State and Legislative Issues

Clarify Title 5 on Degree-applicability of Courses

Whereas, Title 5 55805.5 subsection (a) provides for associate degree applicability for any course accepted for transfer to the California State University or the University of California;

Whereas, System Office Legal Opinion O02-16 has interpreted other parts of 55805.5 as barring this applicability in some cases; and

Whereas, this interpretation unnecessarily complicates evaluation of a student's progress toward a degree;

Noncredit Repeatability

Whereas, There are many important and educationally sound reasons why course repeatability is critical to noncredit student success;

Whereas, Currently, noncredit has no course repeatability limits; and

Whereas, The Board of Governors has recently discussed making changes to Title 5 that would impose "appropriate" limitations on course repeatability for all noncredit students by June 30, 2009;

Student Health Service Fees

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long standing position of no student fees whatsoever, but student health service fees are determined locally and are levied on a per student basis;

Whereas, These fees are often applied inconsistently to students with local exceptions being made for various cohorts such as Board of Governor waiver recipients or pre-employment academies such as public safety programs;

AB 1972 and the Impact on Nursing Faculty

Whereas, The Academic Senate paper, Status of Nursing Education in California Community Colleges states that "Tenured full-time faculty are essential to the health and well-being of any nursing program," but AB 1972 (March 8, 2006) recommends hiring non-tenured full-time temporary positions for nursing faculty;

Community College Initiative

Whereas, In 1988, the California Legislature in AB1725 declared, "The Legislature is committed to an alternative vision in which California remains a place of opportunity and hope--where innovation and creativity mark our economy and our culture, and where the minds and spirits of all our communities contribute to our common future.

50% Law Status Report

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has addressed issues with the 50% law in three previous resolutions of 6.07 F00, 8.03 S01 and 8.04 S01; and

Whereas, The System Office (previously known as the CCCCO) has only made minor attempts to address the 50% law issue, including minor adjustments made to the accounting practices;

Opposition to AB 1972

Whereas, AB 1972 (Daucher) is a bill recently introduced that provides for the Board of Governors to designate any area of study as critical without defining any criteria by which its critical nature is established;

Whereas, Once an area is designated as critical, AB 1972 then calls for the hiring of faculty in a non-tenure track position for up to three years if it is determined that there is an undefined "shortage" of qualified faculty in that area;

Stand-Alone Courses

Whereas, The Academic Senate supported the delegation of approval of stand-alone courses by the California Community College System Office to the local districts in resolution 9.10 S00;

Whereas, The Academic Senate adopted the position paper Regional Curriculum Colloquia and Delegated Approval Authority (1997) instituting the mechanism for local approval of credit courses not part of approved programs; and

Whereas, AB 1943 (Nava) seeks to delegate approval of stand-alone courses to local districts;

Amendment Resolution 6.05

Amend the final resolve:

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose changing the limitation of the teaching load for part-time faculty to 80% until such time as the ASCCC has researched the potential impact this effort may have upon our current positions and reported its findings to the body. MSR Disposition: Executive Committee to research and report at Spring 2006 Plenary Session.


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