Whereas currently only occupational career certificates of 18 or more units are approved by the Chancellor's Office, and many programs leading to licensing and credentialing require fewer units, and
Whereas the approval process for occupational career ladder certificates is not based on competency criteria, even when such criteria have been developed by professionals in the field, such as Model Program Curricula in interior design, automotive repair, psychiatric technician, etc., and
Whereas the result often is that students find that occupational career certificates lack portability for those seeking jobs throughout the state, and
Whereas faculty are not involved in the review or approval of occupational career certificates by the Chancellor's Office,
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Chancellor's Office to include career certificates of less than18 units in its existing program approval process, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate include in the application process that career competencies in the occupation be addressed, particularly when professionals in the field have developed such competencies, and
Resolved that the Academic Senate urge the Chancellor's Office to include faculty in the approval process for occupational career certificates.
The Certificates Proposal has been approved by the Executive Committee and will be present to the Plenary Body at the 1998 Fall Session.