Selection of Faculty to Serve on Campus Honorary Degree Committees
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) assert that faculty representatives serving on campus honorary degree selection committees be selected by faculty; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU express concern that the Trustees’ policy authorizing Presidents to select faculty in consultation with faculty, rather than authorizing faculty to select their own representatives, conflicts with both AS-3160-13/EX/FA (Rev), Selection of Faculty Representatives in Shared Governance and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge CSU campus Senate Executive Committees to examine their policies and procedures to ensure faculty have the appropriate voice in the selection of candidates for honorary degrees; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs and CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs.
RATIONALE: The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees established a policy for awarding honorary degrees in November of 2015 that calls for campus Presidents to establish an “honorary degree selection committee” including faculty http://www.calstate.edu/honorarydegrees/documents/HonDegreePolicy2015.pdf.
Section IV, D calls for the establishment of such committees by campus presidents in consultation with senate executive committees. This does not meet the standard of shared governance set by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities: “...Faculty representatives should be selected by the faculty according to procedures determined by the faculty.” While consultation with faculty is preferred over no consultation with faculty, what consultation consists of can vary widely. The current policy does not ensure the standard stated by the AAUP statement will be met. If faculty members on a committee are to speak for the faculty, they should be selected by those they represent.
Furthermore, the Academic Senate recently passed a resolution on the selection of faculty for shared governance in 2014, AS-3160-13/EX/FA (Rev). This policy disregards the will of the faculty expressed in that resolution.
Approved Unanimously – March 3-4, 2016