Supporting Student Self-Referral for Tutoring Services

Whereas, Title 5 58170 (e) undermines a student's ability to assess their own needs by mandating that students enrolled in a supervised tutoring course be referred by a counselor or instructor on the basis of an identified learning need;

Whereas, Many students seek tutoring for reasons other than an identified learning need and as a result are prohibited from benefiting from tutoring services;

Resolution to Confer Emeritus Status upon Leon Baradat

Whereas, Leon Baradat has given of himself in time and energy and many years of service to the betterment of the California community college system as President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, in addition to service in the top leadership position of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) and Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC);

Part-Time Faculty

Whereas, The over reliance on part-time faculty has been a practice since 1974;

Whereas, The Academic Senate thoroughly examined and documented issues pertaining to part-time faculty in its publication "Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective" (adopted Spring 2002);

Whereas, The Academic Senate put forth carefully crafted policy-level and local-academic-senate-level recommendations in that publication; and

Whereas, Issues pertaining to faculty, both part time and full time, are complex and far-reaching;

Associate Degree Requirements and Vocational Faculty

Whereas, A significant number of associate degrees awarded in the California Community College System are in vocational disciplines;

Whereas, Vocational faculty recognize that completion of a general education program of study leads to the development of critical thinking skills and SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) competencies; and

Whereas, Research has demonstrated that students in all segments of California higher education lack sufficient basic skills for college-level work;

Resources for Leadership Training

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has several resolutions directing it to provide leadership development opportunities for faculty;

Whereas, Colleges have hired many new faculty recently, and new people are assuming leadership positions with limited knowledge and understanding of the Academic Senate and the roles that faculty play in collegial governance;

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Assessment Coordinators

Whereas, Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are an academic and professional matter and fall under the purview of local senates, and SLOs speak to the very core of curriculum and program review;

Whereas, There are approximately 90 faculty reassigned as SLO/Assessment Coordinators throughout the California Community College System;

Whereas, Academic Senate resolutions and advice to local senates included creation of faculty SLO/Assessment Coordinator positions with reassigned time; and

Support for Local Faculty Involvement in Accreditation

Whereas, Some local senates have difficulty recruiting faculty who will serve on local accreditation committees;

Whereas, The new accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) focus on student learning, a topic about which the faculty have the most expertise in working with students;

Whereas, Faculty tend to have an institutional life span that greatly exceeds that of local administrators; and

International Baccalaureate

Whereas, Increasing numbers of high schools are offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as an alternative to traditional high school diploma programs; and

Whereas, California's public postsecondary segments have not fully developed consistent policies regarding IB courses taken as they apply to such areas as A-G considerations, applicability to general education, or satisfaction of prerequisites for college courses, nor is there consistency as to whether or how successful completion of these courses may be awarded course, unit, or elective credits;

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