Whereas, Trustees and administrators at some of California's community colleges have unilaterally suspended or eliminated sabbatical leave processes;
Whereas, Faculty recognize their ethical and professional responsibility to currency and improvement of their discipline;
Whereas, The suspension or elimination of sabbatical rights is part of an ongoing trend of shifting resources from academic to non-academic interests; and
Whereas, The Education Code states that professional development is a vital part of every faculty member's responsibility, and the state is no longer directly funding professional development;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to insist that their right to sabbatical leaves be retained and supported;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to collaborate with bargaining units regarding support and retention of local sabbatical rights; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges author a best practices document that assists local faculty in their efforts to retain sabbatical rights by developing a process that focuses on the academic integrity, merit, and institutional benefit of sabbaticals. MSC Disposition: Local Senates
The paper, Sabbaticals, Benefiting Faculty, the Institution, and Students adopted S07.