The Executive Committee agreed that concerns of the resolution and the amendment are both being addressed through the revision of the Disciplines List Handbook, which is expected to come to the body for adoption in spring 2014. Therefore, the Executive Committee have deemed this resolution and amendment to be unnecessary.
Amend first whereas:
Whereas, The Disciplines List Prevision process is somewhat unique in that normal parliamentary processes do not readily lend themselves to fully informed decision-making through a fully vetted cycle where the rights of the individual, minority and majority are ensuredsometimes culminates in a situation in which the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges submits a resolution to recommend not forwarding the discipline to the Board of Governors for adoption, leading to a great deal of confusion about the true meaning and consequences of an Aye or Nay vote to a negatively stated resolution; and
Add second whereas:
Whereas, the Academic Senate for California Community College’s Executive Committee is currently deliberating over these issues in the interests of improving the process, reducing unnecessary complexity and increasing understanding of the process and has plans to make recommendations during the initiation of the next cycle, which will occur as we transition from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop modifications to the Discipline List revision process to improve, simplify and increase understanding of the process and make these recommendations to the body in Fall 2013, to be used for the next revision cycle. Process so that resolutions about additions to the Minimum Qualifications document are stated positively and that the body determines by a simple Aye vote when a discipline will be forwarded to the Board of Governors with a recommendation to adopt and a simple Nay vote when a discipline will not be forwarded to the Board of Governors for adoption.
MSR Reason: Same as above.