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31-10 Thomson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
LaGuardia Community College
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About the College Senate
The first comprehensive governance plan for Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College was created in 1978 with the goal of translating into practical form the ideals and mission of the college, built around a core belief in making the best of higher education and professional opportunity available to all those who seek them.
The principles embodied in the governance plan are: governance of the College is participatory, shared among faculty, staff, alumni, students, and administration; the governance body provides an arena for the voices of elected representatives of all constituencies to be heard; the leadership of the governance body is elected by its members.
Executive Committee 2018-2019
Patricia Sokolski, Chair (Faculty)
Ana Lucia Fuentes, Senate Secretary (Faculty)
Loretta Capuano, At-large Instructional Staff, Alumni or Civil Service (Staff)
Cristy Bruns, Vice Chair (Faculty)
Eneida Rivas, At-large Instructional Staff, Alumni, or Civil Service (Staff)
April Cardena, At-large Student Member
The Committee of Committees (Will Fulton, Chair)
The Committee of Committees shall be elected from among the members of the College Senate. The Committee shall be comprised of seven members, including a minimum of two students, elected after nomination from the floor. Tie votes shall be resolved by the Chairperson of the College Senate. The Committee shall meet immediately after the Senate meeting in which the members were elected toelect a Chairperson. Each year the Committee shall recommend to the College Senate individuals to fill vacancies on the Standing Committees in accordance with the guidelines specified in this document or the bylaws. The Committee shall have responsibility for nominating members of Ad Hoc or Special Committees as they may be created by the Senate.
The Curriculum Committee (Debra Engel, Chair)
In accordance with the rules and regulations of the New York State Education Department and the City University of New York, the Curriculum Committee sets policies for LaGuardia with regard to curriculum formation and implementation. The committee is a subcommittee of the College Senate. Its constituency represents each academic department as well as Adult & Continuing Education (ACE) and Enrollment Management & Student Development (EMSD). Learn more:
The Academic Standing Committee (Alexandra Rojas, Chair)
The Academic Standing Committee of the LaGuardia Community College Senate recommends regulations and policies to the Senate concerning academic standing, matriculation processes, degree requirements and grading systems. The Academic Standing Committee serves as the coordinating committee for all academic appeals. In addition, the committee assumes responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations to the Senate on the College’s Academic Calendar. Academic Standing Committee membership consists of elected representatives and alternates from each of the academic departments. Membership additionally includes a representative of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education, the President of the Student Government Association or his/her designee as well as the Registrar, Director of Admissions and a designee of the Vice President for Academic Affairs as ex-officio committee members. Learn more:
Academic Appeals (Sub-Committee of The Academic Standing Committee)
Vera Albrecht, Chair
The Committee on Professional Development (Florence Kabba and Christopher McHale, Co-Chairs)
The Committee on Professional Development is responsible for developing programs which promote the professional growth and development of all faculty and staff members at the College. The Committee, in consultation with The Committee on Evaluation of Program Effectiveness, develops and periodically reviews instrument and procedures to provide evaluative data on instructional effectiveness and on performance of non-instructional and administrative services. Learn more:
In-Service Training (Sub-Committee of The Committee on Professional Development)
Nicole Maguire, Chair
Opening Sessions (Sub-Committee of The Committee on Professional Development)
Darren Barany and Steven Cosares, Co-Chairs
Faculty Research Colloquium (Sub-Committee of The Committee on Professional Development)
Ruhma Choudhury and Andrea Francis, Co-Chairs
Educational Development Initiative Team
(Sub-Committee of The Committee on Professional Development)
Jaqueline Jones and Bede McCormack, Co-Chairs
The Budget and Finance Committee (Fay Butler, Chair)
The Committee of HEO/ Alumni/ Civil Service (Anthony Pappas, Chair)
The Committee on Campus Affairs (Eneida Rivas, Chair)
The Committee shall formulate policy proposals, continually review existing policies, and make recommendations with respect to master and long-range planning of the physical facilities and ongoing operation of the physical facilities. The Committee shall also recommend and review policy pertaining to student recruitment, admissions procedures, health and public safety, standards of behavior, ceremonies, athletics, and other related auxiliary services and activities not under the charge of other Senate Committees. The Committee should be composed of members recommended by the Committee on Committees. There should be at least one student member on this Committee. The Vice Presidents of Administration, Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management and Student Development, or their designers, shall also serve on this Committee.
The Committee on Elections (Seurette Bazelais, Chair)
The Committee on Elections shall recommend to the Senate procedures for all Senate-related elections held in the College and shall supervise those elections. Should the need arise, the Committee shall receive and hear grievances relating to elections, and shall make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee. The Committee should be composed of members recommended by the Committee on Committees. There shall be at least one student member of this Committee who is not a candidate for membership on the Senate.
The Committee of Faculty (Reem Jaafar, Chair)
The Committee of Faculty shall be comprised of all Faculty Senators. Alternate Faculty Senators may serve ex officio without vote, except when serving in place of an absent or non-faculty Senator representing an academic department, at which time the alternate will have voting rights. The voting members of the Committee shall elect its Chair. As need arises, the Committee of Faculty shall consider, discuss and propose action on matters within the purview of the faculty, including but not limited to those indicated in the bylaws of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, and shall bring such matters and proposals to the Senate for appropriate action.
The Committee of Faculty shall carry out the traditional and accepted prerogatives of college and university faculty to ensure that degree requirements are met by candidates and to confer degrees upon those found to be eligible.
The Committee of Faculty shall act on behalf of the College faculty in certifying that degree candidates have met all requirements for the degree.
The Chairperson of the Committee of Faculty shall, after consultation with the Registrar, convene the Committee as needed to certify degree candidates.
The Committee shall keep minutes of its meetings and shall send copies of those minutes that refer to the conferral of degrees to the Chairperson of the Senate, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Registrar, and the Chairpersons of the academic departments.
The Committee shall designate a standing Sub-Committee on Academic Freedom, comprised of no fewer than four of its members.
The Sub-Committee on Academic Freedom will monitor, examine, and report to the Senate on the status of academic freedom at the College.
The Sub-Committee will investigate possible violations of academic freedom brought to its attention by members of the college community, and will report the results of its investigations to the full Committee of Faculty and to the Senate.
The Sub-Committee will make appropriate recommendations regarding academic freedom policies and practices to the Senate and, when appropriate, to the University Faculty Senate of CUNY.
The Sub-Committee shall keep minutes of its meetings and send copies of such minutes to the Chairpersons of the Committee of Faculty.
The Committee of Students (April Cardena, Chair)
The Committee of Students shall act as a liaison between the Senate and all other student organizations including, but not limited to, the Student Advisory Council and the Student Government Association, and address and make recommendations to the Senate on all issues of student life and welfare brought to its attention, including but not limited to the following:
Academic policies, programs, curriculum, and degree requirements.
Campus-wide cultural and educational events.
Job Fairs, recruitment and transfer events.
The Committee shall formulate policy proposals, continually review existing policies, and make recommendations with respect to master and long-range planning of the physical facilities and ongoing operation of the physical facilities.
The Committee shall also recommend and review policy pertaining to student recruitment, admissions procedures, health and public safety, standards of behavior, ceremonies, athletics, and other related auxiliary services and activities not under the charge of other Senate Committees.
The Committee should be composed of members recommended by the Committee on Committees. There should be at least one student member on this Committee. The Vice Presidents of Administration, Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management and Student Development, or their designers, shall also serve on this Committee.
The Committee of Students shall keep minutes of its meetings and shall send copies of such minutes to the members of the Senate Executive Committee and the members of the Student Government Association.
The Committee of Students shall recommend to the Committee on Committees student representatives for the various Standing Committees of the Senate. These student representatives will be responsible for reporting back to the Committee of Students on the activities of the Committees to which they were assigned.
Ad Hoc Transfer Committee (Ana-Lucia Fuentes, Chair)
Ad Hoc Food Insecurity Committee (Rebekah Johnson and William Kurzyna, Co-Chairs)
LaGuardia Governance Plans
Robert's Rules of Order
CUNY Board of Trustees
Professional Staff Congress
University Faculty Senate