Whereas there are external calls to sunset the portions of the Education Code dealing with California community colleges, and
Whereas the Chancellor has established a Consultation Task Force to review and suggest revisions of the Education Code and is working toward a consensus position on these matters, and
Whereas there is a commitment to simplify the Education Code and move sections from the Education Code into Title 5, which has the force of law but can be changed by a vote of the Board of Governors,
Resolved that the Academic Senate work with other faculty organizations to ensure that proposed legislation to revise the California Education Code preserve and expand protections for tenure, due process, academic freedom, and other faculty and student rights currently enshrined in Code, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to ensure that Education Code provisions regarding academic standards and the role of the academic senates be maintained in Education Code rather than in Title 5, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate work with other consultation groups to maintain in the Education Code the current commitment to the system-level consultation process and to the continued role of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges in creating and maintaining educational policy.
During the Education Code revisions in the late 90s, the Senate successfully argued for the retention of items ensuring the role, rights and responsibilities of the Academic Senate. Recommendations for Next Year's Committee. This is a low priority for next year since there are no plans for Ed Code changes.