How to Become an Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Member Senate
Title 5 §53202 provides faculty with the requirements for establishing an academic senate. The following has been excerpted from this Title 5 section:
- The full-time faculty of a community college shall vote by secret ballot to form an academic senate.
- In multi-college districts, the full-time faculty of the district colleges may vote on whether or not to form a district academic senate. Such vote shall be by secret ballot.
- The governing board of a district shall recognize the academic senate and authorize the faculty to:
(1) Fix and amend by vote of the full-time faculty the composition, structure, and procedures of the academic senate.
(2) Provide for the selection, in accordance with accepted democratic election procedures, the members of the academic senate.
- The full-time faculty may provide for the membership and participation of part-time faculty members in the academic senate.
- In the absence of any full-time faculty members in a community college, the part-time faculty of such community college may form an academic senate.
Becoming a Member Senate
Article II, Section 1 of the ASCCC Bylaws (http://asccc.org/about/bylaws) state that any academic senate of a college, district, or recognized center recognized by its local governing board as representing its faculty in academic and professional matters may apply for status as a Member Senate. Once the governing board of a district recognizes the local academic senate, the local senate may be recognized as a member senate of the ASCCC.
To become a member senate of the ASCCC, the local senate submits to the Executive Director a request to become a member senate that includes the following required information:
- Verification that the provisions of Title 5 §53202 have been fulfilled, including the approved constitution and/or bylaws,
- A copy of the official minutes from the meeting at which the governing board recognized the academic senate.
- The required information may be submitted electronically or by mail. Upon verification of the submitted information, the Board of Directors at one of their meetings certifies the applicant senate as a member senate.
70.20 Membership Dues
Member Senates pay annual dues to the ASCCC based on their reported FTES each year to the Chancellor’s Office. These dues fund services that directly benefit local senates such as representation on numerous task forces, advisory groups, committees, initiatives, as well as other constituent group meetings including the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Council of Faculty Organizations, Community College League of California, and Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates. The dues also directly fund local senate and technical assistance visits, publications such as the Rostrum, adopted position papers, event publications, all senate websites, and other costs associated with providing service to local senates.
All Member Senates that pay their dues are considered active members and are entitled to full membership privileges. Membership privileges include:
- Having a recognized delegate at ASCCC plenary sessions;
- Consideration of faculty from that college or district for service on the ASCCC Board of Directors; for service on other ASCCC standing committees, work groups, and task forces; and for service on other state-level bodies as representatives of the ASCCC;
- All of the services described earlier in this policy that are supported by dues and provided by the ASCCC to Member Senates.
Given the significant support that ASCCC provides to local senates, if a member senate chooses does not to pay its dues to the ASCCC, the Board of Directors will review the reasons for nonpayment. Based on this review, the Board of Directors may declare the Member Senate an inactive member and suspend any or all of the membership privileges of that member senate as deemed appropriate. In the event that a Member Senate is declared to be an inactive member, the ASCCC will continue to represent that Member Senate at the state level on all academic and professional matters.
Before any action is taken to declare a Member Senate as inactive, the ASCCC will make every effort to work with the Member Senate to seek resolution of the nonpayment of dues. The active status of an inactive Member Senate and all associated membership privileges will be reinstated upon the payment of dues to the ASCCC.