Whereas, California Community Colleges have largely moved to an online format because of the global COVID-19 pandemic;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has resolved to support the new distance education definitions in resolution 09.06 adopted in Spring 2019, but the Distance Education Guidelines have still not been approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office;
Whereas, Students, especially first-generation college students, new to online education may not have the background knowledge about scheduling, attendance, and other parts of college culture or may not be provided with sufficient information to know that they have registered for a synchronous online class; and
Whereas, The rapid transition to online delivery or changes in schedules for fall of 2020 led to class schedules that did not in all cases inform students of synchronous requirements or meeting times;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to ensure that any synchronous online courses are designated with meeting times in all published schedules; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Distance Education and Educational Technology Advisory Committee and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to provide guidance to colleges on how to designate synchronous fully online courses and required meeting times in class schedules.