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The Model Senate Award

Recognition of Classified Senate organizations that exercise their role in shared governance with autonomy and professionalism is one way in which the California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) can assist other colleges in developing their local senates or councils. Each year a small number of model senates will be recognized as part of the 4CS Classified Leadership Institute.

Model Classified Senates define the standard of staff participation within the learning environment for California community college students; encourage staff leaders to become stronger, and offer reference and experience for novice organizations and those seeking organizational revitalization.

The following criteria are used to determine if a Classified Senate is granted “Model” status by 4CS.

A ‘Model Classified Senate’ is one that:

  • Is a participatory governance body elected by its constituents
  • Operates professionally under bylaws and/or a constitution approved by its constituency
  • Has a copy of their current bylaws/constitution on file with 4CS
  • Is recognized by the college administration as a governance participant
  • Has an up to date website
  • Encourages a cooperative working and professional relationship with a collective bargaining agents (if one exists) and considers input or concerns of such groups
  • Is organized to actively engage in the shared governance process
  • Communicates routinely with 4CS

We hope to see your Classified Senate receive recognition for outstanding service and leadership this year!

Past Model Senate Award Winners:

Orange Coast College Classified Senate
Clovis Community College Classified Senate
College of the Canyons Classified Senate
San Diego City College Classified Senate
American River College
Coastline Community College
Merced College
Merritt College
Reedley College and State Center
Skyline College
Contra Costa Community College District Office Classified Senate
Folsom Lake College
Los Medanos College
Berkeley City College Classified Senate
Copper Mountain College Classified Senate
Consumnes River College Classified Senate
Mt. San Antonio College Classified Senate
San Diego CCD Continuing Education Classified Senate
Foothill-DeAnza CC District Services Classified Senate
Glendale College Classified Senate
Laney College Classified Senate
San Bernardino Valley College Classified Senate
College of Marin
Crafton Hills College
Feather River College
Fresno City College & State Center CCD
Irvine Valley College
Las Positas College
Canada College
Chabot College
De Anza College
Mission College
Moorepark College
San Joaquin Delta College
Columbia College
San Diego Mesa College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Ventura College
West Valley College
Fullerton College
Mount San Jacinto College
Napa Valley College
Saddleback City College
San Diego Miramar College
City College of San Francisco
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
MiraCosta College
Sacramento City College
Butte College
Chaffey College
Foothills College
Pasadena City College
Sierra College