Insert the Phrase “Promotes Academic Excellence” in the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Mission Statement

Spring
2014
Resolution Number: 
01.06
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Academic Senate
Status: 
In Progress

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is the official representative of all California community college faculty on academic and professional matters, and as that representative is responsible for promoting academic excellence in policy, initiative, consultative situations, to the legislature and Board of Governors, and to the media;

Whereas, The Academic Senate mission currently states[1]:

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the local senates of all California community colleges;

Whereas, While the current mission implies that the Academic Senate actively promotes academic excellence, an explicit statement to that effect will strengthen the understanding of the work and mission of the Academic Senate given the competing state and national organizations that attempt to claim that they ensure academic quality in the state; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate often helps to develop and act on policies created in the state but does not always promote all policies in the state because some policies are contrary to positions of the Academic Senate;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges amend its mission statement to read:

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges promotes academic excellence and fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, advocates for, and acts upon policies of responding to statewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the local senates of all California community colleges.

MSR:  Referred to the Executive Committee with 1.06.01 to clarify intent and return to the body by Fall 2014.


[1] The current Academic Senate mission statement is found at http://asccc.org/about/mission

Status Report: 

In progress. This was an Executive Committee Resolution. The amendment was brought forward at the pre-session Area C meeting. The Resolutions Chair will contact the amendment contact to clarify the intent. The resolution contact is no longer on the Executive Committee, and so the Executive Committee will need to clarify the intent of the resolution determine the appropriate way to return this to the body.