General Concerns

Freedom of Speech

Whereas, The Southwestern Community College faculty and students have received reprimands and disciplinary action for expressing their views regarding budgetary cuts made by the State of California and the Board of Trustees at Southwestern Community College; and

Whereas, Freedom of speech is a fundamental right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution;

CLASS Initiative

Whereas, The central work of the California Leadership Alliance for Student Success (CLASS) Initiative is to establish and facilitate a leadership alliance consisting of “a select group of community college chief executive officers and trustees who will focus attention on key leadership strategies and policies that must be central in California's effort to increase successful outcomes for community college students”;

Cooperative Work Experience Education

Whereas, Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is a program of education consisting of either supervised employment which is intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness (General Work Experience), or supervised employment extending classroom based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the students' educational or occupational goals (Occupational Work Experience);

Proactive Approach to the Threat of Privatization of our Community College System

Whereas, Newspapers like the Washington Post, which owns Kaplan University and Kaplan Prep, large and successful private education conglomerates, have mounted concerted campaigns to discredit community colleges for being inefficient and harmful to their students and their faculty for being lazy and overpaid, and organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have mounted concerted conservative legislative campaigns to advantage corporate goals to privatize education at the expense of our public educational institutions;

Revisit Failing Students for an Egregious Act of Cheating

Whereas, Academic Senate Resolution 14.02 F05 (Student Cheating) sought clarification on Chancellor’s Office legal opinion L 95-31 “limit[ing] the ability of local faculty to fail a student for a single incident of academic dishonesty, and pending the result of clarification, to seek an appropriate Title 5 change,” and Academic Senate Resolution 14.01 S08 called for the Senate to “convene a group to review and where appropriate draft language to revise Title 5 grading regulations to allow for the failure of students for egregious acts of academic dishonesty”;

Aligning Attendance Accounting for Credit Distance Education Courses with Credit Onsite Courses

Whereas, There is significant attention to the potential for online and distance education to improve access to California community colleges from both the Governor and the Legislature;

Whereas, Title 5 §58003.1(f)(1) requires that the weekly student contact hours (WSCH) for credit distance education (DE) courses be determined by the credit units awarded for the course, not the actual student contact hours used for attendance accounting for the equivalent on-site credit courses;

Evaluating Current District Governance Structures

Whereas, California community colleges face the most severe fiscal challenges in their history in the current recession;

Whereas, Many colleges are struggling as a result of problematic leadership at the level of the governing board, while colleges in multi-college districts suffer bureaucracies which provide no direct service to students but consume millions of dollars while class sections are slashed; and

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;


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