Issue was raised at Consultation Council in collaboration with other faculty leaders. Discussion also continues at SACC (System Advisory Committee on Curriculum).
Whereas, Adjustments to academic calendars impact complexly interrelated institutional schedules that affect student access, student services, course and program delivery, facility availability, student learning and, most importantly, student success;
Whereas, A "Concept Paper" presented at the March 15, 2006, Chief Instructional Officers/Chief Student Services Officers conference titled "Academic Calendars, Scheduling, and Related Topics" was written without faculty input and has been received by some administrators as an accepted, officially sanctioned set of guidelines; and
Whereas, Any systemwide implementation of guidelines for academic calendars must allow for proper deliberation and collegial consultation if it is to have any opportunity for success;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges resist efforts to impose systemwide guidelines for an academic calendar before collegial consultation and recommendations from faculty unions and senates, including individual campus concerns, have been accomplished.MSC Disposition: Local Senates