Refer resolution and all amendments to Executive Committee for further research and report back by Fall 2023.
Add a Third Whereas
Whereas, Since 1940, the American Association of University Professors, (AAUP) in their Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure defined academic freedom, which continues to serve as the standard definition that most educators refer to for guidance and direction, yet, the context and demographics of higher education has changed significantly as Finkin and Post (2009) remind us that, “academic freedom consists of the freedom to pursue the scholarly profession according to the standards of that profession”. Our professional ethics and responsibilities prohibit educators from weaponizing our right to academic freedom to create educational and/or work environments hostile to protected classes and/or diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism work (DEIAA), and the need for a shared definition is evident.
Add a Fourth Whereas
Whereas, Joan W. Scott defines expertise as “the production of knowledge informed by disciplined research, [and] science in the public interest” and “the century-old notion of academic freedom insists on the expertise of scholars and the importance of expertise for advancing ‘the common good’” academic freedom is necessary for public educators to successfully guide students to become publicly engaged citizens, critical thinkers, and future employees.
Amend First Resolved
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to revise California Code of Regulations, title 5 §51023 to include a definition for academic freedom and an explanation of the associated responsibilities and professional ethics needed by California community colleges to establish a standard for their curriculum and classrooms.
Add Second Resolved
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office consider AAUP’s definition as a starting point for an updated definition for academic freedom that takes into consideration the current context of higher education and support of equity driven mission of the California Community Colleges.
M/S/R: Refer resolution and all amendments to Executive Committee for further research and report back by Fall 2023.