Whereas, Faculty roles are set forth in the Education Code and in the intent language of AB 1725 to ensure that new faculty hires will be those who are best qualified;
Whereas, Peer evaluation, vital to improvement of instruction and the tenure review process, is also set forth in the Education Code;
Whereas, The responsibility for assuring academic standards, the quality and integrity of the curriculum, and program review also belongs to faculty, and is recognized in law; and
Whereas, The faculty roles on all these matters are under attack in the Contra Costa Community College District;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate urge the governing boards of all districts, particularly the Contra Costa Community College District, to abandon any proposals that threaten the role of faculty in faculty hiring, faculty evaluation, program review, governance structure and all other academic and professional matters;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate urge the Chancellor of California Community Colleges to support the letter and spirit of the Education Code and Title 5 and encourage all governing boards to respect shared governance, collegial consultation to rely primarily and/or to reach mutual agreement, and the intent of the Legislature as articulated in AB 1725 concerning the role of faculty in faculty hiring, faculty evaluation, program review, governance structure and other academic and professional matters; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate lend all possible support to help the faculty of any district resist these incursions on the proper role of faculty in governance.
The President continues to work with local senates, the Chancellor, the Community College League of California, and AAUP to address such issues.
This is not a hot issue right now. We have dealt with it in the past.