Higher Education Priorities and Curriculum Decisions

Fall
2003
Resolution Number: 
06.02
Contact: 
Category: 
State and Legislative Issues
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Legislature has shown an increasing interest in local curriculum issues in such venues as the recent Master Plan hearings and Assembly Higher Education Committee hearings and in public declarations of its intention to fund its own defined state educational priorities;

Whereas, The 2003-04 Budget Act contains language requiring the Board of Governors to accord the highest budgetary priorities to certain specified curriculum areas; and

Whereas, Curriculum is an academic and professional matter, wherein faculty control is vital for successful response to local needs and for transfer of students to campuses of the CSU and UC systems;


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support local control of curriculum decisions, within the framework of the colleges' mission statements, as an academic and professional matter; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the efforts to micromanage local curriculum decisions through external pressures such as budget acts or other legislation.

Summary: 
Support local control of curriculum decisions, within the framework of the colleges' mission statements, as an academic and professional matter; and oppose the efforts to micromanage local curriculum decisions through external pressures such as budget acts or other legislation.
Recommendation: 
Supporting local control of curriculum and opposing efforts to micromanage local curriculum decisions through external pressures is an established position of ASCCC.