Periodic Review Committee
The Periodic Review Committee is charged with reviewing the Academic Senate and providing internal and external stakeholders assurance as to the ASCCC's quality and commitment to the standards it sets for itself, to assist in improving the effectiveness of the its programs and operations in order to meet its goals, and to improve its policies and procedures. The committee will evaluate the ASCCC on seven areas and will present its overall assessment of each of the seven areas during Spring Plenary Session.
In spring 2013 the members of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) determined that the ASCCC should be periodically reviewed in order to ensure the public good and accountability. The purpose of this review is to provide internal and external stakeholders assurance as to the ASCCC’s quality and commitment to the standards it sets for itself, to assist in improving the effectiveness of its programs and operations in order to meet its stated goals, and to improve its policies and procedures. This review shall be conducted by a Periodic Review Task Force, and the following criteria consisting of seven areas shall be used to conduct the assessment or review. Please see the review guidelines for additional information regarding the process for the review.
The Periodic Review Task Force shall use the following criteria of seven areas to conduct the review. In examining each area, the Task Force shall factor in the policies, procedures, and programs which support these areas and how well they function. The Task Force shall record its overall assessment of each of the seven areas. As appropriate, the Task Force shall provide commendations and recommendations with a rationale for each one.
The Academic Senate has a clearly stated mission and purpose approved by the delegates. All of its programs support that mission, and all who work for or on behalf of the Senate understand and act in accord with that mission and purpose. The mission is responsive to the constituency and communities served by the Academic Senate and of value to the higher education community at large.
The Academic Senate has an active governing body in its Executive Committee that is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Academic Senate in alignment with the mission of the Academic Senate and oversight of the finances, operations, and policies. The Academic Senate is directed by resolutions as adopted by the members.
Responsible Fiscal Stewardship
The Academic Senate and its associated programs, projects, and committees manage their funds responsibly and prudently. The organization spends a reasonable percentage of its annual budget directly on programs in pursuance of its mission and does not accumulate excess operating funds. An adequate level of administrative expense is allocated to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to professional management. The Academic Senate ensures that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable, and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the Academic Senate, including not only the organization’s primary funds but also resources obtained through grants. All staff are compensated reasonably and appropriately. The Academic Senate’s status as a 501(c)6 nonprofit appropriately supports the mission of the organization.
The Academic Senate promotes an environment that values respect, fairness, and integrity. All staff, Executive Committee members, and volunteers of the organization act with honesty, integrity, and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the Academic Senate. Executive Committee members adhere to the Code of Ethics for Executive Committee members and comply with the Academic Senate’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
Openness and Disclosure
The Academic Senate provides comprehensive and timely information to the public, the media, member senates, and constituent groups and is responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. All information about the Academic Senate fully and honestly reflects the policies and practices of the organization. Basic informational data about the organization, such as the Executive Committee minutes, agendas, Federal Tax Form 990, and audited financial statements, are available to the public. Informational materials accurately represent the organization’s policies and practices. All financial, organizational, and program reports are complete and accurate in all material respects.
Inclusivity and Diversity
The Academic Senate maintains a policy of promoting diversity and inclusion and actively pursues that policy in a manner that is consistent with its mission, with its Constitution and Bylaws, with its Code of Ethics, and with a high degree of professionalism, fairness, and equality. The Academic Senate takes an active, meaningful, and consistent role in promoting diversity and inclusion in its hiring and promotion of staff, retention of volunteers, committee recruitment, and constituencies served.
Grants, Programs, and Planning
The Academic Senate’s programs and initiatives, including grant projects, are driven by its mission to empower faculty to better advocate regarding issues and interests involving academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate engages in deliberative and thoughtful planning activities in order to further the mission of the organization. These activities include not only long-range strategic planning but also careful consideration of more immediate activities and shorter-term projects and the ways in which these activities and projects are consistent with or fit into the overall strategic plan. The Academic Senate offers timely services that assist local senates with training and guidance to aid them in dealing with local issues and challenges.