Academic Senate

Local Senate Resources

Whereas, Local senate leaders need various pieces of information such as local apportionment allocations, CCFS-311 budget reports, 50% compliance figures, and faculty obligation numbers;

Whereas, Such information is often provided to the Academic Senate to share at events such as the Leadership Institute, which regrettably not all local senate presidents can attend; and

Whereas, Local senate leaders may need to expend significant time and energy to obtain such information on their local campuses;

Technology Paper

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges papers on technology are invaluable resources for faculty to guide program and curricular decisions;

Whereas, The collection of papers Technology in Education: A Collection of Academic Senate Papers on Technology, Second Edition, Summer '02) contains some outdated information; and

Whereas, The Impact of Computer Technology on Student Access and Success was written in the spring of '03, after the collection of technology papers was published;

Advocacy for the Community Colleges

Whereas, The collective power of the faculty and our students is a major political voting block resonating throughout the State of California; and

Whereas, Our constituents have not had an opportunity to benefit from the collective knowledge, careful analysis of issues, and thoughtful consideration of candidates who are true advocates of the California community colleges;

Instant Runoff Voting

Whereas, The process of Instant Runoff Voting (aka Automatic Runoff Voting) in elections, providing a mechanism for ranking candidates in single election, has recently been prominent in the news;

Whereas, Cities such as San Francisco, states such as Vermont, and countries such as Australia and Ireland have adopted the Instant Runoff procedure for their elections;

Mission Statement of the Academic Senate

Whereas, The only existing statement of mission appears in the 1969 initial documents of incorporation for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and reads: The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges represents the faculty of the Community Colleges, ensuring effective participation in the formation of statewide policies on academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the local academic senates of the [109] California Community Colleges;

Criteria and Procedure for Certifying Member Senates

Whereas, The Bylaws of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges state that the Executive Committeecertifies the status of local faculty senates or equivalent groups that apply for "Member" status (See Bylaws, Article 1,Section 1, C and D); and

Whereas, TheAcademic Senate Bylaws include no procedures or criteria for conferring Member status on local academic senates or equivalent groups;

Rules Changes

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the following changes in the Senate Rules:

Rule No. 1 - Vacancies on the Executive Committee: Vacancies on the Executive Committee shall be filled by Executive Committee appointment. Appointees shall be senators or local senate presidents at the time of their appointment except in the case of a vacancy in the past president's position, when the Executive Committee should first consider previous past presidents as candidates so long as they have faculty status.

Bylaws Changes

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the following changes in the Senate Bylaws:

Article V, Section 1 - . . .All Executive Committee members shall be senators or local senate presidents at the time of their election and must retain their faculty status to continue in office.

Article IV, Section 2 - Past President

Senate Computer Bulletin Board

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges was directed to investigate the establishment of a computer bulletin board system, and

Whereas an effective system has been developed and brought on line at Modesto Junior College, and

Whereas a practical user's manual has been developed by Bob Gauvreau, a Modesto Junior College faculty member, for distribution to local academic senates, and

Whereas staff at Modesto Junior College have been supportive of this project,

Senate Operation Study

Resolved that the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges conduct a study of the operations of the UC and CSU Academic Senates and consider appropriate recommendations for modifications of the operation of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges in light of that study.

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