Whereas the excellence of instructional programs is enhanced by the willingness and ability of faculty to assume responsibility for the quality of their peers, and
Whereas the Commission for the Review of the Master Plan has recommended that the Board of Governors strengthen the role of academic senates with respect to the hiring, retention and evaluation of faculty, and
Whereas the Academic Senate has previously taken strong positions in support of primary responsibility of the faculty for evaluation and selection of all full- and part-time faculty.
Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support and seek to implement the following position on hiring and evaluation:
Hiring: The local academic senate should establish the policies and, in conjunction with the local collective bargaining unit, should establish the procedures by means of which faculty assume the principal responsibility for the selection of all full and part-time instructors. The local academic senate should oversee the process to ensure that department or division selection committees are properly constituted, that the procedures are properly implemented, and that the selection committees are both aware of and responsive to the needs of the institution for a faculty which reflects the student and local population in terms of gender and ethnicity.
Evaluation and tenure: The local academic senate should establish the policies, criteria and standards and, in conjunction with the local collective bargaining unit, should establish the procedures by means of which faculty would assume the principal responsibility for evaluating their peers and play an important role in the evaluation of administrators. The local academic senate should oversee the process to ensure that evaluation committees are both impartial and effective and that agreed-upon procedures are followed. Recommendations for the granting of tenure should be made formally through the local academic senate.