Academic Senate

Resolution to Confer Emeritus Status upon Leon Baradat

Whereas, Leon Baradat has given of himself in time and energy and many years of service to the betterment of the California community college system as President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, in addition to service in the top leadership position of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) and Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC);

Senator Emeritus Status for Mike McHargue

Whereas, Mike McHargue has been an active member of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges since the spring of 1982, having served on such committees as Education Policies, Counseling and Library Faculty Issues Committee, and Faculty Development;

Whereas, Mike McHargue was a presenter at more than 20 plenary breakout sessions on topics ranging from staff development to basic skills and served on the Academic Senate Executive Committee as the Area B representative for one year, with distinction and aplomb;

Location Of Future Spring Plenary Sessions

Whereas, California's fiscal crisis requires active lobbying and thus an active presence in Sacramento to protect and promote interests vital to California Community Colleges;

Whereas, The Academic Senate currently holds its plenary sessions in varying locations throughout the state; and

Whereas, Meeting facilities in Sacramento are now adequate to host a plenary session;

Faculty Hiring Resources

Whereas, Few colleges are hiring new full- or part-time faculty during this budget downturn, which gives faculty a chance to re-evaluate hiring practices, attitudes, and training for hiring committees;

Whereas, Providing excellent professional development opportunities that have been jointly developed by faculty, human resource directors, and other administrators should be a common goal prior to when districts return to hiring more faculty; and

Plan to Infuse Cultural Competence

Whereas, An effective community college education prepares students to learn about working and living in a diverse world as global citizens, and as faculty we should hold ourselves to the same standard to which we hold our students;

Whereas, Cultural competence is a skill set that makes one effective in working in diverse environments and teaching diverse students, and faculty who make progress toward becoming culturally competent should positively affect the success of students;

Creation of a Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year Award

Whereas, California community college part-time faculty are invaluable partners in ensuring student success by providing high quality instruction and dedication to their profession;
Whereas, California community college part-time faculty contribute significantly to campus enrichment through activities such as serving on committees and as faculty advisors and participating in departmental, divisional, and campus-wide activities such as curriculum development, assessment, and program review; and

Use of Technology during Executive Committee Elections

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges promotes the use of appropriate technology in the classroom; and
Whereas, The election of members of the Executive Committee can take a disproportionate amount of time;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore the use of appropriate technology to expedite the election process and report no later than the Fall 2011 Plenary Session.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Expand the Use of Caucuses

Whereas, Resolution S09 1.05 called for the creation of Diversity Caucuses and processes to allow for and support faculty Diversity Caucuses;

Whereas, other groups of faculty may also benefit from the use of caucuses to provide advocacy and input to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate values all faculty voices and should provide opportunity for all to collaborate on issues of interest and importance to all faculty;

Creation of Diversity Caucuses

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a demonstrated commitment to diversity through its committees such as the Equity and Diversity Action Committee (EDAC), actions, and initiatives as stated in the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Diversity Policy and Executive Committee Code of Ethics (2006);

Statutory Clarification of the Academic Senate

Whereas, Local academic senates are experiencing legal challenges by local college administrations, boards of trustees and individuals in an effort to undermine their influence in the shared governance processes; and

Whereas, Local academic senates and individual faculty within their membership have been named as both petitioners and respondents in recent civil court proceedings;


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