in institutional and statewide deliberations related to educational issues. Mechanisms to accomplish this goal include, but are not limited to:
- Lobby to place a full-time faculty member chosen by the faculty on the Board of Trustees of each community and technical college in Ohio.
- Lobby to place faculty representatives chosen by OFS on all OBOR committees and/or task forces related in any way to community and technical colleges.
- Press to introduce and/or strengthen mechanisms for participatory decision making at each community and technical college.
- Identify obstacles to faculty involvement in decision making and work to expose and overcome them.
- Ensure open communications between the OFS and its full-time faculty constituents.
Goal #2: Aggressively advocate for quality in every facet of academic operations in community and technical colleges. Mechanisms to accomplish this goal include, but are not limited to:
- Actively support and participate in efforts to implement the recommendations found in Lessons from North Carolina: The Power of a Shared Agenda, published by the OBOR.
- Investigate alternative learning-based paradigms, such as the Alverno approach, and vigorously promote systemic change toward the best approaches we identify.
- Until the systemic change described above is enacted in higher education, work within the existing paradigm to promote and protect quality.
- Identify opportunities to improve quality of service through better use of existing resources, and through lobbying to rectify situations in which inadequate and/or inferior physical, financial, technological, and/or human resources imperil quality education.
- Identify opportunities to improve quality of service through revision of college policies and/or practices which may inadvertently undermine academic quality.
Goal #3: Identify unmet educational needs of adult Ohioans, and, where our expertise could be well applied, recommend revisions to existing programs and/or propose new educational experiences to meet those needs. Mechanisms to accomplish this goal include, but are not limited to:
- Promote college participation in existing programs (such as EECAP and EMPT) that bring college faculty and high school faculty together for professional development and early student assessment and intervention.
- Propose innovative outreach programs to improve basic literacies (reading, writing, math, computer) among Ohio’s non-degree-seeking adults.
- Press to gain two-year institutions the authority to offer baccalaureate degrees when the need is well established and local four-year institutions decline to meet the need.
- Continue to propose, design, and implement new two-year degree programs based upon established need.