ASCCC Participatory Governance

Category: 
Governance
Created on: 
Monday, December 12, 2016
Author: 
David Morse
Type: 
Open Enrollment
Description: 

This course is intended to provide the new senate leader with an overview of information critical to ensuring the effectiveness of a local senate, beginning with the “basis for senate power” and ending with the importance and value of establishing a connection to ASCCC. This course consists of six content modules. 

Module 1 - The Basis for Senate Power

Module 2 - Incorporating the Law at the Local Level: Board Policy, District Regulations, and Academic Senate Roles

Module 3 - Duties of a Local Senate President

Module 4 - Ensuring the Effectiveness of the Local Senate

Module 5 - Working Effectively with Others

Module 6 - Linking Your Local Senate to the ASCCC

Learning Outcomes: 

Module 1 - The Basis for Senate Power 

Approximate time to complete this module: 2-3 hours.

Upon successful completion of Module 1, you will be able to:

  1. explain the "powers" given to senates in Education Code, Title 5 regulations, Board of Governors’ Standing Orders, and Chancellor's Office Guidelines.

  2. cite examples of Chancellor's Office Guidelines and their role in guiding the work of the California Community Colleges.

  3. explain the origins of the "10 + 1" academic and professional matters that are the senate's purview.

  4. provide examples of "+ 1" local senate responsibilities.

  5. compare and contrast the two forms of collegial consultation that local governing boards can use when working with the senate.

  6. explain where the select methods of collegial consultation should be codified.

  7. discuss the significance of the terms "exceptional circumstances", "compelling reasons", and compelling legal, fiscal, or organizational reasons".

  8. discuss the senate's right to appear before the local governing board and the local board's right to determine how such interactions occur.

  9. list senate responsibilities other than the "10 + 1" and their origins.

  10. discuss the areas identified in Education Code where academic senates and faculty unions are required to work together.

  11. discuss the difference between faculty service areas and minimum qualifications.

  12. explain the importance of a good senate-union working relationship. 

Module 2 - Incorporating the Law at the Local Level: Board Policy, District Regulations, and Academic Senate Roles

Approximate time to complete this module: 1 – 1.5 hours.

Upon successful completion of Module 2, you will be able to:

  1. explain the functions of board policies.

  2. discuss the consequences of a district choosing to not comply with Education Code and/or Title 5.

  3. explain the role of CCLC templates.

  4. identify policies that must exist in all districts.

  5. discuss the importance of understanding your local board policy development and review process.

  6. discuss how the roles of the academic senate and other participants in local governance are different.

  7. explain the importance of ensuring that your local senate has a clear understanding of local board policies and their review.

  8. explain the decision-making authority of local boards.

  9. explain the appropriate course of action a senate should take if it believes its recommendations were rejected without just cause.

  10. discuss the importance of seeking an amicable resolution to any senate-board dispute.

  11. discuss the options available to a senate that believes it is being treated unfairly. 

Module 3 - Duties of a Local Senate President 

Approximate time to complete this module: 1.5 – 2 hours.

Upon successful completion of Module 3, you will be able to:

  1. identify the laws, policies, and regulations a local senate president should be familiar with.

  2. explain how a local senate president can ensure that he/she is well-informed about state and local matters of import to senates.

  3. identify issues of particular import to a local senate president.

  4. explain the duties of a local senate president.

  5. discuss how the academic senate president's signature authority can be used effectively.

  6. discuss the steps necessary to ensure the current and future health of the senate.

  7. explain the obligations of the senate president to his/her senate.

  8. discuss how a senate president should work with and rely on the local executive committee or officers.

  9. discuss the importance of communicating effectively with his or her faculty and identify mechanisms for doing so.

  10. recognized the importance of ensuring an issue is within the senate's purview before taking action.

  11. explain the senate president's role as the faculty's representative to the governing board and other college constituencies.

  12. discuss the importance of articulating the positions of the senate effectively and acting in a manner consistent with the will of the senate.

  13. discuss how to manage the workload of being a senate president.

  14. recognize the importance of delegating. 

Module 4 - Ensuring the Effectiveness of the Local Senate 

Approximate time to complete this module: 3 – 4 hours. 

Upon successful completion of Module 4, you will be able to:

  1. explain the difference between an academic senate’s constitution and its bylaws.

  2. recognize the importance of regular review of the local senate constitution and bylaws.

  3. discuss the ways that a local senate can be structured and the principles that should guide the chosen structure.

  4. explain the intent of the Brown Act and its applicability to local senates.

  5. discuss the provisions of the Brown Act that impact how local senates handle their agendas.

  6. explain the Brown Act's prohibition of serial meetings.

  7. discuss whether or not the Brown Act applies to the subcommittees of the senate.

  8. explain what Robert's Rule of Order is and why a local senate would want to follow these "rules".

  9. list common senate agenda items.

  10. discuss the use of a consent agenda, approaches to public comment, and the value of appointing a parliamentarian.

  11. locate legal requirements for senate agenda.

  12. delineate good practices for ensuring a meeting runs smoothly.

  13. explain the importance of providing an orientation and regular training for senate members.

  14. identify resources that can be used to assist in the training of your local senate.

  15. discuss techniques for recruiting new senators and committee members.

  16. explain the importance of succession planning and goal setting. 

  17. discuss ways of communicating with the faculty and the college communication as a whole, as well as the importance of providing mechanisms to facilitate two-way communications.

  18. recognize the importance of handling sensitive communications appropriately. 

Module 5 - Working Effectively with Others

Approximate time to complete this module: 2 - 3 hours.

Upon successful completion of Module 5, you will be able to:

  1. discuss the importance of maintaining an attitude of respect and professionalism when dealing with board members.

  2. explain the value of providing opportunities to interact with board members, as well as the importance of ensuring that the superintendent/president is informed of all such communications.

  3. explain the value of viewing the senate and the administration as partners.

  4. discuss the benefit of maintaining a positive relationship that allows for collegial consideration of controversial issues.

  5. recognize the value of personal connections.

  6. discuss how the roles of the union and senate differ.

  7. explain the importance of establishing a healthy relationship between the senate and the union.

  8. explain the benefits of establishing positive relationships with students and classified staff.

  9. recognize the ten areas identified in Title 5 as being in the purview of students.

  10. discuss the role of students and staff in governance. 

Module 6 - Linking Your Local Senate to the ASCCC

Approximate time to complete this module: 1.5 – 2 hours

Upon successful completion of Module 6, you will be able to:

  1. explain the functions that ASCCC performs at the state level.

  2. discuss ASCCC's role and how it serves local senates.

  3. discuss the resources that ASCCC provides.

  4. explain what an ASCCC Plenary is and its role in establishing the positions and priorities of ASCCC.

  5. recognize ASCCC professional development opportunities and explain where to find information regarding upcoming events.  

  6. discuss how faculty are nominated and selected for membership on an ASCCC committee.

  7. identify at least four ASCCC Standing Committees.

  8. identify other faculty appointments made by ASCCC.

  9. explain the benefits of ASCCC service to the individual and the college.

  10. locate information regarding the various ASCCC awards.

  11. explain the importance of nominating faculty for ASCCC awards.