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Faculty Challenge Breakdown of Shared Governance in CA Community Colleges

By Justin Akers Chacón At the 2018 Fall Plenary, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) passed a resolution of censure against California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley (7.03 F18). According to the resolution, over his first two years in office the Chancellor had undermined the functioning of participatory governance at the state level due to the lack of inclusion in policy discussions concerning academic and professional matters, budget planning and develo ...

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