The Faculty Council of Community Colleges was conceived by Dr. Sebastian Martarana, the University Dean for Two-Year Colleges. In the Spring of 1966, the University Council of Presidents of the Public Community Colleges passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Faculty Council. The University Faculty Senate passed a similar resolution recommending that a Community College Faculty Council be formed.
The following Fall, faculty representatives from twenty of the 24 community colleges met to create the Community College Faculty Council Articles of Organization. In the Spring 1967, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges and the FCCC Articles of Organization (Part 606) were included in New York State Education Law.
The first regular meeting of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC) was held on May 12, 1967 in Albany, New York, where the first officers were elected. Topics discussed at this first meeting included: Problems confronting community colleges, teaching loads, academic freedom, and expenses of the Council.
Developed as a parallel structure to the SUNY Faculty Senate, the FCCC included all of the community colleges of New York State. When legislation was passed in 1975 to separate the City University of New York (CUNY) from SUNY, the FCCC no longer included the CUNY Community Colleges in its membership. Today, the FCCC membership is comprised of representatives from the 30 SUNY community colleges.
In July 2011, the President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges became a non-voting member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, providing a voice for the community colleges in the governance of the University.
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The FCCC bylaws outline the guidelines for the organization and can be accessed here: Faculty Council of Community Colleges - Bylaws
The Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC) is the official agency through which the SUNY community college faculty engages in the governance of the University. The FCCC focuses on matters relating to community college faculty and system-wide educational policies and other professional matters of the State University of New York, and in those areas the FCCC :
- studies, advises, and makes recommendations regarding academic concerns, issues, policies and programs;
- provides opportunity and structure for the faculties of the community colleges to formulate positions on policy matters of common interest to the community colleges for transmittal to community college presidents, trustees and sponsors;
- provides an opportunity for the faculties of the community colleges to act in an advisory, consultative and planning capacity to the Chancellor of the University;
- provides a forum for the consideration of matters of common interest to the faculties of the community colleges;
- provides a means for the interchange of ideas among the faculties of the community colleges and between the faculties and the administration of the University; and
- provides an additional channel of communication between the university administration and local governing boards of the community colleges.
In addition, the Faculty Council of Community Colleges works with the University Faculty Senate (UFS) on matters of common concern in the conduct of university affairs.
The voting members of the Faculty Council includes one faculty delegate (or alternate) from each of the 30 community colleges and the President of the Faculty Council. The President may vote only in the case of a tie vote. The Immediate Past President of the Faculty Council and the Vice-Chancellor for Community Colleges are non-voting members of the Faculty Council. The Immediate Past President has a vote if he or she currently serves as a delegate. A complete list of the participating community colleges and their delegates can be found on the Colleges page.
Faculty Council of Community Colleges holds two plenary meetings each year: one in the Fall and another in the Spring. Community college delegates, and their colleges, volunteer to host the meetings. More information on upcoming and past plenary meetings can be found on the Plenary page.
The Faculty Council of Community Colleges also holds an annual Campus Governance Leaders' Conference in the Fall. This conference brings together the Campus Governance leaders from all 30 SUNY Community Colleges to share information, concerns, and issues in shared governance. A complete list of the Campus Governance Leaders can be found on the Governance page.
In addition, the Faculty Council sponsors One-Day Drive-in Regional Conferences for the purpose of discussing current issues affecting the community colleges.
Resolutions and Position Statements
To communicate its position and to make recommendations on important issues , the Faculty Council of Community College passes resolutions and develops position statements. Current and past resolutions can be found on the Resolutions page. FCCC positions on Academic Freedom and Shared Governance can be found on the Position Statements page.