Rotate Plenary Between Areas

Resolution Number
Roy Shahbazian
Assigned to
Executive Director
Academic Senate

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges typically schedules elections in Areas B or A;

Whereas, The attendance at plenary sessions and, in particular, for the entire voting day might be larger for delegates living in closer proximity to the plenary location due to more travel flexibility;

Whereas, Holding elections consistently in the same areas might give a systematic advantage, or the perception thereof, to candidates from that area compared to candidates from other areas, especially for statewide at-large and officer positions, but rotating the location between the areas would give that advantage to all areas equally over time; and

Whereas, Although scheduling two consecutive plenary sessions in adjacent areas to accommodate rotation could be disadvantageous, rotation patterns that significantly increase the long-term geographic dispersion of plenaries could outweigh that disadvantage

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges rotate the location of plenary sessions among areas and ensure that spring plenaries—when elections are typically held—rotate through all areas as frequently as practicable, ideally every four years.