EdSource Today: Academic senate influence challenged at community colleges


An Oakland-based policy and advocacy organization is alleging that the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges drew up unlawful regulation more than two decades ago giving excessive power to faculty, in violation of state law.

The nonprofit organization California Competes this week filed a legal challenge against the regulation, which it claims has obstructed efforts to improve student success rates. The legal maneuver relies on a rarely used section of the state education code (§ 70901.5), allowing any outside organization to challenge regulations drawn up by the Board of Governors. California Competes is seeking immediate action by the Board to amend its regulations to ensure that locally elected community college trustees have ultimate authority.

via Academic senate influence challenged at community colleges – by Kathryn Baron.

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