Consultation with the Chancellor's Office

Restructure the FON to Include Noncredit Faculty

Whereas, Noncredit instruction is included in the mission of California Community Colleges because “The provision of noncredit adult education curricula in areas defined as being in the state’s interest is an essential and important function of the community colleges” (California Education Code §66010.4), and noncredit instruction serves some of the state’s most at-risk and needy students;

Research Tools for Program Review

Whereas, There are over 6,000 approved certificate and degree programs in the California Community College System (System) inventory of programs and courses and approximately 51% of these need to be reviewed at least every six years while the other 49% (Career Technical Education programs) need to be reviewed every two years, resulting in the need to review 2,000 programs every year system-wide;

Immediate Supervision in Foreign Language Labs

Whereas, Legal Opinion 08-02 (2008 October 1) established new strictures by which districts can claim apportionment for “TBA” (To Be Arranged) hours, strictures that many community college labs, including foreign language labs, did not or simply cannot meet;

Whereas, The foreign languages discipline universally recognizes labs as necessary, successful delivery modes for improving student learning outcomes;

Mechanism to Ensure That Implementing Transfer Model Curricula Preserves Faculty Intent

Whereas, Transfer Model Curricula (TMCs) provide a faculty-developed structure to the major component of Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs);

Whereas, The California Community College Chancellor’s Office develops templates for degree submission derived from the TMC; and

Whereas, Degree templates and their implementation should align with the intent of the faculty who developed the TMC;

Allowing “P” Grades for Courses in the Major for the Associate Degree for Transfer

Whereas, In September 2013, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office adopted the 5th edition of the Program and Course Approval Handbook and modified the courses that could be used in the major component of Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) by inserting the following sentence: "A 'P' (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major” (p. 89);

Explore Participation in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) for Distance Education Offerings

Whereas, Colleges and districts that enroll students living in other states in distance education courses may be required by those states to enter into state authorization agreements in order to enroll those students, which can be burdensome to institutions and can result in thousands of dollars in fees to a state, even for a single student;

Whereas, The proposed 34 CFR §600.9(c) states:

Concurrent Credit/Not-For-Credit Enrollment

Whereas, Lifelong learners from our communities often provide the necessary talent and personnel required to allow core courses in the performing arts (e.g., dance and theater productions, orchestras, bands, and ensembles) to remain viable and allow community college students to transfer into four-year performing arts degree programs;

Whereas, There are no current guidelines facilitating colleges’ development of processes that allow credit and not-for-credit students to be concurrently enrolled in the same section of a course; and

Request of CCCCO to Provide Faculty Obligation Number Data

Whereas, Hiring criteria, policies, and procedures for new faculty members are within the purview of the academic senate, as denoted in California Education Code §87360;

Whereas, The application of locally agreed to policies and procedures requires accurate and verifiable data;

Whereas, Faculty obligation number (FON) calculation worksheets for each district detailing compliance with Title 5 §51025 were posted on the Chancellor’s Office website from 2006 - 2011, but were not posted in 2012; and

Academic Senate Participation in the Online Course Exchange

Whereas, The 2013-2014 Budget Act enacted the Governor’s Online Education initiative to expand access to online education in the California Community College System and allocated $16.9 million for that purpose and furthermore the Chancellor’s Office established the California Community College Online Education Initiative program to realize this legislation through the creation of the Online Course Exchange (“Exchange”) operated through the California Virtual Campus, with the development contract for the Exchange awarded to a district or consortium of colleges and/or districts through a comp

Identify Problematic Title 5 Regulations

Whereas, California’s community colleges are heavily regulated;

Whereas, Some Title 5 regulations may be problematic for all constituency groups; and

Whereas, A review of and changes in some select regulations could be of benefit to our colleges without altering long-instituted practices intended to ensure the quality of our educational offerings;


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