Whereas, The Accrediting Commission for California and Junior Colleges has imposed accrediting changes antithetical to the legal academic and professional responsibilities of the local academic senates of California community colleges;
Whereas, The new Accreditation Standards are modeled after private corporate models of authoritative control over profit-making outcomes rather than historically successful collegial processes;
Whereas, Past Accreditation Standards have contributed substantially to the best academic interests of the student and to accomplishing the mission of California Community Colleges; and
Whereas, Widespread dismay at the changes imposed by the Accrediting Commission has been expressed throughout the academic and professional community of higher education (e.g., California Higher Education Association, AAUP, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, and many local community college academic senates);
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, in order to enable local academic senates to continue to carry out their academic and professional responsibilities to the college community under new college Accreditation Standards and to evaluate and strengthen their role in that endeavor, design for local senate consideration a model local academic senate "self-study" process as described in the appended paper "Response to Changes in Community College Accreditation Standards"; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges annually report at a plenary session the results of this action.
This issue is included in the talking points & new Handout for local senate visits.