Influence of Outside Organizations on Policies

Spring
2009
Resolution Number: 
13.05
Contact: 
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, There are many foundations, non-accrediting groups, and organizations today which are researching and developing positions or policies that are directed at California community colleges, often bringing into question the existing internal policy development processes within the system;

Whereas, The goals of some organizations may conflict with the tenets and principles of the Master Plan for Higher Education, AB 1725, the multiple missions of California community colleges, and/or of established positions of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;

Whereas, California community colleges should proactively drive their own policy development rather than merely react to the agendas of others; and

Whereas, As dollars become more scarce, the temptation grows to use or rely on external funding sources;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges identify the various non-accrediting entities that are developing positions or policies that affect California community colleges, including the goals/philosophies of the groups, their funding sources, and leadership;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assess the likelihood of establishing partnerships with these entities, as well as identify those with interests in conflict with the Academic Senate; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Consultation Council to discuss issues of common concern about how policies are determined/formed and consider appropriate strategies.

MSC Disposition: Chancellor's Office, Consultation Council, Local Senates

Summary: 
Identify the various non-accrediting entities that are developing positions or policies that affect California community colleges; assess the likelihood of establishing partnerships with these entities, as well as identify those with interests in conflict with the Academic Senate; and work with the Consultation Council to discuss issues of common concern about how policies are determined/formed and consider appropriate strategies
Recommendation: 
This will be a focus of the Committee's 1st in-person meeting.
Status Report: 

A breakout was held at the Fall 2009 Plenary in which a series of questions to ask regarding external groups was reviewed and various entities were discussed. Additional Rostrum articles are planned.