Acknowledgement of Current California Community College Reform Efforts

Resolution Number
Marilyn Eng
Assigned to
General Concerns
Status Report

2012 Rostrum article published.

Whereas, Statewide Career Pathways: Facilitating School to College Articulation and the Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) are faculty-led initiatives that facilitate student advancement, provide faculty with a forum to discuss curriculum, and are working to address other system-level needs;

Whereas, The faculty of the California community colleges have been working actively on improving the quality of their colleges’ degrees by raising the mathematics and English levels required for graduation, improving the general understanding of their degrees by proposing standardized definitions of the AA and AS degrees, and working with the California State University (CSU) to employ the Early Assessment Program as an early messaging mechanism to increase student preparedness for college-level work;

Whereas, The faculty of the California community colleges are seeking to increase the appropriate application of prerequisites to courses to improve student success and are working with the Chancellor’s Office to explore the identification of a centralized assessment system that would simplify assessment and make mandatory assessment economically feasible; and

Whereas, The numerous positive changes that have happened within the California Community College System in recent years and are currently in progress are often overlooked as simple low-cost or no-cost solutions to real or imagined problems sought by individuals and entities external to the California community colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provide leadership to local senates to help them effectively communicate with local Boards of Trustees and elected officials regarding the current faculty-led initiatives that seek to improve the quality of a California community college education and students’ achievement of their goals; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges continue to work with the Chancellor’s Office and its transfer partners to develop system-level solutions and options that do not impinge upon local control.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates