Whereas, After the second full year of AB 705 implementation for math and English, local outcomes reveal that while more first-time students are attempting and completing transfer-level math and English courses, growing and alarming equity gaps persist, particularly for students of color ;
Whereas, Many colleges no longer offer English courses below transfer level or math courses more than one level below transfer which limits the options of students seeking additional preparation in transfer-level math and English courses; and
Whereas, Enrollment of California Community College students has declined precipitously since the pandemic started and those declines have been particularly large among first-time students and in communities of color;
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage all stakeholders to address the equity gaps observed after AB 705 implementation and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by offering additional curricular options for math and English and providing adequate academic support and student services to help all students succeed in these courses;
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge all stakeholders to address COVID-19 related learning disruption to provide all students with access to a community college education by offering adequate math and English courses to serve the needs of all students, especially those who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic;
Resolved, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provide guidance on effective practices to local colleges, academic senates, and discipline faculty to implement additional measures as necessary to address the equity gaps in math and English courses, enrollment declines, and the significant COVID-19 related learning disruption affecting community college students, K-12 students, and the communities we serve; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge all stakeholders to improve online registration and enrollment processes.
MSR: Referred to the Executive Committee to clarify intent of the resolution and to report back by Spring Plenary Session 2022.