Academic Senate

Creation of a Sustainability Task Force

Whereas, Environmental sustainability is a complex and profound issue, and initiatives that will impact our communities must and be addressed more systematically by California community colleges;

Whereas, Environmental sustainability has wide curriculum implications, involving new course and program development in environmental and green technologies as well as the infusion of sustainability themes within existing courses;

Outreach and Recruitment Committee

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Nominations Ad Hoc Committee has been charged with expanding the pool of faculty volunteers for Academic Senate committees and other related statewide service;

Whereas, The work of the Nominations Committee has focused on identifying new ways to make faculty across the state aware of opportunities for statewide service and communicating the nature and benefits of the various service opportunities; and

Resources for Leadership Training

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has several resolutions directing it to provide leadership development opportunities for faculty;

Whereas, Colleges have hired many new faculty recently, and new people are assuming leadership positions with limited knowledge and understanding of the Academic Senate and the roles that faculty play in collegial governance;

Establishment of New Local and District Senates

Whereas, Many colleges are in the process of seeking accreditation for academic centers and the accreditation process requires that a local academic senate be formed before accreditation can be granted;

Whereas, Multi-college districts are also considering how best to form district academic senates and often seek advice about how best to work together to form local district senates; and

Whereas, New colleges and academic centers will need to establish participatory governance policies;

Explore Local Shared Governance Policies

Whereas, College policies vary with respect to what form of shared governance is employed for each of the 10+1 academic and professional matters specified in Title 5; and

Whereas, Local senates would benefit from knowing how policies have been employed elsewhere, how they are implemented, and which have been effective;

Database of Policies and Procedures

Whereas, Local senates often spend an inordinate amount of time addressing the same issues in devising or revising policies and procedures that other senates have already addressed;

Whereas, One of the functions of the Academic Senate is to provide resources to support local senates; and

Whereas, The creation of an easily accessible database of sample policies and procedures would facilitate the exchange of information among the California community colleges, and save valuable senate time;

Assistance for Local Senates

Whereas, Local senates face a range of problems involving shared governance, fiscal and legal challenges, and others;

Whereas, There exists a wide range of assistance to help local senates with such problems, from technical visits, to appeals, to the California Community College System Office;

Whereas, The circumstances and processes for enlisting such assistance vary and are not necessarily clear to local senates; and

Whereas, Current forms of assistance may not meet the needs of all local senates;

Effective Practices

Whereas, The Academic Senate often presents on effective practices in breakouts at plenary sessions and institutes;

Whereas, The Academic Senate often provides effective practices in Rostrum articles; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate often provides effective practices in papers;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work to provide summaries and checklists on effective practices on its website for easy reference by local senate leaders. MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Topic Experts Provided by Academic Senate

Whereas, Local senate executive teams change frequently in colleges and districts, necessitating access to resources and information on a variety of issues pertinent to faculty;

Whereas, The Executive Committee for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges also changes regularly, and local senate leaders cannot always recognize which members of the Executive Committee are experts in each area of responsibility assigned to the Academic Senate through Title 5 and elsewhere; and

Local Processes for Faculty Appointments

Whereas, There are multiple methods by which a faculty member can be assigned to short-term, non-teaching work such as Student Learning Outcomes or accreditation coordinator, or grant director;

Whereas, A recent Academic Senate survey indicated that districts and colleges employ different methods of assigning faculty to these tasks such as appointment by the local academic senates, or by the administration, or by a competitive process; and

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