General Concerns

CCLC Board Policy Templates

Whereas, Local senates and boards must consult collegially for board policy development with regard to academic and professional matters;

Whereas, Some districts subscribe to the board policy templates offered by the Community College League of California (CCLC) which are intended to be a starting point for local policy development;

Providing Part-time Faculty with Adequate Resources and Support

Whereas, Community college budgets have been cut and resources and support limited for all faculty;

Whereas, Part-time faculty are particularly vulnerable to resource and support cuts since they have limited presence on campuses and often limited political power to protect and maintain an adequate level of resources and support; and

Whereas, Colleges and districts have a duty to protect academic integrity by maintaining the resources and support that all faculty, both full- and part-time, need to be effective educators;

Reading Competency Requirements

Whereas, Reading skills and strategies are core competencies inherently fundamental to all information acquisition, measurements of success in student progression, and achievement;

Whereas, Reading is a skill paramount to the educational process and the workplace, regardless of educational goals, expectations, or outcomes;

Feasibility of Common Statewide Assessment Tests

Whereas, A common statewide assessment test for math and English for the purpose of placement would allow portability of scores from one institution to another, eliminating the need for students to take assessment tests at multiple institutions;

Whereas, A unique set of assessment scores would obviate the increasingly common practice of students' shopping around for a college where they achieve a better placement;

Whereas, A common assessment data set could be used for statewide research; and

Alternative Calendars

Whereas, Many colleges are considering alternative calendars with insufficient data about the successes, challenges, and issues of such calendars;

Whereas, Direction is needed to resolve issues of full- and part-time faculty load;

Whereas, Information and direction are needed regarding the effect of alternative calendars on students; and

Whereas, Colleges are being pressured to move quickly to adopt alternative calendars;

Effective Practices for Online Tutoring

Whereas, Distance education has become a significant portion of California community college offerings, and parallel and equivalent services need to be offered to all students;

Whereas, Online academic tutoring services for distance education students are being implemented across the state as online programs expand; and

Whereas, Tutoring services are an effective means of supporting students, and faculty are concerned with student success and academic quality;

Exploring Computer Competencies Needed for Student Success

Whereas, Many community college students are strongly encouraged to complete a certificate or an associate degree, which significantly increases their lifelong earning potential;

Whereas, Both student services and instruction in the community colleges increasingly require students to possess basic computer skills in order to enroll, participate, and succeed in college; and

Whereas, Industry advisory groups have documented that these basic computer skills are also necessary for entry into, and long-term success in, numerous careers and professions;

Institutional Review Board

Whereas, The Belmont Report of 1979 stated that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines are grounded on the principles of (a) respect for persons by obtaining informed consent of all human subjects to participate in research studies or grants; (b) concern for the well-being of subjects by reducing the risk of harm; and (c) justice by fair and equal selection of human subjects with particular concern for subjects whose personal status or conditions places them in a vulnerable or dependent status;

Building Alliances for Improving Enterprise Software Capabilities

Whereas, Many colleges that use one of the major enterprise software systems such as Datatel, Banner, or People Soft, are experiencing significant negative academic and student services ramifications;

Whereas, Working with faculty, administrators and staff to identify enterprise software issues and solutions could provide strength in numbers, bring people together across districts, and result in a stronger voice to compel vendors to make necessary modifications and improvements;

Influence of Outside Organizations on Policies

Whereas, There are many foundations, non-accrediting groups, and organizations today which are researching and developing positions or policies that are directed at California community colleges, often bringing into question the existing internal policy development processes within the system;

Whereas, The goals of some organizations may conflict with the tenets and principles of the Master Plan for Higher Education, AB 1725, the multiple missions of California community colleges, and/or of established positions of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;

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