Whereas, Counseling faculty play an integral role in facilitating student preparation and success by providing appropriate and necessary support programs and services that not only help students find their educational pathways but also stay on their educational pathways, helping to fulfill two of the four pillars of the guided pathways frameworks as referenced in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success 1, which is vital to ensuring that students are able to meet their goals;
Whereas, Librarians, faculty coordinators, and other faculty who work outside of classroom instruction likewise play essential roles in promoting student success and helping students to achieve their goals;
Whereas, During times of economic recession, programs such as counseling and support services often experience heavy decreases in funding because they are not considered instructional programs under California Education Code §84362, also known as the 50% Law: and
Whereas, Goal 2 in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success 2is to “Over 5 years, increase by 35 percent the number of CCC student’s system-wide transferring annually to a UC or CSU,” and counselors and other non- classroom faculty are fundamental to supporting student transfer;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to advocate for necessary funding to support the hiring of full-time counselors and other student support faculty to meet recommended educational standards for student to counselor ratios 3; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate and provide support for local academic senates to sustain and increase faculty counseling positions to meet student needs.