Early Assessment Program (EAP) Funding and Implementation

Whereas, Senate Bill (SB) 946 authorized all community colleges to use the Early Assessment Program (EAP) to assess readiness for college-level English and mathematics, yet no funding was attached to the implementation, and piloting is set to begin in the 2009-2010 academic year;

Whereas, The Early Assessment Program (EAP) was developed and is used by the California State Universities (CSUs) to determine college readiness, to allow exemption from CSU placement testing for English and mathematics courses, and to inform high school students concerning their individual readiness;

Freedom of Speech

Whereas, The Southwestern Community College faculty and students have received reprimands and disciplinary action for expressing their views regarding budgetary cuts made by the State of California and the Board of Trustees at Southwestern Community College; and

Whereas, Freedom of speech is a fundamental right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges support Southwestern Community College faculty and students and stand in solidarity with those faculty and students; and

CLASS Initiative

Whereas, The central work of the California Leadership Alliance for Student Success (CLASS) Initiative is to establish and facilitate a leadership alliance consisting of “a select group of community college chief executive officers and trustees who will focus attention on key leadership strategies and policies that must be central in California's effort to increase successful outcomes for community college students”;

Maintain Local Autonomy over Degree Requirements

Whereas, Assembly Bill 440 (Beall), in an attempt to remove perceived barriers to transfer for community college students, recently proposed legislation that would remove local autonomy for degrees by placing degree requirements into statute and could effectively lead to legislative curriculum dictates;

Whereas, Placing any degree requirements in statute is in direct contradiction to Education Code §70902(b)(7), which clearly puts responsibility for curriculum and academic standards under the joint responsibility of the local board and the academic senates of a district;

Library TTIP Funding

Whereas, In lieu of using district funds, many California community colleges (CCC) have relied on the Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP) to provide funding to their libraries for periodical databases and/or other electronic information resources, and TTIP funds have now been completely eliminated for this purpose;

Cooperative Work Experience Education

Whereas, Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is a program of education consisting of either supervised employment which is intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness (General Work Experience), or supervised employment extending classroom based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the students' educational or occupational goals (Occupational Work Experience);

Publishing Student Learning Outcomes

Whereas, Curriculum and student success are areas where the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has professional responsibility;

Whereas, Approximately 50% of California's community colleges that responded to surveys about placing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) on the Course Outline of Record (COR) reported their decision not to include SLOs on the COR, while other colleges either did not respond or have not decided; and

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