The Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC) is the statewide faculty governance group for all thirty of SUNY’s community colleges. For almost 50 years, we have been representing New York State community college faculty and student interests. We have active delegates from every community college within SUNY (Select Colleges for names and contact information for FCCC Delegates and Alternates). As an organization, we work closely with SUNY System Administration, the community college presidents (NYCCAP), the University Faculty Senate (UFS), and SUNY’s community college campus governance leaders (Select Campus Governance for names and contact information for campus governance leaders). We also have many other liaison relationships (See Liaisons).
As a community college organization, we focus on the mission of community colleges. We believe that community colleges are democracy’s colleges. Because of our mission of access and affordability, community colleges offer all Americans the opportunity to participate in higher education at any time in their lives. In New York State, our thirty community colleges are open access institutions and we are proud of that distinction. The hope that community colleges provide for our citizens is too often taken for granted. We work to remind the public, our elected officials and other academic institutions of the quality education we offer our students, which empowers them to transfer into baccalaureate programs or enter the workforce.
Everyday there are new challenges and opportunities facing community colleges’ faculty and students. We encounter these challenges with an emphasis on our primary interest: faculty purview over academic matters, which ensures the academic integrity of our courses and programs. We hope all of our constituents will reach out to us with their ideas and their concerns on the increasing political, economic and financial demands that are posited on community colleges. Through conversation and collaboration, we will continue to provide diverse and innovative programs of study that meet the needs of our students, our communities, and our world.
As a faculty governance group, our priorities are determined by principles of academic excellence, academic freedom, and sound shared governance practices. You can access the FCCC's positions on these principles by selecting Position Statements.
I hope that you will find this website a useful resource on community colleges.