General Concerns

Oppose Governor’s 2012-13 Proposals to Cut the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program

Whereas, The Governor’s January 2012 Budget proposes drastic changes to the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work program, cutting critical services to CalWORKs students that would help their education and training on to the path of self-sufficiency, to include, beginning October 1, 2012, cutting the ‘four year /48 months’ time limit down to two years /24 months retroactively, and students will then no longer be eligible for child care and other crucial services;

General Education and American Institutions Certification on Student Transcripts

Whereas, California community colleges are permitted by the California State University (CSU) to certify the completion of the entire CSU-GE or IGETC general education areas or certify the partial completion of a CSU-GE or IGETC general education area and certify the completion of the CSU American Institution graduation requirement;

Whereas, Some community colleges indicate this certification on student transcripts, while other community colleges submit general education and American Institutions certification to receiving institutions on separate forms;

Arbitrary Targeting of Athletics by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)

Whereas, The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has recently recommended1 defunding California community college athletic programs by prohibiting colleges from collecting apportionment for intercollegiate athletics program courses in a desire to “protect the CCC system’s highest-priority missions”;

Local College Participation in the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has long been committed to serving the academic and student service needs of all students to the best of its ability with limited resources;

Whereas, The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)-Friendly Campus Climate Index (www.campusclimateindex.org) is a free resource which allows colleges to document the policies, programs, and practices they use to ensure that their colleges are welcoming for LGBT students;

Opposition to Western Governors University California

Whereas, The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) report on distance education (October 25, 2010) recommends the creation of a task force comprised of legislative representatives and members of the administration to identify steps that need to be taken to establish a Western Governors University (WGU) California, which would use resources that could be devoted to the higher education system already in place in California;

Democracy Commitment

Whereas, The existence of the California community colleges is a direct expression of the State of California's commitment to one of the basic tenets of democracy, that of providing for an educated public;

Whereas, The faculty of the California community colleges embrace the fundamental conviction that our students deserve to be full participants in the democratic process; and

Tutoring Centers and Supplemental Learning/Instruction

Whereas, Resolution 10.01 F08 called for the Academic Senate to “clarify the scope and intent of the minimum qualifications for Learning Assistance and Learning Skills Coordinators or Instructors (Title 5 53415) and publish the results as soon as possible”;

Need for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Whereas, Despite the fact that studies have disputed the claim that individuals suffering from mental illness are more prone to committing violence, the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona reminded all of us in the community college system that our students come to us with varying backgrounds and a myriad of needs that in many cases go undetected before they arrive at our campus doors;

Increasing Faculty Voice

Whereas, The general public is bombarded with news articles and commentary about the failure of the California community colleges;

Whereas, Many individuals and organizations, based on their perspectives, have determined reasons for the failures of our colleges;

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges president and committees are vigilant in presenting the perspectives of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, which are based on sound educational principles; and

Best Practices: Integrating Part-time Faculty into Shared-Governance

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to professionalism for all faculty as an essential element in providing students with excellent educational opportunities, services, and instruction as recommended in Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective (adopted Spring 2002); and

Whereas, The Academic Senate is committed to integrating part-time faculty into senate activities at the local and state level as stated in Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective (2002); and

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