Support for Campus Guidelines and Policies on Consultation and Shared Governance Regarding Academic Reorganization

AS-2891-09/AA/FA (Rev)


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) reaffirm AS-1306-
82 “Consultation with Faculty Concerning Academic Structure of the University”, particularly “Meaningful consultation with faculty can occur only when senates/councils are involved in the decision-making process from its inception and under circumstances such that there is a genuine likelihood that faculty representatives can influence the decisions made”; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge individual campus senates to develop guidelines, policies and/or
procedures regarding the creation, reorganization, consolidation and elimination of academic units, programs, departments and schools to ensure that the processes of consultation and shared governance are followed; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge campus presidents to follow the policies and guidelines developed
and approved by their campus senates; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be sent to Campus Presidents and Senate executive committees.

RATIONALE: While the ASCSU has been consistent in encouraging faculty involvement
and consultation in matters from curriculum development to administrative hiring to
committee representation (see White Paper and supporting materials for AS-1306-82), campus senates are encouraged to develop their own policies and guidelines that reflect local practice and culture. Additionally, faculty should remain vigilant regarding shared governance and consultation regardless of temporary economic pressures.

Approved Unanimously– May 7-8, 2009


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