Oppose Calbright’s College Center Placement within an Extant District and Program Duplication

Fall
2019
Resolution Number: 
06.03
Contact: 
Category: 
State and Legislative Issues
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, with the support of the state legislature, approved a fully online community college, now named Calbright;

Whereas, At the Spring 2018 Plenary Session, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges opposed the creation of the online community college—now Calbright—by acclamation in Resolution 6.02 S18 [1], as have other California community college associations [2] [3], in a clear rejection of this educational institution, noting that it is bad for both faculty and students in California;

Whereas, Despite valid criticisms and serious concerns from all major community college faculty organizations in the state of California over the past two years, Calbright is now being referred to by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as the 115th community college, the recent passage of state legislation requires the college to have courses available by October 2019 fully online [4], and local and statewide news outlets have reported that Calbright College has opened a Downtown Oakland California “Center” to provide support for students and house offices for the Calbright administrators; and

Whereas, While the 2018 state budget act creating Calbright forbade the college from duplicating the efforts of the existing 72 districts, Calbright’s publicized curriculum— medical coding, information technology support and cybersecurity—currently exists as both physical and fully online programs in California community colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose the placement of a Calbright College Center within the boundaries of any extant district service area; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose Calbright teaching courses that are currently taught, regardless of modality, format, and scheduling, within the California Community Colleges.

MSC


[1] Opposition to the Proposed California Online Community College District, Resolution 6.02 S18,https://www.asccc.org/resolutions/opposition-proposed-california-online-...
[2] https://www.cft.org/post/vote-no-confidence-community-college-chancellor
[3] https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/05/14/california-communit...
[4] https://www.educationdive.com/news/can-calbright-reinvent-online-communi...