State and Legislative Issues

Department of Labor Division of Apprenticeship Standards

Whereas the California State government has enacted Labor Code 3099 requiring the Department of Labor, Division of Apprenticeship Standards to
Establish and validate minimum standards for the licensing of electricians in California, and
Establish an advisory committee and panels as necessary, and

Whereas the current proposals before the advisory committee and standards panel intend to limit access to training and certification to indentured apprentices only, which will result in hardship to persons wishing to enter the electrical field, and

NCAA Computer Science Legislation

Whereas legislation that prevents high schools from including computer science courses in the NCAA eligibility "core course" list was presented to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and

Whereas computer literacy and information competency skills for high school students are increasingly critical to their success in college, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is currently responding to the need for information/computer competency skills and will be adopting guidelines for their implementation,

50% Law

Whereas there is recent public awareness of the 50% Law, and

Whereas there is much confusion over how districts are interpreting the 50% Law,

Resolved that the Academic Senate distribute auditing guidelines and an update from the October 30, 2000 Consultation taskforce on the 50% Law by the beginning of the spring semester, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate hold a breakout on the 50% Law at the Spring 2001 Plenary Session.

Student Equity

Whereas achieving the highest possible rate of success for all population groups is among one of the highest priorities of California community colleges, and

Whereas achieving the best outcomes requires planning that includes research, goals, budgets, and implementation activities, and

Whereas the state should require that districts submit such plans on a regular basis,

AB 420 (Wildman)

Whereas AB 420 (Wildman) seeks to address many part-time faculty issues supported by previous Academic Senate resolutions, and

Whereas AB 420 is supported by faculty organizations statewide, and

Whereas SB 921 (Vasconcellos) seeks to establish a $40 million fund for hiring additional full-time faculty,

Resolved that the Academic Senate support AB 420 (Wildman) as of April 17, 1999,and

Resolved that the Academic Senate support SB 921 (Vasconcellos) as of April 17,1999.

Support Majority-passed Bond Measures

Resolved that the Academic Senate recommend that local senates support the concepts in the March 2000 proposition that would change the regulations for passing local school bond measures from a 2/3 vote to a majority vote.

Corresponding with the Legislature

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor to dissuade administrators from corresponding with legislators on district or college stationery unless the correspondence is approved by the local board of trustees and reflects the official position of the district or college.

Community Service

Resolved that the Academic Senate affirm the importance of the principles of service to the community and the cultivation of altruism in service to society in general, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate work to support and extend sound programs and offerings that promote a service ethic among students, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate support voluntary efforts rather than a system wide community college graduation requirement for community service.

Alternative Governance Structures for California Community Colleges

Whereas currently the majority of all funding for higher education comes from the State, and

Whereas a statewide system for community colleges at one time seemed inappropriate when primary funding was received from local property taxes imposed by locally elected boards, and

Whereas the CSUs underwent changes in their systemwide structure from "normal schools" to state colleges to state universities, thus it is not unusual for a system to undergo far-reaching changes, and

Statewide Governance

Whereas the California Legislature, through the Donohue Act, originally intended that California have three clearly defined partners of higher education, and

Whereas subsequent legislation has redefined that partnership, giving the other two segments of higher education a governance structure that recognizes them as statewide systems, and


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