Democracy Commitment

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An article co-written by David Morse and Richard Mahon was published in the first Rostrum of 2013-14 and addressed the first two resolved clauses. A second article by the same authors was published in FACCTS to fulfill the final resolved.

Whereas, The existence of the California community colleges is a direct expression of the State of California's commitment to one of the basic tenets of democracy, that of providing for an educated public;

Whereas, The faculty of the California community colleges embrace the fundamental conviction that our students deserve to be full participants in the democratic process; and

Whereas, "The Democracy Commitment" is a national community college initiative to provide a necessary platform for the "development and expansion of programs and projects aimed at engaging community college students in civic learning and democratic practice”;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges endorse "The Democracy Commitment" as a project through which our many campuses and local senates may pursue programs and initiatives that support the democratic learning and engagement of our students;

Resolved, That Academic Senate for California Community Colleges commit to further the aims of the "The Democracy Commitment" in general and to consider coordination and cooperation with other state academic senates in a nationwide leadership effort; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges produce an action-oriented guide furthering the aims of "The Democracy Commitment" for use by the California community colleges, addressing curriculum as well as other activities for students, faculty, staff, and administrators, with an initial draft of this guide available for review at the Spring 2012 Plenary Session.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates