After debates and confusion, it has been decided that the Academic Senate and shared governance leaders will participate in training sessions to clarify which bodies are subject to the California Brown Act. Although this is a step in the right direction, it also exposes how little administration and shared governance bodies understand about the Brown Act.
In its ongoing effort to promote shared governance, the Academic Senate is adding a student representative to its ranks as well as representatives from the Classified Senate and Faculty Association. The Academic Senate has had its share of complaints directed at the school’s administration for what they feel to be blatant violations of shared governance, so members of the group decided it should represent interests beyond those of the faculty. “The executive committee is aware that decisions made by the senate most of the time …
The Calendar Committee voted 17-2 to recommend a calendar that includes a winter intersession after the administration had already given the go ahead for an operational calendar that does not include a winter intersession to be put into the scheduling system.
Members of the Budget Resource and Allocation Committee (BRAC) and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) met on Friday in the hopes of formulating ideas for a more transparent and understandable administrative structure.
If anyone has been on this campus long enough, then you understand the hostile climate is crippling its functions.
The college plans to hire an outside mediator to try to repair the fractured relationship between administration, student and faculty groups to ward off potential problems when accreditation begins in 2015.
The Calendar Standing Committee voted unanimously to propose a model calendar for the 2013-14 year that includes a winter session at its special meeting on Tuesday.
The Calendar Standing Committee met at its regular time on Thursday despite the meeting being cancelled.
The agenda for the meeting, which was not distributed because it was cancelled, included consideration of a 2013-14 calendar that included a winter intersession and one that did not, according to Academic Senate appointed Co-Chair Krista Walter.
The goals included forming better communication on and out of the campus, more shared governance, more funding for the college foundation, and better scheduling and enrollment management for students.
Heated discussions over shared governance and communication issues broke out between various groups at the Academic Senate meeting on Monday.