Whereas, The passage of AB1460 (Weber 2019), which has driven the California State University to create an Area F in ethnic studies that can be fulfilled with the completion of a lower-level course, will have a significant impact on all 116 California community colleges in that students may fulfill this requirement through transferable courses from ethnic studies disciplines;
Whereas, The California State University has made clear that courses used to fulfill this requirement must align with the core competencies for ethnic studies as delineated by the CSU system, and for the California community colleges this alignment is best achieved by offering courses through established ethnic studies programs with ethnic studies prefixes;
Whereas, Less than half of the 116 colleges in the California Community Colleges system currently have ethnic studies programs or offer courses with ethnic studies prefixes, leading to an overall sense of unpreparedness and confusion over which and how courses from the CCCs will serve to fulfill this new requirement; and
Whereas, Because of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’ leadership position as a statewide voice for faculty and academic senates and its focus on representing the faculty voice and making recommendations on statewide matters, the ASCCC can help to provide direction as colleges prepare for this new requirement;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with stakeholder groups to develop and make available a set of resources for local academic senates to assist in establishing ethnic studies-based programs—including African- American, Latinx/Chicanx, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, and Native American studies—and prefixes at their respective colleges in order to facilitate the transfer and articulation process between the California community colleges and California State University in regard to the new ethnic studies requirements; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and other stakeholders to plan for creation, implementation, expansion, and long-term sustainability of ethnic studies programs by advocating for additional funding for colleges and districts.