Whereas, The Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) is the official repository of transfer and articulation agreements between California’s public colleges and universities and supports a comprehensive statewide advising and information system “to facilitate the transfer of California Community College students to either the California State University or University of California systems by providing accurate articulation information”;
Whereas, The ASSIST Executive Management Oversight Committee (EMOC) prioritized resources to support a new modernized ASSIST that has been delayed for two years and made the decision to no longer support the old ASSIST version, causing current transfer and articulation agreements to no longer be accessible to the public;
Whereas, The ASSIST EMOC recently announced secured funding to ensure the public release of the new ASSIST site with all articulation agreements up to date no later than May 2019, delaying public access to ASSIST by an additional year; and
Whereas, The continued lack of a publicly accessible and accurate ASSIST repository severely harms students and the efforts of California community colleges to reach the goals established in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success, including increasing the rate of transfer students to California’s public universities by 35% as supported by the California Community Colleges Guided Pathways Program and the California College Promise;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, in coordination with the California Intersegmental Articulation Council, appoint California community college faculty representation to participate on the ASSIST Executive Management Oversight Committee, including at least one articulation officer and one transfer center director, to ensure ASSIST functionality enables all users to successfully navigate the transfer experience;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the University of California, California State University, and Student Senate for California Community Colleges to request appropriate representation on the ASSIST Executive Management Oversight Committee to ensure ASSIST functionality enables all users to successfully navigate the transfer experience; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to allocate the required resources to ensure ASSIST is fully functional as the official articulation repository no later than the launch date of May 2019, including a coherent contingency plan to ensure public access to up-to-date intersegmental articulation agreements available through ASSIST for all years no later than May 2019.