Whereas, The Academic Senate paper, Status of Nursing Education in California Community Colleges states that "Tenured full-time faculty are essential to the health and well-being of any nursing program," but AB 1972 (March 8, 2006) recommends hiring non-tenured full-time temporary positions for nursing faculty;
Whereas, Tenured full-time faculty have professional responsibilities and accountability for curriculum and program development and improvement; hiring faculty and staff for educational programs; mentoring; accreditation; and forming and maintaining liaisons with health care agencies; and
Whereas, Access to full-time faculty has been shown to benefit all students and enhance their success, and AB 1725 also reaffirms that the "quality, quantity, and composition of full-time faculty have the most immediate and direct impact on the quality of instruction";
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges share with the Legislature its concern about AB 1972 and its impact on full-time tenure track faculty positions;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage legislators to confer with the Academic Senate in developing bills directed towards alleviating the state's nursing shortage; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Legislature to implement some of the remedies proposed in the Academic Senate paper, Status of Nursing Education in California Community Colleges.MSC Disposition: Legislators, Local Senates
AB 1972 did not come to a floor vote. The Legislative Committee will closely examine any future legislation which contains the concerns expressed in this resolution.