Whereas, California's AB1725 (1988) recognized the role of local academic senates to make policy development and implementation recommendations to local governing boards on all academic and professional matters and the Legislature adopted 70901 of the Education Code and the Board of Governors adopted 53200-53203 of Title 5 to strengthen the role of local academic senates in the governance of colleges and districts by requiring local governing boards to "consult collegially" with academic senates;
Whereas, Local academic senates need knowledge and opportunities to develop the skills necessary to participate effectively in local governance;
Whereas, Faculty, administrators, local governing boards, and students all have a common goal of providing students with opportunities for achieving success in whatever academic goals students pursue in the California community colleges; and
Whereas, Statewide collaborations such as the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum have demonstrated the effectiveness of a true collaborative relationship among faculty, administrators, and the System Office and suggested, by extension, the benefits of participatory governance;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges find additional ways to provide guidance to local senate leaders to ensure that they have the knowledge they need to participate in governance effectively at the local level; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the groups representing the Chief Instructional Officers, Chief Student Services Officers and the College Presidents, and with the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, to develop a proactive approach to participatory governance, such as providing training designed to highlight the benefits of engaging in collegial consultation and identifying best practices that facilitate effective participatory governance at the local level. MSC Disposition: CIOs, CSSOs, CEOs, Local Senates, Student Senate for California Community Colleges
Much of this was completed via institutes and sessions, through several Rostrum articles, and to some degree through the many interactions the ASCCC has with the other statewide organizations in sharing presenters at various conferences. Additionally the ASCCC picks its many committee members and liaisons from the body of local senate leaders which does much to empower them in their local governance roles.