ERIC Number: ED279358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Creating and Implementing a Faculty Senate for a Multi-Campus Community College.
Walker, Robert; Poythress, Jacque
As DeKalb Community College (DCC) expanded from one campus to four campuses, it became increasingly difficult for the college to conduct business related to curriculum and academic policies in an effective and efficient manner. In 1981, DCC's then new president reorganized the campuses and created a Faculty Senate to perform functions previously performed by a curriculum committee, academic policies committee, and the Joint Faculty. The primary purpose of the Faculty Senate is to evaluate and submit recommendations for all proposals related to curriculum and academic policy. Voting membership is composed of professional staff from all academic divisions, student services offices, and learning resource centers on all campuses. Each of these groups elects a representative who serves a term of 1 year, assuming office at the first Senate meeting of the fall quarter. The Faculty Senate also has six ex-officio members designated by the office they hold in the college governance structure, who serve in an advisory capacity only and do not hold voting privileges. The voting membership of the Senate is comprised almost totally of persons who do not have administrative duties, and the leadership of the Senate is assumed almost exclusively by professional teaching staff. Faculty members who have previously established credibility as leaders among the total faculty are, for the most part, elected to the Senate, and at times assert themselves against their colleagues in the Senate as well as against the administration. A recent example was a lengthy debate over the business department's effort to reduce the history requirements in the core curriculum, which resulted in the defeat of the business department's proposal in the interest of ensuring all students a liberal education. (DMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Dunwoody, GA. North Campus.