Why Resolutions?


Unlike dictatorships, democratic decision-making is an often chaotic, bottom-up process involving lots of conversations, multiple levels of politicking, and rapid changes of opinion. Though seemingly chaotic—but not a free-for-all!–it tends to produce superior policy decisions because it treats participants equally, and judges ideas solely on their merit. The Academic Senate embraces the chaos and trusts the process.

Resolutions: The Primary Mechanism for Setting Policy

The Academic Senate relies on formal resolutions, a democratic process, to set direction for the organization as a whole. Although the use of resolutions is primarily used to influence senate policies, resolutions may also be used to affirm a formal position and/or used ceremonially to honor or note formal appreciation.

Solutions: Borne out of Issues

In many instances, before the Academic Senate can take action on an issue, concern, or problem, the adoption of a resolution by the body is necessary to provide direction and facilitate deeper understanding of the issue.

LINK: Resolution Writing and General Advice

WCC Academic Senate Adopted Resolutions


Number Resolution Title Date Passed
19-01 SP 2019 – Local Adoption of CVC-OEI Course Design Rubric (Adopted 3/29/19) 03/29/2019
20-01 SP 2020 – Resolution of Appreciation to Honor WCC Academic Senate Senator Kevin Ferns  05/8/2020
21-01 SP 2021 – Resolution in Solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander Community 04/9/2021
21-02 SP 2021 – Resolution of Appreciation to Honor Dr. Houston, YCCD Chancellor 04/9/2021
21-03 Resolution Affirming that Black Lives Matter and Confirming Our Commitment to Improving Academic Success Outcomes for Black and African American Students 05/14/2021
22-01 Resolution of Appreciation to Honor Dr. Deanna Pierro, Vice President WCC Academic Senate 05/13/2022
22-02 Resolution of Appreciation to Honor Christopher Howerton, President WCC Academic Senate 5/13/2022