Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kaplan University to articulate single course sections for participating individual community colleges without consulting the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, articulation officers, counselors, and many other relevant constituent groups;
Whereas, This lack of consultation violates the principles and standards of shared governance articulated in Title 5§55300, as the program supported by this MOU clearly falls under the “10 + 1” academic and professional areas;
Whereas, This lack of consultation undermined the Chancellor’s ability to consider all relevant and potentially deleterious impacts this decision may have upon students; and
Whereas, This agreement signals the Chancellor’s willingness to outsource the California community colleges’ mission to private for-profit entities;
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges does not recognize the Chancellor’s Office MOU with Kaplan University due to the process by which it was generated;
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor to exercise the option to withdraw from its MOU with Kaplan University; and
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to refuse to enter into agreements based on the Chancellor’s Office MOU with Kaplan University or similar agreements arrived at through similarly flawed processes.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Board of Governors, Chancellor, Consultation Council
The Senate representatives voiced concern regarding the MOU with Kaplan. Ultimately, the MOU was not initiated.