Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is intended to have a significant role in collegial consultation on "policies for faculty professional development activities" (Title 5, 53200(b)), and
Whereas rapid technological change has sometimes led to extraordinary reliance on the expertise of college personnel not involved in teaching, such as computer technicians and other personnel from administrative support services, and
Whereas such reliance may shift the focus of professional development policy discussion from the local senates to ad hoc groups ("high tech" committees and the like),
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to maintain their statutory role in overseeing faculty professional development, including faculty training in the use of technology, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to regard campus or district technology committees, or any such groups, as advisory to the local senate's professional development representatives rather than primary policy makers for faculty activities, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local senates to guard against the argument that lack of technical expertise among faculty justifies bypassing the local senate's right to recommend policy for faculty professional development.
Technology is no longer a separate staff development funding stream and has become an integral part of professional life. This resolution should be considered completed.