The Abuse of Power: California Community College Boards of Trustees and Hiring and Selection Processes

California's community colleges provide accessible, affordable, and high-quality education to a diverse student population. According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO, n.d.), “over 69 percent of California Community College students are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds.” To maintain appropriately high standards, colleges must have the autonomy to make hiring and selection decisions based on merit, qualifications, and the needs of their communities.

Data Tales: Cal-GETC

Recent legislation—such as AB 927 (Medina, 2021), AB 928 (Berman, 2021), AB 1111 (Berman, 2021), and AB 1705 (Irwin, 2022)—aimed at improving student outcomes is affecting curricular offerings and significantly impacting the California community colleges.

Who We Are: Over a Decade of Purposeful Change for the ASCCC Organization

In 2009, the delegates to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) spring plenary session passed Resolution 1.02 SP 09, directing the ASCCC to conduct a self-study to “assess the effectiveness of its efforts and the perceptions of the success of these efforts to promote equal opportunity, including collecting data on the inclusion of diverse voices and opinions” and to “report to the body at a future plenary session the results of the self-study.” [1] In 2012, the ASCCC’s Executive Committee conducted such a study and released the

Demystifying the Narrative of Noncredit Education: San Diego College of Continuing Education Student Stories

Every adult student can benefit from noncredit education. Free education does not mean low quality, and it certainly does not mean one size fits all. San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) offers a model for successful, comprehensive noncredit education.

How the Pandemic Impacted Noncredit Students

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted nearly all people to rethink their livelihood as the economy was rapidly redeveloping. The pandemic caused many people to lose their income, their businesses, their education, and their homes. In October 2020, 176,000 workers were unemployed due to COVID-19 impacts in the San Diego region (Saunders, 2020). Many people desired to go back to school to advance their careers or to learn a new skill for a pandemic-proof job.

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