Whereas, The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges provides independent oversight and policy direction to the 109 community colleges of our system in a public forum and is subject to the Open Meetings Act and the ethical behavior required by law;
Whereas, The California Performance Review proposes the elimination of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, although the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University's Board of Trustees, and the State Board of Education (K-12) would remain intact;
Whereas, As a political appointee of the Governor, the Secretary of Education and his/her decisions are not subject to public scrutiny, comment, independent review, or consultative influence; and
Whereas, The California Performance Review (in ETV01 and ETV03) further proposes to move the Chancellor and all staff into the Office of the Secretary of Education, where they would report to a Deputy Secretary of Higher Education, thereby eliminating public scrutiny and public participation as well as consultation and participatory governance;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges declare any proposal to eliminate the independent Board of Governors and reduce the System Office to be undemocratic and detrimental to the California Community Colleges, to their locally elected boards of trustees, and to the students enrolled in the largest public post-secondary institution in the world.
Joint efforts with others throughout system were successful in dismissing this effort.