2024

Update Transfer Level Gateway Completion Dashboard

Whereas, The California Community College Chancellor’s Office issued a memo, “ESLEI 24-15 Required Action: AB 1705 Validation of Equitable Placement, Support and Completion Practices for STEM Programs,” dated February 27, 2024 [1], instructing colleges to justify the need to keep pre-calculus courses, without which each college’s students will no longer have access to college algebra, trigonometry, or pre-calculus after July 1, 2025, but will be placed directly into calculus I;

Advocate for STEM Students to be Allowed to Take Non-validated "pre-calculus" Classes as Electives

Whereas, AB 1705 (Irwin, 2022) [1] section 3(i) does not prevent California Community Colleges science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students from taking algebra, trigonometry, or precalculus as an elective, simultaneous with, or subsequent to calculus, so long as the “pre-calculus” class is not taken before the student is placed and enrolled in calculus;

Aligning with AB 1705 Legislative Intent

Whereas, Part (1) of the Legislative Counsel’s Digest for AB 1705 (Irwin, 2022) [1] provides clear intent language that students are placed into transfer-level coursework that satisfies “mathematics coursework requirements of the intended certificate or associate degree, or a requirement for transfer within the intended major, within a one-year timeframe of their initial attempt in the discipline”;

Disaggregating Asian and Pacific Islander Student Data

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopted Resolution 03.05 S22 Disaggregate Asian and Pacific Islander Student Data [1], which called for the disaggregation of Asian and Pacific Islander student data;

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has data element SB38 [2], which disaggregates Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander ethnicities; and

Noncredit in the California Virtual Campus

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has charged the California Virtual Campus with “ensuring that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses” [1];

Whereas, The California Virtual Campus lists in its Exchange noncredit courses only under somewhat restrictive circumstances and does not provide an adequate subject-based filter to select noncredit courses from its offerings; and

Support Noncredit Instructional Programs Equitable and Affordable Access to Learning Opportunities for Students of All Ages

Whereas, The Legislative Analyst’s Office 2024-2025 Budget: California Community Colleges report [1] “Recommend Identifying Ongoing Solutions Outside of Colleges’ Core Programs” proposed structural funding changes to noncredit instruction, “eliminating state support for athletics and classes that are primarily enrichment in nature” including older adult and other programs (p. 5);

Expanding Access to Minority Serving Institution Designation

Whereas, An increasing number of higher education institutions meet the requirements for two or more minority serving institution (MSI) designations, however, Title III precludes “colleges that already have an MSI-designated grant under Part A (or Title V in the case of HSIs) cannot apply for another MSI designation under Part A [1], even if they meet the demographic criteria” [2];

In Support of Documented Dreamers

Whereas, Documented Dreamers, or dependents of long-term employment-based visa-holders, who reach the age of 21 “must obtain another status or leave behind their families—and the only country they have ever known—to return to their country of birth” and “lose their status and opportunity for legal residency or citizenship” [1];

Whereas, Documented Dreamers students then must return to our colleges as international students, paying international fees, while unable to legally work in the U.S. or obtain federal or state financial aid; and

Support AB 2407 (Hart, as of February 12, 2024) on Sexual Harassment Complaints

Whereas, The recent cases of sexual harassment in the California State University (CSU) system and the California Community Colleges (CCCs) have demonstrated the need for external oversight in the handling of Title IX complaints, have resulted in costly legal actions that divert precious resources away from serving students, and have led to legislation which requires annual reporting to the legislature by the CSUs, such as SB 808 (Dodd, 2023) [1], [2], and external oversight is recommended of the CCC, CSU, and UC

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