ERIC Number: ED348082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationships among the Governing Board, the Superintendent/President, and the Academic Senate in Collegial Governance at MiraCosta College--and the Mandate of AB 1725.
Mira Costa Coll., Oceanside, CA.
The MiraCosta College Academic Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Collegial Governance drafted this statement in order to provide a description of the college's governance structure, to address the added responsibilities for faculty as set forth by California's Assembly Bill (AB) 1725, and to make recommendations for the improvement of governance at the college. Following introductory comments on the AB mandate, the responsibilities inherent in the collegial governance structure are discussed. Next, the distinct features and powers of Mira Costa College's Academic Senate (AS) are outlined (e.g., it consists of certificated personnel, both administrators and faculty; and it discharges the functions normally executed by an exclusive bargaining agent, due to the fact that the faculty have not adopted collective bargaining procedures). Legal definitions of faculty, academic senates, and the powers of senates are then provided to allow for comparisons with the college's model. Following a review of the new governance structure mandated by AB 1725, a discussion of the role of MiraCosta's Senate and its executive body, the Academic Senate Council, and of the unique role of administrators in the Senate is provided. Next, four recommendations for improving the AS by encouraging more activity and participation are presented. The college's strategies for conflict resolution, and four factors affecting successful shared governance are then summarized. Finally, five recommendations for improving Senate relations with the governing board, and with the superintendent/president are offered. Appendixes provide relevant excerpts from AB 1725 and from official MiraCosta College documents. (MPH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mira Costa Coll., Oceanside, CA.