January 2023: The Executive Director has engaged the ASCCC's legal counsel to provide a legal advice regarding the referred resolution. The legal opinion will be presented to the Executive Committee during the February 2023 board meeting for final determination. A recommendation will be made to the body by the Spring 2023 Plenary Session.
May 2023: A Task Force on Elevating Faculty Voices is being formed and will provide recommendations to the Executive Committee by spring 2024.
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges serves as “the official voice of California community college faculty in academic and professional matters” and part of its mission is “to include diverse faculty, perspectives, and experiences that represent our student populations”;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges caucuses were established to “form a collective voice on issues of common concern that caucus members feel are of vital importance to faculty and the success of students as they relate to academic and professional matters”;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges' resolutions process provides a formal use of resolutions to identify and record the will of academic senates of the California community colleges and are presented and voted upon by delegates representing their colleges, which gives faculty the opportunity to make the most direct and significant impact on statewide-level issues; and
Whereas, Extending voting rights to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges caucuses will lead to stronger participation and input from faculty representing diverse experiences and perspectives;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) amend its bylaws to allow for ASCCC caucuses to appoint a delegate with full voting privileges at the fall and spring plenary sessions; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) work with the ASCCC caucuses, who will identify their delegate by writing a letter of support signed by active caucus members and documenting this support in the caucus meeting minutes.
M/S/R: Referred to the Executive Committee to research constitutional changes that would be needed and report back information by 2023 Spring Plenary Session.