Whereas, The mission statement for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges states, "The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in academic and professional matters";
Whereas, Faculty appointed to statewide committees, commissions, and consultation groups are representing the faculty as a whole and need to be cognizant of positions taken by the Academic Senate when dealing with the academic and professional matters that are the purview of the Senate;
Whereas, The Academic Senate, as the voice representing the faculty on all California community colleges intentionally and specifically seeks out feedback from faculty through its deliberative process at plenary sessions, area meetings, surveys, and other venues and thus is truly representative of faculty views; and
Whereas, Individual faculty, other systems of higher education, and other statewide entities may not recognize the need for appointments to be made by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work to educate local senates, all other appropriate groups/organizations, and individuals about its role in appointing faculty as representatives to statewide committees that seek a faculty representative in order to ensure that such representatives are familiar with the positions adopted by the Academic Senate as the representative body for the faculty regarding academic and professional matters.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
ASCCC liaisons and committee members are appointed by the President and are usually provided with some awareness of ASCCC positions and/or specific direction from the President. One element of these directions is the central need for all constituents to be aware of these operating parameters under which all faculty serve in their state leadership roles.