Disproportionate Course Reductions in Humanities, Fine, Media and Performing Arts, and Physical Education

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The Assembly did not pass the bill during this legislative session.

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes that community college course offerings must be reduced statewide in light of contracted state funding;

Whereas, The Academic Senate strongly supports the seminal values established by the Master Plan, which declares that transfer courses are foundational to the mission of the community college and further supports the priority given to transfer, basic skills, and career technical education courses in the Education Code, a position reaffirmed in recent legislation, SBX3 41 (2009);

Whereas, The Academic Senate realizes a high percentage of graduates in majors such as English/literature, English/creative writing, theatre, art history, and physical education go on to teach in the K-12 or one of the three California college/university segments; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate believes that exposure to the core humanities curriculum and the opportunity to develop one’s fitness are critical components of any education and must be made available to every Californian regardless of social position;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges strongly oppose disproportionate reductions in humanities, physical education, and fine, performing, and media arts course offerings at California community colleges; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges insist that any disproportionate course reductions in transfer, basic skills, or career technical education courses or programs should occur only after collegial consultation with the local academic senate as defined in Title 5.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Consultation Council