Whereas, Upper-level administrative positions at community colleges throughout California are facing high rates of turnover due to retirements and a variety of other factors, leading to the significant utilization of interim replacements in these positions, in some cases for extended periods of time;
Whereas, Title 5 53021 provides that "no interim appointment or series of interim appointments exceed one year in duration" and that even with the approval of the Chancellor extensions of such appointments may not exceed one year;
Whereas, Reaffirmation of college accreditation is placed at risk through excessive administrative vacancies or reliance on interim administrators; and
Whereas, Most of these interim appointments have a direct impact on areas of faculty responsibility such as curriculum processes, instruction, and budget development, and faculty should therefore be included in the selection process;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges to ensure that all Title 5 provisions regarding the length of interim administrative appointments are enforced;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to pursue local policies that would ensure faculty roles in the selection process for interim administrative appointments; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges investigate Title 5 regulation changes to strengthen faculty roles in making interim administrative appointments.
MSC Disposition: System Advisory Committee on Curriculum, Local Senates
Completed. The Academic Senate president prepared a letter to Chancellor Jack Scott communicating the Senate's concerns.