Whereas, The Curriculum Streamlining Processes, announced in October 2016, to allow colleges to approve and offer curriculum more rapidly now permits colleges to selfcertify curriculum for all credit courses, modified credit programs with the exception of associate degrees for transfer, and new credit programs with a goal of local program with the exception of new career technical education credit programs and apprenticeship;
Whereas, Noncredit course and program proposals require more lengthy review and approval by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office before being offered at a California community college;
Whereas, The question “Can a college require a noncredit support course?” that had a response of “Yes, …” in the FAQ on AB 705 from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges will lead to an increase in demand for noncredit course offerings; and
Whereas, The noncredit course approval process must be nimble enough to allow colleges to increase in-demand noncredit course offerings in response to the passage of AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) and the California Guided Pathways Award Program;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and other stakeholders to equalize noncredit curriculum processes to align with local approval of credit curriculum processes.