Opposition to the Accelerated Learning College (ALC) proposal

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General Concerns

Whereas, The document “The Accelerated Learning College: A Proposal for California Community Colleges,” dated April 16, 2009, is a proposal by several California community college presidents that seeks “relief from legislative and regulatory requirements” and outlines changes that are inconsistent with established Academic Senate positions in the functioning of a select group of pilot colleges;

Whereas, The ALC proposal suggests a pilot project of “charter” colleges that explores untested approaches to education that are likely to decrease access and may or may not increase student success;

Whereas, The ALC would permit pilot colleges to be exempt from the 50% law, employ a funding model that rewards a college for course completion with a substandard grade, be exempt from existing limits on part-time teaching loads, and seek relief from existing minimum qualification requirements for the hiring of faculty; and

Whereas, Efforts are currently underway to garner support from faculty groups, and a group of college presidents is seeking an author to carry legislation to support the ALC proposal;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose efforts to implement the Accelerated Learning College (ALC) proposal; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local senates to oppose any efforts to locally implement the ALC proposal.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Status Report: 

The ALC proposal was defeated. However, Senate representatives will continue to oppose principles noted in the ALC proposal in future conversations.