Academic Senate

Resolution Report

Whereas the process whereby delegates generate and process resolutions is the most tune and attention-consuming activity within Academic Senate sessions, and

Whereas follow-up on resolutions adopted and referred to external or internal bodies is not known to the senate members at large, and

Whereas a continuing record of action taken/not taken on the resolutions during the period following Senate adoption would be valuable to the membership in determining future needs, and

Research Positions for Academic Senate

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges does not have the capability to provide research and data collection to substantiate positions on issues of substance.

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to develop a Budget Change Proposal that will provide two research positions, support staff and equipment to conduct vital research exclusively for the Academic Senate.
M/S/U Disposition: Chancellor's Office. Executive Committee

Improving the Resolution Voting Process

Whereas there have been approximately 50 resolutions submitted on the day before voting in both 1994 Fall and 1994 Spring sessions, which represents approximately 70 percent of the total resolutions for each session, and

Whereas there is only an hour to review these resolutions prior to voting on the final day of session, and

Whereas delegates have not had time to discuss the issues with their constituencies,

Presidential Term of Office

Whereas the duties and responsibilities of being president of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges are very time consuming, and

Whereas it is crucial that there be continuity in the leadership of the Academic Senate,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges instruct the Executive Committee to write a proposal to amend the Senate Bylaws, making the term of the president a two-year term, and

Program Review Advice

Whereas Title 5 requires every district to develop and implement program review, and

Whereas the faculty desire a consistent; quality program review process in the California Community Colleges, and

Whereas the purpose of program review is to strengthen the educational delivery system,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee to make available, to local senates requesting them, appropriate program review models, and

Curriculum Breakout

Whereas the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is encouraging college curriculum chairs to attend the semi-annual meetings of the Academic Senate, and

Whereas the cost of attending such meetings continues to escalate, and

Whereas college budgets are continuing to tighten, making such multiple delegate attendance difficult for colleges to afford,

Chancellors Selection Process

Whereas an understanding about faculty participation in the Chancellor's selection process was subverted in favor of perfunctory participation, and

Whereas the Board of Governors process provides for only two faculty, with eight other people, to review resumes and forward ten to fifteen names without interviews to the executive committee of the Board of Governors who will forward one name to the Board of Governors for ratification, and

Whereas this procedure would deny the faculty an effective and influential role in the selection of the Chancellor, and

Senate Delegate Roles and Responsibilities

Whereas it is important that delegates to sessions of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges be informed of their roles and responsibilities, and

Whereas the importance of maintaining the integrity of a true representative process in forwarding business at sessions cannot be over emphasized,

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the paper, "Senate Delegate Roles and Responsibilities" and refer it to the local senates for implementation.
M/S/U Disposition: Executive Committee, Local Senates

Redefining "Faculty Productivity"

Whereas productivity models such as TQM/CQI are being promoted as a means to restructure the academy, and

Whereas often these models take the form of narrow application of productivity models, and

Whereas a review of the literature raises serious questions as to the appropriateness of such models in the academy setting, and

Whereas a faculty driven process would examine the components of educational excellence,

Faculty Perspective on the Future

Whereas during the last decade there have been numerous documents published by non-academic entities recommending the future direction of higher education in California, and

Whereas each of these documents evokes a sense of impending crisis to propel politically expedient solutions, and

Whereas these documents do not reflect academic expertise or faculty perspectives, and

Whereas the Board of Governors are considering a number of these policy document as they frame their perspective for the future of California community colleges,


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