Reconstitution of Leadership Initiative

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Today, the CCLDI operates separately from the system. No Academic Senate representatives are involved.

Whereas the Community College Leadership Development Initiative (CCLDI) has been formed by select individuals (including the Chancellor and representatives of major administrative groups) and incorporated as a nonprofit organization operating outside of any of the system's regular consultation processes, without formal inclusion of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges in the development of this major system leadership initiative, and CCLDI has contracted with a private proprietary institution, the Claremont Graduate School, for leadership training as well as doctoral level programs, and public funds are being sought for the Leadership Institute, and

Whereas the documents generated by CCLDI posit a leadership crisis in the state that is partially the result of "rancorous and uncivil power struggles between faculty, administrators and boards," and suggest that the 60s and early 70s were "paradise" for "leaders" in the system, and

Whereas the materials of CCLDI suggest that a steering committee of that body will work with the Claremont Graduate School to determine "leadership priorities" for programs of professional development for faculty as well as administrative leaders, and that this body will be involved in the selection or recommendation of faculty and administrators for training opportunities and graduate work in the area of leadership development, and

Whereas the CCLDI Board continues to exclude formal representation of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (only extending an invitation for the current president to serve as an individual) and is constituted in an exclusive manner not accountable to the public or the system, and yet engages in seeking legislation and public funding on behalf of the community college system,

Resolved that the Academic Senate continue to advocate for reconstitution of the Community College Leadership Development Initiative (CCLDI) utilizing more appropriate and accountable representational structures, which include the Academic Senate, and involving opportunities for more public discussion of the needs of the faculty in the system, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate work directly with the faculty of the Claremont Graduate School to address the concerns and needs of faculty relative to the development of the program for community college leadership, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Chancellor to clarify his role in the initiative and to ensure that the appropriate consultation with the Academic Senate occurs with respect to this major system initiative to address professional development.