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ERIC Number: EJ781483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Bronx Cheers
De Naples, Frederick
Academe, v93 n6 p20-23 Nov-Dec 2007
At a time when, nationally, community colleges are increasing their reliance on contingent faculty, and nonacademics are increasingly attacking the tenure system, some community colleges--like Bronx Community College, City University of New York--continue to follow the traditions of shared governance. The collective bargaining unit at CUNY that represents faculty and staff, the Professional Staff Congress, is both strong and involved in governance throughout the CUNY system. BCC, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, provides a working model that demonstrates the value of faculty participation in institutional governance. Faculty are involved in almost all aspects of college governance. The tenure and promotion process passes through two faculty only subcommittees of the Personnel and Budget Committee at the departmental and divisional levels before members of the administration are involved, and faculty remain as majority voters at two more committee levels before a final recommendation is made to the president. All curricular changes, new courses, or new degree programs must be approved by the Curriculum Committee (a subcommittee of the senate), which is made up of a faculty representative from each academic department as well as student representatives, a dean of academic affairs, and a representative from student development. As with the tenure and promotion committees, the majority of the votes are held by the faculty. The Curriculum Committee makes its recommendations to the senate, which is composed of departmental representatives (faculty), students, administrators, and fifteen at-large faculty members; the majority of votes, again, is in the hands of the fulltime faculty.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York