Whereas, The draft recommendations (as of September 30, 2011) of the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success (established in response to Senate Bill 1143, Liu, 2010) suggest that statute or regulations should be amended to allow the California Community College Chancellor’s Office or Board of Governors to mandate specific purposes for flex day activities presented by individual colleges or districts;
Whereas, Title 5 §53200 (c) lists “policies for faculty professional development activities” as an academic and professional matter under the purview of the local academic senate; and faculty expertise and knowledge regarding instruction and professional standards is necessary for determining appropriate faculty professional development activities and procedures, and thus the current assignment of such issues to the local academic senate’s purview is appropriate and should not be changed;
Whereas, Local college and district local academic senates are in the best position to assess their own faculty professional development needs at any specific time or for any given flex day and therefore should be allowed the freedom to determine the most appropriate use of professional development activities and resources; and
Whereas, Chancellor Jack Scott and other California Community College Student Success Task Force members recognized the need to revise recommendation 6.1 (as of September 30, 2011), and indicated that the intent never was to mandate specific professional development activities (Academic Senate Plenary November 3, 2011);
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges communicate to the California Community Colleges Task Force on Student Success the importance of local control over faculty professional development activities and resources and the importance of respecting the purview of the local academic senate regarding faculty professional development activities as specified under Title 5 §53200 (c).
This was on the SSTF. It's no longer an issue.