Consulting Collegially with Local Senates on Participation in Statewide Initiatives

Fall
2014
Resolution Number: 
17.01
Contact: 
Category: 
Local Senates
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office launched three major grant-funded initiatives in Fall 2013, with those initiatives being the Education Planning, Common Assessment, and the Online Education Initiatives;

Whereas, Participation in each of these initiatives has implications for local senate purview over academic and professional matters at college campuses, including but not limited to curriculum, educational program development, policies or standards for student preparation and success, faculty professional development, and institutional planning processes; and

Whereas, Participation in the initiatives may lead governing boards and their designees to believe that local senate purview over academic and professional matters does not apply to matters related to college participation in any of the phases of these initiatives or to any future statewide initiative that encompasses academic and professional matters;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges affirm that college or district participation in any of the current or future statewide initiatives does not nullify local senate purview over academic and professional matters;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor’s Office to remind governing boards and their designees that they must engage in collegial consultation with local senates before and during participation in any current or future statewide initiatives which encompass academic and professional matters; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to focus on the educational needs of their students and the professional needs of their faculty when deciding whether or not to recommend to their governing boards and/or designees participation in any current or future statewide initiative.

Adopted by Acclamation

Status Report: 

A Rostrum article was published in the February 2017.