Academic Senate

Location Of Future Spring Plenary Sessions

Whereas, California's fiscal crisis requires active lobbying and thus an active presence in Sacramento to protect and promote interests vital to California Community Colleges;

Whereas, The Academic Senate currently holds its plenary sessions in varying locations throughout the state; and

Whereas, Meeting facilities in Sacramento are now adequate to host a plenary session;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges consider the viability of holding Spring Plenary Sessions in Sacramento when they occur in Northern California.

Faculty Hiring Resources

Whereas, Few colleges are hiring new full- or part-time faculty during this budget downturn, which gives faculty a chance to re-evaluate hiring practices, attitudes, and training for hiring committees;

Whereas, Providing excellent professional development opportunities that have been jointly developed by faculty, human resource directors, and other administrators should be a common goal prior to when districts return to hiring more faculty; and

Plan to Infuse Cultural Competence

Whereas, An effective community college education prepares students to learn about working and living in a diverse world as global citizens, and as faculty we should hold ourselves to the same standard to which we hold our students;

Whereas, Cultural competence is a skill set that makes one effective in working in diverse environments and teaching diverse students, and faculty who make progress toward becoming culturally competent should positively affect the success of students;

Creation of a Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year Award

Whereas, California community college part-time faculty are invaluable partners in ensuring student success by providing high quality instruction and dedication to their profession;
Whereas, California community college part-time faculty contribute significantly to campus enrichment through activities such as serving on committees and as faculty advisors and participating in departmental, divisional, and campus-wide activities such as curriculum development, assessment, and program review; and

Use of Technology during Executive Committee Elections

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges promotes the use of appropriate technology in the classroom; and
Whereas, The election of members of the Executive Committee can take a disproportionate amount of time;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges explore the use of appropriate technology to expedite the election process and report no later than the Fall 2011 Plenary Session.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Expand the Use of Caucuses

Whereas, Resolution S09 1.05 called for the creation of Diversity Caucuses and processes to allow for and support faculty Diversity Caucuses;

Whereas, other groups of faculty may also benefit from the use of caucuses to provide advocacy and input to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate values all faculty voices and should provide opportunity for all to collaborate on issues of interest and importance to all faculty;

Creation of Diversity Caucuses

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a demonstrated commitment to diversity through its committees such as the Equity and Diversity Action Committee (EDAC), actions, and initiatives as stated in the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Diversity Policy and Executive Committee Code of Ethics (2006);

Creation of a Sustainability Task Force

Whereas, Environmental sustainability is a complex and profound issue, and initiatives that will impact our communities must and be addressed more systematically by California community colleges;

Whereas, Environmental sustainability has wide curriculum implications, involving new course and program development in environmental and green technologies as well as the infusion of sustainability themes within existing courses;

Outreach and Recruitment Committee

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Nominations Ad Hoc Committee has been charged with expanding the pool of faculty volunteers for Academic Senate committees and other related statewide service;

Whereas, The work of the Nominations Committee has focused on identifying new ways to make faculty across the state aware of opportunities for statewide service and communicating the nature and benefits of the various service opportunities; and

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