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Governance that works

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While management dysfunction is too common at California’s community colleges, not every college has fallen victim to the confusion created by the state Board of Governors. A number of colleges have instead established shared governance structures that are modeled on successful approaches at other colleges and universities in California and across the country. Here are three examples.

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Beyond the headline: Opening up the dialogue about California Community Colleges

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Read Lande’s blog post looking at Washington Monthly’s article about continuing management dysfunction at California’s community colleges which leaves no one accountable for decision making, and why fixing this dysfunction might not be enough.

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Examples of decision-making confusion

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California’s community colleges are burdened by an only-in-California decision-making structure that thwarts rather than values leadership and collaboration. Here, we’ve launched a series of blog posts about how this broken decision-making structure is undermining higher education in California, and how the problem can be fixed.

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Why Arguments Blow Up Instead of Blow Over

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There is no surer way to turn two siblings against each other than to tell both of them they are in charge. That truism is the best explanation for the epidemic of dysfunction at community colleges in California, where conflicting laws mean any disagreement can ignite a war.

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Looking for a Villain

Unfortunately, things aren’t looking so good for City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The college’s accreditor, frustrated that the college had not been attentive to problems it had been pointing out for years, set a March 15 deadline for CCSF to make the needed changes. Or else. If the college does not submit an adequate […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Stories of Unfortunate Dysfunction

A well-functioning community college is one of the best ways to help students succeed by providing access to degrees and technical credentials that are crucial in today’s economy. But right now, California’s community colleges are burdened by an only-in-California decision-making structure that thwarts rather than values leadership and collaboration. Here, we’ve launched a series of […]

Issues: AccreditationLocal Community College Governance

San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed on CCSF governance

Read Bob Shireman’s latest op-ed on CCSF’s continuing struggle to make the changes it needs to keep its accreditation and stay open in the face of a looming deadline. Read the op-ed

Issues: Local Community College Governance

At California Community Colleges, 10+1>11

Ask faculty members in an academic senate what is the most important legislation in California community college history, and they will answer with no hesitation: AB 1725, enacted by the legislature and signed by Governor George Deukmejian in 1988. In their eyes, the bill gave them the right to establish policies on a list of […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

We respond to Chancellor Harris' refusal to address broken decision-making at California Community Colleges

California Competes Response to CCC Refusal

On December 12, 2012, California Competes filed L.C. 1 – a legal challenge with the California Community College (CCC) Board of Governors seeking to repair the broken decision-making process at the 112 local colleges in the system.  The challenge sought to clarify that locally-elected community college trustees are ultimately responsible for the operation of the […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

‘Faculty Primacy’ at the Expense of Student Success

Upon the occasion of his retirement in 2007, a City College of San Francisco vice chancellor was honored in a resolution enacted unanimously by the academic senate. The proclamation commended him for his 25 years of outstanding service as an instructor. It also chronicled his “achievements that helped reshape City College and prepare it for […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

The Missing Signature at Modesto Junior College

The signature page of the new governance handbook at Modesto Junior College tells the whole story. Engaging All Voices, which lays out a process for ensuring broad input into major policy decisions at the college, is signed by the student government representative; it is signed by the staff council and by the heads of two […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Only in California: The Academic Senate Filibuster

The Academic Senate at El Camino College, near Los Angeles, couldn’t take feeling slighted any longer. Over the objections of the Senate, the community college’s vice president had eliminated the study-abroad program to address budget shortfalls. He’d also cut out winter session online classes. To add insult to injury, some of the snubs had no […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

California Competes files a legal challenge that will help improve California Community Colleges

California Competes filed a legal challenge with the California Community College (CCC) Board of Governors asserting that the regulations that provide veto power to academic senates are invalid, illegal and should be reversed. Our legal challenge calls for CCCs to repair the broken decision-making system in California’s community colleges by restoring a clear line of […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

How the academic senate can help save CCSF

Bob Shireman addressed the CCSF faculty to urge them to make it possible to hold trustees fully accountable. His statement shows that the regulations that grant veto power to academic senates: plainly conflict with AB 1725 and other provisions of law; are contrary to accreditor and professional standards; disempower students, staff and the community; disenfranchise […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Flowchart: how decisions are made (and not made) at California community colleges

In a San Francisco Chronicle commentary, Bob Shireman explains how an obscure rule adopted 22 years ago leads to community colleges that too often cannot adapt to reduced budgets and to the changing needs of the state.  The flowchart below gives a detailed look at the mandated faculty primacy process the state currently imposes on […]

Issues: Local Community College Governance

Bob Shireman testifies at Little Hoover Commission hearing on the re-imagining of California's system of higher education

August 28, 2012 Bob Shireman laid out California Competes’ recommendations around enhancing accountability and creating a Higher Education Investment Board at the Little Hoover Commission’s public hearing on the issues facing California’s higher education system. Read Bob Shireman’s testimony

Issues: Higher Education Investment BoardLocal Community College Governance