General Concerns

The Status of Nursing Education in the California Community Colleges

The nursing shortage in California has prompted legislators to propose solutions that may be well intentioned but fail to recognize the complexity of the issues they are trying to address. In April 2005, the Academic Senate convened a nursing task force, comprised of community college nursing faculty from across the state, to examine the issues raised by outside groups, respond to these issues, and provide possible remedies. The task force organized the information collected around six questions: (1) What are the barriers to recruiting nursing students?

Future of the Community College: A Faculty Perspective

The purpose of this paper is to define the future of the California community colleges from a faculty perspective. The sense of urgency associated with the publishing of this perspective is the product of the din of voices calling for the radical restructuring of the community college. In the name of "accountability," faculty and administrators are confronted with the demand that they apply quantitative measures to what is essentially a qualitative enterprise: education, the actualizing of the potential of human beings.

Performance Based Funding: A Faculty Critique and Action Agenda

This paper reviews and analyzes a 1997-98 budget proposal by the Chancellor and Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The proposal was to fund a portion of the California Community College budget on a performance basis, with a differential payout mechanism for colleges based on progress on selected indicators of student achievement. Entitled "Partnership for Excellence," the proposal was incorporated and further extended in the initial budget proposed by the Governor of California.

The Academic Senate Perspective On The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 HR 3734, The Welfare Reform Act

The Welfare Reform Act will have a serious impact on communities throughout the state of California. The bill eliminates the open-ended federal entitlement program of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and creates a block grant for states to provide time-limited cash assistance for needy families. Through these block grants, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) will consolidate programs such as AFDC, Emergency Assistance (EA), and Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS).

Definitions of Community Colleges Terms

This listing of selected definitions is presented in response to the rapid proliferation if acronyms, programs, and regulations that are relevant to community college faculty. Many of the definitions are of a general educational nature while others relate to vocational education and economic development. Programs that are involved with the Chancellor's Economic Development initiatives are designated with "ED>Net" after the definition.

Instructor Advisement

The Academic Senate recognizes the critical role that counseling plays in the educational process and adheres to the general principle that counseling is most effective when it is performed by professional counselors, who have been educated and trained in the diverse functions of their field. Moreover, the Senate believes that there is no substitute for an adequate number of fully trained and certified professional counselors and that institutions which lack such a number are undermining both the efficiency and the quality of all their college programs.

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