Over the course of the Fall semester, I attended well over 100 meetings with faculty, administrators, students and trustees. I also participated in the State wide Academic Senate Plenary. Here’s what I learned: Faculty have great strength. We are strong in dedication to our students and to the learning process. We are strong in our collective skills and experience. It’s very good that we have these strengths, because we are also strong in authority. Under Title 5 regulations and local agreements, our governing board must rely primarily on recommendations from the Academic Senate for Academic and Professional matters.
City College is changing. Financial problems, technological evolution, political pressures, the desire to improve – we could make a long list of how community colleges are changing in general and City College in particular. As the Academic Senate, by which I mean the entire body of the faculty, we have a responsibility to lead this process of change and development.
Shared Governance provides conduits for our engagement, but these are only effective if we participate. More is required from us than just voting for Executive Council members, and encouraging those new faculty who are under tenure review to sign up for subcommittees. To make the right changes in the right way for City College, we need many more voices, broad participation. Please don’t assume that I, or that anyone else involved in shared governance will represent the perspective that you have. We need to draw on the diversity of our faculty in respect to identity, life experiences, educational diversity, and diversity of viewpoints. We need everyone’s participation to make the best choices we can for students.
excerpts from Presidents report 1/14/11