Academic Senate

Budget Training for Local Senates

Whereas, Participation in the development and implementation of budget processes is one of the academic and professional matters assigned to the purview of faculty under Title 5;

Whereas, Understanding and tracking state and local budget data is a critical skill for local faculty leaders who wish to participate effectively in the development and implementation of budget processes, but one which may be difficult for many faculty;

Process to Withdraw a Resolution

Whereas, The current resolution process as published in the Plenary Session materials says that resolutions may be authored in one of five ways:
Resolutions created by the Executive Committee, its individual members, or by the standing committees of the Academic Senate
Resolutions brought by individual faculty to an Area meeting
Resolutions adopted by local senates
Resolutions developed during the Area meetings by those in attendance
Resolutions developed at the Plenary Session; and

Education Opportunity to Improve Effective Governance

Whereas, The twentieth anniversary of AB 1725 provides the opportunity for governance at colleges and districts to begin a new era of collegial consultation;

Whereas, Many universities in California and other organizations provide instruction and professional development for administrators; and

Whereas, More of the administrators being hired in California community colleges hail from outside the state, come from private industry or other leadership posts and are not sufficiently educated in the spirit of AB 1725 and collegial consultation;

Process for Recommending Changes to Title 5 Regulations

Whereas, Recommending changes to Title 5 Regulations is significant and affects all colleges within the State; and

Whereas, Local senates need time to fully absorb the impact of recommended changes to programs, faculty, and students;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop a process to be considered for adoption at a future plenary session that details a procedure for review and recommendation of proposed changes to Title 5 regulations.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Appointment of Faculty Representatives

Whereas, The mission statement for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges states, "The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in academic and professional matters";

Ensuring Participatory Governance

Whereas, California's AB1725 (1988) recognized the role of local academic senates to make policy development and implementation recommendations to local governing boards on all academic and professional matters and the Legislature adopted 70901 of the Education Code and the Board of Governors adopted 53200-53203 of Title 5 to strengthen the role of local academic senates in the governance of colleges and districts by requiring local governing boards to "consult collegially" with academic senates;

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