Shared Governance Under Siege

Spring
2002
Resolution Number: 
17.02
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Local Senates
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Faculty roles in academic and professional matters, particularly the governance structure, remain under attack in many districts across the state;

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has addressed the same concern in Resolution F01 17.01 regarding the Contra Costa Community College District;

Whereas, Faculty continue to seek strategies to preserve their participation in collegial consultation on all academic and professional matters; and

Whereas, A radical change affecting the role of faculty in faculty hiring, faculty evaluation, program review, governance structure, and all academic and professional matters is being imposed in some districts on the faculty without such collegial consultation;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate reaffirm resolution F0117.01 and urge the Chancellor to support the letter and the spirit of Education Code and Title 5 and encourage all governing boards to respect the requirements of collegial consultation to rely primarily or to reach mutual agreement, and the intent of Legislation as articulated in AB 1725concerning the role of faculty in faculty hiring, faculty evaluation, program review, governance structure, and other academic and professional matters;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate urge the governing boards of all districts to abandon any proposals that threaten the role of faculty in faculty hiring, program review, governance structure, and other academic and professional matters;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate lend all possible support to help faculty of any district to resist these incursions on the proper role of faculty in governance.

Resolved, That the Academic Senate assist the Chancellor and the Board of Governors with identifying or developing measures of enforcement, assuring compliance with Education Code and Title 5 Regulations by locally elected boards of trustees.

Status Report: 

Local senates are, in addition, regularly informed that faculty hiring is not subject to the collegial consultation requirements (and exemptions) of Title 5.  This is either completed or ongoing.  It's something we always do, but it has not been a huge issue in general recently.