The Relations with Local Senates Handbook was adopted by the body at the Spring 2015 Plenary. The ASCCC office is formatting the document for web and printed publication.
Whereas, The paper Empowering Local Senates: Roles and Responsibilities of and Strategies for an Effective Senate was last updated in 2007;
Whereas, The Relations with Local Senates Committee was directed by the Executive Committee to review, revise, and update the paper to enable it to be used as a text for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Leadership Institute and to provide a resource for local senates to assist them with effective practices to empower faculty and encourage meaningful participatory governance; and
Whereas, The document is generally referred to by the colloquial title The Local Senates Handbook and, due to the shifting nature of the California Community College System, should be a “living document” that is regularly updated;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the paper The Local Senates Handbook, which replaces the 2007 paper Empowering Local Senates: Roles and Responsibilities of and Strategies for an Effective Senate; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges annually update The Local Senates Handbook to ensure that the document remains accurate and up-to-date and contains the information that local senates require.
 This paper is found at https://asccc.org/papers/handbook2015