Professional Development and the Academic Senate

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Faculty Leadership Development Committee
Faculty Development
Status Report

The Rostrum article from October 2014 titled Professional Development: Come One, Come All, was published to address and complete the resolution. 

Whereas, The academic and professional matters identified in Title 5 §53200 include “faculty professional development policies” as an area that falls under the purview of local academic senates and by extension, at the state level, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;

Whereas, The Board of Governors Standing Orders[1] §332 (b) states, “The appointment of faculty to councils, committees, and task forces established in conjunction with Consultation to deal with academic and professional matters on the system-wide level shall be made by the Academic Senate”;

Whereas, The Online Education and the Common Assessment Initiatives have identified faculty professional development components and appointed faculty and selected colleges which are leading these components without consultation with the Academic Senate or, in some cases, the local academic senates; and

Whereas, The presence of faculty on these initiatives does not equate with the participation of either the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges or local academic senates;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges assert to statewide initiative leaders the importance of respecting the purview of the Academic Senate and local senates regarding faculty professional development; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and other system partners to ensure that the Board of Governors’ Standing Orders are respected and that all future assignments in the area of faculty professional development involve input and affirmation from the Academic Senate and local senates.


[1] Procedures and Standing Orders of the Board of Governors, January 2013, pp. II-27 to II-28 (