Whereas, The central work of the California Leadership Alliance for Student Success (CLASS) Initiative is to establish and facilitate a leadership alliance consisting of “a select group of community college chief executive officers and trustees who will focus attention on key leadership strategies and policies that must be central in California's effort to increase successful outcomes for community college students”;
Whereas, Participants in CLASS commit to “longitudinal tracking of a designated fall cohort of credit students at the college over at least a 24 month period; scheduling and leading monthly discussions of student progress” and “development of strategies for institutional and policy change in pursuit of dramatically improved student success”;
Whereas, The CLASS “policy matrix” offers recommendations such as “Modify the 50 percent law to incorporate all but administrative and facility expenditures to allow colleges to find the best mix of academic, academic support, and student support services to promote student success,” “a key measure of success should be completion of a degree or certificate,” and “Develop transfer associate degrees” for discussion; and
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges values the use of data to inform decision-making and encourages faculty participation in efforts to research mechanisms to improve students success;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage faculty in all districts, particularly those districts that have been identified as CLASS participants (Cabrillo, Chaffey, Gavilan, Grossmont-Cuyamaca, Hartnell, Kern, Long Beach, Los Rios, Mt. San Antonio, North Orange, Pasadena, San Jose/Evergreen, and Sequoias) to attend, participate in, and help direct discussions; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the local senates, chancellors, presidents, and trustees involved in the CLASS Initiative to ensure faculty primacy in the determination of policies that are within the academic senate purview of academic and professional matters.
MSC Disposition: CCLC, Local Senates
Senate representatives communicated concerns with campuses participating in the CLASS initiative and will continue to monitor progress related to this initiative.