Whereas, Participatory governance is a valued component of the California Community College system, at the local, regional, and state levels;
Whereas, California Community Colleges Board of Governors Standing Orders 332-334 define the role of Academic Senate, Student Senate, and Consultation Council, including “representatives of selected community college institutional and organizational groups” (SO 334), and “Throughout the Consultation Process, the advice and judgment of The Academic Senate will be primarily relied upon whenever the policy involves an academic and professional matter” (SO 332);
Whereas, Standing Order 332 directs that “The appointment of faculty to councils, committees, and task forces established in conjunction with Consultation to deal with academic and professional matters on the system-wide level shall be made by the Academic Senate,” and committees formed to develop proposals or make decisions with system-level impact should consist of representatives from appropriate constituencies similarly appointed by the statewide organizations that represent those constituencies; and
Whereas, Decisions and recommendations involving academic and professional matters and matters of statewide impact, including termination of development of the common assessment test proposals for an entirely online college, and development of the Vision for Success, are being made with minimal consultative input or only an appearance of consultative input, either by reports to committees with cursory opportunities for feedback or through creating committees and taskforces without representatives appointed by statewide organizations or constituencies;
Resolved, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with system partners to communicate to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors examples of instances where expected consultation has not occurred and urge the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to not accept recommendations on such matters unless necessary consultation has occurred.