Whereas, Title 5 regulations concerning repeatability of classes in physical education, visual arts, and performing arts require colleges to place active participatory classes into families of courses that are related in content;
Whereas, Under Title 5 §55040 students are allowed to take only four courses from any given group, with withdrawals and substandard grades counting toward the enrollment limit;
Whereas, Some degrees within the physical education, visual arts, and performing arts require four semesters of coursework within a content group (e.g., four semesters of applied music lessons for an AA-T in music), and students who withdraw from such a class face a significant obstacle to degree completion that can only be overcome through the waiver process in which the college forfeits apportionment for any repeats of the course beyond the limit; and
Whereas, This approach to content grouping represents both a barrier to student success and inequitable treatment of students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges gather information from local senates about the impact at the program level of the 2012 changes to the repeatability regulations and hold a breakout at the Spring 2015 Plenary; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research the impact at the program level of the 2012 changes to the repeatability regulations, use the research to inform possible future actions or guidance regarding this issue, and present the research at the Spring 2016 Plenary Session.
A breakout was held at the 2015 Spring Plenary.