The Senate adopted the paper, "What is the Meaning of a California Community College Degree?" at the Fall 2005 Plenary Session. Resolution F06 13.02 established a position for the Academic Senate, which is reflected in the proposed changes to Title 5 regarding the associate degree.
Whereas the Chancellor signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CSU without consultation with the Academic Senates of the three higher education systems to establish a dedicated transfer degree for CSU, and the three academic senates have expressed concern that all three segments be included in discussions of potential changes to transfer degree structures,
Whereas the establishment of a "dedicated transfer degree" would have impact on and implications for other degrees and certificates being offered at the community colleges, and
Whereas community colleges students who transfer currently do as well as, if not better than, students who began at UC or CSU, and research needs to be conducted to determine what within the community college experience contributes to that success, and to determine how to increase the numbers of students who transfer, and
Whereas Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) has embarked on a major project to address undergraduate pre transfer major preparation (IMPAC), and to create intersegmental faculty to faculty dialogues regarding student preparation,
Resolved that the Academic Senate conduct its own independent research as well as work with and through the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) to research and consider a range of options to improve transfer, including examination of major preparation, the role and structure of the Associates degree, and the advisability of a dedicated transfer degree.