Academic Senate

Ensuring Participatory Governance

Whereas, California's AB1725 (1988) recognized the role of local academic senates to make policy development and implementation recommendations to local governing boards on all academic and professional matters and the Legislature adopted 70901 of the Education Code and the Board of Governors adopted 53200-53203 of Title 5 to strengthen the role of local academic senates in the governance of colleges and districts by requiring local governing boards to "consult collegially" with academic senates;

Committee Participation in Academic Senate

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is an inclusive organization that encourages the active participation of community college faculty across the state; and

Whereas, Faculty who volunteer to serve on committees of the Academic Senate by submitting volunteer forms are not routinely notified of the status of their committee appointment;

Support for Hartnell College

Whereas, The expertise and dedication of faculty is central to the mission of the California Community Colleges, and the economic progress of the Salinas Valley depends on higher education;

Whereas, Negotiating a settlement as recommended by the state appointed mediator and the lack of an equitable contract settlement lead to a strike by the Hartnell faculty;

Support for Compton/El Camino College District

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution in Spring 2006 supporting the Compton College academic senate;

Whereas, The Compton Community College District continues to retain its own academic senate partly as a result of Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support;

Whereas, The El Camino College Compton Educational Center has established a faculty council fully integrated with the El Camino College academic senate; and

Continued Recognition of Compton College as a Member Senate

Whereas, The unique circumstances of Compton College place it in an unknown situation regarding its accreditation status, and litigation is pending;

Whereas, The academic senate for Compton College has remained actively functioning within all bylaws and standards of the Compton College Academic Senate Constitution and the procedures and policies of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;

Whereas, There is a possibility that Compton College may become a center under the accreditation status of another California community college; and

AAUP's Campaign for the Common Good

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has an organizational relationship with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as stipulated in Resolution 1.02 F99;

Whereas, The Academic Senate has adopted the AAUP 1940 "Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom," as directed by Resolution 19.05 S96;

Whereas, AAUP's Campaign for the Common Good is an appeal for support of vital AAUP efforts and includes multiple funds, one of which is to ensure academic freedom; and

Creation of a Statewide Listserv

Whereas, The lively discussion at the spring and fall meetings of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges indicate a need and a willingness to share information and ideas;

Whereas, Most colleges have present and past senate officers and other faculty who have a wealth of knowledge and experience and would be willing to share it;

Whereas, An electronic mailing list (commonly known as a "listserv") would allow those who are interested to communicate with each other easily and quickly; and

Promoting Academic Senate Awards

Whereas, In recent years nominations for Academic Senate awards have dwindled; and

Whereas, Academic Senate awards highlight the excellent work of faculty to serve community college students;


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to identify a faculty member who will be responsible for announcing Academic Senate awards to his/her colleagues and promoting participation as appropriate. MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Establishment of a Local Governance Award

Whereas, Academic Senate awards are offered annually that support programs, excellence in education, diversity, and underrepresented students, but there are no Academic Senate awards that acknowledge or reward local governance;

Whereas, Effective local governance is in keeping with Title 5 53200, which provides that the Academic Senate means an organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters;

Reassigned/Released Time Survey

Whereas, Reassigned/released time is essential for faculty to participate in academic and professional matters; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate is responsible for academic and professional matters and there are currently no best practices for identifying the processes for allocating reassigned/released time;


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges survey colleges to investigate the different approaches and processes for how each institution determines faculty reassigned/released time; and

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