The committee discussed this issue, which has been the subject of a variety of resolutions. The committee concluded that it should address the issue one more time via a Rostrum article, which was written by committee member Zerryl Becker and which appeared in the April 2010 Rostrum.
Whereas, With the move of many colleges to compressed calendars and study abroad programs and due to enrollment pressures, a number of colleges are scheduling three-, four-, and even five-unit courses in shortened time frames of fewer than six weeks; and
Whereas, There are pedagogical considerations that need to be reviewed by both the faculty within the disciplines of courses proposed under such time fames as well as the curriculum committees of colleges using such compressed calendars;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend that when a course of three or more semester or equivalent quarter units is to be offered in a time frame of fewer than six weeks, the local curriculum committee, as part of the curriculum approval process, engage the discipline faculty in a separate review of the course for the following: academic integrity and rigor, the method for meeting Carnegie units, the ability for students to complete and for faculty to evaluate assignments, including those done outside of class, and the appropriateness of the method of delivery, to determine whether the course should be offered in a specific shortened time frame. MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Curriculum Chairs, CIOs