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History of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. Presented by: Linda Michalowski, Vice Chancellor Student Services and Special Programs 2012-13 Student Senate Leadership Summit. Brief Facts about the California Community Colleges.

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history of the student senate for california community colleges

History of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges

Presented by:

Linda Michalowski, Vice Chancellor

Student Services and Special Programs

2012-13 Student Senate Leadership Summit

brief facts about the california community colleges
Brief Facts about theCalifornia Community Colleges
  • The Chancellor’s Office and Board of Governors were created by legislation passed in 1967 (Prior to that, the community colleges were under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education
  • Today we represent the largest system of higher education in the world -
    • 112 Community Colleges
    • 72 districts
    • 2.6 million students
what is shared governance
What is Shared Governance?
  • In 1988, Assembly Bill 1725 formalized the governance structure for community colleges, spelled out the responsibilities of the state Board of Governors and the responsibilities of district boards of trustees:
    • Required the Board of Governors to establish and carry out a process to consult with institutional college representatives, organizations, individuals, to gain their participation in the development and review of policy proposals
    • Required local governing boards to ensure faculty, staff and students have the ability to participate effectively in district and college governance
who would represent students
Who would represent students?
  • Early 60’s: California Junior College Association
  • Late 60’s to 1984: CCC Student Government Association
  • 1986: CalSACC
  • 1988: Council of Student Body Governments

Board of Governors Initiative

  • In September 1990, the Board of Governors adopted an initiative in response to AB 1725 entitled, Encouraging Greater Student Participation in Governance
  • Laid out a framework for local districts and the system to include student participation in every possible venue
  • Recognized the Council of Student Body Governments as the official organization representing students in the statewide Consultation process
statewide student senate formed in 1996
Statewide Student Senate formed in 1996
  • In order to ensure effective student participation in the development of policy for the California Community Colleges system, the Board of Governors adopted section 50002 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations which states:

"A Student Senate for the California Community Colleges has been established in conjunction with local associated student organizations so that the community college students of California may have a formal and effective means for participation in the formation of state policies that have or may have a significant impact on students….The Board of Governors recognizes the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges as the representative of community college associated student organizations before the Board of Governors and the Chancellor's Office."


CalSACC marries Student Senate

  • In October 2002, then-Chancellor Thomas Nussbaum signed MOU recognizing CalSACC’s Policy Board as the Student Senate and committed funding for Student Senate to participate in shared governance
  • Problems emerged:
    • Membership declined from 72 colleges in 1999-2000 to 31 colleges in 2004-05
    • Pay to play: Only reps from member colleges could run for office
    • Rejected support from CCCSAA
    • Lost office space and fiscal agent support from CC League

Consultation Council Student Issues Task Force

  • In May 2004, CalSACCasked Consultation Council to address two issues:
    • control of campus ASG revenues
    • faculty vs. administrator advisors
  • Task Force identified steps for CalSACC to restore its role as Student Senate
  • CalSACC failed to take necessary steps

Chancellor Drummond divorces CalSACC

  • In October 2007, then-Chancellor Mark Drummond terminated MOU
  • Invited all the Student Body Government Presidents to a “Presidential Summit”
  • Call to Action – Create a new structure for the Student Senate that would represent all students and reclaim the student role in state level shared governance
  • Twenty students were elected from all ten regions in the state to begin the work of formation – regular meetings to develop proposed model
principles for an effective student senate
Principles for an Effective Student Senate
  • Provide students at every community college the opportunity and encouragement to participate
  • Maintain an effective communications system among the colleges, regions and with statewide representatives
  • Encourage participation by local student governments
  • Ensure mechanisms for participants to be supported and well-informed
  • Create an infrastructure that is sustainable as students transition
  • Embrace partnerships with other system representatives
  • Insist that student leaders be responsible and accountable
  • Keep the students’ interest at the forefront

Student Senate Council

  • (20 Regional Senators + 10 At-Large Senators = 30 Council Members)
  • Internally elect executive officers
  • Meet monthly to carry out the regular business of the SSCCC
  • Appoint representatives to statewide shared governance committees
  • Act on behalf of constituents on time-sensitive matters

Model E

  • Two General Assemblies
  • Invitation to delegates representing local associated student organizations
  • Student leaders attend workshops on statewide student issues
  • Elect At-Large Senators
  • Adopt resolutions that set the Student Senate policy agenda
  • Adopt SSCCC Constitutional Amendments
  • Ten Regions
  • Organized by geographic location
  • Adopt region resolutions
  • Elect regional senators
  • Elect region executive officers
  • Adopt region governing documents

112 Locally Elected and Independently Operating Associated Student Organizations


May 7, 2006 – Student Senate’s Birthday!

  • Student Senate for California Community Colleges Constitution was ratified
  • 20 Regional Senators were elected for 2006-07 term
  • Election of 10 At-Large Senators postponed until Fall 2007 General Assembly
student senate worked

Convene monthly meetings

Board of Governor’s meetings

Consultation Council

Budget Work Group

Legislative Task Force

Strategic Planning Teams

Advisory Committees

Legislative Hearings

Federal Hearings

Collaborate with CSU and UC Student Associations

Student Senate Worked!
  • External Groups-
  • Academic Senate Exec Committee
  • Faculty Association of Community Colleges (FACCC)
  • Community College League of California – Legislative Advisory Committee
  • California Community College Student Affairs Association
  • US Student Association (USSA)
first significant accomplishment through shared governance

SB 283 – Maldonado

Signed by Governor on June 6, 2007

First Significant Accomplishment through shared governance

SSCCC successfully participated in the Consultation legislative proposal process and secured support in the Board of Governors Legislative Program to:

Revise the Education Code to name the Student Senate as the student organization to submit names to the Governor for consideration of appointment to the Board of Governors Student member seats

organizational changes structure today
Organizational Changes Structure Today
  • Fall 2010 Resolution 18.02 eliminated at-large senators, created 30 regional senators
  • Spring 2012 Resolution 18.01 calls for 20 regional senators, 10 advocacy senators and

two vice presidents

mission statement
Mission Statement

“The mission of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is to pursue policies that will improve student access, promote student success, engage and empower local student leaders, and enrich the collegiate experience for all California community college students.”

Vision Statement

“The guiding vision of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is to communicate a unified student perspective to relevant constituent groups and elected officials in all matters directly affecting California community college students.”


Core Beliefs

  • Access to a high quality educational environment is a right for all.  
  • The welfare and success of future generations of community college students is in our hands.  
  • In all things, we take into consideration our accountability to our greater constituency of California community college students. 
  • Our primary obligation is to effectively fulfill our role as a system partner in the statewide shared governance and consultation processes. 
  • Above all, the long-term sustainability of our organization lies in the integrity of our members and actions, and holding steadfast to these principles. 
how to contact the chancellor s office support team

How to contact the Chancellor’s Office Support Team:

Linda Michalowski Kimberly Cortijo

Vice Chancellor for Student Services Student Senate Liaison

E-mail: lmichalo@cccco.edu E-mail: kcortijo@cccco.edu

Phone: (916) 327-5361 Phone: (916) 327-5192

Sonia Ortiz Mercado Julie Moore

Dean of Student Services Program Analyst

E-mail: sortiz@cccco.edu E-mail: jmoore@cccco.edu

Phone: (916) 324-2353 (916) 445-5207