Admissions Priorities and Practices Regarding Out-of-State and International Students

Whereas, Restrictive and inadequate funding from the state and enrollments caps have forced colleges to seek alternate sources of revenue;

Whereas, Out-of-state and international students pay higher fees that potentially represent additional revenue to cash-strapped colleges and in many colleges are guaranteed enrollment in 12 units; and

Whereas, Many colleges guarantee enrollment in12 units and give enrollment priority to out of state and international students, thereby depriving resident students of access to their local community college;

Academic Freedom and Electronic Communication

Whereas, Many districts have implemented computer use policies which give faculty no expectation of privacy and are requiring users of their internet to acknowledge and agree to these policies in order to gain access;

Whereas, Districts assert that they have the legal right to monitor and survey electronic communications, but many colleges and universities outside the California Community College system have committed to the concept of privacy to the greatest extent possible at a public educational institution; and

Evaluating Current District Governance Structures

Whereas, California community colleges face the most severe fiscal challenges in their history in the current recession;

Whereas, Many colleges are struggling as a result of problematic leadership at the level of the governing board, while colleges in multi-college districts suffer bureaucracies which provide no direct service to students but consume millions of dollars while class sections are slashed; and

Oppose Governor’s 2012-13 Proposals to Cut the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program

Whereas, The Governor’s January 2012 Budget proposes drastic changes to the CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work program, cutting critical services to CalWORKs students that would help their education and training on to the path of self-sufficiency, to include, beginning October 1, 2012, cutting the ‘four year /48 months’ time limit down to two years /24 months retroactively, and students will then no longer be eligible for child care and other crucial services;

General Education and American Institutions Certification on Student Transcripts

Whereas, California community colleges are permitted by the California State University (CSU) to certify the completion of the entire CSU-GE or IGETC general education areas or certify the partial completion of a CSU-GE or IGETC general education area and certify the completion of the CSU American Institution graduation requirement;

Whereas, Some community colleges indicate this certification on student transcripts, while other community colleges submit general education and American Institutions certification to receiving institutions on separate forms;

Support for Middle Class Scholarship Act

Whereas, Expenses for California community college students have risen dramatically in the past few years and the Middle Class Scholarship Act (AB 1501, Perez, as of February 9, 2012) would bring much needed relief for families with annual incomes of less than $150,000 that are struggling to meet the burdens associated with the rising costs of higher education and who often do not qualify for financial aid;

Tiered Fees in the California Community Colleges

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges opposes “recommendations that establish different academic policies for students based on their differing abilities to pay” (Resolution 7.03 F11) and also strongly opposes “any attempt to abridge the mission of California community colleges, reduce their affordability, or remove their control from the communities they serve” (Resolution 7.02 F11);

Early Childhood Education

Whereas, The governor’s proposed January 2012-13 budget calls for saving $517 million through the curtailment of early childhood education (ECE) by slashing program eligibility, lowering family income levels, and removing the enrollment in a course of study in higher education as a reason to be eligible for services, and recommendations for 2012-2014 include moving all except a fraction of ECE from the State Department of Education to the State Department of Social Services;

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