State and Legislative Issues

75/25 Compliance

Whereas community colleges hire a considerable number of employees, many of whom are part-time faculty, and

Whereas the number of employees working up to the limit of the 175 day rule continues to increase, and

Whereas many districts are out of compliance with the mandated 75/25 full-time, part-time ratio;

Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to secure the 75/25ratio data from the Chancellor's office that will reveal the statistics for each college and each district, and

Cap Removal

Whereas the growth cap has not succeeded in equalizing funding for needy districts, and

Whereas growth spending must be planned carefully and must precede targeted growth goals, and

Whereas realistic timelines for growth must be developed and followed to assure an orderly educational delivery system;

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the legislature to remove the current growth cap, and

Encouraging Student Voting

Whereas the presidential election will be held on November 5, 1996, and

Whereas there are several issues and candidates on the ballot that will affect or impact California community colleges, and

Whereas students and faculty who vote may influence the outcome of the election;

Resolved that the Academic Senate request faculty to announce that all students should vote on November 5.

Beer and Wine Consumption at Campus Functions

Whereas many California Community College students are returning to school after dropping out due to substance abuse are in recovery from substance abuse and have suffered from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on families and friends, and

Whereas California Community Colleges are committed to teaching students to develop clear thinking and to make healthy choices, and

Whereas serving alcohol at school functions tacitly endorses use of intoxicating substances, and

Chancellor's Office Washington Connection

Whereas educational polices and funding are determined and influenced by both state and federal government, and

Whereas the federal government decisions may impact community colleges, and

Whereas community colleges may not have input into the federal legislative processes that affect community colleges, and

Whereas there needs to be community college toward federal decisions that affect community colleges;

Dedicated Funds for Faculty Professional Development

Whereas, AB 1725 recognized the need for dedicated funding for faculty professional development as vital to academic excellence and student success;

Whereas, Such funding was blended into the existing unfunded staff development line item;

Whereas, Such blending has led to conflict with other groups on campus for the use of such funds; and

Whereas, Such conflict has led to a dilution of funds available for faculty professional development;

Welcome Governor-elect Schwarzenegger

Whereas, Governor-elect Schwarzenegger has been duly elected in a true exercise of democracy;

Whereas, Governor-elect Schwarzenegger is himself a former community college student; and

Whereas, Governor-elect Schwarzenegger showed a welcome high regard for education in his election campaign;

Opposition to Legislation that Erodes Academic Senate Responsibilities

Whereas, Education Code 70901(b)(1)(E) directs the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to include in its minimum standards..standards governing procedures established by governing boards of community college districts to ensure.the right of academic senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards and Education Code 70902 (b)(7) directs community college governing boards to establish procedures that ensure "the right of local academic senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendations i

Higher Education Priorities and Curriculum Decisions

Whereas, The Legislature has shown an increasing interest in local curriculum issues in such venues as the recent Master Plan hearings and Assembly Higher Education Committee hearings and in public declarations of its intention to fund its own defined state educational priorities;

Whereas, The 2003-04 Budget Act contains language requiring the Board of Governors to accord the highest budgetary priorities to certain specified curriculum areas; and

Academic Freedom

Whereas, The California Legislature has directed the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to recognize the Academic Senate as the primary academic authority on most of the professional and academic matters addressed in SB 1335;

Whereas, The California Community College system is organized on the basis of local district control over the matters addressed in SB 1335; and


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