Limit Nominations from the Floor

Fall
2019
Resolution Number: 
01.04
Contact: 
Category: 
Academic Senate
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, In certain circumstances the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) rules currently allow for nominations from the floor for positions to serve on the Executive Committee;

Whereas, Candidates nominated from the floor on Saturday of a plenary session are afforded the opportunity to present a candidate speech closer to the time of balloting, which may provide an advantage over those candidates who publicly presented their candidate speeches on Friday;

Whereas, Communication studies research on audience retention of messages reveals that after 24 hours approximately only 10% of the original message is retained [1]; and

Whereas, The ASCCC should promote fair and equitable competition;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges only call for and accept nominations from the floor on Saturday of a plenary session in the event that no candidate has been nominated; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges amend sections E.1-E.2 of its rules as follows:

Nominations

    1.       Nominations may be made in two ways:
    a.       In writing and delivered to the Academic Senate Office;
    b.       From the floor at a general session designated for such floor action, regularly on Thursday of a plenary session but on Saturdays only if no candidates have declared intent to seek any given position. The general session for floor nominations on Thursday should be published in the agenda, and all nominations, other than those noted above, will be closed at the end of that general session.
    2.       Nominations may be made accepted only with the consent of the nominee.

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[1] Larry Barker and Kittie Watson, Listen Up: What You’ve Never Heard About the Other Half of Every Conversation (New York: St. Martin’s, 2001), p.5.