Consultation with the Chancellor's Office

Including Noncredit in All Student Success Statewide Initiatives

Whereas, Career Development and College Preparation noncredit instruction serves as an integral part of current and future student success efforts by providing pathways to college credit programs that lead to completion of degree and certificate programs in transfer and Career and Technical Education programs for students who are unprepared or underprepared for college; and

Whereas, Student success initiatives such as the Guided Pathways Award Program and Student Equity do not explicitly identify noncredit programs as integral components of such student success efforts;

Wrap-Around Services and Online Student Success

Whereas, The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges requires that student support services comparable to those for face-to-face students exist for students taking courses online;

Whereas, Numerous studies have demonstrated that students taking online courses require significant support services, to the point that the Online Education Initiative (OEI) states on its "Student Success" homepage[1] that "increasing student success involves many aspects of student support beyond that provided by the classroom instructor”; and

Support Equity-Minded Funding That Relies on Locally Identified Goals

Whereas, The 2018-2019 Governor’s Budget Trailer Bill Language (February 20, 2018) proposes a new “student centered” college funding formula with metrics[1] including the number of disadvantaged students and number of completions that may result in competition among the 114 California community colleges for funds;

Endorse Consortium Approach to Expanding Online Educational Opportunities

Whereas, a May 11, 2017 letter from Governor Brown to Chancellor Oakley directed the chancellor to “act with dispatch and create a plan to design and deploy a fully online college,” and the chancellor convened the Flex Options for Workers (FLOW) workgroup to provide “3 – 5 options (with pros and cons for each) that enable the community colleges of California to better deliver on the student success goals outlined on pages 15-16 in the Vision for Success[1] recently adopted by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors;”

Using System Consultation and Faculty Input to Address Expansion of Online Education

Whereas, On May 11, 2017 Governor Brown requested that Chancellor Oakley design and deploy a plan to develop a 115th college to solely offer entirely online degrees, and Chancellor Oakley contracted with National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to constitute the Flex Learning Options for Workers (FLOW) workgroup to provide three to five options to Governor Brown;

Call for Faculty Leadership in Implementing the Vision for Success

Whereas, During the Fall 2016 Plenary session The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution outlining concerns about “guided pathways” models in regard to “the development of our students as whole persons” and “open-access, opportunity for student exploration, and the traditional breadth of a liberal education as historically critical pieces of the community college mission,” and called on the ASCCC to “investigate practices and outcomes, intended and unintended, for faculty and students from various pathway programs across the state;”[1]

Implementing AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) to Serve the Needs of All Community College Students

Whereas, The recent passage of AB 705 (Irwin, 2017)[1] and the language in the Common Assessment Initiative Reset memo on October 24, 2017[2] from Chancellor Eloy Oakley suspending the development of the common assessment test have shifted the focus from assessment testing to the use of high school transcript data to make placement decisions, but the requirement to use multiple measures for assessment remains in place as indicated by §78213(d)(1)(C) which states that: Multiple measures shall apply in the placement of all students in such a manner


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