Whereas, In recognizing that academic senates and faculty leadership and involvement are critical if any guided pathways effort is to succeed,California Education Code §88922 requires that colleges participating in the California Community College Guided Pathways Award Program submit “a letter to the chancellor’s office signed by, and expressing the commitment of, the president of the governing board of the community college district, the chief executive officer of the college, and the president of the college’s academic senate to adopt a guided pathways model”;
Whereas,California Education Code §88922 necessarily ensures support for faculty in implementing the Community College Guided Pathways Grant Program by delineating how funds for the program should be spent:
(g) Participating community colleges may use grant funds to implement guided pathways programs for various limited-term purposes, including, but not necessarily limited to, any, or any combination, including all, of the following: (1) Faculty and staff release time to review and redesign guided pathways programs, instruction, and support services[,] (2) Professional development in areas related to guided pathways[,](3) Administrative time to coordinate, communicate, and engage college stakeholders in the process of developing and implementing guided pathways programs[,] (4) Upgrades to computer and student information systems to improve tracking of student progress and feedback to students;
Whereas, Title 5 §53200,which delineatesacademic senates’ responsibilities in academic and professional matters,includes “(10) processes for institutional planning and budget development,” which would encompass any efforts to develop budget processes for local implementation of a guided pathways framework; and
Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will distribute Guided Pathways Grant Program funds for year two, yet data are limited regarding how the funds for year one were spent, whether or not the funds were sufficient to support local design and implementation, and whether collegial consultation with academic senates was used in developing local guided pathways budget processes;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to ensure proper collegial consultation and transparency in developing guided pathways budget processes, including supporting comparability between colleges in multi-college districts;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with system partners to ensure collegial consultation and transparency in local guided pathways budget development processes; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and system partners to make available information regarding how statewide resources have been invested in the design and implementation of guided pathways.