Influencing Federal Accreditation Outcomes

Whereas, The Higher Education Act of 2008 has called for the establishment of a new committee, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the "to assess the process of accreditation and the institutional eligibility and certification of such institutions of higher education (as defined in section 102) under Title IV";

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has a long history of working closely and successfully with other constituency groups and agencies; and

Encouraging Non-Faculty Guests to Attend Plenary Sessions

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to fostering collegial relationships with all community college constituencies;

Whereas, College administrators, trustees, classified personnel, and students can benefit from observation of and participation at plenary sessions of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, hearing firsthand faculty concerns and opinions and gaining direct exposure to faculty viewpoints;

Title 5 Searches

Whereas, Local academic senates and administrators are frequently asked questions about specific statements in Title 5; and

Whereas, It can be daunting, time consuming, and frustrating to find specific statements in Title 5;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges seek to collaborate with the Chancellor's Office to make it much easier to find things in Title 5.

Disposition: Chancellor's Office, Local Senates

Defining the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science

Whereas, The Academic Senate paper What is the Meaning of a California Community College Degree highlighted the fact that the inconsistent application of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science to our associate degrees across colleges fails to convey a clear idea to students and to the public about the value of an associate degree;

Whereas, A survey by the Academic Senate Associate Degree Task Force, in response to this paper, found strong support for the standardization of these terms;

Response to Current Budget Cuts: Maintaining "10+1" in Budget Crisis

Whereas, Potential looming cuts to California community college funding could significantly affect student access and success;

Whereas, Title 5 Regulations mandate that local senates make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters, including "processes for institutional planning and budget development"; and Whereas, Faculty may provide additional information that may inform budget adjustments that minimize impact on students;

Setting Accountability Targets for Perkins IV

Whereas, Perkins IV has new requirements that are to be implemented in 2008, and these new requirements change how programs will qualify for funding;

Whereas, Program review and development, curriculum, and student success are under local academic senate purview, and the Perkins IV accountability measures on student success impact these; and

Whereas, At some colleges the administrators are setting the accountability targets to qualify for Perkins funding without conversations with their occupational faculty;

The Effect of Expanding Nursing Programs

Whereas, As the foremost sources of training for nurses in California, the California community colleges responded to the severe nursing shortage by increasing the number of students accepted into nursing programs statewide;

Whereas, The System Office and the Governor have funded this effort recently with specialized grants that allow for a specific increase in nursing student admissions; and

Student E-Voter Registration Act of 2007

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is on record as supporting student voter registration by approving resolution 17.03 S02 "Voter Registration and Student Mobilization";

Whereas, SB854, "Student E-Voter Registration Act of 2007," mandates community colleges to provide the option for students to receive pre-printed voter registration cards through online community college class registration by 2010;

Support for Library and Counseling Faculty Participation in Participatory Governance and Professional Development

Whereas, Faculty participation in participatory governance processes defined by Assembly Bill 1725 (1988) and Title 5 is an integral part of the California Community College System;

Whereas, Title 5 does not distinguish between library, counseling, or other faculty with regard to shared governance obligations;

Whereas, Participation by all faculty in professional development activities is essential to maintenance of currency and relevancy in all aspects of the duties of faculty; and

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